Back in September I wrote a little post about Joey Roth and the beautiful Ceramic Speakers he created. I thought they were extremely well done but at $500 they’re not exactly in the black foxes budget, nor probably would ever be. Well this is one of those crazy times where I was actually sent the crazy ass thing I wrote about. And so I don’t get sued by whoever, I didn’t write about the speakers in order to get a pair, I never thought I was going to get them and I giggled for 4 hours yesterday when they showed up on my doorstep. Clearly this was not part of a grand master scheme.
Yes, I guess this is kind of a bragging post, but I’m so excited to share these that it can’t be helped. The first thing I’d say about the speakers is that they’re huge, way bigger than the site makes them seem. I thought they would fit in my hands, but you definitely both hands to get these guys together. The materials feel wonderful, especially the ceramic speakers which are totally flawless.
As for the sound, I’ve been listening to all kinds of music and they’re amazingly crisp and clear. I’ve been listening to old favorites and hearing sounds in songs that I’ve never ever heard before, I was totally shocked. And that’s the really important thing, right? I mean yeah, they’re gorgeous, but the fact that you’re getting such amazing sound out of them is the best part.
If I had a spare $500 to drop on a new pair of speakers, I would buy these in heartbeat. These are definitely not for the average Joe Schmoe, but if you’re someone with discerning taste in the areas of design and sound quality, these are the way to go. Plus you’ll be helping out an independent designer who’s trying to make a living, which I definitely think is worth something.
Thanks again Joey for sending me these, I’m still giggling over them, they’re the best late X-Mas present a boy could ever ask for.
On the last #musicmonday I was expressing how much I’m in love with the new Owen Pallett album, Heartland, so I have a little bit of proof to show exactly how great it is. About a week ago the folks at Yours Truly put together a little Twitter contest to be a part of intimate studio session with Owen, so basically a tiny, private concert (insert me being insanely jealous). Owen, along with his fellow musician Thomas, played some of the songs off of new album and they sounded great. The song above is Lewis Takes Action and is one of my favorites.
Heartland comes out on January 12th here in the States and on the 18th in Europe, so be prepared. There’s also another video of the guys performing which you can see here.
Last November my favorite architect Masamichi Katayama and his team at Wonderwall designed Nike’s first flagship store in Harajuku and the largest in the nation. In it’s usual way, Wonderwall has yet again an absolutely amazing experience, from a chandelier made of 500 white shoes, wall tiles that resemble the soles of sneakers, and a sculpture made up of Dunks that look like a giant fossil.
The building itself is three stories tall, the first floor is the Runner’s Studio, the second is dedicated to the NIKEiD store and the third for the BootRoom. The BootRoom is dedicated to football (soccer) and even features astro turf around the perimeter so you can try out the shoes. I really wish Masamishi would adopt me.
Cool Hunting has a nice inside look at the store as well with some nice photos of the space. They also did a short profile of the store along with a short interview with Mr. Katayama. Check it out under the cut.
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Designer Yorgo Tloupas was asked by Absolut Vodka to create a bar that they could portable and obviously, look good. So he created two pieces, a serving area with a back lit display behind it that’s covered by four metal pieces. These metal pieces act like an op art piece, to see the whole design you have to stand directly in front of the bar, otherwise it looks like nothing but a big black box. I also like that the cut out pattern is made up of tiny Absolut bottles, it’s a subtle touch that works well.
Eric Nyffeler is a Nebraska based illustrator/design who runs a little studio called Doe Eyed, and boy does he make some awesome concert posters. So far he’s worked with some pretty rad bands like Andrew Bird, Black Moth Super Rainbow, St. Vincent and even GWAR (complete with space worm!). He uses a ton of colors and textures on his posters, I’d love to own many, many of these.
He’s also having a ‘Buy 2 Get 1 Free’ sale right now, so you may want to check it out out.