Sunday, May 2, 2010

POSTCARD: coffee for two

The High Line park, 10th Ave. & 16th St.
Jo Stafford and Tommy Dorsey, "Manhattan serenade"

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

PICTURE SHOW: 70 million by Hold your Horses

I'm sure this is going to blow up if it hasn't already made the internet blogging rounds. The Hold Your Horses! 70 million music video is probably the quirkiest crash course in art history ever. The French-American group of seven reenact and recreate some of the world's most iconic paintings and artworks a la creative DIY approach. From Magritte to Rembrandt to Delacroix to Klimt, the song is as peppy and fun as it is playing name that painting throughout the video. Personal favorite: Jacques-Louis David's Death of Marat.

POSTCARD: spandex world

Spandex World, Fashion Ave. & 38th St. // Ozo, "dreaming"

Monday, April 26, 2010

OVERHEARD: Erik Spiekermann

From a roundup of how 25 artists and designers overcome "creative block" at ISO50, February 2010:

"Look up stuff, go through your old projects, but avoid Google — it takes too long to find anything useful…"
–Erik Spiekermann, typographer

Read Spiekermann's full advice and other remedies for creative roadblocks here.

And view some of the legendary works by Spiekermann here.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

PICTURE SHOW: Tord Boontje's Moleskin

I love Tord Boontje's whimsical paper cutouts. They are fascinatingly intricate. He's a hotshot in contemporary design, and I am completely taken by all his works, from the paper light fixtures I always see at the MoMA store to his crystal pieces for Swarovski. I'm especially drawn to how his designs are so seemingly delicate, and his thoroughly modern and seemingly simple/minimalist aesthetic. That, and he's from the Netherlands but based in London; I want to be him.

Boontje was part of Moleskin's Detour project, which features video bits showing inspirational notebooks filled in with sketches and ideas by ├╝ber cool artists and designers from New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Istanbul, and Tokyo. Take a peek into Boontje's world and creative mind below.

So pretty it kind of blew my mind.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

ON HER MIND MONDAY: Fantastic Man & The Gentlewoman

[images from RBPMfanzine

I just read the other day that Fantastic Man--the Dutch "fashion magazine for men who hate fashion magazines"--will be launching a sister title to their brand, The Gentlewoman. Planned for a launch this spring, the magazine promises to be "Fantastic Man's fierce companion,an announcement that caused a gaggle of delight in the fashion blogosphere.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

POSTCARD: see the sky about to rain

roof deck, Dia: Chelsea, 22nd St. & 11th Ave.

Friday, April 9, 2010

WISH LIST: summer dresses from Harvey Faircloth

It is now April, which means springtime in the city is now in full bloom. The sight of sunshine, daffodils, and the first peeks of toes and sandals everywhere make me want to go on a huge shopping bonanza for dresses and other sunny accoutrements... at least in theory. I actually like the idea of shopping more than the act, which can be a frustrating and tiresome strain on my patience (the line for dressing rooms is oft just as bad as waiting in line for the ladies' room). Thankfully, for both my wallet and my sanity, the Internet remedies this by satiating my love for window shopping, regardless of weather and crowds of people. The latest feast for my eyes comes from Harvey Faircloth the new clothing line by Katie Hatch, Abby Clawson Low, and Mara Papa.
This is all so cute I might barf sprinkled cupcakes, but it's like 71 degrees outside so just let me be obnoxiously giddy about this for a day or two. More storyboard-like catalog images after the jump.