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Sunday
Mar302014

Weekend Viewing: A Zed & Two Noughts

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—01. A film directed by Peter Greenaway.

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Their are plenty of adept filmmakers in the world, but there are very few genius filmmakers. Peter Greenaway, the director of A Zed & Two Noughts, almost certainly belongs to the latter group. This film came out in 1985, only his third film after the mind-boggling conceptual masterpiece The Falls and the incredibly bizzare The Draughtsman's Contract. A Zed & Two Noughts was a total departure from his previous work though, largely due to him teaming up with cinematographer Sacha Vierney, who helped him develop the crisp, meticulous, almost stagey look that would come to be his visual signature. The power of this film's quirky beauty is only matched by its morbid themes, involving the all too relatable constructs of decay, disaster, and death. Words really can't describe a picture this singular, so please just go and see it, but do prepare to have it burned into your mind's eye for the rest of your life. 

Trailer via YouTube

Sunday
Mar302014

Mister Freedom Blank T-Shirt

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—01. Made in USA.

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This plain T-shirt, inspired by 1940s-50s styles, features a tubular body and is made to the high standards Mister Freedom has been setting for years. Also available in navy and white, this sage green option offers a great alternative that feels just right for spring. 

Available at Self Edge

Saturday
Mar292014

Delta Vase

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—01. Designed by Mart van Schijndel.

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The Delta Vase, designed in 1981 and having won numerous awards, is an interesting vessel comprised of three pieces of glass adhered to one another with silicone. It is a break from the vase as blown glass and is a beautiful, primitive form with a home in MoMA's permanent collection.

Available at Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Saturday
Mar292014

Victim No Collar M-65 Jacket

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—01. Blue.
—02. Pocket detail.
—03. Collarless.
—04. Black.

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My journey to collect every single type of traditional jacket in a collarless version gets one step closer to completion with this beautiful piece from Victim & Co. The polyester fabric is offered in both a muddy blue and a faded black, with the former giving the jacket a slight sanitation worker vibe. Thus completing my personal checklist of all the things that make a perfect garment.

Available at Daylight

Friday
Mar282014

Business of Fashion: First Person – Margaret Howell

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Photography: Michael Hemy
Location: Suffolk, England

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The Business of Fashion recently caught up with Margaret Howell at her Suffolk home to discuss the evolution of her brand, the eventual buyout by Anglobal and its growth, especially in Japan. The article underlines the importance she places on maintaining control of the creative output and offers some interesting insight on the business side of things.

Business of Fashion

Friday
Mar282014

Inventory Magazine Issue 10

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—01. Dean Edmonds by James Pearson-Howes.
—02. Ichiro Nakatsu by Kato Shinsaku.

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Our cover stories for Spring-Summer '14 focus on Ichiro Nakatsu, founder of the ever-impressive Japanese brand orSlow, and emerging English furniture designer, Dean Edmonds. The tenth issue of Inventory also features Heath Ceramics, Nieves, Andrea Aranow, Nepenthes, Artek and Haider Ackermann, as well as contributions by Mark Borthwick, JIMA and Margaret Howell. It will officially be released at Nepenthes New York on April 10th, but both covers are now available for pre-order and will begin shipping the week commencing April 7th.

Pre-Order INVENTORY Issue 10

Thursday
Mar272014

Peter Cain: More Courage and Less Oil

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—01. Published by Matthew Marks Gallery.
—02. Prelude #3, 1990.

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I've never really been into cars. I had an Acura with AC and a six CD changer and that was the pinnacle of automotive engineering as far as I was concerned. That's why it's so amazing I've become such a huge fan of Peter Cain, when the bulk of his paintings are of vehicles. Don't expect pages of airbrushed Lambos in front of Miami sunsets in the pages of this book; all you'll find is subtly twisted surrealist takes on the machines, which for whatever reason, I find particularly captivating.

Available at Matthew Marks Gallery

Thursday
Mar272014

Neighborhood Anchor / B-Charm Zippo

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—01. Made in USA.
—02. 1935 Replica.

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Neighborhood makes a lot of highly detailed and interesting accessories, but this, featuring authentic brass details and a rich patina, is one of the most usable I've seen. Produced by Zippo, the only name in refillable lighters that matters, it's something you can carry with you everyday, safe in the knowledge that it will last a lifetime.

Available at Haven

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