Yoo Seungah, a Korean artist and animator, recently released a beautiful short video titled Cactus Flower. It’s a simple tale of two men living together in a quaint apartment, one of whom is trying to get his cactus to bloom. Soon after they’re laying at the beach and couple with a small child walks by, and what you realize is that the cactus blooming is a metaphor for having a child, something the couple would like to have.
It’s a simple, lovely tale that’s extremely well-drawn and animated. Seungah has a really expressive style and the color palette used is pretty eclectic. There’s also a great use of texture in the characters and their environments which really creates a world that’s charming and memorable.
I happen to love plants. I have a giant shelf of them in my apartment, I love visiting nurseries on the weekends, and you’ll often find me Instagram’ing beautiful flowers and palm trees in my day-to-day. Thus a book like Strange Plants is right up my alley. Editor Zio Baritaux has put together three groups of creatives to give their takes on plants: artists who primarily work with plants as a medium, those who don’t normally work with plants who created new works, as well as a group of tattoo artists who’ve created works with plants in mind.
“The artists in this book were challenged to think about their work in new ways and ruminate on their unique experiences with plants,” editor Zio Baritaux says. “I hope this book will inspire others, and challenge the way people look at both plants and art.”
Strange Plants was designed by Folch Studio, an award-winning design house in Barcelona, which also developed Apartamento magazine. Folch was engaged in all aspects of the design and production of Strange Plants, and created a delicate and tactile cover inspired by the interactive nature of pressing flowers inside a book. Each book comes with a blank stamped surface with three adhesives inside, so that readers can make their own covers.
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For the last few days I’ve been listening to this great mixtape which highlights the last 15 years of Ghostly Records. It was put together by Nachtschade, a Belgian duo who’ve woven together tracks from Ghostly’s massive roster of artists such as Tycho, Shigeto, Gold Panda, Michna, and a ton more. It’s got a really mellow vibe overall which has been nice to listen to while driving around or while I’m at my desk working.
When you think of high-end fashion does typeography spring to mind? Patterns and monograms are de rigueur in fashion branding yet type is rarely used to augment a brands presence and reenforce it’s identity. Brian Alexander at SLAMXHYPE recently did a nice job of distilling down the typographic use of fashion brands but how often do you see these typefaces gracing a garment? This is where Burberry has taken a new tack, introducing a beautiful new script which graces their Spring/Summer 2015 menswear collection.
Emblazoned with script in all forms they’ve made jackets and bags, scarves and portfolios. The Daily Mail states “the collection, entitled ‘Book Covers & Bruce Chatwin’ featured original illustrations and typographic prints that take their creative lead from vintage English book covers,” while the Telegraph specifically states that it was a “weathered Bruce Chatwin first edition” which provided the inspiration. Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s Chief Creative and CEO, is well known as a book lover, so the stories certainly fit.
For me the collection feels like a bold experiment which uses this lovely script as a visual element, but also as a brand element. The exaggerated scale of the type abstracts it just enough. It piques your interest just slightly but doesn’t detract from the garments and accessories. I’m curious to see if other brands pick up on this trend in their next collections or if this is simply a summer fling with typography. Even so, I applaud Mr. Bailey for bringing a bit of the graphic design world into his fashion design world.
Summer’s in full swing and the right pair of swim trunks are a must have. Don’t make the mistake of being that guy (or the partner of that guy) with the long board shorts that go past the knee. Live a little, show off some thigh, and snag a pair of brightly patterned shorts that fit the season.
