Monday, December 22, 2008

The Chelsea Girls (1966) - revisited

And a blog from the hotel.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

The Black Apartment

Well, literally. The client Cindy Gallop, Chairwoman of global ad firm BBH. The task? To lay out her new apartment in the converted locker rooms of the first YMCA in U.S. More of this here and Cindy's photostream.

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Chris Ashworth

A very talent chap, Chris Ashworth, now Executive Global Creative Director of Getty Images. Still recall the later issues of Ray Gun & Blah Bah Blah?

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Generic Man

Originally founded in 1997 in a NYC loft by Kevin Carney, the Generic Man collection came about in 2006, as Brandon Day and Kevin Carney began what they call “a case study in adultism”, a journey to define what it means to be an “adult” these days. Through a process of research, experience and discussion ‘the generic man’ lifestyle of the “Newdult” took shape.

And there's Generic Surplus, developed by The Generic Man, the foundation of Generic Surplus is proven shapes and clean, simple, refined lines. Creating classic American sneakers to complete a look or to be worn everyday as a personal standard.

Featured here is the Sportsman Low-top series (top) and the Wing-tip series (bottom) from Generic Surplus, lovely.

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Booka Shade - Sweet Lies

Third single from their LP 'The Sun & The Neon Light'.

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The LEGO Treatment

Hilarious, shown here is Aphex Twin's Windowlicker & Ladytron's Light & Magic.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Monocle Shop

As posted previously regarding their online shop, Monday marked the opening of a temporary Monocle shop on George Street in London (just off Marylebone High Street). On sale are copies of the magazine as well as back issues, Monocle x Comme des Garçons Scent One: Hinoki, Porter bags, Stools, scarf's and more.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008 Issue 17: The AIDS Issue #17, the AIDS issue. Copies will be flying out from tomorrow onwards and if you are eager to see it, you can do it here and vote/comment on your favourite artwork.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

All Back To Mine.Session 28

All Back To Mine. Session 28
Saturday, November 22 from 11:00pm onwards. No cover charge.
Expect sounds from Andrew Weatherall, Booka Shade, Swayzak, Todd Terje, Pantytec, Prins Thomas, SCSI-9, Roland Appel, Model 500, Mathew Jonson & many more. An unconventional bar night over at Winebar. Tiefschwarz (Germany) will be playing in the main room.

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Clarks Wallabees

Despite the timeless nature of Clarks’ popular models including the Natalie, Desert Boot and Wallabee, Clarks has reinvented itself on numerous occasions on the Wallabee with customized designs from various artists and added new twists to the originals.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Depeche Mode: Remastered

It just occurred to me that I had unintentionally forgotten all about them, and how could I? Amidst all the DJs/producers around the globe and the occasional but absurd categorization/genres of electronic 'dance' music, DM still remains unfazed to be pigeon-holed. Sifting through my shelf, I still hold this collection dearly. It's no surprise that iTunes unleashed the 'The Complete Depeche Mode' digital boxset 2 years ago. And with their output spanning over 20 years, it's amazing to see how they managed to pull through despite the struggles within the band.

Well, It's never too late to grab their past and present material, it's a strange love really...

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Sunday, November 09, 2008 #17 - AIDS

An invitation to create an artwork for #17 to commemorate World AIDS Day curated & designed by Steve Lawler. This was based on a splash page artwork I did for the Amateur website previously and it seemed very apt for this issue. Redux and tweaked in 2 colourways.

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ZOUK Collab.08

A piece contributed for the Zouk Collab series entitled 'Black Eye'.

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Wallflower Walloffice

Writing, phoning, or working with the laptop: WALLFLOWER Walloffice is absolutely suitable for daily use not only for modern (interior space) nomads. Aesthetically pleasing & functional.

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Haruki Nakamura / Paper Engineering

This is papercrafting work of Haruki Nakamura. I wish I could have the time & patience to re-create these. It's brilliant & innovative at the same time.

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Richard Shed

Richard Shed is one talented product designer that doesn't conform to form (pun not intended). Shown here is the Discovery door/drawer system. Produced as a door or drawer unit system, both of which use the intriguing laminated peeled corner detail as an aesthetic and functional feature. The drawer system uses the peel detail to reveal a splash of the coloured internal drawer carcass.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008


Introducing +9... Nine designers combine their imaginations to present their respective Spring/Summer collections for 2009 in one show, promising a display of their individualistic styling and initiative. +9 is stocked at Front Row, Level3, No. 5 Ann Siang Road.

I'll be playing for the catwalk this time round, so see you there if you have managed to grab the invites. Invites/ID designed and art directed by Louis Lam.

