(via) Though it doesn’t come all that close to Dick Proenneke’s “Alone In The Wilderness” masterpiece of a cabin, “The Watershed” – a tiny writer’s retreat in the wilds of Oregon – is nevertheless totally covet-worthy. It was designed by architect Erin Moore for her mother, nature writer and university professor Kathleen Dean Moor, in 2007. The 70 sqft room is framed in prefab steel and made out of red cedar and glass.
Dig this short and whimsical retro film called ABC of Fashion from i-D Magazine. It sees two beautiful women, Quebec’s Anais Pouliot and Brazil’s Marina Nery, spinning on pedestals and modelling a kaleidoscope of fashions to a new and rather catchy Sesame Street-ish track from Toro Y Moi.
(via) Japanese designer Hiroshi Kajimoto has created a new kind of umbrella. It’s called the unbrella. The design sees the well known structure of the usual rain shield turned on its head, which is to say the folding spokes are on the top of the shield rather than on the bottom. This allows for more head room within and for the unbrella to be folded and stood up to dry with the wet inside instead of outside (no more umbrella stands). And in a fierce wind, it merely blows closed instead of completely apart. How smart is that? And how have we never seen something like this come down the engineering pipe before? (Or have we, but we’re suffering a major brain fart?) In any event, the new product won’t be available until mid-February (aka the Ides of Rainbruary), but it’s available to pre-order online right now. The cost is listed at Y9,450, which works out to just under $100 CAD.
The GOODS from Much & Little
Vancouver, BC | Much & Little is chock-a-block with great stock at the moment, like the six items pictured above. They are clockwise from top: locally made knitwear $45-$95 and leather mittens $120; Japanese kitchen tools – bottle openers $32.95; and copper graters $46.95; Embroidered linen tipis $45 – $62; Mason jar cocktail shaker $36 and cocktail recipe book $28.95; Locally designed, Canadian made Sleep Shirt ($195 -$210); and Pigeon Toe ceramics $39.95 to $135. