I never really think too much about the cords I plug into my devices. Most of the time it’s all about making them disappear rather than stand out. But all that’s about to change thanks to Eastern Collective and their playful mix of textiles and technology. Created by designer Matt Benedetto, Collective Cables transform mundane cords into clever and colorful accessories for your iPhone, iPad, Kindle or Android. A reinterpretation of climbing or hardware rope, they’re designed to “add true color to the black and white of your life.” (Though the black and white cord is just as fun.) What’s even better is they’ve made cords for all of the older versions of the iPad and iPod, as well as a line for audio systems. And Eastern Collective shows no signs of devoting themselves to just cables, either. They design iPhone cases, apparel,and sunglasses too. Check them all out here.
I’ve been on a neon and lasers kick lately, and this window display for Christian Louboutin’s store on Mount St. in London by StudioXAG definitely grabbed my eye. I love the vibrancy of the colors, the way the lights bring such a warmth to the colors, and how it reflects off each other.
We collaborated with the team at Christian Louboutin to create an amazing Vegas-inspired typographical installation. Each letter has it’s own story to tell and can be traced back to original Vegas signage. The stainless steel shells house a mix of Pygmy and Golfball bulbs, 4 different colours of neon, backlit perspex and crystal Cabochon. To make sure the window all came together beautifully each letter was powder coated in a rich, bright and glossy colour to match a shoe or a bag in Christian Louboutin’s current collection.
They also recreated the display in a more condensed version for the Louboutin store in Paris, which you can see below.
‘Design with Heart’ is the title of this short film about the work of industrial designer Sebastian Bergne. Bergne lives and works in London where he’s been creating a number of products, lighting and furniture for over 20 years. Perhaps best known for creating objects for the preparation and consumption of food and drink, Bergne has collaborated on projects with the likes of Muji, Swarovski, Tefal and Vitra.
The Ceramicist: An Interview With Ben Medansky
You may not know who Ben Medansky is just yet but you are going to know his name soon. He’s a Los Angeles based ceramicist who is making very playful and functional works that have given him great success at a super young age. He has a great eye for what is very “now” in the ceramics world and has a very distinct individual style. He’s going to be blowing up very, very soon…
Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show
Currently on view at MOCA’s PDC location is Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show, a bright yellow annotated show that gives you a step inside Sagmeister’s mind. It’s a celebration of what makes him and all people happy and is part interactive infographic, part designer at play, and part insane and wonderful and great. This show has been incredibly popular and is also free: you should make a point to see it if you are in LA.
Polish born, New York based artists Joanna Malinowska and Christian Tomaszewski realize fantasies of the future as imagined by the Communist Era Soviet Bloc in their Mother Earth Sister Moon installation. The installation takes form in a massive space suit replica of the Soviet Space Sweetheart – Valentina Tereshkova, the first lady in space. The belly of Valentina’s goliath galactic get-up serves as a home to a curated fashion and design showcase that weaves narratives of Soviet sci-fi and its space program. With the lens of architecture, music, fashion and style, the future in female dress forms are realized.