Charles and Ray Eames are famous for their office furniture, but that was only a part of their artist collaborations. Graphic design, fine art, and film were just a few of the duo's passions and this short film of the simple beauty of the spinning top is just one example.
Faber-Castell has been making pens, pencils, and other office and drafting supplies for over 250 years. As one of the world's oldest and largest manufacturers of writing supplies, the digital age hasn't dimmed their enthusiasm for fine writing utensils in the slightest. Step inside the Faber-Castell factory and watch how they make the most popular communication instrument in the world — the pencil.
If you've ever hit the trails in Aspen to Whistler, you've probably been guided by James Niehues. He's the artist behind nearly every ski map in North America — and even some in South America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. Over his 30-year career, Niehues has scouted and photographed the world's alpine terrain to hand-paint every tree, peak, and cliff for nearly 200 trail maps.
Plastic is everywhere. It's in packaging, action figures, drink bottles, and once we're done with them, they go to lay in a landfill for close to eternity. Concerned by the environmental hazard and the mass consumerism behind, Rhode Island artist Thomas Deininger turned his anxieties into inspiration and began using the waste material as a medium for his three-dimensional sculptures.
If you're looking for something to get your senses tingling, Apple just released four excellent ASMR videos that are sure to do the trick. The decidedly low-tech offerings include wood-working with handtools, crunchy trail sounds, forset whispers, and rain at a campsite. Enjoy all the satisfying sounds here.
As a kid, Jeremy Mayer dreamed of taking his mom's typewriter apart and studying the hundreds of tiny parts. As an adult, sitting on the floor of his studio, Jeremy takes thousands of pieces from disassembled mechanical typewriters and turns them into incredible sculptures of everything from birds to people.
Clinton C. Filson got his start outfitting prospectors on their way to the Klondike Gold Rush at the end of the 19th century. The C.C.F. line of workwear from Filson bears his initials and carries on the Filson tradition of high-quality clothing that's versatile and tough. Made with a durable nylon shell with quilted polyester insulation, the C.C.F. Quilted Utility Jacket is compact and lightweight, making it an ideal outer layer as the weather begins to turn in the Fall, and in early Spring when there's still a chill in the air. In the colder months of Winter, it's perfect to place underneath a heavier coat as an insulating layer, making it a true three-season workhorse. Each jacket is finished with action-back shoulder pleats, insulated hand-warmer pockets, a metal zipper, and is priced right to be your go-to, throw-it-on layer this Fall.
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Oris was founded in 1904 in the village of Hölstein which is surrounded by the Waldenburg Valley. The Calibre 115 draws inspiration from that location and continues the company's rich tradition of premium mechanical timepieces. The new timepiece features a fully skeletonized movement — including the barrel at 12 o'clock — so the watchmaker's talents are on full display. As you wind the crown, the mainspring coils until it's fully wound and ready to deliver ten days of uninterrupted power. It's housed within a 44mm brushed titanium case that employs a design passed down from a 1938 model and supplemented by a jet engine turbine blade motif introduced into the Big Crown ProPilot's bezel a few years ago. Additional details include Super-LumiNova filled hands and indices, double-sided anti-reflective domed sapphire glass, and a multi-piece titanium bracelet or a black leather strap.
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Bob Ross is purported to have painted some 30,000 paintings over his lifetime. Few artists can claim such an astounding output, but there's a mystery surrounding his work — no one knows where they all are. When New York Times journalist Aaron Byrd wanted to buy one of The Joy of Painting star's work for his brother, he ran into a confounding little problem — he couldn't find one. This is the story of what happened to all of Bob Ross' paintings.
Kanye West made an estimated $150 million last year — mostly from his signature sneaker line with Adidas. To say that they're popular is an understatement and Yeezy works hard to keep his ideas fresh. In this interview with Forbes, Mr. West talks about his creative process and the things that inspire his designs.
Netflix's '80s nostalgia trip Stranger Things is an excellent show in nearly every way, but animation studio Humouring the Fates has found a way to make it even better by rendering it as an '80s-inspired anime show. This short film parodies several popular sequences from the show — and Netflix needs to make this happen.
Artist Thomas Blanchard's experimental short films take paint and add the color to solutions of water, milk, and oil to create surreal slow-moving landscapes. In Blanchard's latest work, the emphasis remains on color, but with a different subject — nature. Filmed with an RED Helium 8K camera and hundreds of 5k still camera shots, Blanchard perfectly captures every detail of his subjects.
Just last week, Apple revealed its latest Mac Pro. Their revamped desktop featured loads of new upgrades including a machined aluminum tower with an intricate lattice pattern. While it won't be available until this fall, carpenter John Helsz has already recreated the decorative grille using solid cherry wood.
Banksy may have not been invited to the Venice Biennale art exhibit but the street artist has become the star of the show. A week after an unverified, Banksy-like mural of a migrant waving a rescue torch appeared on a canal wall, he set up a similar refugee-themed painting amongst the local street vendors. Titled "Venice in Oil," the multi-frame piece depicts a massive cruise ship sailing past the city as gondola boats float by. Banksy released this video to claim the artwork along with the message "Despite being the largest and most prestigious art event in the world, for some reason, I've never been invited."
Road signs are designed to serve one purpose — convey information about traffic laws and the destinations around you. But in 1954, artist Rex May created a road sign for the city of San Francisco that became an icon. Now the signs are disappearing, and filmmaker Bradley Smith wanted to find out why.
