Friday Finds 01.13.12
It's Friday the 13th, friends! Scroll through our favorite finds of the week: one of the coolest Rube Goldberg pieces ever, a blog dedicated to identifying mid-century fonts, and a few photos that combine two of our greatest loves, architecture and Ryan Gosling.
Miniatures, artfully cut-up books, tiny scenes that at once suggest an MA in architecture and some kid's show on PBS? British artist Kyle Kirkpatrick's winsome vignettes manage to hit all the right notes without feeling cloying or overwrought as he imagines strange worlds where art meets adventure.
Who doesn't like watching Rube Goldberg machines do their thing—the domino effect is fascinating to watch, especially when things seem on the verge of chaos. The artist Joseph Herscher devised this crazy contraption to turn the page of his newspaper; it involves a series of pool balls, an Apple laptop tumbling to the floor, a hamster's bottom getting blasted with hot air from a blow dryer, and much, much more. "The Page Turner" is the latest in Herscher's series of Ecomachines, which as he told the New York Times have the express goal of performing "simple, energy-saving tasks in elaborately wasteful ways."
Kelsey: Mid-Century Modern Typefaces Identified
Leah: 440 Brannan
This past weekend I strolled down on such a detour in the SOMA section of SF. While peering into a basement window full of rainbow textiles, yarn and shiny industrial strength machinery, my eyes caught a lean and stylish man waving at me, inviting me to come down into his studio—440 Brannan..
Not only a studio, it's a boutique and a functioning sewing and design space where emerging Bay Area designers create and sell their wares. Among the standout creations at 440 Brannan are the “re-inventive” handbags made by Zansus Purses. They create upcycled purses out of discarded fabrics, textiles and found objects. They also work to order. Send them any suitable remnant and they’ll make you a one-of-a-kind piece.
Good things are happening at 440 Brannan. And it is truly amazing and often refreshing to stumble upon newly found objects off of the beaten path.