Category: Art / Design

Kiyomi Iwata: From Volume to Line

Kiyomi Iwata: From Volume to Line

The first meter of silk produced by a silkworm is not really silk at all. Rather, it’s a coarse, uneven fibre called kibiso that resembles something between twine and waxed dental floss. Compared to its more fully-developed self, kibiso is decidedly un-silky and has for most of silk-making history been discarded as useless. Artist Kiyomi Iwata, however, […]

Spencer Grant: Boston Protests

Spencer Grant: Boston Protests

Protests have long been among the most effective means of showing the power of opinion. Despite the rise of armchair activism, protests, marches and sit-ins on both sides of the liberal/conservative divide remain commonplace to this day. But the golden age of the protest in America was the second-half of the twentieth century—a time of intensely divided public opinion and […]

Pot Shop

Pot Shop

Ah, the humble vessel—that most essential element of human design. When in our primitive history clay and earthen vessels replaced cupped hands, our trajectory was transformed. We transport in them, drink from them, cheers with them, hide cookies in them, display in them, consecrate with them, and make them out of every material imaginable. Pot […]

Strange Plants II

Strange Plants II

Last summer, Zioxla‘s Strange Plants hit bookshelves and became an overnight sensation—two printings have since sold out. Strange Plants II, its highly-anticipated sequel, has hit shelves at Need Supply Co., and we’re very happy to report that it outdoes the first version. SPII is once again a tactile delight, designed by the prolific and talented lads at Folch Studio and this […]

Studio Visit: Ryan Fitzgibbon

Studio Visit: Ryan Fitzgibbon

There is certainly no shortage of clever, well-designed indie publications today, but it’s fair to say that few transcend their intended audiences and even fewer become emblematic of larger cultural shifts. One young title that has certainly captured the zeitgeist is Hello Mr., founded by Ryan Fitzgibbon, a young designer who has spent time at IDEO and Fabrica, to […]

Introducing: Neighborhood

Introducing: Neighborhood

Every so often we get to welcome a brand we’ve long admired from afar. Neighborhood makes high-end technical apparel and has built a reputation over two decades for equal parts badassery and experimentation. Complex has called it one of the Top 50 Japanese Brands of All Time and Neighborhood regularly collaborates with the best in the business on all manner […]

Artist Interview: Chloe Wise

Artist Interview: Chloe Wise

New York-by-way-of-Montréal artist Chloé Wise is a certifiable web sensation whose art is a distillation of this moment in history—her style defines contemporary at the moment. In her work she riffs girl stuff, nipples, sacred symbols and even herself—see her Literally Me series—but is perhaps most well known for the most carb-loaded it-bag ever, the Chanel Bagel […]

Graphics: Jesse Reed

Graphics: Jesse Reed

Last year Jesse Reed and his Pentagram colleague Hamish Smyth launched a straightforward Kickstarter campaign to reprint a rare but pivotal piece of graphic design history, the NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual. The Manual was the result of exhaustive research and design by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda for the late-great Unimark, and was released in 1970 to de-tangle the then […]

Photography: Lena C. Emery

Self-describing as itinerant, the photographer Lena C. Emery is probably more well-traveled than most. She was born in Germany and raised in Singapore. Emery later found her way to Paris to study Fine Arts at Parsons Paris School of Art & Design. After her schooling, she relocated to Berlin where she worked as an art director. […]

Studio Visit: Richard Haines

Studio Visit: Richard Haines

Richard Haines is among the most well-known illustrators working in fashion today. He cut his teeth in fashion design but has come to practically reinvent the art of menswear illustration and has worked prolifically for the likes of The New York Times, Prada, Dries van Noten and GQ. His seminal blog, What I Saw Today, is a feast […]

Interview: Base Range

Interview: Base Range

Every Paris Fashion Week, models suddenly appear on the métro and one hears everything but French on the streets of Le Marais and every empty space seems to have turn into a showroom. We took this as a great opportunity to pay a visit to the Base Range showroom and for a glimpse at what they have […]

BEST Products / SITE Architecture

BEST Products / SITE Architecture

In architecture, the 20th century in America was the era of the suburban tract house, the anonymous office tower, the strip mall and the big box store. Crank ‘em out, rake it in. Though today we’re moving back to city centres in droves, the big-box typology in particular remains as powerful as ever—even in the age […]

Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape

Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape

Diversity is an important feature of the United States—not only in its people, but also its landscapes. They vary greatly, from the vast canyons of the Southwest to the towering skyline of New York City. These landscapes aren’t just focused on nature, but also how we who occupy the land and where our culture intersects […]

Adidas: A Brief History

Adidas: A Brief History

The Bavarian town of Herzogenaurach just northeast of Nuremburg is home to one of the bitterest rivalries in all of sports, in all of fashion and in all of shoedom. Brothers Adolph and Rudolf Dassler were born and raised there, and after fighting in WWI the two joined forces to make some rather fine athletic footwear. They […]

Lettering: Andy Luce

Lettering: Andy Luce

This week, Portland-based designer/typographer/letterer Andy Luce was kind enough to shows us the ropes of his craft. Richmonders will know his identity work from the excellent new food experience, the Dog and Pig Show in Church Hill, which we’ll also be visiting soon. Take it away, Andy.  * Calligraphy and lettering have been the refined visual expressions of […]

Icon: The Navy Chair

Icon: The Navy Chair

In the history of modern design, few American pieces have have attained the same status as the many Danish, Italian and British designs now considered icons. Of the American chairs every design 101 student can identify, most of them were designed by that prolific Pacific power couple, the Eamses. The 1006, also fondly known as the […]

Churches of Palermo

Churches of Palermo

If you need to reconcile yourself with the word baroque, Sicily, and specifically Palermo, is the place to go. Forget all the awful things the adjective has been associated with, and meet the true masters of barocco. They might be heavy on the decor, but they’re also surprisingly harmonious. They somehow manage to make floor-to-ceiling patterned […]

Architecture of Independence

Architecture of Independence

Modernism was supposed to be the world’s great equalizer. A set of no-frills, all rational, all functional principles by which homes, neighborhoods, cities and entire nations would rocket harmoniously into a friction-free future. These principles spread like wildfire after WWII, and while they were in both literal and figurative shambles by the 1970s, there was no nation […]

Richmond in 35

Richmond in 35

Cities are all too often reduced to icons: yellow taxi New York boulevards, pretty Paris Cafés, London tube stations. In Richmond, Virginia’s case, it’s the mighty James River. Tavish Timothy captures the unseen textures of the River City in stunningly composed film photography. He photographs his city in the time between a full time job downtown […]

Introducing: AMI

Introducing: AMI

In fashion, there is only one constant: Paris. Though it cycles in an out of favor from season to season and decade to decade, the original home of haute couture and Truffaut film noir will always have some little something over the cold rigour of Copenhagen, the brashness of New York, London’s cerebral experiments or […]

Book Review: Menswear Illustration

Book Review: Menswear Illustration

Richard Kilroy’s upcoming Menswear Illustration from Thames & Hudson is a cherrypicked compendium of the very best illustrators making work related to men’s fashion today. It contains a nice spectrum of artistic styles, from the intimidating tough guy bravado of Marco Kleifisch and the choc-a-bloc panels of stylized dandies of Jiiakuann to the painterly, somber John Salt-esque works of Lee Song. There are, […]

Interview: Bijan Berahimi

Interview: Bijan Berahimi

Less than 2 years after earning a BFA from CalArts, Bijan Berahimi has already hit a major professional stride. He’s done solid work for Nike Soccer’s 2014 World Cup effort, has illustrated for publications like GOOD and lectures at the likes of Santa Fe University of Art & Design. The contemporary art and design gallery he co-founded in Portland, […]

Introducing: Chiyome

Introducing: Chiyome

We like brands that go out of their way to produce in a transparent, equitable way — even more so when they keep production near design. We like brands whose design sensibility is driven by real perspective on art, functionality and culture. And we like brands that somehow manage to truly differentiate themselves in an endless of […]

Chandeliers of Sicily

Chandeliers of Sicily

The creativity and the craftsmanship on display in churches across Sicily was beyond everything I had imagined. They quite often leave literally leave no spot unadorned, which makes it thoroughly rewarding to take time for exploring dark corners and to strain your neck looking above your head. One of the things that particularly caught my eye were the […]

