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.
I was at an art show in an old bookstore in York, England, when I spied a girl wearing a curious scarf. When I stopped to ask her what the graphic was, she unfurled it to reveal the most lively and detailed illustration of Coney Island. Rarely have I come across an item of clothing that I’d frame, but this was frame-worthy. Later that evening, I met the maker of the scarf, Karen Mabon, who runs her own Yorkshire-based scarf and accessories line, Red Brick.
I’m all about playing with your food, specifically when its for photographic purposes. Los Angeles-based food and lifestyle photographer Andrea Bricco has a family history steeped in food. And though her work is more serious (and seriously beautiful) in nature, her food styling projects are another story. With a client list that includes everyone from GQ and Los Angeles magazine to chef conglomerates like Wolfgang Puck, her unusual work stands out in the saturated field of lifestyle photography.
The work of Maiko Gubler is awesome. I know that sounds like a cliche word to use in a serious post about a serious artist, but if awesome is about being in awe of something that is inspiring, terrific, and extraordinary, then that’s what Gubler’s artwork is to me. Based in Berlin, Gubler is both a visual artist and an art director who sculpts textural pieces using virtual 3D technology. The results are counfounding.
“Living better, with less, that lasts longer.” These are the words of Mark Adams used to reiterate the ethos of Vitsœ, the enduring design company of which he is managing director. We continue to applaud—and desperately covet—the classic designs envisioned by industrial designer Dieter Rams which inspired the conception of the company founded by Niels Vitsœ and Otto Zapf. Not only are they representative of good design (as in the tenets of his design principles which cite that products be innovative, useful, unobtrusive, and long-lasting), they continue to be of use to us in the 21st century.
It should be noted that we are fans of the directing duo Wriggles and Robins, aka Tom Wrigglesworth and Matt Robinson. Bobby first posted about Wrigglesworth’s (with Mathiew Cuvelier) short film, Le Mer de Pianos, back in 2011, and we’ve all continued to anticipate new work ever since. Thus, when W&R’s latest piece of cinematic magic hit our inboxes, we were gleefully flabbergasted as it involved projected animation, warm breath, and the band Travis—not exactly a combination you can easily visualize—and the results are absolutely stunning. We spoke to the duo to find out more.
I remember first encountering prisms in my youth. There was something about the refraction of light and ability to make rainbows dance along the walls that made a seemingly simple object magical. Prismatic shapes continue to be a source of inspiration for artists, but it’s rare to see actual prisms rendered so beautifully as those created by Phillip Low. Constructed out of Perspex and acrylic, their bold color and geometric shapes exist as rainbows of light within themselves.
From found images to layered spheres and pyramids, artist Natalie Nicklin creates otherworldly escapes through her graphic design. Though her clients range from New Scientist to Urban Outfitters, her work recalls pop culture moments from another dimension. And while she hints at the retro and nods towards the whimsical, there’s something entirely modern about her vision.
If there’s one album I listen to on repeat, it’s the self-titled debut from the Allah-Las. Not only is it a joy to listen to from beginning to end, I enjoy the album cover, which features a pony-tailed girl listening to a seashell amidst the dark grey skies and khaki shores of an uninhabited beach. While perusing new music, I came across the latest album from the band Taken by Trees featuring a familiar cover; in fact, it seemed to be the very same image from the Allah-Las cover only flipped and brightened. Rather than listen to the album, I dismissed it altogether thinking, upon first look and judgment (which I admit is petty and ridiculous), that it was a blatant rip-off of my favorite album. But that is not the case, and this is an issue that warrants further discussion.
While on vacation in London last week, I spent some time at the Tate Modern museum marveling at their fantastic design shop. Out of all of the books, objects, and wares inhabiting their basement space, the kids department was the most inspiring. One of my favorite finds—even though it’s been around since 2006—was Anorak, a “happy mag” for kids. Founded by Cathy Olmedillas, who previously worked with seminal UK publications Sleazenation and The Face, the magazine is aimed at 6 to 12-year-olds, but it has plenty of poppy illustrations, games, cartoons, and stories to appeal to design-minded adults too.