a compilation of products, furniture, jewelry, architecture and artists that float our boat. FURTHER EXAMINATION:

// archive for May 2010

A New Look

It is absolute insanity to think that we started this blog in September of 2006 and it is now Summer 2010! But since then, the blog has only had minor tweaks to the design. We decided we had to up our game and make our blog a little more grown-up. We hope you enjoy the new look and thank you for all your support over the last 4 years!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! We’ll return with a post on Tuesday. In the meantime, enjoy your backyard bbq’s!

Heather Lins – Science Project Pillows

Heather Lins’ Science Project pillow collection is pretty cool. The pillows are made from black wool felt and the graphics are made of recycled polyester derived from both post-industrial and post-consumer sources.

Mr. Doob – Harmony

My friend Mike sent me the link to Mr. Doob’s Harmony application, which he described as “kind of like etch-a-sketch for adults”. It took me a little while to figure out how to use it, but once I got started it was really kind of mesmerizing…I would call it a hybrid between an etch-a-sketch and a Spirograph. It has a bunch of different ‘pens’ that create some nice effects – webbed, fur, shaded (my favorite). My only complaint is that there’s no ‘undo’ button that would allow you some flexibility in playing with the different functions. Play around with it and enjoy!

ICFF – Shine Labs

Shine Labs was one of those booths at ICFF that I walked into and wanted everything. They have an amazing collection of lights, from the Moire collection (a collection of wireframe lamps putting a spin on traditional forms) to the feather-like Cascade pendant and the Curve pendant (made from felt strips).

They also make a bunch of really fun accessories – my favorites were the silhouetted vases that are actually just dressed up test tubes and the twiggy Cypress wall vases.

Super – Classics

Super says on their website that they created the trend of these style glasses. Who knows if that’s true or not. But they do make some nice frames, like the Classic – Safari. The internal patterning is pretty ill. The over-saturated mustard and brown tortise shell tones lend themselves nicely to the zebra stripes pattern.

The Working Proof: Stacey Rozich – A Day’s Catch

Stacey Rozich is a super awesome illustrator whose body of work explores the history of folklore in Eastern European and Native American cultures. I love the print that we just released through The Working Proof – A Day’s Catch, which depicts a beastly forest spirit being lashed down by women hunters. In Stacey’s words:

This was a departure from my portraits, where I spend my time figuring out harmonious patterns in their clothing and creating striking masks. With this piece, I’ve begun to shape an account of human relationship with animals, nature, and spirituality. I imagined terrifying spirits living in a land that has been newly inhabited by hunters – people who revere and yet want to conquer these uncontrollable beings that exist around them. The beasts are spiritual incarnations that have a symbiotic relationship with the forests, the trees, and the roots. I’m not sure that it is immediately clear, but the hunter that is standing up is pointing to the beast’s head, where a sapling is beginning to grow, almost as a sign that they’ve caught something much bigger than they could ever imagine. It also gave me the chance to paint in texture to the beast’s body, which I enjoy very much.

15% of each print sold benefits Puppies Behind Bars. See our interview with Stacey here, and buy the print here.

Vibeke Skar and Ida Noemi Vidal – Story lamp

Gorgeous porcelain lamp by Vibeke Skar and Ida Noemi Vidal. The pattern is reminiscent of knit patterns. The Story lamp’s inspiration:

“The lamp is telling a story about the Norwegian traditions and way of living, the contrast between the cold winter weather and warm clothing and homes. Story draws inspiration from melting icicles and the warm light shining through the windows of our cabins in the mountains, it sheds a new light upon traditional Norwegian knitting patterns and gives a new and softer expression to the cold and hard porcelain surface.”

Via Dezeen. Photos by Kaja Bruskeland.

Follow the Leader – Sam Caldwell

Loving this Follow the Leader illustration by Sam Caldwell. You already know how much we love Sam’s work, so it was an honor to have him participate in FTL!

Camp Firebelly and the Pikaland Artist Bootkamp

Please excuse the lateness of this post. I’ve wasted most of my morning reading a bunch of commentaries about the LOST finale. I didn’t want to post anything about the finale in this post since all of you might not yet have seen the finale, but I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Getting back to work now: here are two interesting opportunities for artists that landed in my inbox recently.

The first is Camp Firebelly (please note that the application for this year’s camp has already past, but keep this in mind for next year, because it sounds awesome!):

For 10 days, 10 campers live and work with us (Firebelly) to craft a strategic design solution for a non-profit client, from initial research to final implementation. Our Chicago loft office serves as the campground where campers work, play, sleep (rarely) and dine on a healthy menu of organic/vegetarian-friendly grub.

It costs $1,000 to participate, but that fee includes everything – meals, lodging, etc. In addition, there are two scholarships available for designers who couldn’t otherwise attend. Camp Firebelly offers the next crop of socially-minded designers the chance to use their talent and creativity to make a difference, experiencing what professional life is like Firebelly-style.

The other interesting opportunity is an online Artist Bootcamp by Pikaland – a course designed that provides one-on-one critiques of artist’s work to help them develop and refine their personal style.

Divided into two modules, the Pikaland Artist Bootcamp will enable artists to cement their personal style and also help them thrive and have fun as an artist online – with weekly exercises and personalized, constructive, one-on-one critiques to help emerging artists find their footing and ways to set themselves apart from others in the vast online world. No matter if they’re just starting out, or have been doing this for a long time, all are welcome!

I’m a big believer in the value of collaboration and critique, which is why I love the idea behind the Artist Bootcamp. The Pikaland Artist Bootcamp is $80 for each month-long course.