Posts by Bobby Solomon

The most incredible 1 minute of food porn

The most incredible 1 minute of food porn

Terms like “food porn” may have passed their heyday, perhaps “_______ porn” is a passé phrase anyhow, but it felt apropos for this short spot for Marks & Spencers by foodfilm. The piece employs time-lapse to great effect, showcasing the process of a meal, lots of macro close-ups so you truly connect to the food, plus high-contrast lighting which makes the food look fresh and delicious. Tying the whole video together are the hyper-cuts utilized which both unifies and invigorates the work, giving it a frenetic energy that you can’t turn away from.

If you enjoyed this be sure to check out the rest of food film’s work on Vimeo.

Solitaere is the perfect app for fans of simplicity

Solitaere is the perfect card game for fans of simplicity

A couple years ago Kiernan Flanigan released a minimal app version of the card game Hearts that I was a big fan of. I hadn’t played the game in years but I was immediately sucked into the app, playing it while I was bored in line or waiting for meetings.

Cut to now and Flanigan is now back with a similar approach, a simplified version of solitaire called Solitaere (I don’t know why it’s spelled incorrectly). This version takes advantage of the verticality of the phone, displaying your stack of cards in a device appropriate manner, though quite different from the traditional manner. If this new way is simply too much, you can unlock your orientation and turn your device to the side, giving you something close to the old fashioned way.

My only complaint is that you’re only allowed to play it with a three card draw, rather than 1 card at a time, which is much easier, thus more fun. That said it’s still nice to see an old game get a bit of life brought back into it.

You can download Soliteare for $1.99 on the App Store.

Daniel Arsham’s art warps and deconstructs the world

Daniel Arsham

I’ve been a frequent supporter of New York based design firm Snarkitecture for a while, truly enjoying their minimal yet clever ideas. Yet somehow I was totally unaware that artist Daniel Arsham makes up half of the design duo, a man well renowned for his incredible sculptures and paintings. Now knowing this there’s a clear through line between the works of his studio and his own output with his sensibilities shining through in both worlds.

Below you can see a few of his works that I truly enjoyed, though to be honest they’re all quite stunning. His three dimensional pieces in particular are great because they’re done to a human scale, increasing the impact of the expression. Crane.tv has an enjoyable video interview with him if you’re curious to learn more.

Daniel Arsham

Daniel Arsham

Daniel Arsham

C418’s music for Minecraft now available on vinyl

C418 - Minecraft Volume Alpha

I’ve never personally played Minecraft before but I can certainly appreciate it’s universal appeal. Who doesn’t want to create their own world? The one aspect that I had never really considered though was the music. Daniel Rosenfeld, who goes by the name C418, created music for Minecraft which has been lauded for defying the visual look of the game, being so much more than expected. To this end, record and lifestyle company Ghostly is bringing this beautiful soundtrack to vinyl and CD.

As any cursory listen of the touching sounds will reveal, this isn’t a record meant solely for lifelong gamers and MineCon diehards; anyone in love with ambient, neo-classical, or minimal music needs to hear Volume Alpha.

When I read the quote above on the Ghostly product page I didn’t quite believe it, but I decided to listen to the 4 song sampler which I’ve placed below. All I can say is that I’d listen to this on repeat all the time. If I hadn’t known that these songs were created for a “kids video game” I would guess they were a score for a Miyazaki film, or something of the sort. You have to give this a try, I swear you won’t regret it.

You can snag a record, CD, or digital version by clicking here.

Luxuriously detailed photographs by Lorenzo Pennati

Lorenzo Pennati Photo

Milanese photographer Lorenzo Pennati caught my eye as I was browsing the other day with his uniquely detailed style. I would describe what he captures as extremely posh, upscale lifestyle situations, which defy reality entirely thanks to some fantastic stylists. That’s the entire fun of his work though! There’s so much going in the frame, a multitude of patterns and objects that your eyes dance across his imagery.

The images here are from a “Gardening Style” spread for Marie Claire Maison Italy that I particularly liked. The muted palette of sea greens and blues paired with cremes are an absolute joy. I would love to live in a plant filled loft like this.

Lorenzo Pennati Photo

Lorenzo Pennati Photo

Perfectly angular flatware by Patrick Join ID for Zermatt

Zermatt flatware by Patrick Join ID

I can’t say I’m often wowed by flatware. Forks and knives and spoons are supernormal items that we tend to overlook day to day as they serve such a basic purpose. Can you think of the last time you were impressed by our place setting?

That’s why I felt like it was worth writing about the Zermatt collection of flatware designed by Patrick Join ID for Puiforcat. The angular facets of these pieces are quite futuristic, especially when they’re photographed so beautifully as you can see above and below. The angular features remind of the stealth bike I posted about yesterday, so if you bought these plus that you’d probably be the most fashionable person around.

Zermatt flatware by Patrick Join ID

Zermatt flatware by Patrick Join ID

Opening titles for ‘True Detective’ Season 2

True Detective Season 2 Titles

The new episode of True Detective premiered last night and with it, a beautiful opening title that helps to set the tone and mood of this new universe. A washy mix of Los Angeles imagery and the A-List talent that stars in the show, the intro was masterfully constructed by Elastic, a graphics studio out of Santa Monica, CA. You probably know their title design work from shows like Halt and Catch Fire, Daredevil, and last year’s gorgeous Academy Awards. Watch it below.

True Detective Season 2 Titles

True Detective Season 2 Titles

True Detective Season 2 Titles

True Detective Season 2 Titles

Underwood makes wine in a can the perfect option

Underwood Wine Aluminum Can

There’s a lot fuss in the realm of food and drinks, particularly around the idea of the “proper way” of doing thins. The “proper way” to make a Manhattan. The “proper way” to make sushi. I think we’re living in a fantastic time where we can throw the “proper way” out the window and embrace new ideas. A perfect example of this is Underwood, a canned wine produced by Union Wine Co. out of Oregon. Should wine be served in a can? Is canned wine better? I believe those questions are irrelevant. After having a can of the rosé over the weekend I can tell you the following: drinking wine from a can is awesome.

First, there’s the advantages in form, like how the can helps the wine stay cold longer, something I hadn’t thought of. It’s also really easy to drink in public as most people think you’re drinking a Diet Coke. It’s also worth remembering that an aluminum can holds 375ml so you’re drinking half a bottle of wine per can. That’s no joke.

Second, but most importantly, is the flavor of the wine. Union Wine Co. started in 2005 as an effort to make wine accessible, that it didn’t always need to be extremely expensive. I’m certain if I poured you a glass of the rosé and tell you it came from a can you would have no idea whatsoever. It was crisp, it was dry, and it was perfect for an 85º summer day.

Here’s what I recommend: Keep an open mind, buy a four pack for you and a friend, and enjoy a taste of the future.