Posts by Bobby Solomon

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.

Urban stealth: The BME B-9 NH Black Edition Bicycle

The BME B-9 NH Black Edition Bicycle

There are cool looking bikes and then there’s the BME B-9 NH Black Edition, a carbon fiber bicycle who’s design was inspired by the coolest looking plane ever, the F-117 Nighthawk. Creating this incredible bike means all custom everything including a carbon fiber frame and fork, a one piece carbon stem-handlebar, BME Design’s unique carbon S72 Saddle system, and CNC machined alloy cranks custom designed for the B-9 NH.

The BME B-9 NH Black Edition Bicycle

The BME B-9 NH Black Edition Bicycle

I love seeing the design of bikes shifting this way. With the ability to 3D print with carbon fiber currently being developed a bike like this could be put together in a day IKEA style, the folks at BME simply supplying the template and directions. Unfortunately that’s not the case currently, with the B-9’s price tag coming at the tune of €7800, as only 100 are being produced. Still, it’s a stunning fusion of design and technology that warrants such a cost as there’s nothing else out there as sleek as this.

On repeat: Nicolas Jaar’s newest EP ‘Nymphs II’

Nicolas Jaar

There’s a particular sound of electronic music that I’m attracted to these days, which is a lot less melodic and much more abstract, and the most recent Nicolas Jaar EP really defines this aesthetic for me. Titled Nymphs II, these two songs are a 15 minute journey in sound which covers such a wide spectrum, culminating in the second track which has a steady backbeat layered with haunting vocals. If you’re interested in hearing more from Jaar I can recommend this mixtape as well.

Universal Everything transforms the Sydney Opera House into a living mural

Universal Everything transforms the Sydney Opera House into a living mural

Collaborating with over 20 different animation studios worldwide, Universal Everything has created a living mural on one of the world’s most iconic buildings, the Sydney Opera House. You may have seen projection mapping similar to this but UE’s approach is quite different, instead using hand drawn cell animation techniques similar to those of early pioneers of animation Len Lye, Norman McLaren and Walt Disney.

The effect are transfixing and the work of the animators, folks like Drew Tyndell, Ori Toor, Masanobu Hiraoka, are phenomenal. The opera house is such an interesting canvas to work with and these artists have taken full advantage of the space. Watch the full piece below, and if you’re interested in learning more about the project, you should click here.

Lyon&Lyon’s Six Mile Pencil

Lyon & Lyon's Six Mile Pencil

While this project isn’t exactly new it’s still extremely charming. The duo of Lyon&Lyon have dreamed up the Six Mile Pencil (or if the Ten KM pencil if you’re smart and your country uses the metric system) which is meant to highlight just how much use you can get out of it.

In a bid to create an honest low tech product, the six mile pencil was born from the idea of encouraging people to get back in touch with the almost redundant skill of using a pencil. The pencil displays how many miles of graphite you have used and how far your thoughts have travelled.

The pencils are packaged in a superb way, harkening back to the good old No. 2, but with a distinctly brighter palette that makes it feel fresh and contemporary. Simple and effective! You can purchase a pack of 4 in either style (which also comes with a snazzy notebook) by clicking here.

Lyon&Lyon's Six Mile Pencil

Subway Syntax by HunterGatherer

Subway Syntax by HunterGatherer

Really enjoying this new project about New York City commuting called Subway Syntax, an ongoing series by HunterGatherer that puts words to your underground feelings about the daily slog. I’ve never experienced the pains of commuting in the Big Apple but THE HG team has brought a light hearted perspective to the matter with their combination of wooden figures with animated faces. Check out the video below to get a taste and then view the full range of shorts so far by clicking here.

And if you want to learn more about Todd St. John, the brains behind HunterGatherer, you should read this interview he did with Pilgrim Surf Supply. It’s kind of a long read but he’s an incredibly interesting guy so you definitely won’t get bored.

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Sawdust continues to prove they’re the best studio for experimental type design

Sawdust studio - typography

London based design studio Sawdust, made up of Jonathan Quainton and Rob Gonzalez, are leading the way in type design and their new portfolio update proves it. Creating work for clients like Wired, IBM, Coca-Cola and more, their approach is more akin to art or illustration, beautifully communicating a bold message. I personally love the path they’re traveling because a lot of the pieces have a futuristic, somewhat alien feeling to them. I feel like I don’t see this style in editorial all that often and would love to see it pop up more frequently.

Sawdust studio - typography

Sawdust studio - typography

“We’ve been weaned off this culture in recent decades by the emergence of the platform as picker, with the voice stripped back. The DJ, when vocal, must act as a Nick Carraway to our moment–in it but above it–and like Orson Welles, a commanding voice forcing us into the future. The eternal joy of this vox as a knowing guide might account for the rise in podcasts, too. It is an on-demand friend, a lone accompaniment to the freelancer and commuter nation.”

Sam Valenti, founder of Ghostly Records, wrote a piece on Medium that echoes my thoughts on curation, specifically how important it is to music. Services like Rdio or Beats rely too heavily on algorithms to make your experience “customized.” Unfortunately, you end up being bucketed with everyone else who may have listened to a similar set of albums or artists. Curation offers a point of view, a variety of options which can even contradict each other and surprise you.