MILLE MIGLIA: 1000 MILES OF PASSION

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If you want to experience Italy’s passion for fast, elegant cars, there is no more thrilling place than the Mille Miglia. With hundreds of thousands of spectators cheering drivers on, the long-distance race from Brescia to Rome and back was held from 1927 to 1957. The race was revived in 1977 and once again cheering fans line the roads. Photographer René Staud captured the 2014 race, offering a compelling look into the history of this dashing, timeless competition. For more information: teneus.com

 

THE CARPENTER

 

This short has it all: simple font, intelligent graphics, salt-of-the-earth main character, and music that keeps it moving. An educational 1 minute forty.

CLASSIC SKI STYLE

Jack Nicholson and Roman Polanski, hitting the slopes, Gstaad, Switzerland, 1975.

WANDERERS

 

A well executed look into what the future may hold for mankind and space exploration. By Erik Wernquist.

 

PRADA FALL/WINTER 14

 

The Prada Fall/Winter 2014 menswear campaign, shot by Annie Leibovitz on the coast of England, featuring actor James McAvoy. It will surely compete for best campaign of the season when all’s said and done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KNOW THIS BRAND: OPINEL

 

 

Spotted at the new Miansai shop on Crosby Street in Soho, these wonderful little knives from Opinel. Born in the Savoie region of France in 1890, this essential little knife has been in the pockets of some of the greatest artists, adventurers, navigators and mountaineers including Pablo Picasso, Roger Frison Roche and Jean-Louis Etienne. Opinel No8 is their most popular and versatile, and is small enough to be used as a pocket knife. You can pick from a variety of colors, but summer red gets our nod. $18, available at Opinel.

 

 

 

TIME & TIDE BY CHRISTIAN CHAIZE

From the publishers: “Featuring colorful beach umbrellas and dreamy blue horizons, this beautiful oversized book offers a breath of fresh air and evokes fantasies of Mediterranean travel. Photographer Christian Chaize returned many times over the course of eight years to shoot an intimate beach in the south of Portugal from the same vantage point.” I tried my darnedest to get a print from this series but the price was beyond reach. This beautiful coffee table book is large enough that you can select from an array of stunning images, frame them, and add a dose of summer wanderlust to any space. $22, available at Rakuten.

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

A stop motion illustration of Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.”

THE MAKING OF HERO

 
A remarkable study in patience. The Making of “Hero” by Miguel Endara.

THE MAKING OF: PRADA DRIVING SHOES

 

True artistry at work.

LA STYLE: MODERNIST CHAIRS

Having good style isn’t just about dressing well and wearing the right clothes. It’s about living a complete lifestyle, from knowing how to pick out a great bottle of wine, to playing a killer playlist while entertaining, to setting up your home with timeless, beautiful pieces. LA-based company Modernica has created a series of fiberglass chairs that trace their roots to the late 1940’s and furniture pioneer Sol Fingerhut. Using a high pressure fiberglass molding process, the result was an ultra strong industrial grade material with a beautiful depth of color and translucency that made this chair (more…)

THE SIMPSONS HOUSE x LEGO

 

Just released: The Simpsons House by LEGO. Might just be the best $199 you’ve ever spent. Get it here before it sells out: Lego.com

MICKEY BY DAMIEN HIRST

 

 

Artist Damien Hirst and Disney are set to auction off a portrait entitled “Mickey” to raise money for the Kids Company. The British charity provides emotional and educational support for children through art therapy.” Mickey” depicts the iconic character in Hirst’s signature spot style. The auction is set for February 13th in London, with no price set yet for the Portrait.

