Tag Archives: design

Just hope it doesn’t rain.

A grown-up execution of arts and crafts. London-based artist Elisabeth Lecourt fashioned a collection of 60 pieces out of colorful city maps. If I were 84×60 cms I’d totally wear one.

Thanks for the tip, Benjamin.

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The Finns have all the fun.

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“Designer” wedding courtesy of Wallpaper. I rarely get wedding envy but this one is pretty unique. See the couple’s website, a collaborative “wedding for today, tomorrow and design” here. A sneak peek:

“It all started in August 2007 when the Alvar Aalto Design Seminar brought together a group of people in the field of design: designers, manufacturers and researchers around the world. The two-day event organised by Alvar Aalto Academy in Jyvaskyka saw the participants discuss their own creative work under the theme It’s a Beautiful Day … it is an optimistic, forward-looking call for all people and communities to make a difference to the prevailing trends, make the world more sustainable and beautiful using the means they have at their disposal. We can make a difference through our attitudes, willingness to change and professional skills. Each day, over and over, we all make that choice…

The seminar days, with all the thoughts raised and meetings engaged in, the setting designed by Alvar Aalto and the Finnish summer and nature all around inspired Dai Fujiwara of Japan to propose another Beautiful Day, a multi-creative joint project between different cultures.

At the end of his speech, Fujiwara made a surprising announcement: he and his team [of Issey Miyake] promised to design wedding costumes for a Finnish couple to be married at the end of the year. He then suggested that all the keynote speakers of the seminar come together to contribute to the wedding under the theme It’s a Beautiful Day.”

I just think that’s … well, beautiful.

Minimalist masterpiece or 3 slabs of wood?

What’s the difference between minimalist furniture as “art” and that nondescript Ikea chair you bought for $49.99? Is it quality? The social or historical context in which it was made? The person who made it? Is there a difference at all?

See if you can tell the difference between a cheap piece of furniture and a piece by minimalist master Donald Judd in this quick quiz by Reverent Entertainment. I got 10 out of 12 right! I still don’t know how I feel about that though.

Twenty-six types of animals.

Thanks again to Ministry of Type for pointing me to Jeremy Pettis’s beautiful series of “typographic illustrations representing 26 animals– one for each letter of the alphabet.” It’s hard to pick a favorite: fat, slinky Cobra, heavily-shadowed Fruit Bat, or dark and angular Wolf?cobra.jpg2226999902_2eef30832e_o.jpg

Jovovich-Hawk for Target.

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Press release out from Target announcing their 10th Go International guest design team: models-turned-fashion designers Milla Jovovich and Carmen Hawk under their LA-based label Jovovich-Hawk. Target’s keen eye for design is no secret but I’m continually surprised by their choice of designers (Behnaz Sarafpour, Proenza Schouler, Alice Temperley… who’s next, Nicolas Ghesquiere?) and how they’ve managed to translate often truly avant-garde design into interesting but wearable clothes without compromising the soul of either brand. Jovovich-Hawk resides on the more accessible, “common” side of the spectrum with their boho-chic prairie dresses and flowy tops which doesn’t make their collection any less exciting.

Images copyright Target press room.

Is this the most beautiful bookstore in the world?

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The Guardian published a top 10 list of the world’s most beautiful independent bookstores including this one in the Netherlands, installed in a centuries-old church. The only American shop to make the list is Secret Headquarters in Silver Lake, LA, a comic book store with a surprisingly elegant and mature look and more fitting geek-chic website.

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Mapping our world… again.

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I’m sick and busy so I’m cheating today and cribbing this post on beautiful maps (I’m the Navigatrix… get it?) from my other job as Editrix-in-Chief for The Distillery.

“This American Life with Ira Glass did a radio show on maps awhile back as well as a related show on getting lost, both of which served to underline just how many different types of maps there are in the world. They run the gamut from the weather map in the local paper to maps of deep sea fish hatcheries and to maps of lampposts in a given neighborhood.

Maps aren’t all uniformly beautiful, but some are absolutely stunning and remind us consultant types that PowerPoint is woefully ill-equipped to convey beauty.

Hat tip to Violet Tiger who has more incredible maps over on her site.”