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Bamboochopper

By Tom Ran

Published: November 6, 2013 under Design

Bamboochopper equipped with a cleaver and propane stove

Photo: Iskander van Wagtendonk

Camping and the outdoors have reached a new level in recent years. It’s no longer relegated to the crunchy, hippie or “dirtbag” type that Yvon Chouinard so affectionately labeled himself as. Companies are recognizing these outdoor enthusiasts. Snowpeak and Poler have been making great stuff for the camping set. Now comes a design that will surely up your woodsy game. The Bamboochopper by Dutch designer Iskander van Wagtendonk is an ingeniously designed cooking kit. It’s equipped with a butcher’s knife and propane stove housed in a box that doubles as a chopping block. Gut a fish, chop some chicken, or slice a bit of that fancy salami you brought from Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, either way you’ll be traveling in style the next time you head for the mountains.

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Architects Design with Lego Architecture Studio Set

By Tom Ran

Published: October 30, 2013 under Design

SHoP Architects built a futuristic cityscape.

Photo: Wired

After releasing a series of architectural sets modeled after world renown buildings, Lego followed up with a blank set devoid of any instructions, leaving the design to the imagination of its creators. Wired magazine had the bright idea to invite a group of architects to design a series of buildings with these blank sets. Partners from SHoP Architects, Snøhetta, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill were among the participants. The result were far more adventurous than the firms’ real life designs. SHoP created a futuristic cityscape with additional blocks that they personally 3d printed. Snøhetta played with the lightness of the blocks and built a snakelike design while SOM incorporated ice into their block like structure. When it melted, tunnels and passages were revealed. See and read more about each firm’s design and the concept behind them on Wired.

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99% Invisible

By Tom Ran

Published: October 24, 2013 under Design

99% Invisible

Photo: 99% Invisible

99% Invisible hosted by Roman Mars is one of the leading podcasts in the world devoted to design and architecture. It’s biweekly broadcast takes queues from This American Life and Radiolab, playing with sound design and crafty story telling for its reporting. Every season the radio show has grown in quality, they were able to bring in a producer this year. Like all independent radio show, they’re publicly supported. And like previous seasons, they’ve taken to Kickstarter to fund their fourth season and they want to expand to a weekly broadcast. The campaign just launched yesterday with a goal of $150,000 and they’ve already raised $90,000. With 29 days remaining, there’s no doubt 99% Invisible will reach its goal. It is reassuring to know that independent radio is well recognized and it’s because of great story telling. Visit Kickstarter to make your pledge and to see what the rewards are for backing the project.

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Marc Newson at Philadelphia Museum of Art

By Tom Ran

Published: October 10, 2013 under Design

Marc Newson's Lockheed Lounge

Photo: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Marc Newson’s designs were one of the first to attract collectors that helped propel the design market equal to contemporary art. His solo exhibitions at New York and London’s Gagosian Galleries reinforced this idea by featuring limited works of furniture. For the past decade he’s exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and next month he lands in Philadelphia. Marc Newson: At Home will showcase Newson’s domestic products in an “abstracted 2,000-squarefoot house and garage within the Museum’s Collab Gallery.” This includes everything from a dish rack to his famous 021C concept car for Ford. The exhibit will be on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art beginning November 23rd and will run through April 20, 2014.

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Monohara Ceramic Collection by House

By Tom Ran

Published: October 4, 2013 under Design

Monohara Ceramic Collection by House Industries

Photo: House Industries

From typefaces and furniture to product design and ceramics, House Industries have worked on it all. We get word from them today about their latest project.

Hasami is a town in the Nagasaki prefecture of Japan best known for their craft of ceramics. For centuries, the tradition in ceramic making have been passed on from generation to generation. House Industries have collaborated with Hasami’s Kyohei Baba to created a new brand of tableware. The Monohara Ceramic Collection consists of bowls, plates, and tea sets that reference past Japanese traditions coupled with House’s modern aesthetic. The sets are beautifully packaged in wooden boxes and will be available starting this month in Japan. They will be available in the U.S. in December.

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Image of the Studio

By Tom Ran

Published: October 1, 2013 under Design

Image of the Studio

Photo: Image of the Studio

Image of the Studio is a new exhibition that brings together 75 New York design studios. Using urban planner Kevin Lynch’s 1960 study on densely populated environments as an inspiration, this exhibition attempts to connect and understand what graphic design in New York City looks like today. Studios range from small to large, from one person operations like Employee Number 1 to agencies like Pentagram it will be interesting to see how these cross disciplines intersect. Image of the Studio opens tonight at The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at Cooper Union.

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FEATURES

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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Workstead

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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