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Tuesday
Jun012010

watch: wall clocks

We almost went crazy there were so many cuckoo clocks in Milan! We love how this quirky, folky timepiece has us smiling every hour it entertains us.

In this digital age while waiting for the volcanic ash to clear us for take-off, these functional toys reminded us how enjoyable it is to slow down, smell the flowers and play with the dogs in the park.

Friday
May282010

watch: string

Like jazz music, tangled wires and cords can feel frenetic and complicated—yet structured at the same time. Whether holding paddle boards in mid-air or creating wall art, these pieces make perfect sense of today’s complex world—just like our wire blackbird and reed dining chair.

Thursday
May272010

watch: repurposing

What if we all were to think outside the box… and an old shipping container became a Puma pop-up store? What if a huge aluminum stockpot grew herbs before it was used to cook them? What if you loved music so much you found a bunch of brass cymbals and suspended them like falling raindrops?

What if we upholstered a sofa in…?

Thursday
May272010

10 essentials: vance


http://www.flickr.com/photos/pong // CC BY 2.0

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wisley // CC BY 2.0

1. I learned to love baseball at Wrigley Field. No matter where I live I’ll always be a Cub fan.

2. I’m impressed with the sheer scale of behemoth skyscrapers and awed that one man’s inspiration can create such feats—architects are one of my heroes.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/elswatchoboracho // CC BY 2.03. Red Sharpies. I like that they’re bright and graphic—the one pen I always reach for.

4. It’s so true that good tools make all the difference and Wusthof knives are the tools I find worth investing in.

5. Fireplaces. The smell of burning wood and the mood—it really brings a house to life.

6. Mac & cheese. This is what I want to see on a menu in the winter. No matter how it’s made I know I’m going to love it—and eat too much of it.

7. Hardware stores and junk shops. I can spend hours lost in them gathering inspiration and finding new ways to see objects.

8. Gary Fisher Bikes. I was attracted by the name of mine, Mahi Mahi. It’s been with me for 10 years and it’s my favorite way to escape and explore the city.

9. Road Trips. One of my favorite vacations is a road trip with no agenda. It’s a great way to hang out with friends and discover what America has to offer.

10. Coffee is my prime source of energy and motivation. One thing I won’t skimp on and am rarely seen without. At home, I use our silo mugs. They’re chunky, bright white, and feel good in the hand.

Thanks to vance, store designer soho, for this submission.

Wednesday
May262010

recipe: ombre summer cocktail


El Gusano Rojo

1-½ ounces mezcal
½ ounce passion fruit nectar
2 ounces chilled ginger beer
½ ounce grenadine
ice

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add the mezcal and passion fruit nectar
Shake well
Strain the drink into an ice-filled cooler—the taller the better
Stir in the chilled ginger beer
Drizzle the grenadine on top—which will sink to the bottom for the ombre effect