The Streets of Paris Fashion Week

The Streets of Paris Fashion Week

Paris runways are always grand, but the streets around the city this time of year are filled with a jaunty, debonair style all their own — usually accented with une clope. Photographer/book publisher-by-day François Guillaume‘s knack for capturing Paris’ denizens in their element, with one eye on the decisive moment and the other on style, makes his […]

systems

systems

Today in Paris, Das-Programm opened the third instalment of Systems, an exhibition of contemporary posters that reinterpret Braun’s seminal midcentury design. The works come from a solid group of designers—among them are Spin, Ross Gunter, Playgroup—most of whose stylistically Modernist works were no doubt shaped in some way by the brand. In addition to the posters, a collection of midcentury Braun eye candy […]

Here

Here

Synechdoche – n. A figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa. As in “hired hands”, referring to the movers who tidily pack away the the last of your belongings as you move away from your childhood home. As in “wheels”, referring to your first car in […]

Kinematics Dress

Kinematics Dress

For all the talk of wearables and their infinite potential to revolutionize your style game, innovation on that front has so far amounted to 1) fitness trackers, 2) watches of dubious utility and 3) gimmicky eyewear that cries out for punches to the face. While the fitness trackers are a welcome addition to the mainstream tech […]

Interview: Alan Del Rio Ortiz

Interview: Alan Del Rio Ortiz

Brooklyn director and photographer Alan Del Rio Ortiz is quickly becoming indie music’s go-to creative force for clean, expressive visual treatments. One look at his work, and it’s easy to see why. He’s directed videos for Blood Orange, Danny Brown and more, and accompanied St. Vincent on tours around the globe. Much like the music […]

Houseboat

Houseboat

From a distance, houseboat living conjures some pretty romantic notions: a life of freedom afforded by aquatic transience, a rugged lifestyle of necessity, idyllic solitude. While the pragmatic realities of living on a glorified barge may be a bit starker, from time to time we still find ourselves caught up in the escapist whimsy induced […]

You Have Too Much Shit

You Have Too Much Shit

Chris Thomas has a simple message for you: you have too much shit. The UK-based designer’s latest project is a punchy little self-help manual to help you wade through the clutter of your modern life. One part Thoreau’s Walden, one part Adam Mansbach’s Go the F*ck to Sleep, YHTMS makes a pretty convincing case for ditching […]

London in 35

London in 35

Cities are all too often reduced to icons: yellow taxi New York boulevards, pretty Paris cafés, Belfast bombs. Our friend, model and artist Eva Manticova, photographs her current hometown with an eye for imperfection and contradiction, and in the process reveals the rich, nuanced texture of the real London. We interviewed her several months back about […]

Goat Town

Goat Town

Guangzhou, the industrial powerhouse of southern China, is nicknamed “Goat Town” after its foundation myth in which five goats descended from the heavens with rice stalks to save the people from starvation. The photographic series Goat Town is an investigation into the vast and consuming alterations being made to the city’s landscape. Using the backdrop of my […]

Interview: James Young

Interview: James Young

We first stumbled across the work of budding illustrator James Young earlier this year when he entered (and won) our Human Being Journal 5: Cover the Cover contest. While it’s rare for us to feature an artist while they’re still in school, his story struck us as particularly fascinating. He’s enrolled at both Brown University […]

Interview: Christopher David Ryan aka CDR

Interview: Christopher David Ryan aka CDR

Christopher David Ryan, the graphic designer and illustrator better known as “CDR,” is by all accounts a generous person. Aside from the plethora of free printout downloads of the more shareworthy design on his site, he recently ran an online promo where anyone who filled out a form would receive a free original drawing for the holidays. Separate from giveaways […]

CLOG: World Trade Center

CLOG: World Trade Center

Freedom Tower has been topped out, the ribbons cut and the missives launched. The consensus from across the spectrum so far? Epic fail. Or at least, a massive missed opportunity and disappointing anticlimax for the most anticipated American architectural project of the century so far. And so, there has never been a more appropriate time […]

Our Place

Our Place

That chasm between friends who move apart, and then reunite can be an impossible one to bridge. One grows in every which way when out in the world, and perspective and inside jokes and priorities inevitably change. What is there to talk about? How does one find their place with each other again? Our Place […]

Milk & Oysters

Milk & Oysters

Tonight Ed.Varie opens Milk & Oysters, a new group photography exhibition curated by Alldayeveryday. The ‘do will showcase limited-edition photography work — to be unveiled this evening — from “eleven long time friends” in its venerable Tompkins Square Park space (host also to Ana Kraš’ Mothers With Spoons exhibition earlier this year). Ed. Varie sets the mood with perhaps this season’s best exhibition teaser: “As […]

