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Awesome creatures

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We love animals! Even the kind that don’t exist!

We’re on our way to creating a rich eco-system of funky, super-weird creatures. We’ve enlisted the help of talented artists and designers to create a line of sassy animal-themed t-shirts. Every few months, you’ll see a new (hopefully funny) take on animals popping up on our site.

Call it Noah’s Ark 2.0 – except we have more than two of a kind, and they’re all for sale!

Have a cool idea or need to get in contact with us? Reach us here!

Check out these places where we’ve been mentioned!

Stay Awesome!

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Fokus Fabrik

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” The world of Fokus Fabrik reflects freshness, purity and happiness – making you enjoy your existence. In addition to modern fabrics, the Fokus Fabrik collection includes ready-made products such as bags, clothing and bed linen. Fokus Fabrik´s fabrics can be used to create a unique living and working environment. All the products of the collection are ethically made in Finland. Designers Tiia Eronen, Eeva Heikkinen, Laura Järveläinen and Hanna Kerman started their co-operation in 2005. Their design studio is located at the old factory in Helsinki, Finland.”

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NOKI

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NOKI’s show styled by Dazed’s Creative Director Nicola Formichetti and titled NHS, (Noki House of Sustainability), provided all kinds of madness from Scottish designer JJ Hudon’s original Noki frock to his latest couture gowns.Outfits were made from all kinds of things including materials once discarded by people, reconstructed with embellishments, new cuts, and new details all made by hand; in a statement against the globalisation of fashion.All looks came fully equiped with a Noki mask and during the couture section this mask was cut to reveal glitter lips! Hair, makeup and nails all joined together to make this show one to remember.

Noki is currently collaborating with Luella on a line of footwear and handbags.

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The Spiderweb Skirt by Josi Hannon Madera

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This week’s CRAFT Pattern Podcast is extra special for the long Memorial Day weekend. The Spiderweb Skirt is a crochet skirt by Josi Hannon Madera of Art of Crochet. It’s the perfect skirt to make for the upcoming summer. Recommended yarns are: Knit Picks Shine Worsted, Elann Callista, and Berroco Love It. If you need crochet help, the Art of Crochet has plenty of video stitch guides to help you along the way. You can also catch up with Josi on the Art of Crochet Blog.

  • Download this week’s CRAFT pattern PDF – Link.

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Diesel’s New Art 2007 Competition

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Republican chic

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White collar, white cuff, blue stripe…. we’re so in the market for one of these…..
BALENCIAGA A/W 07

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Kate Moss now officially tourist territory

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Kate Moss by Corinne Day photographs are at the British National Portrait Gallery – hanging right up there with the Beatles, Elizabeth II and Henry VIII. “This montage of the nine faces of Moss, who has just turned 33, was commissioned by the gallery to be the centrepiece of its new crowd-pulling exhibition, Face of Fashion, opening on February 15.” This is what we call making a grand exit. Watch and learn, Lily, Jessica and Freja.
MOSS MONTAGE IN NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY \ BY CORINNE DAY
Heroin chicette. Moss. Photos by Corinne Day

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Stay Crazy, London

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When Marc by Marc show with its Hollywood hangers-on crashed London fashion week last Friday we were worried sick about Gareth Pugh – the maddest designer in entire United Kingdom (and that is no easy feat). What if Marc’s loud publicity apparatus overshadows our young deranged genius? But, guess what, it didn’t. Some shows are just exciting on their own and not because of Selma Blair’s new haircut. That’s all.
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Coco in Gareth Pugh coat from Spring collection / “Sensory Overload” by Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue. (Merci Frostfrench!!)

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Icff 2007: part three

oh.my..my..!! again..a wonderful coverage and beautiful works / design(s) !!

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alright- we made it! the last day of icff coverage. it was a fantastic three days covering everything and running from place to place trying to catch it all. though the show wasn’t the best i’ve ever seen, it was great to see everything in one place and meet some of the designers i’ve admired this year. so, without further ado: the last day! [“co-pilot” boat-inspired stools by kandice levero. each one has a working compass so you know which way you’re faceing when you swivel]

i’ve written about this piece by charlotte lancelot before but it was great to see it in person this time. sooo much texture, i love it!

ceramics from paige russel– she was definitely one of the standouts at this year’s show.

these little ceramic cup and saucer sets had a light that changed colors inside. a little novelty but still pretty cute. part of the designboom mart (which kicked major, major butt this year)

amy adams‘ cute new frida lamps. i love the handle for easy transport.

fun little hook/cup/tiles at the designboom mart.

