Tuesday, May 26, 2009

i have a new crush

and it's on lindsey adelman's lighting. wheeeeet-wheeeeeeeeeeew. (that's me phonetically typing out how i fake catcall whistle, might have been lost in translation. )

sorry, that was probably kinda dumb, BUT i am going to make it up to you RIGHT NOW. look at these:

lindsey's newest series, the knotty bubble collection, is designed in collaboration with studio creative director becca satterlee, glass artist michiko sakano, and designer kristin barron for the future perfect. gaaaaaaaaah, i want her/them to make jewelry that looks like that. how SWEET would jewelry be? and how much do you want to bet this stuff costs more than three semesters of out-of-state tuition? (but well worth it, i should add)

cluster table light

and to get an idea of other stuff she does...glass options:
clear globe with white cane

murrine with gold foil

clear globe with gold foil barnacle

council: icff 2009 editors choice award for furniture

yep, we love them...(council, that is)

brian test-driving the drake chair designed by one & co.

geo dining by arik levy

b talking to derek chen, his HEEEEEEEEEEEEERO. i felt like a paparazzi. yeah, it was pretty cool.

Monday, May 25, 2009

catch up

woah, we're back and starting to feel human again....and i'm just starting to mull through the photos and print material we picked up at icff. (i'm slow at these things...)

a standout by far (for us) was molo design from vancouver. we had a nice conversation with their sales guy, who studied fine art at the university of washington and personally knows erich ginder. we could see their booth from quite far away (because they went vertical) and although they didn't have wall space, they did a great job of creating a super ethereal environment (sort of their forte). please check out their site for much better photography. i find them so inspiring.

Monday, May 11, 2009

i&m @ model citizens nyc

we're just shipped off our stuff "3-day fedex style" to new york for the model citizens show. designglut did a great interview with erika and mark that gives some great insight to their goals for the show. it's REALLY inspiring to hear more about their vision. we are extremely excited to be a part of this. click here for the interview.

model citizens nyc
"Exit Underground"
475 10th Avenue @ 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
(just around the corner from the Javits Center)

opening night event on sat may 16: 5-7pm
sat may 16: 11-5pm
sun may 17: 11-6pm
mon may 18: 11=6pm

Thursday, May 7, 2009

have you had your swine flu shot?

think you can get away with out having a swine flu shot?

think again

watch this awesome swine flu public service announcement (from 1976)

mies loves helping out

we've been having some work sessions over here at the i&m headquarters (ie our apartment). b was working on homework and rocking out to soundgarden (with headphones - THANK GOD!!!) beth was working on a self-initiated project that is going to be a-MAZ-ing. more on the later. and mies just hung out and helped...

beth working away at my computer while i stand all creepy like behind her taking pictures.

beth's little mini work station.

not only a work session, but also a SLUMBER PARTY. beth stayed the night and we had the PLEASURE of introducing her to summer heights high. haven't seen it? do yourself a favor and netflix it!

mies is still hanging out in beth's floor pod. she loves it.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

wolf loves pig

stop motion with wolf and pig

bridging wounds

testing the string screen pre-preformance at the grand illusion cinema in the university district

the first in-progress showing of bridging wounds was a few weeks ago on april 21st at the henry art gallery's open floor series. bridging wounds is a collaborative multi-media piece that blends the mediums of music (live and pre-recorded), movement, animation, video, and textural environment (that's i&m's contribution) to create a piece that explores what it means to be human from a multitude of perspectives.

the open floor series allowed us to show the piece as it is right now. we kept it super casual, talking between sections and letting the mistakes happen. we were able to learn SO MUCH, it was such an invaluable insight into where the piece is, where it's headed and what it might end up in its final incarnation (which will premiere in october of this year).

there was a string trio, clarinet, trumpet, pre-recorded sound, snippets of video and animation, ezra did his amazing movement thing and i brought the string screen prototype (since this showing b has gotten on board, and we will be designing the environment as i&m).

