March 22, 2010

Symbolic Acquisition

Last year, Klaus Biesenbach extended MoMA’s permanent collection of performance art beyond video & photo documentation to the performance itself, a move that foreshadowed the current Marina Abramovic retrospective. (It’s quite good, at least for someone who has had nominal exposure to her work. Highly recommended.)

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Today, in what they are regarding as a similar move, MoMA expands its definition of design—or perhaps its role as an arbiter of design—by celebrating the ‘acquisition’ of the @ (at) sign, imbuing the symbol with a new layer of meaning as it becomes “art object befitting MoMA’s collection.” In other words, if the ‘@’ sign “does not declare itself a work of design,” then it is befitting, if not altogether necessary for the institution to do so, knowingly asserting itself as a conceptual creator à la Duchamp.

I don’t know how I feel about the smug implication that MoMA is doing us a favor by sharing this design gem with the world—the ‘@’ sign isn’t quite the same as, say, a UNESCO World Heritage Site—but it’s nice of them to share its history and significance (without mentioning Twitter).

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March 18, 2010

Why There Are Mountains

» Fuck Buttons – Space Mountain (8:45) – 13.2MB mp3 @ 210kbps

» The Flaming Lips – Worm Mountain (5:22) – 6.3MB mp3 @ 160kbps

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Zhou Hongjun and Xiong Lu have created Hermit Mountain, a multifaceted, multipurpose skyscraper, drawing inspiration from both traditional Chinese culture and modern design. The design explores a dialogue between rationality and chaos to achieve a refined yet altogether organic aesthetic.

More images at Designboom.

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Designer Enrico Dini has developed a 3D printer that makes rocks.

Dini claims the d-shape process is four times faster than conventional building, costs a third to a half as much as using Portland cement, creates little waste and is better for the environment. But its chief selling point may simply be that it makes creating Gaudiesque, curvy structures simple.

Two-dimensional print may be dead, but 3D is on the up-and-up.

Full story at Blueprint (FastCompany via Inhabitat)

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March 11, 2010

Homework at Kemistry

hw_annie-hall_casaWarsaw’s Homework is a design studio that has created amazing posters for cultural events and films. Their remarkably simple yet gorgeous style is a new interpretation of Poland’s tradition of playful visual puns in poster design. Homework’s regularly-updated blog has the latest news and work.

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Homework is currently showing at London’s Kemistry, an independent gallery in Shoreditch that showcases outstanding graphic design.

Homework: Modern Polish Poster Design
Kemistry
43 Charlotte Rd [map]
London EC2A 3PD
+44 (0)20 7729 3636
March 12, 2010 – April 11, 2010
M-F: 10-6; Sa: 11-4

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March 10, 2010

Stihl Autumnatic Calendar

This three-month calendar (by Euro RSCG Germany for Stihl) sheds its pages daily. It’s the best leafblower promotion I’ve ever seen.

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PSFK via Ads of the World

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February 1, 2010

The 2009 Feltron Annual Report

Information / Graphic Designer Nick Felton recently released the 2009 Feltron Annual Report, a rather intimate window into his life in 2009, including eating habits, mood, discussion topics, etc. This time around (number five), Felton’s methodology draws solely on second-person data, with as much pseudo-scientific rigor as social media can afford.

Each day in 2009, I asked every person with whom I had a meaningful encounter to submit a record of this meeting through an online survey. These reports form the heart of the 2009 Annual Report. From parents to old friends, to people I met for the first time, to my dentist… any time I felt that someone had discerned enough of my personality and activities, they were given a card with a URL and unique number to record their experience.

The 2009 Feltron Annual Report

It’s an admirable undertaking, to say nothing of the beautiful end-product.

Check out the rest of his portfolio online; you may be familiar (as I was) with his commercial work for the likes of the New York Times, CNN, WSJ and a handful of Condé Nast titles.

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January 30, 2010

New Shoes

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Dior Homme Chukka, via HB as always.

At this point in short history of IYK, it should be fairly obvious that I have a thing for shoes.

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Hiroshi Fujiwara is on point as always. Via DQM.

Hair and shoes say it all. Everything in between is forgivable as long as you keep it simple. Trying to talk with your clothes is passive-aggressive.

–Rick Owens, Rules of Style on Details.com. Total classic.

An absolutely gorgeous look at Louis Vuitton's F/W 2010 Accessories via Jak&Jill

Jak & Jill has an absolutely gorgeous (vaguely pornographic) look at Louis Vuitton's F/W 2010 Accessories

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January 25, 2010

Opening Ceremony Fall/Winter 2010

Opening Ceremony posted its Fall/Winter 2010 menswear lookbook last week.

ocfw10-00 These are just a few of my favorite selections from this a solid showing from the venerable brand/store. The two installments of this collection are inspired by the French and the English, respectively, all executed in a trademark modern cut with the finest materials.

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The model looks a bit too surly for his own good—I want to fight him and steal his clothes.

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January 23, 2010

Nom de Guerre Spring/Summer 2010 Collection

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January 17, 2010

Uniqlo Spring 2010 Lookbook

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Another strong showing from Japan’s answer to Gap. Some of the pieces are rather effete, but the clean lines and slim fit strike a perfect balance between classicism and modernism.

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December 13, 2009

Helm Handmade Boots

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Helm is a leather goods label based in Austin, TX. Their boots, belts and bags are hand-crafted by “artisans in Istanbul” from carefully sourced premium materials.

The emphasis on quality—nice but unremarkable in itself—is matched by impeccable attention to detail in terms of design: all of the boots capture a refined American West-meets-Europe sensibility to achieve an aesthetic that is both timeless and fashion-forward. (My namesake, a style called the Ray Ray, pictured above, happens to be my favorite one.) These reference points are reflected in Helm’s current stockists in Austin and Denmark; NYC in early next year.

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