The Stamp Sheet Wall Planner is another beautiful piece from the brains over at Present & Correct. This amazing wall calendar is a beautiful new way to count down the days in a year, and also to be inspired to make something everyday.
I know I am not alone in my love and admiration of the new film project called Made by Hand, which aims to document the love and craft that goes into the hand made and locally based small businesses we see sprouting up everywhere. For their first film they documented the newly formed Brueckelen Distilling Company, which is a great starting point. The style of this short film makes me excited for all the great ones that I am sure will follow.
For me good design is not always, but can sometimes be defined as the leap of faith it takes to completely through the conventions attached to an existing object out the window. Inner City Bike designed by Joey Ruiter is not the most extreme example of this idea, yet it does a great job of redefining what is actually needed from a bike in the city. Simplifying the form and moveable parts this is more of a pair of wheels holding up a person that a frame holding together a pair of wheels. That may seem like a small shift to many, but in my opinion it is much greater shift. The choice to create a direct drive system instead of using a chain and crank adds another level of simplicity, and puts the rider in a position more a kin to a racing motorcycle than any bike I have ever seen. Geometry is not the only similarity between this bike and motorcycles, the fork construction and even how the handle bars are mounted takes cues from old cafe racer bikes.
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I am pleased to finally catch a glimpse of the Urbanized Film. A few months ago I was one a large group of people who banded together via Kickstarter to help this project become realized. After being so perfectly wowed by Gary Hustwit’s two other preceding master works Helvetica and Objectified I was prepared to do my part to make this third film happen. His work is so transcendent and is enriched by the number of varying opinions and ideas it weaves together surrounding a subject. It is not a far stretch to say a film or movie is like a piece of textile, and I think Gary’s work is a great example of this. The texture created in his films has a feeling of comfort, simplicity, and thus accessibility to the films topic.
Such a large portion of my work and life exists on or surrounding the web and technology that I rarely get to do any work by hand. The craft and tradition behind textiles manufacturing and specifically behind the art of speciality denim making is so rich. Raleigh Denim is a brand new company when we think of it in context of the history of denim both in their locale and throughout the country. North Carolina has an abundant textile history that can be credited to the cotton farming of that area of the Southeast. One factory that has garnered an enormous amount of admiration and press during the ongoing specialty denim fad is the Cone Denim White Oak mill, which has been producing selvedge denim since 1905. Using this denim exclusively Raleigh Denim has created a line of high end denim with a two fold mission. They want to create classically influenced fashionable jeans, but they also want to do their part to revitalize the once booming textile manufacturing industry in North Carolina.
To getaway you don’t always have to go a great distance. This little cottage built in Helsinki is only a little over a mile from their family home offers the perfect type of minimalist getaway in a small intimate little structure. Every detail, object and fixture had to be perfect, as the space is only 150 square feet. Low energy consumption and the natural setting of this house make it an ecologically sound vacation option when compared to driving or flying somewhere. Finnish culture holds nature in a place of great respect and that even comes through in their city planning where camping areas and parks are designed right into the fabric of cities. Also because of it’s small scale this little building makes virtually zero impact and can be powered entirely by solar energy. The design for the cottage was done by Verstas Architects a Helsinki based firm.
Every year for the birthday of his site Authentic Jobs, Cameron Moll launches a campaign to raise money(and awareness) for charity: water. This year the ante has been upped. From last years $17,000 to 600,000 Ethiopian Birr (approximately $35,000). The money raised if successful will go to directly fund a drilling rig that will be able to offer clean drinking water to a large portion of Northern Ethiopia. On a brief aside, how bad ass is the micro site Cameron put together for this campaign?
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Simple idea for an alphabet made up of letterforms created by layering images of vintage toys. Illustrator Viktor Koen has a portfolio full of wonderful pieces that feature an awesome collage and color sense. Toyphabet as it is named has to be one of the coolest though.
