Time Machine

Pencil Stylus by 53

FiftyThree has had such a great trajectory and continued success since they launched Paper, which was their first product. It went on to be named App of the Year by Apple and even lead to a collaboration with Moleskine to deliver their second product ‘Book’. Now in a way they are trying to complete the circle or at the very least round out their product offering with the beautifully crafted wooden styles. Simply called Pencil Stylus. The implement both improves the user experience of the Paper app and makes the tactility of using the app far more pleasing. Not to mention the Pencil Stylus is made of a beautiful wood with a very visible grain and a rich dark varnish. Also make sure to watch the video after the jump.

(via Bless This Stuff »)

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Richard Serra – New Work

I took a couple of minutes on my lunch break today and walked over to the two Gagosian locations here in Chelsea. If you haven’t heard, which I am sure by now you have, they are currently showing an exhibition of new work by Richard Serra. Of course the contents of the show are the predictable steel megaliths Serra has become known for, but it is still great to stand alone in a stark white space next to some massive post industrial scale metal forms. The scale successfully removes you from the norm as soon as you walk into a room or in better terms a hangar that is housing one. I highly recommend popping over to Chelsea to see the show being exhibited through January 2014 in their 21st Street and 24th Street galleries.

Photos courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

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Makino Botanical Museum

Inspired by plant and animal forms the Makino Botanical Museum is punched overlooking the city on the back side of Mount Godai. Designed by Naito Architect & Associates the structure features a melodic flow with easy transitions from inside and out. The roof has to be one of my favorite parts with the beams connected in the fashion of an extremely long and intricate spinal column. The resulting form is a unique undulating outcropping of roof which creates a visual stunning result both on the interior and exterior spaces.

(via SUBTILITAS »)

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Interview With Mark Firth

I absolutely love coming across amazing things by my friends on the internet. This one especially. It is a photo essay and interview by my friend Fiona Breslin and Grace Villamil about my friend Mark Firth. For those of you who don’t know Mark the names of his restaurants are pretty much household names for anyone who has spent anytime in NYC. He founded Diner, Marlow and Sons and the long since shuddered Bonita(the Fort Greene one was a personal favorite!). A few years ago Mark left the urban life with his wife Bettina and two kids in tow and relocated to the Berkshires where I grew up and still spend a great deal of my time. Fiona’s article captures Mark in his element farming and hanging both on his property and on the porch of his new restaurant Praire Whale in Great Barrington, MA. Head over to Freunde von Freunden to see all the photos and read the interview.


Coin

I think it is pretty obvious that we lean towards the minimalist end of things whenever possible. So when I saw Coin for the first time last week you can imagine how excited I was. Being able to easily put the entire mess of different debit, credit and loyalty cards onto one simple and durable card is a dream come true. Of course I went ahead and pre-ordered one! The other thing that really stood out to me was how succinct their entire product and marketing strategy is. Can’t wait to see what they do in the future.


Builders Arms Hotel Social Campaign

The importance and necessity of smartly strategized and crafted social campaigns has become an important marketing channel for even small businesses. The Company You Keep created an exemplary campaign for Builders Arms Hotel to engage their customers and guests throughout the year. One of the strongest elements, which immediately jumped out at me, is the consistency across all the platforms. From the physical cards, to Facebook, and Twitter the campaign maintains a recognizable look and feel.

(via Design Work Life »)

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Schanerloch Bridge

A bridge doesn’t just have to be the structure that connects two disparate shores. marte.marte Architects have executed that sentiment so beautifully with their design for Schanerloch Bridge. Named for the river it spans, the bridge is in Austria and when not being crossed by cars and pedestrians it doubles as a unique and stark sculpture. The concrete form and its placement actually seems to compliment the clear crisp surface of the water and blends nicely with the rocks and stone cliffs that ascend around it.

(via Minimalissimo »)

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New Project: Knowlita

Last week I mentioned that campsite had a busy little beehive buzzing with side projects and tons of other fun stuff. The first of which, Dos Ghosts, had launched on Halloween. Now I am excited to announce the launch of Knowlita. Knowlita was born and bred in Downtown New York City and is comprised of clothing and art prints now and hopefully branching out into other fun things in the future.


Brancusi in New York 1913 – 2013

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!

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New Project: Dos Ghosts

You may have noticed that over the last month or so our postings have been both scarce and intermittent. That is do in part because of a nice full load of client projects, but is mainly the result of launching a new side project. Last Thursday, Halloween our newest endeavor Dos Ghosts went live. The site is a blog, a platform and eventually a full blown independent music label. For now it is entrenched in the early stages of building a voice, attracting an audience, and making the necessary connections to build a strong foundation of talented artists. We are really excited about the potential this project has to offer and also extremely grateful to everyone who helped make it happen. I want to say a special thank you to our technology partner eBrenner and Mada Music the artist behind the Dos Ghosts – Vol. 1 mix.


