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

Chef Naomi Pomeroy Reminds Us How Lucky Are To Be Creatives

Naomi Pomeroy

I came across an interview with Naomi Pomeroy, renowned chef at Beast in Portland, who spoke with the Ace Hotel blog back in 2012. This year she won a James Beard Award and has been nominated almost every year for the past 4 years. This woman is damn talented.

In the interview they speak about Julia Child and the influence she had on Pomeroy, and this particular passage stuck out to me.

One thing about Julia Child is that she so clearly loved life. Do you think chefs are happier people?

I do think chefs are happier…usually. Sometimes we get too caught up in perfection and complexity though. I think that is why Julia makes such a great role model. She really showcased what is best about a GOOD chef. When something doesn’t go right, you just laugh, and turn to something else… It is a kitchen! We are COOKING and if we aren’t happy, we certainly SHOULD be. We are all so lucky to be doing what we love for work.

Replace “chef” with “designer” in all of those instances and I couldn’t agree more fully. Never lose sight of the fact that we have a pretty sweet gig, and however frustrating it can be, we’re lucky to do what we do.

Photo by Alicia J. Rose

Bobby Solomon

August 8, 2014 / By

Nora Luther Photographs Recipes As Dynamic, Floating Ingredients

Nora Luther Turns Recipes Into Flying Feasts

The earliest incarnations of the recipe come from 1600 BC in Babylonia, and since then, not a lot has changed (although we don’t use stone tablets anymore). A list of ingredients, a set of directions with cook times – this is really all you need. Berlin based photographer Nora Luther though has come up with a clever way of reimagining the recipe, by photographing all of the elements flying in mid-air.

Nora Luther Turns Recipes Into Flying Feasts

As she says in the project description, her intention is that “the look of the ready cooked dish is left to one`s own imagination.” The way she’s photographed the pieces of the whole are stunning, like a food ballet captured in mid leap.

Nora Luther Turns Recipes Into Flying Feasts

Nora Luther Photographs Recipes As Dynamic, Floating Ingredients

Bobby Solomon

August 8, 2014 / By

Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow – Who Cares?

Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow – Who Cares?

Writer Thomas Mallon has a great piece on the quickly accelerating landscape of art, specifically, the decaying differences between highbrow, middlebrow, and lowbrow art. I think his analysis nails the issue perfectly on the head.

On the whole, however, the sheer availability of so much art, its ubiquity in the wide, wireless world of the present, assures that more and more blends and mash-ups and integrations are bound to occur. To some extent, people used to settle on a brow for themselves and then pattern their reading and viewing and listening accordingly. Increasingly, art at all levels now comes to us, seizes our attention for a few digital moments before being elbowed aside by something else. More catholic tastes seem bound to result from more catholic exposure, our brows raising and lowering themselves like a spreadable iPhone photo. (Of course, Shakespeare’s audience never had trouble doing that in the course of a single evening, laughing at rustic horseplay and thrilling to lyrical declamations in the same production.)

Bobby Solomon

August 7, 2014 / By

An Animated Book Trailer for the Italian Release of Haruki Murakami’s Upcoming Novel

An Animated Book Trailer for the Italian Release of Haruki Murakami's Upcoming Novel

Following up on Nick’s fantastic piece on Haruki Murakami’s new novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, reader Fabio Valesini sent me a link to a trailer he animated for the Italian release of the book. It’s interesting to see such a different take on the material compared to the Knopf/Harvill Secker that Penguin Random House is putting out.

An Animated Book Trailer for the Italian Release of Haruki Murakami's Upcoming Novel

Though I haven’t read the book yet it feels like Fabio has certainly captured that ethereal, kinda weird Murakami feeling. When I read his work I always get this sense of alien mystery, that you’re never sure what might happen next, which is reflected in the trailer. Really nice work.

