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Photolettering App From House Industries

By Tom Ran

Published: March 13, 2013 under Design

House Industries's Photolettering App

Photo: House Industries

Though they may not be the first to bring type to photo in an app, House Industries are the first to class things up. House introduced their Photolettering App today based on their desktop version by the same name. Gone are the days of titling your pic with a font reminiscent of Comic Sans. With so many fonts to choose from it may even up your Instagram game or even spawn a new generation of type aficionados. Download a free version now and test drive it yourself.

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NYCxDESIGN

By Tom Ran

Published: March 13, 2013 under Design

NYCxDESIGN is New York's inaugural citywide design event.

Photo: NYCxDESIGN

Mayor Bloomberg has said that New Yorkers don’t like to come in second. He was referring to the tech industry when the statement was made, but it’s safe to say it applies to other sectors as well. Art Basel Miami and Design Miami are no doubt the premier design and art fairs in the country, which makes NY a bit envious. Not settling for second or attempting to edge a little closer to Miami, this spring will see the launch of NYCxDESIGN – a massive initiative that takes place during the middle of May overlapping the Frieze Art Fair, ICFF and several other design events. NYCxDESIGN takes place from May 10-21 and is a citywide initiative incorporating numerous design events in all disciplines.

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House Industries Takes Japan

By Tom Ran

Published: October 19, 2012 under Design

Left: Found Muji celebrates its 1 year anniversary with House Industries. Right: House & Hasami ceramic collection.

Photo: House Industries

House Industries is no stranger to Japan. In the past, they’ve worked with Herman Miller’s Tokyo shop to design a limited edition run of customized LTRs and with French luxury label Hermès to design a window display to promote their fine leather saddles. House now returns to Japan just in time for Tokyo Design Week. They will be taking part in a number of openings, lectures, and events. Starting off with a window display they created for Isetan featuring Baccarat Crystal. Then an unveiling of their collaboration with Hasami Ceramics. The collection will make its debut at Isetan’s Shinjuku store. Then to top it off, House has been invited by Muji to celebrate the one year anniversary of Found Muji. Exclusive House products will be offered as well as a silk screen workshop. The man himself behind the foundry, Andy Cruz will be giving a lecture at Found Muji on November 1st.

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Irving Harper

By Tom Ran

Published: October 1, 2012 under Design

Irving Harper's house in Rye, New York.

Photo: Herman Miller

We’ve kept track of every Irving Harper coverage since Metropolis Magazine’s profile from 2001–this is not to say that there are many. From Leslie Williamson’s portrait of Harper’s home to New York Time’s Style section, these profiles are few and far between. So whenever something emerges, we pay close attention. The company that Harper’s work is mostly known for turns their lens on the man. Herman Miller visits Harper’s home for its latest installment of Why Design. We get more of an impression of Harper in this interview as we enter his menagerie of paper sculptures. Though the short film can be melancholic at times, his personality charms the hell out of us.

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Moss At Phillips de Pury

By Tom Ran

Published: September 20, 2012 under Design

A Hella Jongerius Polder sofa specially designed for Moss.

Photo: Phillips de Pury

The value of an object is subjective, emotionally or monetarily. But when it becomes art, it enters into another realm. What is a particular piece worth? For the design art market, Murray Moss and his associates were the authorities on this matter, promoting and elevating design objects to art in its Soho gallery. After the collapse of the economy, Moss suffered a significant blow to his business, shuttering its long standing boutiques across the country. Moss is now in transition, redirecting his focus to consulting. With the gallery and shop behind him, it’s time for him to let go of a few things. On October 16th, it will be up to the buyers to determine the worth of Moss’s personal collection and inventory in an auction handled by Phillips de Pury. The auction consists of one of a kind furniture pieces, sculptures, paintings and rare editions. Visit Phillips de Pury’s site to view all the lots.

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Vitsoe Archive on Tumblr

By Tom Ran

Published: September 10, 2012 under Design

A record pressed by Vitsoe of The Sidewalk Hot Jazz Ochestra.

Photo: Vitsoe

How many companies can rely on the same set of products for decades and still be as successful as Vitsoe? Not many. For years, Mark Adams and the team have preached about good design based on the principals by Dieter Rams. They’ve also done an incredible job of telling the story and the history of Vitsoe. It’s an essential component for customers to understand the company’s narrative. Today, Vitsoe is adding to the story by digging into their archives and sharing it with the public. 50 years worth of material will be posted on their new tumblr in the coming days. First up is a record that was pressed in 1971 of an obscure jazz band known as The Sidewalk Hot Jazz Orchestra. As you can see, Vitsoe’s timeless graphic design is evident today as it was in the 70s.

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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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