My Favorite “Ceramicists”: Cody Hoyt, Ben Medansky, & Eric Roinestad

An interest of mine that has been rekindled over the past year is the area of ceramics. There’s something about the tactility and the unknown nature of the craft that makes it seem like such an incredible challenge. That’s why I’ve chosen to share a few of my favorite ceramicists, to highlight some of the great work that’s happening in this world.

Cody Hoyt - Ceramics

Cody Hoyt
I knew Cody Hoyt in a previous life. Back in 2009 he was an LA based illustrator and he made this beautifully chaotic wallpaper that I was obsessed with. There was such complexity and depth to the piece and I was madly in love with it.

Nowadays he’s a Brooklyn based sculptor who makes the most amazing ceramic vessels, embedded with swirling, abstract patterns that clearly reference his previous sensibilities but perhaps in a more refined form.

Cody Hoyt - Ceramics

Cody Hoyt - Ceramics

Ben Medansky - Ceramics

Ben Medansky
Ben Medansky is an incredibly talented guy who has an extremely unique view of the world. This sensibility rings throughout all of his work, usually as some sort of abstract, off the wall piece that you can’t help but smile about. As you’ll see below he’s incorporated a lot of Yves Klein-esque blues, golds, and silvers, that pair so very well with the more neutral colored glazes. Drinking your coffee in the morning could only be more fun with Ben’s mugs.

Ben Medansky - Ceramics

Ben Medansky - Ceramics

Eric Roinestad - Ceramics

Eric Roinestad
Back in July I interviewed Los Angeles ceramics artist and designer Eric Roinestad because I had recently became obsessed with his work. What makes Eric’s work stand out for me is his use of Southern California plant life but also objects like the “shot up tin cans” which hint at the unnatural aspects of desert life. You can visit his site to see the full range of amazing vessels he’s currently working on.

Eric Roinestad - Ceramics

Eric Roinestad - Ceramics

Bobby Solomon

December 17, 2014 / By

My Favorite “Coffee Shop”: Go Get Em Tiger

My Favorite "Coffee Shop": Go Get Em Tiger

As designers we tend to glamorize coffee. It’s the “fuel” for our projects, it’s the drink that keeps us motivated late at night. Perhaps you could even say we fetishize it. I’d add to the cult of coffee that we all have our favorite places we love to visit. That one shop that knows you, that knows your drink of choice, that with a glance makes you feel at home.

For me that spot is Go Get Em Tiger, a newish coffee shop that only opened last June but is already seen as one of the best in LA. It’s also the sister site of G&B Coffee which is located in the now trendy Grand Central Market which was named one of the Hot 10 places in America by Bon Appetit. Together they’re doing coffee a little differently, and it’s the little things that really matter.

My Favorite "Coffee Shop": Go Get Em Tiger Photo by @alwaysjudging

I would say the immediate difference between GGET and other coffee shops is the general vibe of the place. Rather than wait in line you belly up to a bar, first come first serve, which makes it a much more casual affair. It also helps if you’re a regular, and within seconds someone can swing by and ask if you want your usual. They’re also seating inside and out, dogs are totally welcome, most of the time the doors are always open, and it’s pretty consistently bright inside the space thanks to the big, west facing windows.

My Favorite "Coffee Shop": Go Get Em Tiger Photos by @candacesmkim & @lifeserial

Their ability to pull espresso shots is impeccable, in fact their barista Charles Babinski recently won the 2015 South West Regional Barista Competition, so you can only imagine the level of quality that’s being served. I’m a purist personally and only order the sweet latte. It’s what you’d think it is, a latte, hot or iced, that’s been sweetened with agave, which gives it a much more mild sweetness compared to artificial sweeteners.

My Favorite "Coffee Shop": Go Get Em Tiger Photos by @ccllim_jy & @jarliek

My Favorite "Coffee Shop": Go Get Em Tiger Photo by @monicais

Overall, Go Get Em Tiger gets all the details right. The perfect drinks, the perfect space, the perfect staff who know how to make you feel welcome. The next time you’re in Los Angeles, this is the place to go.

Go Get Em Tiger
230 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Bobby Solomon

December 16, 2014 / By

My Favorite “Design Studio”: Anagrama

My Favorite "Design Studio": Anagrama

You’d think choosing a favorite design studio of the year would be a challenge but honestly it wasn’t. In my mind there was one studio that stood above the rest, who with every project released fascinating, exhilarating, envy-inducing work again and again. For me the obvious choice was Mexico based Anagrama.

My Favorite "Design Studio": Anagrama

My Favorite "Design Studio": Anagrama

In the last year they’ve finished 37 projects (that I can see on their site) and each is of such a high caliber that it’s nearly impossible to pick favorites (but I will). You have projects like their work for Very, a real estate brand that feels like pure luxury. It’s minimally branded with a custom serif logo that’s quite beautifully paired with a shiny copper and lots of black. Or take a look at their work for Vivana, a super foods brand that they created packaging for. Yet again they took a (super) minimal approach that features the ingredients front and center on white which communicates clearly the purity and naturalness of what’s inside.

