Normally when we think of architecture, we imagine large buildings with edgy geometric designs. The exterior of a building tends to initially catch the eye because it’s the first thing a person sees. In Japan, architecture studio Hitotomori managed to captivate us from the inside, by designing a home using beautiful exposed, unfinished wood. Using plywood to add the finishing touches of furniture in the house, Hitotomori creates a warm inside environment that appeals to the cozy aesthetic of a home and the sleek look of a cutting edge design. Much like our Carpenter Collection, this house utilizes wood perfectly, making it an architecture piece we admire and want to visit ASAP!
At Analog, we use wood to make all of of our most popular watches in our Carpenter Collection. Over time, we’ve grown to love the material as it has become a big part of our everyday work. That’s why we were extremely excited when we heard of a new material called “Wood Skin.” Fusing together digitally structured triangular tiles of wood with a polymer mesh in between, Wood-Skin has bridged the gap between hard, rigid, and flat wood, with a soft flexibility that can utilized for almost anything. Used as structurally beautiful decorations, magnificent wall pieces, or edgy partitions, wood-skin has revolutionized the use of wood and managed to create amazing products in the process.
Learn more about Wood-Skin here.
Danielle Evans is an artist known for her amazing ability to create food typography. Danielle takes various food products and organizes them in ways that transform ordinary snacks you would eat on your way to work into a beautiful message or stunning visual.
As you can see in the video above, Danielle has the ability to turn food into just about anything. Her passion for art has allowed her to expand her typography into using other materials such as plants and other everyday objects.
After partnering with companies like Target, Disney, and the Washington Post, Danielle has made a name for herself, turning her unique ability into something people around the world can enjoy. You can check out more of Danielle's work here.
It’s always a great idea to take a trip to an art museum. If you go to the Museo Internacional del Barroco In Puebla Mexico, you might find yourself marveling at the amazing architecture of the building too long to actually make it in doors. Designed by Toyo Ito & Associates, these white concrete slabs make up beautifully curved walls that bring audiences an art piece before they even step inside the building. Inside, visitors will find incredible paintings, sculptures, and fashion pieces. But the architecture is what has us in awe. The sleek look of white stone bares resemblance to some of our favorite pieces from the Mason Collection, making this museum a place we can not only relate to, but also be inspired by. If we’re ever in Mexico, we’ll be sure to stop by!
Learn more about the Museo Internacional del Barroco here.
At first glance, these edgy, geometric kitchen tiles easily set themselves apart from the typical ceramic design we are used to seeing. Not only are they unique in appearance, but their construction is rare as well. Invented by Conservatory of Craft, these concrete kitchen tiles are innovative and challenge the way we typically use this rough material. This newly released product mixes the rugged nature of concrete with the domestic feeling of a kitchen to bring forth a one of a kind product. Taking average material and using them in unconventional ways is always something we aim to do with our watches. We’d love to incorporate them into our kitchen one day!
To learn more about these kitchen tiles click here
There are only a few things in life that can help reset my internal clock. Camping and adventure are the main ones. Being out in nature allows me to recenter and learn more about myself. After a long mild winter, it was time to get back outside. So a few of us got together and headed south.
Driving into the night, we reached our destination, Goblin Valley State Park. While we searched for a primitive campsite, the moon started to rise high above the horizon illuminating the landscape. We lit a fire, pitched our tents, and closed our eyes
The milky way stretched itself across the sky when the moon dipped below the horizon. With cold hands and tired eyes, we watched in awe while we stoked the fire. Soon the sun rose, warmed our bodies and it was time to go explore.
Goblin Valley is a unique place. With thousands of hoodoos, you feel far away from home. As if Mark Watney were going to come around the corner, you felt like you were on mars. -Greg Rakozy
We are proud to announce a new partner for our Classic Watch collection. With a shared vision for environmental education and the goal to uplift others, a portion of each sale will go towards helping those in need enjoy some much needed time in nature at the Philadelphia Schuylkill Center for Environmental Conservation.
Our values run deep here at Analog and we believe that a product should be authentic to it's core. It's our responsibility to contribute back in meaningful ways and we are so excited that we are now contributing towards 3 different non profits focused on environmental conservation and education.
STUDY NATURE, LOVE NATURE, STAY CLOSE TO NATURE. IT WILL NEVER FAIL YOU.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
Inspired by its rural environment, the Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel manages to stand out while still blending in to its surroundings with a unique structure using vertical logs to accent its minimal white background. Designed by an architecture studio called Future Architecture Thinking, this hotel in Portugal is unlike any building we’ve ever seen. Not only does it stand out for its aesthetics, Sobreiras is also environmentally friendly using foundation techniques that stray from the traditional to avoid harming the land it rests on. Using natural resources to produce a beautiful product is something we have in common with Sobreiras and is one of the many reasons we were inspired by this incredible architecture. If we ever end up in Portugal, I think we know where we’ll end up staying.
