BLOG

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Designed by Lella

By Tom Ran

Published: April 3, 2014 under Design

Pisa Table for Casigliani

Photo: Vignelli Associates

Lella Vignelli isn’t as well known as her husband, Massimo, but her contribution to their eponymous studio is just as equal. She’s a multi-disciplined designer who has worked in every aspect of the studio’s output, from furniture and interiors to product and fashion. Though designed in the late 70s, her Casigliani marble tables are mimicked in today’s designs. In celebration of her life’s work, Massimo has created a book affectionately titled, Designed by Lella. They have made it available for free to download on their site. Learn more about her work and the contribution she has made to American Modern design.

Read More

Timberframing at Beaver Brook

By Tom Ran

Published: April 2, 2014 under Outdoors

Timberframing class at Beaver Brook

Photo: Beaver Brook

Take your outdoor obsession to new heights with Beaver Brook’s “Learn Wild” classes. The private forest commune started by Zach Klein will be conducting a workshop for people who want to learn the art of cabin building. Tom Bonamici, a designer, builder and the co-founder of Archival Clothing, will be the host. The program will span nine days and by the end of it all you’ll be able to “design, lay out, and build a simple gable roofed timberframe.” Timberframing starts on August 2nd, room and board is included as well as the necessary tools. All you’ll need is to get yourself to NYC where Tom will transport you and the crew to Beaver Brook. At $1800 for the workshop and only five spaces available, the class has already been filled. However, you can still apply for the waiting list in case anyone bails. (via Friends of Type)

Read More

FEATURES

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…

 Read More

Workstead

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,…

 Read More

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…

 Read More