‘Saddle’ – A Beautiful and Practical Chair by Angell, Wyller & Aarseth

Saddle by Angell, Wyller and Aarseth

Saddle by Angell, Wyller and Aarseth

Saddle is a beautiful prototype chair designed by Norwegian designers Christoffer Angell, Oyvind Wyller and Simen Aarseth as part of their collective Angell, Wyller & Aarseth. Released last year, the trio rather accurately describe the chair as being modest and friendly, and highlight how solid it is but also the softness of the chairs nest-like design.

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Philip Kennedy

May 14, 2013 / By

Smith Westerns’ “Varsity” is the Perfect Song for Summer

Varsity - Smith Westerns

For some reason Smith Westerns’ single “Varsity” passed me by last March on its release. Fortunately the Chicago indie rockers have followed it up with a brand new video and I’m now in love with the track. Filled with youthful swagger and a jangly pop sensibility, the song is a joyful celebration of young love and the perfect soundtrack to your summer.

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Philip Kennedy

May 13, 2013 / By

‘You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack’ – A Compendium of Cartoons by Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld - You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack

You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack is the title of a new book by the British cartoonist Tom Gauld. Over the last eight years Gauld has been creating a weekly cartoon for The Guardian and this beautiful hardback book is a compendium of many of his best works. Released through the Canadian publishers Drawn and Quarterly, the book features plenty of cartoons which havn’t been seen outside of the UK before.

Tom Gauld - Jetpack

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Philip Kennedy

May 9, 2013 / By

Catching up with Flying Eye Books and their new releases

Flying Eye Books - Collection

Flying Eye Books - Topsy Turvy World Spread

Some of you may remember that last March I wrote about the new children’s book publisher Flying Eye Books. Launched in February of this year, the publisher’s first release was the fantastic Welcome to your Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwarz. Three months on and they’ve put out three new titles, each one fantastically different and offering a great choice of reads for kids of any age. I was lucky enough to get my hands on these books and so I thought I’d share with you a little glimpse of what the guys at Flying Eye have been up to!

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Philip Kennedy

May 8, 2013 / By

John Martz’s ‘Destination X’ – A Science Fiction Parable about Obsession & Singlemindedness

Destination X by John Martz

Canadian illustrator, cartoonist and designer John Martz has just released a new book called Destination X and it’s well worth checking out! Inspired by old pulp sci-fi novels, ghost stories and episodes of The Twilight Zone, Martz’s book is a fantastic sci-fi parable about obsession and single-mindedness.

The comic book tells the story of Sam, the grandson of a world-renowned space adventurer. Impressed by his grandfather’s tales of mysterious planets and alien romance, Sam decides to model his life on his grandfathers, stopping at nothing to fulfill what he believes to be his natural destiny — even if his grandfather’s stories aren’t true.

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Philip Kennedy

May 7, 2013 / By

Massimo Vignelli Makes Books (video)

massimo vignelli makes books

All this week on the blog I’ll be writing about books, so I thought it would be a great idea to start thing off with this lovely video with Italian designer Massimo Vignelli discussing his approach to book design. The video – which was designed and animated by Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and Aron Fay – shows Vignelli explaining his design process and his particular reverence for the grid.

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Philip Kennedy

May 6, 2013 / By

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