For both an object and its designer to achieve icon status is rare, indeed. Once designed, produced and disseminated, an object or building is handed over to the wider culture, where it is either embraced and appropriated or summarily used up and tossed out. But even when object becomes icon, its designer is quite often […]
With a background in textiles and a penchant for Bauhaus-inspired design principles, Caitlin Mociun’s line of accessories is informed by an ahistorical use of textile and pattern traditions. She explores new technologies in order to create environmentally healthy products, too. We talked to Ms. Mociun about how she got into handmade jewelry and what’s next on her […]
No matter how perfect and clear early summer is in the South (where we’re at), it always undoubtedly evolves into oppressive heat and swampy humidity. It is these times that our minds turn to Los Angeles, the land land of milk and honey (and clear sunshine and endless juice bar options). Los Angeles-based designer Jasmin Shokrian […]
With a background in design editorial, Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov launched much-loved art and design site Sight Unseen in 2009 with the intent of giving us peeks behind the curtains of artists and creatives alike. In 2010, they launched Noho Design District, a showcase for cutting-edge design which helped launch emerging talent like Fort […]
It’s not difficult to remember. Bustling cities built in a day in primary blue, red, yellow, green. Pixelated space probes shattering into their component pieces on berber carpeted living room floors. Countertop kingdoms with pulley operated drawbridges. Pastiche combinations of the three, blended into one surreal and chaotic playworld. LEGO, the iconic children’s toy of […]
Spring is officially here, seemingly in earnest, with no pending snow storms on the horizon (at least where we’re sitting.) It’s one of our favorite seasons, heralding all sorts of fresh starts and newness: new blooms, new shoes, new opportunities. We couldn’t think of a better time to talk to our favorite professional organizer, Kristen […]
Our favorite overnight bags, Fleabags strives to create products that are as green as possible while maintaining high quality and covetable design. Shira Entis, a fashion designer and lover of all things tiny and over-sized, and Alex Bell, a lawyer and seeker of adventures, have been fleamarket addicts since they met at Brown University. Frustrated by […]
Land is an Austin-based design studio owned by Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes. We talked to the guys about living and working in the Lone Star State, the ancient symbolism that influences their work, and what they have in the works. Tell us a little bit about yourselves and your backgrounds. How did you […]
Canadian-born designer Dana Lee launched her ultra-wearable eponymous menswear label in 2009. Season after season she has created effortlessly cool collections rooted in simplicity, a sense of ease, and an informed and inspired color palette. We talked to Dana about her start in menswear, who she envisions as her customer, and the idosyncratic inspirations for her current […]
Los Angeles-based sisters Kimberly and Nancy Wu founded multi-media design project Building Block in 2011 with the intent of returning to square one. Their pared down approach to design somehow melds utilitarianism and an unconventional take on luxury, resulting in a collection of highly covetable bags and leather accessories. We talked to Kimberly and Nancy […]
Joan Tarragó is an illustrator and art director from Barcelona with an infectious personality, a penchant for meticulous detail, and a love for Voodoo symbolism. We met him at his recent gallery show in Richmond and learned why “drawing, drawing, drawing, working hard, and being nice to people” is his motto. Tell us a little […]
Alex Proba is a New York-based graphic designer who had a novel creative idea: every day before the day ends she would create a poster with one restriction, time (no more than 30 minutes to create.) It has become a routine and visual manifestation of her life, day-by-day (today marks her 268th poster). We asked […]
Denmark. To begin, I should mention that I’ve yet to visit this seemingly wonderful place. After hearing so many positive things about it, I simply can’t wait to step foot there. Aside from the obvious reasons that make Denmark a great country, it’s capital city, Copenhagen, seems to be the crème de la crème of global […]
Today marks the nationwide release of Wes Anderson’s 9th film “The Grand Budapest Hotel (a “complex caper” according to the New York Times) delighting Anderson-ites across the country. In honor of that release, our friend and graphic designer Emma Robertson (of the lovely design blog Emma Dime) took a closer look at The Wes Anderson Collection, the first […]
A Sydney native, Elizabeth Corkery recently completed her MFA at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and is currently living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. Trained as a printmaker, she has an ongoing fascination with the varied notion of the multiple and expanding intersection between fine art and design. We’re exploring Elizabeth’s work and her […]
There’s something welcoming about a city that talks to you in hand-written language. Merida and Valladolid are prime examples. Every corner has its own voice, rather than being limited to ten or so default typefaces from the sign shop. These types of advertisements are truly authentic. It’s the beautiful imperfection that gives these samples of […]
Draught Dry Goods is a creative platform with a working philosophy of balancing efficiency and effectiveness. While emphasizing sustainable practices and quality craftsmanship, Draight is passionate about sewing and leather working, and hope that there is evidence of this in each stitch and rivet. With an intent to make smart, beautiful things, with materials and […]
