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// archive for September 2006

IPath Footwear

IPath has been making some nice natural fiber skate shoes for a bunch of years. Great chillers. Their styles are more mature and than the lighter sides of eS and lakai. I’m not sure why, but they make a lot of mid-tops. I guess older skaters need the ankle support.

Eero Saarinen’s Womb chair

I was surveying an apartment for work a few days ago. Our client inherited the apartment from her grandfather and there was some seriously great furniture in the apartment!

My favorite piece, in a beautiful, light blue:

Eero Saarinen’s Womb chair, designed in 1948 exclusively for Knoll. The base is made of polished chrome and the chair is a fiberglass shell with fabric upholstering. I covet.

Blend Creations

Pretty stationary from Blend Creations. I wanted to show more of their work but the images on their website are so small!

Via Modish.

Sigg Aluminum Bottles

Sigg is a Swiss company that makes the swiss version of the ubiquitous American Nalgene water bottle. The Swiss do it a little bit better. The aluminum bottles have some sort of crazy inner coating that resists fruit acids and booze. And they’re a little bit lighter than plastic. They make all types of bottles, thermoses, kids versions, even old school looking ones with aluminum cups built into them.

Ryan Frank

This chair was made from a single sheet of birch plywood. It is put together without any adhesives (though they use screws to make connections). Ryan Frank is a South African designer currently based in London.

I don’t know why I like these, but I just do. Loot lights:

Thelermont Hupton

While I would never buy this, I like the playfulness of the light fixture. Ah, gone are the days of fairs and balloon sculptures. Designed by Thelermont Hupton.

Nike Dunk Collecting

Nike Dunk SB Premium – Net/Maize Golfer Colorway

Why I think Dunk Collecting Sucks:
So there is this huge contingent of sneaker heads that collect Nike Dunks, specifically. Now the Dunk has been around since 1985 and deserves some recognition because it is a pretty slick piece of sneaker. However, the collector’s market for the shoe is completely wack. Why? As with any collectible, the value of the object as a true collectible comes from its level of rarity. The rarest objects are those that are mass produced and then thrown away, leaving only a few to remain to the true collectors. Think of rare coins, stamps and comic books.

Nike understands that there is this subculture of sneaker collectors and begins to tailor colorways and special editions to that market. These sneakers might run $100-$300 for their initial retail release, depending on the run count. By limiting the number of that edition produced, Nike artificially creates the ‘rare-ness’ and collectability of the sneaker. In my mind, these collectable Dunks are not really collector’s items in the true sense of the term. They are merely exclusive editions that have an artificially and instantly created value within the sneaker collector market. But would I think that someone who has the most ultra-rare-special-dookie-edition Dunks a true collector? Probably not. They probably just have deep pockets.

Mike Mignola

Mike Mignola is another one of my favorite artists. His very minimal and chiaroscuro style of drawing gives the drawings a woodcut print quality. They feel like they were pressed onto the page and not simply drawn. Mignola is best know for his work on his creations Hellboy and BPRD. The image is taken from ‘Hellboy: Odder Jobs’, published in 2004.

Mike Mignola’s Wiki

Design Classics 1

The Eames Eiffel Side Chair, and its variants, is my favorite chair of all time. But the armless side chair is my favorite of the different shell types. The simple curved lines of the shell combine with the geometric eiffel base to compliment each other quite well.

The Eiffel Side Chair is available (as a reproduction) from Design Within Reach for a mere $199 each.

Eriko Sukegawa

A curvaceous magazine rack for your wall that doesn’t look bad when there isn’t anything in it. And you can fit alot of magazines in the rack as well, which is good if you take a long time to throw things out like I do. Eriko Sukegawa is the designer. You can find him exhibiting at 100% Design this year.