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ARCHITECTURE LOVE - APRIL 2016

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/

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MATERIAL MONTHLY - APRIL 2016

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

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Artist To Watch - Joe Boruchow

It’s impossible for any honest artist not to “push the line” in our priggish culture.
— Joe Boruchow

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.

 

 

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Things We Love - April 2016

X3 Watering Can - $145.00 – Solid Copper

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. 


Empty Vessel - $35.00

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! 


Form Wall Shelf - $5,600

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. 

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MATERIAL MONTHLY - MARCH 2016

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

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ARCHITECTURE LOVE - MARCH 2016

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 

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Things We Love - March 2016

Concrete Fractured Wall Clock – Copper, Gold or Silver - $160.00

Inspired by nature and minimalism, Dconstruct designed these wall clocks to showcase the beauty in simple materials. The metal leaf casted into the concrete highlights a natural way of showing two different materials combining. We love this product because it uses not everyday materials to make a very common household product. We love how this hand crafted wall clock blends the two materials in a way that gives it a rustic yet minimalist look. 



Escalate Ring - $145.00

This gender-neutral ring ties in unisex design with a minimal and linear look. Fineblue Studios designed this piece to featuring different levels, making this sterling silver artwork simple yet dynamic. We love this accessory because of how sleek, smooth, and modest it is. 


Atlas – Concrete Block Book Ends - $350.00

Concrete Cat is known for their pieces made from concrete with beautiful colors and dyes added during the casting process. The above photo showcases the current design and mixed colors. The dyes are blended throughout these concrete bookends, but not all turn out the same way, which makes this product uniquely one of a kind. We love this because it’s a simple, yet monumental, design for bookends tastefully colored with a focus on natural patterning and veining. A bookend should do more then just function; it’s an opportunity to add a piece of art to your shelf. 

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6 Facts About Leap Year You Didn't Know

Leap Year is coming up this month and we started to think, what do we actually know about Leap Year? Well, for starters we know that it comes every four years at the end of February. But what makes this so significant and why does this happen only every four years? We did some research, and here are some things you may not have known about Leap Year:

  • About 4.1 million people across the world are born on February 29 and the chance of a baby being born on leap year is one in 1,461.
  • If you were born on Leap Year, you are referred to as “leaplings” or “leapers.”
  • The Frog is a symbol associated with this day.
  • We consider a year to be exactly 365 days, but it actually takes 365.24 days for the Earth to do a complete orbit around the sun. This extra 0.24 days adds up, which is why every 4 years we get an extra 24 hours in our calendar.
  • But why is it in February? because the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus did not like the fact that the month August, named after him in the Julian calendar, only had 29 days and not the typical 30 or 31. Caesar Augustus didn’t like the fact that his month was the shortest, so he changed the calendar to make August have 31 days and February have 28 days, except for leap year.
  • There is a campaign to have Leap Day a national Holiday, which would mean that banks would be closed and kids would be off from school. Would you want that to happen?

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Artist To Watch - Wyatt Little


To me, art was just natural, and the more and more I worked at it the more it became an integral part of my life and my identity.
— Wyatt Little

Wyatt Little is a Texas-based product designer, who we had the chance to interview about his inspirations, how he got into design, and his advice for struggling artists. His work mixes urban objects with nature to create very conversational pieces for your home that we can't get enough of. 

 

Analog: Your designs are so original and different from what we have seen, where do you get your inspiration from? 

Wyatt: I feel like everything I end up making in some way ties back to my past. I often find myself thinking about objects I loved growing up and try to give them new life and context.

Analog: What made you decide to start creating art and how has it affected your life personally? 

Wyatt: I grew up in a very creativity focused household. My dad was always at a drafting board and my mom did a lot of drawing and glasswork. To me, art was just natural, and the more and more I worked at it the more it became an integral part of my life and my identity.

Analog: I understand that you used to just focus on fine artwork, but now you have sort of turned into a product designer. How does this feel? How do you feel commercializing your work?

Wyatt: It’s actually the other way around. I went to school for product design and really enjoyed it for a while but eventually grew tired of all the branding and plastic junk the field tends to leave in its wake. It just left me wanting something with more substance. That’s why I turned to ceramics. In regards to commercialization, every single piece that ends up in someone's home was made by me. I don't really see that as commercializing my artwork---its just hard work.

Analog: Do you think that you create work now for a certain niche market or is it scattered across many different markets? 

Wyatt: For now, I suppose I am in the unique gardening niche but I have no qualms with wandering into other markets.

Analog: We love how you combine urban ideas with nature inspired products. Why the decision to merge these two?

Analog: I think that I am mostly focused on creating contrasting ideas when I am ideating. I just really enjoy the idea of striking some sort of balance between two complete opposites.

Analog: Where does your inspiration or idea basis come from for your current collection?

Wyatt: A lot of my new stuff is very much in the same nostalgic vein that I normally pull from but lately I’ve been really influenced by simplistic geometry contrasted by fluid motion. 

