Category Design

Drop iPod Speaker

I was walking around a shop on Vermont the other day when I noticed this giant water drop in a box. Intrigued, I decided to pick it up and check it out. Turns out it’s a waterproof speaker for your bathtub/shower/sink area. I thought, “that’s pretty cool” and wrote it down in my Field Notes and was on my way.

Well it turns out that it’s called the Zumreed Rain Drop iPod Bathroom Speaker (elegant, huh?), and it’s not just a speaker, you actually put your iPod in the drop! The drops come in three different colors, runs off of 4 AA batteries, and from the one review on their site, the guy says that it works well in the shower, overcoming the sound the water makes.

They go for $50, which isn’t half bad if you like the idea of rocking out to that rare Pixies B-side while you get squeaky clean.

Bobby

TSHIRT STORE

TSHIRT STORE is exactly what is sounds like, a store that sells t-shirts. The company was founded in 2004 by a group of people longing to make high quality t-shirts that were made under their watchful eyes. That means no outsourcing, no wholesale, just a good fit with great designs that can constantly be updated. Think of them as a cross between American Apparel and Threadless, and you know, Swedish.

They have some really great designs online, the three above were my personal favorites. But I have a feeling after seeing Viktor’s post on his blog Issue that they have even more cool designs in their physical stores. As of now I think they have two stores, but they’re going to be opening a store in the International Airport Kastrup in Copenhagen a little later this year. So if you’re ever flying through, be sure to stop and pick up something.

Bobby

Solitary Arts

Solitary Arts is the collaboration between Yong-Ki Chang and Geoff Mcfettridge, a company who’s “single goal of creating things that are playful, useful, and beautiful, all in one.

So far they’ve created a line of t-shirts (above), as well as two skate decks, one of which is called Big Red, and is a red deck (duh) with a giant grip tape foot on the top of it. It also comes with LED’s on the back of it so people can see you at night! I don’t skate, but I’d certainly hang it on my wall… does that make me a poser? They’ve also made two sets of wheels, two sets of trucks, bearings, stickers, and pins.

Definitely something to keep your eye on. I really hope they do well so we can have more awesome Geoff-stuff!

Link via boicozine

Bobby

In Rainbows, In Use

James Sann over at Hooverdust recently posted about my wallpapers, but what was exciting is that he’s actually using it! You can see above that he’s using the In Rainbows wallpaper I created, though he says his favorite is The Bends one. I’m glad that people got a kick out of this project!

Is anyone else using the wallpapers I made? If you are, take a screencap of your screen and e-mail it to hello@kitsunenoir.com.

Liveblogging Layer Tennis: Steven Harrington vs. Chuck Anderson

Stormy Weather: Volley Ten

Alright, this is it folks! I think this is a really strong final entry for Mr. Anderson, but I don’t think it’s enough to secure him as the winner. I like the layered effects he has going, and the gradients he’s so famous for are finally looking pretty good.

Overall I’d definitely say the winner is Steven Harrington, something I predicted a while back. I guess art school really can pay off?

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Peace, Love and Halftones: Volley Nine

Here Steven cleaned up Chuck’s mess from the last round and made peace and order from his chaotic scene. Steven Harrington was definitely the consistently better player throughout the entire match, though I suppose there’s a chance that Chuck could pull a rabbit out of a hat, but it’s not quite likely at this point.

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Watered Down Drink: Volley Eight

I really like this idea a lot, of washing away the elements and fire and carnage. I think this was a really good step… BUT! I think this was really poorly done.The water looks cheeseball, that seaweed is clipart from the early 90’s and well, I’m just not digging it. The thing I’m most excited about this is what Harrington is going to do with this!

Keep reading under the cut for earlier volleys and reviews!
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The New Honda Concept Cars: PUYO and CR-Z

Honda recently unveiled two awesome new concept cars at the Tokyo Auto Show, the PUYO and the CR-Z. Both are extremely crazy looking, which is why I’m immediately drawn to them.

The PUYO is sort of a compact van that is completely rounded and has no sharp angles. In fact, the thing doesn’t even has door handles, and the doors slide upward gullwing style. The top of the car is basically all glass, save for a few structural supports. It’s also uses a fuel cell, so you’d (hopefully) be saving money on gas as well.
I’ve always wanted a bubble car like this, I think it would be so much fun to have.

The CR-Z is the reworking of Honda’s original sporty compact, the CR-X. But now it’s got a gas-electric hybrid system, and almost entire glass roof, and a beautiful body style. Those headlights are extremely rad as well.

But honestly, I’m kind of sick of seeing concepts, I want some real damn cars already!
Also be sure to check out Jalopnik’s coverage of the Tokyo Auto Show as well, there are ton of amazing concepts to check out.

Street Sketchbook by Tristan Manko


Street Sketchbook
is an inside look into the sketchbooks of some of the world’s best street and graffiti artists. The book is over 500 pages, and has artists like Banksy, Alexander Purdy, and Blu, and shows you the “working methods, innovative approaches and personal fixations, including declarations of love, typographic explorations, alter egos, storyboards, mythological creatures, anatomical studies, architectural drawings and extreme doodling.”

The book comes out on November 5th, and you can pre-order the book through Amazon, but the cover preview doesn’t look like the cover above, which is really sad.

Bobby

Papercraft’s Paper AK-47

I’m personally against owning guns, and definitely against the crazy NRA fanatics, but if you own a paper gun? Well that’s totally rad. Die Gestalten Verlag has released this awesome fold-up, paper AK-47 designed by Martin Postler.

I think this would be so rad to put over a fireplace (not to self: see if they have a papercraft fireplace to put gun over) or in a display case. But however cool it is, I’m sure I’d fuck it up trying to put it together, and there would be dirty, glue-y, fingerprints all over it. Anyhow, I think you can order this online no matter where you are, but don’t hold me to that.

Check under the cut for more pictures!
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