amanda moore is helping hold up the screen. she is the master mind behind the video and animation component for the piece. she did some repetitive motion video that ezra improvised (movement) over/adjacent to - it was so good!! mmmmm.

the string trio

we are exploring ways to sort of hide the drum set when it's onstage for the final performance. post-its was our first stab. it looked totally rad, but after a few hours they were all over the place...(and that's paurl, the sound genius)

ezra dickinson (choreography and movement) and paris hurley (artistic direction, music & movement) present a sliver of the 'peripheral systems' portion. paris used a flashlight to bring attention to various body parts of importance. the flashlight was meant to be a temporary solution. eventually a spotlight or perhaps animation will be projected onto his body to illuminate the body parts. we were supposed to pretend paris wasn't there with a flashlight (remember this is an in-progress and very casual performance)...BUT BUT BUT the most interesting thing happened. the exchange between paris and ezra (as she was shining and trying to stay out of the way) was really interesting and extremely intimate. we/they never would have known what we thought was an 'easy fix' would add such dimension to the piece. YAY!!! for in-progress screenings...

the second half of the open floor event was audience 'participation.' and it was WAY more fun and WAY less awkward that any of us could have imagined. paris was great at making everyone feel comfortable and everyone actually participated. she had us tearing paper, pulling apart velcro, chewing gum, standing on stage and raising our (LEFT) arm in tandem, turning circles at 90 degree increments and much much more. and of COURSE she recorded (audio & video) of the entire thing. and i can tell you we ALL can't wait to see howthe audio and video is integrated into the piece.
pulling apart velcro

tearing paperparis doing her thang...

everyone on stage

can you believe she actually got people out of their seats? it was truly amazing and REALLY fun. it was like we were in this big group art project/experiement. OH WAIT we were!! there was a feeling of uninhibitedness that you don't get to feel as much as an adult.

so yeah it was FUN.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

donald judd or cheap furniture?

untitled, 1974

untitled, 1966

untitled, 1993

when b and i talk about making a wall unit, donald judd INVARIABLY comes up. having LONG been a fan, we saw a few of his pieces at art basel in december. their simplicity, color palette and especially craftsmanship are beyond words. they are the closest thing i can think of to man-made perfection.

BUT having said that this quiz, "donald judd or cheap furniture?" is a gas. i think b and i scored 67%. ack, i think that means we failed. just goes to show HOW much is lost in crappy photos online.

Monday, May 4, 2009

fail harder

apparently this is super old (from 2006 according to mocoloco.com) but i just stumbled upon it and i think it's great. any inspiring words during this period are fine by me...

W+K PLUS 100,000 thumbtacks PLUS 351 hours = Fail Harder - a message that underlines the importance of failure during the creative process.

images courtesy of mocoloco

time lapse video of installation:

Friday, May 1, 2009

kneeshy in seattle

i can't really express how excited i am about kneeshy's installation for ctrl+alt+design in june. they'll be in town for a week staying with us and helping us break in our new studio. it'll be dope, i'm sure. i want to post about their AMAZING show last week (i wasn't there) - but i'm waiting for photos. i'll give you a hint, there were umbrellas, sprinklers and unexpected conversations, all in a gallery setting. intrigued? i'll show more when i can. until then here's my fav:

"please remove your garnish from my plate" IS MINE!!!!!!!!! all mine. i bought it. yay!

thank a god!

so i am a LITTLE slow to find these things out, but last week my dear friend beth told me that sonic youth was going to headline the capitol hill block party in july. THEN THEN i heard on KEXP that deerhunter and the pains of being pure at heart will be playing as well. shooooo-ooooooooot. this is gonna be a RAD summer...ctrl+alt+design, block party, brian's graduating (!!!!!!!!) and we have a new amazing 1600 sq/ft studio on 10th & pike (more to come on that). lemme check, yep life if pretty good.

(no video, just a still photo, but AMAZING song)