It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything new from Erlend Øye (or Kings of Convenience/Whitest Boy ALive for that matter) so it’s awesome that he’s released a new track… in Italian. Erlend moved there last year, and clearly the beautiful weather is playing a huge influence on his music as this song is drenched in Italian sunlight and flavors. Absolutely perfect for the summer.
“La Prima Estate”, a song about his friend Lucia and her day of graduation, was recorded in Berlin, backed by the musicians of The Whitest Boy Alive on bass, drums and synthesizer. Erlend Øye plays the electric guitar and mandolin, while Victor Abrahamsson is responsible for the song’s signature flute melodies.
David Guttenfelder, an Associated Press chief photographer, is on assignment in North Korea currently, and he’s taking some amazing Instagram photos and videos of the high security country. The videos are especially interesting, but the shot below of a group of war veterans entering a cemetery totally got me. Beware the user comments though, they’re rather ignorant and racist.
Luca Agnani, an Italian designer and animator, has taken the classic works of Vincent Van Gogh, and brought them to life. He’s created a short film called Van Gogh’s Shadow which shows over a dozen of Van Gogh’s paintings suddenly filled with life and movement, perhaps giving us an insight into how the artist may have seen the world he lived in.
Dylan Davis and Jean Lee founded their Seattle-based Ladies & Gentlemen Studio in 2010. Though their products encompass everything from furniture and decorative objects to jewelry and lighting, every piece is conceived via curiosity and exploration. I’m wild about their current collection—the Maru/Mirage Series—though it’s hard not to be enamored with each and every piece they create be it a super streamlined copper, wood, and felt chair or a wind chime made of metal tubes and broken ceramics.
Having just moved away from Missoula, Montana I am really missing the Northwest. But the letter-work from designer Tyler Thorney’s portfolio takes me back to the mystic mountains of my former home so quickly. Thorney’s hand sketched type compliments its surroundings rather than standing out starkly. Even when he overlays images with type, they could both stand alone yet they work together without conflicting.
These days I’ve found that bookshops have become my galleries and art museums. I’ll frequently visit old vintage book stores and high-street chains just to wander through their shelves and soak up all the cover art. They say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but if you ask me, there’s few things more enjoyable then walking through a book store and guessing what lies just behind that striking image on the front.
One cover artist who has recently caught my eye is Chris Silas Neal. Based in Brooklyn, Chris has worked on a variety of projects over the years including posters, packaging, advertising, television and magazine work, but it’s his book covers that I think I love the most.
Came across this new app for iOS called Isometric, which is enables you to create some pretty rad geometric art (I made the piece above in about 20 minutes). A 60-degree rhombus is the basis for everything, which means it’s easy to end up with an interesting pattern. You also can save out the images with a “filter” over the top which ends up making your image look like a printed piece or like it’s on a folded poster, etc. You can see a gallery of examples over on the Made With Isometric Tumblr as well, which gives a good idea of the diversity of patterns you can make.
Snarkitecture is the brainchild of Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham, a pair of designers who tread the line between art, architecture and product design. Recently they released a new product called Pillow, the perfect resting place for your over-worked iPhone.
Pillow creates an identifiable place for your phone, whether on an entry table when you return home, on a bedside table at night, or on a desk at work. A small niche on the underside of the object also holds a charging cable in place.
It’s hard to tell, but the Pillow is actually made from white gypsum concrete, so your phone is actually pretty well protected. I love the wit and humor to a product like this. It’s not necessary, but it would certainly be great to have on your nightstand or even on you desk at work.