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]
Proponent of handmade goods and advocate of the DIY mentality, Wood & Faulk has a fantastic collection of leather goods and bags, many of which were originally conceived as simple craft projects. One of their recent creations is an ingenious addition to the traditional mason jar, a koozie of sorts, the Leather Jar Sleeve, which you can also attempt to make yourself with their handy DIY instructions. Big fan of the functionality and aesthetic of this sleeves, and the fact that they are so simple to make.
Illustrator and printmaker Chris Turnham has produced a stunning collection of pieces, highlighting the distinctive landscape of the Eastside of Los Angeles. Whether they be notable landmarks like the Griffith Observatory, Hyperion Bridge or just a standard street corner in Silver Lake, his ability to portray the scenes with such authenticity, is complimented well by his unique illustrative style. The crisp definition of the light, ever present overhead power lines, and casual palm trees all add to the distinctive Angeleno atmosphere, which he has executed so well. You can buy some of the prints at his online shop, or see them on display at Hemingway and Pickett during the month of November. [TheFoxIsBlack]
Just came across this great Breaking Bad animated GIF that is making the internet rounds this week over at The Fox Is Black , and had to share. Excellent graphic representation of the contrasting visages of Walter White and his alter ego Heisenberg. It’s the work of Brazilian designer Henrique-Athayde and very fittingly getting some attention with the impending final episode of Breaking Bad this Sunday.
Based in Brooklyn and focused on American-made multi-functional products for living at an economically-mindful price point, Wintercheck Factory has a sharp looking line of furniture and goods that I have found to be quite impressive. Their Twill Lounge Chair really caught my eye with its handsome mid-century aesthetic whose olive Japanese cotton twill pairs really nicely with the auburn arm rests and frame. Chairs like this which have the frame exposed and aren’t completely upholstered offer a more sleek and open style, and allow for more contrast/ineraction of materials and textures (cotton against the wood).
In a move of utter nostalgia, baseball card maker Topps has started to take their legendary cards of the 1980′s and print them out as Topps Archive Prints. Including all the great players from across Major League Baseball, I particularly like the prints of former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. These are the baseball cards many of us grew up with and seeing them being reproduced again to adorn our walls brings back so many great childhood memories. [Uncrate]
As a talented animator/director, Finnish designer Lucas Zanotto has knack for bringing characters and scenes to life. In his series Having A Face, he has applied his skills to inanimate objects by cleverly placing a pair of eyes on random piles of hay, woodpiles, tree stumps etc… giving them a face and persona, through the magic anthropomorphism. They are so enjoyable to look at. I can’t help but imagine the personalities of each character, especially the hay pile, as one bundle confusingly glares up at the other bundle smothering him from above. Ha! [TheFoxIsBlack]
Its astonishing to think that a simple photograph can garner millions of dollars, but that is just an indicator as to how more attractive photography is becoming in the world of art. Only in recent years (i.e. the early 1980′s) has photography has been accepted as an actual “art” alongside it’s more traditional painting counterpart. Leading this charge, and having 3 pieces on this list of the Most Expensive Photographs in the World, is contemporary photography pioneer Andreas Gursky. Known for their vibrance and hyper-real scenarios, Gursky’s photographs (like those above) offer simplistic views of the real world, re-envisioned to reveal their complexity and detail. [Gizmodo]
Photographer Kurt Rahn has a talented eye for landscapes, and definitely excels in capturing the authentic aura of the natural locales he shoots. His gallery over at Society 6 is full breathtaking mountains, lakes and wilderness that are sure charm. I’m also attracted to the vintage effects/processing he applies to his photos, giving them a very dramatic appearance.
Defining the image of Los Angeles are the iconic plethora of palms trees cresting above the urban landscape. Design group Common Studio have made it their mission to bring us closer to these elegant giants through a new project called Know Your Palms. On trees in the Los Angeles neighborhood aptly named Palms (near Culver City), trees are posted with these informative flyers that indicate if the tree is a Queen, Date or Fan Palm, and then has a tear-off with details on it’s defining factors.
In an interesting take on the standard pendant light, An/Aesthetic has designed a series of Hide Leather Light fixtures that substitute the traditional metal sconce with one crafted of tan leather. As a material that is both durable and easy to form into a variety of shapes, the idea is not only impressively intuitive, but also results in a handsome product. This leads me to ponder what other applications leather could be used.
After discovering the iPhone app Mextures and its amazing capabilities, I sought out the mastermind who created this impressive tool. Upon further investigation I discovered that it was developed by photographer Merek Davis, who actually has a quite extensive portfolio of beautiful photographs. A wide range of portraits and landscapes, Merek’s style digitally enhances the photographs with filters and lighting effects that give them a surreal atmosphere and in some cases the essence of a real painting. The photo above of the Swiss Alps is my new desktop background.