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Mass Installations

Guerilla art is always fun. Especially when it crops up in unique and typically mundane locations. Artist and photographer Carson Davis Brown has created an installation series entitled “Mass”. The installations are constructed in retail and department stores, most notably Target, and are completely made up of objects and products for sale within the store. The compositions are mostly monochrome and combine disparate or incongruous items to make architectural forms. Once completed the sculptures are left for other shoppers to find providing an element of delight in an otherwise bland and monotonous shopping experience.

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Building a retreat in the rainforest is not a simple task. All materials and equipment need to be transported to the site. This design employs a basic palette of materials which made the construction process faster and helped to reduce the cost of the project.

The holiday house looks out over a waterfall through the floor to ceiling windows. Brazilian architects Atelier Marko Brajovic. Their design for ‘ARCA’ was derived from an indigenous housing structure of native Brazilians.

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Baux Acoustic Panels

When you think about acoustic panels design and sustainability are not the first things that come to mind. These panels however have set about changing that. Designed by Form Us With Love for the Swedish company Baux come in 20 different colors and are available in 5 pressed patterns. The panels are made of wood wool, cement and water.

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Teichhaus by HPSA

Poised on the crest of a hill. Teichhaus by HPSA is a beautiful little house of under 600 square feet shows exactly how little we actually need in a home. The minimal space uses large expansive cabinets to make room for all the necessary fixtures and storage and to divide the bed area from the living space. Perched on a small private swimming pond and with great views of the city this little house is a lovely serene escape.

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Google, Evolved

Over the past 17 years we have seen a lot of changes in realm of the internet. A large portion of which are due to the pioneering nature of Google. As they have grown and evolved they seemed to put off growing up until now. With some restructuring and a fresh outlook Google is continuing their work to improve the world we live in through technology and how we use it.

Excited to see what the next 17 years have in store for them.

Beer Friday: Minibar Concept

The minibar definitely holds an interesting position in the hierarchy of home furnishings and has definitely been without some much deserved design attention for quite a while. Cecilie Manz collaborated with Danish furniture maker Rud Rasmussen in the design and fabrication of this concept for Wallpaper’s Handmade exhibition. Although the scale of it makes it slightly awkward calling it a minibar the resulting piece would be at home in any modern drinkers home.

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Japanese Phrases

I have long had a love and respect for Japanese culture and language. The nuanced beauty of their words and phrases, and how they reflect a depth of understanding of the world around us is inspiring. These 7 Japanese phrases are a great example of detail to which their language goes to describe the world around us and our existence in it. My favorite definitely has to be KUIDAORE. See the rest of 14 Japanese Phrases on Buzzfeed.

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Apartment 50 by ECAL

Apartment 50 was designed by a group of students in the Masters of Product Design program at ECAL. The unit in Le Corbusier’s famous Cité Radieuse housing complex was restored by two enthusiasts, Jean-Marc Drut and Patrick Blauwart and the students were charged with designing and exhibiting objects for daily use in the complex.

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Bang Bang Pegboard

Wow! Totally loving this modular shelving system by George & Willy. Made up of cut and finished plywood and dowels the Bang Bang Pegboard is an ingenious storage and display concept. The idea for the system comes from an unlikely, but understandable place. The childhood game of Battleship where players insert pegs into a game board based on positions called out by opposing players.

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Beer Friday: Mikkeller Running Club

I am still on a big health kick and part of my regimen has been running. So you can imagine how excited I was when I heard about the Mikkeller Running Club. The Copenhagen based brewer has so far launched chapters in London, Chicago, Brooklyn and many other cities around the world. Definitely sounds like my kind of running crew.

The club logo and ephemera were all designed by Keith Shore who also designs all the other visuals for Mikkeller including their well known labels. You can find a bunch of great gear and other cool knick knacks over in their shop.

(via Oh Beautiful Beer »)

“speed is not the main target in Mikkeller Running Club. Having fun and great social relations is our top priority and we´re just proud to see MRC members take part in races and events around the world.

