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Piet Oudolf

By Tom Ran

Published: April 11, 2014 under Film

Piet Oudolf: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Photo: Thomas Piper

Over the past several years a new found interest in gardening has emerged as witnessed by numerous publications launches in print and digital. This includes The Plant, Wilder, and Plant Hunter from Australia. Maybe it’s an extension from popular topics like food, urban farming and to a certain extent lifestyle and interiors that has created these new perspectives. A new documentary on a Dutch garden designer is about to reinforce this interest. Piet Oudolf’s name may not sound familiar but his work has been seen by the millions of people. Oudolf is responsible for designing the landscapes for the High Line, Battery Park, a green roof at Millennium Park in Chicago, and many other public and private gardens around the world. The documentary Piet Oudolf: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall will visit Oudolf’s most important gardens over five seasons. It’s a study in the creative process behind Oudolf’s work as an art form but also a look at his theory in biodiversity and ecology in gardening. The film will see its release mid 2015.

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The Hilda Stories for Herman Miller

By Tom Ran

Published: April 10, 2014 under Design

The team behind Geoge Nelson & Associates

Photo: Damien Florébert Cuypers for Herman Miller

To hear stories from the people that worked alongside Mid-Century American design giants is to witness an important time in American design history. Whether the stories be profound or anecdotal, it’s a glimmer of insight into an era that so many put in high regard. Hilda Longinotti, was a receptionist for George Nelson and Associates for 21 years. She shares a few of her memories with us through Herman Miller’s Why blog. Longinotti’s perspective as a member of the team gives us insight into some amusing stories including original Warhols created for a campaign that went missing. “The Hilda Stories,” is animated by Damien Florébert Cuypers and produced by Hello Design.

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Alexander Girard and Vitra

By Tom Ran

Published: April 9, 2014 under Home

Environmental Enrichment Panel, Hand and Dove

Photo: Vitra

The revival of Alexander Girard’s past designs continues from Vitra this week. In partnership with the Girard Foundation Vitra will reissue more archived prints for the home and office. This includes pillows, wool blankets and the obscure Environmental Enrichment Panels. To enhance the drab office environment that was beginning to proliferate corporations in the 1970s, Girard designed a series of colorful graphic panels meant to be inserted into the dull partitions. It’s unclear how successful these were but the whimsical nature of these graphics seemed too far fetched for corporate offices to embrace. Nonetheless the panels became highly sought after in the years following and have only been available on secondary markets. Vitra’s re-edition will bring new life into these designs. The panels are silkscreened onto linen and are individually mounted on fiberboard spacer frames perfect for the office or home. Culling from the archive, a collection of pillows will also be reissued from Vitra.

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Collective Quarterly at Modern Anthology

By Tom Ran

Published: April 8, 2014 under Publishing

The Collective Quarterly launch at Modern Anthology.

Photo: Collective Quarterly

Nearly a year after we mentioned the Collective Quarterly on The Scout, we’re finally going to see the fruits of their labor. On the heels of their Chicago launch, they’re bringing the celebration to Brooklyn. Modern Anthology in Dumbo, will be hosting an event this Thursday evening to commemorate the release. They will be giving away a copy of issue 0, a Faribault Woolen Mills travel blanket in collaborating with Collective Quarterly, a framed print from the issue, and much more. Meet the team behind the publication and see many of the photographs up close. The event will be from 6-9 in their Dumbo storefront at 68 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY. RSVP at rsvp@modernanthology.com.

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The Hill-Side Spring Summer 2014

By Tom Ran

Published: April 7, 2014 under Fashion & Style

The Hill-Side Spring Summer 2014

Photo: The Hill-Side

The Hill-Side’s Spring Summer 2014 lookbook takes us to the flower district. This industrial corridor located on bustling 28th Street in Manhattan is home to a number of wholesale flower distributors. It’s not the ideal location for a photo shoot but the Corsillo brothers make it happen enlisting photographer Josh Wool and few of their friends including Nick Wooster, Justin Doss, Jess Shaffer, Logan Ahl and others. Shot inside Associated Cut Flower Co the crew was able to pull off a beautiful lookbook appropriate not only for the season but the for their season’s collection, a mixture of floral prints, bright colors, and classic patterns. New to the line are their made-in-Japan low top sneakers in six different fabrics, heavy duty tote bags, belts, watchbands, ball caps, and iron-on patches. The collection is available now through their retailers.

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House Industries & Heath Ceramic Clocks

By Tom Ran

Published: April 4, 2014 under Industrial & Furniture Design

House Industries and Heath Ceramics Clocks

Photo: House Industries

Heath Ceramics and House Industries team up again, this time with a series of ceramic clocks. Two designs have been created based on House’s familiar styles in numbers and ornate shapes. For the traditionalists, there is the Stencil design that uses a newly designed font inspired by a mishmash of sources from American G.I. stencils to 19th-century French stencils. For the more decorative style there is the Ornament version filled with repeated concentric patterns. The designs hearken back to Howard Miller’s popular line of ceramic clocks from the 1960s. You can purchase them now directly from Heath Ceramics.

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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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What’s In Store? – Outlier

By Andrew Craig
Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens of Outlier

Photo: Rose Callahan

Outlier’s conceptions is a testament to the uniquely serendipitous moments that life sometimes offers. Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens wanted to design a new breed of functional, smartly…

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