Though it’s definitely feeling like spring here in Los Angeles I know there are still some cold days to come, and one thing I keep meaning to get is a beanie. In my opinion the simpler the better and CXXVI has continued making awesome stuff and this red Poseidon Beanie doesn’t disappoint. It’s simple, it’s classic and comes with a sweet little silkscreened patch. Well done.
I meant to announce the winners of the Magic: The Designing Contest yesterday so I’m sorry for the added suspense. We received a bunch of great entries but Frank and I decided that this entry by Pedro Fernandes was the clear winner. This entry both encapsulates the ideas of art/design and the basic mechanics of old school Magic cards. I think all the details in this really sell it as well, I can totally see this being a real Magic card. I also love the inclusion of the Magritte style hat that acts as the symbol for which collection it’s a part of. Awesome job Pedro!
I’ve also decided to include a couple of other gems that popped up that I enjoyed. First is Buckminster Fuller by Patrick Stephenson which was a very close second, and then Takashi Murakami by Robert Weiss which totally made me laugh. I’ll also try and do more of these mini-contests in the future since a lot of readers enjoyed this idea.
Oh man, how I love me some Broken Social Scene! You may have already heard their new song World Sick but now they’ve released two more tracks from their upcoming album Forgiveness Rock Record. The first new one is called Forced To Love and is an upbeat number that’s definitely in the vein of older BSS songs. It’s catchy as all hell and I can imagine kids dancing in the crowd when they play this live. All To All on the other hand is a bit more electronic like the older stuff and features who I think is Emily Haines, though I’m not 100% sure. Any ideas?
Overall these are amazing sounding and I can’t wait for this album to drop on May 4th. I feel like this is going to be one of those albums that define the summer of 2010.
This whole augmented reality thing is starting to take some new and interesting turns, like for example, the sculpture above which was created by Grosse8 and Lichtfront. The 2.5 meter high wooden sculpture has a series of lights around it that displays on all the different surfaces and facets of the sculpture. This sort of stuff still amazes me, I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to create or program something like this.
I love good architecture based around food and I think Outsider Tart have done an amazing job with their London shop. Created by Americans David Lesniak and David Muniz, Outsider Tart was created because “good, wholesome, home made cupcakes, sweet pies and fresh tarts were hard to come by.”
While the treats look delicious I’m drooling over the interior design. From the reclaimed wood shelves to the funky metal ceiling, and of course, those beautiful light up arrows. The space has that perfect blend of old and new, making it feel fresh but with a comfortable, worn-in feeling.