Date Archives July 2014

Intelligent People Tend To Stay Up Later

Intelligent People Tend To Stay Up Later

Lauren Martin has a fantastic piece on something you may not believe: the more intelligent you are the more likely you are to stay up late. Compiling several studies she found that people who are extremely intelligent tend to sleep during the following hours:

Weekday: 12:29 am -7:52 am
Weekend: 1:44 am -11:07 am

Now, just because you may sleep at these times doesn’t mean you’re a genius, but Lauren has made a pretty great list which might explain why this trend might be happening.

Photo by Sebastian Lomas

The Kakimori Stationery Shop Gives People A Reason To Write Things Down

The Kakimori Stationery Shop

It certainly feels like the act of handwriting is being lost. I’ll never be the person who says something is “dead” though clearly computers have decreased our need for writing by hand. If you could see my handwriting you’d understand just how sad the situation has become. Still, you have hold-outs like the Kakimori Stationery Shop in Tokyo who still see life in the practice. They see the shops purpose as creating a richer experience for communication as well as giving people a reason to write things down.

Kakimori Stationery Shop

Each item in the shop is researched and hand-selected as customers tend to ask detailed questions about how and where the products are made. They had originally tried carrying mass-market products but they couldn’t compete against the larger chains, eventually going back stocking only the finest in pens, papers, and accessories. Now they also make custom made notebooks, you can see the owner assembling each by hand.

Though you may not take up writing notes by hand again it’s nice to see there are still people out there who are passionate about the experience.

These Beautifully Minimalist Holiday Cottages Look Like The Perfect Getaway

Hofgut by Format Elf Architekten © Lothar Reichel

Deep in Germany’s Bavarian countryside you’ll find these beautifully simple holiday cottages designed by studio Format Elf Architekten. The three buildings were commissioned by Hofgut; a hotel that already offers 7 cabins, a spa and a restaurant. Designed for guests who are looking to stay for a longer period of time, they look like the perfect place to relax, recuperate and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Hofgut by Format Elf Architekten © Lothar Reichel

Hofgut by Format Elf Architekten © Lothar Reichel

Photographed here by Lothar Reichel, you can see just how beautiful these buildings are. They were designed to resemble the agricultural buildings of the region, yet in their black-stained timber cladding and their simple form I think they have a real sense of elegance about them.

Hofgut by Format Elf Architekten © Lothar Reichel

Despite their initial similarities there are subtle differences between all three cottages. For example, one is located in a small clearing in the woods and its interior has been enhanced with darker elements to echo its more intimate location. Another can be found beside sloping fields and the architects have decided to use a lighter palette for this cottage. The third can found at the edge of a pond, and this one features the lightest finish. All three offer a large floor space, a kitchen area and a mezzanine.

Hofgut by Format Elf Architekten © Lothar Reichel

They’re a beautiful collection of buildings and I can imagine that they offer a wonderful spot for those looking to getaway from the demands of a busy lifestyle. More work from Format Elf Architekten can be seen on their website.

Mr. Pineapple: The Perfect Beer For Summer

Mr. Pineapple beer by SanTan Brewery

I’m an avid fan of finding unique beers, coming across flavors that you don’t normally get in the average super market aisle. I was browsing through Whole Goods last night and came across this hysterical beer called Mr. Pineapple. Brewed by Arizona based brewery SanTan, this wheat beer is flavored with pineapple which gives it a sort of tropical taste, perfect for the summer. What really caught my eye though was the packaging.

I told my partner Kyle that this feels like the Will Bryant of beers. It’s fun, it’s irreverent, and you’re totally ready to drink one as soon as you get your hands on it. Good luck getting your hands on a six pack.

Zim & Zou Create A Fox’s Den From Leather and Paper for Hermès

Zim & Zou Create A Fox's Den From Leather and Paper for Hermès

The art of window dressing seems like a fantastic job. Limited only by your creativity, you must bring together small worlds filled with beauty, nuance, and excitement. The duo of Zim & Zou, made up of French designers Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann, recently completed a rather stunning display for Hermès in Barcelona based around the idea of a fox’s den.

This Carte Blanche tells the story of a fox who moved into the window with all his personal objects, showing a bit of his life and personality. The leather fox is living in a human interior composed with furnitures all made of paper, giving a surrealistic aspect to the scene. Each piece of the window display was made by hand.