Check out more information on Sobreiras here: http://sobreiras.pt/
When it comes to honey, it’s natural to automatically associate it with a snack, food, or an accessory to a hot cup of tea. However, is it possible for honey to be a material used for more than just a food? Barcelona students Franc Navarro and Alberto Martinez have found a way to take the traditional idea of honey and artistically incorporate it into a Typography Experiment. Strategically cutting out 3D wooden planks to construct letters and suspend them mid-air, Navarro drizzles honey over the wood, creating an eye catching artistic piece that truly pushes the boundaries of how we use materials. The project in its entirety includes every letter from the alphabet, all looking as delicious as the pictures you see above.
To learn more about this honey typography project, click here
We were invited by Design Milk to participate in a curated group booth as part of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. It was a fantastic experience. We met tons of designers, architects, and made friends with a bunch of fellow emerging brands and studios. Not only that, but it was Design Week - so the whole city was alive with exhibits, shows, etc.
So much inspiration to be taken in under one roof! We are at the Javits Center twice a year with a booth at NYNOW - but this show was particularly exciting because I am a die hard furniture lover. So much inspiration - from lighting, to textiles, to fixtures. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the industry!
Thanks to everyone at Design Milk and our fellow booth buddies for supporting, cross promoting, etc!
Daniel Pouzet envisioned this multi-functional table lamp. It does more than just give light; it gives energy to the plants. The hydroponic technology inside the lamp is clean, water efficient, and an added benefit is that the plants improve the air quality in your space. This fixture allows a person to have up to six plants growing with two different light setting. We love this concept because it is a great way to keep our indoor plants alive and keep our air fresh and clean.
Anna Rabinowicz designed this serving tray by using acacia wood with slabs of rosy agate held aloft with brass fittings. This rustic tray is great for serving your guests any kind of food while adding a minimal and clean visual appeal. If your guests don’t love the snacks you are serving, they will fall in love with this trays natural detailing. The acacia wood and rosy agate are a great combination focused on color and natural design. The rosy agate shines next to the brass fittings.
This chair was inspired by the phrase, “less is more,” because it has two legs instead of four. This can lean against a wall, table, or turned backwards for better ergonomics. We admire the abled functions of this chair because it can be place against anything. Made from oak wood, this piece can add style to any office or reading room.
With a uniquely structured pattern and a beautiful accent of green, contrasting with rich red brick, it would be hard to pass by this community center in South London without it catching your eye. Overlooking the Nunhead Green in the London Borough, this community center hosts various activities for people in the surrounding areas. Being a company inspired by rare geometric designs, we love what the architects at studio AOC have done with this layered brick and distinct green balcony. From what we can see in the pictures, the inside is just as captivating as the exterior, making this a place we would love to visit.
You can check out more information on The Green here: http://www.thegreennunhead.org/
Here at Analog, we love leather. We’ve used the material to create beautiful straps that pair perfectly with our watches to make our signature Classic, Mason, and Carpenter Collections. Leather is a staple within our company and we are always looking for new and unique ways that it can be utilized. Jorge Penades, a Madrid-based designer, has been coming up with new and inventive ways to put wasted leather to use. Using the scraps from companies who are producing leather goods, Penades has managed to create furniture that strays from the norm and catches our eye right away. In the video, you can see the process in which he creates these one of a kind structures and how he utilizes leather, shredding and then shaping it into the furniture you see above. Using leather ourselves in our own creations, we’re inspired to see its versatility and ability to be a truly useful material in various ways. In fact, we wouldn’t be against getting our hands on one of these pieces of furniture ourselves.
Check out more information about Jorge Penades’ use of leather here
Analog: What is important for you when you are creating new work? What conversation are you trying to start or messaging are you trying to convey?
Joe: It depends on the piece. Sometimes I just want to make something pretty. Even then, my mood and disposition at the time gets into the work. Other times, I’m intentionally provocative, but I always like to approach a subject in a unique way intellectually and in a design sense. I do what I call activist pieces like Vivere, which was intended to promote conversation about the proposed “energy hub” in Philly.
Analog: Being a street artist, do you feel as though you have any restrictions to what you are able to do? Do you ever push the line, and if so - what is your idea of pushing the line?
Joe: I don’t really like the term “street artist.” For me, a piece is never done until it’s been shared with the public. That’s what drives me to put my work out on the street. So the answer is no, I don’t feel it restricts what I do. It’s impossible for any honest artist not to “push the line” in our priggish culture.