My Favorite "Design Studio": Anagrama

My Favorite "Design Studio": Anagrama

A recent favorite is the work they did for a Mexican beer company Cervecería de Colima. The type for each of the bottles gives each it’s own unique vibe, but the muted color palette for the labels ties the brand together. Literally topping off each bottle is a vibrant bottle cap that comes in stunning shades of turquoise, magenta, and yellow. Their restraint with color is found in many of their projects though I feel that this one is done superbly.

I’m excited to see what the next year hold’s for the team at Anagrama. The work they’re doing inspire me to push further and to experiment with branding in design, showing me that I should push my team and the teams I work with to try new and exciting things. If the world had more studios like Anagrama our lives would be filled with so many more beautiful things and places.

My Favorite "Design Studio": Anagrama

My Favorite "Design Studio": Anagrama

My Favorite "Design Studio": Anagrama

My Favorite "Design Studio": Anagrama

My Favorite "Design Studio": Anagrama

Bobby Solomon

December 15, 2014 / By

My Favorite “Designer as Teacher”: Aaron Draplin Builds A Logo In 10 Minutes

Aaron Draplin Builds A Logo In 15 Minutes

Portland based designer Aaron Draplin is well-known for his straightforward attitude and no-nonsense sense of design. You could even describe him as a “champion” for the design community, a person who has an immense output of quality designs, and by all accounts I’ve heard, one of the nicest and most supportive folks on earth.

Last week he took Lynda.com‘s logo design challenge, creating a really simple, strong mark in less than 10 minutes. He walks you through his process and his reasoning which gives you a fascinating look at how he gets from nothing to something. His confidence and the easy way he demonstrates his work makes you feel like you should go out and make 100 logos on your lunch hour. Love this guy.

Bobby Solomon

December 15, 2014 / By

Miito Reimagines The Electric Kettle Into An Artful Object For Your Kitchen Counter

Miito Reimagines The Electric Kettle

Nils Chuda and Jasmina Grase have taken an interesting way to boil water, induction heating, and applied it to their creation, Miito.

Miito is an innovative product that heats liquids directly in the vessel to be used, hence eliminating the heating of excess water. Simply fill your cup with water, place it onto the induction base and immerse the rod in the liquid. The induction base heats the rod, which then heats the liquid surrounding it. Miito works with non-ferrous vessels of any size, for example a pot of tea when inviting guests. Miito can also heat your soup or milk for a coffee. The clean shape of the rod allows it to be cleaned easily.

Miito Reimagines The Electric Kettle

While not being a new concept the application of inductive heating with the elegant form of Miito is what excites me. There’s nothing more you need for an idea like this. The base and metal stem are elegant forms that achieve the goal of boiling without any other pieces necessary. In my mind it’s almost so elegant that it presents itself as a piece of art for your kitchen counter.

Unfortunately this seems to be only a prototype for now. I know if it were a real product I’d definitely snag one of these.

Miito Reimagines The Electric Kettle

Bobby Solomon

December 5, 2014 / By

Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year… Marsala?

Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year... Marsala?

Pantone has released their color of the year for 2015, Marsala. Here’s how they describe the color.

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

To put it ineloquently… yuck. This reminds me of the late 90’s, mandarin collar button-ups, vineyard themed kitchens. It’s dried blood, it’s wine stains, it’s the color of regret. I’m also not a fan of the name which makes me think of Chicken Marasala. While it’s a delicious dish, it’s quite ugly from an aesthetic standpoint.

Also, what’s going on with the scandalous photo shoot below? This is taken directly from the Pantone site. Does the idea of a ménage à trios help to sell a color?

Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year... Marsala?

Bobby Solomon

December 5, 2014 / By

Warm Your Hearth and Home Digitally with Yule Log 2.0

Warm Your Hearth and Home Digitally with Yule Log 2.0

Yule Log is a website composed of a collection of short films created by illustrators, animators, directors, and creative coders, that wants to bring back the age old X-mas tradition. The site’s creator, Daniel Savage, did a version last year as well which was equally great. I’d rather put one of these fine pieces of art on my TV rather than watch A Christmas Carol on repeat for 24 hours.

Below are a few of my favorites.

Bobby Solomon

December 3, 2014 / By

The Ultimate Spot to Relax? Take A Look At The Wood Clad Grotto Sauna

The Grotto Sauna by Partisans Is The Ultimate Place To Relax

Cold weather and rainy rain is finally upon us here in LA and all I want to do is stay inside and keep warm. Nothing sounds nicer that spending some time relaxing in a sauna, but to be quite specific, this incredibly designed Grotto Sauna by Partisans. It’s the combination of incredible materials, the 3d sculpted and fabricated interiors, and of course the stunning view.

The site is a prehistoric large-scale rock formation, and understanding it intimately was the first step toward architecture. The selected concept prescribed a solid, simple presence on the exterior, while the interior followed dynamic air movements in curvature forms; requiring design solutions. Challenging the standards of current practices in the construction industry, we worked directly with a millwork and steel fabrication partner on every detail. Together, we developed a new process of fabrication; utilizing state of the art 3-D technology to scan, model and build the Grotto.

Please take me there now.

The Grotto Sauna by Partisans Is The Ultimate Place To Relax

The Grotto Sauna by Partisans Is The Ultimate Place To Relax

The Grotto Sauna by Partisans Is The Ultimate Place To Relax

Bobby Solomon

December 2, 2014 / By

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