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Happy Air Day

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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It’s hard to believe that the Nike Air Max 1 is 27 years old today, it only seems like yesterday that I slipped on a pair for the very first time! The first incarnation of the shoe was originally designed by Tinker Hatfield, who started out working for Nike as an architect designing shops and offices. Since then Hatfield has become a leading light for the brands creative vision and oversees Nike’s special projects division the ‘Innovation Kitchen’ as well as being responsible for many of the brands greatest hits. There’s some nice lunch time reading on the history of Air Max here.

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Original Nike Air Max 1 Patent Drawing.

I’m not going bang on about the pair Nike has released this morning to mark the event, see below, just to say as my late Gran would of put it… “if it ain’t broke son, leave it the fuck alone!” *

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That aside I’m openly biased when it comes to most things Nike, but for me the Air Max 1 is definitely a favourite. What’s not to love, its got classic lines to rival Coca Cola’s Original Glass Bottle, a simplicity not unlike Dieter Rams creations and an iconic colorway to match Peter Saville’s FAC 1 Poster.

The Air Max 1 is undoubtably a modern design classic that has stood the test of time and I can honestly see myself still rocking them way into my late Nineties, if I ever make it that far.

So many happy returns Nike Air Max, long may it continue.

* For the record my late gran was a very sweet & religious 96 year old lady who would never have said such a thing, but you get the idea!

Martin Creed – What’s the point of it?

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Martin Creed at Hayward Gallery, London.  Photo by Linda Nylind. 26/1/2014.

So I went to see Martin Creed’s exhibition at the Hayward Gallery titled ‘What’s the point of it?’ at the weekend.

From the moment you step into the exhibition you’re confronted with a playground of whimsical art that is smart, funny and at it’s best made me grin like an idiot. The exhibition has it’s obvious highlights like Creed’s Mothers Spindle above or the highly entertaining ‘Work No 200, Balloon Room’, but throughout the exhibition there are some really great simplistic touches that catch and ensnare the minds eye in equal measure.

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I particularly liked the huge striped wall using different graphic adhesive tapes, shown above, but then again I would wouldn’t I. So do you eyes & mind a favour and pop along if you have a spare hour or two.

Enjoy!

#1 Rule of Only Hearts Club: There are only Hearts.

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Dear friends, some of you may already know but for those of you that don’t, I have an obsession with hearts (hence the heart in our DF logo).

It all started with my love for everything about NYC, and being the geeky designer that I am, I fell head over heels for Milton Glaser’s bold and beautiful iconic I Heart NY Logo.

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Only Hearts Club is where I share my passion for heart shaped stuff! Hearts I make, hearts I find and hearts by others. I’ve been busy working on a shiny new logo, website, and some lovely prints that I wanted to share with you, so please take a look at www.onlyheartsclub.co.uk.

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Only Hearts Club is an ongoing love affair of hearts of all shapes and sizes so watch this space…and remember Valentines Day is just around the corner. To celebrate the launch of Only Hearts Club I’ve produced a super limited edition screen print onto gold perspex, there’s only 10 and when they’re gone they’re gone.

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For latest news and to see what I’ve been up to, you can follow me on my Facebook page & blog.

Cheers

Nat

Nadia Ksaiba ‘Virtual Lover’

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Here is a shameless plug for ‘Virtual Lover’ the debut single of our long time lovely chum and the extremely talented Nadia Ksaiba. Available via Juno from September 16th and everywhere else from September 23rd.

For more info please check out:
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www.nadiakasiba.co.uk

Treat ya ears and enjoy!

Music + Science = Art

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

So I finally got around to listening to some recent vinyl purchases at the weekend, in between the usual Saturday chores with a hangover and being used as a human trampoline by a 2 & 3 year old all day Sunday.

Anyway I was sifting through my mini backlog when I realise I’d completely forgotten that I’d bought Jon Hopkins latest release Immunity and what a treat it is. If like me you love a bit of dirty synth mixed with atmospheric ambience, backed up with unsettling, scratchy beats then you love the latest offering from Hopkins.

Needless to say it was ticking a lot of boxes for me while enjoying a nice cuppa tea and a couple of ginger nuts (biscuits people, biscuits!). So with laptop in-hand I went for a stroll on da YouTubes innit to see if there was a visual side to things.

I came across the above clip that beautifully supports the sounds on the album and acts as a teaser for a wider audio visual experience Hopkins is currently touring as a live show. The amazingness really kicks in when you find out how they’re created in the really interesting film below as told by Hopkins and his collaborators, art director & typographer Craig Ward and biochemist Linden Gledhill. Well worth a watch!

Jon Hopkins will be performing his live audio visual treat to a sold out audience at KOKO on the 21st September, if you’re lucky enough to have tickets I’m very envious indeed.

Enjoy!

Odette Toilette

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

We’ve been meaning to share some new work with you all for a while know, but getting around to actually doing it has been easy said than done!

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First off is Odette Toilette, the perfume lover behind Scratch+Sniff events. Under the banner of providing olfactory adventures for both perfume experts and those new to fragrance alike, her events offer unusual ways of discovering the world of scent. From collaborations with the wine industry to fragranced tours of the Tate’s Pre-Raphaelite exhibition, cake-fuelled Vintage scent afternoons and a creative exchange between perfumers and writers, the world of Odette has fast become the place to go for new experiences with smell.

