Sandy Beach Home Office
Working from home is a dream for many. In fact the only thing better than working from your home is the ability to work from the beach, paradise if you will. Well the ‘Surfing With The Sand Between My Toes’ workspace allows both of those options fused into one.
Artist Justin Kemp offered up a way for you to work directly from your home office, while still enjoying the feeling of being at the beach, with your toes between the sand all day. ” The sand is relaxing, but for me, it’s more a symbol of my permanent vacation. It’s the design of a lifestyle where work becomes so satisfying that vacation and retirement become undesirable. It’s a permanent state of chill,” Justin explained about the home office setup. Essentially a massive wooden sandbox located under your workspace, this would definitely leave a mess throughout your home. [Via]
Homeland Vintage Jazz Record covers
To celebrate the television series Homeland and its season 2 finale on December 16th, Californian designer Ty Mattson of Mattson Creative created an excellent series of 12 Homeland inspired vintage jazz record covers.
Last night was the finale of the second season of Homeland. To say that I am a huge fan would be an understatement! As a personal project, I set out to create a series of designs to celebrate the award-winning show. Playing off of the subtle theme of jazz that appears the storyline, I designed 12 vintage record covers inspired by the TV series.
images via Ty Mattson
via Marc Schiller
Floppy Table is a wonderfully designed coffee table created by the Berlin art, design and architecture duo Axel van Exeland Marian Neulant of Neulant van Exel that is made to resemble a classic 3.5″ floppy disk. Axel and Marian built the good sized table out of welded hot rolled steel and stainless steel and even added a secret compartment that can be accessed by pushing open the shutter. The Floppy Table is available to order by contacting Neulant van Exel (contact information is listed on their website).
Wrestling Legends Minimalist Series
The Wrestling Legends Minimalist Series was first launched by Bernie ‘BAM’ Gross. After much demand, the NY artist and designer has expanded the concept from mini posters to a full array of goods to choose from. Not only are there larger 18×24″ screenprints that serve as limited edition versions of his original prints, but tshirts and accessories are now available as well. All items are now available at the BAMitsBernie Etsy Shop.
Barack Obama 2012: Yes We Did. Again.
Barack Obama has inspired so many people around the world. I am one of them. Since 2007 I have contribute to his campaign as much as I could. I have designed illustrations, posters, graphics. You can find all my 2008 work here.
In 2012 I believed that I had to work even harder. To produce more work. To be more involved. So here are the posters I made. They have been used in various grassroots projects such as Democrats Abroad, Design for Obama, ObamaPoster etc.
Design for Obama
Design for Obama, a great grassroots project by Aaron Perry-Zucker and Max Slavkin.
The American drama series Mad Men is a multi award-winning story, easy-on-the eye lead character Don Draper and fantastic fashion. But that’s not the point of this post.
The interiors are amaizingly created and dressed; and although the show is set in 1960s New York, these sets provide us tones of good taste inspiration for interiors today. So, make yourself a martini, put your cigarette on, get comfortable to enjoy the Mad Men interiors that we love:
Don and Betty Draper’s kitchen. Ok, the dark cabinetry and the patterned wallpaper might be bringing it for a kitchen design today but the iconic rotary telephone now available in a rainbow of colours, the chrome toaster and cafe style curtains are all retro touches still favoured today. The peninsula counter was very popular at this time and is still a favourite in American kitchens.
The Draper’s living room features mid century classics that could easily fit into a living room today. That huge sectional sofa would look seriously stylish in a large contemporary living space. The classically styled sideboard has been replicated and reproduced ever since and still remains a model in traditional and contemporary interiors.
The pale blue velvet headboard in the Draper’s bedroom is so luxurious and glamourous and. To bring it up to date you could pair it with crisp white linens and French mirrored bedside tables. The lampshades are also a touch of luxury and good taste on the room. Pure luxury.
Fifty years on and the furniture in the Sterling Cooper offices still look seriously stylish. The clean contemporary lines of these sofas and chairs are hugely popular today. Don Draper’s desk, on the right, features a black vintage table lamp that is an inspiration for a Portuguese lighting company Mad Men inspired: Delightfull. This Stanley floor lamps is just like the one you see on that famous desk of Don.
