“Clarke’s Dream”, A Funky New Track from Gold Panda

"Clarke's Dream", A New Track by Gold Panda

I’m a big fan of Derwin Schlecker, also known as Gold Panda, and his worldly take on electronic music. Last week he released a new track titled “Clarke’s Dream”, a track which I’d describe as being straight funk, filled with high hats, deep looping bass lines, and a funky wah-wah guitar lick. I also really love the art for the single by Laura Lewis.

Bobby Solomon

August 12, 2014 / By

The Hat Maker: A Video Showcasing the Craft of Milliner Nick Fouqet

The Hat Maker: A Video Showcasing the Craft of Milliner Nick Fouqet

As technology continues to advance, our knowledge of how things are made slowly decreases. A perfect example is how hats are made. I’ve never known a person who makes hats, and it wasn’t until recently that I saw this great video on Nick Fouqet, who works in Venice, California.

Honestly, after watching this video numerous times I’m still not exactly sure how he does this. What I do know is that he uses 100% beaver fur felt, which is sustainably harvested and comes from Tennessee. And as you can see in the image above, he lights the hat on fire to get rid of stray threads. Seeing that in slow-motion is worth your time alone.

The Hat Maker: A Video Showcasing the Craft of Milliner Nick Fouqet

Major props to Dean Bradshaw for making such a beautiful video.

Bobby Solomon

August 11, 2014 / By

Woodworker Ariele Alasko Creates Charming, Folksy Objects To Liven Up Your Day-To-Day

Ariele Alasko - Woodworking

Ariele Alasko - Woodworking

Slowly but surely handmade goods are finding a place on the shelves of conventional retailers. Knowing that someone has put time and effort into the creation of an object provides value, a great example being someone like Ariele Alasko, who is an incredibly talented woodworker making fine wooden objects. The pieces she creates recall a time before mass production where things like spoons and bowls were made by hand because of necessity.

Ariele Alasko - Woodworking

There’s so much charm and wit to her work, for example her hand spoons, or the lovely details in her spalted maple bowls, which have such unique patterns to them. I wish there was a physical shop which carried all of her goods so I could pick them up and feel each one of them. I’m totally that guy who goes through the design shop and has to touch everything.

Ariele Alasko - Woodworking

Ariele Alasko - Woodworking

Ariele Alasko - Woodworking

If you’re interested in learning more about Ariele I’d recommend this interview with Kinfolk where she speaks about how she got her start, the meaningful objects in her life, and staying inspired.

Bobby Solomon

August 11, 2014 / By

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Bobby Solomon

August 11, 2014 / By

Clean, Honest Branding and Interior Design for Health Food Restaurant Mamva

Mamva Branding by Anagrama

Mamva, a health food restaurant based in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico, recently received some fresh new branding and interiors from probably my favorite design agency in the world, Anagrama. Mamva serves fresh smoothies, juices, salads, and paninis, so the branding and identity needed to feel clean, friendly, and honest.

Our proposal uses symbolism and easy, simple language to communicate friendliness and natural health. Drawing from the idea that eating healthy is the best medicine, we featured the snake thanks to its status as a symbol of health and medicine since ancient times.

The color palette and rough materials give a care-free tropical vibe. The logotype presents a built-in, all-in-one practical guide to everything Mamva, such as its schedule and phone number. The brand also uses a simpler version of the logo in seal form, a nod towards its excellent food quality.

You can see more imagery from the project by clicking here.

Mamva Branding by Anagrama

Mamva Branding by Anagrama

Mamva Branding by Anagrama

Mamva Branding by Anagrama

Mamva Branding by Anagrama

Mamva Branding by Anagrama

Bobby Solomon

August 11, 2014 / By

Mike Winkelmann Has Created A Beautiful Piece of Technological Art Every Day For Six Years

Mike Winkelmann

Mike Winkelmann, a Wisconsin based designer who works under the name Beeple, is a rather prolific creator. For the past six years he’s created an original image every day, and this year he says he’s focusing on programs such as Cinema 4D, Octane Render, and X-particles. The outcome of this image a day endeavor is a trove of science fiction looking works that are unlike anything you’ve seen before.

