Amsterdam-based NL Architects have recently shared three versions of a project designed for a Canadian entrepreneur on the beach in Florida. If this seems like a strange mix of characters and settings to you, you’re not alone. The collaboration is not a product of rampant globalization, but one of logic. First, pools in Canada are frozen solid year round* so a beach house with a habitable pool had to be built elsewhere. Second, who, other than a Canadian, would scour architecture firms around the world, searching for the firm best equipped to build a nearly tropical beach house and decide to go with a firm in the Netherlands?
I spotted this crazy print on Band of Outsiders Instagram and thought I’d share it. It’s certainly an interesting take on the classic camo print, bringing a bit of life and fun to it. You can see what it looks like in action by clicking here, which might be a bit much, but I’m sure there are some of you who could totally pull this off. And if you’re interested in seeing the full menswear spring 2013 collection you can click here.
Every time I start packing away the winter sweaters and coats, a long string of cold days shows up on the forecast and I start to hate the axis of the earth for not tilting toward the sun more quickly. Days are getting longer (at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere) but as close as summer seems to be, there is still too much snow on the ground for too many of us. 2013 is just another year that the groundhog lied to us all.
So I’ve been flipping through projects trying to find some that look summerish even if I’m not sure why seem that way. Counterintuitively, we’re starting in Michigan with a tall, skinny cabin that is probably absolutely miserable right now, so let’s just pretend that it’s summer. The Glen Lake Tower is a cabin on Glen Lake where Balance Associates Architects worked with the owners to come up with a warm and modern abode that hoisted off the ground to accomodate a covered parking area.
We’re big fans of British singer-songwriter Keaton Henson. Not only are his lyrics thoughtful and poetic, his delivery is so subtle and beautiful, his emotion seems to stir yours with every listen. Already an artist with an armful of thoughtful and interesting music videos that function more as short films, his latest, “Lying to You”, is a collaboration with photographer Autumn de Wilde. An ode to the teenage girl, it stars de Wilde’s enigmatic daughter, Arrow, as she traverses suburban streets dotted with cat topiaries and errant Winnebagos in such a way as to make you remember the pangs of adolescent loneliness. We were so taken with it, we recently spoke to de Wilde to find out more about her inspiration and process for the video.
Photo by Gerard Victor
The f0nk. We’ve discussed it before, and now it’s back again. Released in 1974 by Kool and the Gang, “Summer Madness” remains one of the best grooves from the 70’s. The beat is not only irrepressible but one of the most familiar samples of all time. G-funk and Mr. Smith with Jazzy Jeff helped reintroduce the song to a younger audience, and to them, it is the definition of summer.
So now it gets a flip by one of the best drummers in the game.
While I was visiting Reykjavik, hands down the coolest person I met was Siggi Odds. Siggi is an artist and designer who’s style is heavily influenced by Native American art and nature itself, with a touch of Matisse thrown in. It’s both contemporary and abstract at the same time, with lots of energy and color to everything he does. Siggi’s work feels a lot like what the vibe of Iceland is, and I think Icelanders agree. He recently was chosen to have his work put on a national stamp, celebrating one of the most beautiful birds their country has, the puffin. Like Iceland, Siggi’s work ranges from fine art to branding and identity.
Late last year the Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson ran a competition asking fans to create a music-video for his track “Blackwind”. The entries were really impressive and it’s incredible to see the quality of fan-made videos being made. Last month he finally announced the winner as Chloe Poirier-Sauve but also gave special mention to six other entries; one of which is this video created by the South-Korean director Dee Shin.
Collaborations are always interesting, especially when they involve individuals who you wouldn’t image working together. The EP above is the culmination of three different but equally talented artists: Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti. I don’t know how I missed this, but I haven’t heard anyone mention it before either.
Stranger things have happened, but rarely do they make such beautiful music. The three esses that comprise the enigmatically titled s / s / s are as follows: Sufjan Stevens, he of the Fifty States Project and various baroque folk-pop opuses; Serengeti, the wry-witted rapper known for in-depth on-record character studies; and Son Lux, silken-voiced singer, studio wizard and singular beatsmith. The project’s roots reach back to 2009’s Dark Was the Night compilation, where Stevens and Geti met over a Buck 65 remix of a song written by psych-folkie Castanets. Continuing in the spirit of (unlikely) collaboration, the pair passed beats and raps back and forth, eventually enlisting Son Lux to dream Beak & Claw into fruition.
Surrounded By Art Material: An Interview With Alex Israel
Alex Israel is one of our favorite LA artists. He’s conceptual, he’s very LA, and he is all about abusing entertainment structures in Los Angeles to make art. It’s super fascinating and fun work. For our Featured Interview with the artist, we rode around Los Angeles with him as he took us from destination to destination that has had an influence on him. It was a lot of fun. Also, note that he has a really rad piece up at LAXART called Lens that is a giant lens from a pair of sunglasses blown up for us all to examine. It’s up through April 20.
Imagine your home was wallpapered in the wildest array of mismatched stripes, and every time you entered it felt like a graphic designer’s fun house that danced with prism rhythm. This is the work of Dutch artist Wies Preijde. A recent graduate of the Textile Design Department at the Royal Academy of Art (aka The Hague), Preijde specializes in textile design installations that truly defy imagination.