Anthony Peters sent me an email the other day telling me I should check out his portfolio of work, so of course I did, and I found some rather cool stuff. He uses a lot of large bold graphics in his work, my favorite of which were are his Let’s Play Dress Up series. As you can see he took some stereotypical roles kids dress up as, a police officer or a nurse, and created emblematic images reminding us of our childhood dreams. He did show a collection of these in an exhibit recently which I think look really great, especially framed all together like that.
I’ve been on kind of a video binge lately, and this is what started it all. On Thursday, I think I’m going to post nothing but videos for the day, but that’s besides the point. I remember hearing about this little experiment a few months back that Blu Dot, a store that sells high-end design furniture, would be giving away 25 chairs in random locations scattered throughout New York. The buzz on Twitter alone was pretty exciting. But as it turned out, they had much more in mind, what they called The Real Good Experiment.
They ended up watching the chairs from afar, waiting to see who would take them. Not only that, but they even rigged the chairs up with GPS units just in case they lost them somehow. As you’ll see in the video they were able to track a few of them down and then interview the people who took the chairs, to ask them why they took them.
For some reason I find this video absolutely magical. The production value of the video is off the scale, most notably for me was the audio. It’s also funny to see who passes up the chair and who actually takes them. Note to large brands: this is how you get people to buy your products.
I think we all at one time in our life may have owned a Jansport backpack as a kid. In fact, I don’t think I could name another major backpack brand right now… Anyhow, the folks at Jansport have started to get all fancy and have created a heritage looking line of bags that use the modern day technology of their Urban Framework bags.
The choice of materials and hardware are really well thought out. The main body looks like a denim-esque cotton and the brass zippers mixed with the light chocolate straps really stand out against the dark grey. It’s a classic palette with an contemporary vibe. Keep a look out for these as soon as this summer.
Michael Cina is one of the cofounders of design goods site YouWorkForThem and all around talented guy. He’s designed for Pepsi, Coke and GOOD Magazine, created music packaging and a million other things. Recently though he’s updated a little site called TRUEISTRUE which seems to be an outlet for his less commercial work.
The site is basically page upon page of interesting ideas, paint splatters, bizarre textures and details of things I can’t identify but definitely intrigue me. There are no words or titles on any of the pieces, just interesting and beautiful things to look at. The pictures above really don’t do it justice, you should visit TRUEISTRUE and see these images at full size.
It’s kind of hard to believe, but I’ve found a worthy counterpart to Joey Roth’s beautiful ceramic speakers. This Case-Real Elekit tube amplifier was designed by Koichi Futatsumata and features a metal body (aluminum?) with two beautiful tubes sticking out of the top. This is definitely the grandchild of Dieter Rams. The simple design is perfect, there aren’t a ton of buttons and doodads to screw around with, exactly what this world filled with remotes with thousands of buttons needs. Keep it simple, stupid.
Take one Wünderkind photographer, one Academy Award winning actress, blend in a nearly 200 year old knitwear brand and what do you get? A short film directed by Ryan McGinley featuring Tilda Swinton running around Scotland in beautiful dresses made by Pringle of Scotland.
Pringle is currently using Tilda Swinton as their muse, as she models not only the women’s but the men’s clothing as well, acting as an androgynous in-between. I’m a huge fan of Ryan McGinley’s and I think Tilda Swinton is a very talented actress, s it’s fun to see them collaborate like this. Don’t expect anything deep, this is meant to be pretty images of a pretty girl running around the pretty countrysides of Scotland.
I know a lot of the time I post about minimal architecture, with lots of concrete and blank walls and well, it can be kind of boring. Then I come across spaces like the cafe for McNally Jackson Books, and I’m struck by the warmth and character of the space. Designed by Front Studio, the space where, ” every moment evokes some visceral connection with books and with reading.” Doesn’t that sound nice?
There are books on the ceiling which are meant to look like someone tossed them up there and they were frozen in place, and the walls are also lined with opened books, giving the walls texture. I also love the fold down reading arms that when folded up against the wall look like books. When lowered off the wall they accommodate a book and cup of coffee.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the act of making physical goods, especially the argument of having a physical object to read versus something on a screen. I think that both have their merits, but the tactile nature of print is something that you definitely can’t replicate on a blog.
That being said, looking through the work of Patrick Fry I want to make something “real” even more. Mr. Fry is a British designer who recently graduated from the London College of Communication and is now working as a freelance designer. I spotted his No.Zine‘s over on Linefeed and since then have been drooling. He has three editions out so far, and by looking through the previews of each he keeps pushing his creative limit each time.
He’s got a lot of really great work and hopefully we see more from him in the future.