By Tom Ran

Published: January 29, 2010 under Architecture

A model of VitraHaus designed by Herzog & de Meuron

Photo: Herzog & de Meuron

Vitra’s campus is situated in the small town of Weil am Rhein in Germany bordering Switzerland and France. The campus is a mecca for all design geeks, drawing professionals and enthusiast alike. Nowhere in the world is there such a large concentration of celebrated architects all in one location. The grounds inhabit buildings and structures designed by Tadao Ando, Buckminster Fuller, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Jasper Morrison, Jean Prouve, SANNA, and Herzog & de Meuron. Five of the eleven architects have been awarded the Pritzker prize, architecture’s most prestigious award. As impressive as this collection of buildings are, it is even more stunning to realize that all of this began in 1981 after a fire devastated the campus. CEO, Rolf Feldbaum used this disaster as a turning point to rebuild. The latest in the succession of development is VitraHaus designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The building uses familiar elements such as the pitched roofs but mixes it in an unconventional way by randomly stacking the elongated structures on top of one another. The museum will house Vitra’s home collection and is expected to open in March according to a recent post on their website.

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By Tom Ran

Published: January 28, 2010 under Industrial & Furniture Design

Anything's stationery colleciton

Photo: Anything

After working at Vitra and Areaware, Kip Kotzen started his own company, Neo-Utility, to assists with distribution and brand strategy for independent product design companies from around the world. The products Neo-Utility represent range from the functional to the decorative. We first came across one of Kotzen’s clients while visiting Brooklyn’s Matter, drawn to the strikingly simple yet bold colored staplers and stationery supplies, manufactured by Anything – a design duo operating out of Osaka and London. Then last fall we read Monica Khemsurov’s entry in T Magazine on Miller Goodman’s PlayShapes. The colorful wooden block toys are reminiscent of Naef’s classic designs that even adults can appreciate. Neo-Utility runs a tight ship and is currently only working with eight companies. We look forward to seeing more.

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Damien Hirst - “End of an Era”

By Tom Ran

Published: January 27, 2010 under Art

End of an Era, 2009

Photo: Gagosian Gallery

Damien Hirst’s “End of an Era” opens at the Gagosian Gallery this Saturday. Hirst will be exhibiting new paintings and sculptures including the piece that the show is named after. The sculpture consists of a solid gold disc resting on top of a severed bull’s head encased in formaldehyde. “End of an Era” references Hirst’s departure from several series that he is known for. Though one can imagine that Hirst may be alluding to the financial collapse that effected the art market and possibly his fortunate run. The exhibition will be on view till March 6th. (via Nowness)

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Randomness 01.26.10

By Tom Ran

Published: January 26, 2010 under Randomness

Generation Press's 10 year anniversary posters designed by Sanna Annukka (left) and Michael C. Place (right)

Photo: Generation Press

Generation Press is auctioning off their 10 year anniversary poster set to benefit Haiti. Designed by Sanna Annukka, Michael C. Place, John O’Reilly, and Timothy Saccenti.

Letterheady is an incredible archive of letterheads from the past from the historical to the quirky.

Our friends over at Grain Edit has released a limited edition t-shirt designed by Seattle’s Invisible Creature.

C’H’C’M’ opens a pop up shop this weekend starting Thursday and running to Sunday at Audio Visual Arts, 34 East 1st Street. (via Secret Forts)

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Friends in High Places

By Tom Ran

Published: January 25, 2010 under Design

"Always Play Amongst Friends" Friends of Type's first print edition

Photo: Jenny Pfeiffer

While living on opposite ends of the coast, New York and San Francisco, Aaron Carambula and Erik Marinovich launched Friends of Type via iChat. It was a reservoir for both designers to share their love of illustrative type, whether it be hand drawn, digitized or found. Since its inception in September of last year, the duo have been diligently posting original and inspiring type explorations, while recruiting two other designers to add to the mix. Now the team of four have decided to release its first printed edition. By assigning a word to each of the designers, Friends of Type have created the letterpress set “Always Play Amongst Friends.” Limited to 100 pieces, each set contains four prints meticulously produced by Jordan Provost of enormouschampion. The set goes on sale today over at Friends of Type. More photos after the jump.

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Bob Peak

By Tom Ran

Published: January 25, 2010 under Art

Addtional artwork from <i>Apocalypse Now</i>

Photo: Bob Peak

You can see a bit of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt in Bob Peak’s work, though his originality and influence on contemporary movie posters are unmistakable. Peak is best known for many of his stylized movie posters from the 60s and 70s. From schlocks like Rollerball and The Liquidator to classics like Camelot and Apocalypse Now. His career spanned over four decades, originally beginning in advertising. Browsing through his site, it’s interesting to see the studies that came before the final, especially Apocalypse Now. Though you see the impact he’s had on the industry, mainly the floating heads, one can’t compare what is happening now with the mastery in Bob Peak’s work.

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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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