Randomness 09-06-13

By Tom Ran

Published: September 6, 2013 under Randomness

Kaws and David Byrne at BAM

Photo: WNYC

Who would have thought Kaws and David Byrne’s work would complement each other? BAM commissions both artists to participate in an installation across the street from the theater. Kaws with a mural and Byrne with his Boldwink bike rack.

Vitra acquires Finnish furniture company Artek founded by Alvar Aalto.

Governors Island Art Fair starts this weekend and will run every weekend throughout September.

“Lick The Star,” is a 14 minute long black and white 16mm film directed by Sofia Coppola in 1998.

Wallpaper* magazine’s website gets a redesign.

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Randomness 08-09-13

By Tom Ran

Published: August 9, 2013 under Randomness

A picture disc of I Always Remember A Face, Especially When I've Sat On It

Photo: The Vinyl Factory

“From One Second To The Next” Documentary – It Can Wait. Werner Herzog directs an anti-texting and driving film for AT&T.

Though Maurizio Cattelan claims to have retired after his retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2011, the Italian artist is still busy with exhibitions and other projects including an album he released recently titled “I Always Remember A Face, Especially When I’ve Sat On It.”

Animal NY uncovers some of the best archival NY footage. This morning they point us to a drive through of 1980’s East Village. Last year was the discovery of this little gem, a taxi ride from midtown to the World Trade Center circa 2001.

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Randomness 08-02-13

By Tom Ran

Published: August 2, 2013 under Randomness

Urban Camping in Amsterdam

Photo: Urban Camping

Urban Camping: creative art tents open in Amsterdam’s Vliegenbos campsite. (via designboom)

André and Maison Kitsune unveils the Dream Concert poster series with an exhibition in Tokyo next month. (via Selectism)

Art Parks: A Tour of America’s Sculpture Parks and Gardens is a new book published by Princeton Architectural Press that compiles a list of over 100 art parks in the U.S. (via Hyperallergic)

Hamburg based Twinkind will let you create highly detailed miniature figures of yourself with their 3d printing process. A 6" figure will cost about $300. (via Wired)

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Randomness 07-25-13

By Tom Ran

Published: July 26, 2013 under Randomness

A screenshot of Josef Albers's Interaction of Color app.

Photo: Yale University Press

Josef Albers’s 1963 color theory portfolio, Interaction of Color gets a digital update with an app.

Entering an already crowded market, JOSHUA’s Magazine is a new publication for men based in the UK. Issue one includes interviews with Baxter of California and Maison Kitsuné.

Filson’s new fall/winter 2013 bags are looking good.

Looks like Sam Buffa’s F.S.C. Barber is slowly transitioning away from its original name. The first was with Williamsburg’s Barber and Supply and now the new location will be called Fellow Barber.

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Randomness 06-20-13

By Tom Ran

Published: June 20, 2013 under Randomness

Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) with Pierre Jeanneret. Villa Savoye Poissy-sur-Seine, France. 1929–31.

Photo: MoMA

Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes now on view at MoMA.

Bedford+Bowery, our new favorite blog from New York Magazine and NYU.

M.Wells will finally open a proper stand-alone restaurant next month with a focus on meat and poultry. They plan to keep the dinette open at PS1.

This Boro exhibit at Domaine de Boisbuchet in central western France looks incredible. The center itself is worth a visit.

Eames Molded Plastic Chairs Return in a New, More Sustainable Fiberglass. Photo of the chair from Coolhunting.

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Randomness 06-13-13

By Tom Ran

Published: June 13, 2013 under Randomness

Inside Filson's new Seattle headquarters

Photo: Filson

It’s great to see an American brand like Filson grow. Yesterday they announced the expansion of their new headquarters in Seattle. They moved into a 57,400 square-foot warehouse space and converted it into a factory, showroom and corporate HQ.

Vogue recently paid a visit to Goods for the Study (a tools and supply store for the office) to chat with owner Sarah McNally about her one month old shop.

Phil Carter is exhibiting his Found Folk sculptures at Jerwood Space in London. The series is a collection of wooden figures made from driftwood found along his travels. Creative Review has more details on the sculptures.

In London this weekend? Magazine enthusiasts will have a field day at Monocle’s second annual Country Fayre. MagCulture will be in attendance offering the latest titles from many independent publishers. Also making an appearance will be Daunt Books, Drake’s London, Winkreative, and others.

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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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