Ten Swedish Designers

Formed in 1970, Ten Swedish Designers was started by ten young textile artists and designers who were told by the textile industry that their designs were “unsaleable”. So they banded together and started creating their own collections, and in essence, gaining control of how they did business. Since then, they’ve created over 30 succesful collections and around 600 printed fabrics and wallpapers.

Not only that, but they also have an amazing little store that sells not only fabrics, but bags, bibs, napkins and my favorite, the plates above. I would love to have a crazy mis-matching set of one each of those plates. I love how bold and graphic they are. My favorites by far are the rabbit, the squirrel, and the brick wall. Way too awesome.

Link via MoCo Loco

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

September 11, 2007 / By

Mike Andrews / Hand On String with Geoff McFetridge Artwork

A few weeks ago, in fact, the day before my birthday, Jeff and I stopped by GR2 and Giant Robot for a look around. I had previously posted about how I had picked up an awesome Geoff McFetridge book called, It Looks Like A Smile. Well, I also picked up one other gem.

What it is, is a book of images to go along with Mike Andrews’ new record, Hand On String. When I was in the store, I didn’t really know or care who Mike Andrews was, I just knew that I really wanted the book. I popped the CD into the car CD player, and Jeff and I listened to it on our way from Santa Monica back to Hollywood. To our surprise, the album was actually really good. We were absolutely shocked!
When I think of buying music with an art book, I usually think it’s going to suck. But this defied that notion completely. We spent the rest of that Sunday listening to the album over and over, it felt like just the thing to listen to at the time.

Finally the other day I decided to do some research on Mike Andrews to see who the guys was. Turns out that he does film scores, like Orange County, Me and You and Everyone We Know, and a movie called Donnie Darko. In fact, he’s the guy who helped record the amazing Mad World with Gary Jules. Now it all made sense.
Going to his website, you can see that he asked Geoff McFetridge to do the artwork for his album, and was able to make a special edition book to go along with it. The music and book are both amazing, and I intensely recommend everyone to check them out.

Mike Andrews / Just A Thought

Also be sure to check under the cut for a bunch of images from inside the amazing book!
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Bobby Solomon

September 10, 2007 / By

Tavis Coburn

I remember when I was a little kid, I’d go to a lot of antique stores with my mom and grandma. Every trip was usually really boring for me, being a 10 year old in a giant antique mall isn’t exactly a definition of fun. But while I was there, I was always on the lookout for really old comic books, something that I could then sell for thousands of dollars. I’d sort through stacks of old magazines for the one comic that would make me rich.
Well that never happened, but looking at Tavis Coburn’s artwork definitely reminds me of all those magazines I looked through. His style is pretty amazing, hearkening back to the 50’s and 60’s era of illustration, big print dots and everything. I guess I’d say his style is even a bit pulp, but with huge splashes of colors.

His regular site is being updated right now, but he has a bunch of rad posters for sale in his online store, like the one above.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

September 9, 2007 / By

Typenerd

Check out the personal site of Seth Farris, who also goes by Typenerd. The design section of his site is extremely awesome, including the two images above.
Both images were created for projects related to Takeshi Murata, though for different events. The first image was for a video show he had, which was also an ice cream party. And I’m absolutely in love with the font in the second image! Click here to see the full size poster with more of those beautiful letters!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

September 9, 2007 / By

Nice To Meet You Gets A Face Lift

I guess it’s the season for redesigning your blog, and I’m all for it! Nice To Meet You has come up with a nice and simple site redesign that’s not overly simple. Their sidebar is organized better, although it seems to me that the space between the entries is too compressed. They need some room to breathe!
But overall it looks really great, good job guys!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

September 7, 2007 / By

The New iPods ’07

I’ve been extremely busy for the last few days, getting back into the swing of life without Jeff, so posting has been, well, crappy lately. Anyway, yesterday Steve Jobs announced the arrival of new iPods, with new styles, new functions, new colors, the works!

Let’s start with the big, and talk about the iPhone first, because it was probably the largest announcement of the entire keynote speech. So, now you can get an 8GB iPhone, for $200 less than it previously was. Which is absolutely amazing, and I’m glad I waited (aka didn’t have $600 lying around). You can also access the soon to be accessible iTunes Wi-Fi Music store, which will allow you to download music over the internet, which I guess some people wanted. I’m not that into it, personally.

Next down the line is the newly unveiled iPod touch, which is exactly like the iPhone, except you know, without the phone part. You get the touch screen, Coverflow, and the most exciting part, they put a browser in, which in many ways, makes this the mini-computer everyone dreams that we’ll all use one day. Now they just need to find a way to import their AMAZING new iWorks program, and then you’d really have something. It also features Wi-Fi like the iPhone as well.

But unfortunately, it has one HUUUUUUGGGGGEEEE problem. They only come with storage capacities of 8GB and 16GB. Now, I’m sure it’s not easy to fit all that crazy shit in there, but I personally have around 45GB of music. I know I don’t listen to all of my music, all of the time, but it’s nice to have all of it on my iPod, in case of a rainy day.

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Bobby Solomon

September 6, 2007 / By

Maria Hinze

Check out the amazing artwork/installations of Maria Hinze, from somewhere in the Nordic realm.
Sadly, I couldn’t Google up anything about her (that I could read or translate, haha) but she has a bunch of really great images on her site, including paintings she did and other installation art she’s done. I can’t believe how detailed she gets! The piece above must have taken forever!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

September 6, 2007 / By

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