Fresh off the press is Jean-Michel Berts’ “The Light of Paris” with introduction by Pierre Assouline (and published by Assouline). While i have noticed i’ve been on a bit of a skate deck and photography kick the last few days, these are absolutely breathtaking, and a must see for any Paris lover… or cityscape lover even. Excerpts of some of my favorite images from their site below… Luxus mentions that these are taken with a camera obscura, the main site simply says “These pictures involved a highly sophisticated technique and more than twelve months of preparation. Jean-Michel was intent on revealing all the subtleties, all the richness of the destinations he had chosen for this project. The shots were taken in the early morning or late at night, to meet specific lighting requirements. The artist has intentionally focused on man-made constructions, devoid of human presence, in order to allow them to “live”, to exist, in their own right.” And either way, the effect is mesmerizing and timeless. You can digitally flip through an excerpt of the book here.
It was a tragedy what happened to James Kim, loving husband, father, and CNET Senior Editor, and it’s truly amazing all he did to care for his wife, Kati Kim, and the couple’s two daughters, Penelope, 4, and Sabine, seven months. For all the design lovers, you probably know their store Doe SF.
Design Sponge just featured the Kim Family Benefit and Craft Auction. Over 40 different artists have contributed auction items in a wide range of media. You’ll find paintings, prints, ceramics, soft toys, jewelery, paper goods, home decor and more. 100% of the auction proceeds will go to the Kim Family Fund. Bidding will begin January 3rd and end January 7th.
Emil Kozak is my obsessive inspiration for tonight ~ from these skateboards he did for the LAB, Hulger phones, beautiful photography of his travels, to playful self portraits ~ i just can’t seem to get enough of his work right now. Originally from a small town in Denmark, this graphic design genius surfs and skates his way around the world, but his studio is Barcelona based. I’ve been going through every section of his site over and over, and a collection of the pieces which inspire me most are below, but really - go browse every nook of emilkozak.com, and try not to drool on your computer when your jaw drops at his work.
I want to grab my camera, jump in my car, grab some friends, head up the coast - and see what adventures find me. (Don’t worry, i wouldn’t leave the the sites behind, i’d just bluetooth my pearl internet to my laptop and be good to go anywhere?)
But seriously - found on .org, Tarsh posted this Hunter S. Thompson exhibition running at M+B Gallery in LA, and as you go through the pics, you will find it hard to resist questioning your life~ because the energy and composition and colors - there’s just far too much inspiration in those prints. For me anyhow.
That first picture - makes me think of a time before the internet. And the far right - is “fishing with guns”.
Lomography and Absolut lovers unite - have you seen the latest in Absolut art? Fun to navigate - and love the concept of a living gallery living within the web (with mesmerizing music as you browse) - and the introduction sequence is just priceless - watching them come by and stick the message up on the wall, one letter at a time… screenshots below - or view Absolute Lomo. Love that its apparently live in Stockholm.
BIG CHIEF! Loving this Italian design firm’s graphic design ~ and for anyone feeling stingy or on the hunt for more exciting/creative/unique gift wrapping options, they have *free* print your own stockings for gifts like ipods/cold hard cash/IOUs. Also while i write this, also strangely enough enjoying listening to and checking out their clean myspace page and a fun THINK! blog.
I’ve been a fan of Evan Hecox ever since my buddies in San Diego introduced me to his work a few years ago. I couldn’t wait to get that rad clock at Target with his illustration on it. Now I’m loving this set of decks he did for Chocolate Skateboards… so crisp and clean. Check out his website for more of his work… I only wish there was more there to look at!
Last night was gallery hopping night, and landed at ThinkSpace in SilverLake for most of the night hanging out with Olga Nunes + Sarah Coleman (of FABULIST fame! You know you read it, its too fab not to) ~ for Oddica’s big two day show “Cotton to Canvas” ~ brilliant concept, see if you can follow this logic - Oddica has artists create limited edition shirts, then gives the shirts to OTHER oddica artists to design traditional pieces inspired by the shirts - and who knows maybe some of these new pieces will make it full circle and become shirts too! MANY pictures of my favorites below~ and some randoms to give you a feel for the ambiance.
Most refreshing find at the Shop LA event today was Belgian Street Art transplant (now a Culver City kid) - Chase. From stencil art, to paintings, to shirts, and collabs with everyone from Puma, Adidas, Levis, etc - odds are you’ve seen his murals around ~ At the event he was showing off his stencil paintings (and his funky teeth that guarantee to make you smile - see below), which have an impressively motivational 60’s/pop/stencil vibe going on, some of my favorites above and more below… See more over at the Art of Chase, and these smaller canvases could make great gifts for the hard to shop for, or last minute parties.
A list of fun places to find gifts…
Designer Gift Goodness:
Greener Grass Design
Design Museum Shop London
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So, this holiday season it seems like the internet is ready to shove gift guides down your throat… and they aren’t always all that fun… (trust me, as an avid shopper, and thisnext gift guide section designer, i did FAR too much gift guide perusing this week)… SO in my 5am Thanksgiving morning state, it decided it was time to try my hand at some more ridiculously playful shopping guides… So here is my Indie Ninja Gift Guide. Why? Because indie ninja’s are people too- and not the easiest people to shop for at that- and black will always be the new black- especially shiny glossy black. people, just look at history. Why should you buy your indie ninja a present? the real question is why WOULDN’T you want to make your indie ninja happy? Pissy ninja’s are bad news. See the full Gifts For Your Indie Ninja.
As much as i love Questionable Content, its not everyday i can find a good excuse to feature them on NOTCOT. BUT beyond the snarky baristas, on going emo melodrama, and indie music jabs, gotta love the GADGETS ~ And when i saw the sketches of the Vespabot (see 743 through 750 and more pics below)… and then the recent thread with Pintsize the AnthroPC, Winslow the follower Apple Anthro/Giant iPod, and the taming of the Roomba ~ it was just too fun not to show (those are 757 to current)
The Tord-fest continues at Target as the Holiday Season gets into full swing. Just saw one of the Target Tord Boontje adverts on tv last night, so was excited to see on MocoLoco today that there is Tord TV for everyone to watch.
Also~ check out the gift cards! (translucent even!), i never thought i’d be the girl who wanted a gift card to Target for xmas, but hey, i guess things change?