I chanced upon Swedish designers Sigrid Stromgren’s and Sanna Lindström’s collaborative work, the Grand Central Table, in an old copy of InDesign magazine the other day. Folded into its most compact state, the piece of work takes up very little space. But then it opens up — just like the foldout map of New York that inspired it — to make a pretty cool table. Has to be seen to be believed.
Tweedy Boss and Rayford Cletus ‘Ray C’ Mohamed are the Occubilly Bros, a New York-based radical rockabilly group. Who says OccupyWall Street can’t be fun. Watch the video, Crashed It, Stashed it!.
Token Entry is a collection of more than 80 poets with their takes on the New York subway experience. It includes poems by literary greats like Langston Hughes and works by contemporary and lesser known New York writers. Short films are being made for several of these poems.
Finding an artist who works outside of their comfort zone is rare. Natalie Frank is one of today’s pioneers who throws herself off the edge she dangles from. It took seconds for me to realize she was approaching next level work when I first saw her paintings at the Armory in New York. Her recent show at Frederick & Freiser Gallery exemplified how her style has evolved even further since regaining the use of her left eye, curing her dimensional blindness.
This is some serious architecture porn. One of my favourite ad agencies in the world, JWT New York, is not only known for producing brilliant ads, but they’re also known for having one of the most creative offices in the industry. The office was designed to accommodate over 900 employees, and to transition the agency into a more creative, flexible, and open environment, reflecting the revitalization of its business model and brand identity. The renovation was completed in 2008 and was spearheaded by Clive Wilkinson Architects. HOK New York acted as Executive Architect, and DEGW assisted with client visioning. JWT’s New York office is definitely a sight to behold.
Painter and muralist Crystal Clarity is an emerging New York artist with a great sense of color whose work carries the urban woman’s strength. In her murals, you can see influences of Diego Rivera and Orozco.
Paris or New York: which is your favourite city? This charming animation created by motion graphic designer Tony Miotto and based on the book Paris Versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities, can help you decide whether you lean towards macaroons and the metro or cupcakes and the subway.
Empire State of Pen. One week. Five pens. One pencil. A million cups of tea. One iPhone and one repetitive strain injury. Patrick Vale gives you: Lower Manhattan from the Empire State Building.
I LOVE People’s Pops. I just had the most amazing frozen fruit pop ever in New York. I am not usually a fan of popsicles (overly sweet/sticky), but these were unlike anything I had ever had. They take fresh locally grown fruits and combined them with herbs and spices. For example, roasting the apricots before […]
Vivian Maier has one of those bodies of work that is hard to overlook. The mysterious, and only recently discovered, nanny-photographer has left behind an incredible collection of photographs from the streets of Chicago and New York during the late 50s and 60s. I’m invariably refreshed when I stumble across a strong female photographer, and Maier’s impressive legacy of work is no exception.
San Francisco illustrator and fine artist Lisa Congdon was raised in both upstate New York and Northern California, where she grew to love the trees and animals that surrounded her. That love is now expressed through her paintings and drawings.
Check out this papier-mâché sculpture I put out over the weekend in Brooklyn. It lived for a few good hours before the wind took it. When it would fall over, some nice stranger always took the time and effort to try and fix it back up. It was awesome.
James Gulliver Hancock has to be one of the craziest illustrators in the world: he has decided to draw every single building in New York. The Australian-based Hancock spent some time living in the Big Apple and fell in love with the city so much, he dedicated most of his time to capture every single building in his unique and quirky style. You can follow his obsessive craziness at his blog.