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After a weekend away we have arrive back to our desks with heavy hearts. Today we mourn the loss of our friend, mentor and champion of design Massimo Vignelli. Our work and our approach to design have been and will continue to be influenced by the work and insight Vignelli shared with the world during his life. Thank you and goodbye Massimo!
Besides being a longtime friend and mentor Walton Ford is far and away my favorite contemporary painter. His recent exhibition has gone off with the same sensual panache he has become known for. Also a hat tip to Paul Kasmin Gallery as they always put on the most enjoyable shows and parties. Lucky for me Kasmin is just around the corner from my office so you can be sure I will be stopping in at lunch time to view these a few more times over the next few weeks.
Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to announce Watercolors, an exhibition of new paintings by Walton Ford at 293 Tenth Avenue, New York. Ford continues to explore the visual and narrative scope of traditional natural history painting with his monumental watercolors, chronicling encounters between human culture and the natural world. Several pieces in this exhibition will expand Ford’s longstanding practice of incorporating written marginalia in his work, featuring, for the first time, musings penned by the artist from the perspective of his animal subjects.
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For as long as I can remember George Clooney has been one of my favorite actors. Maybe its his everyman style or the clean crisp exterior cloaking a dark twisty inner turmoil. Either when I heard that he was going to be shot for W Magazine by Emma Summerton I was immediately excited. If that wasn’t enough the sets and the suit he would be wearing were to be designed by Yayoi Kusama. Another one of my favorite artists of all time. The resulting images are nothing short of amazing. Enough of my chatter. I have posted my favorite image here, but you should definitely head over to W and see the whole slideshow.
We at campsite are huge fans of Naoto Fukasawa and his designs. The Demetra Table Lamp for Artemide is no exception. This utilitarian design is easily adjustable and is very flexible and could work anywhere from an office desk to a living room end table. Operated by an LED the light is extremely efficient and has a dimmer and sensor built into the head of the lamp. No awkwardly placed cord switches here, thankfully.
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If you don’t have plans tonight you should definitely stop by the opening of Brancusi in New York 1913 – 2013 at Paul Kasmin. Since they represent my close friend Walton Ford and are a client of ArtBinder the startup I work for PK definitely has to be my favorite gallery. So this exhibition is just one more reason why I love them. This exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Brancusi’s first show at the Armory and his subsequent invasion of the American art scene. Hope to see some of you there tonight!
Wes Anderson has been at the top of my list as far as movie directors for a long time and despite the fact that I agree with Bobby’s assertions in his recent post. Even when one of his films falls below the bar we have grown to expect from him the worlds he is able to cultivate in his movies is unparalleled. I am super excited for Grand Budapest Hotel for three reasons. One it is the next and newest on Anderson’s filmography. Two the cast is as always exemplary not to mention there are some great new faces, wink wink old lady Tilda Swinton. Three the trailer equally torn between a goofy quizzical smile and stitches of laughter the entire way through.
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Long time friend and inspiring Berkshire chef Jeremy Stanton was recently featured in this Food Curated video piece talking about his catering business, his new venture The Meat Market, and his thoughts on creating a better food system. In addition to being a major proponent of the local and slow food movements Jeremy also through approach supports an open and more transparent outlook on food. His catering business of ten years does everything roasted over open flames right in front of the eaters. This has been adapted and evolved in his new butcher shop restaurant into a very open space where the entire operation can be viewed from the perspective of the patron.
Beastie Boys debut album License To Ill was one of the very first albums I purchased with my own money. The artwork from their early albums definitely had a significant impact on me and was some of the earliest design I was aware of. It is really interesting to here the artists, photographers and designs behind some of these, now iconic covers. One point that is made in this short video has to do with the idea that the artwork gained impact based on the music that was contained within the package.
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Last month’s CreativeMornings/NewYork was an extra special one. Legendary art director and author George Lois shared his inspiring words in the awe inspiring Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lois is best known for his nearly 100 covers for Esquire magazine created between 1962 and 1972. It is truly amazing to see how far CreativeMornings has come.
Ed Ruscha has been one of my favorite artists since before I even knew him by name. Through years of art school and after seeing several of his exhibitions I still really had no idea about who Ruscha really was. This short film by Lance Accord entitled ‘Ed Ruscha, Woody, and the World’s Hottest Pepper’ gives some beautiful insight into his process, his life, and how the two affect one another. The project came about as part of the second annual Art+Film Gala at LACMA.
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Ed Templeton, in addition to being one of my childhood idols is part of growing group of professional skateboarders turned creatives. Templeton’s camera has been a staple of tour trips and skate events forever, but now as he has shifted out of the skating spotlight the focus is drawn to his art. His photographic is mostly documentary with a touch of performance or experiential art mixed in. His early photos taken during his skating career capture things that an outsider would never otherwise be able to see. That insight is a beautiful thing.
The camera of choice for Templeton is of course a Leica. So as part of an ongoing series of interviews with photographers who use their rigs, Leica made this interview with him talking about his process and what inspires him.
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Today my favorite industrial designer Dieter Rams turns 80. Happy Birthday Dieter!
Number 53 from the new Laurence King book, 100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design, Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne look at ‘shadow play’ and it’s impact on design. My favorite piece is László Moholy-Nagy’s cover for 14 Bauhausbücher (14 Bauhaus Books). Moholy-Nagy had an unparalleled skill for creating depth in static planes, which is even more impressive based on the limited technologies at his disposal.
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Last night I saw Tony DiSpigna lecture on typography, design, life and rejection at Cooper Union. The lecture, which was entitled The Art of Letterforms dealt more with DiSpigna imparting to us that even thoughtful and amazing work gets rejected. A huge thank-you to Justin Thomas Kay and to Type@Cooper for hosting this lecture.
On April 18th graphic designer and film-maker Hillman Curtis passed away in his Brooklyn home surrounded by his loving family. Curtis was a visionary in the web community and helped revolutionize this space during the 90’s and early 00’s. I had the honor of meeting Curtis at an early Creative Mornings talk back in 2009 and I will forever remember the insight and inspiration he imparted. Thank you Hillman.
Charles and Ray Eames’ home in the Pacific Palisades outside of LA, formally known as Case Study House 8 is one of the most iconic pieces of 20th century architecture. It is also one of my favorite mid-century modern homes. I love the juxtaposition between the simple off the shelf aesthetic of the box, which creates the house, and it’s organic and curious contents. All of the houses contents have such a richness and power.
Charles and Ray’s living room is currently being featured in an exhibition at LACMA, called California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way. If you haven’t seen the documentary “Eames: The Architect and The Painter” it’s a must see, and it also has some really great insight into their famed residence. Also pop over to LA Times to see an awesome behind the scenes of the installation of the exhibition at LACMA.
Kraftwerk, the German originators of electronic music are currently prepping for a retrospective exhibition at what could be viewed as a slightly interesting venue for the performers. This retrospective at Moma in New York City falls in line with some of their more outlandish activities over the past few years, such as the addition of the @ symbol into the permanent collection. Pushing the limits of art and what are can be in a museum setting obviously has maintained crucial position and has helped keep Moma current and interesting into the overly saturated waters of the internet age. There are 8 shows scheduled starting on April 10th through 17th. Tickets will go on sale February 25th. A truly once in a life time experience like this cannot be missed.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
After the release of the Burton Kramer Identities Book earlier this year it became abundantly clear that Burton Kramer’s ideas and approach to design deserved to be captured in a documentary. Kramer talks about how design is more the sum of our output, but extends to the products and objects we elect to surround us and the homes we live in. Design for Kramer has been both a way of life as well as what his life has been defined by.
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