1. Yuko Hagiwara Print Swim Trunk by Orlebar Brown
These trunks utilize an incredible photo by Yuko Hagiwara to make a bold statement. Plus these have a button fly, zipper and pockets, so they’d even be suitable for outside the beach. – Buy it here
2. Mineral Print Swim Trunk by Saturdays Surf NYC
My favorite of the bunch, these mineral printed shorts come in three color variations – white with blue, blue with black, and the raciest of the bunch, black and red. – Buy it here
3. Rick – Watercolor Swim trunk by ourCaste
My partner Kyle has these and they’re an amazing print. Like the Orlebar’s above these are also a hybrid trunk, made for the waves or the day-to-day. – Buy it here
4. Raw Surf Stripe Swim Swim Trunk by Quality Peoples
For those who don’t want to make as bold of a statement these are for you. The black short with chunky swath of paint means you can still show your artsy side. – Buy it here
5. The Right Asteroid Swim Trunk by Deus
If fine art is more your vibe these op art inspired shorts by Deus is where it’s at. These might camouflage you in the water but you’ll be a stand out on the beach. – Buy it here
An Oyster, a Sand Bruise, a Gangplank. Ths is some of the vernacular used to describe the world of beach culture back in the 1920s. NY Times contributing columnist Ben Schott has compiled the best of this beach lexcion, and with the help of Goergia based illustrator Eleanor Davis, have created a visual representation of each them.
I’m currently feeling like I’m a rudder in need of some shark bait.
Over the weekend I stopped into thew new A.P.C. flagship shop, a space that’s nestled between buzzing Melrose Ave. and the sleepy Melrose Place. The area is dotted with high-end boutiques — such as the lavish Alexander McQueen to the iconically pink Paul Smith – but when you walk into the new A.P.C. it feels like you’ve escaped to a warm, summer retreat. What used to be an old antique shop has been transformed into something comfortable, spacious, and well-considered, with a thoughtful mix of architecture and vegetation.
The central plot features a luxuriously planted garden of Californian natives and is framed by a very large window, spanning 59 ft across 3 sides supported by diagonal wooden columns. In every sense it becomes the true heart of the structure. Ceramic brick, commissioned specifically for this project, is used for the floor and acts as a homage to the Hispanic history of Los Angeles, while providing extra light in its reflective nature. It also remains cool to the touch, important to the boutique where air conditioning is kept at a minimum.
The floor also unifies the space, where 3 presentation spaces are created by playing with the differing volumes inherent to the building. Ceilings range from a 20 ft cathedral-like stature to a more humble cottage-like height. As well as the central courtyard, the dual entrance from Melrose Avenue and Melrose Place creates a flow and sense of accessibility to the boutique.
Walking through the space you’re definitely met with a sense of comfort. I went around noon and the light was marvelous, spilling in from the skylights and tall windows. As mentioned above the floor tiles really do reflect the light beautifully, which in turn makes all of the wooden elements radiate a warmth that I’ve never experienced in a retail environment before. I wanted to sit and relax in the shop like it was my home.
The boutique will house the full A.P.C. men’s and women’s collections as well as the recently expanded denim collection, accessories, and collaborations. The Melrose shop will be the crown jewel to an ever-expanding presence in Los Angeles with new shops opening in downtown and Silver Lake in late 2014. Based on this space I’m excited to see how they continue to evolve their spaces.
Matt W. Moore is well known for his vibrant, geometric paintings, products, and street art. His highly stylized work is always vibrantly colored and full of energy and motion. His newest project though, titled Mosaic Mandala Series: Native Utah Elements, funnels that same creativity into a a series of mandelas made from naturally found materials.
This series of mosaic mandalas was created entirely with elements foraged on the mountain and in the valley : River pebbles and stones, shale, red rocks from the high elevations, dead branches from aspen trees, bark from evergreens, cattails from the lake’s edge, dried wild grasses from yesteryear, and cut dead branches exposing the rings of the tree’s life. Everything was right there for me, all I had to do was notice it’s potential. Over the years I have always been drawn to the infinite possibilities of geometric mandala grids. I have painted dozens of them on Canvases and Walls, designed them with colorful Vectors, and even collaborated with a friend on a Robot Rendered Series on paper. A new approach to a timeless concept.
I love that Matt was able to find this beautiful symmetry in everything he looks at. It’s kind of funny to me because in all honesty this quite a hippy dippy project, and it shouldn’t be this cool. If you told me someone made some cool “rock art” I’d probably roll my eyes. Matt’s talent to synthesize these materials into something fresh and contemporary is his true talent and I’d absolutely hang one of these on my wall.