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Gentleman's Club

December 14, 2011
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Scandinavian Designed

December 12, 2011
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Posters

Fashion maven, style icon, and in this case, promoter of things post-war and British, Paul Smith joins the cause of the new film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by designing and selling a quartet of minimal screenprinted movie posters of his own design. The spy film based on John le Carré's novel is top notch (I caught it in London in September) and these posters are pretty boss. Smith consulted on the movie to help get period (mid-70s London) details right and worked with director Tomas Alfredson on the prints. They're on sale now in Paul Smith stores in the US and go for $160 each. Perfect for the spymaster on your gift list.
December 12, 2011
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Men About Town

Whilst in London, we met three talents who are making their marks on the local design scene. Soon you’ll be uttering their names along side Morrison, Dixon, and Adjaye.
December 11, 2011
One of German artist Matthias Heiderich's photographs of Berlin.

Friday Finds 12.02.12

In this installment of Friday Finds, a new look for Burger King in Singapore, Star Trek fan fictions in 140 characters or less, and an artful look at Berlin.
December 2, 2011

Designed by Commune

I've had my eye on Commune's work for a while now, having first encountered their unique, quirky, modern aesthetic sensibility at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, California, which they designed in 2009. The Los Angeles-based design collective, founded in 2004 by Roman Alonso, Steven Johanknecht, Pam Shamshiri, and Ramin Shamshiri, has branched well beyond interiors in recent years, designing commercial spaces, brand identities, and products—including the eight I've highlighted in the accompanying slideshow. If you're in L.A. you can scope them in person at Commune's West Hollywood concept shop, Community, open by appointment. Or you can order from their online shop here.
November 29, 2011
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OK Gallery's SF Pop-Up

On November 17th, I went to the launch party of a very exciting collaboration between two great shops, Los Angeles design destination OK Gallery and the tightly edited San Francisco menswear boutique Maas & Stacks. "Maas & Stacks is OK" is a holiday pop-up shop in which Larry Schaffer of OK has brought a solid selection of highly givable books, household goods, and design objects to the high-end men's store. Schaffer talked about his "committment to design at an array of prices," and as little here exceeds $100 there are plenty of not-too-spendy options. The show runs through the holidays and is well worth a browsing if you're in San Francisco. 
November 21, 2011
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Transparency from Perkins+Will

Transparency is a new website from the architecture firm Perkins+Will that launches on November 17th. The site looks to be an exciting new home for information about toxins, asthma triggers, and other nasty substances commonly found in the built environment. The most recent iteration of a research project that began in 2002, Transparency should be required reading for anyone hoping to learn more about removing carcinogens from the buildings they live and work in. I had a chat with Chris Youssef, a materials expert and interior designer for Perkins+Will who compiled much of the research for Transparency. Here's what he had to say about the project.
November 17, 2011
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A Visit to HAY Copenhagen

I just returned to the office from a trip to Copenhagen spent reporting a handful of stories for the magazine and scouting future projects. A highlight of the trip was my visit to HAY, a fantastic store dedicated to contemporary Danish design that's set in a historic building overlooking Strøget, the city's main pedestrian thoroughfare. I spent more than an hour in the store in a kind of happy design daze, gawping over the lovely sofas, chairs, rugs, tables, and miscellaneous gifts and gadgets. Here are some photos from my visit. I'll share some of my other favorite Copenhagen discoveries online over the next couple weeks.
November 15, 2011