MET chandelier– part of the pure austrian design booth.

more beautiful ceramics from paige russell‘s studio.

this wooden bench had just the right amount of detailing. [designer info coming soon]

one of the highlights of design season was meeting denyse schmidt in person- she’s as sweet and lovely as her work. i loved the linens hanging behind her in the photo.

i loved this metallic bicycle-print wallpaper from flavor paper. they’re always right on top of the wallpaper game…

this was the first chair i saw at the show- it wouldn’t exactly match my home’s look but darn was this thing cool. and of course, it was so cool i lost my notes on it. will find asap.

boca grande‘s storage unit was one of my early favorites- it’s finished with auto paint, which gave the piece a nice high gloss.

peter loh showed a seriously beautiful glass table made with legs of reclaimed douglas fir.

lisa albin‘s cute children’s chairs in a new walnut finish.

door hooks and small side table from viable.

i loved these bright pink flor tiles from interface‘s commercial division.

lush, rich new rugs from emma gardner. i love the way emma plays with colors that are both super saturated and wonderfully muted.

cup and saucer with metallic detailing from areaware.

this rug really had to be seen to be appreciated. my camera can’t do it justice. warp and weft‘s pink carpet was one of my lust-after items this season.

wiggly, borderline alien-like lighting from vitra. very cool but about two steps away from giving me the creeps.

i covered these at milan but i had to show them again- tom dixon‘s stunning metallic lamps.

i loved these glass tiles from brooklyn glassworks. sorry, my camera really crapped out on this shot.

niche modern showed some great new styles at icff- i love the little pointed-bottom lamps.

adorable cuckoo clocks from progetti italy.

more pieces from the amaridian booth at icff. these rockers and chaise were designed by south african designers- i loved all the vivid red they used.

the cut-outs in tony meredith‘s slashBackslash chair gave it such a nice, airy feeling.

fun textured lighting from norman copenhagen.

i loved these colorful ceramic tiles from modcraft.

a lovely throwback to days of yore. this lamp was made from an old-school hoover vaccuum cleaner. kitschy, but fun. [artist info coming asap]

icff really was all about babies and kids this year- this convertible crib from industREAL design flips and turns into a chair when your baby is old enough to leave the crib behind.

i loved this simple but sleek seating from ana linares.

lamps and bowls from pure austrian design.

this luxurious wooden table from eros reminded me of golf tees- in a nice way, of course.

all of celery‘s furniture came with a bamboo mallet for easy construction and disassembly.

snap together glasses from angela at inv/alt design.

cup and saucer clock from umbra.

it was so nice to meet caitlin of rebound designs

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Networked bodies: art, culture, environment and sustainment in cyberculture

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Lucia Leão

:: jun 14.2007 :: 7:30 pm @ i-People: Av Vergueiro 727, next to the Vergueiro Subway Station.

The relationships between art and nature have always been present in the human history. Since pre-historic times, draws of animals in caves reveal the aspiration to represent and/or control nature. Enigmatic pre-historic monuments and planetary observatories are also amazing samples of man interventions in order to understand the surrounding environment and its movements. From the Egyptian frescos, passing through moments of the Renaissance and 18th century art, the landscape becomes the environment for building narratives and, often, it takes an ornamental or symbolic character. The landscape paintings, not by chance, are very frequent and popular in the colonialist expansion periods and show very clear relationships between the territorial conquest and the aspiration of representation.

In the 20th century, starting in the 60’s, a radical transformation happens: the art stop seeing the nature only like an object for representation and the artists start interacting directly in natural spaces. In that period, artworks emerge pointing to several readings of the environment, among them: nature and space problems (Richard Serra); light transformations, time effect and visitor’s interaction (Robert Morris and Nancy Holt); environment and consumption (Christo); actions and incisions in the environment (Michael Heizer and Alberto Burri), among others.

