Sanna Annukka

By Tom Ran

Published: December 18, 2009 under Art

Sanna Annukka's Kanteleen Kutsu pattern for Marimekko

Photo: Sanna Annukka

Sanna Annukka gained notoriety only a year after she graduated from the University of Brighton in 2005. Her illustrations for Keane’s album, Under the Iron Sea, pushed her into the public eye, after it hit #1 in the U.K. charts after the first week of its release. Since then Annukka has gone on to produce a line for Marimekko incorporating Finnish folklore into the series. She’s also found the time to release her own line of limited edition prints and just recently relaunched her site with new additions. Her shop currently stocks screen prints, lithographs, and her new wooden bird line, Soul Birds. Annukka plans on expanding her offerings to wall hangings, textiles, wallpaper and stationery.

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Blu Dot Real Good Experiment

By Tom Ran

Published: December 17, 2009 under Industrial & Furniture Design

Blu Dot Real Good Experiment

Photo: Blu Dot

Last month Blu Dot dropped off 25 of their Real Good Chairs throughout New York City over two days. They announced its location on twitter and tracked several of them using a gps. The chairs were picked up in a matter of moments. The unsuspecting individuals were being watched and documented from a distance. Watch the results in this wonderfully produced short.

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Randomness 12.17.09

By Tom Ran

Published: December 17, 2009 under Randomness

Art Production Fund and Cumulus Studios' Pop Up Shop

Photo: Art Production Fund and Cumulus Studios

Art Production Fund and Cumulus Studios teamed up over the weekend to open a pop up shop. The temporary retail features selections from their catalogs that include Jeff Koons and Yoshitomo Nara towels, Marilyn Minter cutout trees, sculptures from Jim Drain, and much more. Store opens noon-8pm daily until the 24th which will be open from 10am-2pm. 15 Wooster St. For more info call 212 563 7821 or 212-966-0193.

Miranda July is interviewed in this 16 minute video discussing the concept behind her Joanie 4 Jackie project.

Zaha Hadid is profiled in the latest issue of The New Yorker, an excerpt can be read on the site. You’ll need to be a subscriber to read the entire article.

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Oscar Niemeyer

By Tom Ran

Published: December 15, 2009 under Architecture

Niteroi Museum of Contemporary Art

Photo: Wikipedia

The Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, turns 102 today. A giant amongst modern architects, Niemeyer will always be remembered for the buildings he designed for Brasilia, his contribution to the U.N. and one of his most famous buildings, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niteroi. Niemeyer continues to work from his studio in Rio de Janeiro with a major project underway in Ravello, Italy.

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Kitsune Noir Poster Club

By Tom Ran

Published: December 14, 2009 under Design

Detail of Infinite Jest by Cody Hoyt

Photo: Cody Hoyt

Bobby Solomon has been a proponent of established and up-and-coming artists and designers, not only featuring them on his blog but enlisting them to participate in his Desktop Wallpaper Project. Bobby continues this support by launching the Kitsune Noir Poster Club. A new series of posters designed by artists based on a theme. For the first series, he has asked five different artists to design a poster that is based on a favorite book of theirs’, included in the group is Frank Chimero, Mark Weaver, Jez Burrows, Cody Hoyt and Garrett Vander Leun. Be sure to visit the site throughout the week as Bobby publishes interviews on the artists.

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Dutch Masters

By Sarah Williams

Published: December 14, 2009 under Fashion & Style


Photo: Courtesy of Droog

Droog has long been established as the leader of “witticism” in design, creating products that have a sense of self-awareness, humor, and functionality. What started as a tightly-knit effort by Renny Ramakers to showcase young Dutch design talent in 1991, has boomed into one of the most progressive and admired networks in contemporary design. Today, Droog is responsible for putting forth more than 300 products with 200 collaborators.

Droog is continuing to expand their voice within design by presenting the work of several Netherlands-based fashion lines within their New York store. Much like Droog’s growing collection of products, there are many palettes, techniques, and textures that come together through the clothing and accessories Ramakers has chosen to feature. Despite the diversity, all pieces are marked with a distinctive Dutch cleverness and curiosity.

More photos after the jump.

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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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