For all the time we spending using calendars, todo lists, and organization tools both digital and analog. It is very apparent that most of them force the user to bend to the will of the program and its capabilities. Peek offers a “more human” approach that includes smile intuitive touch interactions paired with fun sounds and a shake for a recommendation of sorts that is the delight calendars have been missing. Some of the things that a user may encounter could help make you a better friend or make you enjoy life a little more fully. Kudos to the folks at Peek for taking a different approach to a, usually mundane digital product. Pop over to the App Store and give it a try.
Both my parents have collected matchboxes from their travels, near and far for all my life. Somewhere along the way I started a collection of my own. The design and function matchboxes as an object are usually distinctly separate and usually intend to convey the brand or message of the place they are from first and accomplish the task of creating fire second. Strike is a collection of reimagined matchboxes that come in fun colors and a variety of sizes. Clara von Zweigbergk and Shane Schneck teamed up to design the set for HAY, the Danish product design studio.
The common matchbox is used almost exclusiving for advertising while the intricate red phosphorus pattern along the sides are secondary to the advert. Strike honors the activity of creating a flame.
This San Francisco Loft renovation is particularly breathtaking. The design is not over the top and intern has a nice comfortable sort of quality. The loft started out with some really gorgeous elements which Line Office Architecture allowed to persist through their renovation such as exposed brick and a Douglas Fir beam structure. One of the most striking parts of the resulting design is the broad format of everything. The wide stools, expansive counter tops, gigantic refrigerator and cabinet doors all combine to create a nice simple sort of grandeur.
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Well we love jotting down notes and ideas, and of course we like eating and drinking local. So the “Drink Local Series” from Field Notes is a brainer for us. Head over to their site and get your own. If there are any left. Depending on your preference of drink and color they come in quite a few different combinations like Ale and Lager, Amber Ale and India Pale Ale, and my favorite Pilsner and Bock. Grab your preferred writing implement, a pack of these and hunker down for a few rounds at your local watering hole of choice. Also make sure to order something brewed or distilled less than 25 miles away.
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Paper and collage art has always been one of my favorite mediums. Either sculptural or two dimensional works, I think it is the art form most similar to graphic design. Louis Reith the Amsterdam artist repurposes out book cuttings, maps and other old sheets of paper into amazing little pieces. The map pyramids are by far my favorite, but I also really like the abstract pieces, which have some interesting textures and compositions. Head over his site to check out more of his work.
Maybe it was the lake freckled landscape where I spent my childhood or the surrounding prep-schools, but rowing has always been in my consciousness. We spent quite a bit of time on the water and in it as kids. I was even lucky enough to have a wood craftsman father so by the age of five I had helped build a row boat from hull to oars. It was a far cry from a rowing shell, but maybe one day one will find its way into my life. The WMS Boathouse on the Chicago River makes me want to hop up from my desk and head to the closest rowing center and take out a skull. Designed by Studio Gang, the building and dock features some really smart and intriguing elements. My favorite part by far has to be the indoor water pool rowing simulator.
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Ever think you would get schooled by a 13 year old? Well watch this video and then you will have. Logan LaPlante is pioneering an entirely new approach to schooling self titled Hackschooling. By putting together a curriculum based on his interests and the things that he enjoys Laplante is able to “maximize happiness”.
Branding goes a long way in the food industry. It can immediately establish trust and convey the genre and, the cuisine and the culture of a restaurant and the inverse can happen even more quickly. The rebranding of Harry’s in Kansas City’s Union Station exemplifies this idea. Tad Carpenter’s attention to detail and craft are of the sort that all designers should apply when designing for a restaurant. Harvey House Diner original opened in 1914 and has been a fixture at Union Station ever since. Carpenter was able to maintain a classic look while also catapulting Harry’s into the 21st century.
Print design and printed matter in general seems like a bit of a rarity these days. Especially for those of us who work predominantly in the digital sphere. Despite that the stuff I do find on seems to be very highly refined. The pieces here are by Swedish graphic designer Oda Haugerud and they feature really interesting and unique printing, binding and covering techniques which help to elevate the overall pieces. I definitely have to say my favorite piece is the top image of a series of illustrations entitled Meteorit, which came out of the near impact of a meteorite in Malmö, Sweden this past February.
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The illustrations of Hannah Warren caught my eye quite a while ago, but I only recently came across this map she did. It highlights the Nordic region of Northern Europe and has a beautiful texture and style, which is perfectly demonstrative of the geographical area it portrays. Craggy rocks, birch and pine trees, and a cold palette of grays are a few of the recognizable regional elements that are used to make up the landmasses in this map. This map was commissioned by Phaidon for a book on a restaurant in Denmark by the name of NOMA.
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I wish I had come across this sooner as I am in love with the stance that Patagonia is taking with this video. Part of a new marketing initiative called Worn Wear. The campaign revolves around the beauty that develops through out the shared experiences a person or family has with a garment as they go through their lives. The resulting stories are both awe inspiring, humanizing and tear jerking. The anti Black Friday message that floats on the surface is not overly preachy and finds a delicate and positive way to communicate itself. I commend Patagonia for making this video. I also applaud them for continuing to make quality clothing and technical gear built to stand the test of time even when the fashion industry and world seek the opposite.
Buy things that last! As Patagonia has shown us, the reward is far greater than the value of the savings.
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.
For urban dwellers space is always a precious commodity. Despite that using self-storage always seems like a serious hassle. Hurray the internet has swooped in to simplify and improve another space. Enter MakeSpace, a new way to do storage with a streamlined pick and drop off system which can be accessed from your computer or smartphone. You can also quickly access your storage inventory on the go and request a delivery of a bin or item. This should hopefully free up some extra square footage for New Yorkers.
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The fall season is always one of my favorite times of year. Despite the influx of colder weather and the trees shedding their leaves it has a nice feeling to it. I especially love all of the harvest time and autumn vegetables. Christopher Dina has captured some squash and other related fall bounties in the two “Autumn Gourds” prints available in Dina’s shop on Society6.
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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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I have spoken before about how I envision Google Glass as an empowering force to to see or explore places people otherwise may not get a chance to visit. That said we can’t forget about the continued work Google is doing to expand the scope of both actual roads and specific locations accessible through their maps feature Street View. A recent addition is Street View Venice a very rich hands on exploratory look at the famous Venice, Italy. From the canals, to tiny bridges and famous squares Google SV capture this historical city in a way that will most likely never be replicated or out done.
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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.
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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
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.
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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.