Jongerius x Maharam x Nike
Hot. The Nike Sportswear 1 World is a collection of AF1, created in partnership with global innovators in the fields of sport, music, art and design. Nike invited 18 innovators from across the world to re-imagine the Air Force 1. Early in the process, Nike Design selected Maharam, the 107-year-old American textile house renowned for its leadership in design innovation, to participate. Maharam’s unique interpretation of the AF1 introduces a silhouette constructed of Layers, a textile created by the Maharam in collaboration with Hella Jongerius. Layers, produced in 100% wool felt, uses sophisticated embroidery equipment played against artisanal hand-cutting to create patterning, resulting in an “industrial craft” hybrid. This already complex textile was further engineered to meet the specific needs of the AF1. The result represents a multi-disciplinary undertaking, bridging disparate aspects of industrial design including sports technology, textile design and the conceptual avant-garde. Layers is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Available for purchase exclusively at Moss on April 1.
Designed by Bruce and Stephanie Tharp of Materious along with Greg Bethel, “Adieu is a set of ceramic gas-fireplace ‘logs’ for the ardent modernist. The six individual ‘logs’ are cast from the legs of past furniture styles like Queene Anne, Shaker, Chippendale, and Colonial. Set within the fire, they mark a derision for, or weariness of, our stylistic past.”
Granted, I am a huge fan of Parra’s work, but this is too cool to keep to myself. Incase has announced their first game for iPhone and iPod touch, Parra Plays. Based on the Parra artwork from the second installment of the Curated by Arkitip project, the app consists of three games: Poppers, Parrot and Pairs.
Part sustainable water company, part art project, part philanthropic project, and completely curious, Boxed Water Is Better. They started with the simple idea of creating a new bottled water brand that is kinder to the environment and gives back a bit – and quickly found that it shouldn’t be bottled at all, but instead, boxed. Genius!
This is old news, but I love these images too much not to share them. Inspired by the proliferation of very tall signs in the American Mid-West, Floating Logos seeks to draw attention to this often overlooked form of advertising. Perched atop very tall poles or stanchions, these corporate beacons emit their message by looming over us in their glowing, plastic perfection. Elimination of the support structure in the photographs allows the signs to literally float above the earth. In some cases the ground is purposefully left out of the image to further emphasize the disconnect between the corporate symbols and terra firma.
Less Noise/More Design
These images by conceptual still life photographer Massimo Gammacurta are simply delicious. Gammacurta was born in Rome, Italy and is currently living and working in New York. Influenced by the futurist art movement, the graffiti culture, and Fellini and Pasolini films, he has shot stills and portraits for a host of publications and advertising such as Details, Forbes, Style Montecarlo, XXL, Nike, Lexus and Wieden & Kennedy.
The Grain Edit Stimulus Package
The US Economy is falling apart and people are down. Dave Cuzner came up with the Grain Edit Design Stimulus Package Giveaway as a way to cheer people up during these rough times and to thank his readers for their continued support. Thinking for a Living is honored to be a part of this years giveaway. Thanks Dave!
The talented London-based designer Matt Judge is currently looking for full time or freelance opportunities. Although his work speaks for itself, his employment at studios like SEA Design and Mytton Williams, as well as his dedication to Design Assembly says much about his commitment to design and producing quality work.
The Practice Sessions
“Everything is going to be OK.” Doesn’t that feel better? Finally, a projection about the future that doesn’t suck all the oxygen out of the room. Despite all of the doom and gloom, the silver lining for designers is that everything they need for success and happiness in this field is well within their own control. Learn more about The Practice Sessions here.
Folkert Gorter and Josh Pangell have graciously donated a lifetime account for each of the 10 practitioners at their newly developed personal publishing platform, Cargo. Cargo evolved out of the system that runs the SpaceCollective community. The goal of Cargo is to dramatically increase the accessibility and exposure of creative individuals on the internet, while aspiring to build a networked context that will contribute to the culture as a whole.
Andre Andreev and G. Dan Covert have also donated copies of their eye-opening book, Never Sleep for each of the 10 practitioners. There is a major disconnect between the life of a design student and the transition to being a design professional. To demystify the transition, Andre and Dan share their failures, successes, and surprises during their years in college and progression into the field: the creative process, monetary problems, internships, interviews, mistakes, and personal relationships.