The news of the day is—undeniably—the 40th anniversary of Starbucks and their latest update to their logo. I would like to go on record and say that I love it, I think it’s fantastic. The latest logo embraces the Swedish and Modernist ideals of minimalism we see enveloping design worldwide, removing the clutter, all the bells and whistles, and says what it’s about, the coffee. I’m very excited to see this more conservative (design-wise, anyway) look unveil as the years progress.
Having a case on your iPhone, for many, is a no-brainer. Keeping your phone protected is a full-time job for some (myself, mostly) and we’ve seen some pretty hideous options out there. Cases that are clunky, unreliable and unattractive. That being said, for every four-cornered tragedy, there arises something innovative and beautiful. I was recently turned onto this great cover that gives your new phone the classic look of an old Leica camera.
Or go one step further and replace getting a case with an entire customized iPhone for only $4,500. PS, this is on my wishlist this season and if you felt the urge to help a brother out, I wouldn’t say no to this under my tree.
A luxurious case made of 200-year-old African Blackwood. It is a rare, exclusive material of incredible strength and durability. Ornament of the case – branded Apple made of 18-karat gold on the back panel.
In only 12 or so hours, losing both Irvin Kershner (Director of The Empire Strikes Back) and Leslie Nielson (The great Canadian comedian) can be qualified a tragedy to both the world of film and art in general. Both men brilliant, this clip taken from 1998s Wrongfully Accused (where Nielson’s character is clobbered by a coffee table in a manner mimicing Han Solo when he’s frozen in carbonite) is a nod to Kershner’s Empire. It may explain things better to say that Wrongfully Accused is a spoof of 1993s The Fugitive, also starring Harrison Ford.
This is an art installation created by Mehmet Ali Uysal, displayed at the Chaudfontaine park in Belgium. The unusual park addition replicates the clip, a common smart tool used to hang clothes for drying. The giant clipper becomes the focal point of this particular area of the park shown below and looks great while adding a bit of originality to its surroundings. From what I understand, the installation hopes to raise awareness of the affect of modern art in regular situations, and I applaud. Art has the ability to transform a simple and unattractive space into an area that feels alive, and I’d love to see more installations like this in BC and Canada.
A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail …all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts. The point is that the process is reversible. George Orwell (Politics and the English Language. 1946)
Vimeo finally starts catering to the next generation of video comfort. For all of us that love to sit on our couch and not get up as often as possible (see. VLC Remote for iPhone), Vimeo introduces their new Couch Mode. Taken from Vimeo’s site:
Couch Mode is a special new section of Vimeo that allows you to watch collections of videos (such as Staff Picks, your inbox, your videos, etc.) completely uninterrupted like a TV channel. Just press play and grab the popcorn.
That’s not all. You can still do many of things you already do on the site today: like clips, add them to your Watch Later playlist, and get more information about videos and other users. We’re extremely excited about the potential!
Couch Mode is optimized for Google TV and will be available in the Spotlight section soon. Don’t have a Google TV? No worries, Couch Mode will work on your desktop too. However, we use a lot of HTML5 and CSS3 technology for this (no Flash!), so at the moment it will only work on Chrome and Safari.
Tomokazu Matsuyama’s work is similarly influenced by both the austerity of post-war contemporary art and the rough extravagancy of popular culture. An upbringing split between Japan and America spurred the questions of national and individual identity that figure prominently in the style and subject matter of his paintings – attempting to parse the “natural chaos” of our social environment, Matsuyama pushes viewers to confront their conceptions of cultural homogeneity, which seems to contradict notions of Japaneseness.
Joshua Liner Gallery
Matsuyama, born in 1976 now lives and works in NY. As a contemporary artist, he exhibits his work internationally showing in galleries and in institutions in cities from Tokyo, Osaka, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and Vancouver to institutions such as Asian American Arts Centre.
There is something wonderful and exotic in the work he does, a world you hope to get lost in. At once surreal and vibrant, I love the palettes and shapes he uses.
One of my life’s pursuits is that of the perfect bow tie. A bow tie can be elegant and mature, it takes a certain type of man (or woman) to wear one without looking like a total goof. A bow tie is like denim, whether you’re going with something plain (black, a personal favorite), or something more out there, it can dress up or dress down an outfit and be a great way to express yourself.
As we approach Awards Gala/Christmas Party season, one’s thoughts may wander to one’s outfits and personally I want a bow tie that will pop. I like that you can throw together a simple black or grey suit and shirt and then just have a wicked bow tie and call it a night; currently, David Hart & Co. out of New York City are at the top of my list for their impressive Scottish wool bow ties, pictured above. A close contender, Hickey contains some of the more non-traditional bow ties such as the two pictured below, a skull & crossbones and hemp leaves make a definite impression on those around the man rocking these.
Another option available, take an old shirt or scarf you loved and make your own bow tie for a boutique, one-of-a-kind look you know no one will be able to rip off. One can only hope to wear it as well as Tom Davis of Brooks Brothers.