Based in Los Angeles, Harper Ave. creates simple, sleek, and always appropriate bags, suitable to accompany you from day to night, studio to farmer’s market, desk to disco, airport to art show – everywhere & anywhere! Each backpack is named after an architect or artist whose work inspired its particular colors and textures, giving each […]
Ettore Sottsass was an Italian architect and designer that through his work helped to make the world both a more functional and a more beautiful place in the late 20th century. From office furniture to glass and jewelry, he stamped his name on both consumerist products and experimental collaborations. Read on to learn how architecture and […]
Justin Tran is a Communication Arts undergraduate student at VCU with an affinity for illustration and other forms of visual communication. His graphic Neighborhoods of Richmond series is spot on, illustrating the signature architecture and landmarks of our regular haunts. Don’t see your ‘hood here? We hear Justin’s got more in the works soon, including the […]
We can’t get enough of this exterior space created by multidisciplinary design team (fos) for a restaurant facade in Madrid. Meaning light in Greek and melted in Catalan, (fos) in this project has been represented by a skin that covers both vertical and horizontal surfaces. “The protected facade of the vegan restaurant Rayen at Lope de Vega street in […]
Mansur Gavriel makes simple, high quality leather goods with Italian vegetable tanned leather and brightly colored interior coatings. Inspired by natural textures, pop colors, clean lines and simple shapes, the collection evokes Italy in the 1960s, or a classic California easiness and casual elegance. Mansur Gavriel was established by two friends in 2012, designed to […]
Jessica Lee, the designer behind Willow Knows, sits in her sunlight studio on the second floor of an inspiring local shop in Charlottesville, Virginia. In the past couple of years, she has turned a small line of hand-dyed and one-of-a-kind silk scarves into a full collection of dreamy, easy-to-wear and ethereal clothes for women. We […]
Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer most known for his work with consumer products company Braun, and the Functionalist School of Industrial Design. He championed a “less is more” attitude towards design that is still highly regarded and is considered one of the most influential industrial designers of the 20th century. Here’s a look […]
What are you supposed to do when you come across somebody so original doing something so unique that are no real terms ready to apply to it? You blog about it of course. Yeah, maybe not the best idea to try and write about something that leaves you speechless, but we wanted to share, so […]
We’re big, big fans of good clean design. We love type and we love just about anything that showcases type well. Typeverything is a beautiful, simple site by Andrei Robu, Darren Booth, Dominic Le-Hair, Jeff Rogers, Jeremy Pruitt, Luke Lucas, Maia Then, Mary Kate McDevitt, Neuarmy, Ryan Hamrick, Sawdust, and Simon Alander, who also all […]
Wallpaper Magazine asked Fort Standard to design a piece for their Handmade Exhibition in Milan. What did they decide to make? A survival kit, of course. Calling it “Life is Precious”, they set out to design a kit which looked and felt as important as its contents. Fort Standard’s design became largely about the packaging as it needed to […]
Back in September, London’s Ivory & Black released a beautiful little video showcasing and promoting an upcoming show with artist and designer Geoff McFetridge. It’s a great video. If you’re not already familiar with Geoff’s work, its a great introduction to how he visualizes things and then puts them into production. The show, entitled “Around Us & […]
Cabin Porn is a blog that features rad cabins in some of the most unbelievable, obscure and remote places around. Take a look and for more cabin porn go here.
Artist JR Schmidt has just done something many of us have probably thought about, but never actually moved off the couch for. By taking a timeless toy icon, in this case LEGO’s, he has created a three-dimensional graphic interpretation of NYC. Let’s make it clear, he didn’t build this out of actual LEGO’s, instead created […]
We’re completely fascinated by these images of the legendary designer Irving Harper’s farmhouse in upstate New York. His sculptures – made from scraps of paper, cardboard, matchsticks, and then secured with glue – are scattered throughout the house. Harper’s been tinkering about with these remarkable masks, shapes, and formations for decades, there are literally hundreds of […]
It’s hard to believe that most things can be around for 100 years, especially when it comes to design or architecture styles. Take for example Palladian Neo-Classicism, named after the Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), which celebrated the beauty of symmetry and had the appreciation to detail. This is the style of architecture that was […]
Our Favorite Alphastructaesthetitologist (typographic illustrator) is still killing it and we’re glad to see that he’s in it for the long haul. Jon has the work ethic of an ox and the enthusiasm of a kitten on cat nip. His old-meets-new Americana aesthetic has had us, clients, and even his many imitators swooning. When he’s not producing […]
Here’s how Leanie van der Vyver puts it: “Humans are playing God by physically and metaphorically perfecting themselves. Beauty is currently at an all time climax, allowing this project to explore what lies beyond perfection. Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard.”
