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Thursday
Feb052015

Adidas Originals x Spezial SS15 Film

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01. Beckenbauer Track Top.

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Adidas Originals x Spezial, a capsule collection of clothing and footwear by Gary Aspden with a particular focus on the German brand's rich history in leisurewear, was launched last season. The Spring-Summer '15 offering will be available at the end of this month, but many of the new pieces can be seen in a film by Nick Griffiths and &SON Films, released yesterday via SHOWstudio. Follow the link below to view the video and learn more about its themes, as well as those involved.

SHOWstudio

Thursday
Feb052015

Kaari Collection for Artek

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01. Small round shelf.
02. Wall console.

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The design world is abuzz regarding Artek’s latest furniture collection, which debuted at the 2015 Stockholm Furniture Fair. Conceived by French design duo, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, it features rectangular and round tables in two sizes, a desk, a wall console, a small round shelf and a selection of large wall-mounted shelving units, all of which utilize wooden and steel components. The press release details the marrying of these two elements best: "The principle is extremely simple: the vertical load is supported by a wooden part and a bent steel band embraces the contours of this solid wooden piece. The steel band draws a kind of wing bracket-angle that supports the ensemble and creates a linear and rhythmic silhouette."

Artek

Wednesday
Feb042015

Converse Jack Purcell Signature

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—01. Two-ply duck canvas upper.

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This month Converse are launching an updated and upgraded version of the Jack Purcell. The simple sneaker has long been an iconic style, but this premium edition, which – to name a handful of the 18 new features and benefits – includes a two-ply duck canvas upper and an Ortholite insole embedded with Nike Zoom Air Technology, is a welcome addition to the brand's offering that is likely to be a huge success.

Available from Converse

Wednesday
Feb042015

Review: Phill Niblock – Nothin To Look At Just A Record

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—01. Rereleased on Superior Viaduct.

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Phill Niblock has long been one of the central protagonists of the NYC loft scene, holding concerts through his Experimental Intermedia label since 1968 and producing some of the richest and most splendid, long-form drone music in the nascent genre’s history. His first album, Nothin To Look At Just A Record, sources its sounds from recording continuous tones, in this case trombones, which are then densely layered. The product announces an idiosyncratic approach to creating music that would continue throughout his multi-decade career. Superior Viaduct's 2013 rerelease of his 1982 debut is sold out at the source, but copies can still be found of this great, early record from a real legend in the underground music world. 

Available from Discogs

Tuesday
Feb032015

Victory Sportswear for Nepenthes New York Trail Runners

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01. Navy.
02. White.

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Nepenthes have unearthed another East Coast gem in the form of Victory Sportswear. The brand used to make bespoke footwear for marathon runners at their Massachusetts-based factory in the '80s. After a period of hibernation, it was reintroduced in 2013 and they have now produced a limited range of hand lasted trainers for Nepenthes New York.

Available from Nepenthes New York

Tuesday
Feb032015

Freunde von Freunden: Florian Holzherr

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—01. Florian.
—02. Desk.
—03. A step up.

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Architectural photographer Florian Holzherr is based in Munich but has done much of his work in the US for Donald Judd and James Turrell. Freunde von Freunden take us inside his garden studio, designed by architect Andreas Meck; the 44-year-old's minimal workspace is filled with natural light and USM furniture, both more than welcome in any studio.

Freunde von Freunden

Monday
Feb022015

The Real McCoy’s Spring-Summer ’15 – New Additions

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01. Vat Dyed Hooded Sweatshirt.
02. Vargas Girl T-Shirt.

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The reproduction experts at The Real McCoy’s have released their latest collection and amidst the customary offerings in military and workwear, there are always a number of entirely new items added to the line-up. This season they run the gamut from a classic navy blue raincoat worn by the US Air Force in the 1950s to T-shirts bearing the pin-up artwork of Ernesto Vargas, famed for emblazoning the noses of numerous aircraft in WWII. These unique pieces are shown next to a few welcome variants of old favourites, such as a vat dyed hooded sweatshirt in three shades and the less common navy coloured Utility Trouser.

Available from The Real McCoy's

Monday
Feb022015

Tony Conrad: Doing the City / Urban Community Interventions

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—01. Published by 80WSE Press.

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Known for his video work, and most notably the structuralist film The Flicker, as well as playing in the legendary group, The Theatre of Eternal Music, Tony Conrad is a truly enigmatic figure in the history of American contemporary art. I am a huge fan and was lucky enough to stumble upon his Doing the City show by chance when in New York in 2012, which featured his unique video, music and installation art. Surprisingly, this recently released book is the first monograph devoted to the under appreciated luminary to compile his work over the last 50 years.

Available from Artbook

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