Hans-Christian Schink Finds the Beauty of Minimalism in the Mundane

Seehausen from Hans-Christian Schink's Walls

Since the early 90’s the German photographer Hans-Christian Schink has been bringing his unique perspective to the world. Represented internationally by many museums and galleries, his photographs often cover a broad range of subjects but a fascination with landscape always seems to be at the heart of his work.

Frankenheim from Hans-Christian Schink's Walls

Gunthersdorf from Hans-Christian Schink's Walls

Between 1995 and 2003 he produced a body of work called Walls. Easily his most abstract series to date, the work highlights Schink’s direct, near confrontational, manner of photography. Shot with a large format camera, the series consists of 11 images, each one demonstrating the photographers strict approach to his subject matter.

Halle Queis from Hans-Christian Schink's Walls

The photographs examine the architecture of commercial buildings. Each image resembles a large color field paintings, with Schink paring down his subject matter to a point of graphic abstraction. Only the smallest hint of subject matter can be detected from the tiny traces of pathways and skylines that Schink choose to include at the edges of his work.

Sanitz from Hans-Christian Schink's Walls

Personally I love the restraint in this series. There’s a striking directness about each image and the colors of these buildings are just wonderful. You can see the complete series on Schink’s website and make sure to also check out more of his work while you’re there.

Philip Kennedy

August 4, 2014 / By

Punchy, High Contrast Illustrations by Patrycja Podkoscielny

Patrycja Podko?cielny

Polish illustrator Patrycja Podkoscielny has an incredible illustration style which utilizes a muted color palette but still has a high-contrast punch thanks to bursts of white and black. And every now and the, some bursts of gold. The work is rendered with extreme precision and nuance which gives each piece a strong sense of realism.

When I look at each of there’s an editorial voice that comes through. I want to know who these characters are and learn about each of their stories. The fact that I’m drawn in like that shows the true success of the style.

Patrycja Podko?cielny

Patrycja Podko?cielny

Patrycja Podko?cielny

Patrycja Podko?cielny

You can view more of the work by clicking here.

Bobby Solomon

August 4, 2014 / By

Climate Change Could Mean Sour Grapes for Wine Drinkers

Vineyard

Quartz has an interesting article on the effects of climate change on the wine industry and some of the changes we’ll start seeing.

Traditional winemaking strongholds like Tuscany and South Africa will soon become too hot for grape-growing. In fact, by warping the flavors of the most popular varieties and driving production away from the Earth’s poles, climate change is threatening to remake the entire $30-billion global wine industry.

Does that mean a “grape-ocalypse” is upon us? No. But it does mean the wine you sip a decade or two from now will taste very different from today’s tipple—and will be a lot pricier, too.

We’re going to start seeing that by the mid-21st century that the optimal areas for growing grapes will move further and further north. The areas we currently know as “wine countries” will see a 70% decline. You’ll also start to see more Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot being made because they handle heat better. Worst of all, the price of wines will get higher and higher, making your bottle of two buck chuck all but extinct.

Bobby Solomon

August 4, 2014 / By

Hidden Treasures – 7 Camouflage Accessories To Help You Stand Out From The Crowd

Camo Accessories - The Fox Is Black

Modern day camouflage was developed in the 19th century as a means to disguise soldiers from the ever increasing accuracy of rifle technology. These days camo at is seen as an alternative to the more traditional patterns like plaid or check, and the seemingly endless variations continue to grow, creating a world of patterns.

1. Splash Camouflage Short Parka by wings + horns
It might be a bit early in the year for parkas but the pattern on this jacket is one of my favorites. The color combination has a “rusty river” vibe to it and the hood looks extra comfy, perfect for those rainy days. – Buy it here

2. Khaki Camouflage Baseball Cap by A.P.C.
Camo is usually best in small doses and this baseball cap from A.P.C. fits the bill. Made in Italy, has an adjustable buckle with a leather strap and would work style-wise with pretty much any outfit. – Buy it here

3. Bark Camo Porter x Staple Wallet
This collaboration between Staple and Porter is the perfect wallet: functional and stylish. It comes with two slots for cards, a main pocket for cash, and a snap pocket for change. – Buy it here

