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Photograph by Rinko Kawauchi.

Friday Finds 1.28.11

In this last Friday Finds for the month of January, we bring you a handful of the photographs, films, and other aspects of visual culture that captivated us this week.
January 28, 2011
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Oscar Nominated Short Film

Each year the Oscar nominations come out, and while we dicker about whether Inception made any sense, or if Black Swan was high camp or high art, we usually stop and reflect "Man, it would be nice to see some of those animated shorts. Though how on earth I'd run across them is totally unclear."  Thanks then to Vimeo, Oscar nominee Bastien Dubois's utterly charming Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage is up and a great clip is streaming. Watch it below and check out more of Dubois' work here.
January 27, 2011
Image from a series of photographs documenting former Death Row prisoners’ requests for their last meal before execution, by James Reynolds.

Friday Finds 1.7.2011

Welcome to the very first Friday Finds of the new year! Every Friday our intrepid staff contribute their favorite links from the week. See below to get a sense of where our browsers have been pointed lately.
January 7, 2011
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Set in the Future

When Tron raced into theaters on neon treads in 1982, the futuristic backdrops were a vis-ual revelation for cinema geeks. Nearly three decades later, its set design and costumes—specifically the lightcycles and illuminated bodysuits—have become instantly recognizable shorthand for proto-CGI science fiction. To create a setting for the sequel befitting the original, Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski approached the project with an architect’s sensibility, building real-world locations to ground the fantastical CGI.  
December 26, 2010
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Laurie Simmons on Tiny Furniture

In Lena Dunham’s hit indie comedyTiny Furniture, she plays Aura, a recently minted college grad who has come home to her art star mother, overachieved high school-aged sister and the Tribeca loft they live in. As Aura navigates the rocky shoals of post-college life, the loft her family lives in plays a kind of understated character in the film. Is it really home, or just a way station to the dreamed-of New York apartment she aims to share with a college buddy? Can she do as she pleases or must she ask her mother’s permission to have a friend over, or to drink a bottle of wine? All told, it’s a charming debut film made all the more remarkable by the fact that Dunham’s mother and sister play Aura’s mother and sister, and that the film was shot in the loft the family actually inhabits. I had a quick chat with Laurie Simmons—Dunham’s on and off-screen mom and a successful artist—about seeing her house onscreen, the demerits of overhead lighting, and who designed those hilarious white cabinets.   
December 21, 2010
Dror Benshetrit, left, with Giulio-Cappellini. Courtesy Anthony Djuren – Getty Image.

Dror Benshetrit / TRON Armchair

Israeli–born, New York–based designer Dror Benshetrit’s work runs the gamut from product and furniture design to architecture and interiors. No matter the genre, his work is consistently clever, blurring the lines between present and future. During this year’s Design Miami, he debuted a limited-edition armchair series commissioned by Cappellini for Disney Signature, inspired by the upcoming TRON: Legacy movie, which is set to hit theaters later this month.  
December 14, 2010
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Friday Finds 11.5.2010

Lot's of great finds this week—from The Beatles to the Giants—to cruise you through the rest of the weekend. Enjoy!
November 5, 2010
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Evil People in Modern Homes

I was wandering around William Stout's architectural bookstore the other day when I came across Yale University graphic design student Benjamin Critton's wonderful tabloid treatise Evil People in Modern Homes in Popular Films. It's been noted many times that villains always wind up in cool modern homes in movies, but here's a sustained take on the phenomenon (in newsprint, no less) that spans the design and film canon from Diamonds are Forever to the Big Lebowski. I had a chat with Critton and here's what he had to say about his project.
October 21, 2010
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Herbert Matter at Design Philadelphia

Last night I stopped into one of the many Design Philadelphia events going on this week: a screening of Reto Caduff's new documentary film, The Visual Language of Herbert Matter. The Mitchell Auditorium at the Bossone Center at Drexel University played host to a pair of films: I missed the first, Handmade Nation, as I was sampling the local suds at the White Dog Cafe and the local color at Frank Furness's Anne and Jerome Fisher Fine Arts Library, with a friend at U Penn's landscape architecture school.
October 15, 2010
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