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Jul252014

Backpacker: 1970s Issues Online

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01. Vol. 1, No. 3 – Autumn 1973.
02. Vol. 1, No. 4 – Winter 1973.

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On numerous occasions Google Books has been an indispensable resource for hard to find materials that I was dying to see. One such treasure was searching for and happening upon issues of Backpacker magazine from the 1970s. The first few years of this publication are worth a scroll through to see advertisements from now iconic companies like The North Face, Patagonia and Eddie Bauer in a fledgling hiking magazine. The vintage gear from these brands and many smaller mail-order companies is certainly the highlight and this collection of copies online is incredibly generous.

Available on Google Books

Friday
Jul252014

Acne Roc Twill Trousers

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01. Navy.
02. Black.

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I've been wearing black and navy trousers pretty consistently of late, and while I'm happy with the bottoms I've found, the grass is always greener. Neighbour have received their first fall delivery from Acne and the cotton Roc Twill trousers appear to be an ideal everyday option.

Available at Neighbour

Thursday
Jul242014

Wästberg Studioilse W084T2 Table Lamp

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—01. Dimmable and adjustable.

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The price tag is sure to frighten those with better sense than I, but I haven't been able to stop thinking about this lamp since I first saw it. Designed by Ilse Crawford’s Studioilse and produced by Swedish lighting company Wästberg, it takes just enough reference from early 20th century task lights so as not to render it unrecognizable, but also features a certain amount of playfulness, offering a choice of brown or red braided cables and mixing materials such as cast iron, beech and aluminium.

Available at Nest

Thursday
Jul242014

Recently Received: Popeye & Sassafras

Wednesday
Jul232014

Star of Hollywood Invisible Piano Hands Shirt

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—01. 100% dobby cotton.

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The graphics on Star of Hollywood shirts have long been renowned for their oddness. This one is no different, and it’s great to see that the modern incarnation of the company has kept up this tradition. The repeated hands create an interesting pattern and the red nails add just enough colour without things becoming too loud. Definitely a fine choice for a totally unique summer shirt.

Available at Self Edge

Wednesday
Jul232014

Ken Price at Karma

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01. See if Turtle Cups will Float? Shots in Pool.
02. Sculpture Park with Viewing Walls.

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My obsession with Ken Price's work has hit feverish levels. Between the quality of his recent publications, and seeing his most recent show at Matthew Marks, I can safely say that aesthetically he is in a league of his own. The way he translates his strange, erotically charged alien world so effortlessly between mediums is truly something to admire. I suggest picking up See if Turtle Cups will Float? Shots in Pool to fully understand the breadth of his work.

Available at Karma

Tuesday
Jul222014

Mjölk Book Volume III

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—01. Printed in Toronto.

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Toronto-based design shop, Mjölk, have recently released their third book and the theme this time around is the Japanese tea ceremony. The subjects featured across 144 pages range from tea masters and craftsmen to potters and architects, each related to the traditional ritual in interesting and important ways.

Available at Mjölk

Tuesday
Jul222014

Ed. Varie presents Ana Kraš: Mothers With Spoons and Relationships

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01. Opens July 24th.
02. Mother with Spoon, 2.

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"As an artist working in a variety of media, of recent Ana Kraš has been diving into her drawing practice resulting in two new large and ongoing series, Mothers With Spoons and Relationships. Reclaiming traditional materials such as oil pastel and colored pencil, Kraš redefines the rare simplicity of drawing on paper. With a gestural line reminding us of Matisse or Picasso, drawings from the Relationship series evoke a raw emotional reaction and a calculated amount of genuine intimacy. The quiet stillness and palette choices in the series Mothers With Spoons might nod to Morandi, yet the personalization of content and modern abstraction make them unique to only Kraš. Her unpretentious ability to anthropomorphize her practice and her work give the drawings of these series a whole new "life" of their own. The pieces work in a group, as well as stand out individually like multiple parts of a conversation. The exhibition will be a careful and casual installation of several pieces from both series, unveiling a yet undiscovered part of her practice. Mothers With Spoons and Relationships will mark Ana Kraš' debut show with Ed. Varie, as well as her first solo-exhibition in New York."

Ed. Varie
Ana Kraš

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