Friday, February 27, 2009

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans

Even with a pretty bad case of the cancer, Littlejeans is happy, social and sweet as all get-out. This morning he woke me up by tapping my eyelids repeatedly with his hand (also known as a paw). I got up and fed him, and then he went back to sleep on his chair. I ain't mad at'cha, Jeans. Stay gold.

Oh Sister

Aaron Rose on Sister Mary Corita Kent:

A new exhibition of her work opens today at the Missoula Art Museum in Montana. MONTANA!

Previous posts on Corita here and here.

Unrelated: Andrew Bird Oh Sister mp3 (from Soldier On... buy it here.)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nature of the Experiment

Topping the list of places to see next time I'm in New York is the newly-opened Droog store on Greene Street between Spring and Broome. Founded in 1993, Droog is a gigantic, worldwide collective of highly conceptual designers whose self-stated mission with each project is to "tell a story about themes such as memories, nostalgia, re-use, craftsmanship and nature."

With all of that in mind, here are some of my favorite Droog works:

Milk Bottle Lamp by Tejo Remy. Stuff like this is everywhere now but when this came out it was something I hadn't seen before.

Do hit chair by Marijn van der Poll. Emily and I had the (very loud) pleasure of visiting the Droog studio in Amsterdam one time when they were banging away at this thing. The hammer comes with the metal box and you make your own chair design out of it.

Limited fungi shelf by Katharina Mischer. This reminds me a little of a series of hand-carved tables my dad made in the '80s with animals coming out of them:

(Click to enlarge)

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Tokyo Police Club
Nature of the Experiment mp3
Lesson in Crime

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

On to the Next

The whirlwind that is New York Fashion Week ended last weekend, and the party's moved on to London and soon Paris. I thought there were many lovely pieces on the New York runways – and I liked the strong shoulders and all of the hard-edged glamour – but overall the marching orders for Fall didn't surprise. Blazers and slouchy or stovepipe pants continue their reign; dresses tend toward sleek and slim. Choose between ladylike or hard-edged, or better yet, mix the two. Despite the mantra that in these times designers need to give customers a reason to buy that one special piece they can’t live without, that approach seemed to manifest itself in the details, rather than in a lot of fresh lines or new ideas. But it's always fun – and inspiring – to look. A few final highlights below:


Julian Louie

Calvin Klein

Ports 1961, Tommy Hilfiger, L'Wren Scott, Brian Reyes


Kristen Schaal via SLOG

Painter in Your Pocket

I mentioned our old friend (and Northwest native) Bella Foster awhile ago, and I'm excited to announce that her new portfolio just went online at the venerable Art Department. Check it out here.

Unrelated: Destroyer Painter in Your Pocket mp3 (git it)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Stuff we forgot we owned, Part 4

A little ceramic pot holder thing. I never really got why it's a "cheese and cracker snacker," because you could only fit like four crackers on it with cheese sitting on top – maybe it's meant for one person. Emily found this at a flea market a long time ago, if I remember correctly. I like the color and the type.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Time Won't Give Me Time

I meant to post this last week – we were lucky to be able to see a bunch of our friends in New York the weekend we were there.
Here are some pics:

The legendary Sky Owen Shepard was kind enough to host us at Arrow, where he works Friday nights.


Emily / J.Ralph Phillips / Joe / Christine.

Jeff and Jason.

Sarah / Steven / drunk guy.

Aoife, Jason, Chad.

Janice, Willing, Jason, Ben.

Tim and Sky.

Matt, Sky, Ben, Janice and Janice's cousin, who was visiting from Seoul.

Reunited, and it feels so good.

My brother and his special lady Daniela, in love and oblivious to the fact that Amy Windehouse is waiting for a drink.

Emily at the end of the night.

Before we got on the plane we had a much-needed brunch at Lobo with our buddies Jennifer Szalai and John Williams. On the way back, we walked by this car. It was a windy weekend.

The March Continues

More highlights from fashion week (click to enlarge)...

Phillip Lim channels the swinging 60s.

Michael Kors does Michael Kors better than in recent memory.

Proenza Schouler makes me want to dig out my Georgia boots.

Richard Chai got the tough-chic memo.

Beautiful detailing at Doo.Ri.

Alexandre Herchcovitch adds some sparkle.