I snagged the latest issue of Monocle this weekend and while browsing through I came upon this great cookbook called The Geometry of Pasta. Written by Jacob Kennedy and with illustrations by Caz Hildebrand, this book of pasta recipes skews away from the fetishized food imagery that most cookbooks go for instead relying upon bold black and white graphics to illustrate what to do. I think this is a pretty great idea and I’d love to see the idea carried over to other foods. There are over 300 pasta shapes in existence, so I’m not sure what other food could translate so well, but I’m sure some smart individual could think something up.
I’d just like to include one note on this entry to the publichers over at Pan MacMillan. It’s kind of silly to release a cookbook filled with bold, graphic illustrations and not have any good images on the web anywhere. The video above is a really nice touch, but I want huge, hi res images that I can share with people. Really bad marketing, great idea for a cookbook.
I’ve been a fan of Cool Hunting’s video series but I think this one takes the cake… er, chocolate bar. This time around they’re profiling the Mast Brothers, Michael and Rick, who are small-batch chocolate makers working out of Brooklyn. They make all of the chocolate from just cocoa bean and sugar to make their chocolate, so it’s as pure as it can get.
It’s really interesting to see the entire process of how they make their chocolate, which seems to me like it’s a lot like making better, only it’s a faster process. I also think it’s pretty rad to see more people taking this kind of production into their own hands. It’s like a real DIY succes story.
If it weren’t for jellyfish, I wouldn’t know about the work of Jeremy Geddes. No, not the jellyfish dying in the Gulf of Mexico, but the helpful reader who shot me an e-mail signed jellyfish. So thanks! I’m not sure if Jeremy is related to Anne Geddes of pantyhose-suspended-babies fame or not. But I’m suspicious. They both are from Australia… and that’s a pretty small place, right?
Jeremy used to design video games, but quit to pursue painting full-time. Recently, he’s been painting a series of cosmonauts, which is why we’re looking at his work. In the top image, we have a vintage photo of astronauts Frank Borman, Thomas Stafford, and Jim Lovell floating around in the vomit comet while eating paint from tubes. In the lower image, we have a study by Jeremy Geddes of a writhing mass of weightless bodies for a painting Cluster. They’re related!
Who could resist the alluring and dreamly visions of sleeping astronauts fighting over the last delicious tube of paint?
For the Birds: Avian Establishments for the Urban Bird is a wonderfully cute and humorous collaboration between re/find furniture designer Luke Bartels and artist Jeff Canham. Presented by the Curiosity Shoppe, Bartels and Canham have created a small collection of handmade birdhouses that are cleverly designed and feature playful avian-related references. For example, The Condor Club peepshow offers “exotic birds” and “chicks! chicks! chicks!” Conversely, the less “frisky” bird has the option to roost at Madame Cuckoos, the local psychic, or the Swallows Diner, which has the “best eggs in town.”
Psychics and diners aside, the urban bird of Bartels and Canham’s imagining is, dare I say, a wee bit kinky and degenerate. Fond of bars, liquor stores and cannabis clubs, this bird congregates in the seedy (yes, that was my rather facile attempt at a bird pun) areas of town. I obviously can’t comment on the functionality of the birdhouses, but I love the kitsch quality of the concept and the stunning craftsmanship.
Yesterday I got an email from a fella’ named David Silis, a British director who just released the fun little clip above called Thinking Is Fun. The retro-ness of the video is pretty amazing with lots of sloppy cuts, fuzzy frames and lots of extra bold Futura. The music also does a good job of selling this as being authentic as well. It’s cheesy as all hell but that’s the fun of it. And how beautiful is that last title card?