Analog: What’s on the horizon, can you give us any teasers?

Wyatt: Yes absolutely. I have been working on some fairly large-scale pieces combining glass and clay. I have also started making miniaturized versions of my current products.  

Analog: What’s your favorite material to work with and why?

Wyatt: Definitely clay. Its cheap, accessible and easy for anyone to create whatever they want. It’s like the ultimate democratic material.

Analog: If you had to give one piece of advice to a struggling fine artist, what would it be?

Wyatt: Find something that gives you really quick validation to start off and then get into the bigger more time intensive stuff. Most importantly, enjoy the struggle.

 

If you would like to view Wyatt Little's work, Click here

 

 

 

 

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ARCHITECTURE LOVE - FEBRUARY 2016

Initially looking at this building, noticing the aesthetically pleasing black and white colors, edgy geometric design, and minimal layout, a person may not realize that they are actually looking at a kindergarten for children in Copenhagen. The Frederiksvej Kindergarten, designed by the Danish firm COBE, provides a unique take on what the traditional mind may picture when it imagines a children’s school. Designed to represent simplicity and a childish imagination, the basic peaked roofs are inspired by how a child might draw a house, reaffirming young creativity while simultaneously putting forth a remarkable design. Throughout the school, there are different rooms promoting diverse activities, encouraging the children to have fun and above all else, be creative. With a similar sleek look to the watches in our Mason Collection, we are inspired by the Frederiksvej Kindergarten and would love to see its innovative designs up close and personal one day.

Check out more information  on the Frederiksvej Kindergarten here: http://www.cobe.dk/project/frederiksvej-kindergarten

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THINGS WE LOVE - FEBRUARY 2016

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Shoe Pot Medium Size - $50.00

Inspired by an urban totem, typically seen from hanging over power lines, Designer Wyatt Little created these ceramic planters to add a quirky touch to your small to medium size succulent collection. We love these potters because it brings the urban life of Philadelphia streets to our indoor urban garden. It reminds us of our childhood when we would ride our bikes down the street and we would see kids throwing their old shoes on the power lines.


ELA – Reversible Candle Holders - $49.00-$54.00

These candleholders, designed by The Bronsen Company, are reversible holders for tea light candles and when flipped, they are able to hold your taper candles as well. Made from concrete and gypsum, these holders are be elegant enough to stand without candles, as they are something that you will be proud to have decorating your home. We love these because of the materials that are used to make them. The concrete body gives this artwork an industrial and urban look, while the colored top gives it a radiant touch. This is an effective design to fit all your tea light and taper candleholder needs and a simple piece to spruce up your décor in your home. 


Small – Large Slab Wedge Cutting Boards - $60.00-$225.00

A unique way of mimicking nature, designer Noah Spencer turned a typically dull kitchen surface into something beautiful. Pebbles inspire one of the boards and this shape is available in five different forms. The other is a slate slab coming in nine different forms, which make each of these unique. We love these because it brings nature into our home and kitchen. When hung on the wall, it creates a wooden mosaic design, which adds a minimal element of decor to your kitchen while they are not in use.

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THINGS WE LOVE - October 2015

Wool Chair - $598

Inspired by the Eames Plastic Side Chair, this is made from Solidwool's proprietary composite, a unique material made from wool and bio-resin. The result is a hard shell similar to fiberglass that puts a decidedly organic touch on this classic design. Designed in manufactured in Buckfastleigh, an old wool town in southwestern England. With Ash legs and black powder-coated steel frame. See more designs and collaborations from Solidwool here.


Ripples Marble Tray - $210

Handcrafted from Carrara marble, this piece highlights the fragility of stone and celebrates the fluidity of water, while linking the two in the form of a beautiful and versatile object. Sculptor Hector Alvarado says that "freezing the moment of the ripples aims to bring the spectators to a contemplative state. It reminds the public to be aware of the present moment." Bring some of that awareness into your home with this minimal piece.


Leather Moon Coaster - $36

Each set of four leather coasters is hand painted to look like the moon's surface, in tribute to the Japanese art of ink marbling. Crafted in a range of pastel hues, each set arrives in a screen-printed muslin bag and is ready for drinkable lunar landings, or for toasting rare lunar ecliples and other nighttime festivities. Each coaster is individually painted, dyed, and sealed, and is by virtue of this fact, completely unique.

 

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THE WANDERLUST SERIES: TORONTO, CANADA

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Living in the city we often find ourselves stuck in the same routine day in and day out. Now and then we need to break free from the hustle and bustle of the city by reconnecting ourselves with nature.

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We hustle and bustle during the week, then use these man made machines to help take us away. The sounds of the city are slowly muted by a calming breeze as we drift further and further away.  As the sun sets over Toronto we are given a view that is picture perfect.

