DESIRE TO RUN AWAY

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

“Desire to Disappear” is a film by Minnesota based artist Alec Soth.  Alec Soth traveled across America looking for people who’ve retreated from society.  Below are some of Alec’s photographs and quotes from his film. 

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

“This is Alec Soth.  So I am a photographer and the project I am doing deals with the subject of retreating from the world.  That can involve everything from hermits to monks.”

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

“I think it is something in the culture right now and is, in some ways, preparation for the decline of the American empire.”

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

“A part of it is a fantasy of having retreat”

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog

“It is not really about running away. It is about the desire to run away.”

Desire to run away, alec soth, design squish blog


Preview: http://www.somewheretodisappearthefilm.com/


May 07, 2011

FORETOKEN: DRAWINGS BY IKEDA MANABU

foretoken, tsunami, 2008, design squish blog

paintings by ikeda manabu, stunning, drawings, design squish blog

Stunning drawings by Japanes artist Ikeda Manabu .  Click on images to view larger.  On view now at Japan Society.


May 01, 2011

OIL SPILL

oil spill, installation,  design squish blog

Oil Spill by Lisa Kellner: 60,000 Quilting Pins

oil spill, installation, design squish blog


ALL I NEED IS A LUNCH BOX

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All I need is a thermos and a tin/aluminum lunch box.

vintage lunch box, design squish blog

“Today, lunch boxes are generally made of vinyl, with foam insulation, and an aluminum/vinyl interior. As a result, they’re usually much better at retaining their temperature but are less rigid and protective.  Health concerns came to light in August 2002, when the Center for Environmental Health discovered that many popular vinyl lunch boxes contained dangerously high levels of lead..”.- from Wikipedia

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Ready to say goodbye to plastic bags and other plastic food containers???
Stainless steel “Eco Lunch Box”:

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lunch box, design squish blog


SPRING…

spring flowers, design squish blog

spring, flowering trees, design squish blog


CATEGORIES:   LIFESTYLE, NATURE,
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April 27, 2011

FIELDS OF WILDFLOWERS, RUSSIA 1944-1982

house  window, overlooking a field, design squish blog

field flowers, design squish blog

“Захотелось вернуться в васильковое лето,
когда от зноя плавится воздух, от тишины звенит в ушах” - Х.Росс

В чистом поле, у реки
Распустились васильки.
Синенькие крапинки,
Словно неба капельки...

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April 24, 2011

CUP CITY

interactive bottle sculpture, cup city, austin, texas, plastic water bottles, design squish blog

interactive bottle sculpture, cup city, austin, texas, plastic water bottles, design squish blog

Cup City by Andrea Legge was a temporary interactive art installation comprised of a 2000 sq ft structure built using rented chain link fence panels at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Over the course of three days, concertgoers filled the structure with approximately 25,000 plastic cups and water bottles.

interactive bottle sculpture, cup city, austin, texas, plastic water bottles, design squish blog


April 23, 2011

MELTING

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

glaciers melting, switzerland, design squish blog

Tonatiuh Ambrosetti has been making these stunning photographs of glaciers melting in his home country of Switzerland.

- http://www.tonatiuh.ch


April 20, 2011

TREES

tree, woodblock print, design squish blog

tree, woodblock print, design squish blog


CATEGORIES:   craft, NATURE, TREES,
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April 14, 2011

DIY PANTON CHAIR

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DIY Panton Chair by Peter Jakubik incites users to make their own original fake famous chair designed by Verner Panton. All what you need is a picture of Panton chair, found log, DIY tools and passion for designer classics.


April 12, 2011

FLORAL MAP OF THE UNITED STATES

FLORAL MAP OF THE UNITED STATES, design squish blog

Floral Map of the United States. It would be nice to ride through it on this bike:

bike for riding through fields of flowers


April 10, 2011

FIELDS TO WALK ON…

wild grasses, fields, design squish blog

grasses, field, design squish blog

 field-less life, design squish blog

fields to walk on, design squish blog


Wild fields, abandoned fields, nobody’s fields, everybody’s fields….{Does anyone know a large to medium size field near New York City area anyone
can walk on?  )


April 09, 2011

BIKE

AUDREY HEPBURN ON A BIKE, design squish blog

AUDREY HEPBURN ON A BIKE,  design squish blog

AUDREY HEPBURN ON A BIKE, design squish blog

AUDREY HEPBURN ON A BIKE, design squish blog

Audrey Hepburn on a bike


April 03, 2011

GREEN STREETS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA

overgrown , design squish blog

Green streets in my neighborhood Moscow, Russia(Москва, район Ленинского проспекта и ул. Обручева).  One thing I miss about growing up during Communism - the overgrowth.  Photograph by Dmitriy Chistoprudov. 

http://chistoprudov.ru/portfolio/


March 29, 2011

AUTUMN WORKSHOP

birch log lamp, autumn workshop, design squish blog

autumn workshop, terrarium floor lamp, design squish blog

autumn workshop, terrarium floor lamp, design squish blog

Autumn Workshop is a design and fabrication studio started by Brooklyn based designer Daniel Goers. The workshop designs products and furniture inspired by natural and found materials, often integrating plant and animal habitats.  Autumn workshop lamps are now on display until May 11 at Saffron* flower shop(31 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY)

-http://www.autumn-workshop.com

*Saffron is a boutique flower, vintage and handcrafted goods shop in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. They regularly present work by local artists amongst an exciting assortment of exotic plants and handmade items.


