Monday, March 30, 2015

Marvel Teams with Five Four on Super Hero Men's Collection

Marvel Comics Five Four Fashion
Marvel Comics Five Four Fashion
photos by Tracey Morris [via Five Four Club]

Well this is strange: Marvel (yes, the comic book publisher) has teamed up with men's subscription fashion site Five Four Club to create a capsule collection based on iconic superheroes. And the strangest part about it? The clothes aren't half bad!

As a child of the '90s, news of comic clothing sent me straight to thoughts of Warner Bros. stores in every mall and an unfortunate Tweetie Bird chambray button down I once owned. Thankfully, though, Marvel's collection is far more subtle in its inspiration, with outwear, dress shirts, tees and accessories that are more Tom Ford than Tom and Jerry.

Okay, I may be exaggerating with the Tom Ford reference, but it's surprisingly decent, right? Plus, the photo shoot took place at L.A.'s modernist Sheats Goldstein Residence (better known as Jackie Treehorn’s house in the Big Lebowski), so that's pretty cool.

The Marvel collection launches on Five Four's site on April 1st, with a box of superhero duds shipped out to members for $60 per month.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An Energy-Efficient Alternative to the Edison Bulb from Buster + Punch

LED Edison Bulb
LED Edison Bulb
[photos courtesy of Buster + Punch]

At every hip, ambiently lit restaurant  we visit, my oh-so-practical husband never fails to comment on the silliness of Edison bulbs. I, of course, love the warm glow of an old-fashioned light bulb filament, but I can understand the impracticality of Edison bulbs in the age of energy-efficient LEDs.

Enter the new Buster Bulb from British design group Buster + Punch! Calling itself the world's first designer LED bulb, the Buster Bulb mimics the industrial feel of an Edison bulb with a 3-watt dimmable LED. The LED uses only 5 percent of a traditional bulb's energy and lasts 10,000 hours, but more importantly, it just looks so dang cool!

The teardrop glass housing is available in  warm gold, smoked grey or bright crystal, and the bulbs are finished with a satin metallic sheen. A patented resin light pipe on the inside allows the bulb to provide ambient lighting in a room while also throwing focused spot light onto tables and surfaces below.

Those of you in Europe can view the Buster Bulb at Buster & Punch's London showroom or Stockholm store, while the rest of us can purchase the £39.99 bulb online.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Newspaper Collection by Shwood

[all photos courtesy of Shwood]

I know I'm dating myself here, but I'm a bit of an old media stalwart. It's true: Before I was a blogger, I worked in an actual newsroom where we put out actual newsprint. It was a  place where gruff local journalists hid whiskey in their desk drawers and took smoke breaks on the hour, and it was wonderful! So, maybe it's pure nostalgia, but I can't help but love Shwood's brand new Newspaper Collection.

Known for their wood glasses frames, Shwood launched the Newspaper Collection as an experiment in transformation, reconstruction and repurposing. Loosely translated, it's an attempt to capture paper's original state before it goes the way of the rotary phone.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

'Airline Visual Identity 1945 - 1975' by Matthias C. Hühne

aeroflot airline advertising branding
American Airlines airline advertising branding
Pan Am airline advertising branding
[all images courtesy of Callisto Publishers]

As if I weren't excited enough for the return of Mad Men in April, a new coffee table book is putting the focus on the glory days of airline advertising, a central theme for Don Draper and his cohorts. While Mad Men gives us just a small slice of the creative genius that went into branding an airline, Airline Visual Identity 1945-1975 by Matthias C. Hühne carefully curates the work of prestigious graphic designers and advertising luminaries.

The massive tome measures 12.2" x 16.1" and uses a total of seventeen different colors, five different types of varnishes, and two different methods of foil printing and embossing to reproduce the airlines' commercial art as accurately as possible.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Tiffany 2015 Blue Book Collection: The Art of the Sea

Tiffany Blue Book Fine Jewelry
Tiffany Blue Book Fine Jewelry
ring with a 21.66-carat chrysocolla, surrounded by sapphires in platinum / flexible bracelet of Montana sapphires, blue sapphires and diamonds in blackened platinum [all photos courtesy of Tiffany]

After showing off a few pieces at the Oscars on the necks, wrists and lobes of starlets, the folks at Tiffany gave me a preview of its 2015 Blue Book collection, and it's exquisite! The annual Blue Book collection includes some of Tiffany's most over-the-top baubles, and this year's is the first to be curated by Tiffany Design Director F. Amfitheatrof.

With "The Art of the Sea" as its theme, this Blue Book collection is full of fluid designs and watery gems that capture the energy and movement of the sea perfectly.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Down Under by X-presion

rainbow hair bright fashion
rainbow hair bright fashion
rainbow hair bright fashion
[all photos via X-presion]

Now that we've set the clocks back, can we finally start talking spring fashion? Despite the fact that it's been in the 70s all week here in Tel Aviv, I've kept mum on the subject so as not to incur the wrath of my friends and family back in Boston. Is it safe now that you're facing longer days and melting snow?

This wonderfully manic photo shoot, "Down Under" by Madrid creative studio X-presion, may not provide much real sartorial inspiration (no thank you, rainbow yarn hair), but the mix of patterns and colors have me prepped for bolder spring style.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

16 Unique Kitchen Island Designs

contemporary live edge wood kitchen island
Simon Pillard and Philippe Rossetti’s Lego kitchen island
mirrored kitchen island
from top: Live edge island [via homedit] / Simon Pillard and Philippe Rossetti’s Lego kitchen [via Dwell] / Mirrored island [via Jakub Čech]

Well, it took two months of searching, but we finally found our perfect Tel Aviv apartment. Now, of course, it's a manic rush to get the place ready before we move out of our temporary pad on Friday. One thing we'd like to add? A kitchen island. With the kitchen built against one wall, it seems like the best option for dividing the large open living area while adding some extra storage and counter space.

Mr. Catwalk has a cousin here in the kitchen business, so we'll be relying on him for advice, but there's always the wormhole of Pinterest for inspiration. We'll, no doubt, be opting for something that matches the existing kitchen, but these less conventional kitchen islands are too fun to keep to myself.