Mike Mills For Old Spice

By Tom Ran

Published: March 27, 2010 under Advertising

Old Spice commercial directed by Mike Mills

Photo: Mike Mills

Mike Mills takes a break from working on his second full length feature, “Beginners,” to direct a comical advert with Wieden and Kennedy for Old Spice. Though the art direction and look may appear to be familiar, it’s the treatment of the commercial that is different from anything we’ve seen before from Mills. Have a look at the absurdity, “Matterhorn” and “Quad.”

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The Thorn in the Heart

By Tom Ran

Published: March 25, 2010 under Film

The Thorn in the Heart (L'Epine dans le Coeur)

Photo: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Every project after Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind appeared to be smaller than the project before for Michel Gondry. Consciously scaling back from bigger productions, Gondry has directed a segment for Tokyo!, an episode for Flight of the Conchords, and a couple of music videos. His latest project is a personal one. The Thorn In The Heart focuses his attention on his aunt Suzette Gondry and the relationship she has with her son Jean-Yves. The trailer proves that Gondry has not abandoned his imaginative approach to directing, he’s incorporated stop motion animation to parts of the film. The documentary is being released under Oscilloscope and will premiere at Village East Cinema on April 2nd. Gondry will return to the big screen with The Green Hornet this year, starring Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, and Christoph Waltz.

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Kitsune Noir, Furni Designer Clocks

By Tom Ran

Published: March 24, 2010 under Design

Kitsune Noir, Furni Designer Clocks with Dan Funderburgh

Photo: Kitsune Noir

It’s always great to see blogs evolve beyond the boundaries of the web. Kitsune Noir has teamed up with Furni to curate a line of products featuring different artists. First up is Dan Funderburgh’s laser etched Bavarian cuckoo clock. This will be an ongoing monthly project between the two. Read more about the collaboration here.

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Maharam Digital Projects

By Tom Ran

Published: March 23, 2010 under Design

Renard 2 by Harmen Liemburg

Photo: Maharam

The last time we checked on Maharam’s Digital Project there were only a handful of artists and designers involved. Since then, Maharam has added more, a lot more to its stable of artists. In addition to their textile line, the digital project features a collection of wallcoverings that can be scaled to fit different sized walls. Whether repeated like Marian Bantjes’s “Feather” or as one single image like Marilyn Minter’s “Kicksilver.” Paul Smith, Karel Martens, Ari Marcopoulus, and Dan Graham are just a few of the other designers and artists that are part of this amazing project. See more from the collection after the jump or visit Maharam’s Virtual Library and click on the first binder on the left titled Maharam Digital Projects.

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Iconic Book Party

By Tom Ran

Published: March 19, 2010 under Announcements

George Lois The Esquire Covers @ MoMA

Photo: Assouline

George Lois’s contributions to Esquire magazine spanned a decade and in that time art directed some of the most memorable covers. In an age when magazines were not muddled by cover lines, Lois had the ability to create powerful messages through striking photo manipulation. A new book has been published by Assouline, bringing together many of the Esquire covers that MoMA acquired in 2008 as well as never before seen outtakes. The Ace will be hosting the book launch this evening with Alex Calderwood, Kim Hastreiter from Paper Magazine and Ruben & Isabel Toledo. RSVP at

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Go See Art

By Tom Ran

Published: March 18, 2010 under Art

The Barnstormers group exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery

Photo: Barnstormers

We overheard 8 million New Yorkers proclaim that life was good yesterday. As a citizen of this fine city, you don’t have too many opportunities to relish in 60 degree weather. That’s why we suggest you take your lunch outside today and in the evening visit a gallery of two. How European you are.

Joshua Liner Gallery is hosting its largest exhibition to date featuring over 35 artists from the Barnstormers collective. Included in the group is David Ellis, Doze Green, KR, Mike Houston, ROSTARR, Ryan McGinness, and Swoon. Reception this evening from 6-9pm

“Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” is Ryan McGinley’s latest work featuring nude portraits from a selection of about 150 “hand-picked subjects.” Reception this evening at 6pm at Team Gallery.

Even though it may be promoting the Harinezumi camera, the participating artists in Friday night’s event, “Imperfect As They Are,” is quite impressive. Agnes B, Bruce La Bruce, Christopher doyle, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kim Gordon, Miranda Juuly, Harmony Korine, Albert Maysles, Erroll Morris, and many others will all be featuring works. March 19, 6:30 – 8:30. RSVP at

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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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Classic Car Club

By Tom Ran
Owners Michael Prichinello and Zac Moseley in front of a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Michael Prichinello has a passion for life and speed. His eyes light up whenever he talks about one of his cars or a motorcycle project he’s working on with a…

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