By Tom Ran

Published: March 24, 2009 under Design

Layers Airforce Limited Edition

Photo: Moco Loco

We enjoy seeing high design cross paths with other unlike industries. Though this won’t be the first time a shoe company incorporates Maharam textiles into their footwear, this will be Nike’s first collaboration with Maharam. Moco Loco reports that Nike plans on releasing a limited edition Air Force 1 using Hella Jongerius’s Layers pattern designed for Maharam. And with all things exclusive and limited an exclusive launch event will happen on April 1st at Moss. Read more about the collaboration from Maharam’s press release.

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Herbert Bayer

By Tom Ran

Published: March 5, 2009 under Design

Photo: Aaron Carambula

Scout contributor, Aaron Carambula reports on the hyper-inflated currency printed after World War I in Germany known as notgelds or “emergency money.” Regional versions were being printed throughout the country, consisting mostly of nationalistic imagery. Thuringia, the capital of Germany at the time opted for a more refined approach. At just 23 years old, Herbert Bayer was assigned to design the bank notes with a focus on typography and Bauhaus standards. Read more on Speak Up.

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Unicef / Ikea / Jongerius

By Tom Ran

Published: February 6, 2009 under Design

Mikkel and Pelle from the 2009 Ikea PS collection

Photo: Hella Jongerius

It’s nice to see designers cross the boundaries between the high and low end. Dutch designer Hella Jongerius has managed to do just that. In a collaboration with Unicef, Ikea commissioned Jongerius to design a series of textile wall hangings. Based on animals from Swedish fairy tales, the collection includes a fox, rabbit and goat. The wall hangings are hand sewn and produced by women in India all of whom are part of a program meant to encourage women to start small sewing businesses. Read more about it on Dezeen.

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Alexander Girard x House Industries

By Tom Ran

Published: February 3, 2009 under Design

Alexander Girard's nativity set

Photo: House Industries

We were enlightened by Andy Beach during his Reference Library pop up shop at Kiosk last year about a collaboration in the works with Alexander Girard and House Industries. Already available are the alphabet blocks, today we find news that an entire line of fonts and objects have been released including a memory game, puzzle, nativity set, and Marilyn Neuhart’s updated dolls. Go House!

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R.I.P. D.R.

By Tom Ran

Published: January 24, 2009 under Design

Dead DR

Photo: Designed by Build

Back in the 90’s the Sheffield design studio, <a href=" target="_blank">the Designers Republic, dominated the art of album design, primarily for the work they did for Warp Records. Their highly influential album art inevitable led to many imitators, ultimately diluting their signature style. For the past few years tDR fell off of many design radars. Creative Review now reports that the famous studio is calling it quits. Retiring 23 years of work, Ian Anderson says the closing of the studio is a "blessing in disguise… It does feel like the end of an era but really it stopped being DR two or three years ago. DR will go forward after this with me [under the same name] – whether it will be with a new team and a new office I don’t know.”

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By Sarah Williams

Published: January 8, 2009 under Design


Photo: Sara D. Davis for The New York Times

Textile design has always been a great source of inspiration. Alexander Girard, Josef Frank, Emilio Pucci, and Deadly Squire are just a few major talents who found unique voices in this medium. Now you can also live the dream even if you don’t have the backing of a major fashion house. Spoonflower allows customers to upload their own artwork and will print custom fabric at $18 per yard on quilting-quality cotton. Let’s get to work!

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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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