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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.

(via Co.Design »)


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…”


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.”

(via iGNANT »)


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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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.


The Birth of Saké

I have been enamored with Japanese culture, design, and food ever since I can remember. This documentary coming out this year promises to tell the lesser known story of how saké comes to life. The Birth of Saké aims to capture the beauty and intensity it takes to turn a simple grain into the luscious and vibrant liquid.

(via The Fox Is Black »)


Graphic Means

Some people may argue, but I think there is always room for another graphic design related documentary. Graphic Means just wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign. Film maker and director Briar Levit aims to explore and share the techniques and tools behind the profession.


Baron Batch’s Angry Man Salsa

Being a hot sauce, salsa, and general condiment enthusiast you can bet your ass I am in love with Baron Batch’s Angry Man Salsa. I was lucky enough to taste some at a friends apartment, but have been unable to get my hands on anymore as it is completely sold out for the time being. In addition to be enamored by the simple perfection of flavor I am of course swooning over their packaging and identity. Those designs were carried out by the now shuttered Foundry Co.

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Beer Friday: Garage Beer Co.

After visiting Barcelona in February I am so disappointed I didn’t get to check out Garage Beer Co. It seems like they are only getting up to steam now and are still operating out of what looks like a really awesome garage. Craft beer and micro-brewing is yet to catch on in Europe the way it has in the US. It is always nice to see someone taking the risk. Their straightforward branding and the associations of the name are really spot on. Hopefully I will make over their again before too long and will get to taste their carpark creations. Happy Beer Friday and cheers!


Timeless – Massimo Vignelli

The fact that Massimo Vignelli is no longer with us is something that has stuck with me. When I saw “Timeless: Massimo Vignelli” posted on AisleOne it made me smile. Vignelli’s impact on design is still strong and this collection of original and inspired works is proof of that. The show is up until April 18th, 2015 at the Okendo Cul­tural Cen­tre in San Sebastián, Spain.

The poster above was designed by Mash Cre­ative.


Kawara Chair

This ingenious and simple design by Tsuyoshi Hayashi repurposes discarded Japanese roof tiles. The resulting chairs are both innately Japanese and the addition of colors is amazing.

“Japanese roof tiles are fired at 1200 degrees celsius, much higher than the 800 degree temperature of European tiles, meaning that they can hold the weight of a person up to 250 lbs.”

(via The Fox Is Black »)


Vipp Shelter

The design of Vipp products and their home fixtures have always been some of my favorites. Their newest projects has already garnered a Wallpaper Design Award. Simply named the Vipp Shelter, it is a minimalist lovers dream. A prefab solution to a simple, sleek, no frills sort of home. I have to say I love every element of this living space both inside and out. The price per square meter might be a little steep, but just take a look and see for yourself(180 square feet and priced at $585k).

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Sinnerlig for Ikea

As a business and design model I have always been inspired by Ikea, however it has been quite a while since any of their designs have really caught my attention. Sinnerlig definitely has though. Designed in collaboration with British designers Studioisle. Due to release around the globe in August the collection features furniture, home goods and fixtures all made out of cork or a subdued palette of other natural materials and fibers.

(via Minimalissimo »)

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Beer Friday: Coors Cans

A little beer history for you on this lovely Friday. The design for these commemorative cans was carried out by San Francisco based Landor Associates.

“From its origin as the beverage of choice at Colorado miner banquets to its high-quality ingredients, Coors Banquet is the one and only beer that exemplifies the legendary timeless western spirit. The Banquet Beer celebrates its rich heritage with the limited release of three special edition pint designs, each commemorating an iconic symbol that has made Coors Banquet The Legend Since 1873.”


Designing Alan Turing’s World

I have long been fascinated by the graphic design and art direction of movies. The products, spaces and often times completely fabricated environments goes so far beyond the scope of what a normal graphic designer is responsible for. Their designs must toe the line between realistic but also perfectly nuanced for the subject matter. I recently saw “The Imitation Game” and the design of all the early technology and cryptographic drawings were remarkable. So when I stumbled across a post about MinaLima on FastCo. I was super excited to read more about them. They have worked on a wide range of movies we all know and love with a truly inspiring breadth of work and depth of skill. Take a look at some of these images capturing their work on the true story of Alan Turing and if you haven’t caught it yet its definitely worth a watch.

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Anagrama – Portfolio Update

The clean and crisp work of Anagrama is always an inspiration to me. Their ability to distill ideas into such beautiful designs is amazing. They recently added a ton of new projects to their site, and after perusing it I am so impressed and in love with so much of their recent work. Pictured here is a small selection of my favorites.

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Beer Friday: Mr. Pineapple

A little hiatus from beer and an even longer break from posting has come to an end. Also as the cold weather sets in we in Northeast have begun dreaming of warmer sun dappled climes. In that spirit this week we raise a glass, or can, of Mr. Pineapple from SanTan Brewing in Arizona for all of those folks stuck in the frigid regions. The playful color palette and can design of MR. P is that exact type of vibrance that helps us get through darker shorter days.

(via The Fox Is Black »)


New Work: Knowlita FW14 – New York

Today we launch our Fall/Winter 2014 collection, which albeit a small release is perfectly timed for the arrival of the cold weather. Thanks for all the support and go take a look at all the great new clothing, accessories and prints.

Knowlita remains one of my favorite “clients” and one of the projects I get to the most fulfillment from. Having control and being involved on every step of the process from concept to packing and shipping orders changes ones perspective. Its less about creating beautiful graphics and artwork and more about delivering a thoroughly realized idea or package to your audiences. Over a fun and arduous first year we have built up a strong base of friends and family on which we can rely to validate our ideas and prove that we are actually creating something of value. I continue to learn, adapt and become a better designer because of Knowlita and I hope that it will remain a platform for me to push myself.


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