A. Kinney Court

November 25, 2009 1 comment

A. Kinney Court is the newest addition to the always changing and intriguing environments and experiences on  Abbot Kinney Blvd. In keeping with the avant-garde nature of its surroundings,  A. Kinney Court is described as a “concept fashion boutique and eyewear gallery” it serves not only as a shoppe for fine apparel and eyewear, but also as a museum of vintage Oliver Peoples spectacles.  The interior was designed and constructed by Ilan Dei Studio (project team: Ilan Dei, Peter Turba, and Scott Chamberlain) with the intention of dynamically displaying the range of products, and providing an intriguing attraction for passersby. The design intention takes cues from a variety of inspirations, ranging from the Eames bent plywood processes and skateboard construction to the sand dune formations and ocean waves seen along the neighboring coast.

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Tower of Babel @ Burning Man 2009

September 19, 2009 2 comments

Tower of Babel at Burning Man

Babel is not a group, an organization, nor a social order that simply build; but a manifestation of the single belief that we as humans should strive for the very best, achieve the yet to be imagined. This young collaborative of designers, which includes Sergio Ramirez, Brandin Roat, and Timothy Leung, are the pioneers that are not afraid to push and test the limit by transcending boundaries created by men. Their obsession with questions like, “Why not…” and “What if….” led them to be deliberate and conscious designers, craftsmen and visionaries who treasure and appreciate how things come together and continuously invent new ways to do so.

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Public Design Festival Milan

Esterni Public Design Festival Banner

Think music festival for urban design junkies. The Public Design Festival, hosted by esterni, is happening in the streets of Milan April 18 – 26, and hopefully it will live up to the festival part of its name.

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Where the Wild Things Are

March 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Where the Wild Things Are

From director Spike Jonze (read: Directors Label and Girl Skateboards video “Yeah Right!”) is the highly anticipated film version of the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. As I’m sure anyone born during the early 80’s knows how amazing and inspiring this book was to us as young kids, it remains just the same with the release of this beautiful trailer. Perfectly set to Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up,” Spike Jonze builds a sense of curiosity as the boy and his Wild Things are running through surreal forests and lands while juxtaposing back to the kid’s parents house in a city.  The words Hope and Fear are inserted throughout the trailer making viewers question their own lives and evoking creative imagination to get lost beyond everyday lives. The film is set to be released in October and will be accompanied by a musical score from Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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Puma Projections Promo

March 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Puma Lift

In this advertisement for Puma Lift, CCW (Clube de Criação) successfully incorporates dancers in a seemingly responsive environment of video projections. C’est hyper cool!

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A Classic Take on Potter and Snicket

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire cover

These book cover redesigns take current best-selling children’s literature back to the days of the Penguin Classics. I love a good minimalist 2 color book cover.

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The Soft Pack Sign to Kemado, Kick Off Extended Tour

February 15, 2009 Leave a comment

The Soft Pack

San Diego-born, now LA-based quartet The Soft Pack have a big year ahead of them including new dates, new songs, and a new label (and eventually a new approved wikipedia entry).  Residents of the UK, Spain, and Canada will get a chance to see just how rock ‘n’ roll swagger and preppy Southern California cool converge into a pulse pumping hip dysplastic affair.

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