Date Archives December 2008

Abici’s Granturismo Bike

Haven’t posted a cool bike in a while, and this is one frigging awesome bike. It’s a Granturismo by Abici, and Italian company that been hand making bikes for decades now. The bike is constructed from aluminum making them lightweight, and features an enclosed casing to protect your legs from getting greasy or F-ed up. I think the light gray color of the bike is also pretty sweet, like the color of that Deerfield weekender bag. They also have a sweet Brooks saddle and matching leather tape for the handle bars, which look damn sexy to me.

The bike is only £795 so I’m sure I’ll be seeing one of these under my tree this Xmas, hahaha…

Found through Selectism


Lost Cause (Live) by Beck and The Flaming Lips

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Lost Cause (Live) by Beck and The Flaming Lips

Sea Change was definitely one of Beck’s most melancholy records, recorded around the time he broke up with his long time girlfriends. But I love this sweet live version he did with The Flaming Lips on KCRW, almost a 360º for the song. Instead of being sd, it’s turned into an upbeat country ballad, making it almost seem sweet and endearing. I’ve thought about sharing this for a while, so I thought I’d throw it out there for ya’ll.

You can listen to the rest of the set by clicking here.



Yesterday I picked up my friend Frank, who some of you might remember from his short lived blog Frank Food, and as he got in the car I noticed he was carrying a really great new bag, the bag you see above. I asked him who made it, and to my shock he said that he did. Right off the bat he told me it wasn’t difficult at all to make, but I was so impressed with it that I told him he had to make me one for Xmas! I love the way the stripes are laid out, and it’s hard to tell from this photo but the stitching at the top is great. The detail of the frayed edge at the top is also pretty awesome.

He’s currently working on some more designs, so I’ll keep everyone updated when he comes up with some other stuff! I can’t wait for December 25th!


Vintage How They Make An Eames Shell Chair Video

I think most design minded people hold a special regard for any Eames creation, but their Shell Chair was definitely one of the most iconic of the bunch. Watching this video is an amazing experience, getting to see every nook and cranny of how these amazing chairs are constructed. What I really love about this video is how there isn’t one word spoken in the whole thing, there’s only the frantic jazz music of Buddy Collette to guide you through the process. Beautiful isn’t strong enough of a word for this video.

Found through Core77


The Mollusk Family Poster Show

Last Saturday was The Mollusk Family Poster Show in San Francisco, where they had a bunch of limited edition screenprints for sale from a ton of artists like Geoff McFetridge, Thomas Campbell, Jeff Canham, Kyle Field, Christopher Gentile, Rachel Kaye, Alex Kopps, John McCambridge, Serena Mitnik-Miller, Jay Nelson, Nathaniel Russell, Jeff Scharf.

My favorite of all them was Todd St. John’s contribution which you see above. I personally feel like he nailed it on this print, with some really odd/wonderful imagery and an amazing shade of green. The show will be up at Mollusk until January 16th, but if you can’t make it you can still buy any of these prints from their online store for $60, just click the word ART on the left side of the site.


Element’s Conscious by Nature Collection

Spotted these sweet Element sneakers in the latest issue of Antenna and thought they were pretty rad. But it wasn’t until I kept learned a little bit more about them that I really understood how cool they were. They’re a part of Element’s new Conscious by Nature line, which features shoes that are made eco-friendlier. The product description sums up the shoes nicely:

It’s made from sustainable materials, with chemical free shell textiles, bamboo collar, tongue and insole linings, ortholite insole foam in place of EVA, soy-based ink logo treatments, 100% water-based cement, and natural crepe outsole.

So not only are these rugged and manly looking, with their plaid bodies and heathered uppers, but they’re also a little bit better for the environment. At first I thought I liked the bottom pair, the Why-No CC, but I think I’m digging the top pair more, the Omahigh. Either way they’re quite a pair of beautiful shoes.

You can pick up the Omahighs by clicking here.
You can snag the Why-No CCs by clicking here.


Poster Children | Recreating Great Depression Era Posters

Readymade recently asked five great artists to come up with some posters based around the posters you would find around the time of the Great Depression, obviously because of the U.S.’s current economic climate. As Steven Heller wrote in his intro to the project:

Given the current economic meltdown, this 75th anniversary of the New Deal has particular resonance. How might the current government stem the tide of economic and psychological depression? Can artists and designers help in similar ways today? It’s curious that the WPA style has been reprised in the recent past as a quaint retro conceit, but today may be an opportune time for a brand-new graphic language—equal in impact to the original initiative, but decidedly different—to help rally the cause of hope and optimism.

The two posters above are from Mike Perry and Nick Dewar, respectively, and there are posters from Christopher Silas Neal, Open, and Christoph Neal as well. You can download these posters as PDF’s for your own uses by clicking here.

Found through Monoscope, who’s also rocking an amazing new logo.


Souvenir de Chine by Körner Union

Sorry to post two videos in a row, a personal pet peeve, but this video is so weird and wonderful I have to. It was created by the Swiss group Körner Union, and features a ton of mirrors and lots of fuzzy and feathered little friends. The idea is simple, set up two mirros at an angle, throw a bunch of animals in it, tape it from above so it looks like a kaelidescope, and voila! Instant awesome art.

My favorite part comes in around the 2 minute mark when they throw in the parakeets, which in turn makes the mice scramble like crazy. A very random video, but beautiful and creative nonetheless.