+9 Spring/Summer 2009 Fashion Show:
Old School, Mount Sophia
6th November 2008. Reception: 19:30 Show: 20:00

+9 POST-PARTY @ Velvet Underground with DJ Xhin
10pm till 3am : Velvet Underground

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Paul Smith Fisheye Lomo No.2 Camera

This little bugger is an exclusive limited edition Lomo No.2 Fisheye camera for Paul Smith and is finished in a full metal body with the signature PSmulti-stripe. The camera features a 180 degree wide angle fisbowl lens that gives a great stretch field of view and features the additional viewefinder (via the built-in hotshoe).

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Monocle x Porter shoulder bag

Simple, elegant & timeless. A Christmas pressie perhaps...

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Nicely crafted and quirky sneaker designs from the Salt Lake City clothing company.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Icono - Zinc Chan

The Icono has created a new experience for the telephone, and I don't mind owning one. Product design by Hong Kong bred, London-based Zinc Chan.

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Amy Hunting

The Book Box has built in book stands which allows you to place different sized books randomly in the box without them falling over, all this under the Patchwork series. Created & designed by Amy Hunting, a Norwegian furniture designer and illustrator now based in London.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Kraftwerk classic vids

Kraftwerk's coming to town. Classic videos for those who don't know who they are...


The Robots

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

All Back To Mine.Session 27

Come all ye faithful...
Saturday, October 11 from 11:00pm onwards.
Expect the sounds of Andrew Weatherall, M83, Booka Shade, Swayzak, Todd Terje and Hercules & Love Affair, Pantytec, Prins Thomas, SCSI-9, Ame, Roland Appel, Model 500, Mathew Jonson & many more. Boys Noize will be playing in the main room.

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Chemical Brothers: Midnight Madness Google Earth Video

Filmmakers, photographers and artists joined forces in creating a unique global video project for The Chemical Brothers with Google Earth. Participate here.

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Friday, October 03, 2008

MusicBooth update

The UNIT MusicBooth has been updated, enjoy.

1. Elle Et Moi/Joakim Remix - Max Berlin
2. Spanish Heart/ft. Bernard Summner - 808 State
3. Life's A Beach/Todd Terje Remix - Studio
4. Surfing At Midnight (Prins Thomas Remix) - Sorcerer
5. No Bones/ft.Paul Conboy - Bomb The Bass
6. Loops & Boundaries - Repeat Repeat
7. Vesna, Lastic & Elliott - SCSI-9
8. Starlight/Echospace Unreleased Mix - Model 500
9. Yacht - Justus Köhncke
10. My Friend Is A Seahorse /James Priestley & Dan Berkson's 'Barlz E Syntho' Dub - Kissogram
11. Dark Soldier - Roland Appel
12. Confused - Catz'n Dogz
13. Inner Hurt - Jay Haze
14. In The Moog For Love - Steadycam
15. Your Place or Mine - Audion
16. Schallstrom/Thomas Fehlmann Remix - Apparat
17. Serpentin - Ricardo Villalobos
18. Repeat - Cubenx
19. Sequencial Circus - Will Saul & Tam Cooper
20. Don And Sherri/Hot Chip Version - Matthew Dear

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The folks over at BASE have been busy and "declared blog on the world. Weary of both the formality of the traditional website and of talking about themselves in the third person, the studio resorted to unleashing a devastating, freewheeling vehicle for showcasing interesting people and projects that may or may not relate directly to Base."

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Fractured Recordings presents Recovery: a limited edition box set of cover versions of classic hits from the 70s 80s and 90s, performed by seminal and leading contemporary musicians working within electronica. Published as a numbered limited edition of 500, this collectors’ box set contains 10 double A side 7”s, alongside unique cover designs by artist Graham Dolphin.

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Adidas FLASH

A new interactive film for Adidas Originals : Adidas FLASH, from 180 Amsterdam’s Lyall Coburn and Hi-Res!.

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Dirty Diesel advertises its 30th birthday party with this film by The Viral Factory, directed by Keith Schofield. Very safe for work...

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

'Top Of the Pops'

Essential listening for this month:

1. S/T - Stereo Image (Frog Man Jake)
2. My Friend Is A Seahorse (James Priestley & Dan Berkson's 'Barlz E Syntho' Dub) - Kissogram (defDrive)
3. Colors of the Sun - Hatchback (Lo Recordings)
4. Surfing At Midnight (Prins Thomas Remix) - Sorcerer (TiRK)
5. Starlight Remixes - Model 500 (Echospace)
6. Secret Rhythms 3 - Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit (Non Place)
7. Stars of Zoo - Catz n Dogz (Mothership)
8. Pony Slaystation - Pantytec (Perlon)
9. Turquoise EP - Cubenx (Cyan)
10. Talk To Your Angel - Roland Appel (Sonar Kollektiv)

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

AllBackToMine.Session 26

An eclectic selection for the pre-party nightout at Zouk.