I think he has a particular knack for creating shapes that feel both organic and technological at the same time. None of the pieces feel overly perfect and often have specks of dust and scuffs or signs of wear which gives them a sense of realness. If you’re interested in seeing more of his work I’d recommend looking at his portfolio on Behance.

Mike Winkelmann

Mike Winkelmann

Mike Winkelmann

Mike Winkelmann

Mike Winkelmann

Bobby Solomon

August 11, 2014 / By

Haydenshapes Makes Marble Float With These Exclusive Surfboards for Alexander Wang

Haydenshapes Surfboard for Alexander Wang

Haydenshapes Surfboard for Alexander Wang

If you think about, making a surfboard can be a form of art. You need to sculpt the shape, reinforce it, seal it in resin and so on. For Haydenshapes founder Hayden Cox, he’s taken the artful practice and elevated it even further with a recent collaboration with fashion designer Alexander Wang.

Photographs of unique marble slabs were digitally printed onto silk, then onto the boards, to create one of a kind designs for the Cage. The surfboards are the award winning Haydenshapes Hypto Krypto model, which was recently awarded ‘Surfboard of the Year’ by the Australian Surf and Board Sports Industry Association.

Haydenshapes Surfboard for Alexander Wang

I love a good marble pattern and seeing them on a surfboard like this is incredible. There’s a slight humor to the idea, that you’re surfing on a material like marble, well-known for being durable, and of course, heavy. The patterns created are so complex and each feel extremely unique compared to one another. And what further sells the idea of these surfboards is the gorgeous product photography they’ve created, all done in lovely high-contrast black and white.

Haydenshapes Surfboard for Alexander Wang

Haydenshapes Surfboard for Alexander Wang

Haydenshapes Surfboard for Alexander Wang

Haydenshapes Surfboard for Alexander Wang

The installation itself, which you can see below, couldn’t look any more at home, matching the overall mood of Wang’s SoHo store. The surfboards are presented in what’s called The Cage 22 – a curvy, black metal enclosure for displaying installations. An enormous black wave sits in the middle of the Cage, a few of Wang’s products litter the dark shoreline, while the boards hang off to the side.

The installation stemmed from the idea of developing a high-end surfboard as a visual art piece for the Cage, while maintaining a superior level of innovation, performance and authenticity. The marble artwork was co-developed by Wang and Haydenshapes for this limited series. Haydenshapes founder, Hayden Cox, personally crafted each limited edition surfboard by hand for the installation.

Haydenshapes Surfboard for Alexander Wang

Haydenshapes Surfboard for Alexander Wang

Haydenshapes Surfboard for Alexander Wang

Haydenshapes Surfboard for Alexander Wang

Haydenshapes Surfboard for Alexander Wang

Broadly I feel like this project is an incredibly successful collaboration between two rather different brands. If these surfboards were affordable, I’m going to assume that they cost thousands of dollars, I would hang one on my wall as art. They’re almost too beautiful to go into the water.

Bobby Solomon

August 11, 2014 / By

The Acid Creates a Minimal Yet Robust Sound on Their New Album, ‘Liminal’

'Liminal' by The Acid

For most of last week I’ve been listening to the debut album from The Acid, made up of trio Adam Freeland, Steve Nalepa, and Ry Cuming, a.k.a. RY X. Together they’ve released Liminal, a minimal yet rich electronic exploration in sound. There are some similarities in sound to bands like James Blake, The xx, Notwist, and vocally perhaps Elliott Smith, yet this is something quite unique. It’s a haunting album punctuated by deep bass notes, hand claps, high hats, and some especially great vocals from Ry X.

I’m thinking this album might be in my top favorites of 2014. Be sure to listen to “Animal”, “Fame”, and “Ghost” to get a good sense of what these guys are doing.

Bobby Solomon

August 11, 2014 / By

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