ARTIST ANTONIO BRASKO

 

Check out these custom spray paint cans as conceived by artist Antonio Brasko. Best know for his work with Nike, Adidas and EA Sports, Brasko has created a collection of Montana spray paint cans, featuring his favorite brands, from Louis Vuitton to Nike. See one you like? You can pick one up for $50 at antoniobrasko.com

 

THE BIRTH OF MODERN LUXURY

 

When it comes to branding beyond beautiful pictures, Louis Vuitton is one of the best at extending their vision through shorts films as commercials. Spend just a few minutes on their YouTube channel to view their ever expanding library. Sadly, commercial advertising in America is dominated by beer, talking ducks and Peyton Manning, and we rarely get to see interesting spots with higher artistic standards. And in the rare cases we do, like Brad Pitt’s now infamous Chanel No. 5 spot, they miss the mark.

“The Birth of Modern Luxury” is a clever look at the history of Louis Vuitton, and while not a commercial, it shows how a storied brand like Louis Vuitton can modernize while staying true to the their rich history and heritage. Watch their latest, “The Invitation,” for another example. Up to 13 million+ views, first published on November 15, 2012.

 

DISRUPTION STORIES

The choice of coffee table books in an office lobby can often serve as a precursor of what to expect in a big upcoming meeting. Or at the very least, give you a hint of what that company wants to embody. At a recent meeting at PR juggernaut Porter Novelli, these two massive books welcomed visitors upon arrival: Disruption Stories and The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture. Disruption Stories is a thought-provoking, intelligent overview of successful advertising campaigns by the famed agency TBWA. First published in 2005, it’s a rare and hard to find book but worth tracking down if you enjoy branding case studies, including an in-depth look at the turn around of Apple in the 1980’s. If I have a fancy office someday I’ll lean more towards Where’s Waldo or Tin Tin.

 

STRANGE ARRANGEMENTS

This is pretty remarkable and incredibly inventive. “Strange Arrangements,” a series of moving sculptures that take inspiration from the great surrealists like Dali. Created by Weareseventeen, a 4 man outfit based in London. Their statement: “We have tried to build intriguing objects that leave you wanting to see more. These objects are mechanical but at the same time organic in their movements. They are a collection of textures, objects and movements that create images that we wanted to see.”

Q&A WITH ARTIST MARK MOSKOVITZ

During the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Javitz Center in Manhattan I had the pleasure of speaking with artist and designer Mark Moskovitz. A graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, one of  the countries top graduate programs, Mark received the Emerging Artist Award from Daimler in 2005, with his work “Writer’s Cabin” displayed in the companies headquarters in Berlin. Today his most notable piece, “Facecord,” is turning heads, having been featured in the New York Times and other notable publications. I spoke with Mark about Facecord, gaining inspiration from a 15th century painting and the allure of the urban lumberjack.

 

“Facecord” might be considered the piece of furniture/work of art that has put you on the map in the design world, is this fair and why do you think it has it captured so many people’s attention?

Facecord has certainly had the greatest reception for my studio thus far. I think it works on a few levels. On the one-hand, there’s the element of surprise when you approach it and it’s closed. Everyone wonders why I’m presenting a pile of logs as furniture. When they discover it’s a chest of drawers, jaws literally drop which is of course great fun for me as the designer/maker. I also think (more…)

THE HISTORY OF THE TRAVEL POSTER

There are few better examples of the evolution of graphic design within the world of travel advertising than this stunning poster for Swiss Air, circa 1964. Sleek and simple, it evokes as much admiration for it’s minimal beauty, as it does disappointment in the current state of travel advertising. Modern posters as we know them today date back to 1870, when the printing industry perfected color lithography and made mass production possible. In the above example, artist Manfred Bingler  “presented a beautifully simple yet bold image of the famous peak in Zermatt, Switzerland for the 1964 campaign. He seemed to favor a bare, untouched quality for his images to appeal to the Swiss Air traveler, and this mountain image exemplifies this style with its never-ending, turquoise sky. The mountain, covered in sunlight, appears etched into the skyline, further conveying the wonderfully open freedom of flight.” Here are a few shining examples of beautiful work, including one of the very earliest, by iconic French artist Toulouse Lautrec.  (more…)

ARTIST STEPHEN WILTSHIRE

This is pretty remarkable.

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