I am absolutely in love with this concept bike created by ADDI for Pilen. The bike was created by Johan Malmqvist, AndrÃ©as Karlsson and Eric Therner, Swedish designers who are creating some really great furniture pieces, but have now dabbled into transportation. The bike was inspired by Le Mans styl ebikes, and is supposed to give people the idea of a sports car. I think the shape is really beautiful, with the dual top bar (I have no idea what that thing is called) arching beautifully from the spoke to the handlebars, which are also shaped quite interestingly as well.
I’m not sure if Pilen has any plans to release it, in Sweden or in America, but if they should if the know what’s good for them!
Something really struck me about Sameul FranÃ§ois’ outdoor pieces, but it’s hard to put my finger on it. The two above are my favorites, and they’re rather simple. He took (what appears to be) a run down building out in the middle of nowhere, and decided to brighten it up by painting it bright colors and adding a bunch of geometric shapes. These bright colors and shapes are totally at odds with their surrondings, which I think makes it even better.
What I think I like best is that it makes me inspired to do this somewhere in my my own neighborhood or somewhere in my home town. I think coming across something like this in the middle of a forest would be really beautiful, what do you all think?
Politics. While they may frustrate my to no end, they intrigue me even more. So when I came across this new lapel pin by Michael Beirut, a collaboration between he and Men’s Vogue, I was quite excited, as it was designed to be politically neutral, something we can all appreciate. With the pins design, Beirut “tried to defamiliarize a very familiar configuration of letters”, and it’s unique shape is inspired by the country’s history as a melting pot.
I think this is a really beautiful piece of work and is extremely timeless feeling, something I’ve found is really important to me lately. There are only 5,000 made and they go for $10 a piece, so grab one while you can, I already did.
As some of you may have noticed, the amount of posts on the site has greatly decreased. This is because my real life, well, is more important, and I’ve got people and places to see. So I guess this is a little note saying that the way I post is gonna be a little different. I’m gonna continue to try and write really complete posts, but sometimes they might just be thoughts or something cool I come across that I really do want to share, but don’t really have the time to write about.
For example, I came across this really awesome set of bottlecaps from fragmented’s Flickr. I found this through some blog a couple weeks ago and fell in love with them. So far he has 241 bottlecaps total, and they’re all pretty cool, new and old, in all sorts of colors and flavors. Hopefully this can inspire a couple of you out there?
On Saturday, I went to one of those amazing spaces I talked about in the previous post, something I had read about on Refinery 29 last week. It’s a hot new shop on Sunset Blvd. about 6 blocks down the street from my house called Confederacy, and I’m totally in love with it.
The store features a ton of great brands like Shipley Halmous (my absolute favorite right now), Rag & Bone (who also made the crew at Confederacy custom “uniforms”), Band of Outsiders, Nom de Guerre, and that’s just the guys stuff. On the ladies side there’s Proenza Schouler, Zac Posen, Opeing Ceremony, and Burberry. Inside the whole thing is very urban, with lots of exposed bricks, old BINGO signs, telephone booths to try clothes on in, old movie theater seats, aged couches… it’s a slice of heaven.
The best part though was definitely the service, a young due named Nick helped me and my friend out and he was really friendly and helpful. The store is still growing, they plan on adding a cafÃ© and there will be an outdoor seating area, so if you ever visit, keep an eye out for me sipping an Americano and brushing up on the newest issue of Monocle.