Keeping your keychain simple

Keeping your keychain simple

Simplifying my life has been another big goal, and I think I’ve been pretty successful at this in most areas. One place I have managed to trim down is my keychain, which you can see above. There’s not a whole lot there – two keys, the sensor to get into my building and a pocket knife. The other two things are what I wanted to point out, my bottle opener by Makr, and my leather key ring by Me and Arrow.

First, the bottle opener by Makr, which is technically a “bottle key”, is something I bought in SF when I was there in September. It’s simple, it’s brass, it doesn’t look like a bottle opener, and that’s why I love it. You could even have this carved into a real key if you wanted to. That’s the beauty of an object like this, that it doesn’t stand out.

The leather key ring by Me and Arrow was something I picked up over the weekend. I realized I didn’t have a proper key ring, just one of those flimsy rings that was sure to break at any time. It’s not fancy, just a bit of leather in the shape of the end of an arrow, but I love having a beautiful material like leather in my pocket.

Hopefully this inspires you to lighten your keychain load.

Bobby Solomon

December 20, 2011 / By

The MacHook, a place to hang your headphones

The MacHook, a place to hang your headphones

The MacHook, a place to hang your headphones

It’s only been recently that I’ve decided to opt for a nice pair of headphones, after trying out Kyle’s Sony MDR-V150’s.True audiophiles may balk, but consider this: I’ve used iPod headphones my entire life. The one thing I’ve noticed though is that there’s never really a great place to put my headphones, they’re just large enough to awkward. So when I spotted this MacHook by Workerman, I realized it was a perfect and elegant solution.

The MacHook is made in the USA from Baltic Birch, sealed with an all natural wax finish, and sticks to your computer with “nano-suction technology”, which sounds made up to me, but I’ll give them the benefit of a doubt. Major props to Adam Brackney for creating a really smart solution.

Bobby Solomon

December 20, 2011 / By

The ‘Bambi’ Table by Caroline Olsson

Bambi by Caroline Olsson

Bambi by Caroline Olsson

Bambi by Caroline Olsson

This table by Norwegian designer Caroline Olsson is both beautiful and clever. Made of birch, the table works quite literally on two levels – turning from a dining table to a coffee table by simply folding its legs.

Caroline explains that the inspiration for the design came from the anatomy of the knee, and the way in which the bones can only bend in one way. She adds, that once the table is folded down it starts to look like “a small foal who has bent its legs and laid down to rest in the meadow”. It’s an elegently simple idea and it wears its title of ‘Bambi’ with suitable charm.

Philip Kennedy

December 20, 2011 / By

A list of “New Years Rulin’s” from Woody Guthrie, 1941

Woody Guthrie illustration by Robert Crumb

Every year, I strive to improve myself. The right way to say it might be that I strive every day to be better than the day before. Only be learning and improving ourselves can we really become something better. It took me about the last 6 years or so to realize this, and Woody Guthrie knew this back in 1941. The list you see below is something Guthrie wrote up on the eve of 1942, 33 things he would improve in the year to come. The list, in my opinion, is pretty bad ass. My favorite numbers are 1, 6, 15, 18, 20, 23 and 33. Wake up and fight, everyday.

Which numbers apply to you?

1. WORK MORE AND BETTER
2. WORK BY A SCHEDULE
3. WASH TEETH IF ANY
4. SHAVE
5. TAKE BATH
6. EAT GOOD – FRUIT – VEGETABLES – MILK
7. DRINK VERY SCANT IF ANY
8. WRITE A SONG A DAY
9. WEAR CLEAN CLOTHES – LOOK GOOD
10. SHINE SHOES
11. CHANGE SOCKS
12. CHANGE BED CLOTHES OFTEN
13. READ LOTS GOOD BOOKS
14. LISTEN TO RADIO A LOT
15. LEARN PEOPLE BETTER
16. KEEP RANCHO CLEAN
17. DON’T GET LONESOME
18. STAY GLAD
19. KEEP HOPING MACHINE RUNNING
20. DREAM GOOD
21. BANK ALL EXTRA MONEY
22. SAVE DOUGH
23. HAVE COMPANY BUT DON’T WASTE TIME
24. SEND MARY AND KIDS MONEY
25. PLAY AND SING GOOD
26. DANCE BETTER
27. HELP WIN WAR – BEAT FASCISM
28. LOVE MAMA
29. LOVE PAPA
30. LOVE PETE
31. LOVE EVERYBODY
32. MAKE UP YOUR MIND
33. WAKE UP AND FIGHT

Bobby Solomon

December 20, 2011 / By

‘The Kids Were Wrong’ by Memoryhouse

'The Kids Were Wrong' by Memoryhouse

It has been a while since we featured the Canadian outfit Memoryhouse on the blog, and so I was happy to read the other day that the dream-pop duo will be releasing their debut album on February 28th, 2012. Entitled ‘The Slideshow Effect’, the LP is definitely one of my most anticipated albums of next year.

To prepare for it’s release the guys have unveiled the album’s lead single ‘The Kids Were Wrong’ and it’s a really fun song which will no doubt whet your appetite for the upcoming album. It’s probably a little more poppy in comparison to the Memoryhouse we’ve heard on previous EP’s but I really like it’s energy and it’s got a great melody. It’s certainly a good way to start your week! You can download the track for free here.

Philip Kennedy

December 19, 2011 / By

Magnetic Rings by Laurent Milon

Magnetic Rings by Laurent Milon

Magnetic Rings by Laurent Milon

Magnetic Rings by Laurent Milon

Magnetic Rings by Laurent Milon

Continuing on our theme of geology are these really fantastic magnetic rings from Laurent Milon. The rings were created by freezing iron powder, and then cast in layers of nickel, silver and copper. Th ultimate effect is rather exciting looking, like gnarled pieces of coral floating in the water. It’s also cool that there’s a little video so you can see the process. How Laurent dreamed this up, I have no idea, but they turned out fantastic. I’d be careful if you ever wear one of these though, they look a bit dangerous!

Bobby Solomon

December 19, 2011 / By

Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly

Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly

Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly Photo via

Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly Photo via

Currently on exhibit at MASS MoCA is an incredible installation by Katharina Grosse called One Floor Up More Highly.

“…the artist has applied her atmospheric veils of paint to four mounds of soil which seem to spill from the upper balcony into the enormous space below. Stacks of Styrofoam shards rise out of the seductive mountains of color, mirroring the white of the gallery walls — the metaphorical canvas of Grosse’s tremendous painting.”

These giant, colorful mounds are fantastic to look at, like the colorful soils of a foreign planet. It’s both beautiful and hard to process at the same time, as she’s literally painted on the terrain, using these mounds of dirt and the walls of the gallery itself as he gigantic canvas. I’m sure the best way to experience this is by visiting the exhibition in person, but you can see some pretty great photos of the space by clicking here. The last day of the show is January 1, so it’s not too late to check it out if you have the time.

Bobby Solomon

December 19, 2011 / By

Growing crystal wallpaper out of copper sulfate

Roger Hiorns crystal installation

Roger Hiorns crystal installation

These are images from Seizure an installation by London-based artist Roger Hiorns. Hiorns covered the walls of an abandoned apartment with plastic and chicken wire pumped eighty-seven thousand liters of copper sulfate into the space and left. Months later, the remaining liquid was pumped back out of the flat, leaving shimmering surfaces of brilliant blue crystals throughout the installation. Much was written about the installation back in 2008 when you could still visit the abandoned flat-turned-geode. Below is a video of Hiorns talking about his installation:

Alex Dent

December 19, 2011 / By

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