James Victore on a “Type Safari” through Brooklyn
Seems like a really good dude
The Glass Pot by Massimo Castagna
Friends of Type are prolific. For this new box set produced by Princeton Architectural Press, the cross-continental design collective have compiled 100 of their favorite designs produced over the years and turned them into postcards. Featuring slogans, sayings, and salutations, the set is as much a study in letterform as it is a place form letters on.
Real fine Italian design
In a tradition allegedly dating back to Marie Antoinette, a body part that we’ve seen thousands of times now has its own Champagne coupe modeled after it. That’s right, Kate Moss’s left breast has been the inspiration for the shape of this cup—moulded while the supermodel was pregnant for extra volume—by Lucien Freud’s daughter, British sculptor Jane McAdam Freud. Commissioned by Richard Caring’s Mayfair restaurant 34 to celebrate Moss’s 25 years of service in the fashion industry, the glass will be available for use beginning in October at 34 and its three sister restaurants across London. It’s without a doubt the closest you’ll ever get to partying with the fashion icon, and the only way to classily cop a feel.
Adding some flare to a traditional tattooing device, the Handpoker is a 3D printed stainless steel implement of ink by the Brooklyn design studio Death at Sea.
James Bosnack’s invention of the cigarette-rolling machine in 1880 helped propel the early 20th century economy forward, making the mass-production of cigarettes a “Potent Symbol of Velocity for the New Modern Age.”
The Original Nomad Collapsible Tub sets up in 20 minutes and reaches a water temperature of 100º in about an hour. Just enough time to get a little groovy and ready for relaxing in the wild.
The Writer’s Block is a classy desk accessory that holds a pen and a notebook. Designed by the folks behind Word. and machined in Philadelphia, it’s a good-looking way to show off your dedication to the dying art of handwriting.
Using a set of Picasso’s lithographs as reference, Apple designers are taught to strive for simplicity.
Cute Cube is a tiny little camera built to handle all of the elements. Priced at $100 and equipped with a 124° wide angle lens capable of capturing HD video and still images, the mountable, waterproof Cube is an extremely affordable option to the Go-Pro.
Known as the “Flamingo” in Japan, the Sony PS-F9 was a battery operated direct drive turntable that featured linear tracking. Including two headphone outlets, the PS-F9 went on sale in 1982 and was the closest Sony ever got to making a “Walkman” for records.
Danish Architect Bjarke Ingels is redesigning the zoo experience to create an integrated space where there are no cages, and wildlife and humans are able to co-exist peacefully. Building upon an existing zoological park originally founded in the 1960s in southern Denmark, ZOOTOPIA will feature three continents—Asia, Africa, and America—connected by loops that begin in one central location. The key to this experience and design is in the camouflage of the structures, which will not be buildings so much as bunkers. Utilizing pods and paths, visitors will be able to fly, sail, bike, or hike through the park, all the while not disrupting the inhabitants. But the real question is, what if the inhabitants start disrupting the visitors? Cages or not, Zoo animals are only as free as their confines allow.
Instead of redesigning the glassware in their recent collaboration with Walt Disney Japan, nendo focused on the lids.
Stefan Sagmeister happily chimes on about storytelling. The business kind, not the fun kind.
In a grand example of quick and shoddy Chinese construction, sports officials in Tonghe County in Northeastern China had 90-degree corners painted on the running track of their newly refurbished stadium. When asked about the mistake, one commented “In order to get it ready for the leaders, we painted it like that… we think it is ugly too but if the leaders don’t ask us to change it, what are we supposed to do?”
NOT MINE by Guy Trefler… creating the new out of the used.