New Office Products by Present & Correct

Present & Correct bookend

Present & Correct office supplies

London’s Present & Correct bills itself as a retailer of “office sundries for the modern workplace,” but one could argue they also peddle design pieces with functionality. Founded in 2008 by two graphic designers, the duo created their online store to sell original designs, vintage desk accessories, and the work of other designers they felt fit into their fold. Inspired by stationery, their wares are the type of office and work space accessories you might have always looked for but never known existed.

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Andi Teran

May 28, 2013 / By

An Incredible Pattern Hidden Inside A Meteorite

Widmanstätten pattern

Last week, I wrote about a wonderfully animated video by Al Boredman. Instead of simply highlighting the great animation, I took the opportunity to whine about some of the buildings that made the cut and some that didn’t. So I was dismayed, but not surprised, when I realized I was one of several people complaining about a fantastic video for a pretty flimsy reason. It reminded me how cantankerous people can be when talking about architecture, or maybe it’s not unique to the subject and everyone online is pretty much always cantankerous. So this week I’ve decided to highlight things I’ve come across recently that are simply amazing. No detractions. The first amazing thing is a pattern hidden inside a meteorite.

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Alex Dent

May 28, 2013 / By

Top Five From LAIY: Week Of May 20

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Sounds From Los Angeles: An Interview With Travis Holcombe
For our final interview with KCRW folks, we shifted our gaze toward something they are very good at: music! Representing that world, we had a chat with Travis Holcombe, a new-ish DJ who recently has been given a huge chunk of the weekend to play with. We spoke with him about how he got to where he is today and what goes into making a DJ set. He’s a really cool guy with great taste in music. We recommend you check out his show, too.

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Al Que Quiere Is Everything You Want
Al Que Quiere is a design firm that focuses on making furniture and homewares and everything they make is fantastic. Their work is a mashing of classic and new styles that result in these pieces that are so fun and like some sort of mish-mash of aesthetics. We’re super into what they are doing and, although we won’t be able to afford them for some time (if ever), we had to share the work since it’s so dang cool.

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May 24, 2013 / By

Space Suit of the Week – SMATIK’s Dead Astronauts

dead astronauts - SMATIK - andre ljosaj

There is a wonderful scene in WALL-E of the spaceship Axion re-entering Earth’s polluted and desolate atmosphere; space waste is littering the planetary field surrounding the pale blue dot and suffocating it. Immediately seeing SMATIK’s Dead Astronaut wallpaper, I remembered this scene with great clarity.

There is currently 19,000 pieces of debris larger than 5cm and another 300,000 pieces smaller than 1cm that is hovering around our homeland. Space junk consists of a wide range of material left behind from the quest of space exploration – spent rockets, old satellites, etc. This growing beehive of debris that may collide with operational spacecrafts and other bodies.

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Alana Zimmer

May 24, 2013 / By