Friday, October 31, 2008

I Wish I Was Howdy for Halloween


Unreal use of an X-Acto, glue, and dollar bills. Mark Wagner:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

On the Road - Shreveport, Louisiana

After hitting the road all day in search of antiques, I'm back in my hometown of Shreveport, LA tonite. I'm usually only back for 24 hours or so, and in this case I'm only back for about 12 - just enough time to grab a meal at my favorite restaurant of all time - hands down, no doubt about it, no ifs, ands, or buts. Herby's K's - home of the world famous Shrimp Buster (pictured below). If you ever find yourself in the Port City, DO NOT MISS IT:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Aussie Architects

Check out this Permanent Camping House by Australian architects Casey Brown - the duo of Caroline Casey and Robert Brown. Conceived as a retreat for one or two people, this copper clad tower opens on three sides to provide 100+ mile views to the North, East, and West. Water is collected on the roof for plumbing. Cool spot:


I'm on a bit of a contemporary furniture / lighting kick today. Here's Australian Nick Renni's bookshelf for Porro. He calls it Chiku:


I'm a huge fan of Amsterdam-based Droog Design:

Monday, October 27, 2008

Stuart Haygarth

Stuart Haygarth's artist statement is quite simple: "Starting in 2004 I have been working on design projects which revolve around the collections of objects. The objects are normally collected in large quantities categorized and assembled in a way that transforms their meaning. My work is about giving banal and overlooked objects a new significance. The finished piece of work takes various forms such as chandeliers, installations, functional and sculptural objects." The first chandelier featured below consists entirely of translucent found objects that washed up on the coast of Kent in England. The black chandelier and the one consisting of multi-colored balls are party poppers collected after New Years in London. Amazing work.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


OK, this is a cool application. Poladroid allows you to convert your digital photos into Poloraid-style shots - weird coloration and all. I saw Michael Williams use it on his blog, A Continuous Lean, and had to try it out with some of my photos. Check 'em out - and click on the photos to get the full effect:

Friday, October 24, 2008

Love Him or Hate Him

I can see how both are possible. I have a love / hate relationship with him myself, but he keeps popping up on the pod, and it's working for me today, so here he is:

Stronghold Bill

Thursday, October 23, 2008

John James

I really enjoy the associative aspect of blogging. Earlier today the Sub-Studio lures made me think of a lake which spurred thoughts of Lake | Flato Architects. Then when I got home from my Illustrator class, I took one look at the Sierra Club Magazine on my coffee table and immediately thought of John James Audubon and his theatrical (yet realistic) paintings of North American birds. Starting around 1810, the man spent decades canvassing the eastern half of the young U.S. and in doing so painted almost 500 of the nearly 700 regularly occurring North American bird species. I remember seeing these as a kid, but I have a whole new respect for them now. I've gotta go check out some of the orginals:

Lures,..Then Lakes, or Lake - and Flato

If that's not a complicated enough title for you, the simple lines of masterful, San Antonio-based architects Lake-Flato should calm things down a bit:

And it just so happens that the late, great San Antonio maestro Doug Sahm is on the ipod singing "Is Anyone Going to San Antone" in the background. If you don't know him, check him out.


Sub-Studio formed in New York City in 2004 as a partnership between Anna Corpron and Sean Auyeung. Their screen-printed lure series:

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


How'd I miss this place when I was in NYC? Damn this stuff looks good. Lauren, I blame it on you.

Headed up by Tyler Hays, BDDW builds each piece of furniture by hand in their Brooklyn studio. Domestic hardwoods, traditional carpentry, and one great eye:

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