The notebook market over the last 10 years certainly has boomed. Brands like Moleskine lead the way while Field Notes has certainly brought mainstream popularity for their simplistic, charming design. But the folks behind Baron Fig think there’s still room in the market for a better notebook.
New York based illustrator/artist/art director Josh Cochran updated his portfolio with a ton of new, extremely beautiful work last week. I’ve known Josh for a while now, he did a wallpaper long ago for the site, and it’s a pleasure to see how far his work has progressed over the last five years.
I am a big fan of art history but I always feel it’s good to get a fresh perspective on it from time to time. In many ways, that’s what the work of British painter Holly Frean is about. Instead of the often po-faced and straight-laced world we know, she playfully distorts it, creating familiar images that are wryly observed and fantastically witty.
I love a good collaboration, especially when they’re two of my favorite brands. This is a beautiful partnership between contemporary footwear makers Clae and clotheswear designers Steven Alan who’ve created the Strayhorn Vibram Hiker, a very modern take on the hiking boot silhouette.
I love this dustpan and brush by Polish product designer Jan Kochanski. Perfectly simple, it presents a fantastic solution to the dustpan’s function; using the handle as a funnel for everything that gets swept up. While the dustpan and brush is a fairly common object in the home, you rarely see one as smart – or as beautiful – as this.