Shop Class is a five-session mashup of innovative thinkers, doers and curious bystanders. It’s designed to showcase Richmond’s creative best and push new thinking by blurring the lines between creator and creative minded. Shop Class is organized and hosted by Peter Fraser, Ansel Olson, John Sarvay, Lauren Boynton and Lauren Stewart in the historic Marvin […]
Anna Duthie is a recent graduate of Glasgow School of Art, where she focused her studies on textile design and embroidery. Her 2012 graduate collection, Visualisations, layers her work on top of black and white photos. She describes it as “an appreciation of pattern, surface embellishment, contrasting textures, and colour”, we describe it as lovely.
“CLOG slows things down. Each issue explores, from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now. Succinctly, on paper, away from the distractions and imperatives of the screen.” We are excited to carry CLOG for just those reasons. We love the fact that it presents opinions and […]
In 1962 in Carlstadt, New Jersey, an employee of the Pantone Printing Company by the name of Lawrence Herbert, used his chemistry knowledge to organize the company’s stock of pigments and production inks. He soon purchased the company’s technological assets from his employers, organized them even more, and renamed them as Pantone. In 2012, French […]
Randy Noborikawa is really good at killing two birds with one stone. He’s also really good with neon, graphic design, mixed media, and painting. And it just so happens that he had no formal art training until his early 20′s at The Academy of Arts in San Francisco. What we’re currently really fond of are […]
In conjunction with the Facebook Edition Porsche , Volkswagen is launching their version of the the social media automobile, the Fanwagon. Unlike the Porsche, Volkswagen’s version just so happens to be equipped with unique tools that make direct reference to the social network (license plate displaying the status, print NewsFeed, etc.)..
Yes, we know. There are a million photos of similar, gorgeous interiors floating around the internet. It’s nothing new at all. But, then again, when you come across one that you really like, sharing it is the best thing you can do. The following are some shots from Mark Borthwick’s Brooklyn home. It’s hard not […]
Rajni Perera’s paintings are all about the delight and dread of peeling back cross-culture layers of meaning. Her work weaves in and out of gender questions and eastern/western cultures kind of a like a Russian doll peels through layers. At the same time her work is fun, very fun. Not just because of the bold […]
One of the internet’s most respected inspirational and creative design blogs has just posted their release date of July 14th for their sixth installment in print. It’s Nice That #6 has been designed by Philledephia’s finest, Andy Rementer. To get your hands on a copy before they’re gone (and they will go fast), visit here.
Later this week, Los Angeles will kick off their annal design festival showcasing the city as a global design capital. And why not? The cities history includes the birth of mid-century design as well as the likes of Charles and Ray Eames, Neutra, Schindler and more. Whether it is world class architecture, the design studios of […]
Pen Pencil Stencil is a one-man-creative run by Mark Giglio (not to be confused with Gigolo) out of Oakland, California. Mark has dabbled in many different mediums from print and fabric all the way to wood. His work has been used by Apple Inc., Dwell Magazine, Herman Miller and more. Not bad for a solo […]
Pierre Botardo moved to Brooklyn from Virginia Beach after living in Richmond. He’s been a long time friend of ours and has recently launched his portfolio site. He creates new worlds and shares his personal experiences by using found images in vintage magazines, photographs and occasionally, india ink.
If it wasn’t lavish enough already to drink Champagne, popping that bottle(s) just got cooler. Meet the the new cool in cocktails. ZARB Champagne not only is delicious (I’m only assuming) but the bottles are packaged so intricately that opening them might be easier than putting them on ice. Outsourced to various artists and designers […]
Born in Tehran, Iran and now working out of New York, Sarah Rahbar has made a series of beautiful flags that speak volumes to the worldly, patriotic, bohemien American in all of us. Her work has been criticized and loved, check it out for yourself at her website. Click for the continuation.
Don’t know too much about this guy or gal named Leif except that he/she really shows up how we’re connected to our bodies in this amazing collage series. If anyone can link us to more of his/her work, please do.
Kevin is a London-based sculpture that takes marble, resin and wood to the next level. His work is extremely detailed and unique beyond amazing. Click to see more of it.