March 20, 2011

INTERVIEW WITH //A COLLECTION OF//


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A COLLECTION OF is an excavation of people, places, things, animals, and ideas, updated daily by Stefani Greenwood and Gilda Davidian. People: human beings (individuals or groups); characters, interesting personalities; interviews, features, conversations, and profiles. Places: a portion of space and places to go, real or imaginary; shows we think you should see; an exploration of location; get ready for adventure. Things: objects, beings, entities; stuff we like and want you to know about. Animals: organisms, furry friends, fauna, “with soul” and part of a kingdom. Ideas: thoughts, concepts, abstractions, things to investigate; knowledge to share; experiences to convey.



Why did you start A collection Of?

G: We wanted an outlet for the things we discovered online instead of just emailing each other back and forth with links. Stefani and I work really well together and we knew we wanted to start a new project to have another excuse to hang out:) The blog took on a shape of its own... we knew what we wanted to call the blog and what its basic structure would be. It was a natural evolution.

S: Because if you met Gilda you would want to start a project with her immediately. She is smart, beautiful and always keeps me on my toes... yearning for more beauty, more love and more experiences.

Why thing, person, place, idea and animal?

G: We decided early on that we wanted to cover a wide range of subjects. We knew we wanted to post once daily, Monday through Friday. We were thinking about categories and collections and the person-place-thing-animal-idea theme covered the basics of what we are interested in, so we started from there.

S: Ditto what Gilda said... For me, it gives me structure but at the same time is such a huge umbrella to where the world of posting is really open to everything. It is like a collective brainstorm of our lives, minds and hearts.

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Highest Point. Photo by Stefani Greenwood.

What do you like/dislike about living in Los Angeles?

G: I love Los Angeles with all of my heart. I love the sun, the blue skies, the way downtown Los Angeles looks from my exit, the vibrancy, the energy; the many cultures that have made Los Angeles their home and make Los Angeles my home; the arts! the fact that you can find anything you want here if you keep looking for it; and the way that the city reinvents itself over and over again through time. The one thing I really dislike is the lack of convenient and efficient public transportation. Traffic jams suck my spirit dry.

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Lowest Point. Photo by Stefani Greenwood.

S: A free association with the words like, dislike, los angeles: driving, ideas, so much space, special places, smog, highest point, lowest point, sunlight, the ocean, family, friends, walking, grids, beautiful blue skies, perfect mountains, here i am, i love this land, los angeles. This could be insane list because a lot of what I like is connected to what I dislike - it almost becomes an either/or situation.

http://www.collectionof.org


March 11, 2011

FARM ROAD

farm road, andrew wyeth, design squish blog

Farm Road,1979
Tempera, 21” x 25 1/4”
Andrew Wyeth


CATEGORIES:   ART,
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February 28, 2011

FURNITURE REDESIGN BY NOAM TABENKIN

furniture redesign, noam tabenkin, design squish blog

“The project deals with giving new life to damaged, out-of-use furniture. over the past year, I practiced furniture-healing through design. The cultural and personal history of each piece of damaged furniture served as a starting point for the treatment, which attempted to preserve each one of their stories. the intention was to explore with joy, the multiple personalities, and the defects that exist in old products, and to create a human and hybrid aesthetic language[...] I started exploring a visual language that deals with imperfections, and giving objects human-like gestures.” - Noam Tabenkin

furniture redesign, noam tabenkin, design squish blog


Read more about noam Tabenkin’s furniture on Visual Syntex


February 22, 2011

IT IS SNOWING TODAY IN BROOKLYN

brooklyn snow

yoko ono, poem about snow

Snow Piece by Yoko Ono.


February 21, 2011

WARDROBE

extra shabby wardrobe, barn wood, design squish blog

I love this extra shabby, homemade wardrobe. Found on http://www.kabinettandkammer.com/


February 09, 2011

COUCH

couch redesign, reclaimed materials, design squish blog

“A picture of a house is taken before its demolition. A sofa is built from the building rubble of the house. The sofa is a portrait of the house in design and colours. The framed photo is hanging above the sofa” - Michael Sailstorfer


February 05, 2011

100 CHAIRS IN 100 DAYS

chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects,design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects,design squish blog chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

Gamper Martino has been collecting discarded old/broken chairs from London streets over a period of two years and then spending 100 days reconfiguring the design of each in an attempt to transform its character and function.


LAUGHING OWL: EXTINCT 1914

laughing owl, extinct, new zealand, design squish blog

The Laughing Owl (Sceloglaux albifacies), also known as Whēkau or the White-faced Owl, was an endemic owl found in New Zealand, but is now extinct. It was plentiful when European settlers arrived in New Zealand in 1840.  By 1880, the species was becoming rare, and the last recorded specimen was found dead at Bluecliffs Station in Canterbury, New Zealand on July 5, 1914

laughing owl

laughing owl, birds of new zealand, design squish blog

laughing owl, birds of new zealand, design squish blog

The Laughing Owl generally occupied rocky, low rainfall areas. Being quite large, Laughing Owls were able to deal with the introduced European rats that had caused the extinction of so much of their prey; however, the stoats introduced to control feral rabbits, and feral cats were too much for the species.


January 31, 2011

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