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Graphic Stamp Tool by Martí Guixé

By Tom Ran

Published: April 17, 2014 under Dining & Food

Graphic Stamp Tool by Martí Guixé for Antica Acetaia Villa Bianca

Photo: Antica Acetaia Villa Bianca

Martí Guixé is a self proclaimed “ex-designer.” Though he’s worked on many projects from interiors to products he also dabbles in food design.The idea of coalescing food and design never crossed our minds before Guixé began experimenting with the medium in 1997. Since then he’s made pie chart cakes, reforestation lollipops, post-it chips, and many other conceptual food items. He recently worked with Antica Acetaia Villa Bianca, a traditional balsamic vinegar manufacturer based in Northern Italy to create a new tool that would complement their line of products. Guixé’s ABTM Graphic Stamp Tool is a stamp consisting of 3 different patterns that one can apply to any food item using the balsamic vinegar as ink. This decorative placement of the vinegar adds an element beyond taste and aroma but of sight. designboom was on hand for the exhibit during Salone in Milan and discusses their experience.

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Overland Journal

By Tom Ran

Published: April 16, 2014 under Outdoors

Overland Journal

Photo: Overland Journal

Overland Journal has been around the block in their all terrain vehicles since 2006. The publication is all about self-reliant adventure travel that is usually accompanied by off road transport, from trucks to bikes. The team is comprised of a group of journalists, photographers, and adventurers, many of whom are experts in the field of the outdoors. Along with the spectacular journeys they document, they also review gear for outfitting your travel and gear for your vehicles. It’s a niche publication for the outdoor enthusiast where the journey is so much a part of the experience.

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Andrea Aranow

By Tom Ran

Published: April 15, 2014 under Textile

A sampling of Andrea Aranow's collection of textiles

Photo: Ace Hotel

Andrea Aranow is a collector and a scholar of textiles. She has turned her passion of woven fabrics into a career that spans five decades. Traveling the world over, Aranow’s research has exposed her to many indigenous cultures from the remote areas of China and mountainous regions in Peru to Afghanistan and Mexico. Her collection and knowledge has caught the attention of the British Museum where they purchased a significant part of her collection early on. As much as she is involved in academia, Aranow’s work has also attracted musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis where she’s designed and made clothes for them.

Though she is active in showing her collection publicly, there is still a lot more in her archive that has not been seen. Along with her son Caleb Sayan, Aranow is currently digitizing her collection for future purpose. Inventory has an interview with her in the latest issue and a selection of her American Quilts are now on view at Nepenthes.

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Billykirk Book

By Tom Ran

Published: April 14, 2014 under Publishing

A well-worn Billykirk belt

Photo: Tatsuro Nishimura for Billykirk

It’s been five years since we first met Chris and Kirk Bray from Billykirk and embarked on our short film series. The brothers were already ten years in to their small business of making hand crafted leather goods. This year they’re celebrating their 15th anniversary by putting together a book featuring well-wormed items from past customers. Belts, wallets, bags, everything under the Billykirk sun will be included. They’re currently taking submissions. Just send a photo of your item to info@billkirk.com. If chosen, your item will be photographed and published in the book along with your name and story. All participants will get a signed copy of the book from Chris and Kirk.

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Piet Oudolf

By Tom Ran

Published: April 11, 2014 under Film

Piet Oudolf: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Photo: Thomas Piper

Over the past several years a new found interest in gardening has emerged as witnessed by numerous publications launches in print and digital. This includes The Plant, Wilder, and Plant Hunter from Australia. Maybe it’s an extension from popular topics like food, urban farming and to a certain extent lifestyle and interiors that has created these new perspectives. A new documentary on a Dutch garden designer is about to reinforce this interest. Piet Oudolf’s name may not sound familiar but his work has been seen by the millions of people. Oudolf is responsible for designing the landscapes for the High Line, Battery Park, a green roof at Millennium Park in Chicago, and many other public and private gardens around the world. The documentary Piet Oudolf: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall will visit Oudolf’s most important gardens over five seasons. It’s a study in the creative process behind Oudolf’s work as an art form but also a look at his theory in biodiversity and ecology in gardening. The film will see its release mid 2015.

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The Hilda Stories for Herman Miller

By Tom Ran

Published: April 10, 2014 under Design

The team behind Geoge Nelson & Associates

Photo: Damien Florébert Cuypers for Herman Miller

To hear stories from the people that worked alongside Mid-Century American design giants is to witness an important time in American design history. Whether the stories be profound or anecdotal, it’s a glimmer of insight into an era that so many put in high regard. Hilda Longinotti, was a receptionist for George Nelson and Associates for 21 years. She shares a few of her memories with us through Herman Miller’s Why blog. Longinotti’s perspective as a member of the team gives us insight into some amusing stories including original Warhols created for a campaign that went missing. “The Hilda Stories,” is animated by Damien Florébert Cuypers and produced by Hello Design.

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FEATURES

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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Classic Car Club

By Tom Ran
Owners Michael Prichinello and Zac Moseley in front of a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Michael Prichinello has a passion for life and speed. His eyes light up whenever he talks about one of his cars or a motorcycle project he’s working on with a…

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What’s In Store? – Outlier

By Andrew Craig
Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens of Outlier

Photo: Rose Callahan

Outlier’s conceptions is a testament to the uniquely serendipitous moments that life sometimes offers. Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens wanted to design a new breed of functional, smartly…

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