Few would dispute the fact that exercise is good for your body, soul and general health. We believe that beer is too…”

Michael Sole

I am in love with these landscape and seascape paintings by British painter Michael Sole. The textures and rendering effects he uses give his paintings a unique and lively look. The water appears turbid and the land vibrates with life. Checkout more of his work over on his site.

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Russ & Daughters Redesign

Russ & Daughters is a New York City and Lower Eastside institution. When something has such a well known and historic brand a redesign can a really scary undertaking. In preparation for opening their new cafe on Orchard St. R&D hired Kelli Anderson to design all the branding and collateral for the new restaurant. She worked closely with Jen Snow, the director of public relations and marketing for R&D. Like many restaurant projects th

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Mini Concrete Buildings

Concrete has always been one of my favorite architectural materials. It has both a flexibility of applications and a permanence that doesn’t often come together. Nitin Barchha and Disney Davis, the designers who started the studio Material Immaterial, created these cute miniature concrete buildings to honor concrete and its beauty.

“Many of the best and most influential buildings of the last century are constructed with concrete, from Le-Corbusier’s quintessentially modernist Villa Savoye, to Frank Lloyd Wright’s spellbinding Falling water, and from Oscar Niemeyer’s nation defining Brasilia, to Tadao Ando’s exhilarating Church of the Light.”

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Chaz Bundick: Sketch to Screen

I have enjoyed the music of Toro y Moi ever since I first heard it. Also the visual art and design of Chaz Bundick has really caught my eye. Yours Truly made this great little video with Chaz where he talks about his process and the background behind his art and music. Very insightful and interesting perspective.

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Beer Friday: Happy 4th!

In our opinion there is no better way to celebrate the 4th of July than to tip back a few cold ones with family and friends and fire up the grill. We posted this awesome branding by Matthew Genitempo for a fictitious beer company a while back, but it’s so perfect to celebrate independence day. Wish we could cheers some America beers.

El Camino Foodtruck

Summer is definitely the season of food trucks and the El Camino food truck looks like a true gem. Designed by the super talented folks over at Savvy Studio, this truck features some amazing hand painted signage and graphics all over it. The attention to detail is enlightened. With every little element beautifully branded and lightly kissed with design. Certainly making us hungry on this Thursday morning.

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Aaron Draplin – The 15 Minute Logo

Aaron Draplin has long since been a hero of mine. From his no holds barred style of design to his fervent love for the design history and the logos of a bygone better time. Also when talking about Draplin it is always necessary to mention the amazing talks he has graced the globe with. His energy and love what he does is infectious and you are sure to have a great time in the audience listening to him.

Now on to this awesome little video made for the tutorial folks at Lynda. Draplin throws down an amazing little logo work session from concept and sketch through to some refinement on the computer. In just 15 minutes the amount of iterations and insight that he shares with us is a true testament to his skill.

Magnetic Wooden Hooks

Magnets are so often under thought and under designed objects. These little wooden magnets were inspired by the forms of traditional Japanese pottery. The resulting objects add a nice bit of delight to an otherwise mundane way of affixing things. They are also for sale over in The Spoon & Tomago shop.

Fermentation Friday: Mama O’s Kimchi

As I am on a serious health kick that involves a strict zero alcohol policy I thought replacing Beer Friday with a newly coined Fermentation Friday would be a fun idea. I have become progressively more obsessed with lacto-fermented foods and especially vegetables as of late. One such infatuation has been with kimchi and one of my two favorite brands is from a little family outfit called Mama O’s. The depth of flavor and the rich sweetness envelops your mouth while a sour spicy kick slaps your tongue. Stay tuned as I hope to introduce a few other of my favorite fermented products on the next couple of Fridays.

Sean Mundy

With everyone these days calling themselves photographers its rare to come across such amazing work among all the static. Sean Mundy creates amazing stark and graphic compositions of seemingly alternate realities. Keep up with the young Canadian photographer on his Tumblr.

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