Introducing: Doug Johnston

Introducing: Doug Johnston

Doug Johnston thinks at every scale. With an education in architecture and a body of work that spans installation, fiber, and performance art, sculpture, design, architecture, and music, the Brooklyn-based polymath creates multimedia pieces that could just as easily be set on a bookshelf as they could be lived in as a temporary sitting room. […]

Human Being Journal 5: Cover the Cover Winners

Human Being Journal 5: Cover the Cover Winners

During the month of November, we challenged our Instagram followers to reinterpret the cover of Human Being Journal 5 — any medium, any style with the directive to Cover the Cover and its iconic photograph of Ana Kraš by Marcelo Gomes. The response was fantastic, with dozens of entries coming in from as far away as Italy, Japan and New Zealand as well […]

Louisiana: Paula Modersohn-Becker

Paula Modersohn-Becker died from an embolism at the age of 31. It was an abrupt and untimely end for an artist whose visceral, almost unnerving work made her one of expressionism’s foremost pioneers. Yet, when viewed through her paintings it seems a poetic conclusion to an artist whose portrayal of life itself is as enigmatic as […]

Beautiful Bakelite

Beautiful Bakelite

Polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride — better known as bakelite, was among the first synthetic plastics. Heavy, hardy, lustrous and rather versatile, it had become omnipresent within a few decades of its 1907 patent. Telecom utilities issued standard bakelite phones by the hundreds of thousands, it was liberally used in electronics and machinery components and allowed for unprecedented new shapes for everything from […]

Photography: Yann Faucher

Photography: Yann Faucher

Yann Faucher is the kind of uncompromising, unyielding artist that seems to come along less and less frequently. He left a promising career in the sciences for the uncertain path of a photographer, and jumped ship on a lark for London with no contacts and minimal possessions. He works hard to support his photography, mostly earning money […]

Polaroids: Ramón Felix

Polaroids: Ramón Felix

We were captivated by Ramón Felix’s gritty, irreverent imagery back when we first met him in Oakland this September. His story is fascinating — read the old post for his recounting of what is likely among the most unconventional paths to a photography career we’ve ever heard — and he makes plain excellent work, from portraits of the […]

Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui

Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui

Alongside Miwako Nishizawa’s Twelve Views of Virginia, a sweeping retrospective of artist Kawase Hasue (1883-1957), Water and Shadow, also opened last week at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The prolific painter and printer remains one of Japan’s most significant artists of all time, and his influence and technique continue to resonate in contemporary Japanese art. For a long-form history of […]

Brutal Beauty: Lake Anne Plaza

Brutal Beauty: Lake Anne Plaza

Let’s say brutalism is an acquired taste, yes? That most reviled of architectural traditions, synonymous with communist tower blocks, impenetrable government fortresses and 1970s public works, has never done much to endear itself to a general populace who prefers pretty, light, flashy or whimsical. Brutalism is serious, stern. But it’s not called brutalism because it’s […]

Twelve Views of Virginia

Twelve Views of Virginia

To the wider world, Virginia is something of an enigma. The place might conjure images of colonialism, government bureaucracy or perhaps I-95 traffic, but compared to most any state from bayou Louisiana to flat Iowa to woodsy Oregon, Virginia is harder to pin down. It is officially Southern, but it’s a world away from the […]

Herd In Iceland

Herd In Iceland

As colder temperatures start to stick around, our attitudes shift to what winter comes to mean: hot cocoa, wool sweaters, bottomless slush puddles and piling logs in a fireplace. To the minds of many, a place that seems locked in eternal winter (and must really pile on the wool sweaters) is the country of Iceland. […]

Studio Visit : Scott Laufer

Studio Visit : Scott Laufer

As we walk to the car at the end of a visit to his studio in the back of a Los Angeles bungalow, Scott Laufer points out the zombie figurine in the yard of the home across the street. “They put it up a few nights ago and I jumped the first time I saw […]

C’era una volta: Gaia Stella

C’era una volta: Gaia Stella

Milan illustrator Gaia Stella literally has a storybook life—in her young career, she’s become a reference point for children’s book illustration, a few of which have become contemporary standards in Italy. She builds stamps and then composes her tableaux in a technique that combines drawing, construction and collage. It makes for a whimsical chunkiness that naturally lends itself to storybooks, […]