Want to Know about the Barcelona Chair?

Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Chair

Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Chair

You may or may not know about the super famous Barcelona chair, which was designed by Mies van der Rohe for the German Pavilion in 1929, but after watching this video you will definitely know more about it than most folks. You’ll also be able to point out the fake ones you see across town, which may very well outnumber the real ones considering the price. It’s a beautiful chair, and although I can’t imagine myself dropping five thousand hard-earned dollars for a modernist chair anytime soon, I’ve wanted one for most of my adult life. The ottoman is two thousand dollars.

Alex

Alex Dent

June 23, 2011 / By

Hand-stitched Portraits by Daniel Kornrumpf

Daniel Kornrumpf

Daniel Kornrumpf

Daniel Kornrumpf

Daniel Kornrumpf

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These amazing, hand-stitched portrait by Daniel Kornrumpf are blowing my mind. I was showing a co-worker these yesterday and we were sitting there analyzing each of these, combing over the minor details. I particularly love the subtlety of the lips and how the threads follow the the contours and cracks. It’s almost like he’s painting with thread. The other detail I enjoyed was in the second photo, the tiny bit of red eye thread in the inner corners of the guys eyes, it really emphasizes the look of being beaten down or tired. Daniel has received a ton of press already for these images, hopefully all the positive write-ups have inspired him to do more. I would love to send him my photo and get one of these of myself.

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Bobby

Bobby Solomon

June 22, 2011 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Jon Contino

Jon Contino

Since the 4th of July is less than two weeks away, I figured it was only fitting that there should be a rad wallpaper celebrating the date. Oddly enough, this is the first time I’ve actually done an Independence Day wallpaper, probably because 50% of you readers are from the U.S. and the other half is everywhere else in the world. Nonetheless, I had written the extremely talented Jon Contino to see if he’d like to do a wallpaper, and the idea of him doing something around the concept was too good to be true. I wrote about Jon’s work not too long ago, but in case you missed it he’s a New York based illustrator and designer who’s style is reminiscent of days gone by. He’s so damn talented, and it comes across in his handmade type and his eye for crafting unique compositions. He also co-owns CXXVI, one of the best lifestyle brands around right now.

And as for his wallpaper, this has to be one of my favorites yet. It features a super muscle-y version of Uncle Sam with a body full of tats, proudly displaying the foundations of America. I think it’s a really lighthearted adaption of Independence, not trying to take itself too seriously but still showing respect. I also have to give props to Jon, who stayed up till 4:41 this morning working on the wallpaper because he was so excited by how it turned out. Like I said earlier, this is one of my favorite ones yet.

Enjoy the wallpaper, have a happy and safe 4th of July, and check back next Wednesday for another amazing desktop wallpaper.

Bobby Solomon

June 22, 2011 / By

An Innovative Public Pool

+Pool a public pool in the Hudson River

+Pool a public pool in the Hudson River

+Pool a public pool in the Hudson River

This is a pretty sweet kickstarter project that has been getting some attention: +Pool. The project is a public swimming pool floating around the rivers of New York City. It’s a great idea that has worked in Copenhagen quite well and probably other places that I don’t even know about. Even though the project is “fully funded” really only the first phase of testing the water-filtering membranes is funded. Additional funding will allow for more extensive testing of the water filtration system and add momentum behind the project as it prepares to slog through grueling development and approval processes. Of course you get swag for giving your dollars to help make +Pool a reality for everyone, but at $500 bucks, the tote bag might not be for everyone.

And the axonometric illustrations are dope/rad/whateverkidsaresayingthesedays.

Alex

Alex Dent

June 22, 2011 / By

The LGBT Creatives Series: Interview with Atherton Lin

The LGBT Creatives Series: Interview with Atherton Lin

The LGBT Creatives Series: Interview with Atherton Lin

The LGBT Creatives Series: Interview with Atherton Lin

Who are you, where are you and what do you do?
We are Jamie Atherton and Jeremy Lin, and as a codependent couple we make stationery and paper goods and art things under the name of Atherton Lin. We are in London.

What are you currently working on?
The 2012 wall calendar, which is all about taking walks in Britain. And wedding invitations; we seem to be getting asked to do these more, both for straight weddings and gay partnership ceremonies.

When did you come out and what was the story?
Jeremy came out at 18 while he was at UCLA, because he can’t keep his mouth shut. Jamie was very British about it and never really said anything; his family just sort of met Jeremy and everything was fine. We’re very lucky to have such good folks.

The LGBT Creatives Series: Interview with Atherton Lin

How does being queer affect your work, if at all?
Well, each of us has created stuff in the past, writing and drawing and photography, that is more explicitly queer. But together we just naturally tend to focus on other stuff: Landscape, music, all kinds of things. There’s a theme of coming-of-age in our work so illustrating that from a gay perspective surely casts a certain tone. We use a set of recurring characters, like the Peanuts gang, and two of those characters are the hoodie boys: A gay couple who are always kissing with their hoods up. We’ve had requests to create a lesbian couple but it hasn’t happened yet. Things need to evolve naturally in order to feel truthful. We’ve been in talks about putting the hoodie boys on a skateboard deck. That feels sort of subversive, because the skateboarding industry is dominated by straights and the gay side of it seems to be pretty closeted.