Zim & Zou Create A Fox's Den From Leather and Paper for Hermès

Can you imagine coming up with a concept as complex as this? The leather fox is astounding, perfect down to his little whiskers. The custom designed wallpaper makes all of the the cut paper objects like the clock and telephone really stand out, those blues and oranges are lovely. Zim & Zou should be quite proud of what they’ve created, I’ve never seen anything quite this impressive.

View more photos of the installation by clicking here.

Zim & Zou Create A Fox's Den From Leather and Paper for Hermès

Zim & Zou Create A Fox's Den From Leather and Paper for Hermès

Zim & Zou Create A Fox's Den From Leather and Paper for Hermès

Zim & Zou Create A Fox's Den From Leather and Paper for Hermès

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Dan Lehman

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Dan Lehman

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Boulder based designer and illustrator Dan Lehman has created a brilliant homage to Wes Andersen’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. He’s collected together the miscellaneous detritus that usually fills an Andersen film, objects like wine, bread, a dead cat, and of course, the throat slitter. Dan’s even cleared some space on the desktop versions of the wallpaper so you’ve got plenty of room for your icons (sorry Windows users).

Mareike Kanafani’s Brutalist Concrete Jewelry

Mareike Kanafani's Concrete Jewelry

It’s not often that I write about jewelry though these chunky baubles by designer Mareike Kanafani certainly caught my eye. I’d describe her rings as brutalist, utilizing concrete in really fascinating, geological ways. They’re like miniatures versions of breakwaters, only more beautiful and complex. Her brooches (below) look like the precious gems you’d see on a chandelier. I love that she gives each a bit of tint and color which makes each one feel unique. It seems as though she hasn’t created anything new in a while, I certainly hope that changes soon.

Mareike Kanafani's Concrete Jewelry

Mareike Kanafani's Concrete Jewelry

Intricate Oil Paintings of Gem Stones by Carly Waito

Carly Waito

Toronto based artist Carly Waito is well-known for her oil paintings of gemstones, having an uncanny knack for capturing the light and contrast with perfection. Her work immediately grasps your attention as you find yourself scouring the piece for clues to tell you whether or not these are painted or photos. She works at such a fine level of detail that it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between the real and the imagined. In an interview with Carly from the Toronto Standard she nicely sums up the intentions of her work.

I don’t think anything man-made can ever really achieve the perfection of what exists in the natural world. I’ve always felt compelled to strive for that, even to the point of attempting to replicate natural objects in as much detail as I can manage, whether by sculpting pine cones in porcelain or painting images of mineral specimens. Nature has always inspired such awe and curiosity for me. Part of my motivation is that I want to capture a bit of that effect in the work I make.

We can’t do better than nature but we can certainly try.

Carly Waito

Carly Waito

Carly Waito

Rocks Burst With Colour in this Beautiful Photographic Series by Inka and Niclas

The Belt of Venus and the Shadow of the Earth by Inka and Niclas

Inka Lindergård and Niclas Holmström are two Swedish-based artists who collaborate together to create some truly striking images. Based in Stockholm, they frequently travel in search of the perfect landscape for their work.

At the core of what they do is an interest in the power of nature and landscape. They are particularly drawn to our perception of these things. Why is it that we like a sunset over an ocean; why are we filled with awe when we see a mountain range?

The Belt of Venus and the Shadow of the Earth by Inka and Niclas

Often verging on the supernatural, their work plays with the components of nature that inspire awe. Take for example this series entitled The Belt of Venus and the Shadow. Here the duo extract the lush colors of a sunset and transfer them to the rocks of the shoreline. By doing so the natural becomes the unnatural and the tangible suddenly becomes metaphysical.

The Belt of Venus and the Shadow of the Earth by Inka and Niclas

It’s a beautiful series and I think the simplicity of their idea is very effective. The Belt of Venus and the Shadow is only one of a number of projects that explore similar territory. You can see more work from Inka and Niclas on their website.

The Belt of Venus and the Shadow of the Earth by Inka and Niclas

I Am A Food Blog Gets Recipes Right With Stunning Photos and Spot-On Type

I Am A Food Blog

I Am A Food Blog

I find it rare to come across a good food site that doesn’t look like a stock blog template or is filled with nothing but hokey desert recipes (I have a savory palette).

That’s why it’s exciting to come across a site like I Am A Food Blog, the passion project of Stephanie Le. Her photos are spotless and with every recipe she creates what you could call a “logo” which makes each dish feel unique. Not sure how anyone could resist dishes like Sriracha Honey Lime Chicken, Bacon and Egg Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich, or Mac and Cheese Pie!

You can pre-order her cookbook by clicking here.