Bobby Solomon is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Fox Is Black. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he works as a freelance designer of things pertaining to websites and other beautiful things. Eat, drink, design.
Meet Me in the Garden by Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele (mp3)
Every now and then I get someone emailing me about this art project they’re doing, or the band they’re in, and most of the time, I don’t post them about them. What can I say, I’m picky? But I did get an email 3 days ago from a guy named Dent May, who happens to have a Magnificent Ukelele (that’s what she said). Dent is from Mississippi, plays ukelele, and sounds to me like an American version of Jens Lekman. His lyrics are really human, and his voice is really pleasant, and he seems like he would a ton of fun to see live. He also does a lot of layering to his music and it’s all mixed really well.
Right now he has a new video out call “Oh, Paris!” which is extremely funny, and made me laugh quite a lot. He’s also giving away an EP of his called ‘Brush With Velvet’, which is really, really good. And it’s free, so why not give him a try, you know? That’s what I did. Check out his new video under the cut!
Reading through the newest issue of Vanity Fair I came across an amazing article about Julian Schnabel’s architectural masterpiece, the Palazzo Chupi. As some may know, Julian Schnabel is a man of many talents. Most recently he directed the movie ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’, but he’s also been a painter, and obviously, a part time architect. He helped create the Palazzo Chupi while he directed ‘Diving Bell’, communicating through faxes drawings and questions about the project in New York as he worked on the movie in France.
He had bought the building itself in 1997 for $2.1 million dollars and used at as a place for his family live, previously using it as a refuge from his divorce and as a painting studio. The really amazing part is that he added the entire top of the building, basically anything that’s dark salmon colored. The architecture itself was inspired by Addison Mizner and Stanford White, two of Schnabel’s favorite architects, as well as Scrovegni Chapel in Italy. The building itself is split into a triplex, two duplexes, and two single-floor homes, so this is a very cozy 50,00 square foot building.
I personally think the building itself is immensely beautiful, a breath of fresh air away from the sometimes overwhelming contemporary minimalism or weirdness that abounds today. I didn’t even fully realize how much I enjoy hand made things until I really started reading about this. The idea of hand troweled plaster on a wall so much more comforting than white, flat walls. The inside decor is a but gaudy for my taste, but it looks like it would be really fun to come home to every night as well. I’m also in love with all the hand laid tiles and the wood paneling, as well as (I’m sure) amazing views of the Hudson River.
I know it’s a bit early for politics, but I saw those on Daily Kos and had to immediately borrow the idea to share with you all. When is Hillary going to understand that we don’t want mudslinging and shit talking and negativity in our politics?! If she wasn’t such a bitch she’d probably be winning across the board. Let’s see if she somehow wiggles out of this one by saying that John Edwards asked her to use his words…
P.S. Sorry again for the politics in the morning, I promise it won’t happen again, haha…
One of my favorite things about this blog is finding young and talented designers who are starting to come up in the world. This description fits well with the London trio over at us (yes, all lowercase), who are creating a lot of really clever work. I had seen their identity work for the Kingston University degree show, and thought it was extremely fun and well done.
What caught my eye on my most recent visit to their site was the Detergent T-shirts they created as “mementos for festivals throughout the summer”. The point of the shirt is to be worn while you’re out getting muddy and gross at Reading or one of the other festivals, then you throw all your dirty clothes into the washer and the detergent releases from the t-shirt fibers and cleans all of your clothes. The second cool part is that the shirt also has a unique pattern and limited numbering on it, but you can only see the design after you’ve washed the shirt. They won a D&AD Global Student Award for this clever little idea, which I think is pretty fitting.
Check out the rest of their site for more interesting projects like this.
Today I woke up and had a song stuck in my head, No Doubt’s ‘Sunday Morning’ off of their oh-so-classic album, Tragic Kingdom. I remember driving around in my friend’s shitty, gold Honda with this song blasting, all the windows down. There’s just something so epic about the song, it gets me going every time I hear it.
The video above was directed by music video wÃ¼nderkind Sophie Muller, and features the band getting together to cook a meal, which they then use to have a giant food fight. They need to hurry up and get a new album out, but that might not happen anytime soon since Gwen has another bun in the oven!