Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cloches: Put It Under Glass

Kate MccGwire Feather Sculptures
So what I like looking at things under glass... get off my back.
Source: All Visual Artists

Sometimes the trends that are closest to your heart are also those that you just need to give up. What is it they say, kill your darlings? It's this way with terrariums/cloches/whathaveyou. They're EVERYWHERE these days, but do they really need to go the way of taxidermy and be relegated to an area of design meant for only Home Goods and lazy designers? While scrounging around online for evidence that this too has passed, I only came up with further proof that cloches are actually forever and always and not going anywhere.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Vintage Bazaar: Gettin' Hitched


There's more to getting married than love and commitment... there are also tax incentives, parties, and gifts. And in this day and age of questionable nuptial arrangements, it's probably best we focus on the fun part of having a wedding: THE PLANNING. And that's exactly what you'll be able to do this Saturday when the Vintage Bazaar takes over the Empty Bottle from 11am to 4pm. They'll bring the usual round-up of affordably priced vintage goods, all with a focus on outfitting your impending wedding with a little unique vintage flair. And better yet , all vendors are available to source, style, and plan for your big day even after the market is over.

Full vendor list after the jump.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Word on SOPA


The internet is in a huff over SOPA/PIPA, and if you haven't heard about it after today then you've obviously been heeding Le Tigre's advice to Get Off The Internet. Seriously though, it's pretty horrifying legislation and makes me want to move to Europe more now than ever... even if they are in financial ruin. So if you've ever read a design blog that reused content (attributed or not), posted a video, or done just about anything that makes the internet unique and above all EQUALIZING, then now is a good a time to make your voice heard:

+ Contact Your Representatives

+ Sign Google's Petition

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention

Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Innovation exhibit

In case you hadn't heard, The Art Institue of Chicago is offering free "Winter Weekdays" admission to Illinois residents through February 10, 2012. Admission to the museum is normally $18 for adults and $12 for children, students, and seniors. I bring this up only because it's a great public service that you now have no excuse not to take advantage of, but also because it's your last chance to catch Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention. I saw this exhibit in November and was floored at how great it was. If you're a fan of architecture, city planning, or even scale-models of buildings, then this is a do not miss. But GO NOW since the exhbit closes on Sunday, January 15th. Sure, if you take it in after Friday you'll have to pay cash money and battle crowds, but just think how culturally enriched you'll feel!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Work of Saul Bass in 100 Seconds

The Title Design of Saul Bass from Ian Albinson on Vimeo.

One of my first jobs was delivering reels of film for the now defunct - sad face - Pacific Title & Art Studio. For 90 or so years, Pac Title was a big player in the film titles arena, developing the main titles for The Jazz Singer, Gone With the Wind, Ben Hur, and later working on projects like... er, The Fast and the Furious and Watchmen. Despite the place completely going down the tubes, it's where I learned to really appreciate the craft that goes into making compelling titles that add to a narrative. King of this craft? Saul Bass, obvs.

There's been a lot of news about Bass lately what with the release of Jennifer Bass (his daughter) and Pat Kirkham's Saul Bass: A Life In Film & Design. It's a stunning book that gives full attention not only to Bass' work in film, but also his graphic and corporate identity ventures. That said, Bass really shines in the titles arena where he is a master of KISS. This short video - put together by Ian Albinson over at The Art of the Title - pretty succinctly sums up what was so brilliant about Bass; the work is graphic, tense, bold, but most of all, memorable.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Black, White and Read All Over

House Beautiful, February 2012
Photo: House Beautiful

I read a lot of shelter magazines for pleasure and generally to stay on the up-and-up of what's going on the design world. There are always a ton of amazing ideas that sort of mill around in my head for a while, but rarely do I find a project that I want to execute verbatim. Well, not so in the February 2012 issues of House Beautiful. You see, there's this great design team in Los Angeles, Nickey · Kehoe, who redid this ridiculously beautiful Craftsman home in Venice and basically painted every single solitary piece of wood in the place white, which is - I know - heresy in some circles. Oh, and they did all the beams and crown molding BLACK.