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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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.
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This clip from Never Not the new movie released by Nike Snowboarding is called The Sounds of Snowboarding. But for most of us what is depicted here is a side of snowboarding or snow sports in general that we will never know or experience first hand. It’s definitely an interesting way to look at and listen to this highly specialized sport and a unique insight into their world.
I have been a huge fan of the Paper iPad App since it was launched, but now I think I just became an even big fan. They have teamed up with another paper and drawing related favorite of mine. Together Moleskine and Fifty Three will allow you to layout, edit and print custom books directly from your drawings in the Paper App. I have to say that is completely ingenious as is this very cute little promo video they have put together. Checkout a sample book here.
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At campsite we take our writing implements extremely seriously. Usually tending towards the Pilot Precise or the ever pervasive Microns. We are also inclined towards utensils that have been built to be abused and still last. Taking your pen and note book with you everywhere starts to wear on a pen pretty quickly. The paper doesn’t need to make the long haul, but the pen does. The Impromptu Tactical Pen from Gerber is an American made field ready writing tool that I would definitely like to tote with me threw my daily battles. Or should I say meetings.
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