Pilot & Captain Carry Ons

At this point it seems like every company makes a tote bag either for sale or just as a promo piece. Despite that I am still really loving the foray Pilot & Captain have made into the realm of carry goods. I am yet to see anything by The Heads of State that isn’t beautifully designed. Not dissimilar from their shirts and prints previously released the Carry Ons feature designs reminiscent of vintage luggage tags and the golden age of air travel.


Woodstock

I love the idea of simple mobile furniture solutions that can be assembled and disassembled for easy moving. Living in New York there seems to be a constant flow of packing and unpacking. Personally the longest I have ever lived in one place was 3 years, but otherwise by the time I have gotten settled and set up in a place its time to look for another. Jeroen van Leur has designed a perfect wardrobe solution for this quandary. The Woodstock Wardrobe is both simple and easy to take apart and bring to the next place. It provides a significant amount of additional hanging storage without being space specific.

(via Minimalissimo »)

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Mamacona Dog Salon

We at campsite are really big fans of our furry friends and companions. Especially our little studio manager Ernest Ellerd. So when we came across this beautifully designed Mamacona Dog Salon you can imagine how excited we were. Designed by Horibe Associates this is the kind of dog wash that we would love to frequent. Unfortunately its a little far for us. Mamacona is located in the southern Japan coastal town of Usa, Ōita.

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Makr × Monster Children × Leatherman

To celebrate their 10th Anniversary Monster Children teamed up with one of my favorite companies Makr and the badass utility tool makers Leatherman to release a commemorative case and wrench. The resulting 10 Year Tool lives up to the MC name and the quality of collaborators shows through in every detail.

(via Makr Blog »)


Tri Cross Hex

It always seems difficult to find really perfect minimalist lighting solutions. The Tri Cross Hex series designed by Australian design firm Resident hang at the top of my list for pendant lighting solutions. Apologies for the pun, but I really couldn’t resist. The construction of folded metal and light tubes is simple and definitely creates a finished product that is greater than the sum of its parts. The ultra thing metal cabling creates a nice floating effect which has become an architectural trend recently. We also previously posted Resident’s Segment Shade here on campsite, which featured a really awesome cast ceramic shade.

(via Minimalissimo »)

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10 Mikan

What better way to wake up than a big glass of juice? Over here in the states they are known as satsuma oranges or satsuma mandarins. Over in Japan however, they are known as mikans, and the average age of their farming population is over 65 years old. In order to appeal to a younger demographic and in a certain respect revive the market for mikans a local company commissioned Upsetters Architects and Artless to do a massive re-branding and update to there visual identity. The new look is both fresh(like the fruit itself) as well as clean and sleek. If the new brand doesn’t help them reach a wider and younger audience I don’t know what would. The part of the 10 Mikan project that I find most intriguing is the physical shop in Ehime. It looks far more like the shop or tasting room at a distillery or sake producer. I am always enticed by the elevation of simple products and things through design.

(via Spoon & Tomago »)

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TP-H Dining Room Addition

Usually when you think of an addition you think of an ugly tumorous growth that is neither aesthetically or contextually relevant to the existing structure. In the case of the TP-H Dining Room Addition by Jermyn Manthripragada it neatly fits in like a jigsaw piece to the existing residence and accentuates the existing structure. My favorite aspect of the design has to be the windows and how it the addition interacts with the outside and is in turn filled with light. I must also mention the photos here were shot by Lucas Fladzinski a super talented architectural photographer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area.

(via SUBTILITAS »)

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8,336,615 (New York)

Recent transplants or visitors won’t be able to sympathize with this visual monologue or be able to signify with the sentiments it portrays. For those of us who have lived in New York City for more than a few years these are feelings are omnipresent. The hustle and bustle is similar to a group of molecules bombarding but never creating a bond. Written by Paul Riccio and Molly Finley and also directed by Riccio 8,336,615 (New York) paints a picture New Yorkers wake up to and try to nod off in-spite of day in and day out.

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Grand Budapest Hotel (Official Trailer)

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.

(via The Fox Is Black »)


Beer Friday: Beer Press

My mom has always collected things, which included matchbooks, postcards, coasters and a bunch of other far more mundane things. So I definitely inherited an appreciation for a well designed coaster.

This new Kickstarter project launched by Jordan Mummert plans to produce a small line of coasters(6 to begin with) called Beer Press, which features distinct and beautiful letter-pressed designs. The typography and copy on each and every one is really smart and clean with a nice level of intricacy, which highlights the care and quality with which they are printed.

(via Design Work Life »)


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