Date Archives 2011

The ‘Bambi’ Table by Caroline Olsson

Bambi by Caroline Olsson

Bambi by Caroline Olsson

Bambi by Caroline Olsson

This table by Norwegian designer Caroline Olsson is both beautiful and clever. Made of birch, the table works quite literally on two levels – turning from a dining table to a coffee table by simply folding its legs.

Caroline explains that the inspiration for the design came from the anatomy of the knee, and the way in which the bones can only bend in one way. She adds, that once the table is folded down it starts to look like “a small foal who has bent its legs and laid down to rest in the meadow”. It’s an elegently simple idea and it wears its title of ‘Bambi’ with suitable charm.

A list of “New Years Rulin’s” from Woody Guthrie, 1941

Woody Guthrie illustration by Robert Crumb

Every year, I strive to improve myself. The right way to say it might be that I strive every day to be better than the day before. Only be learning and improving ourselves can we really become something better. It took me about the last 6 years or so to realize this, and Woody Guthrie knew this back in 1941. The list you see below is something Guthrie wrote up on the eve of 1942, 33 things he would improve in the year to come. The list, in my opinion, is pretty bad ass. My favorite numbers are 1, 6, 15, 18, 20, 23 and 33. Wake up and fight, everyday.

Which numbers apply to you?

1. WORK MORE AND BETTER
2. WORK BY A SCHEDULE
3. WASH TEETH IF ANY
4. SHAVE
5. TAKE BATH
6. EAT GOOD – FRUIT – VEGETABLES – MILK
7. DRINK VERY SCANT IF ANY
8. WRITE A SONG A DAY
9. WEAR CLEAN CLOTHES – LOOK GOOD
10. SHINE SHOES
11. CHANGE SOCKS
12. CHANGE BED CLOTHES OFTEN
13. READ LOTS GOOD BOOKS
14. LISTEN TO RADIO A LOT
15. LEARN PEOPLE BETTER
16. KEEP RANCHO CLEAN
17. DON’T GET LONESOME
18. STAY GLAD
19. KEEP HOPING MACHINE RUNNING
20. DREAM GOOD
21. BANK ALL EXTRA MONEY
22. SAVE DOUGH
23. HAVE COMPANY BUT DON’T WASTE TIME
24. SEND MARY AND KIDS MONEY
25. PLAY AND SING GOOD
26. DANCE BETTER
27. HELP WIN WAR – BEAT FASCISM
28. LOVE MAMA
29. LOVE PAPA
30. LOVE PETE
31. LOVE EVERYBODY
32. MAKE UP YOUR MIND
33. WAKE UP AND FIGHT

‘The Kids Were Wrong’ by Memoryhouse

'The Kids Were Wrong' by Memoryhouse

It has been a while since we featured the Canadian outfit Memoryhouse on the blog, and so I was happy to read the other day that the dream-pop duo will be releasing their debut album on February 28th, 2012. Entitled ‘The Slideshow Effect’, the LP is definitely one of my most anticipated albums of next year.

To prepare for it’s release the guys have unveiled the album’s lead single ‘The Kids Were Wrong’ and it’s a really fun song which will no doubt whet your appetite for the upcoming album. It’s probably a little more poppy in comparison to the Memoryhouse we’ve heard on previous EP’s but I really like it’s energy and it’s got a great melody. It’s certainly a good way to start your week! You can download the track for free here.

Magnetic Rings by Laurent Milon

Magnetic Rings by Laurent Milon

Magnetic Rings by Laurent Milon

Magnetic Rings by Laurent Milon

Magnetic Rings by Laurent Milon

Continuing on our theme of geology are these really fantastic magnetic rings from Laurent Milon. The rings were created by freezing iron powder, and then cast in layers of nickel, silver and copper. Th ultimate effect is rather exciting looking, like gnarled pieces of coral floating in the water. It’s also cool that there’s a little video so you can see the process. How Laurent dreamed this up, I have no idea, but they turned out fantastic. I’d be careful if you ever wear one of these though, they look a bit dangerous!

Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly

Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly

Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More HighlyPhoto via

Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More HighlyPhoto via

Currently on exhibit at MASS MoCA is an incredible installation by Katharina Grosse called One Floor Up More Highly.

“…the artist has applied her atmospheric veils of paint to four mounds of soil which seem to spill from the upper balcony into the enormous space below. Stacks of Styrofoam shards rise out of the seductive mountains of color, mirroring the white of the gallery walls — the metaphorical canvas of Grosse’s tremendous painting.”

These giant, colorful mounds are fantastic to look at, like the colorful soils of a foreign planet. It’s both beautiful and hard to process at the same time, as she’s literally painted on the terrain, using these mounds of dirt and the walls of the gallery itself as he gigantic canvas. I’m sure the best way to experience this is by visiting the exhibition in person, but you can see some pretty great photos of the space by clicking here. The last day of the show is January 1, so it’s not too late to check it out if you have the time.

Growing crystal wallpaper out of copper sulfate

Roger Hiorns crystal installation

Roger Hiorns crystal installation

These are images from Seizure an installation by London-based artist Roger Hiorns. Hiorns covered the walls of an abandoned apartment with plastic and chicken wire pumped eighty-seven thousand liters of copper sulfate into the space and left. Months later, the remaining liquid was pumped back out of the flat, leaving shimmering surfaces of brilliant blue crystals throughout the installation. Much was written about the installation back in 2008 when you could still visit the abandoned flat-turned-geode. Below is a video of Hiorns talking about his installation:

Paintings of gems and minerals by Carly Waito

Detailed paintings of gems and minerals by Carly Waito

Detailed paintings of gems and minerals by Carly Waito

Detailed paintings of gems and minerals by Carly Waito

The images above, amazingly, are small oil paintings, created by the very talented Carly Waito. Carly is a Toronto based artist who paints these fantastic little paintings that so perfectly capture the essence of these natural gems and minerals. What’s inspiring to me is how perfect she gets them. The lighting pours through each gem, making them look entirely magical. Definitely visit her website and check out the rest of her pieces, they’re all equally as beautiful as the ones above.

Let’s build a crystal – The Kinémax by Denis Laming

The Kinemax theater at Futuroscope Park, designed by Denis Laming

The Kinemax

Photo via The Sweet Kitten

Above is the most literal, architectural interpretation of crystals that I could find. It’s a theater, the Kinémax, at an amusement park in France that revolves around the future. The park, Futuroscope, opened nearly 25 years ago and the Kinémax has been an emblem of the park ever since. It’s kind of amazing. The theater, like most of the structures around the park, was designed by Denis Laming. “Denis Laming was only 34 years old when he submitted his design proposals for Futuroscope in early 1984.” He could not have known that he would spend much of his future in the park, adding new pavilions. Many are clever, but none of his pavilions after the Kinémax are as immaginative or surprising.

The Illustrations of Rob Bailey

The Illustrations of Rob Bailey

The Illustrations of Rob Bailey

The Illustrations of Rob Bailey

Manchester-based illustrator Rob Bailey has recently launched a new site and it’s filled with so many images of his beautifully crisp illustrations. His wonderfully clean and simple style is really refreshing to see, and I particularly like his series entitled Warriors, which is filled with Samurais, Vikings and Roman Legions.

Rob’s style is particularly great because of how he can create such powerful images with such a restricted use of shape and of color. His new portfolio has some really great pieces in it that I demand you head over there right now and go check it out!

Protéigon, a fantastic stop-motion video by Steven Briand

Protéigon, a fantastic stop-motion video by Steven Briand

Protéigon, a fantastic stop-motion video by Steven Briand

Protéigon, a fantastic stop-motion video by Steven Briand

Steven Briand, who was a recent intern over at Partizan, created this amazing stop-motion video called Protéigon in just two months. The short is pretty ambitious, animating paper in some pretty fantastic ways. When you think about it, this video is made up of nothing but paper, but when you add in the subtle motions of his arms and the lighting, it becomes something special. I totally want to make something in stop-motion right now.