Date Archives January 2013

‘Momotaro’ – An Incredible Pop-Up Book by Icinori

MOMOTARO by Raphael Urwiller + Mayumi Otero 1

MOMOTARO by Raphael Urwiller + Mayumi Otero 2

Icinori produce some of the best picture books I think I’ve ever seen! The publishing studio is made up of illustrators Mayumi Otero and Raphael Urwiller, and their publications often come in the form of impressively engineered pop-up books filled with beautiful illustrations and incredible paper constructions.

The book above is called Momotaro and it’s a retelling of a popular Japanese folk story. The name ‘Momotaro’ literally means Peach Taro, which is commonly translated as Peach Boy. According to the legend, the story tells the tale of a strange child born of an apricot who undertakes a quest and travels to a distant island to fight oni, eventually becoming a great hero in the process. Like much folklore, Momotaro is a fantastically off-the-wall tale but it also sounds like a really great story. You can learn more about it here. I love the look of Icinori’s adaptation and I really love how it manages to feel very traditional and yet completely modern all at once. Make sure to see more of their work by checking out their website here.

MOMOTARO by Raphael Urwiller + Mayumi Otero 3

MOMOTARO by Raphael Urwiller + Mayumi Otero 4

New Prints by Andy Gilmore at The Ghostly Store

New Prints by Andy Gilmore at The Ghostly Store

New Prints by Andy Gilmore at The Ghostly Store

Just yesterday The Ghostly Store released three amazing prints from New York based artist and designer Andy Gilmore. Of the three though, my hands down favorite has to Quarter Tones, which is what you see in the images above. It’s vibrant, it’s detailed, and best of all it’s absorbing in it’s complexity. I could sit and soak in the details of the print for hours. The print comes in a 20×02, 30×30 or 40×04 versions, all of which you can get for yourself by clicking here.

Original Mac Computer Made Out of Legos

Original Mac Computer Made Out of LEGO

Chris McVeigh, a Halifax based designer, recently released this brilliantly designed original Apple Macintosh computer which is made entirely out of Lego bricks. If you’re unfamiliar with the original Mac you can click here and you’ll see just how spot on he got it. It’s the details, like the extra room for your fingers where the disk drive is, or the fans on the side, even the corner on the back of the computer, it’s spot on. Chris made an update to his Flickr page saying he’ll share the building guide for this model in the next couple of weeks. For those interested, be on the lookout.

Beautiful Images from ‘Stay Troublesome’ by Alana Paterson

Image from 'Stay Troublesome' by Alana Paterson

Image from 'Stay Troublesome' by Alana Paterson

It’s hard to know exactly what the title of Alana Paterson’s new series of photographs – Stay Troublesome – refers to. Her beautiful images of the American landscape feel calm and composed. In many ways they’re almost the reverse of troublesome. Yet, there’s also a feeling of adventure in this series. Old maps, rucksacks and road trips hint at journeys into the unknown and they evoke a sense of moving to new places. These are images about always moving on and perhaps it’s this sense of transience that the title referees to. ‘Staying troublesome’ feels like a motto for reckless abandon. It feels like a cry for moving to new pastures and always being ready for adventure.

Certainly it seems that Alana Paterson enjoys new places. Her bio says that she’s based in Vancouver, B.C. but over the last few months she’s been to Portland, New York and New England (she even adds that she’s available to travel over the next few months too). Originally getting into photography by shooting photographs of her friends at skate parks, her portfolio is filled with a great collection of personal projects. It also includes a growing list of impressive work with clients that include brands such as Norse Stores, HUF and Brixton. You can see more of her work online here and make sure to check out the full series of Stay Troublesome on her site here. It’s a beautiful collection of photographs.

Image from 'Stay Troublesome' by Alana Paterson

Image from 'Stay Troublesome' by Alana Paterson

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Modern Woodworking by Pana Objects

Pana Tofu Set

Pana Shady Clock

Pana Small Ville Charger Covers

Pana Snappi Wall Hangers

It’s easy to be attracted to the array of beautifully designed wooden products by Thailand’s Pana Objects. Created by a group of design friends whose aim is to infuse modern life with the simplicity of woodworking,  they craft white ash wood and maple into everything from faceted wall clocks to wooden caps for iPhone chargers in the shapes of airplanes, mountaintops, and clouds. Desk accessories like the Tofu set, a series of six blocks shaped to hold pencils and paper clips, seem to put the fun back into functional.

Pana’s vow to “make your life more fun and meaningful” is directly reflected in everything they create, whether you’re in need of an iPad stand or a set of button wall hooks. Oh, and just in case you need a wooden lamp that moves like a playful puppy? They’ve got that, too. Check out their full collection here.

Pana Frank Lamp

Hudson Made Soap Packaging by Hovard Design

Hudson Made Soap Packaging by Hovard Design

Hudson Made Soap Packaging by Hovard Design

When most people think of soap I’m guessing they think of pure white. Since the beginning of soap advertising in the early 1900’s the idea of a white bar of soap has been intertwined with that of cleanliness. I have the same connotations with Q-Tips, toilet paper and towels. So when you see a black bar of soap it certainly stands out as something different, it makes you stop and pay attention.

Hudson Made Soap Packaging by Hovard Design

The folks at Hudson Made have released a black soap called Worker’s Soap, which combines the scents of cedar wood, patchouli & tobacco. That’s my kind of soap. The packaging though was created by Hovard Design who did a fantastic job at making the packaging feel both contemporary with a suitably subtle nod to the past. The embossed black type on charcoal paper is stunning, the condensed type feels crisp and bold, and the typewriter font brings that touch of nostalgia which isn’t overbearing. I think the bit of leather string with the bolo tie might be a bit much, but it certainly doesn’t taint the overall packaging in my mind.

You can see more photos from Hovard Design by clicking here, as well as a case study for the entire Hudson Made branding project by clicking here.

Kyle Bean and the Art of Handcrafted Design

Kyle Bean dragonfly

Kyle Bean chicken prop

Kyle Bean Plane

Kyle Bean instruments

With entertainment seemingly going the way of 3D and CGI these days, I find my preferences leaning more towards the handmade. Not that I’m a purist or anything, but I love the mechanics of built sets and costumes  (hello, Muppets). I’m so inspired by some of our posts this week, like Philip’s piece about Shugo Tokumaru’s plastic silhouette music video, that I’d like to highlight the art of prop styling. We flip through magazines or watch videos sometimes not realizing that an enormous amount of work has gone into the creation of what we experience in seconds. Kyle Bean is an artist who comes to mind.

A well-respected British designer who has worked with dozens of publications and brands, Bean’s work involves using simple materials to reinterpret everyday things. Meticulous and beautiful, his pieces capture your attention beyond just the story he’s trying to tell through them; the construction alone is a story in itself. From a dragonfly built out of matches and a chicken made of eggshells to a modern version of the paper airplane, his work inspires. I had a hard time choosing images, but you can enjoy them all here.

Newman Camouflage Shoes by CLAE

Newman Camouflage Shoes by CLAE

Newman Camouflage Shoes by CLAE

Newman Camouflage Shoes by CLAE

My obsession with camo seems to be unwavering. I recently came across these shoes from Clae, a model called Newman, which comes in two pretty rad colorways – tan and black camouflage. The patterns are rather subtle, especially on the black version, each looking like they could be a part of a carefully considered car interior. I mean that in a really good way.The pattern lines up with weave of the fabric in just the right way. I’m not sure though which I think is better, the tan or the black camo, they both certainly have their merits.

You can snag yourself a pair by clicking here.