Iceland Cometh - Icelandic Design Collective, Eve NYC Studio “Iceland Air presents a collective of Icelandic designers currently making their mark on the international landscape.” Iceland is huge this year. Especially at ICFF with Reyka Vodka and Iceland Air really getting out there, and strongly supporting all the design goodness in the Meat Packing District. Gorgeous space ~ more images below! Love the way the Butterfly pieces make use of both reflections and shadows, and the stances and silhouettes of the fashion pieces are just intimidatingly stunning. And the shadows created by the multilayered precisely cut wood flowers in the chair are incredible.
When is a store not a store? When the opening is a group of scenesters milling about in the street outside a 6x10 “come in we’re CLOSED” store, as black dunhills and CC Tobias Wong limited edition (of 2500) matchbooks and mini cups of RUSSIAN water* (dispensed out of pumps in pockets) are for the taking from the kids wandering around with trays… The Wrong Store, as only artist-designer Tobias Wong and Gregory Krum, retail director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, could imagine it. As NYMag says, “the Wrong Store blurs design/fashion/art works by Richard Prince, Marcel Wanders, Herzog & de Meuron, Rodarte, Douglas Coupland, Maison Martin Margiela, Hella Jongerius, and others.” Pics below of the odd experience you need to see to understand.
*russian water = Stoli vodka/gin… served permitless on the street.
Trade shows are no joke, and ICFF is tiring! Between all the great exhibitions going on around the city, as well as the actual show at Javitz, i haven’t had the time to properly sort all the pics and brochures and press kits and post yet, so for those eager just to see what it’s like and whats there, here are about 300 pics of some of the things that grabbed me so far. NOTCOT ICFF Gallery.
Since i was unable to attend Brooklyn Designs, luckily Sanam Petri had a chance to go and check out all the fantastic designs shown there earlier this week. Of them, she wrote me about “The Weirdest Exhibit: The guys at SSD (Site-Specific Design) have started a project that focuses on childhood memories, and features these giant, surreal bug-lamps. Theyâ€™re supposed to be â€œwhimsical,â€ but they really just creep me out.”
These fascinating Bugs as well as their series of Tops, actually quite amused me, and did in fact bring out the childhood memories i’ve had with my sister spending hours playing with spinning tops and collecting and inspecting many an insect. Gorgeous how they’ve managed to streamline those themes into such a clean aesthetic while keeping it so playful. Looking forward to seeing more of their work at ICFF.
I can’t imagine sending any other e-cards other than these… to people with a sense of humor. Couldn’t stop laughing and browsing when i saw these “Some Ecards”: when you care enough to hit send that Evan over at Cool Hunting found. And as you can see, i couldn’t decide which few were most amusing, bitter, hilarious… so here are 12 that seemed worth sharing, but there are MANY more for every situation you may (and hopefully will not) need a card for. “It was created by Brook Lundy and Duncan Mitchell, and designed by Jerry Tamburro. New cards, categories, and features will be frequently added until everyone involved with the site dies.”
HEIRLOOM IS THE NEXT DISPOSABLE. MOSS ON A ROCK IS THE NEXT BOX OF GRASS. PLUG-INS ARE THE NEXT SCENTED CANDLES. GRAY IS THE NEXT CHOCOLATE BROWN. SMEG IS THE NEXT SUB-ZERO. LAVENDER IS THE NEXT HOT PINK. VELCRO IS THE NEXT MAGNET. FURNITURE IS THE NEXT KNITTING. Do you believe it? I’m not sure, but they are kind of funny to me right now. Fun images too in this New York Magazine slide show on the Next Everything.
On designers i’m excited to be seeing at NY Design Week ~ Mixko is high on that list. Their works have shown up here a few times (ok, 6 times to be exact)… from the butterfly rings, to handcuff watch, to the football bowl… and so much more.
So what do we have here? Other than the adorable designers themselves? Whippy (the awesome ice cream cone inspired lights) was a collaboration with Jeremy Scott for an installation at Colette in 2006. and i LOVE the Atari controller candle holder, brilliant piece for a gamer’s housewarming. And the Rain Cloud and bone china Skull Ring are just too adorable… large images below.
Lower Hater - sometimes the simplest things can be endlessly inspiring and amusing… yesterday it was the Lower Hater gallery/store in - yup - Lower Haight, that opened in late Nov 06 and is on the corner of Haight and Steiner (if you’ve been down here, you’ve probably noticed the great window displays). Something about the smoking pigeon brings a smile to my face, and enamel pins with animal logos seems to work well (particularly in lower haight, remember the Doe Pin?)… adorable gallery, and some really fun art - currently they have quite a few pieces from NOTCOT favorite: Ben Collison!
Mrzyk & Moriceau have an incredible show on at the max lang gallery in NY - “A View To Kill” runs from April 26 - June 1, and they were kind enough to send some incredible pictures over to show you what you’re missing. But first a quick note: on top of the many reasons (i.e. black and white, great dark/witty imagery like Penguins with Guns, great use of white walls and gallery spaces, that they send me mysterious emails) i already love this dynamic duo… they name most of their solo shows after bond films. (i played through every bond film in order in the background when crunching for my master’s thesis project…)
“A View To Kill” features new works and a large-scale installation that will incorporate pieces by Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, among others… so click on and see just how breathtaking it is.
Remember those Cucumber Lab guys who made that gorgeous sound machine? Well now they’ve changed their name to Blanc & Reed, but they’re still creating some beautiful objects. Kind of appropriate for Earth day and appreciating the things that nature creates, check out these chairs that they recently designed. They are made following a “concept derived the flowing lines of seashells. Similar to the construction of a shell’s surface, the individual ridges running the length of the chair provide strength, while maintaining an overall lightweight structure.” Pretty slick.
Rich Tuzon - yes my latest obsession from the Samurai vs Cowboy theme (after a bit of argument, the consensus seems to be that samurais without ninjas would totally lose to the gun toting cowboys… beg to differ?)… Anyhow, a quick glance at his blog, and found that this pasadena artist has some great Zorro pieces. “These were done with the amazing Winsor Newton Series 7 brushes…It can load such a ginormous amount of liqiud and yet give such a consistent tip, that I feel I can extend a line for miles…and miles…and miles.”
Gallery 1988’s SF space just opened tonight, in time with APE, and The Indie was an incredible show. Honestly what i’d hoped I Am 8-bit would be more like. The art was amazing, and if i had to pick one piece that has been stuck in my head since, its Rich Tuzon’s “Samurai vs. Cowboy”… as well as his other cowboy themed pieces… They feel like the manlier version of Audrey Kawasaki’s pieces in a way… (and the other one up there is Graham Annable’s “Space Saddness”). Incredible selection of artwork, you can see more of them at the 1988 The Indie page, and pictures from the opening in Gallery NOTCOT… and a few more below.
Princeton Architectural Press sent over a box of books ~ and to be honest, i have not quite mastered the online book review… especially on design/art oriented books. But to me, a first impression is key (as it is with people), and that initial flip through says a LOT, i mean seriously, if a book full of pictures can’t grab you quickly, what’s to make it seem any more interesting later? SO! That being said, and my experimenting with the camcorder while back in LA earlier this week, here’s a video flip through of the books they sent over. I was particularly taken by Tools of the Imagination and Blackstock’s Collection… so take a peek if you’re interested, and let me know if this is a format worth trying again?