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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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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.

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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)

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Under the Skin

By Tom Ran

Published: April 1, 2014 under Film

Scarlett Johansson stars in Under the Skin

Photo: A24

Jonathan Glazer returns to the big screen after nearly a decade away. His latest feature, Under the Skin, opens this Friday and stars Scarlett Johansson as a seductive otherworldly being who descends to earth in search of her male victims. The trailer gives us a glimpse into this surreal scifi. Glazer’s direction has been compared to Stanley Kubrick’s work primarily his groundbreaking film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The concentric form reminiscent of Hal, the austere white spaces, and reflective lighting are all iconic imagery that Kubrick owns. A24, the American distributor has created a series of mini sites that leads you down an abstract path beginning with t0uch-me. Under the Skin makes its New York premier tonight at BAM followed by a Q&A with Jonathan Glazer, unfortunately the event is sold out. The film opens in NY and LA on Friday and in selected cities on the 11th.

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Stay Wild

By Tom Ran

Published: March 31, 2014 under Publishing

Stay Wild issue 1

Photo: Stay Wild

There will always be a forum for niche markets and sub-sub-genres on the web no matter how defined your interests are. However, it’s not always the case in the tactile world. The marketplace can be limited in print and media to your interest and a newsstand can only hold so many magazines. But change is on the horizon. Day after day we’re seeing launches of new magazine that are becoming more niche. Coming out of Portland, Oregon is Stay Wild, a new quarterly that combines “the wonder of travel, the excitement of action sports, and the beauty of outdoor lifestyle.” It’s the first of its kind and most impressive of all, it’s free. The first issue features and interview with Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes of Land, wild boar hunting in the jungles of Oahu, American hiking boots made in China, and profiles on motorcycle riding, moped loving, and surfing adventurists. The first printed issue is out now in selected shops, but for those who can’t find a copy, there’s always the web. The entirety of issue one is published on Issuu. via Cool Hunting

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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…

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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,…

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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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