Shanghai Creative Bazaar

November 17, 2006

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Zendai MOMA will launch a new bi-monthly ‘Creative Bazaar’ in Shanghai starting on November 18th, 2006. Their mission looks to support creative people living and working in Shanghai with a program that provides an organic platform for expression and small-scale commerce with both a local and international flair. Creative individuals ranging from artists, designers, craftspeople and innovators will be present. Check it out if you happen to be in Shanghai. Directions and info on the event at SmartShanghai.

-phil

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The Run Up

November 17, 2006

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Creative lifestyle pioneer Upper Playground and FIFTY24SF Gallery, both out of San Francisco, have released a DVD called the Run Up. Basically, the DVD shows the interviews with various graffiti street artists, designers and photographers that make an impact on the contemporary art scene.
Artists included in the visual commentary are Mister Cartoon, Futura, and Jose Parla. The Run Up will feature one-on-one interviews with each artist and look at their their personal journeys in finding their artistic styles. Definately a DVD to look out for. More info here.

-phil

Tom Dixon Chair

November 16, 2006

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Last week, we took a look at the Tom Dixon Lacoste golf shirts. Here’s the ‘Slouch’ chair he’s created with extra-padded seat and a honeycomb pattern. These have not been produced yet, but it will surely be a hit when it comes out. Info from Wallpaper magazine.

-phil

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Here’s a cool item I came across at We Make Money Not Art. This item appeared at Artissima, the international contemporary art fair that was held last weekend in Turin. This is basically a giant disco ball-like skull that spins around and projects light around. Incredibly ‘bling’ but nonetheless one of the catchiest pieces I’ve come across lately.

-phil

Puma’s 96 Hours

November 11, 2006

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96 Hours is the end result of the collaboration from German sportwear company Puma and designer Neil Barrett. The collection is urban, smart and targeted towards the style conscious on-the-go traveler. In my opinion, the philosophy behind the brand strikes a strong similarity to Puma’s native rival Adidas and their collaboration project with Yohji Yamamoto, Y-3. 

Although it seems Adidas has already reached this particular market, it’s nice to Puma stepping out of their element and trying to branch out to other elements such as higher end street fashion. The collection to me seems very casual and minimal, which ranges from zip jackets and hoodies to footwear and travel accessories that include a line of luggage and messenger bags.

96 Hours men’s and women’s collections are available now in selected cities. However, if you happen to live in a largely populated city or a big commercial market, you probably won’t have trouble finding for it. (It’s a shame it’s not available for us, Canadians) For the list of retail shops carrying Puma’s 96 Hours brand or a view of the current collection, go and head on to 96 Hours.

– Jon

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This fall, Gucci opens their new flagship store in Ginza, Tokyo. What’s special about this new location is that it is the first ever Gucci flagship to be housed in its own building. The 8 story tower is constructed with two layers of hanging glass panels that are clear and bronze. The result is an illuminated glow effect that radiates with a light installation in the nighttime.

Inside the first three stories of the shop, you will see men’s and women’s collections of handbags, luggage, accessories, and other staple Gucci goods. As well, the Gucci Cafe, located on the 4th floor, will allow shoppers can take a break from shopping and enjoy a view of the Ginza cityscape. The 6th floor is reserved for future gallery space. If that’s not enough, Gucci is introducing their “Made to Order” program where special custom orders will be taken for handbags to be handmade at Gucci’s Italian Workshop, while you are allowed to choose the most precious materials Gucci has to offer. This perk will be exclusive at the Ginza store. See more at the Gucci site.

-phil

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Here’s a crazy/fun hotel to visit and perhaps stay in if you are ever in Berlin. The Properller Island City Lodge is a 30+room hotel but resembles a carnival funhouse more. The hotel has eccentric theme rooms such as a ‘mirror room’, where as the name hints, a room made up of many mirrors. Another room houses a circular bed which can be set in motion by a pedal. Pretty crazy if you ask me, but definately a place I’d stay a couple of nights if I had the chance. Check out more photots of their rooms at their site.

-phil

Tashen Architecture Series

November 10, 2006

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Taschen brings a unique perspective to world architecture, displaying architectural trends by nation. Each book offers 15 to 20 architects with the focus on how they contributed to recent buildings in their nation. Entries include short biographies as well as terrific photography of the architects’ most significant recent projects. The France, United States and Japan editions are available this month while previous editions for the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Switzerland are available now. At $25 USD, you can’t really have an excuse not to own any of these essential reads.

– Jon

Tom Dixon Lacoste

November 9, 2006

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Contemporary designer Tom Dixon works with Lacoste as the first designer to ‘reinterpret’ the classic polo for the Holiday Collector’s Series. The results are two styles of polo shirts constructed of materials that are durable and ecological. The Techno Polo combines the hi-tech weaving of lurex fibres and cotton while the Eco Polo makes use of indigo dye and adds stitching along with rougher edges on the sleeves for a more ‘distressed’ feel. These two styles are quite refreshing when the majority of the polos in the world share similar styles and materials. In addition, both styles will come in their own distinct packaging. These will be in stores on selected stores on November 15th, however I believe that they are out already in Hong Kong at Juice. More info at Tom Dixon Pour Lacoste.

