Designer Stephen Kelleher Meditates on Self-Realization and Self-Preservation

Mind Yourself by Stephen Kelleher

Stephen Kelleher is an Irish-born designer based in Brooklyn. For more than ten years he’s been honing his craft; building a portfolio that is packed full of exciting projects and great ideas. Chiefly working in illustration and motion, he has collaborated with clients such as Coca-Cola, Cartoon Network, Google and The New York Times. For me, he demonstrates a real gift for simplicity and I love his approach to both color and shape.

Mind Yourself by Stephen Kelleher

Recently he worked on a wonderful self-directed project called ‘Mind Yourself’. Made from wood and painted with acrylics, the series consists of three separate pieces. Stephen describes them as “meditations on self-realization and self-preservation”; each one acting as a reminder to take a moment to remember to take care of yourself. The work demonstrates a wonderful talent for simplicity and I love to see a designer step away from their computer and actually make something with their hands. The results are terrific.

Mind Yourself by Stephen Kelleher

More work from Stephen Kelleher can be viewed on his website.

Philip Kennedy

July 25, 2014 / By

The Art of The Perfect Boiled Egg

There’s nothing simpler than boiling an egg, but perfecting it is a whole other story. Bon Appetit put together a handy guide to boiling an egg to the correct consistency, for say, a salad nicoise or a hearty shoyu ramen. It goes to show that attention to detail is important in not only design, but everything we do.

How To Boil An Egg - Photo by Danny Kim

Bobby Solomon

July 24, 2014 / By

Mary Wong, A Well-Designed Noodle Bar In Eastern Russia

Mary Wong Noodle Bar

When you think of the locations of fancy ramen bars, Eastern Russia may not be the first place you think of. That’s the location of Mary Wong, a noodle bar located in Rostov-on-Don that was designed by the team at Fork, a studio based in Moscow. They did an incredible job with the branding and the build out, opting to do stay away from the tropes of “Asian” design and instead focus on the materials to evoke a certain feeling.

Mary Wong Noodle Bar

I feel like the vibe of the space is contemporary with a touch of cyberpunk, thanks to all the concrete and neon. It doesn’t lean too far into the sci-fi aesthetic though thanks to the copious amounts of wood in the floors, stools, and main table. Overall it’s a really fun space that would be welcomed in any city.

Mary Wong Noodle Bar

Mary Wong Noodle Bar

Mary Wong Noodle Bar

Mary Wong Noodle Bar

Bobby Solomon

July 24, 2014 / By

Delaney Allen Photographs Nature in Odd and Abstract Ways

Delaney Allen Photograph

Delaney Allen has a special eye for photography. In particular, it’s his ability to photograph nature that really stands out to me. Instead of photographing, I dunno, leaves or a random sunset, he captures unnatural looking natural phenomenons. The image above is a great example, seeing clouds that have been transformed by a ring of light and colors.

Delaney Allen Photograph

Delaney Allen Photograph

Delaney Allen Photograph

Delaney Allen Photograph

Delaney Allen Photograph

Delaney Allen Photograph

What else makes his work special is the sheer breadth of his work. I culled together all of these images and there are about 50 more on his website of equal merit. He’s always finding beautiful scenes and photographing them, wherever he goes.

Take a look at more his work by clicking here.

Bobby Solomon

July 24, 2014 / By

Antis Remixes Brigitte Bardot’s Famous Song, “La Madrague”

Brigitte Bardot

I was driving to dinner last night when this remix of Brigitte Bardot’s classic “La Madrague” came on the radio. It was made by French producer/remixer Antis who uploaded it to his Soundcloud about a week ago. Unfortunately, there’s not much on the Internet about him, but he does a great job of giving this song a new coat of paint. Definitely a great track for your summer time playlist.

Bobby Solomon

July 24, 2014 / By

Degas-Inspired Portraits of Sleeping Women by Andie Dinkin

'Sleeping Series'  by Andie Dinkin

It’s impossible to sleep beautifully, unless perhaps you’re in a film from the early 20th century. These paintings by Andie Dinkin remind me of that truth. There’s a soft, somber beauty to her work that draws you in, making you wonder what these slumbering women may be dreaming of.

The lighting and color palette seem to be influenced by Degas, with lots of under lighting as well as a wide range of neutrals punctuated by pops of color. Or at least that’s my interpretation.

'Sleeping Series'  by Andie Dinkin

'Sleeping Series'  by Andie Dinkin

'Sleeping Series'  by Andie Dinkin

'Sleeping Series'  by Andie Dinkin

You can see further work by clicking here.

Bobby Solomon

July 23, 2014 / By

Pat Kim Makes It Fun To Play With The Alphabet

Pat Kim - Alphabet Blocks

Last weekend I stumbled upon (not physically) these alphabet blocks by Brooklyn based designer Pat Kim. A collaboration with Areaware, these mahogany and pine letters are beautifully abstracted in form which makes them great for something other than spelling: building.

The description on Areawares site sums up my thoughts perfectly, writing, “A meditation in wood of our twenty six-letter alphabet. Build your own letterscape. Great for stacking. Perfect for the font enthusiast.” If I kept these on my desk I know my team would definitely spell out phrases (for better or worse) and make buildings and towers from them. The perfect present for the kid in all of us.

Pat Kim - Alphabet Blocks

Pat Kim - Alphabet Blocks

Bobby Solomon

July 23, 2014 / By

You Can Fully Customize This Designer Lamp… By Carefully Breaking It

Slash Lamp by Dragos Motica

The Slash Lamp is a brilliant idea by Dragos Motica Studio which gives the purchaser a choice: leave the lamp as is or use a rock, provided with the lamp, to carefully break it, making the piece a one-of-kind design. This sort of project is always so interesting as it brings conceptual design into the home. If you leave the lamp as is you’re probably not going to get many comments about it. If you choose to break it though you’d have a conversation for years to come.

Slash Lamp by Dragos Motica

It also questions the idea of worth in an object. Does breaking the lamp make it worth any less than when it was whole? If someone famous like Damien Hirst broke one would it be worth more in it’s damaged state? I love seeing projects like this that really make you think and question the objects around you.

Slash Lamp by Dragos Motica

Slash Lamp by Dragos Motica

Bobby Solomon

July 23, 2014 / By

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