In Support of Print

By Tom Ran

Published: December 21, 2009 under Publishing

Clockwise from top left - Apartamento, Fantastic Man, Me, Monocle, Untitled, Remedy Quarterly, It's Nice That, and Inventory

Photo: Staff

Last week saw the demise of I.D. magazine, a 55 year old design publication that fought hard to survive after seven consecutive years of lost profits. Despite the challenges many print publication face today, primarily from the web, magazines continue to endure. There’s no sense in arguing that print will perish, because it won’t. Of course we will continue to see its decline in 2010 and beyond, but it will never go away. There’s nothing like receiving an issue of Monocle in the mail and flipping through it as the scent of paper and ink wafts through the air. Photography will always look better on print.

No, print will never die, it will only become a premium and with it a new found respect for the medium will emerge. Some magazines that we often find ourselves reading include Apartamento, Fantastic Man, Me, and of course Monocle. Some magazines that we like to get more acquainted with are Inventory, It’s Nice That, Remedy Quarterly, and Untitled.

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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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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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