Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
Lesque, Japan's top indie skateboard company, just dropped their latest video, "One Year". The DVD features a number of really beautifully-filmed vignettes introducing each of the four pros on the team.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
As a textile designer for Herman Miller from 1952 to 1973, Alexander Girard collaborated with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson to form what is widely known as the "Camelot" of design. In the mid-century era of Modernist sterility, Girard's folk art sensibilities softened the hard edges of the prevailing style. His love for typography and use of illustrative lettering was evident in his personal work as well as high-profile pieces such as the renowned International Love Heart.
In creating its own interpretation of the Girard aesthetic, House Industries undertook an extensive research project, exploring four decades of the designer's work archived at Vitra in Germany and Herman Miller in Zeeland, Michigan. A pilgrimage to New Mexico unearthed more reference materials, including Girard's famous Unitarian Church mural in Albuquerque, his collections at the Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe, and more treasures at the home of the Girard family.
For the Alexander Girard fonts, House Industries designers took inspiration from a variety of source materials.
Girard Script was loosely based on Girard's signature as it was always printed on the selvedge of fabrics he designed, as well as an assortment of obscure personal illustrations.
Girard Slab is a practical slab-serif family of four weights and three widths, inspired by the cover of Herman Miller's 1972 fabric designs catalog and the Girard Miller logo. A special features allows the user to toggle the letter connections on and off.
Girard Sky was based on alphabets drawn by John Neuhart and Karl Tani for Girard's famous rebranding of the Braniff International airline in the 1960s.
Girard Sansusie combines a folksy flair with a lettering style evident throughout the Girard oeuvre, most notably on his 1955 Herman Miller fabric catalog.
In the spirit of the Herman Miller Textile and Objects store that served as a showplace for Girard's thoughtfully-curated fabric designs, toys and folk art in the 1960s, the House Industries' Alexander Girard Collection features its own set of Girard-inspired objects. Each of these objects tells its own story while gracefully taking its place in any contemporary living space.
- A 72-piece wood memory game festooned with illustrations.
- Sunny faces beam from a set of children's alphabet blocks, originally designed for the San Francisco MoMA show in 2006.
- Hand-made dolls, designed exclusively for House Industries by Marilyn Neuhart, are made from Mexican cotton with the same loving care as the originals she sewed for the opening of the T&O store in 1961.
- A nativity set of 11 solid maple pieces is based on an original Girard illustration that hangs in his son's house.
- Snakes, rabbits, fish and foxes form a menagerie of mystery in a childrens’ puzzle based on a Girard carpet design.
Really beautiful stuff!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Friday, January 02, 2009
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Monday, December 29, 2008
The other night I caught the Cro-Mags Jam at The Knitting Factory. AJ Leeway on Guitar. Craig Ahead from SOIA on Bass. The place was packed and rocking hard. Mad kids flying. Following in Ratbones lead with leaps off the balcony. The unexpected pleasure was an opening band from Stroudsburg, PA called Wisdom in Chains. I was apparently the only one in the crowd who didnt know these guys because the floor was MOVING.
My video of WIC sucked so heres one from youtube:
Sunday, December 21, 2008
If you aren't familiar with the guys story, check out his memoir, published earlier this year.