Coloni Seeds

By Tom Ran

Published: April 24, 2014 under Home

Harvest Noon from Coloni's SS 2014 collection

Photo: Miscellaneous

Coloni the Swedish based garden house creates designer seed collections that encourages indoor gardening. They’re made for, but not limited to those with no access to outdoor gardens, i.e., almost all of New York City. The seeds are a careful mixture selected from desert and arid Mediterranean climates that are ideal for indoor care. With names as alluring as Harvest Noon, Early Shades, and Into the Night they’re in a category of their own. The packaging is as important as the product itself. Each set comes with an essential vile of seeds from various floral species and care instructions all wrapped up in a superbly designed package. They’re currently available online at Miscellaneous in Amsterdam. (via Another Something)

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Alexander Girard and Vitra

By Tom Ran

Published: April 9, 2014 under Home

Environmental Enrichment Panel, Hand and Dove

Photo: Vitra

The revival of Alexander Girard’s past designs continues from Vitra this week. In partnership with the Girard Foundation Vitra will reissue more archived prints for the home and office. This includes pillows, wool blankets and the obscure Environmental Enrichment Panels. To enhance the drab office environment that was beginning to proliferate corporations in the 1970s, Girard designed a series of colorful graphic panels meant to be inserted into the dull partitions. It’s unclear how successful these were but the whimsical nature of these graphics seemed too far fetched for corporate offices to embrace. Nonetheless the panels became highly sought after in the years following and have only been available on secondary markets. Vitra’s re-edition will bring new life into these designs. The panels are silkscreened onto linen and are individually mounted on fiberboard spacer frames perfect for the office or home. Culling from the archive, a collection of pillows will also be reissued from Vitra.

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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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