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Guy Laramee’s monumental book sculptures

12/30/2011

Artist Guy Laramee carves incredible landscapes out of vintage books, dictionaries and encyclopedias in his Great Wall and Biblios series. Erosion of cultures is the continual theme that runs through the last 25 years of his works. In his artist statement:
I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.

Below are a few of my favorites.

perfect use of japanese text for a zen garden

(all images by Guy Laramee)

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LA’s Aardvark Letterpress & McManus & Morgan Paper

12/29/2011

Letterpress printers and fine artist paper shops are sadly disappearing. The last two standing in downtown LA are Aardvark Letterpress and McManus & Morgan Paper, captured in Ben Proudfoot’s cinematic short film.

Let’s support these local businesses!

Aardvark Letterpress
2500 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 388-2271
aardvarkletterpress.com

McManus & Morgan Paper

2506 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 387-4433
mcmanusmorgan.com

Directed by Ben Proudfoot
Original Music by Kyle Malkin
Sound Design & Mix by David Bolen

Turkish Airlines’ gorgeous CIP Lounge

12/28/2011

Located in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport International Departures Terminal is Turkish Airlines’ new CIP Lounge.
Designed by Istanbul’s own Autoban studio with the concept of a shell within the airport shell, the lounge spans 32,300 sq. feet with a daily capacity for 2000 people. A series of arcade arches create distinct yet cohesive spaces for a restaurant, tea garden, screening room, library and resting rooms. Even the mechanical and electrical systems are hidden behind the black channels that frame each arch!
If only every airport lounge could be this thoughtful and beautiful…

(all images from Autoban)

The Selby on the leather King Mitch Alfus

03/30/2011
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Love the Selby and this intimate video into the life of Mitch Alfus, director of Libra Leather.

Splash’s gothic Limited Edition 2011 Calendar

03/02/2011

Splash, the high-end retailer in Dubai commissioned Indian photographer and graphic design Tejal Patni to create their Limited Edition 2011 Calendar. Patni teamed up with New York stylist Kirsten Hermans in creating a surrealist gothic landscape and feel a la Tim Burton. Dark and dreamy!

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December (all images by Tejal Patni)

Watch the behind the scenes video of the shoot:

Toby Jones’ Lonely Hearts Club collection

01/20/2011

Loving these designs from Australian brand Toby Jones‘ SS 2011 Collection. Great balance of modern sensibility with vintage feel.

Previous collections can be purchased here.

all images by Toby Jones

Ralf Schmerberg’s provocative Problema

01/13/2011
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Let’s start the new year with this thought-provoking film directed by Ralf Schmerberg. 112 global thinkers answers 100 questions posed by citizens of the world during a 9 hour filming session on a sunny 2006 day in the Bebelplatz plaza in Berlin, Germany.

8 years in the making. Masterfully presented. Watch in it’s entirety below.