One of the reasons I switched away from iTunes and adopted a music service like Rdio is that it allows my to explore albums that I may never have had the ability to enjoy. A great example is this beautiful little LP from Danish band Efterklang titled One-Sided. I’m a huge fan of their most recent album Piramida, so I started to explore their back catalog and came across this. It might be only three songs but it’s absolutely filled with stunning tracks, though I think my favorite is Tu es mon image, which sounds like something from a fairy tale.
Big Med by by Atul Gawande
Restaurant chains have managed to combine quality control, cost control, and innovation. Can health care? Makes you think about how health care still needs to progress.
We Must Build An Enormous McWorld In Times Square, A Xanadu Representing A McDonald’s From Every Nation by Jeb Boniakowski
Kind of an insane idea, but in a really sort of genius way. Times Square, and McDonald’s for that matter, would never be the same.
Why I’m writing on the iPad by Jason Snell
The singular focus of the iPad is immensely helpful when you need to focus. I do a majority of my email correspondence on my iPad, but unfortunately I still don’t blog on it. We still need better photo editing software for the iPad.
Shirley Tucker, Faber, and The Bell Jar by Mark Sinclair
When Faber & Faber picked up Silvia Plath’s novel The Bell Jar in 1966, in-house designer Shirley Tucker was given the chance to design its cover – and she came up with the perfect image. In a series of interviews filmed at the publisher’s last year, Tucker discusses this work and her time at Faber…
One Common Ancestor Behind Blue Eyes by Jeanna Bryner
People with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor, according to new research. A team of scientists has tracked down a genetic mutation that leads to blue eyes. The mutation occurred between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago. Before then, there were no blue eyes.
No Finish Line: An Interview With Alan Stuart of One Long House
Alan Stuart is restless. He’s a designer type who is never satisfied. Case in point? One Long House, his small-but-big-impact design agency recently based in Los Angeles. Stuart does great work with his team and has some super insightful words for anyone who wants to start their own creative agency.
Downtown’s Art District is very much an “It” neighborhood. What doesn’t it–or Downtown–have? High fashion. There is some weird gap down there. Well, that gap is gone: new store 12345 is like a small Opening Ceremony full of playful goodies and setup like a fashion wonderland. There’s even a peephole to take a look inside the store! They’re brand new and you’re going to want to dog ear them in your retail handbook.
The Los Angeles Drink Map
After over a year, we have finally released one of LAIY’s founding features: a map of cocktails and bars recommended to you by the people we have shared in our Featured Interview series. If you are visiting Los Angeles or live here or just want to hear where people drink in LA, this map is for you. We’ll be updating it every Wednesday and we expect everyone to use this as their drinking resource.
Kelly Massey’s Painted Scarves
For some reason, we got it in our heads this week that we wanted to share cool scarves. This is probably because the weather keeps flip flopping from hot to cold but we wanted to share something pretty and functional. Anyway, Kelly Massey’s scarves did just that for us because they are all made from patterns that she paints with watercolors. How pretty! And functional.
See You Later, Scott
LA filmmaker Matthew Miller sent us his film See You Later, Scott and it is the perfect thing to watch on a rainy, Wintry Southern California day. Part dreamy, part nature lust, part travel film, you get wrapped into this strange and quiet world that happens when you get lost in the wilderness. It’s very pretty and the closing credits are pretty rad, too.
The space race was the greatest competition all time: two great nations pushing technological and scientific boundaries for galactic supremacy. Rooted in the necessity to achieve what no nation had yet to accomplish, science and mankind reached new heights. Tom Clohosy Cole’s concertina, Space Race, beautifully illustrates this push to the limits. The efforts of these two great Cold War super powers are detailed on opposing sides of a paper-made Iron Curtain narrating the notable achievements of spaceflight. The highlights of the USSR include Sputnik’s star streak across the autumn sky and Yuri Gagarin’s landmark orbital waltz around the home planet. On the opposing side, the achievements of the United States showcase the Apollo rocket boys. Cole’s concertina crescendos at quite probably the greatest single achievement in the space race – the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. This event technically marks the end of the Space race between the two nations as the Soviet Soyuz and the Yankee Apollo crafts dock together–a cosmic handshake and sign of peace. From my own ethnocentric point of view, the space race narrative (as told here in the United States) ends with Armstrong & his boys’ dance on the moon. Yet in actuality the Test Project, commonly referred to statewide as Apollo 18, is truly the last dance of the great space race. Cole’s depiction in four colors boldly celebrates these adventuresome achievements. And unfurled, it paints a panorama of this time far grander than any Hasselblad shot brought back as a souvenir.
In the ever-evolving landscape that is modern furniture design, Denmark’s HAY stands apart. Founded in 2002, the company aims to recreate the heyday of 1950′s and ’60s design only with an innovative twist. Aside from their products actually being affordable, they employ both hungry young designers and more established ones alike to create products that are functional and aesthetically interesting. In their words, they want to blur the lines between architecture and fashion and do so in a joyful manner.
All of HAY’s furniture seems to pair beautifully together. Designer Hee Welling’s “About a Stools” are made to work in both residential and commercial spaces, their colorful bases working in conjunction with one another. Because of each product’s streamlined simplicity, it’s easy to see these pieces working in many different types of spaces, especially the Bjørn sofa and unassuming Bella desk, which comes in either white or black.
HAY recently expanded into product design, too. They offer a wide range of office supplies like rulers and binders in various pastel and prints. I’m partial to their modular Kaleido trays, which won Sweden’s Design S prize late last year. Bold, bright, and beautiful, they’d cheer up any dinner party.