Everyday Life Objects Shop

By Tom Ran

Published: April 26, 2009 under Design

A mixture of new and old at the shop

Photo: Davide CalafĂ 

When we heard that Andy Beach was going to open another Reference Library shop we were intrigued. When we heard that it was in collaboration with Apartamento magazine we nearly jumped out of our seats. Then we heard it was going to be Milan during the annual Salone del Mobile, we immediately lined up a correspondent (Davide CalafĂ ) to scope out the Everyday Life Objects Shop. It was a mash up of hand made, found objects and brand new items all under the tasteful eyes of Andy Beach and Apartamento. Items include pieces designed by Enzo Mari, Bertjan Pot, Erin Mulcahy, Rich, Brilliant, Willing, Colby Poster Printing Co. and others. The Everyday Life Objects Shop is open for another couple of days, till April 28.

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Veuve Clicquot DesignBox

By Tom Ran

Published: April 21, 2009 under Design

The team behind 5.5 Designs

Photo: Courtesy of Veuve Clicquot

It’s always interesting to see disparate industries collaborating on this scale. Veuve Clicquot, the premium champagne brand commissioned three of today’s leading industrial designers to create their own interpretation of its DesignBox. Transforming its package into functional pieces of furniture and lighting, Tom Dixon, 5.5 Design, and Front Design revealed their creation this week at the Milan Furniture Fair. Tom Dixon created a lamp with his design by deconstructing Veuve Clicquot’s iconic yellow boxes. 5.5 fabricated a cellar, staggering compartments to perfectly house the champagne. While Front designed a chaise lounge, randomly positioning the boxes to create a pixelated landscape.

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Gregory Krum

By Tom Ran

Published: April 20, 2009 under Design

Quarter Round Side Chair

Photo: Christopher Kurtz

Back in February we published the work of Christopher Kurtz, a sculpture and furniture designer working out of his studio in upstate New York. His pieces recently caught the attention of Gregory Krum, the director of retail for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, one of the best design shops in the city. T Magazine profiled Krum over the weekend stating “I particularly like things that are made by individuals for individuals, things that could never withstand the rigors of mass production.” Hand selecting individual pieces that supports his case, Krum included Kurtz’s Quarter Round Side Chair. See more of Krum’s selections in the latest T Magazine online.

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The Scout

By Tom Ran

Published: April 8, 2009 under Design

Vladimir Kagan

Photo: Los Angeles Times

We are not alone. After launching our site last August we started noticing other scouts. Most likely due to our hyper awareness of the word being used these days. We recently came across a blog in the LA Times’s Home and Garden section called The Scout with the tag line “Your daily dose of home design.” A little bit of Apartment Therapy mixed with Moco Loco, last month the blog featured objects by Zaha Hadid and Bauer Pottery, furniture by Vladimir Kagan and Herman Miller. Though we have to say, the daily dose hasn’t been so daily lately. Their last post appears to have been March 28, tsk-tsk.

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Grain Edit Interview with House Industries

By Tom Ran

Published: March 31, 2009 under Design

Alexander Girard sketches

Photo: House Industries

Alexander Girard has been a design hero of ours for some time. Avoiding the cold and sometimes austere aesthetic of modernism, Girard incorporated color into everything he produced, from textiles and toys to graphic design and furniture. This past winter House Industries released some amazing products to coincide with the launch of their Alexander Girard font collection. The entire line took about four years to produce, taking the team into the archives of Vitra, Herman Miller, and maXimo, as well as family and friends including the Neuharts. Grain Edit has more as they interview House Industries’s founder and art director Andy Cruz about the process leading up to the development of collection.

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Experimental Jetset at Walker Art Center

By Tom Ran

Published: March 25, 2009 under Design

Various posters from Experimental Jetset

Photo: Experimental Jetset

The Amsterdam based design studio, Experimental Jetset was asked to speak at the Walker Art Center last night. Though we were no where near Minneapolis, the museum was able to broadcast the lecture live. It is now online and ready for download in Quicktime. Two of the three members, Marieke Stolk and Danny van den Dungen, took to the stage to discuss their inspiration. Heavily influenced by the past, Experimental Jetset titled their lecture Friendly Ghosts. Nearly 2 hours in length, the entire presentation is available on itunes along with past lectures. Via @kyleblue

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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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