Date Archives October 2007

Neil Doshi Designed T-shirt at Threadless

I signed up for Threadless’ newsletter about a month ago, and usually when I browse through the new entries, I’m not too impressed. But today’s featured a new Threadless Select Tee (basically a real designer they’ve asked to design a tee) by Neil Doshi called The Future Is Feeling.

I really liked his design a lot, so I checked out his personal site called ‘Magic Funtimes‘, and his work is pretty great. Tons of patterns and details all over the place, as well as lots of bright colors. Pop over and say hi.


Yamaha Tesseract Concept

I’m totally in love with this new concept vehicle from Yamaha called the Tesseract. Regular motorcycles scare the shit out of me, but strap four wheels on it and now you’re talking. It looks like it came out of some crazy anime, and also looks like it would be a ton of fun to ride.

Yamaha says it’s pretty much the same size as a regular motorcycle, so it shouldn’t feel too differently. It also has a hybrid, V-Twin engine, with an electric motor, and an automatic balancing function to keep your bike up when you stop or park it.
Pretty cool stuff. Now stop teasing us and frigging make it.


How To Make Vodka Drops

I love candy, and I love vodka, but I never thought you could combine the two. That is until I read the amazing blog of chadzilla, 4 chefs cooking in Miami who make some pretty incredible looking foods.

Chef Fabian has a step-by-step tutorial on how to make vodka filled ‘drops’, as I like to call them. On the site they call them ‘pills’, which to me doesn’t quite fit. To make them, all you need is sugar, water, vodka and corn starch, you can have some intoxicating, little candies! The process itself is pretty complex, but it would be totally worth it to make these things, they sound so good! I would love to try to make them with some peach flavored vodka.

And how great would these be at a Halloween party, or the next time you need to go on a trip? No need to worry about buying a stiff drink, just bring these candies with you!


Paul Smith x Burton Collaboration

Not having collaborated since the Autumn/Winter of 2005, Paul Smith and urton Snowboards have once again teamed up to create some absolutely beautiful looking coats and a pair of pants. he new collection mixes Paul Smith’s excellent styling with Burton’s waterproofing technology to give you coats that will definitely keep you nice and dry this winter.

I’m totally in love with the green plaid one above, and it’s almost lavender/gun metal colored interior. It’s really too bad that it’s £495, just slightly out of my price range… he longer, trench style jacket is also pretty rad, which has a wool lining and magnetic buttons that seal the pockets. Sadly, it goes for the even more painful price of £675.

Both are extremely awesome looking, so if you have the money, definitely pick one of these up. If you buy them both, you’re just showing off!


Last Week in LAist – 10/14 to 10/21

Last week in LAist I had one amazing thing happen, my post about the Cereal Killers project was Dugg, throwing thousands of visitors at a post that I wrote. While sadly that doesn’t draw thousands of people here, it fulfills the reason why I’m the art and design editor now, haha…

I also posted about the Art Dump, and how their having a zine trade currently going, over at Diesel on Melrose Paul Pope has some brand new prints up for about a month, and about ZIPskinny, which let’s people find out info about the people who live in their neighborhood.


Last Week in Music | 10/14 – 10/21

I really like posting my weekly count of what I’ve been listening to, but I swear to Zeus, doesn’t count everything I listen to! I feel like I listened to three times as much music last week! I literally have the little widget scrobbling music from 8 in the morning till midnight every night. What you see above is approximately 23.5 hours of music, so that’s not even two days of music.

Anyhow, it gives you an idea that I’ve been listening to a lot of “older stuff”. I’ve been in a weird musical mood lately, trying to discover old gems. I’ve been listening to a lot of Abbey Road (I’m a Revolver kind of guy). Also a lot of the Rushmore soundtrack, which is where the Mark Mothersbaugh comes in.

I’m going to e-mail right now and tell them that they’re widget sucks. I’ll update everyone if they write back.


Who Cares What The Question Is? / The Bees

This video came out in March, but I still think it’s pretty cute. It’s for The Bees song, ‘Who Cares What The Question Is?’, which is from their album Octopus, one of the catchiest to come out this year. If you haven’t heard it yet, I highly suggest picking it up. And if you enjoyed the video above, also be sure to check out the video for Listening Man, which I posted about in June.


Umbra Concept Store

A few months ago, Umbra opened up a brand new concept store in their hometown of Toronto, Canada. The building is a 7,000 sq. ft., two story building which features all of the best that Umbra makes. The outside is clad in bright pink panels, while the inside is a very minimal white, allowing the products to shine. The building was designed by Kohn Shnier Architects, while the interior was designed by Figure 3.

My favorite part is how it glows at night. I really love architecture at night, and they did a great job of making a beautiful building, without making it too gaudy or flat out ugly.

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Japanese Urban Camouflage by Aya Tsukioka

The New York Times has a great article on the Japanese and their anxiety with safety. One designer, Aya Tsukioka, has created a skirt that unfolds to become a realistic looking vending machine, to hide from would-be attackers. She’s also created a backpack that looks like a Japanese fire hydrant for children to hide behind, as well.

It’s interesting how different culturally we are from the Japanese. They’d rather hide and use cunning then to fight back, and possibly cause a scene. While reading the article you get a sense that the Japanese are almost naive about things like self-defense, but a lot of these types of devices actually do work in their culture. It’s definitely funny from a western point of view, but still fascinating.


Unreleased Joy Division Nike Blazer Mids

I have this weird fascination/obsession with sneakers, even though I mainly wear boring, Vans slip-ons. I think these might be kind of old, but I think they’re really amazing. From what I’ve been able to dig up, they’re a pair of prototype, unreleased Joy Division Nike Blazer Mids, that for some reason were never put into production.

I think they’re so amazing looking! I love how they look like they may have come straight out of the late 70’s with aged looking leather and everything. The Peter Saville-designed pattern on the tongue is also a nice touch. It’s a very minimal shoe, with a lot of little details. On the swoosh, it reads “But I Remember When We Were Young… – Ian Curtis”, and on the inside of the tongues is inscribed, “This Is The Way” and ” Step Inside”. I’m also in love with the box the shoes come in, with the Factory Records logo protruding out of it.

Found through Better Living Through Design

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