Michael Cina is one of the cofounders of design goods site YouWorkForThem and all around talented guy. He’s designed for Pepsi, Coke and GOOD Magazine, created music packaging and a million other things. Recently though he’s updated a little site called TRUEISTRUE which seems to be an outlet for his less commercial work.
The site is basically page upon page of interesting ideas, paint splatters, bizarre textures and details of things I can’t identify but definitely intrigue me. There are no words or titles on any of the pieces, just interesting and beautiful things to look at. The pictures above really don’t do it justice, you should visit TRUEISTRUE and see these images at full size.
It’s kind of hard to believe, but I’ve found a worthy counterpart to Joey Roth’s beautiful ceramic speakers. This Case-Real Elekit tube amplifier was designed by Koichi Futatsumata and features a metal body (aluminum?) with two beautiful tubes sticking out of the top. This is definitely the grandchild of Dieter Rams. The simple design is perfect, there aren’t a ton of buttons and doodads to screw around with, exactly what this world filled with remotes with thousands of buttons needs. Keep it simple, stupid.
Take one Wünderkind photographer, one Academy Award winning actress, blend in a nearly 200 year old knitwear brand and what do you get? A short film directed by Ryan McGinley featuring Tilda Swinton running around Scotland in beautiful dresses made by Pringle of Scotland.
Pringle is currently using Tilda Swinton as their muse, as she models not only the women’s but the men’s clothing as well, acting as an androgynous in-between. I’m a huge fan of Ryan McGinley’s and I think Tilda Swinton is a very talented actress, s it’s fun to see them collaborate like this. Don’t expect anything deep, this is meant to be pretty images of a pretty girl running around the pretty countrysides of Scotland.
I know a lot of the time I post about minimal architecture, with lots of concrete and blank walls and well, it can be kind of boring. Then I come across spaces like the cafe for McNally Jackson Books, and I’m struck by the warmth and character of the space. Designed by Front Studio, the space where, ” every moment evokes some visceral connection with books and with reading.” Doesn’t that sound nice?
There are books on the ceiling which are meant to look like someone tossed them up there and they were frozen in place, and the walls are also lined with opened books, giving the walls texture. I also love the fold down reading arms that when folded up against the wall look like books. When lowered off the wall they accommodate a book and cup of coffee.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the act of making physical goods, especially the argument of having a physical object to read versus something on a screen. I think that both have their merits, but the tactile nature of print is something that you definitely can’t replicate on a blog.
That being said, looking through the work of Patrick Fry I want to make something “real” even more. Mr. Fry is a British designer who recently graduated from the London College of Communication and is now working as a freelance designer. I spotted his No.Zine‘s over on Linefeed and since then have been drooling. He has three editions out so far, and by looking through the previews of each he keeps pushing his creative limit each time.
He’s got a lot of really great work and hopefully we see more from him in the future.