The LGBT Creatives Series: Interview with Atherton Lin

In your mind, what should gay pride be and how would you celebrate it?
Being proud is a challenge on different levels. There is the public level, in which we still need to fight for basic civil rights. And that’s why you still need parades and petitions and everything. And then there is a personal level, which involves the question: To what extent is my identity informed by my sexuality? For a lot of our peers and friends, there was a process of coming to terms with sexuality, and then trying to figure out whether you fit into gay culture. When we were featured by Attitude magazine, a gay publication, the angle was: These guys are drawing pictures for gays who are into Belle and Sebastian, not the typical homo imagery. In terms of celebrating gay pride, we’re all for people going out and having parades and street parties. But that’s not really our style these days. Gays celebrate pride all the time, just by hanging out with other gay friends. You indulge a sense of humour that’s informed by shared experiences, which incorporates a lot of bullying and pain and stuff, but also good sex and funny stories, too. And we’re always really happy to meet people who are in touch with queer art and literary history. It’s a long tradition of rigorous, challenging, sensitive work that comes from the perspective of men and women outside the social norm. And that’s a kind of gay pride, to feel invested in that legacy. We try to pay homage to some of our forefathers. Derek Jarman and Bruce Chatwin, for example, are referenced in our next calendar.

Bobby Solomon

June 22, 2011 / By

Quality Peoples T-shirts – The Waves Will Wash It All Away

Quality Peoples T-shirts

Quality Peoples T-shirts

Quality Peoples T-shirts

Quality Peoples T-shirts

Who needs to work for someone when you can try to to change the world? Ed Fladung and John Esguerra both had the same thought last year. Quitting their jobs and moving to new locales, they both decided to take life by the horns. Ed migrated to Nayarit, Mexico and John to Hawaii, finding solace and inspiration on the Pacific Ocean. Out of this love of the ocean, fashion, and foreign locales, Quality Peoples was born.

This brand strikes me as a 21st century company from the ground up, with modern touches of an eco/cultural friendly business model. Sticking to a pastiche of surf graphics and street art, the clothing is both barrio-cool and surf oriented. It is equally at home on the beach or on the corner of Cesar Chavez and Alameda. Proceeds from each sale go to P.E.A.C.E., an organization that bring sustainability and community pride to rural, coastal Mexico. The organization’s multi-faceted approach to sustaining local indigenous culture and the environment is needed in these regions of Mexico, some of which are some of the most beautiful areas on the planet. Quality Peoples lives up to their name, and you can find their apparel at Ron Herman or Bows & Arrows. ¡¡¡Órale!!!

Alec

Alec Rojas

June 22, 2011 / By

Matthew Korbel-Bowers

Matthew Korbel Bowers

Matthew Korbel Bowers

Matthew Korbel-Bowers is a San Francisco based artist who’s currently working on his MFA at the California College of the Arts. I was checking out his portfolio and he’s got a lot of great, sort of abstract pieces that are really beautiful. I love the colors and the random, geometric nature of them all. You can tell he’s got a good vibe going on, even his posters feel like they’re from the same, greater body of work. If you dig any of these images you can grab them in poster form for pretty cheap over on his Society6 page.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

June 21, 2011 / By

This “Female” Designer’s Take on Gender

nicole-lavelle

Let’s get this fact out of the way for good: everyone selected for your awesome project should have an awesome portfolio, without any unqualified candidates just to fill a diversity quota. Does anyone ever want this any other way? Ick, what a gross thing to consider. But it’s not the point. The point that Dylan & GOOD keep making is that you don’t have to do it in the first place. Has the internet not taught us how vast and deep the creative world is? There are ALREADY plenty of talented creative minorities out there with the work you are looking for. If you are having trouble finding any, then you need to switch tactics, build your network, and keep looking. No really, it’s that simple. Keep looking, full stop. You will have to work harder; they don’t call us minorities because we are commonplace. But that’s okay, you love work, otherwise you wouldn’t be a designer curating that awesome project you started in the first place.

Secondly, all types of minorities get slighted in some way. Discrimination is going to happen because these groups are not the running the status quo. That is the shit-kicker of life, it ain’t fair just like your momma said. I don’t like it anymore than you do and it’s not an excuse to let it lie either. The fact this gender-bias topic keeps resurfacing is proof that enough folks see an obvious rift here. I also think it’s interesting that I’ve yet to come across a lady designer who dismisses these claims either. It’s just dudes who are starting the conversation and doing the decrying simultaneously. Telling, no?

To be honest, I’ll thank you for standing up and saying something, guys. If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard much from the females on the subject, it’s because doing so makes the work about something else, when we ladies just want it to be about the work, 100%. Plus, it’s passé these days to be “out” as a feminist if you’re a woman. We are seen as men-hating, a bitch, or a spinster if one of us stands up and makes a fuss. Thanks to our bra-burning senoritas in the 60′s and Working Girl in the 80s, it’s as if this part of our history is in closed books, and we should be lucky it’s even come this far. But look no further than this incredibly smart piece by James Chartrand for evidence that we are not quite there yet.

Let’s start anew and enlist the perspective of our transgender friends. I think their voice is key in this conversation since they are the only people who have gotten to live in both gender worlds. I’m also loving the support that Tina Fey, Kristin Wiig, and Amy Poehler are getting these days for dispensing that ridiculous notion that women aren’t funny. The arts are the best way to break down cultural barriers and as designers we hold immense power to create change for all marginalized peoples. It’s clear we have to keep talking, keep pushing, keep working together. And thank goodness we get to have the internet our as most immediate tool. I don’t know what I would do without it, or without you, my network and community. Let’s just all be best friends forevs and make rad stuff together, ok?

Margot

Image by Nicole Lavelle.

June 21, 2011 / By

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