Date Archives November 2013

Illustrator Romain Trystra creates atmospheric cityscapes in his series ‘Réflexions Faites’

Romain Trystram

I love this work by Paris-based illustrator Romain Trystram. His digital illustrations show amazing cityscapes drenched in electric color and filled with geometric shapes. The series is called Réflexions Faites (which means loosely “Make Reflections”) and his images involve plenty of light, rain and – naturally enough – reflections. I think they look great!

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Re-Covered Books Contest: ‘Fight Club’

Re-Covered Books Contest: 'Fight Club'

1. You don’t ask questions.
2. You don’t ask questions.
3. No excuses.
4. No lies.
5. You have to trust Tyler.

These are the ground rules laid out by Tyler Durden in Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 teeth shattering novel, Fight Club.

“It follows the experiences of an unnamed protagonist struggling with insomnia. Inspired by his doctor’s exasperated remark that insomnia is not suffering, the protagonist finds relief by impersonating a seriously ill person in several support groups. Then he meets a mysterious man named Tyler Durden and establishes an underground fighting club as radical psychotherapy.”

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FIELD NOTES “Cold Horizon” Edition

FIELD NOTES "Cold Horizon" Edition

I’m not really a write down notes on a pad of paper guy (I really wish I was). I stick to Simplenote as I always have my phone on me at all times and the UI is as clean as a whistle. But I saw these new Field Notes colorway and couldn’t resist posting about them. Dubbed “Cold Horizon” the trio of notebooks has a beautiful blue ombre meant to invoke “the deeply saturated winter twilight sky, fluorescent glacial water, and the shiny metallic glimmer of the Aurora Borealis.” I dunno about that exactly, but they sure are damn good looking.

You can snag some for yourself by clicking here.

Furze Chan Examines the Things Creatives Use and Love in Object Dialogue

Furze Chan Object Dialogue

Furze Chan, an online shop owner and artist from Hong Kong, has an ongoing project I really enjoy called Object Dialogue. She talks to people with what she considers interesting occupations about their work, the tools they use and the stories behind those objects. There are conversations with a freelance modeler, a translator and a veterinary surgeon, to give you an idea of the people Furze interviews. The interviews are long form, casual and try to show how these people think. The writing is a refreshing difference from sound-bite filled, highly polished Q&A’s. Some of the questions Furze asks remind me of The Great Discontent (an online journal of interviews exploring questions on creativity). For example, she asks her subjects if they think they have achieved their desire for living and why what they do is important to them.

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Fantastic Retro Color Groupings in Hilda Grahnat Photo Series ‘Vintage by Colour’

Hilda Grahnat Vintage by Colour

I’m a big fan of Hilda Grahnat’s work. The Swedish photographer, stylist and designer keeps a beautiful blog which is filled with the types of images that make you want to quit your job, run away to Sweden and simply spend your days surrounded by beautiful vintage furniture and retro antiques.

Her portfolio is also home to many wonderful pieces of work; one such project is this fantastic series called ‘Vintage by Colour’. Here she brings together a selection of interesting items and groups them together to create wonderful color groupings. It’s a simple idea, but the resulting work is just a joy to see.

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‘Art of the Automobile’ is An Exhibit to Take Your Eyes for a Ride

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It’s said that “form follows function, but both report to emotion.” This statement could not be more appropriate in describing the automobile. One auction (turned exhibit), “Art of the Automobile,” presented by RM Auctions, celebrates the masters of vehicular design and the marks they’ve made on its history. Featuring over 30 cars, it’s on show at New York’s Sotheby’s galleries and is the first high-profile automotive auction that the city has seen in over a decade. To me, there’re many reasons why “Art of the Automobile” already stands out as one of the must-see exhibits to check out in NYC this year.

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Paper finds it’s partner in Pencil

Paper finds it's match in Pencil

Paper, probably the best sketching app made for the iPad, has expanded their offerings from digital to physical with the release of their new stylus, Pencil. This is no ordinary stylus though, Pencil has palm rejection technology, a built-in eraser, and a tapered tip to allow for a variety of brush strokes. It also charge that lasts for about a month, but recharges in only 90 minutes.

Physically, it takes it shape from the carpenter pencil, revitalizing the classic design for our modern world. It also comes in two materials, a beautiful walnut or a graphite colored aluminum which has a bit more weight. It’s honestly a beautiful object despite it’s purpose and I think it’s really admirable to see FiftyThree, creators of Paper and Pencil, branch out into a physical product.

Lastly, if you’re not interested in sketching, you might be interested in the design of the Pencil site, which is a lovely experience in and of itself.

Hard Graft Draw Key Pouch

Hard Graft Draw Key Pouch

As a dude, I find it’s best to keep your daily carryables to a minimum. You really only need three things: your wallet, your phone, and your keys. Clever ideas like Coin are already shrinking your wallet, and I believe in keeping a trim keychain as well. I only have a door sensor, three keys (one of which is a Makr bottle opener key) and this tiny charging cable by Kero which has saved my butt a million times.

Still, you get that awkward bulge of keys that most of the time, and Hard Graft has a fix for it. They call it the Draw Key Pouch, a simple leather holder for your keys. It’s not a new idea, but it’s one that’s been refined thanks to their high level of taste and appreciation for well made goods. As you can see in the photos above and below, the details of this piece are perfect in every way.

Hard Graft Draw Key Pouch

Hard Graft Draw Key Pouch

Velt Shoes combine contemporary looks with traditional methods

Velt Shoes

Velt Shoes

Finding uniquely designed shoes which are also well made is rare these days. But Velt, the debut footwear line from Stefan Rechsteiner and Patrick Rüegg, hits that nail squarely on the head, producing a small collection of leather boots which seamlessly blend contemporary design with age-old techniques.

Velt is a footwear label designed by Stefan Rechsteiner and Patrick Rüegg that explores the possibilities of new, contemporary shoe design produced using classic methods. Its success is based on a creative idea and conceptual dialogue that allows the appropriate results to be accomplished with conventional materials.

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Drift Away to Blue Sky Black Death’s Glaciers

bsbd glaciers

There something wonderfully amorphous about Blue Sky Black Death. The homies never stop working, and it is never the same old shit. One moment they’re dropping some hard-hitting beats with one of rap’s up and coming stars, the next they feel like sweeping you away into post-rock ambient haze. Few musicians stray outside of their own boundaries; Blue Sky Black Death asks which one are left to break. Maybe that’s why they’re one of the most exciting acts on the West Coast.

Their fourth LP, Glaciers, came out a month ago and already (pardon the pun) has made waves for shoegazers everywhere. An ambitious record, both the format and style are decidedly noncommercial. Five tracks, spread out over sixty minutes, might be the finest articulation of electronic shoegaze music in the past few years. At times the listener drifts into the empty cold of trip hop, in others, a symphonic euphoric elation. Listen to ‘II,’ a track which oscillates between a meditative trance and a joyous exaltation over eleven minutes. Whether you want to listen actively or put the record on in the background, Glaciers is great in both respects. Check out the soundcloud stream above and go their bandcamp, where, if you’re lucky, you might snag one of the first vinyl pressings of this excellent record.