Speakeasy

October 14, 2006

Though I have been lacking in my posts lately, its because I’m getting ready to launch what is now called as “Speakeasy”. I will still be posting on this blog but here’s another place to check out if you’re interested on the shit I post here. Go to the Speakeasy blog.

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Fujitsu unveiled a laptop that has a huge touchwheel on top that lets the notebook function as a digital turntable. It’ll also connect wirelessly to an iPod for its music.
However, don’t expect to see this on any market anytime soon. Fujitsu released it as a concept/prototype piece. I’d be really interesting to see how it would work though.

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I’ve looked at many city guides before I go on trips and the reason why I don’t purchase any of them is because I can’t seem to find the right things in one book. Lonely Planet has a good section on travel advice while Fodor’s has a great restaurant guide. I need something design-conscious. Phaidon *Wallpaper City Guides seem to be the perfect answer if I ever need to travel to a city I’ve never been to. I always loved the city guides in *Wallpaper magazine. The city guide provides must-see places to go, best places to stay, what to do in 24 hours, urban life, architecture and of course shopping. If you like Wallpaper, these city guides are a must for the next trip to a metropolitan.

Available October 2006 – Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Istanbul, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, New York, Paris, Rio De Janeiro, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney and Tokyo.

Available April 2007 – Athens, Basel, Beijing, Berlin, Bilbao, Cape Town, Dubai, Havana, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Marrakech, Miami, Mumbai, Prague, St. Petersburg, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv, Toronto (YES! We’re not left out!) and Vienna.

Only $12 CDN each.

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Wow, I know it’s been a while since I blogged. Partly because I’ve been busy but mainly because not much out there that I thought was interesting. THIS IS INTERESTING! I was browsing through several blogs (my daily routine) and stopped over at Supertouch (a great art/lifestyle blog). It seems that the great Frank Genry has come up with another masterpiece. BEAUTIFUL. Unlike his ever so shitty and conservative renovation of Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), his West Paris’ Louis Vutton Foundation for Creation is truly, just TRULY spectular. His “cloud made up of glass” structure will hold art collections, exhibits and other functions for the French luxury goods company LVMH Moët Hennessy. The structure will be completed around 2009, 2010 and will cost an estimated 127 million.

To be honest, 127 million doesn’t seem like that much for something that will definitely become a future landmark for the city. It’s amazing what Gehry (the celebritect) can still create even after building so many landmarks already. Which begs the question why Gehry’s design for the AGO is so crappy? Perhaps he’s still bitter about his time in Toronto (being a Torontoian). Anyways, hopefully I will be alive to see the day which Toronto will hold such structures such as this.

Information/Photo VIA Supertouch

Lab25

September 13, 2006

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Portfolio of designer David Torres. Check it out. Very cool shit.

Krug Vintage 1995

September 12, 2006

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Le Pimp.

LED Wallpaper by Ingo Maurer

September 10, 2006

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Designed by Indo Maurer, this light designer provides a new take on the wallpaper. Very innovative and “new media” if you ask me.

Via Gizmodo

96 Hours

September 10, 2006

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96 Hours is the end result of the collaboration from Puma and designer Neil Barrett. The collection is urban, smart and meant for the style conscious on-the-go traveler/urbanite. I’d write more about it but you might as well read the philosophy of the brand Y-3. Because it’s LITERALLY Puma’s answer to their head rival Adidas and their collaberation project with Yohji Yamamoto, Y-3.

96 Hours is available via retailers in various cities. Unfortunately not available (suprised?) in Canada yet.

The Thing, Shanghai

September 6, 2006

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Accidentally ran into this really interesting store called The Thing at No 266 Changle Road in Shanghai. They offer a variety of streetwear clothing made by various local Shanghaiese artists. Most tshirts are graphic/silkscreen based and I must admit their designs are pretty cool. They play around with the tshirts and the limitless of the medium. Reminds me a lot of the stores of Shirtflag but differentiate themselves from being a lot less political. I was going to pick a shirt myself but I don’t think I could without getting mobbed. (The place was busy as hell when I checked it out) Be sure to check The Thing out if you’re in the Shanghai area. Sorry, wasn’t able to take photos of their designs. Apparently they frown upon taking photos of their products 😦 I guess they’re worried of people stealing their ideas. (Which is what I wanted to do ..haha)

Claude Lelouch’s Rendezvous

September 3, 2006

Read about it in the pages of GQ, Rendezvous is 8 minutes of what seems to be a Ferrari racing through the streets of Paris. I must agree with them, its just plain cool. It was created in 1976 but its been getting a lot of buzz. Worth checking out.