Reading through the newest issue of Dwell I came across this awesome little article about the process of coming up with and creating Little Field of Flowers, the beautiful Tord Boontje rug I want so badly.
The article outlines the process Tord and his team went through, designing the rug and the shapes and patterns of the leaves. Then after that they ran through several prototypes, trying to figure out what was right. At first the rug was going to be a simple relief, but Tord didn’t like that and push the folks at Nanimarquina to try something more bold. They decided to die cut the flowers out of bright colored industrial felt, with 3 different patterns coming in 3 different colorways. After that the flowers are weaved together on giant looms, taking about one day to complete an entire rug.
The article is pretty brief but it’s definitely worth checking out. Sadly, it’s not online or I would point you to it.
A staple of every good magazine is the illustrator. Not every article needs a photograph and often times an info-graphic alone can help you decide whether or not the story is something you want to read. One such person who absolutely excels at this practice is Raymond Biesinger.
Raymond is a Canadian illustrator who’s style reminds me of old school prints or illustrations in books from the 50′s. Everything has this mildly gritty appearance and nothing is quite perfect. Those textures and imperfections are what I find so beautiful and amazing. I’m also in love with how much black and white work he does. The blacks feel so saturated somehow, I don’t know how he does. He’s also rather good with colors as well, but he uses them rather sparingly. I’ve put a couple more images under the cut, so be sure to check those out as well.
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I was inspired today to post some architecture, so I was really happy when I came across this amazing little restaurant called Prak. Prak is a unique concept that creates a place to eat that’s both fun for kids and adults, sort of like a well-designed, contemporary, Chuck E. Cheese!
The space was designed by the folks over at Tjep., a Dutch design agency that actually makes a ton of amazing stuff. I feel like they did such an amazing job that it’s hard to know where to start! First thing I noticed is all the great shapes and exposed wood beams. Then probably the color palette which is pretty much natural wood, white, teal blues, pinks, and oranges. I also really love that they mixed giant pieces of colorful acrylic with a more traditional furniture pieces. The only downside I could see to this place is that unfortunately, it’s made for children to run around in!
I also thought it was cute that Praq in Dutch means “mashed food”! Definitely check out the rest of Tjep.’s work, it totally made my day so far.
Los Angeles based artist Ron Kurniawan recently updated his online portfolio and I’m in love with it. I posted last year about Ron’s work but I’d definitely say that’s he made leaps and bounds since then. His work still reminds somewhat of Jeff Soto but not I feel like he’s taken more of a turn towards James Jean, with a tons of amazingly beautiful colors and a dash of surrealism. The image at top was done for Men’s Health Germany and the one below that is titled CarSick. I would love to have this hanging up above my fireplace, if I had said fireplace. Take a visit to Ron’s site and check out the rest of the goodies!
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Since I have a lot of free time these days, I’ve actually taken the opportunity to actually relax. I work out almost every day, clean my apartment, and I’ve also started a new obsession… Intelligentsia coffee. I stopped drinking a coffee for a while, it just didn’t agree with me very well. But last August an Intelligentsia opened up down the street from my apartment, one of a handful in the country. Over the weekend Frank and I needed a place to sit outside and drink cool beverages, so we decided to try it out.
Well we ended up really liking it. I had an iced latte and he had a spicy ginger soda. They have misters outside to cool everyone down, beautiful tiles, and the people hanging out are always interesting. What’s cool is that they also have an online store where you can buy their coffee from. I’ve been 3 times in the last week, that’s how good the coffee is. I also love they’re logo and packaging by the way, The Dieline actually just ran a post about the packaging for the coffee last week as well. Definitely check out their site at the very least, and if you happen to be in Los Angeles, be sure to stop by.