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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Randomness 12.11.09

By Tom Ran

Published: December 11, 2009 under Randomness

<i>One Deck of Playing Cards</i> by Tauba Auerbach

Photo: DZEK New York

Tauba Auerbach recently designed a deck of playing cards for DZEK New York. The set is elegantly housed in a linen slipcase. Only 250 produced One Deck of Playing Cards is available at Project No. 8.

It seems that an Ace in Tokyo is inevitable. We can see it being extremely successful in this metropolis. Until then, Tokyo can get a taste of the brand with their pop up shop at Isetan. Prints by Evan Hecox, products from Rudy’s, shoes from Generic Surplus, and other collaborations are all represented at the shop. (Photo after the jump)

We’ve been meaning to do a profile on Grahame Fowler and his West Village shop. The Cut went ahead and did it for us. Read the interview here.

Yes it’s the end of the year, and an end to a decade. New York Times presents it’s Ninth Annual Year In Ideas.

Private spaces are turned into public galleries. The NY Times explore the city’s many domicile art spaces.

More photos after the jump.

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Michael Johansson

By Tom Ran

Published: December 10, 2009 under Art

Garden Pack, 2008

Photo: Michael Johansson

The current issue of DAMNation has an article on Michael Johansson, a Swedish artist using ordinary objects to create extraordinary works of art. Chaos is transformed into order while the mundane is turned into a thing of beauty. Johansson explores these contradictions by gathering objects and arranging them to color and perfectly interlocking them into place. While many of his sculptures are compact and unified others take on an opposite approach. Broken into pieces and positioned into 1:1 scaled model pieces, it shows a restraint opposition to the compact sculptures. One of the better examples of this is his 1998 sculpture, TOYS’R’US, where components from a life size row boat is held together in one piece. More photos of his other works after the jump. (via Ignant)

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By Tom Ran

Published: December 9, 2009 under Retail

Judith Auora Ryan from "Clairvoyant"

Photo: Subports

We share your pain in finding the perfect gift, especially how you have only two weeks left to shop. If you need some assistance, you may want to consider “Clairvoyant.” A pop up shop opening this Thursday in Williamsburg hosted by Judith Auora Ryan, a psychic ready to offer a helping hand at finding a gift for that special person in your life. Culled from a selection of items from designers and shops that include Alter, Kiosk, Cabinet Magazine, In God We Trust, Other Music and others, it’s guaranteed that the gift she selects will be better than the set of steak knives you gave away last year. “Clairvoyant” opens December 10 to the 12th from noon to 10pm at 303 Grand Street in Brooklyn.

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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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