A Short Video That Reconceptualizes The Very Idea of Birds

Why do birds look the way they do? Its not very often that we question the whys of fundamental things, concepts we take for granted because it’s what we’re accustomed to. The team at Zeitguised have done just that in their playful short video Birds. They ponder if birds were made of soap bubbles, created out of leaves, had bodies made up of egg shells, and perhaps the deepest question of all: What if a bird was made out of birdhouse? Watch these bold ideas below.

'Birds' by Zeitguised

'Birds' by Zeitguised

Bobby Solomon

August 12, 2014 / By

The Fox Is Black’s Six Favorite Plant-centric Instagrammers

The Fox Is Black's Six Favorite Plant-centric Instagrammers

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wanting to feature more plant related topics on the site I thought it would be fun to pull inspiration from my own Instagram feed. The following is a list of people who frequently or somewhat often feature plants on their own feed, bringing a little life to the photo app. They’ve all been chosen for very different reasons and hopefully you’ll find one or a few that match your own personal aesthetics.

Louise Ljungberg

Louise Ljungberg – @louiselj
Stockholm based photographer Louise Ljungberg is the exactly what I think of when I think of a great plant-base Instagram account. More often than not leafy greens and boldly colored blossoms dominate her feed. I don’t think I could ever get tired of her POV on life.

The Horticult - Instagram

The Horticult – @thehorticult
The Instagram feed of The Horticult, a blog that focuses on finding garden inspirations. Founders Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit may not the most aesthetically beautiful feed on the list, but certainly they’re certainly the most knowledgable. These two are great nerds who’ve taught me a ton about plant life.

Emily Blincoe - thuglifeforevs - Instagram

Emily Blincoe – @thuglifeforevs
There are few photographers who are able to capture beautiful scenes like Emily Blincoe, who on Instagram goes by the handle @thuglifeforevs. I love when she creates these little set-ups with objects organized by color, especially these plant based ones. You can’t go wrong following Emily.

nistsa - Instagram

nistsa – @nistsa
Of everyone on this list nistsa is the most mysterious. Based in Japan, this Instagrammer shares minimal photos of plants on grey backgrounds, quite the opposite of some of the others on this list. I think the subdued nature of their photos is quite nice and the subtle details they capture shouldn’t be overlooked.

Nicole Franzen - Instagram

Nicole Franzen – @nicole_franzen
Photographer Nicole Franzen has an enviable life. She’s hanging out on boats, in cute French bistros, chilling with Giada and Tom Colicchio. What I’m digging about her Instagram though is all the lovely nature that finds itself in her feed. I pulled a bunch of the desert related photos because Palm Springs is my favorite place in the world, and they remind me of there.

Julie Lee - Instagram

Julie Lee – @julieskitchen
I’ve had Julie Lee on the site a couple times before, she’s well-known for her incredible plant/food mosaics which she posts frequently on her Instagram. I figured it would be silly to leave her off of a list like this. Julie turns plants into art and that’s not to be missed.

Bobby Solomon

August 12, 2014 / By

Yuto Yamasaki Carves Ornate House Plants Out of Nature Itself

Yuto Yamasaki

Japanese artist and woodworker Yuto Yamasaki cleverly utilizes nature to recreate nature. He carefully chisels and carves these plant sculptures which are realistic yet somewhat fantastic, having an extra ordinary quality. This quality is amplified by the brightly colored coat of paint he applies to each, an act almost unto granting eternal life to the plants.

Yuto Yamasaki

Yuto Yamasaki

Yamasaki recently had a show, aptly titled Plants, where he displayed his work like a well-designed greenhouse. It’s pretty awesome to see the amount of plants he was able to carve as well as the wide variety of plants. I think it’s also interesting to how he describes his process, that his pieces have no meaning, only that they exist.

I place great importance in the physical process of art making as a means of exploring subjectivity. Without any preplanned concepts, I utilize materials that are easily available to me. The issue is not what I make; there is no meaning to be found in my pieces beyond a confirmation of the existence of the artist and his experience of making the work. Making art objects with my own hands, void of conscious thought, is a therapeutic and meditative experience. The challenge is to put myself in a state where the materials make my hands move automatically.