Bobby Solomon

August 7, 2014 / By

Artists Explore the Theme of Silence for Nobrow

Kali Ciessmier for Nobrow 9

“What does silence look like? How is it expressed? Can it be visual?” These are the questions Nobrow posed to over 40 international artists and illustrators for the ninth edition of their magazine. It’s a fascinating theme and one which has produced a wide-range of outcomes. Amongst its 128 pages you’ll find scenes of contentment, intimacy and the surreal as well as stories of the mundane, the morose and the amorous.

Owen Davey for Nobrow 9

As with previous editions, this version offers artists a limited 4 way color palette to bring their imagination to the page, and this restriction brings a wonderful unity to the magazine. The pink, orange and blue tones are a beautiful combination and it’s a joy to see how each artist plays with this restraint through their work.

Merijn Hos for Nobrow 9

One of the nicest things about Nobrow’s magazine is that it works as two magazines. On one side it contains large illustration work (as shown in the post), while the reverse is filled with stories by comic artists and visual storytellers.

Jun Cen for Noborw 9

If you’re in any way interested in contemporary illustration I can’t recommend this publication enough! With over 40 artists involved, it’s hard to imagine a more comprehensive magazine. For those interested in the work featured here, it includes (from the top) images by Kali Ciesemier, Owen Davey, Merijn Hos, Jun Cen and Ella Bailey.

Ella Bailey for Nobrow 9

Nobrow 9 is currently available to purchase from the Nobrow website.

Philip Kennedy

August 7, 2014 / By

An Interview with Joey Roth, Who Brings A Newly Refined Design to the Sorapot

Sorapot by Joey Roth

I’ve been a fan of industrial designer Joey Roth for over five years now, and his commitment to quality has always been one of the traits I admire most about him. Recently he released a newly refined version of his infamous Sorapot teapot which is a marvel of design. The upgrades he’s made have transformed the object into the true vision he had for the product all along. Curious about these refinements and his future plans, I asked Joey a few questions to get some background.

Your original version of the Sorapot was the first product you released, and I’m curious to know what spurred your desire to make a teapot in the first place?
I love brewing and drinking tea almost as much as coffee, but it’s interesting to me as a designer because of the ritual involved in its preparation and enjoyment. The slow reversion of steeping tea leaves from dry rolled up balls to the full, translucent forms that were picked from camellia bushes is a transformation worth emphasizing through design. The Sorapot is a frame for this process, each of its design gestures playing a supporting role rather than taking over.

Sorapot by Joey Roth

Some may not know that this is a “refined” version of the original design, could you describe some of the changes and improvements you’ve made?
Sorapot 2 is a realization of my original design intent, enabled by better investment casting technology and my growth as a designer. It’s 40% lighter, its geometry is held to tighter tolerances, and it uses about half the stainless steel of version 1. I also re-engineered the spout to eliminate dripping and simplified the opening and closing operation. I made these improvements to eliminate annoying experiences like dripping and enhance pleasurable experiences like the feeling of a slightly warm stainless steel handle, further reducing the friction between the user and the tea.

Sorapot by Joey Roth

These days we always seem to be so busy with our lives. Do you think there’s anything significant about the process of making tea? There is a bit of work that goes into it.
I optimized Sorapot’s design for richness of experience rather than efficiency. Efficiency is a great design goal for cars or medical devices, but efficient tea comes in a bag and brews in microwaved water. Tea encourages single-minded focus and patience, and rewards manual preparation. Sorapot is designed to be a precise but completely manual tool for making, appreciating and serving tea that requires significant user participation. That said, I optimized the individual steps, such as cleaning and pouring, for efficiency, in the service of a rich experience.

Do you feel like you’ve truly realized your vision for the Sorapot?
I’ve realized my vision as of now, but it is continually growing.

Any other food-related products on the horizon?
I’m working on a coffee maker in collaboration with a Bay Area roaster that will be launched later this year.

It’s clear that Joey as a designer truly cares about the experience of the objects that bear his name. Many people would have said “good enough” and moved on to the next thing. I love that he decided that he didn’t get it right the first time and did something about it.

You can preorder the Sorapot now by clicking here.

Bobby Solomon

August 6, 2014 / By

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