Friday, January 22, 2010


Let's be honest. This week seemed a little slow in ending for all of us. But without missing a beat, it's time to talk about some of our Friday favorites. Remember, Friday favorites are all about what inspires us - things that we delight in, things that excite us, and things that we mostly stumble into discovering.

SPOON. It’s been three years since we’ve really had anything besides EPs from Spoon. 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga was such a strong album in its own right that it’s only right to expect something just as strong; Transference doesn’t disappoint either. It’s a much more mature sound complete with enough intrigue and signs that the band is definitely going in a new direction. Listen to I Saw the Light.

THE GHOST LAMP. From Italian designers Donato D'Urbino and Paolo Lomazzi, the Ghost lamp was created for Bonaldo. It has a light source inside the stem and the white polycarbonate diffuser, which then delicately illuminates the surrounding environment. Bonaldo will be exhibiting the Ghost lamp at the upcoming Now! Design a Vivre show in Paris.

PROENZA SCHOULER. Love, love, love the Pre-Fall 2010 Collection, which looks like it walked out of Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. While the leather-sleeve varsity jackets definitely take us back, it's the little black jackets made with holographic sequins and metallic mohair that are favorites. Check it out!

LILLIAN PAU’S DEGREE COLLECTION. A dark, beautiful collection of jewelry inspired by OCD and designed to reflect order and disorder. As it's introduced on the sight, "repetitive, intrusive thoughts resulting in compulsive behavior are redefined in this collection, questioning whether we all have slight OCD."

CLAUDIA VAROSIO. Looking for something to put on your walls? Claudia Varosio, a London-based graphic designer, has completely re-imaged posters from some of our most classic films including Bonnie and Clyde, The Shining, Ferris Buller’s Day Off, and the Hitchcock classic, the Birds. Visit her etsy store for more.
MCNALLY JACKSON BOOKS BY FRONT STUDIO. Without a doubt, this is one of those "if I had the space, this is what I'd do without any hesitation" moments because just look. Front Studio says, "Because we are all avid readers and great lovers of books, our collaborations took on an amazing degree of synchronicity. We thus imagined a space where every moment evokes some visceral connection with books and with reading."

DEAR VAN GOGH. From Design Milk, by Mike Mak - there's no explanation needed. If your mind is going in that direction, you're absolutely right. Follow the link and check it out.

SCRAP LIGHTS. Seattle-based graypants, inc. has been getting a ton of material from their local dumpsters and transforming it into this. The handmade pendant lamps that come in three shapes: Disc, Hive, and Bell. Available as either hard-wired or plug-and-switch swag lights, all three styles have their own appeal: Disc, for example, hovers just like a flying saucer.

FASHIONTOAST. These days it's all about Look Books and quick and easy posts on Twitter; so when you do find a blog with fresh personal perspective and beautiful photographs, you know you've stumbled on a gem.

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