Ill-Studio is a French group of collaborators devoted to fine arts. They recently curated an event with Scion in Los Angeles called “The Art of Music” that included artists Steven Harrington and Alter. Sorry folks, but the show just ended. On a brighter note, I met one of the collabrators of Ill-Studio, David Luraschi, an amazingly talented photographer residing in SF. But check out their work, it will make your Monday better. Promise. Or there is something wrong with your brain.
Archive for September, 2008
I’m currently obsessing over this five piece live band that goes by the name of Passion Pit. I first heard them on Left as Rain and that is where my love affair began. Their sound is a hybrid of many sounds including synth, pop, melancholy, etc. The Chunk of Change EP was originally put together as a (belated) Valentine’s Day present to songwriter and brainchild of PP, Michael Angelakos’ girlfriend, which then prompted him to give it out to friends and fellow students at Emerson College. They are touring with Yelle right now which is even more reason to check them out here. I’m especially fond of the track, Sleepyhead.
A Nice Idea Everyday (side note: great name, isn’t it?) consists of Vivien Weyrauch and Fabian Rottger. Based out of Dortmund, Germany, this dynamic duo experiment with visual styles. Their work is playful and progressive. I particularly like their set of flying things and only wish they had added a llama in mid air or perhaps a table. via Form Fifty Five
I came across this product while putzing around the Mission district and was instantly fascinated by it. A stitchable journal! Two things I enjoy in one. Interesting. Created by Amy Holbrook of AMH Design, she believes in contemporary needlepoint as a form of relaxation, making use of those small chunks of down-time during the day or just to learn a new craft. Neat idea! (and the photo just happens to have my initals stitched in. we were so meant to be.)
April Fools came late for me this year. This past weekend, I went to one of my favorite bakeries in the bay area, La Farine to start my morning off right, with a pain au chocolat and a darjeeling tea. I go to sip my tea and nothing. At this point, my mouth is full of flaky bread and chocolate, I could really benefit from a sip of tea, only to see that my lid is missing its most crucial part. The mouth hole. Out of all the lids available (approximately 3 stacks full) I pick the bunk one. What is a paper cup lid with no mouth opening? Anyhow, I took of a photo of this spectacular lid for all to see.
Effektive is the work of Greig Anderson, a graphic designer that recently moved to Sydney from the UK. Very talented lad with typographic abilities that make most green with envy. But remember, envy is the pity of fools. So appreciate his awesomeness and then go create your own. A homage to the 80s, Anderson created these fun Cassette Badge Sets that even come in a cassette box. Purchase one here.
A vintage photo from Fabsternation’s Flickr collection that he’s collected from various flea markets and antique stores globally. I too, am fascinated by vintage photos…the story behind them. In this case, who the heck is Marilyn? Because not only is that cake rad, those sunnys say partytime. See more here.
Andrea Russo takes paper folding to a whole new level. I’d say he’s a modern origami sensei, who can just about sculpt with paper. Just look at this lamp he created, entitled, Apiarium. He doesn’t seem to have a web site, but his Flickr site is full of goodies.
“I believe global warming is just God hugging us closer.” Best SNL skit in a long while. And by the way, anyone else baffled by the striking resemblance between Sarah Palin and Tina Fey?
Montreal-based design studio, Paprika, put their sustainable thinking caps on and have repurposed paper remains into original, beautifully designed all purpose paper for gift wrapping, framing or just to admire. They run $60 dollars for 16 double-sided sheets. A bit pricey in my opinion, but I’m sure worth it. And while you’re lurking on their web site, be sure to check out their other design work, its all quite excellent.