Yuto Yamasaki

Yuto Yamasaki

Yuto Yamasaki

Yuto Yamasaki

Bobby Solomon

August 12, 2014 / By

“Clarke’s Dream”, A Funky New Track from Gold Panda

"Clarke's Dream", A New Track by Gold Panda

I’m a big fan of Derwin Schlecker, also known as Gold Panda, and his worldly take on electronic music. Last week he released a new track titled “Clarke’s Dream”, a track which I’d describe as being straight funk, filled with high hats, deep looping bass lines, and a funky wah-wah guitar lick. I also really love the art for the single by Laura Lewis.

Bobby Solomon

August 12, 2014 / By

The Hat Maker: A Video Showcasing the Craft of Milliner Nick Fouqet

The Hat Maker: A Video Showcasing the Craft of Milliner Nick Fouqet

As technology continues to advance, our knowledge of how things are made slowly decreases. A perfect example is how hats are made. I’ve never known a person who makes hats, and it wasn’t until recently that I saw this great video on Nick Fouqet, who works in Venice, California.

Honestly, after watching this video numerous times I’m still not exactly sure how he does this. What I do know is that he uses 100% beaver fur felt, which is sustainably harvested and comes from Tennessee. And as you can see in the image above, he lights the hat on fire to get rid of stray threads. Seeing that in slow-motion is worth your time alone.

The Hat Maker: A Video Showcasing the Craft of Milliner Nick Fouqet

Major props to Dean Bradshaw for making such a beautiful video.

Bobby Solomon

August 11, 2014 / By

Woodworker Ariele Alasko Creates Charming, Folksy Objects To Liven Up Your Day-To-Day

Ariele Alasko - Woodworking

Ariele Alasko - Woodworking

Slowly but surely handmade goods are finding a place on the shelves of conventional retailers. Knowing that someone has put time and effort into the creation of an object provides value, a great example being someone like Ariele Alasko, who is an incredibly talented woodworker making fine wooden objects. The pieces she creates recall a time before mass production where things like spoons and bowls were made by hand because of necessity.

Ariele Alasko - Woodworking

There’s so much charm and wit to her work, for example her hand spoons, or the lovely details in her spalted maple bowls, which have such unique patterns to them. I wish there was a physical shop which carried all of her goods so I could pick them up and feel each one of them. I’m totally that guy who goes through the design shop and has to touch everything.

Ariele Alasko - Woodworking

Ariele Alasko - Woodworking

Ariele Alasko - Woodworking

If you’re interested in learning more about Ariele I’d recommend this interview with Kinfolk where she speaks about how she got her start, the meaningful objects in her life, and staying inspired.

Bobby Solomon

August 11, 2014 / By

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Bobby Solomon

August 11, 2014 / By

Clean, Honest Branding and Interior Design for Health Food Restaurant Mamva

Mamva Branding by Anagrama

Mamva, a health food restaurant based in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico, recently received some fresh new branding and interiors from probably my favorite design agency in the world, Anagrama. Mamva serves fresh smoothies, juices, salads, and paninis, so the branding and identity needed to feel clean, friendly, and honest.

Our proposal uses symbolism and easy, simple language to communicate friendliness and natural health. Drawing from the idea that eating healthy is the best medicine, we featured the snake thanks to its status as a symbol of health and medicine since ancient times.

The color palette and rough materials give a care-free tropical vibe. The logotype presents a built-in, all-in-one practical guide to everything Mamva, such as its schedule and phone number. The brand also uses a simpler version of the logo in seal form, a nod towards its excellent food quality.

You can see more imagery from the project by clicking here.

Mamva Branding by Anagrama

Mamva Branding by Anagrama

Mamva Branding by Anagrama

Mamva Branding by Anagrama

Mamva Branding by Anagrama

Mamva Branding by Anagrama

Bobby Solomon

August 11, 2014 / By

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