Date Archives March 2009

Monocle To Open L.A. Shop, But Still Doesn’t Understand L.A.

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Earlier today I saw a tweet from Tom over at The Scout, confirming that Monocle was indeed opening a shop in Los Angeles, something they hinted at in their most recent issue. As critical as I can be about Monocle, I feel like I hold them to higher standard because they do so many things so very right.

Excited, I was curious to find out where the shop would be, but to my dismay, they chose… Brentwood. For those who aren’t familiar with Los Angeles, Brentwood is a “fancy” neighborhood, but it’s also completely out of the way from anything cool. I feel like I know Los Angeles pretty damn well, and well, I couldn’t tell you a damn store in Brentwood.

There are so many places in Los Angeles for a Monocle store to go. There’s the REALLY rich folk in Beverly Hills, the constantly gentrifying Downtown, the hipsters in Silverlake… but they chose the most out of way place in this entire mess of a city. Yet again Monocle, you seem to not understand a damn thing about Los Angeles, and this further proves that point.

Tyler Brulé is quoted as saying the location offers, “a great space in a high traffic area which possesses a similar demographic and ‘community feel’ to our Marylebone store in London.” If the demographic he’s speaking of is Ed Hardy wearing moms driving around in FJ Cruisers, then I suppose he’s right on the mark. But in my opinion, a Monocle store would fare better in an area that is more urban, cares about what’s going on around the world and appreciates well designed things.

I’ll still visit the shop… but it’ll have to be a very special trip.


Thomas Campbell’s “The Present”: A Brief Recap

I just got back from seeing The Present and I had a blast. I’ve been surfing many times before, but I’m far from a surfer dude, so at times I felt like quite a voyeur. But the movie was shot really beautifully, and guys in the video were doing some amazing stuff with some amazing boards.

I also saw Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd there, I had no idea hobbits love to surf! If you get a chance to see the film you should definitely check it out.


Tonight: Thomas Campbell’s “The Present”

Tonight I’m lucky enough to be heading to the premiere of Thomas Campbell’s newest film The Present. The film is sort of an homage to old school surf films, with lots of surf footage from all over the world. The whole thing is shot in Super 16mm, so the colors are absolutely beautiful, and with a vision like T-Moes, you know it’s gonna be good.

The movie starts at 8 PM tonight with a reception starting at 7. If you want to come out and see this, be sure to come early cuz’ it’s gonna’ be packed.

Nike Sportswear at The Montalbán
1615 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028


Arkitip Interviews Kyle Blue of Dwell Magazine

Finding inspiring little videos is always nice, and the one above featuring Kyle Blue from Dwell is no exception. Kyle gives a wonderful peak inside the Dwell offices and how the designers work together. It looks like they have such a fun and rad job! Yet again the folks over at Arkitip crank out another great video.


James Joyce

I came across James Joyce’s while looking through the most recent issue of Esquire UK, he did a tiny illustration and I thought it was fun. Sure enough he also did a recent cover of Wallpaper* as well, one that I was really impressed with. Anyhow, James is a British designer who has a studio called One Fine Day, which makes all kinda of neat things.

The images above are flyers he created for the London party It’s Bigger Than. He created these from 2005 to 2007, and with the help of Dave Oscroft, the flyers would be animated and projected in the club as well. Really bright and fun images, I would love to see moving examples of these.


P.S. Here’s some examples on YouTube of the flyers being animated. (Thanks, Katie)

Anothercompany Updates

Joachim Baan, who designs under the name Anothercompany, recently refreshed his site with some really great new work. He’s got pieces from all over the place, in all kinds of mediums. One of my favorites is the poster he did for the project Connected, where you ‘remix’ someone else’s poster design. It’s funny how gray can be so expressive!


Objectified Film Poster

Gary Hustwit and the folks over at the Objectified movie released a new poster designed by Michael Place and Build. It’s a beautiful metallic silver and black print showing a ton of the objects from the designers in the movie and more. And at 27 x 39 inches this thing is a beast! My favorite detail is that they slipped the movie title into the objects, so sneaky!

The site says it should be released in their shop soon, I’m just hoping it’s not going to be crazy expensive, I want one really bad.

UPDATE: The poster is officially on sale now.


Saturday Morning Watchmen

Oh man, you have to watch this video parody of Watchmen, made to look like an early 90’s cartoon show. It’s pretty on spot with how stupid all the character’s would be. It even references a bunch of the plot points from the comic like Rorshach being friends with the animals and The Comedian wanting a kiss, haha… The world needs more of this kinda stuff.

Found through John Gruber’s Tweet