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Lucia Leão is interdisciplinary artist, PHD in comunication and semiotics from PUC-SP and post-PHD in arts from UNICAMP. Author of several articles about art and new media and of the books “The Labyrinth of Hipermedia: architecture and navigation in cyberspace” (1999) and “The Aesthetics of the Labyrinth” (2002). She organized the Interlab collections, with international papers: Labyrinths of the Contemporary Thinking (2002), with nomination for the Jabuti Award; Cybercultura 2.0 (2003); e Derivas: cartography of the cyberspace (2004). Lucia is professor at PUC-SP and SENAC. As artist, she has exhibited, among other places, at ISEA 200, Paris; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Campinas (MACC); XV Biennial of Sao Paulo; II International Biennial of Buenos Aires; ArtMedia, Paris; FILE -SP (2002); Arte Digital Rosario 2003; Cinético Digital, Itaú Cultural (2005); Mostra SESC de Artes (2005) e FILE Rio 2006.

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Showroom

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Showroom issue 2/007 is now online – the new issue is loaded with advertising, photography, architecture, product and graphic design.

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Showroom is a free exclusive bi-monthly magazine for the creative community. We deliver unedited thoughts by the industry’s creative leaders and thinkers and celebrate the latest and brightest of advertising, photography, architecture, graphic and product design.

Our 30.000 readers all over the world enjoy work by Wieden + Kennedy, TBWA Paris, Hakuhodo, Crispin Porter + Bogusky,  Sagmeister Inc, Duffy & Partners, StrawberryFrog among many others.

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WALL ART – Know of Any?

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Cave men decorated their dwellings with drawings depicting the events of their lives. Mayans hacked their stories into the stone walls of their enormous structures, and the pharaohs’ talented artists decorated pyramid walls with art celebrating the magnificence of the pharaoh. Michelangelo painted biblical scenes on the walls and ceilings of the chapels of his day. You get the gist – for thousands of years, humans have not been able to leave the surface of the walls around them untouched.

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So how have we allowed our walls to morph into boring expanses of beige, bland blank? Are we afraid to let our lives and our passions show on our walls? Are we too wimpy to move away from the white and sparse designer look with the obligatory three accessory items ‘casually’ displayed on the mantel?

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Or is there so much visual noise in our lives that we need the peaceful and calming effect of blank walls when we finally crash at home or in our hotel room?

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We feel that there is no right answer, but we do like walls that get us thinking or make us smile. We may not want them in our homes, but we love the ones we’ve seen in restaurants, hair salons, cafes and shops.

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We admire the work of artists and designers who are not afraid to move beyond the limits of canvas and create visions that should forever alter the meaning of “staring at the walls” and “watching paint dry.”

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Nokia Trends Lab

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Virtual hub of mobility experiences on Nokia Trends Lab Beta.

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Walking City: Pneumatic Dress

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By Ying Gao, part of “Indice de l’indiférence: Walking City” at Galerie Diagonale, 5455, de Gaspé street, space 203 :: May 29 to June 9.

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ISSEY MIYAKE’S Revamped Madison Ave Store

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> Gordon Kipping’s renovation of Issey Miyake’s Manhattan outlet is all about the bare essentials.

Having always acutely ministered the pulse of time, The Pet Shop Boys knew what to pick when searching for the ultimate fashion icon in their song Flamboyant: ‘There you are / at another preview / in a pose […] / collectors wear black clothes / by Issey Miyake.’ Between his debut in 1971 and today, the Japanese fashion designer has been hailed as a paragon of contemporary fashion design more than once. Miyake’s innovative designs prompted Canadian Gordon Kipping Architects to an eye-catching renovation of the company’s Madison Ave branch in Manhattan. By and large, Kipping chose to let the near-Spartan look of the 793m² shop speak for itself without intervening prominently. He did so not only by leaving the building’s original I-steel columns and their occasional misalignments intact, but also by combining white walls that end in a mirrored wall with a plain grey floor; by evenly fanning out mannequins across the space; and by neatly aligning the product that it all started with – the clothes – on one side. If these elements might run the risk of providing slightly too unostentatious a setting, then Kipping counters the danger with a simple but inventive eye-catcher: a checkerboard ceiling pattern of black and white light boxes. Its frisky dark-and-light motif is bound to catch attention from passers by, gleaming through the flush clear glass facade which creates a seamless barrier between the hubbub of Madison Ave and the serene-but-playful atmosphere of the shop’s interior.

Words: Ellen Rutten
Photos: Mikiko Kikuyama

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