-phil

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A while ago, Adidas Originals introduced a new limited series called, “Materials of the world“. This collection includes Stan Smith Mid x Japan, ZX500 x Turkey, Attitude Hi x Indonesia, Dragon W x China, and Gazelle W x Mexico. The thing that makes this collection so special is that, the design and the materials used for these shoes are based on the unique culture of each country. I’m really feeling the series as it really brings out the uniqueness of every country through the materials used. Stay tuned for more to come from this series.

– A style

EXILE Cigars

November 9, 2006

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Cuban Imports, Inc. recently introduced EXILE® – a rare and exquistie cigar brand that celebrates the traditions of pre-embargo Cuban cigar making. EXILE® is comprised of aged, rich blend of Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos delivering a rich and complex character with a spicy-sweet finish. Presented in a rustic 24 count box with a suggested retail price ranging from $5.50 to $8.50 per cigar (which isn’t bad at all in my opinion), each EXILE® cigar is delicately covered in a paper reproduction of the February 4th, 1962 headline page of the New York Daily Mirror declaring President John F. Kennedy’s enactment of the Cuban embargo. I haven’t tried them out personally so I can’t be sold by their quality and taste but the overall packagin alone looks to be a winner.

EXILE® will be available at fine tabacconists throughout North America.

– Jon

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Check out the new Adobe site, The Creative Mind, which showcases the capabilities of their new Adobe Creative Suite 2.3. The interactive flash site is really well done with cartoonish graphics and jovial tunes in the background. Take a look here.

-phil

Art Army by Michael Leavitt

November 8, 2006

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Multi-faceted artist Michael Leavitt has created many sculptures made with synthetic polymer clay and elastic of various artists. These figures look to pay homage to these artists who have made a difference through their works. Read the rest of this entry »

Corzo Tequila

November 8, 2006

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Once in a whlie, a product comes by and catches your eye because of some sort of distinct packaging. Although not really a new product, Corzo Tequila is definately be one of them The clean and minimal design gives the bottle a stylish look, reflecting the premium tequila inside. Corzo uses a patented process which allows the tequila to distill after aging. In fact, Corzo is the only distilled tequila in the market (that I know of), offering a smoother taste. And to top it off, they have a pretty impressive site that offers more information on their product and processes. Check it out here.

-phil

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Vapors Magazine, which explores the various aspects of street couture is making their magazine available to read in digital format. All you have to do is simply register with an e-mail address and they will verify it by sending out an e-mail. Read the 2 latest issues at Vapors Magazine.

-phil

American Gulag

November 5, 2006

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American Gulag is a series of bracelets made of tough and durable rubber and/or stainless steel that simulate barbed wire. Created by the Richter Studio based in Rhode Island, USA, Gulags are based on the prisoners who went against the Soviet Union government and sent into secret prison camps where they would be abused and often killed. The American Gulag are created to support human rights and fighting the American’s “war on terror” which is responsible for illegal imprisonment, torture and murder (ie. Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay).

The bracelets are available in black or white rubber for $17 (USD) and the Sterling Silver $275 (USD). A portion of sales will be donated to a human rights organization dedicated to fighting these injustices. Think of them as the new yellow wrist band in which Lance Armstrong used to support Live Strong and Cancer Awareness. It’s for a good cause, they look pretty cool and inexpensive to say the least (Well, i’d take a pass on the sterling silver bracelet. It’s a bit steep just to support a cause in my opinion.)

 [Richter Studio – American Gulag]

– Jon

Bang&Olufsen x Samsung

November 5, 2006

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What do you get when a company producing top of the line electronics comes together with another that stresses elegance in their product design? Well, Bang&Olufsen and Samsung have teamed up to produce a new cellphone known as Serene. This phone strays away from the typical design of a flip phone as the screen is placed on the lower shell rather than the top one. It is also much wider and has a thumb operated wheel in the middle of a circular dialpad. The Serene focuses on the basic communicating functions and usages of a cellphone, ensuring a fast and intuitive operation. See more at SereneMobile.

-phil

Melt Gallery,  Los Angeles: November 9th – December 22nd
Opening Reception: November 9th, 8:00 PM

The newly inaugurated Melt Gallery is proud to present the fine art of two of the country’s most renowned street artists, Stash and Slick. Representing the East and West coasts respectively, the two artists have been honing their distinct styles for more than 20 years and have both become internationally recognized icons in a scene they helped lay the foundation for. Melt is proud to unite both artists-who will be exhibiting together for the first time-bridging the gaps between their definitive coastal styles, influences, and experiences. Each will individually present a body of new work created specifically for the show, and collaborative paintings will represent the first artistic cooperation of the pair. In addition, limited-edition merchandise from both artists will be available throughout the duration of the show.

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Olafur Eliasson, an international renowned artist, will be working with Louis Vuitton on a special project called “Eye See You”. This project will be presented at Louis Vuitton Fifth Avenue, New York, on Thursday 9th November 2006. Eye See You will form the centerpiece of the Christmas display windows in more than 350 Louis Vuitton stores worldwide. Also, a piece of artwork by Olafur Eliasson entitled “You See Me” will go on display permanently at the store.

All fees from the project will be donated to 121Ethiopia.org, a charitable foundation established by Olafur Eliasson himself, and his wife.

– A style

Paul Smith Sample Sale

November 3, 2006

PS Sale

For all you Paul Smith lovers out there, Paul Smith is having a sample sale and here is the information you’ll need to know.

Location:
Dray Walk Gallery,
Truman Brewery
Brick Lane
London
E1

Time:
Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th of November
Friday and Saturday from 10-7
Sunday from 11 – 6

– A style