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Urban Wineworks

Normally when I find myself in a wine shop I tend to be more trusting of wines, which have a classic timeless design. Labels that feel like they could have been the same for nearly 100 years. But every once in a while I come across a vibrant modern design that makes me rethink that. This branding for Urban Wineworks by the extremely talented Foundry Collective is a perfect example of this. Their design rethinks what parts and faces of a label need to accomplish specific tasks. Instead of sticking to any existing label convention they have turned this label in to a simple organized puzzle of rectangles containing type, graphic or texture.

(via Design Work Life »)

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Kinoishi Wooden Rocks

We are now living in a time where technology and thus children’s toys evolve on almost and hourly basis. A bag of rocks feels refreshing. The soft round tactile orbs are the minimalist parents dream toy, and the clean up would be much easier than a thousand legos. They were designed to support Pass the Baton charity market by Taku Satoh.

(via Spoon & Tomago »)

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I first came across Henrybuilt in an issue of Dwell several years ago, and I was immediately taken with their attention to detail and the infusion of craft in their modern work. Often in modern design we see construction and function sacrificed to achieve a specific look while maintaining a sufficient profit margin. Henrybuilt is on the other end of the spectrum from those types of furniture designers. Creating systems for the kitchen, dinning room, and the whole house. Items can range in size from this example, of a backsplash rack with a beautifully crafted wooden inset knife rack, up to entire kitchens or rooms. Every piece is made to order, and each project is taken on as a design project where they will configure and customize their existing components to your space.

Summerhouse in Danish Kandestederne

The true intrigue of this summerhouse, for me lies in the utterly basic palette of materials, which are very intrinsic to both the area and type of building. However the forms that compose the building and it’s layout are actually extremely modern. This juxtaposition is softened by the material choice and nicely blends into the wind blow dunes surrounding it. Summerhouse in Danish Kandestederne designed by CF Møller Arkitektfirmaet.

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Eames Ltr Exhibition

Besides being a serious design, illustration, and typographical powerhouse House Industries has also been lucky enough to work with one of the greatest design legacies of all time. Over the past few years they have created several amazing projects from inspired by Charles and Ray Eames. The newest foray has been a collaboration with Herman Miller Japan. Together they have made this limited series of 80 tables. Each of the classic Eames wire-base tables is finished with a letter, number or ornament from the House Industries Eames Century Modern font collection, and come packed in a custom designed wooden shipping crate.

(via Swiss Legacy »)

All-set Card Set

I am sort of a big fan of cards and printed goods in general, but holiday cards for some reason normally fall outside my scope of interest. A set like this however does a lot to revive the genre. Designed by Colle McVoy this All-Set Card Set boasts that it’s contents have got you covered for most if not all occasions. My favorite being the Mistletoe Farmer christmas card. Another point of note is the wholly outstanding, and entirely amazing typographical designs, which grace the faces of the cards.

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Wear Today

Wear Today is a simple quirky personal project by Ed Kim who is the lead designer at Stamped. The guideline of the project is as simple as it’s name. Ed illustrates a few of the key elements of his outfit everyday, which becomes interesting when items or entire outfits are repeated. I really liked looking at the tumblr archive of his blog because you can start to see the pattern or at least texture that his habits of clothing choice begin to create.


Renaud Hallée aka Possible Metrics created this amazing minimal, yet intricate video, which creates the music track through an animation cycle. I am starting to really love minimal visualizations and animations accompanying the music I listen to. The other example this reminds me of was the Visualizing Bach’s Cello Suite which posted a few weeks ago.

(via Bons Mots »)

Cermic Fan Heater

All of the products in Plus Minus Zero (±0) are the epitome of minimalist design perfection, and are also stunningly curated. This new Ceramic Fan Heater is a beautiful design object and heating source.

(via Minimalissimo »)

Migration East Print

This print to me epitomizes good design, it is a beautiful and precious piece of art, but the thinking behind the simplified forms that capture the motion and essence of a flock of birds elevates it. The print is a hand pulled two color silkscreen, black ink over a grey ink background. Migration East was printed by Kai and Sunny for the Ghosts of Gone Birds exhibition, whose mission is to breathe life back into the bird species we have lost through artistic expression.

(via NOTCOT »)

John & John Crisps Packaging

I am really wishing I could get my hands on some of these John & John potato crisps. Since they are based in the UK and only seem to export to Germany that appears out of reach. I have to imagine how amazing they must be since I am definitely the kind of guy who would just a book by it’s cover, or a edible item by it’s packaging. Design for their beautiful product line and website is rumored, but not confirmed to have been done by Peter Schmidt Group.