This year is the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic Alien and the tributes are rolling out. There's been a series of short films, a high school play, and now this impressive flipbook. Illustrated by Serene Teh, the pages are brought to life by videographer Noel Lee to celebrate the iconic film.
Ernest Supplies uses plant-based ingredients and technology-forward standards to bring grooming essentials to the man on the go while keeping its products Made in the USA. As impressive as its products is its packaging; Unlike normal bottles and tubes that can bust and leak, Ernest Supplies' Soap Free Gel Face Wash, Cooling Shave Cream, and Protective Matte Moisturizer arrive in soft flask-style containers that maximize storage space in your dopp and look great while doing so.
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The way you carry your toiletries and valuables needs to be simplified. This Doppel bag helps you do just that. It's made from a single piece of 100% silicone that keeps it leak-resistant inside and out. This helps it stand up to the elements outside, and keep anything inside that might spill from getting out. The TSA friendly bag is soft and easy to wash when it's not in use and is the perfect way to keep your grooming supplies and accessories organized and safe during travel.
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They've created stop-motion masterpieces like Coraline and ParaNorman. Now, Laika Studios is back at it with their new film Missing Link. In this behind-the-scenes look, the animation studio gives a glimpse into the painstaking process that went into bringing their furry friend to life.
Even if you've never played Dungeons & Dragons you may have marveled at the fantasy paintings on the cover or leafed through the Monster Manual to look at the illustrations. From the TSR originals to the latest editions from Wizards of the Coast, art and Dungeons & Dragons have had a close relationship. The Art of Dungeons & Dragons profiles D&D artists, former TSR employees, game designers, authors, and some of the backstories behind the tabletop RPG's most famous pieces.
Even a genius doesn't make a masterpiece every time they sit down to do something. Vincent Van Gogh described his painting "Night Cafe" as his ugliest in a letter to his brother, telling him that although he did what he set out to do, the result was less than what Van Gogh had hoped for. Despite his disappointment, "Night Cafe" is considered to be a masterpiece, and the Nerdwriter has a great take on why it's one of the painter's best.
The Volkswagen Bus pop up camper is one of the most iconic cars ever built — perhaps second only to the VW Bug. Certified LEGO model builders Rene and Pascal built a life-size replica of the VW T2a "Bulli" for the f.r.e.e. travel and leisure fair in Munich, Germany, using more than 400,000 bricks over six weeks.
Fabian Oefner uses scale models for his series of photographs depicting classic cars literally coming apart — down to every last nut and bolt. When a friend told Fabian he was having his Lamborghini Miura completely taken apart and restored, Fabian jumped at the chance to create another of his stunning pieces — this time with the real thing.
In Japan, there was a time that making and developing metal was so expensive that carpenters had to develop an alternative to nails. The solution was miyadaiku. The method uses interlocking pieces of wood that fit together almost like a puzzle. With most of the original buildings now in need of repair, Takahiro Matsumoto has mastered the ancient skill to restore temples and shrines throughout the city of Kamakura.
1200 more pencils and another Fender-style guitar — Burl Art is back with another masterpiece. His first acrylic resin-and-colored-pencil instrument was a Fender Stratocaster, and this time, Burl built the other classic Fender — the Telecaster. Using a slightly different approach, Burl has refined his process and used a limited pallet to give the Tele a waterfall-style fade using white, blue, and black pencils.
You can play Nintendo's classic Super Mario Bros. on just about anything with a screen. But artist Kisaragi Hutae has taken the game somewhere it's never been, recreating it as a stop-motion notebook animation. The entire first level unfolds in this perfect animation at 30 frames per second.
Dieter Rams established the foundation of good design. His "less is better" approach led to iconic products like the Braun ET 66 Calculator and the 606 Universal Shelving System for Vitsoe. Taken from the documentary Rams, Trollback & Co. illustrates the legendary designer's 10 principals using classic items conceived by the master himself.
Migrant Mother is one of the most iconic photographs in American history. Taken by Dorothea Lange, the picture depicts Florence Owens Thompson and her children at a pea-pickers' camp in California during The Great Depression. In this video essay, Evan Puschak explains how Lange captured the historic image.
Generally, bikes are made of titanium, aluminum, or carbon fiber for their lightness and strength. This bicycle takes an unconventional approach by swapping out those modern materials for an all-wood design. From the chain to the wheels, the ride is made entirely from timber.
Jaeger-LeCoultre makes some of the best ultra-luxury watches in the world. At the SalonQP watch show, Jaeger-LeCoultre showed off one of their most impressive pieces — the Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication. 527 parts made from German silver comprise the movement, and the case is crafted from rose gold. With the ability to display the day, month, year, and constellations, the Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication shows why Jaeger-LeCoultre is "the watchmaker of watchmakers".
Brooklyn, New York performance artist Peter Kokis has a knack for turning trash in art. Kokis creates transformer-like robot costumes from found materials, and the garbage is one his greatest sources. His creations can weigh over 100 pounds and delight the crowds when he wears one — proving that not all fine art hangs in a museum.
The city of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, is the time capital of the world. Nestled in the Jura mountains, the area is known as "Watch Valley" and boasts some of the most highly-regarded — and highly expensive — watchmakers on the planet. Companies like Rolex, Patek Phiippe, and Tissot are headquartered here along with a complementary number of professionals dedicated to the intricacies of watchmaking. From the International Museum of Horology to a small shop specializing in restoration, La Chaux-de-Fonds keeps time like no other place on Earth.