Roger Sterling’s minimalist all-white office pairs the now-classic Saarinen Tulip table with Artemide Nesso table lamp in a space that could easily be mistaken for the trendy Manhattan office of any top executive today, if it weren’t for the black rotary dial telephone giving away it’s age. These pieces are truly timeless and will add a classic designer touch to any space. We love it!
So, what do you think? Do you love this show as much as we do? What do you think of these interiors? Luckily, Don Draper, John Sterling and company are heading for the 6th season of Mad Men, bringing back the good old days of pure and fantastic design.
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Flat Time, A Poster of a clock that is actually a clock
Flat Time by designer Finn Magee is a poster of a digital alarm clock that is actually a functioning clock. Scroll down to see his other functional posters: Flat Sound (a speaker) and Flat Light (an LED light). Flat Time is available for pre-order at AREAWARE.
images via Finn Magee
Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Hand Lettering Experience
For Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Hand Lettering Experience, designer Leandro Senna transcribed the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” into 66 hand-lettered cards, which he then synced to Dylan’s song in this video. The video is inspired by Dylan’s 1965 promotional clip for “Subterranean Homesick Blues” in which Dylan went through a series of cue cards in sync with the music (video).
images and video by Leandro Senna
Fujifilm XF1: A retro and Flexible Compact Camera
Fujifilm is a camera company that’s going all-in on the idea of “retro design”. We’re not complaining. Its new XF1 compact camera brings the sleek design of X-Series’ cameras to the world of “point-and-shoots”, featuring a minimalist aluminum body that’s covered with faux-leather. The camera feels very nice and solid in the hand. It’s not as compact as other point-and-shoots (the Canon S110 is around 30% smaller and 20% lighter), so I’d say it’s purse-sized rather than pocket-sized. What it lacks in portability, however, it makes up for in beauty and brawn.
Inside the camera is a respectable 12MP 2/3-inch sensor. Larger than the 1/1.7 or 1/1.8-inch sensors found in many compacts, but smaller than other professional-level compacts that have been emerging as of late (the Sony RX100 packs a 1-inch sensor that’s twice as big).
Other specs include a retractable manual zoom 25-100mm f/1.8-4.9 lens, optical stabilization, RAW files, 10fps continuous shooting, 1080p HD video at 30fps, a 3-inch 460K dot LCD screen, an ISO range of 100-12800, a pop-up flash, manual controls, and a special user interface that can be geared towards a user’s preference (more on that later).
When the camera is off, it measures 4.2×2.4×1.2-inches. Pretty compact and sleek.
It becomes a beast when it’s turned on, though. The lens extends quite a bit when the camera is ready for business. Like the X10, the XF1 uses a twist-to-turn-on feature. You twist the lens ring on the front and pull in order to pull out the lens and turn on the camera. It takes some getting used to, but can definitely become second-nature after some use.
The main issue with the feature is the fact that it cannot be turned on with one hand (without a good deal of cleverness or effort). You’ll need to hold the camera in both hands in order to start using it, which might be a slight turn-off for people who like pulling out their camera, turning it on, and snapping a shot in one smooth motion.
One neat feature on the XF1 is the E-Fn button on the back. If you use a Mac, you’ll be familiar with what Fn means. It’s a button that provides alternate functionality for other buttons when it’s being held down. Hold it down, and you’ll be able to access different functions you’ve assigned to the six buttons on the rear of the camera.
Although I didn’t get to play around with it, the XF1 features the X-Series’ nifty film simulation modes, which can make your photos pop out looking like they were shot on various color and monochrome film stocks (e.g. Velvia, Provia, Astia).
The XF1 comes in three flavors — black, red, or tan — and will cost $500 when it hits store shelves next month.
If you’re looking for an everyday compact camera that offers a healthy mix of style, features, and quality, the XF1 should be on your list of cameras to check out. At $500, however, it’s pushing up into the price range of more professional compacts and mirrorless cameras, so you’ll need to be willing to pay a premium for retro-tastic-ness. If that describes you, then you might also want to think about paying $100 more for the even more gorgeous — and similarly spec-ed — Fujifilm X10.
Retro iOS 86 iPhone Skin
Designer Anton Repponen has produced these fantastic renderings depicting just how the iPhone operating system could have looked like in 1986. It turns out the design has already been ripped into a functional skin for jailbroken iPhones which can be downloaded here.
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