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Tenniscoats – Baibaba Bimba

A hideous neighbourhood in Ebuisu, Japan on a rainy day and yet Tenniscoats manage to swipe me of my feet with this enchanting lullaby. They’re about to release their latest album Papa’s Ear on 23 January and by the sound of things it will make for good late-night listens during these frosty winter months.

La Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows (Concerts à emporter) are a brilliant watch & listen. Originally founded in co-op with filmmaker Vincent Moon, the people from La Blogotheque have build up a vast library of unique single take recordings supported by Dogma-like cinematography. Very organic, very acoustic and very nice.

Dutch Design #5 – Lucas Maassen & Sons Furniture Factory






Lucas Maassen has employed his 3 sons, Thijme (9), Julian (7) and Maris (7). His Sons are responsible for the paint job of the furniture which is build in the factory. They get paid 1 Euro for every piece of furniture they paint. As agreed by the contract they signed.

Due to Dutch child labour laws it is only possible for Thijme, Julian and Maris to work for 3 hours a week. As a result of this the production speed has became a crucial factor in the process. Time limitations are set, they contribute to the typical LM&S aesthetics.

All furniture is build by hand and painted by hand.


Reindeer Wrangling by Eva Weber

Reindeer Wrangling on Nowness.com.

German film maker Eva Weber travelled to Karigasniemi village in Utsjoki, Finland, to capture the Sámi people reindeer wrangling. With only a few hours of daylight and the sun setting at 2pm, temperatures plummet to minus 18 degrees Celsius leaving us with this striking and magical short of Santa’s sleigh pullers.

Merry Christmas everyone!

La Mer de Pianos – Tom Wrigglesworth & Mathieu Cuvelier

I love pianos. A beautiful Rippen upright decorates our living room and is currently undergoing a restoration after getting water damaged from travelling a sea or two. Jeez Louise, if only I knew what I was letting myself in for! After weeks of careful sanding I am only halfway. But it’s worth it – the piano has been in our family for many years and has kept its warm & room filling sound.

The short film above takes us to craftsman Marc Manceaux, a man who LOVES pianos and the owner of the oldest piano shop in Paris. The Sea of Pianos is directed, shot & edited by Tom Wrigglesworth & Mathieu Cuvelier.

 

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Cotton Farmers – Kathleen Robbins & Mary Carol Miller

Cotton is no longer King of the Mississippi Delta. Farmers are switching to other crops like soya beans and corn, or to a whole new life all together. Photographer Katleen Robbins and writer Mary Carol Miller – both born and raised in the Mississippi Delta – have documented the vanishing trade of cotton farming: desolate & stripped of Southern nostalgia. Mary Carol on the farmers:

“Each spring, they weigh the odds and walk the land, recognizing every turnrow and low point and subtle rise over a thousand or two thousand or even eleven thousand acres. And, once again, as their parents and grandparents and great-grandparents did, they will buy the seed and the fertilizer and service the tractors and the combines and hire the cropdusters and begin the daily prayers for more rain or no rain and sunshine and cool nights and no tropical storms in September and no frost in early October. And their children, muttering about the social challenges of being way out there and never having a next-door neighbor, will slowly, slowly find their own souls tied to that dirt.”

via Design Observer

Dutch Design #4 – Shelter

Shelter is a collection of space dividers composed of Bute fabrics, meticulously unthreaded in to new geometrical patterns. I recently upholstered my ’66 modernist chair with the an adorable tweed by Bute fabrics and love how Henny van Nistelrooy dissects their woven patterns into these works of art.

In response to the brief “Shelter” by JJAM Curators Collective for London Design Festival, Henny van Nistelrooy started to developed a collection of space dividers. The collection makes original use of the fabrics supported by renowned Scottish textile manufacturer Bute Fabrics. In reaction to the machine woven structures Henny has been unthreading the fabrics by hand in order to create new geometrical designs within the fabric. By doing this the tightly woven, opaque textile become translucent and the relation between the different threads that make up the fabrics becomes clear. Henny responds to the weave by creating design within the structure of the fabric.

The project has been inspired by a recent journey Henny made to China. Here the beautiful architectural features appearing in many Ming/Qing imperial palaces and gardens have been of influence in the use of color and shape. These space-dividing screens reflect the geometrical shapes of some of the many windows that can be found in the many historic buildings Henny visited during his trips to Beijing, Hangzhou and Suzhou.

The space dividers are exhibited at Hayward’s of Mount Street, London until January 5 2012 which has inspired Henny to expand his collection with more dividers in the coming months.

via design.nl

Bon Iver – Holocene


What a stunner, this video for Bon Iver‘s Holocene by Nabil Elderkin… Love the visuals with Bon Iver’s icy tunes and the song’s lyrics – And at once I knew I was not magnificent – the effect rugged nature can have on us tiny, insignificant beings. Little Hilke is a lucky boy to wake up to such beauty every day – if the Icelandair campaign didn’t do it for you, this video must!

Scottish Craft #2: Bird Table (ware), Teahouse

Kevin Andrew Morris’ recent project Bird table (ware), Teahouse consists of a series of ceramic objects – Teapots, Bowls and Birdhouses – and their relevant counterparts – Birds and Teabags. Kevin takes the conventional functionality away from the domestic object by placing it out of its ordinary context. With other words, he let’s us decide how to make use of it. A bit like a 180° turn from Jetske Visser’s Forgotten Memory – a teapot with dementia… Kevin on his project:

“The idea of object, material and environment is central to my current work, be the objects found (or placed) in a natural environment or with in our own man made habitats. How we interact within nature and our attempts to contain, harness or even contribute to it though objects is very interesting to me, I try to translate this in the work I do at the moment.”

And there’s a trans-North Sea link (good ideas always are communal!): poreclain tea caddies made their rise during Britain’s imperial era, resulting in a rich history of canister craftmanship similar to Dutch Delftware tea caddies around the same time. Kevin’s decorative birds do echo imperial times and remind me of nature-themed decorative paintings on china. I would love to see a pie bird / funnel added to the collection if Kevin is planning to extend his domestic home ware to other kitchen utensils…

Kevin’s ceramics can be bought online at Papa Stour.

Kevin Andrew Morris is a recent ceramics graduate from the Glasgow School of Art and GCS Graduate Award winner, granting him a studio at Glasgow Ceramics Studio.

Dutch Design #3: Forgotten Memory

Home decor is often made for touch – we want to feel the design & sense the products origins. Design graduate Jetske Visser playfully ponders on this thought and created a product whose origin has been forgotten and therefor can’t exist for what we think it is made for. Jetske on her project:

“I wonder how daily things look like with the view of a demented person. How do they experience their environment? What is a teapot if you don’t know what a teapot is?”

Inspired by the notion of a lack or loss of reference Jetske made a 120 piece set of tea pots & cups from wax. Fragile, almost ghostlike looking home ware that transforms into a little melted heap of pink when used, according to our cultural reference.

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Meet Your New BFF: Little Printer

Who says print is dying / dead? I won’t be the first (or last) to post on this sweet Little Printer and it makes sense: bloggers have started the DIY mini-publishing era & that’s what Little Printer is all about. Can’t wait to make my own little dailies to have or hand out. And the look is super cute! Craft, design & technology all coming together…now there’s a winter warmer…

Pre-orders for Little Printer will open in 2012, when it launches as a ‘beta’ product. Join the mailing list to be the first to get the news.

via Nalden