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We’ve been lucky enough to attend a few of Odette’s events in the Bookclub and have always had a really great and interesting time. Check out Odette’s Scratch+Sniff events page for your chance to take a look (and smell) at fragrance in a different way.

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We designed Odette Toilette’s identity and stationery as well as the pot pourri Odette launched in collaboration with horticulturalist, Stephen Nelson.

Blend #1 of Odette Toilette’s Pot Pourri is limited to 250 pots. Each pot contains over two litres of rose petals, macerated until heady. This heart is surrounded by aromatics including lemon verbena, mint, Russian coriander, bay, sweet marjoram and cured lemon peel. Resins of benzoin, storax and tonka bean bring warmth and comfort.

The pot pourri’s midnight-black clay pot was hand-made in an artisinal pottery near York. Each pot is £45 (+p&p) and available to buy via the Odette Toilette website.

Blend #2 will follow soon – so watch this space.

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Oooh you smell good enough to eat!

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Odette Toilette Lickable Perfumes

So we thought we’d do a plug for our nicest smelling client Odette Toilette and her latest event ‘Lickable Perfumes’ at Sommerset House, tickets after the jump.

Olfactory events purveyor Odette Toilette and flavourist Danny Hodrien invite you to a masterclass to create your own lickable perfume. A sniffable history of 20th-century gourmand scents will be followed by a practical workshop under Danny’s expert guidance. Participants will be able to blend from a range of unusual aromatic flavour ingredients to create a skin scent that can be tasted.

What’s not to like or lick for that matter?

Enjoy.

The saddle masters

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a slight obsession with everything to do with building Old School BMX. I mainly focus my attentions around the U.S. brand Skyway but part of this obsession is spending countless hours every week hunting down the right NOS (New Old School) parts. At times this isn’t that great for my productivity at work or the bank balance!

On my travels this week I came across this great little promo film above for the Japanese Saddle Masters Kashimax, who in my humble opinion make the BMX saddle of choice, the sleek and classic Aero.

It’s great to see Kashimax still going strong after all these years, their attention to detail and craftsmen at work. Watch out for the Aero AX-4A in the film, I think it made my wallet twitch!

Enjoy

Kraftwerk – Man Machine

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

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In honour of Kraftwerk we decided to write this blog post in German (a language I happen to speak quite well). Here we go:

Einen passenderen Schauplatz hätte Kraftwerk sich sicherlich nicht aussuchen können als das Tate Modern, ein zu einer Kunstgalerie ausgebautes altes Kraftwerk. Als wir in der ‘Turbine Hall’ ankamen saßen bereits zahlreiche Menschen friedlich auf einem der Kissen die am Eingang verteilt wurden. Wir waren uns zunächst nicht sicher, ob wir auf den Kissen sitzen bleiben müssten, aber schon bevor der erste Ton ausgeklungen war, standen die rund 1.200 Menschen bereits.

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In der vierten von acht Retrospektiven war Kraftwerks meist zelebrierte Album ‘Man Machine’ an der Reihe. Eröffnet wurde mit dem letzten Titel des Albums ‘The Man Machine’ gefolgt von Spacelab bevor es mit dem bekanntesten Lied des Albums und dem größten Hit, den Ralf Hütter in England verbuchen durfte, ‘The Model’ weiterging. Nach dem alle Lieder des Album gespielt waren folgte ein best-off. Kraftwerks größten Hits unter anderem Autobahn und Tour de France wurden zum besten gegeben. Begleitet wurde jedes Lied von 3D Projektionen, die neben der Musik großer Bestanteil des Gesamtauftrittes waren. Von einfachen geometrischen Formen, über an Matrix erinnernde grüne Raster, bis hin zu einer Autobahn fahrt in einem alten VW war alles dabei. Was alle 3D Projektionen gemein hatten war eine Einfachheit, die verglichen mit anderen 3D Medien die man heutzutage gewöhnt ist wirklich hervorstach.

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Das Tate war wirklich der perfekte Ort für solch einen Auftritt, der mühelos einen Bogen zwischen Musik und Kunst spannte. Zeitweise war das Publikum sehr still, aber nicht weil ihnen nicht gefiel was sie sahen, sondern aus großer Bewunderung und der Erkenntnis heraus, dass sie Zeugen eines phänomenal Auftrittes waren, an den sie sich lange Zeit erinnern werden.

Translation to follow shortly. In the meantime why not give google translate a go (not that it’ll make much sense).

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Unicorns, Crows with hands and riding bikes with no hands!

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Went for a digital stroll on Sunday as a way of getting over a hangover and came across this great short film by Ninian Doff. I never knew Unicorns could fire rainbows out of their horns and it seems you can pick up said mystical creature down Brick Lane. Sadly I’m allergic to horses, my head balloons like Rocky, and so I’m presuming the same goes for owning a Unicorn.

Anyway it turns out the very talented Ninian Doff has a bit of previous in creating really great shorts and videos and it’s definitely worth checking out Ninian’s site.

A few of my personal favourites are below from the very simple ‘No Handed Bike Moves’, the clever ‘Ello Guvnor’, too the freaky Crows with Hands video for Fulton Lights. Enjoy.