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Kevin Roche has made his mark on New York, which is something that can be said by only a select number of Architects. The original exhibition Architecture as Environment was presented at Yale School of Architecture and has been expanded for it’s current venue at the Museum of the City of New York to cover his work and what it has done for New York City. The exhibit includes original drawings, models, photographs and ephemera from more that 40 years of work, and opens on September 27th running through January 22nd 2012.
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This is one of those self initiated projects that cuts through all the client less clouds and kicks serious ass. Designer Christopher David Ryan created this logo for the nice broad mock client Hip Hop. He really nails it with the layering of the two component words, and the execution is all there. The letters just meld together into an unbreakable type mark.
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From the days when print was God comes this little gem. This amazing World Atlas, scored at a thrift store, was designed by Herbert Bayer, along with Harry Gardines, Martin Rosenzweig, and Masato Nagagawa.
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Of all the architects I have come across in my life Miller Hull Partnership has to be by far the best. Their aesthetic so perfectly blends comfort and function with modern and industrial. I really love this house specifically it really blends into it’s surroundings perfectly. The design itself has a protected central unit with longer glass space spanning off of it in two directions.
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Designed by Sybold van Ragesteyn, this 50′s modern gas station in Arnhem reminds me of Ed Ruscha’s Standard Station, Amarillo Texas. The abrupt perspective lines of Ruscha’s painting look so similar to the angles of the facade of Purfina Petrol Station. It’s also really fun to look at the good image search for this building. The results include so artworks inspired by the building, along with some historic shots showing it with different color schemes and uses throughout the years.
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The subway posters designed for SVA always amaze and delight. In this case the original poster design by Louise Fili was transformed into a 3 story mosaic. A transformation that may be miraculous, but not quite mystical, since the original poster was designed in a the style of a mosaic. However the final billboard size boasts 38 vertical feet and 8,400 tiles. Quite a stretch from the paper versions stuffed into displays throughout the MTA. An additional fact that I found to be pretty coincidental is that the arrow on the poster points to both the School of Visual Arts building on which it is constructed as well as Louise Fili’s own studio.
Tillamook State Forest in Oregon is home to a mind blowing new education center. The 14,000 plus square foot space is dedicated to educating visitors about the history of the Tillamook Burn, which consumed an area greater than 355,000 acres around 60 years ago. My favorite detail of this center designed by Miller Hull Architects is the 250 foot suspension bridge, which spans from the site to an existing camping area.
Almost anyone could tell immediately that this firehouse is most definitely not a civic building in the United States. This fire station in Montblanc France shows the foresight that we are only beginning to see in small scale civic structures on our shores. The team behind this cool fire house is Arriola & Fiol Arquitectes, which enters into their portfolio of unique works.
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This utilitarian beach getaway in New Zealand was designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects with a subtle rustic exterior and a magnificently crafted interior. The design also really maximizes the view with an aircraft carrier scale deck and a broad opening from the living space of the house directly out on it.
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Self proclaimed amateur photographer Hengki Koentjoro from Indonesia has a portfolio stocked full of rich textural images. Koentjoro shoots on a broad array of hardware including a Nikon D700, a Canon 5D Mark II and a 120mm film camera. He has this amazing thread throughout a great deal of his work that is the human relation to the water and how that is captured.
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The beautiful mountainsides of Switzerland provide the perfect canvas for built in structures. I have seen this demonstrated both in unique hobbit like dwellings all the way up to ultra modern luxury lofts dug into a hillside. Here we see probably the pinnacle of garage design in the entire world. Kunz Architektur has used to the ground to enclose and also frame parking for a clients car collection. Part display and part storage the juxtaposition between the grass and wild flowers, and the concrete glass and steel of the cars is awesome.
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If more packaging was beautiful the world would be a more enjoyable place. This example designed by Gabriel Morales is the branding and packaging concept for latex glove manufacturer Foil. Some people argue that a product’s packaging must reflect it’s use and sensibilities, but sometimes making the landscape a little less ugly could be a good goal.