Yeta Cabin

In our hyper connected world I find many people yearn to have a simple escape from it all. A cabin like this one designed by Lab Zero is perfect. The construction is even super cool, with the stacked logs, which I am sure creates a insulated quiet space. Based on the size of this little cabin it bares a large amount of amenities including a photovoltaic system allowing the house to live completely off the grid.

(via WANKEN »)

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The Houl

The Houl is a highly sustainable, zero carbon rating house. A long single story plan with a glass wall facing the amazing valley below. If you observe the number and placement of the windows including the extremely open side facing the view you can definitely tell that Simon Winstanley architects thought significanftly about how the house would interact with nautural light.

(via ArchDaily »)

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Harpa Concert Hall

The Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland hangs on the edge of the sea with panoramic views of both the water and mountains. So it stands to reason that Henning Larsen Architects would want to mimic the natural surroundings in the structure. For the facade they collaborated with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson who created a design which so vividly captures the colors and movement of the sea, and also since the glass is highly reflective actually interacts with the changes of light and texture of the water.

Wintery Trees

The one promotional emailer I never seem to dread, and always open is that from the good folks of Tattly. This week I was happy to see a couple of great new seasonally appropriate designs. My new personal favorite are the Wintery Trees, designed by Josh Smith.

Mikey Burton Stamp

As far as business card printing techniques go this one is far from the most elaborate, but we can definitely all take some notes from it’s ingenuity. Mikey Burton collaborated with Cranky Pressman to create this custom to go stamp, which allows Burton to turn just about any porous surface into a promotional material. In addition it can hook right onto your keychain, which would definitely help me to avoid those awkward “yes I am a designer, no I don’t have a business card on me moments” we all encounter.

(via The Fox Is Black »)

Stamped First Thoughts

Yesterday Stamped was released into the App Store, and these are my first thoughts. A refreshingly simple interface and a new take on social aggregation of good things. Doesn’t look like Stamped can or will do anything wrong. That kind of makes sense though since unlike Yelp they have no intention of showcasing any bad or even mediocre reviews.

To stamp something in the language of the creators means you whole heartedly believe that said restaurant book or movie deserves five out of five stars. This reminds me of the the recently released Nosh app. which I posted about here. Both have some weird post Google employee, still somehow connected to Google syndrome going on. The interesting part to me is this common thread between the two, focusing much more heavily on the transaction of positive feedback or ratings than negative ones. This is a drastic shift in the general internet mode of overtly bashing anything that exists. It’s obvious that searching a smaller database of information created by friends or other trustworthy sources than to scour a massive site like Yelp for anything, but misleading argumentative comments. I hope most people like and trust their friends and if you do there are probably those of them you value their opinions more in certain areas. An example would be my friend Kyle is a great cook so if he recommends the new book from Mario Batali I know it has to be good, but I also just like Kyle so if he says the new Bon Iver album is good I will probably want to check that out too. A lot more at least than if Candace69 from South Beach says she thought it was okay.

I can’t wait for Stamped to get more populated with users and stamps and I think we can anticipate reviews and web based feedback to become increasingly more positive as smaller communities are created.

Hood Canal Boathouse

Architects Bosworth Hoedemaker revived this building from a 1950s boat shed into a rich light filled little escape. Obvious inspiration was drawn from nautical design and the utilitarian interior ends up being equal parts function and comfort. The Hood Canal Boathouse as it has been named can open up on warm days to embrace the amazing view or be all shuttered up to greet a storm. Simple explorations in living space such as this are really inspiring to me because they help us understand how we can live with less space and thus a smaller foot print.

(via FFFFOUND! »)

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Is That a Fish in Your Ear?

Language feels like a living organism the way it evolves and changes over time, and in recent time has been paralleled by written language and then typography. This video is so interesting because it pairs typography so directly with the discussion of language. It is a beautifully engaging promo video for David Bellows new book Is That a Fish in Your Ear. All this awesome type and animation work was done by Matt Young.

(via OK Great »)


The first thing that drew me to this house was is placement. So delicately poised amongst the trees and above the river. I am also in love with the interior, utterly simple and utilitarian, but everything is finished with a certain elegance. Design for this project was carried out by London based Featherstone Young Architects.

(via ArchDaily »)

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