Expect Andrew Weatherall, M83, Toby Tobias, Swayzak, Todd Terje and Hercules & Love Affair, Pantytec, Ame, Roland Appel, Model 500, Mathew Jonson & many more. Come all ye faithful and listen...
Saturday, September 20th from 11:00pm onwards.

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Part of the weekend never dies...

The followup to an earlier post on Soulwax. This is the promo microsite for their current film. Loop madness, and its very well-executed.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The FontFeed

The FontFeed is a daily dispatch of recommended fonts, typography techniques, and inspirational examples of digital type at work in the real world. Eat up.

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"At this time, I was not yet aware of musical styles. My involvement with music was not yet that serious. I was more interested in playing around with sound fragments and effects, in order to create my own (musical) world. Everything went into the mixer with this in mind: Eddy Murphy films, episodes of the Muppet Show, the news, hip hop, acid, the moon landing, the Pixies, noise, Rick Astley: anything. I was enjoying the freedom of sampling."

Sample madness, literally.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008


It is done.

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Peter Saville

Peter Hook & Peter Saville, together with Ben Kelly & Miranda Sawyer talks about the Hacienda & the Adidas-Y3 Hacienda collab sneakers.

"When I give a talk in Tokyo or wherever and people come up and say, 'I want to become a graphic designer because of your work', I apologise. That spirit of independent thinking in Factory or, for instance, at Yohji Yamamoto was the exception and never the rule. I am the worst type of model for a design career." Having said that, Peter has nevertheless influenced and has made a significant contribution to the industry. Saville's strategy has always been to consider both the product and its market, and, like any good art director, to look for a visual solution that works for both. What sets him apart, however, is the breadth of his frame of visual reference, which takes in everything from fine art and architecture to fashion and film.

His website is still under progress, we shall see more of it soon.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Force

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Minox Rollei MiniDigi 5.0

Nice one, however at £350 with and only 3 megapixels I'm not so sure... But definitely a collectors item and worth checking out.

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RIAA Issues Knock Muxtape Offline

The popular mix sharing site Muxtape has been taken offline so that administrators can "sort out a problem with the RIAA," according to a note that appears on the site. "For the past several months, we have communicated concerns to Muxtape on behalf of our members," said an RIAA spokesman via email. "Muxtape has not yet obtained authorization from our member companies to host or stream copies of their sound recordings."

One of our top ten favorite music websites, Muxtape's service keeps the mixtape concept alive by allowing anyone to post a mix of up to 12 songs that can be easily shared with a simple URL. Its interface consists of artist and song titles presented in large fonts, with "buy" links under each song... [ More ]

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

How Design Can Save Democracy

Read the related blog post from the AIGA.

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The Decapitator

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

April 77

Jeanswear label April 77 is looking to turn its rock 'n roll aesthetic into a vinyl reality with the launch of its own label, April 77 Records.

Founder Brice Partouche has never made the brand's roots a secret. He's always seen April 77 more as an attitude or a lifestyle than simply a fashion label, and his obsession with bands such as The Ramones and The Attractions has informed 77's unique look from the outset, inspiring jean models such as the super-skinny "Joey" and the straight-leg "Costello." In fact, each pair of jeans comes equipped for an impromptu strum session, with a pick fitted in its very own pocket. As Brice himself puts it, "We used to be about music, now we are music."

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto - Insen

With "insen", Alva Noto (aka Carsten Nicolai) and Ryuichi Sakamoto continue their collaboration which started with "vrioon". The debut album released on Raster-Noton in 2003 was voted 'Record of the Year 2004' in the electronica category by British magazine 'The Wire'. A particular interest was shown in Nicolai’s creation towards a new synergy of acoustic piano and digital post production that had not witnessed before, in his approach and interpretation of Sakamoto’s piano clusters.

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Gnarls Barkley - "Who's Gonna Save My Soul?"

New promo video directed by Chris Milk.

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The Archive

Paul Mawhinney was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the years he has amassed what has become the world's largest record collection. Due to health issues and a struggling record industry, Paul is being forced to sell his collection.

This is the story of a man and his records, bidding starts at $3 million... I wished I had that money to contribute.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Village Green

One of the graphic design collectives I've always raved about. Seb Marling (Blue Source) + Jonathon Cooke (Love) = Village Green. Wicked illustrations, imagery, sensible typography and brilliant art direction. Some of the past Blue Source art directors can be found here and here.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Death Star over San Francisco

Directed by Star Wars fan Michael Horn.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

All Back To Mine: Session.25

Come all ye faithful, tonite...
Saturday, August 16 from 11:00pm onwards.
Expect to hear tracks from Andrew Weatherall, Toby Tobias, Swayzak, Todd Terje and many more...

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Friday, August 15, 2008


Revered designer and manufacturer of contemporary furnishings Vitra have revamped their online presence. By de-construct.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wonderbra online Billboard

A followup to the post below, Wonderbra has developed another interesting online campaign.

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