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THE WANDERLUST SERIES: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

My mind is always searching for new adventures and experiences. My most recent adventure was a trip to Charleston, one of the largest and most historic cities in South Carolina. After a long 10 hour drive I arrived at the heart of the city where art and nature thrives. 

The city of Charleston is known for its antique architecture and historic areas. Everywhere I walked I was met by elegant colonial houses and beautiful yard work and flowerbeds. The city brings together nature and urban living unlike any other city of its kind. Each street is lined with stores, cafes, and art galleries that are all very diverse. 

As I continued to walk through the main streets of Charleston, I eventually wandered into the waterfront park. Immediately I was met by the sight of the open water. Trees enclosed the walkway hanging over my head as I continued to explore the park, taking pictures every step of the way. 

The city has so much to offer making you feel right at home no matter where you wander off to. This sense of familiarity is why Charleston is such an astonishing place to visit.  -Nick Guglietti

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MATERIAL MONTHLY - SEPTEMBER

How often do you use aluminum foil? The moldable metal is a staple in every kitchen within the United States. Because of it's popularity, we are not surprised that someone found a really cool way to take the everyday material and turn it into art. Each furniture piece you see above has been hand-sculpted from various industrial materials before being covered in aluminum foil, painted, and sealed in resin. Chris Shanck, the designer of these unique furniture pieces, collects materials, creates a skeleton, and then provides the skin of aluminum foil. We're excited about these aluminum foil creations and can't wait to see how else this popular material can be transformed.

Learn more about this project here. 

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ARCHITECTURE LOVE - SEPTEMBER 2016

Dubbed, "House in a House," this unique design, brought to us by the architecture firm Plural, features an inner and an outer layer, providing a feeling of both freedom and protection to the residents that live there. While the traditional rooms are located within the inner section, the outer layer displays a pool, a dining terrace, planting spaces, and a place to park the car. Inspired by the Italian Renaissance, which often featured villas based around a square grid divided up into nine sections, Plural has created a one of a kind building that blends the comfort of home to the wonderment of the outdoors.

Click here to learn more.

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THINGS WE LOVE - AUGUST 2016

Stem Vase - $59

Designed by Lyon Beton, this Stem Vase mixes two things we love (material and nature) into one stunning wall piece for your living room. The concrete vase is made to resemble an animal while the plant it holds comes to life as the antlers. While the concept is solid, there is still leeway for creativity as the owner of this fixture can make the antlers resemble anything they would like.

Deep Sea Sand Art - $85

If your desk is feeling boring, look no further than this Deep Sea Sand Art sculpture designed by Klaus Bosch. Engineering the sand to fall into a resemblance of beautiful landscapes, the designer brings a calming and breathtaking view to your desktop. Rotating the sculpture and watching the sand as it falls will turn your workplace into your place of refuge and relaxation. 

Personalized Flex Time Clock - $70

Made from a single piece of oak wood, this flexible desk clock can bend and adjust to your most basic needs. By perforating the wood, the designer has created a versatile desktop clock that can fold back on itself and stand up as a triangle or lay flat on it's back. Allowing the customer to add a special message on the back, this Flex Time Clock sets itself apart as a one of a kind addition to your desk or counterspace at home.

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ARCHITECTURE LOVE - AUGUST 2016

Norman Foster has managed to create a beautiful building for an amazing purpose. Located in Manchester, this timber latticed structure and edgy greenhouse serve as a charitable organization where people affected by cancer can go for support. After surviving cancer himself, Foster has provided a caring environment for people who need it within the walls of an incredibly designed building. Affiliated with the Christie hospital, this building is made up of a timber frame as well as long glass windows that offer warm sunlight streaming in an obvious connection with the outdoors. We love this building not only for its amazing and inspiring look, but also for the purpose it is serving. The visually appealing architecture is beat only by the reason it exists, and for that, we thank Norman Foster and wish this place the best of luck!

Learn more about this building here.

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MATERIAL MONTHLY - AUGUST 2016

Have you ever thought about having a picnic table made of lava? Yeah, we haven’t either. But after we learned about Dutch designer Jasper Rombouts’ “Lava Wellness” collection, we just might have to look into it! Using basalt, a form of cooled lava, Rombouts manages to design products made of basalt and broadens our understanding of the material, bringing forth endless possibilities for what basalt could do.

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ARCHITECTURE LOVE - JULY 2016

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!

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MATERIAL MONTHLY - JULY 2016

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.

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ARTIST TO WATCH - DANIELLE EVANS

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.

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ARCHITECTURE LOVE - JUNE 2016

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.

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MATERIAL MONTHLY - JUNE 2016

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

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THE WANDERLUST SERIES: GOBLIN VALLEY STATE PARK, UTAH

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.  

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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

 

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BUY A WATCH AND HELP UPLIFT THOSE WHO NEED SUPPORT THE MOST

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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

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ARCHITECTURE LOVE - MAY 2016

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/

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MATERIAL MONTHLY - MAY 2016

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

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ICFF WITH DESIGN MILK DURING NEW YORK DESIGN WEEK

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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!

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Things We Love - May 2016

Ambienta – $270.00

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. 


Druze Serving Platter - $261.99

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. 


Minus Two Chair - $710.33

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. 

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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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