The House Velo Collection

By Tom Ran

Published: October 16, 2014 under Design

House Velo Bicycle

Photo: House Industries

When it comes to introducing a new font, House Industries comes correct. The Velo Collection is a new font family inspired by the sport of cycling. And true to form, House has accompanied the release with a collection of stellar products. They recruited old friends and new to produce a line that range from bike accessories and clothing to housewares and a fully hand built bicycle. The collection consists of Tanner bags, Tellasons jeans, Brooks saddles, Hasami ceramics, and much more. To celebrate the release, House will take over Rapha Cycle Club in NYC to premier the collection today starting at 6pm. Have a look the entire House Velo Collection here.

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Irving Harper: A Mid-Century Mind at Play

By Tom Ran

Published: October 7, 2014 under Art

Irving Harper: A Mid-Century Mind at Play

Photo: The Rye Arts Center

During the 1960’s as the director of design for George Nelson’s office, Irving Harper’s graphic and industrial design work were seen and experienced by millions. But in the privacy of his home, he found solace in crafting intricate paper sculptures for an audience of one. They were hidden away unbeknownst to the public until Metropolis magazine profiled Harper in 2001 revealing a body of work that numbered in the hundreds. From then on, his paper sculptures were the focus of attention whenever Harper was profiled. Last year Rizzoli and Maharam published a book devoted to his paper works. And now Rye Arts Center is exhibiting 77 pieces from the collection. “Irving Harper: A Mid-Century Mind at Play” is the first time these sculptures are on view to the public. The exhibition has been on open since September and will be on view till December 6th.

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State x State

By Tom Ran

Published: June 30, 2014 under Travel

Mazama Wares, The Good Flock, Tanner Goods, and Woodblock Chocolate in the debut Oregon State Box.

Photo: State x State

Back in 2003 Sufjan Stevens set out an ambitious project, to produce an album for each of the 50 states. He debuted the project with his home state of Michigan, a critically acclaimed album and commercial success (by indie standards). He then followed up with Illinois in 2005. And then, nothing. That was as far as he got.

Long have the 50 states been a theme for many projects whether they become a success or not. The wonder of travel, the diversity in landscape and the uniqueness of each region is a captivating topic that sees no end.

This summer a new project will debut that revisits this theme. State x State is a destination for curated products and travel inspiration. Think of it as a guide to each of the states from a local’s perspective. They have been building a network of creative types ranging from designers and artists to craftspeople and restauranteurs to highlight shops, restaurants, bars, and events. Additionally, State x State will collaborate with designers and curators to produce State Boxes. Each box will be assigned a state and feature products from independent and established heritage brands. They’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the research, and to produce and print each of the travel guides. With just 24 days left to go, they’re approaching their goal. Help them achieve what Sufjan Stevens wasn’t able to achieve and make this one of the successful 50 states projects.

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McNally Jackson’s Picture Room

By Tom Ran

Published: May 23, 2014 under Retail

Picture Room from McNally Jackson

Photo: Picture Room

Despite our society’s aversion to printed matter, McNally Jackson Books in Nolita is thriving. Business has been so good that the owners decided to open a second shop around the corner. Though not a book store, Goods for the Study is a supplement to McNally Jackson offering stationery, desk accessories, and objects for the office or reading room. The business is now venturing into a third shop with Picture Room specializing in rare prints, posters, artists’ books, and art publications. The space is not a gallery but will feature an Artist program highlighting an artist on a temporary basis. Minimal artist Dan Graham is the first to be exhibited. Picture Room sits right next door to Goods for the Study at 236 Mulberry Street and is open daily from noon to 8pm. (via Hyperallergic)

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Spruceton Inn

By Tom Ran

Published: May 22, 2014 under Hotels

Spruceton Inn in the Catskill Mountains

Photo: Spruceton Inn

Spruceton Inn is a Catskills B&B – that’s bed and bar. Creatives turned innkeepers Casey Scieszka and her husband Steven Weinberg moved from Brooklyn late last year to pursue a dream of opening a hotel in the mountains. They purchased a former farm and spent the winter gut renovating the space. After months of hard work, the inn will open its doors to the public this summer. It’s an idyllic retreat set in a pastoral landscape beneath the rolling mountains of the Catskills, there’s even a creek to take a dip in or go fly fishing. Restaurants and shops are few and far but there’s plenty of nature for this escape. Private kitchens are available in several of the rooms and there’s always the option to bbq. During the winter season Spruceton will operate an artist residency program. From February to April, they will award 12 artist free lodging for a total of one week each. Summer is coming and winter is far behind us, it’s time to escape from NY and head for the hills. Spruceton Inn opens July 1st.

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Makr Tumblers

By Tom Ran

Published: May 19, 2014 under Living

Makr's Tumblers come in three different sizes.

Photo: Makr

What may seem at odds with other companies fall right into place with Makr. They began as a leather goods brand that organically evolved to include products for the home. Makr’s elegant and restraint in design permeates through all of their products to create a cohesive collection. Whether it be a wallet, backpack, or magazine rack or shelf, Makr’s aesthetic integrates perfectly within their offering. They recently added to their line of home accessories, a set of hand turned copper tumblers. The tumblers are made from food grade copper and come in three different shapes and sizes. Use them for your drinks or as a desktop organizer.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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