Friday, March 19, 2010


What a beautiful Friday, everybody. Go forth and enjoy this great burst of weather - here's to hoping it stays that way too. But right now, it's time you go and read through all our Friday favorites!

When I think Coca-Cola, I usually think of their Christmas time spots - you know what I'm talking about, the polar bears, the smiles. But the Coke Mini, which debuted in December of 2009, is all part of the company's support for healthy, active lifestyles. It holds about 8 ounces of liquid, less than the classic 12, and is stamped with the promise "90 calories per can" - another way for people who love their Coca-Cola to enjoy it and manage their calories.

In 1999, Judith and Richard Lang stated collecting plastic debris from Kehoe Beach, a remote stretch of beach of the Point Reyes National Seashore, in Northern California. From milk jug lids to disposable lighters, they use the plastic that washes up from the ocean to make artwork - large scale installations to something even like jewelry. They even have a really great blog.

LIFE IN THE DOLLHOUSE. Design team REX is behind quite the cool concept at Calvin Klein's Madison Avenue's store. They were charged with designing a concept house or "doll house" that would showcase pieces from the company's apparel, accessory, and home lines. Frank Gehry has a few photos of the outstanding piece from the store.

A COLLECTION A DAY. This blog is documenting a year project, from January 1, 2010 to exactly December 31, 2010, that showcases an individual collection. Anything from feathers to tools to photographs, Lisa Congdon photographs or draws each collection for each day. The blog is a definite must see.

Of all the things that I'm especially excited for, it's She & Him's new album, Volume Two that comes out on the 23rd. A little background, She & Him consists of band members Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward and their 2008 album, Volume One was absolutely wonderful. Zooey's voice is a romance in itself, crooning along with M.Ward and his guitar. There's warmth and heartbreak, charm to Volume One and so honestly, it's so exciting that they have a new album coming out.

One can't help but be convinced that HBO and the word EPIC are somehow eternally linked. The Pacific is from the same Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg team that brought us 2001's Band of Brothers - and it's nothing short of incredible with wide, sprawling scenes of known battles to the same, personal and intimate moments between soldiers while war and to the pieces of their own home lives. Part One was already shown this Sunday, which means you have plenty of time to catch up and be on board with watching the next nine weeks.

THE ART OF CHESS. 'the art of chess' is an exhibition of seven chess sets created by a group of contemporary artist including Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin, Tom Friedman, Damien Hirst, Barbara Kruger, Alastair Mackie and rachel whiteread. Each artist infused their own interpretation of the board game in real dimensions. A favorite? Barbara Kruger's 'untitled', which looks like it stumbled out of a French New Wave film.

JAK & JIL BLOG. Love, love, love it - it's always a great thing when designers share things that inspire them, things that strike them, and things that generally make the rest of us want to bow in all. The photography is fantastic.

BALENCIAGA, BALENCIAGA, BALENCIAGA. From Balenciaga Fall 2010. It says something about any aspect of design when you pass by and look twice. It's that second look, really, where you have to take into account what exactly it is that the piece is all about. And these heels are exactly that.

ESPIRAL THONET BY PABLO REINOSO. This is a site-specific installation in the galleries of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Reinoso assembled the installation by taking a succession of Thonet chairs into a helix, stretching from the fourth floor of the gallery to emerge on the floor above.


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