Date Archives April 2012

Current Reading – Fantastic Man, Mark, Apartamento, Day Job Magazine

Weekend Reading

Fantastic Man / $14.95
The Spring/Summer 2012 issue turned out to be a really good one. They’ve got a surprising interview with Perry Chen, found of Kickstarter, a short conversation with Jean Touitou, the man behind APC who’s always an interesting character, as well as a fashion spread that was shot in Palm Springs. Rounding things out is a wonderful interview with Piet Oudulf, the man responsible for the plants that adorn the High Line.

Mark / $19.95
Mark is always a good read, as well as having some of the best editorial layout around. There’s a nice piece on Sou Fujimoto’s House NA (which we previously covered here) though Im still not sure where the bathroom is. They also have a look at apps for architects, I’ve become smitten with the Grünerløkka Apartments in Oslo, and they focus on the use of light in architecture, like a house where all the windows are on the ceiling.

Apartamento / $19.95
I’m a big fan of Apartmento, no one does it quite like they do. I snagged a copy while I was at Ooga Booga yesterday, so I’ve briefly looked through but haven’t dived in yet. I saw that one story had photos by Wolfgang Tillman, so that’s pretty rad. There’s also a conversation about the perfumication of products, as in all products will one day have their own unique scent, certainly interesting to think about.

Day Job Magazine / $25
I received a special, #0 sneak peak of the first issue of Day Job and I’m really enjoying the idea and execution. Based out of Brooklyn, the magazine is simply about jobs.

Day Job is a publication for anyone who has ever had a job they’ve loved, a job they’ve hated, a life-long calling or a way to make an easy buck. In short, it’s about work, a celebration of the everyday ways in which we spend our time and energy. As the inimitable Studs Terkel describes working, “It’s about a search, too, for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash.”

The also have funs sections like Lunch Break, which are recipes for making a great lunch, as well as local street vendors in New York. The aesthetics of it all feel great, and it’s a really smart idea. You can help Day Job get off it’s feet by investing in their Kickstarter. I’m about to donate as soon as I post and share this.

Interims Audimax, a temporary lecture hall designed by Deubzer Konig and Rimmel Architekten

Interims Audimax, a temporary lecture hall designed by Deubzer Konig and Rimmel Architekten

Interims Audimax, a temporary lecture hall designed by Deubzer Konig and Rimmel Architekten

Interims Audimax, a temporary lecture hall designed by Deubzer Konig and Rimmel Architekten

Interims Audimax, a temporary lecture hall designed by Deubzer Konig and Rimmel Architekten

These are pictures of a temporary lecture hall built on the campus of Technische Universitat Muchen by Deubzer Konig Rimmel Architekten. The temporary structure is built using mostly wood (including the undulating facade) and is expected to last anywhere from one decade to two. The timescale of the project may surprise you: the project was designed and built in nine months. Inside the project, there are plenty of other surprises: poured flooring, oriented strand board on the walls (that’s the kind of OSB more commonly found lining garage walls in the states) as well as simple but nice signage for the lecture hall seats.

Found through Contemporist

Space Suit of the Week

Alec Huxley - Calm of the Storm

Alec Huxley - Never Know When to Quiet Down

Alec Huxley - Cook Your Little Souls

Alec Huxley - Way Back Then

San Francisco is a city that can really make you feel like a transplant. You ended up here like a tumbleweed, blown into this golden city by the bay by some sort of random chance.

Alec Huxley’s acrylic on canvas spacemen trapped in San Francisco struck me in this regard. His artist statement states that his work captures the reality of a lucid dream through the lens of a vintage space helmet. The city of San Francisco truly seems like a lucid dream; in what other city in the world does every house have excessively large bay windows and is painted the primary colors akin to a kindergartener’s lunch box? It is many ways an urban version of Alice’s Wonderland. Huxley’s San Francisco is stripped of its iconic colors and its other trademark identifiers, captured in a greyscale whose figures are floating above it rather than immersed within it. They are outsiders, transplants, tumbleweeds like me.

Alec Huxley is  from California, Alaska, Texas, Scotland and Washington. His work is currently showing at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. Scope his work this weekend before the exhibition closes on the 28th.


Painted portraits by Anthony Cudahy

Painted portraits by Anthony Cudahy

Painted portraits by Anthony Cudahy

Anthony Cudahy is a recent graduate from Pratt and is a phenomenal painter. His work is reminiscent of a time gone by, a romantic view of the world with a lot of his work focusing on portraits of men. There’s something really captivating about these portraits that I keep getting drawn back to. A part of me really likes them because of the color palette’s he chooses to work with, with streaks of blue and pink popping up unexpectedly in the piece at top. A sense of vagueness also seems to be there, which I caught mention of on his Tumblr.

It doesn’t come down to the style of the image, but more so it comes down to this one question: Does the image invoke or tell? I hate images that tell me things- that explain. I love mystery and something resonating on a deep level that goes beyond words.

It’s Nice That interviews frieze magazine art Director Sonya Dyakova about the recent redesign

frieze magazine redesign

Over on It’s Nice That they have a look at the newly redesigned frieze magazine as well as an interview with their art director, Sonya Dyakova.

I wanted to project the Frieze personality — authoritative, confident, on the pulse — by creating something that was contemporary, instead of trendy. I wanted to create something intelligent — a design that can evolve with time and last. Setting up design principles and a typographic palette rather than a rigid system is what I’m striving for.

It certainly does look a lot cleaner and sharper. The organization and layout seems to be on par with a publication like Monocle, and it certainly fits the same crowd for the most part. Really excited to grab a copy for myself this weekend.

The Cache Storage Cabinet by Zoë Mowat

Zoë Mowat - Cache Cabinet

Zoë Mowat - Cache Cabinet

Zoë Mowat - Cache Cabinet

Freelance designer Zoë Mowat lives and works in Montreal. Her ‘Cache’ cabinet is just one of a number of great pieces which she has designed over the last few years. Combining color, material and form in unique ways – Zoë creates work which continually strives to question the value of objects and what it means to have them.

Her combination of simple forms, smooth lines and bold colors are really fantastic. Her designs feel fresh and her use of materials are appealing. Her ‘Cache’ cabinet is a really good example of what she does so well. Here we see solid walnut sitting beside a simple grey and a strong blue; together they form a cabinet which is as fun and playful as it is simple and elegant. For me, it’s a winning combination and I’d love to have one of these in my house.

City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain

Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain

I was totally unfamiliar with the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences) up until today, and I’m still having a hard time believing it’s real. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, the city is split into eight pieces like the bridge, an open air park and even an IMAX theater. To get a good look at the building I suggest taking a look at this Flickr set from James Leng, who took the photo above.