The folks over at Art Lebedev have started to extend their creative reach from fancy ass keyboards into the realm of public safety with one of their newest concepts, the Air Crosswalk. The idea is rather a simple, but ingenious one. Basically they’ve strung together these giant lights that mimic the zebra crosswalk pattern, which would help drivers see pedestrians much easier. It would also give a clear signal as to where the crosswalk is, which comes in handy in snowy climates.
I love this idea because because it’s simple, it’s beautiful, and it just makes so much sense. The first Air Crosswalk is being installed in Tumen, Russia in 2009, but hopefully we’ll see more of these elsewhere in the world as well. If this interested you, be sure to check out their ideas for stop lights as well, the rendered graphics are worth your time at the very least.
For the last few months my inspirations have started shifting sharply, from architecture to fashion, I guess I’ve caught the sartorial bug. So now I always keep my eye out for good buys, clothing and accessories that aren’t too expensive but will still look great. When I saw this great weekender bag by Deerfield on Urban Outfitters, I knew it fit my requirements.
First of it’s a faux grey leather, and I’m slightly obsessed with grey leather at the moment, so that’s a plus. Then there’s the fact that it’s only $48, which is way cheap. I also think the pattern of the lining is pretty sharp as well. I really wanted to use this for my Thanksgiving trip home this week, so I tried stopping by two UO’s today, but sadly they only carry the black and tan versions in store. Bummer.
Browsing through FFFFOUND! the other day I came across the work of Barbados based illustrator Barnaby Ward, who goes by the artsy name of somefield.. I was immediately drawn to his work, sort of a sketchy Ashley Wood style but with a bit of an anime twist. His color choices are pretty brilliant as well, his work pops even more because of his palette choices. He recently came out with a graphic novel as well titled Sixteen Miles to Merricks and Other Works which I highly suggest everyone look into. It’s over 200 pages of illustrative goodness.
I’ve put a couple more pieces under the cut, so be sure to check those out, then pay a proper visit to his site after that.
Swedish Fish | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape
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Good morning everyone, I hope everyone had a great weekend. I figured I would start the week with a mixtape I created called Swedish Fish. Since this weekend is Thanksgiving here in the States I thought it would be nice for you all to have something to listen to on your car rides, plane trips, or train adventures!
The mixtape was made a few months ago for someone I cared for a lot, and was inspired by female, Swedish singers. Now, not everyone on the mix is a lady, nor are they all Swedish, but that’s the overall vibe of it. My absolute favorite song on the mix is the Murmaids’ Popsicles and Icicles, a song I listened to when I was about 10 years old, but for some reason suddenly remembered as a 26 year old.
01 Skinny Dip by The Polyphonic Spree
02 Blueberry Tree Part 1 by Husky Rescue
03 Little Bit by Lykke Li
04 Popsicles and Icicles by The Murmaids
05 Inner Island (The Hood Internet Remix) By El Perro Del Mar
06 Tension by Architecture in Helsinki
07 Do Not Be Afraid by Mount Eerie
08 Avril 14th by Aphex Twin
09 Beauty Mark by Charlotte Gainsbourg
10 Apple Orchard by The Antlers
11 Norlands Riviera by Peter Bjorn and John
12 From Stardust to Sentience by High Places
I hope you all enjoy the mix!
Los Angeles based photographer Carlos Serrao is consistently one of the most creative and beautiful photographers out there, shooting everyone from Jack Nicholson to Olympic athletes and everwhere in between. His style is extremely moody, and the colors are always slightly desaturated, giving his photos a really cinematic feel. But I came across the two landscapes he did above and they spoke to me more than anything.
These sort of speak more to my mood right now, very calm and still and beautiful on a Sunday morning. If you’ve never seen Carlos’ work before, check out his site, you’ll be in heaven.
I’m totally smitten with the work of Heiko MÃ¼ller, a German painter who does absolutely the most interesting paintings I’ve seen in a long time. I came across Heiko months ago, but I was recently reacquainted with his work going through some old emails the other day. His style is kind of creepy, a lot weird, but I feel like no one’s really doing anything like him.
The piece above is titled Gugl MÃ¤nner 02 and is kinda KKK, kinda creepy Disney, but there’s something I really like about it. I would absolutely kill for a print of this, but sadly he doesn’t have any for sale, or at least I couldn’t find any. Be sure to check out his site, as well as his Flickr, lots of good stuff to see. Absolutely beautiful work.
I was doing a search for Wood Wood earlier when I came across TrÃ©s Bien Shop, a shop in Malmo, Sweden that has an amazing online store as well. They carry a great selection of brands A.P.C., Common Projects, Nom de Guerre, Comme des Garcons, and the aforementioned Wood Wood. What impressed me most about the site was how well it was put together. Their product photos are artfully taken, the site layout is simple and easy to use, and they ship internationally. In fact, shipping is free wordlwide until the end of the year, which is pretty damn amazing.
Definitely pop over and check out their selection, I bet you’ll find something you like.
I can’t remember where I came across this print by Mareike Auer, but I really love it for it’s simplicity (and the fox, duh). It’s called The Story About Me and the Fox, and comes in 4 sizes and are all signed and dated. I think this would look awesome in a bathroom or a kitchen, something quirky to spice an area up. Can anyone say holiday gift?
My love/hate affair with Monocle continues. As I previously wrote about Monocle’s City Guides, I love a lot of the stuff they do, but they can be equally annoying and pompous. So what do I do? I buy a bottle of their cologne, Scent One: Hiroki. The cologne is a team up with Comme des Garcons, created by their perfumer Antoine Maisondieu.
The bottle came with a card that describes the scent:
“The inspiration for this fragrance comes from a perfectly still, slightly chilly spring morning spent soaking in an indoor/outdoor tub at the Tawaraya in Kyoto. It pulls together our memory of the mosses and trees outdoors, and sharp notes of the boxy, hinoki tub.”
Gag me with an F’ing stick.
That being said, it is one of the most amazing smells I’ve ever encountered. It’s a unisex cologne, but I’d say it’s extremely masculine smelling. It’s very woodsy, but thankfully you don’t smell like your grandpa. The other ridiculous thing about this cologne is that it costs around $150. I know, insane. But it’s honestly amazing, so if you ever have the chance to sample I highly encourage you to do it, because it’s hard to smell a cologne being sold in a magazine.
P.S. I took that photo on my dining room table, though it may not look like it. I just thought that was funny.
I’ve really been enjoying the work of Canadian illustrator/designer Jared Nickerson today. He’s got this style that kind of reminds me of a mix between Friends With You and Genevieve Gauckler, lots of bold shapes and fun critters. The piece above is titled Comfy Coma, and I love the stark black and white with the old timey background. Most of his work is a lot more brightly colored, but I’m really digging this one a lot. Be sure to check out the rest of his stuff, he’s got a lot of it!