Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Concrete Proof

While I don't completely agree with Le Corbusier's sentiments on all buildings being white by law, I can say that these images from Concrete Proof are pretty damn convincing. It's the kind of collection that you've probably seen many times, but have never taken the time to really soak in to the fullest. Names like Ando and Saarinen abound throughout, allowing you to nerd out on the Weissenhof Estate and Holiday House Harnas to your "Brutalist" heart's content. Pour a shot of whiskey, put on some Kraftwerk and enjoy.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Moncler Gamme Bleu Spring 2011

Every once in a while something comes along that makes you slap your head asking the classic "why didn't I think of that?" Enter Thom Browne's Moncler Gamme Bleu Spring 2011 presentation at Milan's Velodromo Vigorelli. Instead of the usual runway boredom, Mr. Brown tightens the trousers and breaks out the racing stripes to present a collection that one might actually wear in the real world both on and off the cycle. More importantly, the presentation is a respectful homage to Italy's rich cycling history (of which I salute Mr. Browne) and a reminder of that which we lack Stateside - with the occasional Queen reference, of course. Why more American designers don't design with this balance of form, function and history is still yet to be determined. Now while I'm in no place to drop my paycheck on a piece from this collection, the colors and details are reminders that we can all look pretty damn good while riding a bike. More from the collection here and here.

Friday, June 11, 2010

10 for the Weekend: Sepp Magazine

[images via selectism]

Apolis x Kanvas by Katin

And just when I thought chambray couldn't find its way into the water, Apolis teams up with California-based Katin for a unique swim trunk that - unlike so many other overpriced and underconstructed predecessors - balances surf functionality with remarkably understated style and the some fifty years of locally handmade construction. And, as per usual, Apolis drops a video that gracefully shows the product in the purposed environment (and not a bad one at that), as well as highlighting the often forgot hands and faces behind the creation. June gloom may be in full effect around these parts, but Apolis has once again helped make design and process just a little brighter, creating a product that - both aesthetically and consciously - has personality and a truly unique style. Pre-orders available here.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010