Blood, Sweat, and 11 Years

By Tom Ran

Published: August 30, 2012 under Design

Blood, Sweat, & 11 Years, an exhibition on Build.

Photo: Build

It’s been more than a decade since Michael C. Place resigned from The Designers Republic, a highly influential agency in the U.K. during the late 90’s and early 2000’s. The impact they had on the design landscape is immeasurable with their Warp Records covers. Following his departure from TDR, Place travelled the world for a year and returned to the U.K. to start Build. After eleven years working independently with global and boutique clients, Build is getting ready for an exhibition that will highlighting the best of their work during its existence. For one week, Blood, Sweat & 11 Years will be on view at Dray Walk Gallery during London Design from September 11th to the 16th.

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Marc Newson on Dezeen

By Tom Ran

Published: August 29, 2012 under Design

Dezeen produced a series of short videos with Marc Newson at his studio in London on the occasion of his new tome from Taschen set to be released next month. The video is part one of a five part series where Newson takes us through the book and speaks candidly about his work. As he flips through the pages, he reveals how hands on he was with his earlier pieces–making everything on his own, including the famous Lockheed Lounge. Taschen ties in the influence Newson has on pop culture with anecdotal images of where the Lounge has been seen, including, of all things, Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Team America. Marc Newson. Works is 610 pages and took seven years to make, covering 95 percent of Newson’s work to date. It’s no wonder why this series is broken into five parts.

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By Tom Ran

Published: August 13, 2012 under Design

Levi's Branding Marks

Photo: Blackrose

You may not have heard of Blackrose before but chances are you’ve seen their work. The New York agency has lent their creative hands to some of the most established and independent brands of today. From RRL and Levi’s to Saved Khaki and Moscot, Blackrose has helped create a look that is akin to these labels. Distinctive as they may be, the agency is not tied to an exclusive style. Their aesthetic output is dependent on a brand’s identity. Handmade is traded in for a sharpened and tailored look for clients like Helmut Lang and Theory. With a considered client list such as this, one would think that Blackrose would shy away from mass market brands, not so. Abercrombie and Fitch, Ann Taylor and Banana Republic are part of Blackrose’s list of clients. See what they’ve done for these brands as well as others in their portfolio.

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By Tom Ran

Published: August 1, 2012 under Design

Shinola's office in Detroit.

Photo: Staff

Manufacturing in the U.S. has been on the decline for the last three decades but a movement towards bringing that back is emerging. It’s being embraced by independent businesses on a small scale. However, this fall will see a company that is doing it in a big way. Shinola is constructing factories in Detroit, producing watches, building bikes, and making leather and paper goods. Their goal is to bring back quality made products in the best way possible. We had an opportunity last week to visit the factory and office to see first hand the operation that is well underway. See what we saw.

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Century of the Child

By Tom Ran

Published: July 30, 2012 under Design

Model designed by Erno Goldfinger of a prefabricated school.

Photo: MoMA

As adults, toys are often perceived as playthings for children. But when further examined, they reveal so much more. They can be instruments of education improving childhood development. MoMA investigates this idea by elevating toys to an academic setting with its new exhibition, Century of the Child, Growing by Design 1900-2000. The show presents a collection of progressively designed objects from toys, books, clothing, and furniture to see how these articles influence childhood development in a modern world and conversely, how education and behavior influence avant-garde design. We’ll be honest, putting the academic study aside, we just think it’s pretty cool to see all these vintage toys in a gallery setting. Century of the Child, Growing by Design 1900-2000 will be on view till November 5th at MoMA.

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House Industries at Herman Miller Pop Up

By Tom Ran

Published: June 27, 2012 under Design

House Industries at Herman Miller Pop Up

Photo: House Industries

All good things must come to an end. If you haven’t stopped by Herman Miller’s pop up shop in Soho make sure to do so before they close this Sunday, June 1st. But before they pack up and leave they’re throwing a party this Friday. House Industries along with Metropolis Magazine will be paying tribute to Alexander Girard and the relaunch of his textiles while House will be presenting some artwork and artifacts from their Eames, Girard and Herman Miller collaborations.

Friday, June 29, 2012
6:00 – 9:00PM
Herman Miller Pop Up Shop
68 Wooster Street, New York, NY

RSVP by today June 27

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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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