When you think about your perfect day at home, do you ever imagine what you’ll be wearing? I’m seeing old sweats or staying in pajamas all day even though there’s often a laziness to that that feels uncomfortable by early evening. But imagine you had PJs, boxers, or underwear that you could keep on all day yet still feel somewhat stylish. This is where Sleepy Jones comes in. Recently launched by Andy Spade, Anthony Sperduti, and Chad Buri, the new company follows an ethos steeped in tinkering and pondering, where lounging itself is luxury, and the clothes you’re wearing echo a laid-back lifestyle.
The Ceramicist: An Interview With Ben Medansky
You may not know who Ben Medansky is just yet but you are going to know his name soon. He’s a Los Angeles based ceramicist who is making very playful and functional works that have given him great success at a super young age. He has a great eye for what is very “now” in the ceramics world and has a very distinct individual style. He’s going to be blowing up very, very soon…
Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show
Currently on view at MOCA’s PDC location is Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show, a bright yellow annotated show that gives you a step inside Sagmeister’s mind. It’s a celebration of what makes him and all people happy and is part interactive infographic, part designer at play, and part insane and wonderful and great. This show has been incredibly popular and is also free: you should make a point to see it if you are in LA.
Polish born, New York based artists Joanna Malinowska and Christian Tomaszewski realize fantasies of the future as imagined by the Communist Era Soviet Bloc in their Mother Earth Sister Moon installation. The installation takes form in a massive space suit replica of the Soviet Space Sweetheart – Valentina Tereshkova, the first lady in space. The belly of Valentina’s goliath galactic get-up serves as a home to a curated fashion and design showcase that weaves narratives of Soviet sci-fi and its space program. With the lens of architecture, music, fashion and style, the future in female dress forms are realized.
The fine folks at Instrument, hands down one of the best digital creative agencies, have released a new experimental projects which pairs a short film with contemporary web technologies. Titled The Build, the film follows the lives of three motorcycle builders – Casey, Thor, and James – as they discuss their lives and passions.
This film is everything I truly love about Portland. First, it’s about makers, people who really do get their hands dirty and are passionate about what they build. Truen Pence, Instrument’s resident filmmaker, does an incredible job of capturing each of these guys as they ride around town or in the woods of Oregon. And from tech side it’s great that Instrument is pushing HTML5 video and WebGL to do some interesting projects. It makes me excited for the possibilities of film on the web and how the two could mesh together even more to create some truly unique experiences (see also: Carly’s Cafe which Andi wrote about).
You can watch The Build by clicking here.
“Everyone has an inner voice. I found a way to let mine out.” These are the words of Carly Fleischmann, a young woman living with autism. Though unable to speak, she found a way to communicate through typing on a computer. Even though autism is typically an affliction that keeps a person locked within themselves, Carly’s breakthrough has been hailed as something of a miracle. Most people tend not to understand what someone like Carly is going through, but the film Carly’s Cafe is meant to change all that. We spoke to director Miles Jay to find out more about this remarkable interactive film, which was recently nominated for a Webby.
Owen Davey is a very talented illustrator from the UK. He’s worked with a number of clients including The Guardian, New York Times and The Leisure Society and, over the last three years, he’s also published three picture-books. On his site, he impressively claims that he’s had work published in every continent except Antarctica (take note Antarctica)!
I think everyone I know has been looking for a legit version of Daft Punk’s new track “Get Lucky”, and sure enough, the amazing Rdio suddenly drops it, out of nowhere, for all of us to enjoy. I asked Kyle what he thought of the track and his off the cuff opinion was the it sounded “like a David Guetta song”, haha… I think it is a bit Pharrell heavy, I would have liked more robots, so I’m curious to see what the rest of the Random Access Memory ends up sounding like.
New York based illustrator Nick Iluzada caught my eye with his illustrations that are filled with vibrant colors and tons of movement. Finding his work was great because it allows me to continue on with this crazy colored streak of posts I’ve been putting up today. It’s awesome that he can jump seamlessly between commercial and more abstract work, though everything he does is really unique and interesting.
If you’d like to see more Nick’s work also check out his Tumblr.
Making friends with new people can be difficult, especially if they’re from another planet. This short video, directed by Sam Taylor and Bjorn Aschim and for The Line, tells the story of two friends and their dog messing about with a football when an unintended visitor wants to join the fun. This video is both beautifully made, kinda’ sad, but kinda’ funny in a dark way.
I tend not to post about cars very often, but when I do they’re usually pretty forward thinking and a bit out there. More cars on the road are kind of boring, though I do think we’re starting to see some interesting shapes from Nissan and Kia. Renault (who now owns a 43% in Nissan, funny enough) could also be added to that list. The vehicle above is the Renault Twin’Z concept, designed by Ross Lovegrove as a part of Renault’s Cycle of Life project.
Lovegrove, a veteran of the design industry, is known for his biologically inspired work (his work in lighting is a good example of this), creating objects that feel… natural. He’s taken this distinct style and brought it to the Twin’Z and I think it’s totally brilliant.