 

Step back from your daily routine and get in touch with nature. - Abe Montalbo


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HANDS ON, VOL. 10: KRYS DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING

While originally getting her degree in graphic design, Kristin Haskins Simms, slowly grew sick of the digital world and yearned to make something more tangible and hands-on. This led her to begin silk-screening her own graphic design T-shirts. While her shirts sold, she still had remaining inventory. Seeing an opportunity, she transformed the T’s into stylish tops and shortly after launched her first Women’s wear line in 2001.

Currently Kristin and her team, work out of the Lofts at Kendrick Mill in Germantown Philadelphia after moving spaces back in October. Much of her business is working on custom designs for clients and other designers. Not only does she work on her own fashion line Krysi, but is also a manufacturer helping rising entrepreneurs with small-batch runs and cost effective production techniques. She works directly with them to bring about their vision and give them a beautiful piece of design as an end result. 

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When we went to visit, sprawled out on a table were all the pieces to a motorcycle jacket for a client. Over 52 pieces made up the design! She stressed that she has learned a lot from simply experimenting and trying her hand at things she was unfamiliar with. When she first started trying to create jackets she admits to not knowing how to set sleeves, but her persistence and belief in non-experienced experts has carried her through into making Krys Designs and Manufacturing an official business with a dedicated team of sewers and pattern makers in 2011. Her journey has even taken her onto season 8 of Project Runway! 

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If you want to learn more about Krys Design and Manufacturing visit their website at http://www.krysmanufacturing.com/. Thank you again to Kristin Haskins Simms for letting us visit and the whole team at Krys Design. 

            Kristin Haskins Simms

            Kristin Haskins Simms

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THINGS WE LOVE - AUGUST 2015

Cover yourself with a pile of bricks, or at least make it appear that way. The Brick Blanket by Thing Industries features a deceptive pattern depicting rows of bricks and mortar, carefully stacked on top one another. This clever trompe l'oeil blanket is made from 100% wool with hand-stitched edging. It’s a perfect, light-weight throw blanket that only looks like it should weigh a ton. 


Most coasters always come off feeling a bit flat. However, these Topo Coasters by Tom Will Make, give a great topographic cutaway of different natural locations. Different layers of cut and etched cork are stacked up to create a relief of different geological valleys. This first series is of the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, but they hope to expand the line to include more locations across the country. Buy a set to see if any of your well-traveled guests can identify the location. 


Puzzles are great for rainy days and killing time, but they’re all pretty basic rectangles and clichéd farm scenes. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique or more modern, then check out Nervous systems jigsaw puzzle. Each puzzle is printed with a different cellular photograph (this one featuring stem cells of a White Rhino) and also features unique laser cut wooden pieces to make the assembly even more of a challenge. The cut-outs take the shapes of DNA strands, synapses, and other microscopic sights to create an eye-catching display whether fully assembled or scattered across a table. See how fast you can build one of these deceptively tricky puzzles. 

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THINGS WE LOVE - JULY 2015

While a traditional oil lamp may be a now outdated device, the soft, warm glow they emit is something that will never go out of style. Inspired by traditional ship rigging posts, the attractive form of the Bollard oil lamp features a teak wood base, ribbed glass walls, and an integrated stainless-steel handle. When lit the patterning on the glass projects a gorgeous, soft light effect in whatever environment you place it. The simple design also blends in with any environment and can be sat on a table or suspended for a unique hanging light. 


It comes as no surprise that we here at Analog love camping, but even we can start to miss the amenities of the indoors. Cooking while roughing it also poses a unique challenge. You either lug a cumbersome gas cook stove or try and create an even enough surface to cook on an open fire. However, after discovering the MITI log grill we’re sure this will be our new favorite way to cook out in nature. The grill is inspired by traditional European cooking where you split a log into four sections and light a fire in it’s center. Next you place the MITI on top of the flat wood for a perfect metal grill. It also comes with a travel bag and four posts to secure it to the log or ground. The flat object is perfect for minimal camping trips and won’t take up much space in your bag. 

 


Sixfold Beer Carrier - $85

 

If you like building your own six-pack, but want to be more sustainably minded, or just more fashionable, then consider picking up the Sixfold Beer Carrier by Sixfold. Created using walnut slats and a uniquely cut leather swatch, the case assembles in seconds and requires no sewing or hardware. Strong and durable, the Sixfold will safely hold six of your favorite brews. The company also sells smaller cases and even wine carries using the same folded leather technique if you’d rather have a glass of wine over the local craft brews. 

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THE WANDERLUST SERIES: GOLDEN EARS PROVINCIAL PARK, BC

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A drive through the mountains brings us to the silent hills of Golden Ears Provincial Park. Connecting with nature as we venture through the various trails finding new hangout spots. The water is sky blue and birds are chirping.

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Climbing rocks and watching the sun walk across the sky as we stop by Gold Creek for a refreshing view. Following the North Beach Trail we find ourselves at the sight of Alouette Lake.

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Skipping rocks and making memories we hope the sun never goes down.

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Taking some time to soak up the sun and going for a swim, a day full of adventure is done. Not wanting to leave we know we will be back to make more memories with friends. - Brad Yuen.

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