Analog: Where does your biggest inspiration come from and has it changed over the years?
Joe: Mostly other artists. I’m really into Charles Burchfield right now, but I’m constantly discovering new (to me) artists that inspire me.
Analog: What has influenced your decision to pursue a career as an artist and how has it affected your life personally?
Joe: It was never a decision for me. I always knew I wanted to be an artist. When I don’t work, I lose my mind. So, my personal life would most certainly be a shamble if it weren’t for art.
Analog: In the past, you focused on smaller intricate pieces and recently you have been exploring bigger canvases. When you have a larger format to display your work, how does that effect your design process?
Joe: Strangely, as I have been getting more opportunities to create large murals from my cutouts, the cutouts themselves have been getting smaller. I love the effect of a hand cut shape blown up – it gives an organic and innocent quality to the shape and line. As for how it affects my design process – It’s very important to consider the environment that the mural will inhabit. If it’s a space where the viewer will be right up on it, I’d work bigger so the mural is ultimately more detailed and the viewer can get something from the it without having to see the whole picture plane. For a mural that will be viewed from afar, I’d make a smaller cutout - something more stylized.
Analog: Have you ever been arrested or questioned while pasting your work?
Joe: I’ve never been arrested and, I’m happy to say, most of the people I encounter while installing pieces appreciate my work. There have been a few control freaks that spazzed out on me. But that doesn’t happen very often.
Analog: Is there a certain piece that you have created, that you are most recognized for?
Joe: I think I’m recognized more for my style than any particular piece.
Analog: Do you have a certain signature when you are creating a piece of work? Is there some hidden Easter egg in your work?
Joe: No. The limitations inherent in the medium are challenging enough to deal with.
Analog: A little over a year ago, there was a dispute over Saint-Gobain’s ‘Future Sensations’ plagiarizing your work, how do you overcome this situation and what advice would you have for other up and coming artists who might be in the same position you were in?
Joe: Call out bullshit when you see it.
Analog What’s on the horizon - new work in color, new themes, new materials?
Joe: I’ve recently started working in cut metal. I’d like to expand that practice and continue to work in a monumental scale.
Designer Paul Loebach designed this watering can using only a single metal tube bent a total of three times, highlighted in the product name. After it is bent and formed, it is soldered into a metal can. The handle, designed to be utilized in the carrying position or the watering position. Since we have such a deep love for materials and finishes, we couldn’t help but to find this copper piece irresistible to our palette. The form is unique and would be a lovely addition to any modern gardeners watering kit.
These playful cups, designed by William Edmonds, come in many moods and styles. Personalities of the cup may vary, so you might not get the happy faces shown, which makes these cups particularly fun. We love these because they stray away from the conventionally mass-produced cup archetype and instead highlight the beauty of hand crafted drink ware. With hundreds of human emotions available for inspiration, we can see ourselves owning more than just a few!
Designer, Jon Goulder hand carved this unique wall shelf from solid walnut. Since this design is made with freeform carving, it ensures that each shelf is slightly different then the previous. The look of melting in the center of the shelf contrasts against the two straight ends on either side. We love the process behind these pieces. This is more then just a bookshelf, it’s a physical piece of hand carved art for your walls.
When you think of foam, edgy, unique, and fashionable are most likely not the first descriptive words that pop into your head. We’ve seen foam used for many different things. Whether it’s for constructive purposes or used in moldings for architecture, foam tends to be more of a carpenter’s accessory rather than a material used to create innovative designs. However, foam has been used for much more than what we initially imagined. For instance, designers using a soft urethane foam can squeeze this material through a syringe creating a unique and trendy rug that can serve as a place to rest your feet or a wall piece hanging in your hallway. This urethane foam is strategically placed on a table, creating a layout of what the rug will look like. As the pieces come together and the foam expands and dries, the product comes to life and is peeled off of the table. Having a passion for taking resources around us and creating something beautiful from them, we are excited about this material and eager to see what foam will do next.
Check out more information about squirted-foam rugs here
Geometric wooden shingles wrap around this uniquely structured Swedish nature reserve. Architect Chistofer Odmark built this reserve to serve as a rest area for people enjoying nature in the surrounding woods. These edgy wooden shingles show a strong resemblance to the watches in our Carpenter and Mason collections. The simplistic material of the wood is not lost in the complexity of these sharp geometric angles the architect so expertly incorporated. We wouldn’t mind stopping by this reserve, named “Kotten,” for a nice cup of coffee after a long day spent in the woods that inspired its conception.
Check out more information on Kotten here: http://www.tengbom.se/en-US/projects/254/kotten