This past weekend was spent at a relaxing retreat at Breathe Inn, located a little over two hours from NYC, in the heart of the Catskills. A labour of love for Brooklynites Camella Ehlke (founder of Triple-Five Soul) and Marlon Aitcheson (former personal “chef to the stars,” including Russell Simmons), they have successfully curated the Maple Tree Farm, (former home to Videofreex, America’s first pirate tv station) with a perfect blend of mid-century modern furniture, Asian and North African flair and some incredible art from the likes of Rostarr, Doze, Ryan McGinness, David Ellis, Banksy and more.
Thoughtful accents to the experience include a full vegetarian breakfast, laptop-friendly projector, full dvd library, ipod stereos in each room and complimentary Malin + Goetz toiletries. Overall, it’s a brilliant and peaceful experience with the amenities and attractions of city living, without the constant dirge of Flatbush Avenue. [Read more]
…as seen through the lens of Hedi Slimane.
Matsumoto, Japan. Photo by Mellaux.
One of our favorite shops we visited on our recent excursion to Japan was Plus Minus Zero in Aoyama. We were mesmerized by stunning single-slice toasters, 8″ lcd televisions, and fantastic minidisc players, but it wasn’t until we noticed these fantastic “soccer” doormats in varying shapes and portions of the pitch by Etsuya Adachi that we were completely smitten. These and much more available via +-O online shop.
Paul Smith and Burton have collaborated on a new collection of fashion-friendly gear for the slopes. The Mark XIII double-breasted trenchcoat in cavalry twill (shown above) features silver-plated buttons with “traditional guardsmen crests” and promises “ultimate mountain functionality.” Mega. Available now.
Debates will certainly revolve around whether or not they phoned this one in, but from our perspective it’s quite an excellent collaboration. Peter Saville and Paul Smith have created an extremely limited-edition commemorative shirt for the release of Anton Corbijn’s new Ian Curtis biopic ‘Control.’ The design references the “pulses of a neutron star,” as featured on the cover of Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures.’
“I’m a bit player in the story of my life.” RIP Anthony H. Wilson. Thanks for everything.
photo: Kevin Cummins
A happy 75th birthday to Lego, born on this day in 1932.
Tillykke med F
“A Young skinhead holding his handgun up to the camera,” by Gavin Watson/PYMCA.
The result of a fantastic collaboration between Sir Paul Smith and Vans, these espresso/spicy orange hi-tops, authentics and slip-ons will be available in March ’08.
2007 sees the 50th anniversary of the most ubiquitous sans-serif typeface on the planet (with the possible exception of Arial). Helvetica has been honored in the form of a feature length documentary and an exhibition at MoMA in New York. Now, Blanka and Candy Collective have curated an exhibition at the Design Museum in London which features one imagemaker for each year of the typeface’s existence. Our eyes are on the NB Studio’s print above, championing Apple‘s integration of Helvetica as a system font on every machine they’ve made since 1985. A chance to peruse (and purchase) the other offerings can be found here.
The FAC51-Y3. Absolutely stunning. More info at CR Blog.
Amazing electronic miniatures, from the hands of danmcp.
“Landings #2,” from a series by Branislav Kropilak
Erin O’Connor, photographed by Rankin.
Muse fact: Erin is the first living person ever identified to be a silhouette on a Royal Mail stamp (the 2001 Royal Mail “Fabulous Hat Stamps” series).