Time Machine

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 »)

Cabin at Femunden

There is something supremely perfect about a cabin in the woods. This one designed by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter
 in Femundsmarka National Park in Southern Scandinavia is truly one of a kind. The simple log cabin design is elevated through its interesting asymmetrical X footprint and the stark expanses of bare wood both inside and out.

(via iGNANT »)

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Bread Winner Cycles

When Spring rolls around we always get a bit more giddy about anything bike related. So when someone emailed us about these gorgeous Bread Winner Cycles you can imagine how our eyes lit up. Like a lot of the interesting American made products being manufactured these days BWC is based out of the Northwest in Portland, Oregon. We are definitely going to save up for one of these amazing machines.

Video by James Wilson

Narita Airport Terminal 3

If only every airport was this beautifully designed or ingenious. Airport terminals are often the least inspired part of the travel experience. The Narita International Airport new terminal 3 excels in some of my favorite areas. The minimalist architecture coupled with the hyper-functionality of the way finding and environmental signage creates an interesting and engaging space like none I have seen before. The design for this project was a collaborative undertaking by architecture firm Nikken Sekkei, design agency Party, and the Muji furniture division.

Photography by Kenta Hasegawa

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Beer Friday: Angel City Brewery

As the cold and gloom seems to just keep dragging on we are escaping to the more pleasant climes of the West Coast. In honor of this little journey I thought for Beer Friday this week it only made sense to feature something California related. Luckily I recently heard about Angel City Brewery and their mission to revitalize the old Eastside Brewery. Los Angeles is rarely on anyone’s mind when they think of the craft beer movement that is speckled across the Western edge of the country. With a space historically built for brewing and a vibrant nod to that past ACB looks like it is poised to make a nice change in the suds scene in LA. Excited to go an check it out on this visit.

(via Good Beer Hunting »)

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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.

(via WANKEN »)

Bolton Residence

Designed by Naturehumaine, the Bolton Residence in Eastern Quebec takes its form from traditional barns in the surrounding countryside. Cantilevered on a wooded hillside. The volume appears to jut out of the hill and as a result provides an amazing perspective of the down into the valley.

(via Minimalissimo »)

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David Wightman

On a recent trip to London we were offered some accommodations with some family friends Fran Giffard and David Wightman. Our stay with them ended up being the most delightful and inspirational part of our trip. The entire time they apologized for their “extremely shabby flat” while we reminded and assured them that it was infinitely more cozy, clean and comfortable than New Yorkers are used to.

They are both artists, and work from home and so we ended up having lengthy conversations about process, commissioned work, gallery snafus and life. The most remarkable part was that we ended up getting a lengthy tour of David’s studio. Where he showed us in detail the methodical process behind his work and the never-ending search for refinement and purity in color.

Pictured here: Celestine, 2015 David Wightman (acrylic and collaged wallpaper on canvas 70 x 105 cms)

Stone House Transformation

This renovated ancient stone house is truly stunning. The original elements that were retained provide a sharp juxtaposition with the clean lines of the new modern fixtures and furnishings. This crisp and airy dwelling demonstrates the standout skills of Swiss architecture firm of Wespi de Meuron Romeo.

This concept allows on the one hand the authentic conservation of the historic stone façade, which tells the history of the house and on the other hand, it generates zenith light for the rooms with exceptional light reflections. It would not have been possible otherwise to get sunlight into the rooms, in such a village structure with narrow streets.

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!

Narcissa Identity

Restaurant branding and design are always some of my favorite projects to work on and also to view or experience. I am sure that stems from the constant push and pull between art and food during my childhood. That said I am in love with the branding which Triboro did for the Narcissa the new restaurant at The Standard East on Bowery. The combination of a hand penciled script and playful rough painted graphics pairs perfectly to create a nice textural identity. The design makes it feel as if the food will have some ingenuity of its own to showcase. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but I am hopefully it will live up to its design.

(via Design Work Life »)

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.

Paperspace, A Better Computer

It seems like in the current startup culture each new idea seems more bleak and boring than the last. Thankfully Paperspace has offered some much needed light in the otherwise dark bland technology landscape. The strongest part of their idea will also present the most difficult problem to solve, which is simplifying access and configuration of remote computing power. I am excited to see how their product evolves and what effect they have on personal and enterprise computing.

“Six Girls Six Cities” by Cole Brash

I have long enjoyed the photography of Cole Barash, and I also admire his journey from professional snowboard to world renowned photographer. His work is always captivating and original. Now his newest project and show is another great departure for him. Entitled “Six Girls Six Cities”. This group of work in made up entirely of double exposure shots, where each roll of film is exposed twice resulting in a random collage of imagery. I will leave you with a few of Cole’s words below and some of my favorite images from the series.

“I generally do not love double exposures, however I felt this process of a cohesive vision all the way through combined with the organic process of the unknown suited it well. After I had finished the last city I boarded the plane in São Paulo and realized I had no idea if any of it would work, I had no idea if any of the film had fogged or if any of the x-rays fucked anything up. I had no way to check it or back it up—it was all based off of gut reaction when photographing and having faith the process would work.”

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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