There’s something special about cars from the 1960′s that I absolutley adore. Simpler designs with more sleek body styling, no bulky panels or pillars, no autrocious bumpers, just pure form. The 1963 Maserati Series I Sebring is a fine example of this era, embodying an aerodynamic and aggressive look. This particular model apparently trumped their competitor Ferrari: Fitted with a 3694cc inline DOHC 6-cylinder engine rated at 245hp, power was fed to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox, it sat on independent coil over spring front suspension with an anti-roll bar and had a rigid axle at the rear with semi-elliptic leaf-springs and another anti-roll bar. Performance was brisk and the Sebring claimed a tested top speed of 137mph, handling was exemplary and many of the Ferraris of the era literally couldn’t keep up it. [Silodrome]
From the Corbe Company’s collection of state plates, the California State Plate is a fantastic piece of kitchenware for those who love our fine Golden State. Bake and serve with pride in this handcrafted American made dish.
The urban landscape of Downtown and the Eastside of Los Angeles obtain a certain type of nostalgic beauty to us Angelenos. Beautiful art deco bridges, a definitive skyline, pockets of natural greenspace and other notable landmarks is what make Los Angeles such a wonderfully unique city. Capturing these iconic scenes and making sharp looking prints of them is design collective Arts Distric Printing Co. Design and printed in Downtown Los Angeles, they have a quite nice selection of photographs from Los Angeles and all over the great state of California. [CoolHunting]
I love the urban landscape of Los Angeles, and I love it even more when artists are able to capture it in an authentic light. Riders from photographer J. Wesley Brown presents the city’s ever present network of bus stops, highlighting their place in the context of the city and capturing their persona in very realistic manner. But what defines the character of the bus stop? The structure itself, or the people that temporarily occupy it. The transient nature of these places are fascinating to behold when travelling through the dense areas of the Eastside of Los Angeles. Driving along the streets you quickly catch a snapshot of a bus stop, knowing that though the place remains the same, the scene defined by the people within them will always change. These photographs depict so accurately this intriguing phenomenon, that as an Angeleno, it’s like these are snapshots were taken from my own experiences. [Wired]
I didn’t think there was a way to make the classic I Love You California print any better, but then I stumbled upon a slightly reworked version from San Francisco print maker 3 Fish Studios, and fell in love all over again. It’s tasteful revision that sharpens up some details, and appropriately colors in California as the “Golden State.” Go HERE to purchase a print.
For Los Angeles, the craft coffee scene is relative young with shops just popping up around town in the last few years. But now it has grown into a cohesive community of baristas and roasters on par with other great coffee cities, and Local blog Life & Thyme wanted to showcase some of the best in town. Dubbed the Los Angeles Coffee Crawl, they brought together coffee enthusiasts to venture to Downtown Los Angeles’ best brews, and had them document their adventure via instagram. Going through the Arts District, their stops include Handsome Coffee Roasters, Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Daily Dose Cafe.
Pixar animator Josh Cooley has created something that we never knew we really wanted. He’s turned our favorite classic movies into a childrens book Movies R Fun!: A Collection of Cinematic Classics for the Pre-(Film)School Cinefile. Capturing some of the most famous scenes from movies cinefiles love, these illustrations have a comical touch and playful personality that are masterfully executed. Can’t help but love these scenes from the Big Lebowski. Walter Sobchak as a childrens book character is a frighteningly hilarious idea. You can also check out the book Amazon.
Los Angeles based menswear brand Rogue Territory has released a lookbook for their Spring/Summer 2014 line of apparel, well made clothes with a no-frills classic aesthetic. ”The new looks stay close to the core of Rogue’s aesthetic, with new fabrics being utilized in signature pieces like the Supply Jacket and work shirts. And, for those of you who like a little variety in your life, Rogue Territory will have both washed and raw versions of your favorite denim and chambrays.” Great colors, great cuts, looking good without trying to hard. A very genuine approach. [FourPins]
Making a good first impression can make all the difference. Designer Roxy Torres from Austin TX has taken that to another level, and thought of a creative way to present her resume/portfolio when submitting for jobs at design firms. She crafted custom hand lettered envelopes for each company, in what she calls the Snail Mail Series. Very impressive use of compostion, colors and typeface styles, all done by hand. [TheFoxIsBlack]
Now here is an epic snow scene, something I can really endorse. What better way to get towed on skis than by a Porsche 356. I bet the German engineers in Stuttgart didn’t see this coming for their race inspired sports coupe. What an amazing photograph too, striking winter light, muted colors against a plain of snow, and a dramatic composition of the landscape.
To all those who still grasp onto the opinion that they “don’t like LA,” I understand. You are most likley basing your opinion on either boring ass Santa Monica, douchey Hollywood or your experience of the city 10 some-odd years ago. Well times have changed, and Los Angeles is not what it used to be. Ever since I moved back here in 2007 I have been incessantly preaching to those outsiders that this is an great city on verge of becoming even more amazing, mainly due to the urban revitalization occurring on the Eastside (Los Angeles proper), more specifically Downtown Los Angeles. I am immensely proud to see the word is getting out, and that GQ has published a very accurate and detailed article about how Downtown Los Angeles is rapidly becoming America’s Next Great City. Whether you are a hater or lover of Los Angeles, you must read this article. I love Los Angeles. LA all day.
There is no other car in the history of automobiles that has stayed more true to its roots than the Porsche 911. For 50 years it has been the ultimate definition of a sports car, barely swaying from its performance minded design established in the 1963. To celebrate Porsche’s momentous sporting heritage, Gear Patrol has put together a spectacular in depth article highlighting the history of the 911 and how it has evolved through the years. [GearPatrol]