Muji, minimalist makers of everything under the sun, have teamed up with everyone’s favorite toy Lego to create new creative packs that are distinctly in touch with their brand. These sets feel like they’re more in the spirit of how Legos used to be, strictly based on a persons creativity. Nowadays all you see on the shelves are packed sets with instructions on how to make something, which to me takes all the fun out of it.
Muji has decided to combine the blocks with brightly colored paper and a hole puncher, giving these sets an entirely new dimension. They come with some pre-cut designs, I would assume to get you thinking, but other then that it’s all up to you. Lego needs to get their act together and start making more like this and less Indiana Jones playsets.
I posted about Helmo last spring but I came across them again and they’ve got a whole slew of new projects. The one that caught my eye was this branding and identity project done for Siana, an international arts festival. It’s a simple application, using lot of tiny pixels to create shapes, but it’s these abstract shapes that are absolutely wonderful. Whether it’s used on an outdoor billboard or printed i a booklet it looks amazing, with a wide range of colors and a flowing, organic shape. I also love that the font used throughout looks like it was created out of rounded pixels. So fun and dynamic, it makes me jealous!
My buddy Mike Giles, owner and purveyor of Furni, teamed up with the fine folks of Toddland to create a limited edition bad that I’m totally drooling over. These vinyl bags look like perfect messenger bags with a hardy strap and a side pouch for your laptop. I’m really digging the flannel lining in the laptop pouch as well, it’s details like that which really give it some character. I’d love this bag to take around town with me because I walk everywhere, so it’s nice to be prepared for anything. I think I’d pick the brown over the black, but that’s me.
In the newest issue of Dwell Editor-in-Chief Sam Grawe interviews Mike and Maaike about their futuristic concept car ATNMBl, pronounced “autonomobile.” They decided to create this concept for themselves, envisioning a car that’s nothing like anything you’d see today, in fact it was designed for the year 2040. The idea is that you’d no longer drive your car, that it would be a vehicle that you travel in. You would be able to do all the things you normally do when not travelling, that it simply shuttles you from one place to another.
This is obviously quite far off but the idea is sound and makes a lot of sense. We’ve seen this idea before in the movie Minority Report, where mag-lev cars run on tracks, shuttling people around. You simply tell the car your destination and it does all the work for you. This would not only improve safety a hundred times over but would make the idea of road rage a thing of the past.
Tonight I’ll be seeing The Books in concert at the Masonic Lodge in the Hollywood Forever Cemetary and I couldn’t be more excited. I think the last time they played in LA, or at least to my knowledge, was something like three years ago at The Getty Center or Villa and it sold out in no time and I wasn’t able to see them. There’s just something about The Books that really make me happy, they don’t really make music like anyone else.
Above is the video for An Owl With Knees which is probably one of my favorite songs. It’s not an amazing video by any means, but it’s certainly wonderful to sit back and watch. You can find this song on their album Lost and Safe.