4. Triple C for J.Crew USB Phone Charger
One of the biggest dramas we face in our modern world is the mobile device that loses it’s charge before the end of our work day. Thankfully J.Crew has teamed up with Triple C to create a portable charger that’s stylish and let’s you browse Instagram all day long. – Buy it here

5. Leather and Suede Camouflage Sneaker by Valentino
Of everything on this list these sneakers by Valentino are by far the most extravagant. It’s made with a pairing of leathers and suedes that add a bit of luxury to the classic sneaker silhouette. There’s even spikes on the heel! – Buy it here

6. Jacquard Camo Weekender 3.0 by Killspencer
Another one of the objects that inspired this round-up, Los Angeles based Killspencer have been doing an amazing job on their bag designs and this weekender is one of my favorites. The jacquard woven cotton camo is one of the most unique I’ve even seen. One the top of my “to-buy” list. – Buy it here

7. Forest Camo Shoelace by Rastaclat
Last but not least are these camo shoelaces from Rastaclat, which feature gold tips for a little bit of bling. I think these are kind of ridiculous but they’d look great on a clean pair of black high tops. – Buy it here

Bobby Solomon

August 4, 2014 / By

Portfolio Update: OMFGCO

OMFGCO

A few weeks back Portland based OMFGCO (the Original Manufacturing Company for those who don’t know) made a substantial update to their portfolio, showcasing works from the last several years. Made up of duo Jeremy Pelley and Fritz Mesenbrink, these guys are churning out top-notch quality work non-stop.

OMFGCO for Beams Japan

One of my favorite parts is the design work they did for BEAMS, the Japanese clothing brand. The variety of logos and word marks they came up with are beautiful and I would wear any of them on a t-shirt. They also did an amazing job on a branding assignment for Union Way, a walking street in Downtown Portland that needed an identity system that seamlessly blended into the area. As you can see below this is a place that would make any designer drool.

OMFGCO for Union Way

OMFGCO for Union Way

OMFGCO for Union Way

See more of their fine work by clicking here.

Bobby Solomon

August 4, 2014 / By

Monsters of Folk Ponder The Mysteries of Life with “Termazcal”

Monsters of Folk poster by Decoder Ring

Last night I was relaxing on the couch, watching the sunset set out my windows, sipping on a Mr. Pineapple when this Monsters of Folk song came on and perfectly set the mood. It’s called “Termazcal”, a misspelling of the temazcal, which is a traditional sweat lodge used to purify the body. The song has this extremely mellow vibe punctuated by Conor Oberst singing about ethereal concepts like the moon, a search for truth, and the transience of life. Deep stuff, take a listen.

Poster design by Decoder Ring

Bobby Solomon

August 1, 2014 / By

Intelligent People Tend To Stay Up Later

Intelligent People Tend To Stay Up Later

Lauren Martin has a fantastic piece on something you may not believe: the more intelligent you are the more likely you are to stay up late. Compiling several studies she found that people who are extremely intelligent tend to sleep during the following hours:

Weekday: 12:29 am -7:52 am
Weekend: 1:44 am -11:07 am

Now, just because you may sleep at these times doesn’t mean you’re a genius, but Lauren has made a pretty great list which might explain why this trend might be happening.

Photo by Sebastian Lomas

Bobby Solomon

July 31, 2014 / By

The Kakimori Stationery Shop Gives People A Reason To Write Things Down

The Kakimori Stationery Shop

It certainly feels like the act of handwriting is being lost. I’ll never be the person who says something is “dead” though clearly computers have decreased our need for writing by hand. If you could see my handwriting you’d understand just how sad the situation has become. Still, you have hold-outs like the Kakimori Stationery Shop in Tokyo who still see life in the practice. They see the shops purpose as creating a richer experience for communication as well as giving people a reason to write things down.

Kakimori Stationery Shop

Each item in the shop is researched and hand-selected as customers tend to ask detailed questions about how and where the products are made. They had originally tried carrying mass-market products but they couldn’t compete against the larger chains, eventually going back stocking only the finest in pens, papers, and accessories. Now they also make custom made notebooks, you can see the owner assembling each by hand.

Though you may not take up writing notes by hand again it’s nice to see there are still people out there who are passionate about the experience.

Bobby Solomon

July 31, 2014 / By

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