Archive for February, 2009

Man discovers darning by accident.

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

This blog post by Mr. Skona wins this week’s prize for ingenuity and charm. My lovely wool socks (please excuse the pills) were starting to get a little threadbare around the heels and the ball of the foot. The rest the sock was fine so I didn’t want to recycle them or resign them to dusting pile just yet. There weren’t any holes, the fluffy wool (fleece? is that the …read more

Wish Werner Herzog would come by the studio

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Wish Werner Herzog would come by the studio and narrate our work in that soft, brutal, matter-of-fact German tone. Instead I just re-read the imaginary Herzog diary, below, to wallow in Herzog postmortemese. This morning Sarah said “Dear Diary: I am making a bag out of a trench coat. I find tissue in the pocket of the coat and think: someone has blown their nose in an alleyway. It was raining, so they wore this …read more

Ha, finally! The 90s are the new 80s.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

That’s according to the New York Times, and since nostalgia seems to work in 20-year cycles, I guess anyone could have seen it coming. If, as the article says, the 90s were the sci fi thing and the Breeders, then excellent, but … what is that orange outfit! Do I not remember the 90s correctly? No matter what they were, though, anything is better than the 80s, the decade that …read more

You could leave this tree out all year round.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

This beautiful Christmas tree or art object is called the PossibiliTree.™ I, a huge pun-hater and disliker of words mashed together, nevertheless really like these and would like to have one. So pretty. There seem to be different sizes, and this is the smaller one. It arrives in a mailing tube and you assemble it yourself, which is apparently not difficult. If you don’t like chopping down a tree every …read more

The Japanese live comfortably in tiny spaces. Could we?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

In the western world, 750 sq ft apartments can seem really small, even for just two people. The excerpt below is from an interesting article by Nold Egenter, a Swiss architectural anthropologist, on the cultural influences that allow the Japanese to live comfortably in what North Americans would consider small spaces. From the traditional peasant farmer’s wooden house, above, to contemporary tiny houses and apartments in contemporary Tokyo, Japanese living spaces have …read more

Origami shoe by Sipho Mabona

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

This origami was created for Japanese shoe company ASICS by Sipho Mabona of Mabona Origami. Original video is here. Celebrating corporate advertising isn’t really our thing, but this little movie is pretty engaging and it has, not surprisingly, won many of the world’s top animation and advertising awards. We can’t figure out where Mabona grew up, but he seems to be a black South African living in Switzerland who’s now …read more