My Kid and Me

By Tom Ran

Published: March 10, 2014 under Film

Casey Neistat has been shooting guerilla short films for more than a decade. His style of filmmaking doesn’t require more than a consumer model camera. But his ability to construct and tell a story is more captivating than most Hollywood movies. In the latest Men’s Style issue of T Magazine, Jesse Ashlock embarks on a journey with Casey and his son Owen to Africa. Casey has been going on adventures with his son each summer. Last year they spent their time riding motorcycles through Vietnam and in 2011 the duo made their way to Peru. They flew down Cusco where they embarked on a five day journey to Machu Picchu through the Andes Mountains. What transpired was a touching short about father and son making their way to this historical landmark.

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621 Side Table From Vitsœ

By Tom Ran

Published: March 7, 2014 under Industrial & Furniture Design

Vitsœ's 621 Side Table designed by Dieter Rams

Photo: Vitsœ

Vitsœ continues its slow and steady output by restoring another classic from their archive. The latest in the company’s collection of furniture are the elegantly designed 621 Side Tables from Dieter Rams. They were discontinued in the 1980s but they’re being reintroduced this month by Vitsœ. For the last year and a half, Vitsœ has invested in research and development, painstakingly looking at ways to improve the production and materials. The result is a re-engineered version of its predecessor. The material has been updated with injection-molded plastic, hand-painted with a distinctive textured surface, and adjustable feet for uneven floors. And like all Vitsœ family of products it fits into the system and complements the 620 Chair perfectly. The 621 Side Table will be available in two sizes and in black and off-white.

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Cabin Porn The Book

By Tom Ran

Published: March 6, 2014 under Publishing

Cabin Porn the book

Photo: Cabin Porn

Since 2009, Zach Klein and his cohorts have been inspiring people to go forth into the wilderness to build wooden shelters with their incredibly aspirational blog, Cabin Porn. Klein purchased a plot of land just north of New York City and started to build a community of cabins with friends that they called Beaver Brook. What transpired was a photo documentation of the progress. A hidden and private enclave that the group would tease to the world. Photographer Noah Kalina captured much of the progress and now the group is set to publish a book. Along with the documentation of Beaver Brook, ten other cabins will be included as well as hundreds of other cabins shared by the community. The book will be published by Little Brown. No release date has been announced but there’s a sign up for the waiting list.

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Where Architects Live

By Tom Ran

Published: March 5, 2014 under Interiors

Massimiliano and Doriana fuksas's home furnished with original Jean Prouve chairs.

Photo: Aki Furudate

Our interest in how creative people live is nothing new, it’s been well documented in tradition forms of media for decades. But with the advent of blogs and sites devoted to interiors, the world has become flooded with imagery of people’s homes. We of course contribute to this. From grand mansions and sleek modern houses to artists and DIYers creating their own worlds, there’s no shortage to our endless fascination. Absent from all of this however, are the homes of those who help define the landscape of major cities from around the world. “Where Architects Live” is an upcoming exhibition that showcases nine leading architects’ homes. They include Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield, Mario Bellini, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Marcio Kogan, and Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbal. designboom reports that the exhibition will be an interactive experience with videos, sounds and reconstructions from these homes. “Where Architects Live” will be part of Milan Design week which takes place in April, but you can get an early look on designboom’s website.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: Works From the Collection of Alexis Adler

By Tom Ran

Published: March 4, 2014 under Art

Untitled (Transistors)

Photo: Christie's

From 1979 to 1980, Alexis Adler and Jean-Michel Basquiat were roommates in a small East Village Apartment. She worked at a biology lab and he was still an unknown artist. They were an odd couple that made it work for about a year. His canvas was the surface of everything in the apartment. From bathroom doors and walls to the clothes on their backs. After 35 years, Adler has decided to part with much of the collection. Through Christie’s she will be auctioning off 39 works from that time. Sweatshirts, jumpsuit, notes, and many untitled pieces of work will be sold online. The auction will be accompanied with an exhibition where you will be able to see first hand all the pieces as well as others that will not be a part of the sale. Jean-Michel Basquiat: Works From the Collection of Alexis Adler will be on view now until March 28th. The online auction will conclude on the 17th. (via NYPost)

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While You Were Steeping

By Tom Ran

Published: March 3, 2014 under Advertising

Geoff McFetridge and Bigelow tea.

Photo: Bigelow

Bigelow, the 70 year old American tea brand, approached IDEO to update its much needed identity. In the now crowded market, Bigelow sought to expand their reach to younger tea drinkers. After rolling out its new branding and packaging late last year they decided to release a series of digital shorts. While You Were Steeping is a collection of films that asks the question “what can be created, imagined, or crafted in the time it takes to steep a cup of tea?” They enlisted Geoff McFetridge and director Bucky Fukamoto (a Girl and Chocolate Skateboard vet) in the first of the series. McFetridge is seen effortlessly paining his familiar line illustrations on a dining table in real-time. The video is about two and a half minutes long, approximately the amount of time it takes for one to steep their tea.

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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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