I was in Crate and Barrel a few days ago and I was surprised to see such amazing clocks on display. The top one is my favorite, featuring an all black face and extruded numbers is simple but pretty fun at the same time. The white clock is kind of the classier version of the top one, all decked out in white with a more subtle embossing of the numbers instead of coming right out atcha’.
These clocks seem like they would fit better at CB2, but maybe they’re trying to test “hipper” products at the regular Crate & Barrel stores and see how they do? Either way, I think these are two of the sexiest clocks I’ve seen in a while.
Since I went freelance I’ve been looking for handy tools to help me stay organized and be more productive. Usually this means trying out a new program for a few days, maybe a couple weeks, and then I tend to start forgetting about it and eventually delete them. That being said, I came across this really awesome program over on Yewknee that I’m really excited about.
It’s called Dropzone, which is basically an icon that lives in your which has a bubble inside of it. When you click the icon the bubble pops up and inside it can be a number of things. For example, I have three different FTP connections, as well as miscellaneous programs that I use somewhat frequently, but not enough that I’d want to have them cluttering my dock. This way, I don’t have to go into Transmit if I don’t want to, I just click Dropzone and then drop my files onto the correct FTP icon.
Dropzone basically just makes it a little bit easier to get things and allows your dock to stay well organized. You can also do things like upload to Flickr, save text, copy or move files and you can even write your own extensions if that’s your kind of thing. They currently have a free version which allows you to have 5 items, or you can pay $10 and you can put an unlimited amount of things in. Definitely worth the ten bucks, in my opinion.
Hello everyone, sorry I’ve been away and so busy that I haven’t posted! I feel horrible about it, but I think I just need to dip my toes back into the blogging world and all will be well again.
So I spotted this article over on The Pursuit Aesthetic and I had to post it, mostly because it’s absolutely ridiculous. Earlier this month, the LA Times got internationally renowned designer and architect Philippe Starck to go shopping at the Big Lots! on Vine, which is about two or three blocks from the Katsuya designed. His task, as he puts it, was to see if you “Can you live elegantly and economically?”
And so he does just that, spending about 45 minutes in the store, looking for items that aren’t over-designed, and going for simplicity more than anything else, a white table cloth being a shining example. It’s quite a ridiculous thing for him to do, but amusing nonetheless. I really love that he drove to the store in an army green Volkswagen Thing as well, a car that an old friend from high school was obsessed with.
Click here to read the story, and be sure to check out the photos as well.
P.S. This goes out to the guy who recognized me at Osteria La Buca, that definitely made my night.
You know when you go on vacation, and you happen to come across something really awesome and think, “Man! Why don’t they make this where I live?” Well, now there’s an entire store devoted to these lovingly crafted products, a wonderful site called KIOSK. Based in SoHo, New York, KIOSK basically curates range of products from a far off place, their most recent outing is from Hong Kong, and the products are sold for 4 to 6 months until they visit some other place and bring in new batch of goodies. One thing they also talk about is the objects being “humble” and “straightforward” which I think is pretty great. It’s nice to appreciate these objects as beautiful because of how simple they are.
The image you see above is a ton of things that caught my eye. These items are from all over the world, Hong Kong, Japan, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, and Finland. There are packs of crayons and chalk, giant knives, candy, a bag, a dartboard, a plastic flask, a chimney sweep that looks like ceiling ornament, licorice rolling papers, and a ton of crazy things in between. Some of the things are sold out already, but since there are tons of stuff, I’m pretty sure anyone visiting can find something to enjoy. Expect to waste at least 30 minutes or more on this site, there’s a ton of stuff to sort through, so be prepared!
Found through the lovely Abby Urban
The folks over at Insound, one of the finest purveyors of indie music, has gotten together with Jason Munn from The Small Stakes to create a line of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and posters based around 20 of the best bands they carry, calling it Insound 20. For those who don’t know Jason’s work, he’s one of the finest poster/graphic designers out there, creating images that are usually quite simple, but bold and extremely memorable (I have this Sufjan poster he did). Now he’s created 20 different graphics, all of them quite stunning, for 20 incredible bands. The list of artists is as follows:
Death Cab for Cutie, Grizzly Bear, Jose Gonzalez, Beirut, The Decemberists, The National, Okkervil River, The Thermals, Built to Spill, Calexico, She & Him, Magnolia Electric Co., Peter Bjorn & John, Department of Eagles, The Hold Steady, The Constantines, Spoon, Black Heart Procession, The New Pornographers, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
The shirts go for $20, sweatshirts for $35, and posters for $40, all of which sound pretty reasonable to me, especially for such awesome stuff. I’d also just like to point out that this Low poster is one of my absolute favorites. How rad would that be to get tattooed? Anyhow, check out all of the fun stuff, and if you’re in need of a new cool tee, definitely stop by.