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// archive for December 2009

Gas Up The Hog, It’s Christmas Eve!

It’s Christmas eve! My family is coming into town today, so we will probably not be posting between now and new years. Thank you for reading and commenting over the last several years. We’ve loved hearing what you have to say! We hope that 2010 (wasn’t it just y2k?!) brings you much happiness and many blessings. See you next year! – Anna and Sean

Hijos De Villa Pistol Reposado Tequila

Okay, so this isn’t really new, but a friend gave me this Hijos De Villa Pistol Reposado Tequila set for my birthday last week, and I thought it was rather clever and funny for a bottle of alcohol. It’s a shot of tequila!

Air Max 90 Moire

This new Air Max 90 with the one-piece upper and moire pattern is so nice. I really like the great colors and the mix of pattern and linework for the upper.

via highsnobiety

The Working Proof: Scott Balmer – The Mystical Forest

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The Mystical Forest, by Scott Balmer.
15% of the gross sale of this print goes to The Kids In Need Foundation.

I am loving Scott Balmer’s The Mystical Forest print. As he describes it, The Mystical Forest is a weird and wonderful piece where landscape elements have been turned them into mythical beasts that roam around a mystical forest. The texture of the print is great, particularly within the reddish-brown triangles. There’s also a very subtle white layer of trees scattered across the print. Read the interview with Scott here, and buy the print here.

This is a three-color screenprint on 285gsm ivory Fabriano Rosafina paper.

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The Office for Lost Objects – Lighting Appliance No. 9

Nice little light fixture from The Office for Lost Objects – Lighting Appliance No. 9. I like how it appears to be a solid, heavy object when off, and reveals itself to be a light and translucent object when turned on. Lighting Appliance No. 9 is constructed from thin birch plywood and polyester fabric.

Nikon x Porter

Nikon teamed up with Porter to put out a dslr bag that doesn’t conform to the high-tech aesthetic. Instead it follows the classic, simple Porter style. You can buy them from Nikon Direct for about $170.

via Hypebeast

Fuji Kindergarden by Tezuka Architects

Travel with Gehry has a little write-up of a kindergarden in Japan by Tezuka Architects. The plan is a giant doughnut, with a surface serves as roof and play surface to cover the classroom spaces. Everything is open and the central court serves as a focus point for all the rooms. The school is a very cool project that takes a school’s needs for program and makes a form to accomplish it. It’s too bad schools here in the states aren’t more progressive in this way.

via Notcot

Roland Reiner Tiangco – Dirt Poster

Yes, please. I’m in love with this poster and want it BADLY! Designed by Roland Reiner Tiangco, Dirt Poster requires your participation to complete it. The back side of each poster is covered with a layer of ink, which you need to “paint” onto the front side the poster, to reveal the message that has been spot-varnished onto the paper. Awesome! The poster is limited edition and can be bought for $80.

Via Omami.

Gifted Holiday Market

Hi – quick post to apologize for the lack of posting today – Sean and I have a booth at the Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted holiday market and we had to set up this morning which didn’t leave much time for posting. We should be able to get back to regular posting tomorrow. Anyway, if you’re in the east village today through Sunday – stop by and say hi! The market is located at 20 East 4th Street (at Lafayette). There are lots of great vendors participating and we are selling Sub-Studio, Brevity and The Working Proof goods! There’s also apparently a “shopping party” every Wednesday (until 9pm) with a DJ and free Brooklyn Brew Shop beer.

Alright then. Until tomorrow.

The Working Proof: Karolin Schnoor – Forest Lady

Freshly released: Forest Lady, by Karolin Schnoor. I love the way that the circles with details of natural elements become the body of the woman. From Karolin: “I have been drawing a lot of trees lately, and I liked the idea of using them in a composition as abstract objects. I also like to play with the idea of scale, so that the girl in the drawing turns into a kind of superhuman earth lady who is holding the bear, which should actually be much bigger than her. Since winter is approaching, I wanted to use a cooler colour-palette. All of these things together made a nice-set up for the illustration.”

15% of the gross sale of this print goes to Transportation Alternatives, which Karoline chose to pair with her print because “cycling is a mode of transportation that a large percentage of the population uses to get around. In Germany, providing a safe environment in which to cycle is taken very seriously. Moving to London was strange, because I found it too dangerous to cycle – cars don’t leave room for you, there are almost no cycling paths, and the pollution is so bad that most couriers, for instance, wear masks. It’s frustrating to see one person after another driving a six-person car with all of the passenger seats left empty. It makes perfect sense to encourage walking and cycling in big cities and urban areas, so I want to support that movement. I think that Transportation Alternatives has a really good program that sets out practical solutions which aren’t impossible to implement, but that will make a big difference in New York. Hopefully something similar will happen in London, soon!” Read the rest of our interview with Karolin here.

Forest Lady is a digital print on 230gsm Tecco Matt Poster Paper.