Keep Fresh Stay Rad by Friends of Type

By Tom Ran

Published: March 20, 2014 under Design

Keep Fresh Stay Rad postcard set by Friends of Type

Photo: Friends of Type

Often imitated but never duplicated, Friends of Type is venturing offline in their next project. Since 2009 these guys have been consistently churning out digital lettering through their wildly popular blog. Their work has permeated the web, surfacing everywhere from Tumblr sites and Pinterest to ffffound and knockoff blogs. Five years into the project they have more than enough material for a book. This fall, along with publishers Princeton Architectural Press, they will be releasing a box set featuring 100 postcards from their archive. The set, Keep Fresh Stay Rad, also includes a 24-page zine that explores the inspiration and design process behind the group.

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Geoff McFetridge / MOVE

By Tom Ran

Published: March 19, 2014 under Art

Left: MOVE a group show curated by Rich Jacobs; Right: "The Trap" by Geoff McFetridge

Photo: Rich Jacobs and Geoff McFetridge

A couple of art shows of note for our readers in Copenhagen and LA. Meditallucination is the latest solo exhibition from Geoff McFetridge at V1. He continues to explore his minimal style using flat hues and composition. The exhibition will showcase 13 new paintings on canvas and opens this Friday, March 21st. Artist Rich Jacobs has been curating his MOVE art shows for well over a decade and in turn had cultivated a scene and discovered many new artists. The latest MOVE takes place at & Pens gallery in Culver City. The exhibition opened Saturday and will be on view till April 8th.

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By Tom Ran

Published: March 18, 2014 under Art

Paper works from Zim&Zou

Photo: Zim&Zou

Paper sculptures aren’t recognized or treated as a respectable art form, maybe because of its ephemeral nature or it’s association with childhood crafts. However, there are artists that are creating some incredible forms with the material. Irving Harper, the legendary designer that worked under George Nelson published a book on his paper sculptures last year and a younger generation of artists are following suit. Zim&Zou are among the standouts in this field. They’re creating intricately sculpted and detailed works with a temporary material. (via Colossal)

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FiveThirtyEight Relaunch

By Tom Ran

Published: March 17, 2014 under Media

FiveThirtyEight's new fox logo

Photo: FiveThirtyEight

When it was announced last July that Nate Silver would leave The New York Times to relaunch FiveThirtyEight, we were quite excited about it. ESPN acquired the brand and has given Silver a platform similar to Bill Simmons’s Grantland. Though a lot of the content will be politics and sports the site is also devoted to reporting on economics, education, food, science, technology, and culture all in the similar style that Silver is known for. Since last year he’s been making appearances to discuss everything from the Oscars to the Superbowl but his primary focus was on building a team of journalists, designers, and data specialists. After eight months, FiveThirtyEight is ready to launch today just in time for NCAA’s tournament. In an interview with New York Magazine last week he discussed the issue he takes with op-ed columnists, the thought behind the fox logo, and what it’s like to be a writer versus a manager.

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Kapital Spring 2014

By Tom Ran

Published: March 14, 2014 under Fashion & Style

Kapital at Hickoree's

Photo: Eric Kvatek

Kapital has been one of the more exciting brands to come out of Japan. Though the line was founded in 1984 it’s been slow to make its way over to the States. The quality of manufacturing and their take on traditional workwear has caught the eyes of many fans and the limited availability has only elevated it to cult like status. This image was propelled by Eric Kvatek’s photographs season after season through Kapital’s campaigns and look books. But that aura dissipated after the screening of Kapital World, a behind the scenes look at their Spring 2014 photo shoot. The film broke down the mystique to reveal the process of a small and tight knit crew built on friendship and admiration. The premier was hosted by Hickorees, one of the few shops in the US to carry Kapital. Their spring collection just arrived and is available online and in store. Kapital is currently looking to take the documentary on the road and are planning on future screenings.

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Alexander Girard Blankets From Herman Miller

By Tom Ran

Published: March 13, 2014 under Textile

Blankets designed by Alexander Girard for Herman Miller

Photo: Herman Miller

Late last year, Vitra released a collection of blankets designed by Alexander Girard. Next month will see Herman Miller do the same. As part of their new Objects collection, Herman Miller dove into their archives of patterns that Girard produced during his tenure as the director of textile. The blankets are woven by Pendleton from virgin wool and will be available in four color combinations. For those who prefer the more traditional color ways there is the black / white and natural / white versions. For those more color adventurous, you may consider the teal / aqua or orange / fuchsia. The latter is reminiscent of the pattern Girard designed for Braniff Airlines during the 1960s. The blankets will be available starting April 21st and retails for $289. via (NY Times)

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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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