Date Archives June 2013

‘The Red Heels’ – A sweet animated short by Olesya Shchukina

Les Talons Rouges

The Red Heels (or Les Talons Rouges) is a very sweet animated short from illustrator and animator Olesya Shchukina. Originally from Russia but currently living in France, Olesya created this film while at college back in 2011. The brief was to make a one-minute film from a child’s point of view and I think she’s done a wonderful job. Made with cut-outs and stop motion, the film has a charming aesthetic and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of her work in the future.

A Digitally Printed Room With 80 Million Surfaces

Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger Digital Grotesque

Some people are scared of rooms. These people, who suffer from koinoniphobia, might want to stay away from Digital Grotesque. The exhibition isn’t necessarily scary but it does feature a room that might be overwhelming… even if you don’t have a phobia. Made using digital fabrication techniques, the room has some eighty million surfaces. And in case the complexity isn’t enough, the entire room is gilded. Based on the model photo above, I can’t tell if this novel form of space making is the future of surfaces or an aliens interpretation of the Baroque period.

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Norwegian Design from Morten & Jonas

Morten & Jonas Design

Morten & Jonas bookendsI’ve always wondered if there’s a term for those of us continually attracted to the simplicity of Scandinavian design. Once you give in to the clean lines, natural elements, and pops of color, it’s often hard to gravitate towards any other aesthetic. It’s a design style that continues to expand internationally, too, as evidenced by Gestalten’s recently published book, Northern Delights, as well as through an enduring popularity on Pinterest. I was thrilled to recently discover Morten & Jonas, a unique Norwegian design company that creates everything from modern furniture and bookends to cake stand lamps built by prison inmates.

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Summer Reads: ‘Lets Explore Diabetes with Owls’ by David Sedaris


It probably looked strange to the other folks lined up to meet David Sedaris that I was holding a glossy photo of Billie Holiday. I was happy about it because David Sedaris singing in the style of Billie Holiday is the funniest thing in the world. But that world got cloudy and sad when someone who looked important and official approached me to say, “Oh, he won’t sign that, it’s not his work.” I folded the picture in half and put it in the back of the paperback I brought for him to sign. I was waiting in line to meet him for the first time, even though I’ve been reading Sedaris’ books since I saw Naked on my mom’s bookshelf and she told me I was too young to read it. He’s also been on This American Life more than any other contributor I can think of. His newest book is called Lets Explore Diabetes with Owls and it’s… well… a hoot.

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‘Don’t Give Up Japan’ – Colorful, Inspirational Paintings by Izutsu Hiroyuki

Izutsu Hiroyuki

Started as a response to the 2011 T?hoku earthquake and tsunami, artist Izutsu Hiroyuki created Don’t Give Up Japan, a series of paintings that show how beautiful Japan is and to stay positive, even in the darkest times. The paintings capture the beauty of every day life in Japan, like a man sitting with his dog among the cherry blossom trees, or simply watching a cloud, sitting in the middle of a field.

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Colorful Illustrated Plates by Ingela Arrhenius for OMM Design

Ingela Arrhenius' plate designs for Omm Design

Ingela P Arrhenius is a Swedish illustrator who loves the aesthetics of the 50’s and 60’s. She works frequently with OMM Design, producing an exciting range of fun and colorful products. These include everything from salt & pepper cellars to mugs; as well as toys, prints and puzzles. I particularly like her range of plates and I can imagine that they’ll appeal to small kids just as much as they appeal to this big kid!

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A Modern Dog Hammock by Torafu Architects

Torafu Wanmokku dog hammock

There are dog beds, crates, carrying cases, and even strollers, but has there ever been a dog hammock? Japanese architecture firm Torafu has answered with a resounding yes (er, “hai”). The Wanmokku, which translates to “architecture for dogs,” is not only an easy-to-assemble plywood frame that acts as a hammock support, it encourages the use of a dog owner’s own clothing to attract their beloved four-legged friends.

Though currently built to accommodate a Jack Russell terrier or other smaller dog, one might argue that it might also work for cats, rabbits, and ferrets. Simple, clever, and utterly charming, the Wanmokku serves primarily as a snuggle space for your pet. But it works as a mini trampoline too.

‘Kugelwruhme’, a new mix from Robag Wruhme

Robag Wruhme

For the past few months I’ve been obsessed with Robag Wruhme’s 2011 album Thora Vukk, a minimal electronic adventure that’s accompanied me to Iceland and back. Since then I’ve posted a mix he had posted on Soundcloud, and now he has another called Kugelwruhme, which I think is equally as amazing. It’s a mix of new, old, and unreleased tracks – a perfect mix for early morning making or late night writing.

The track list:

Robag Wruhme – “Intro”
Paul Kalkbrenner – “Steinbeisser”
Triola – “Leuchtturm”
Big Zis – “Suure Räge”
Robag Wruhme – “Haftbolle”
Robag Wruhme – “Bierholer”
Robag Wruhme – “Ekksklusiv”
Das Bierben – “Staub”
Robag Wruhme – “Encounters”
Robag Wruhme – “Polch Dutto”
Dntel – “Bright Night”
Benjamin Biolay & Vanessa Paradise – “Profit”
Ada – “Keep Me In Mind”

National Geographic Turns Their Massive Archive Into A Tumblr

National Geographic Photo Archive

Last week, Bobby tweeted: “‘Remember when images didn’t move?’ – Our grandchildren.” It’s exciting to imagine such a future; one where your grandkids’ friend would reply “What?!” with bewildered astonishment that people ever lived without moving images being the norm. So what does that mean for the billions of still images lying around? Who knows. But before theirs get too dusty, National Geographic is releasing a small trove of previously unpublished still images on a Tumblr simply called Found.

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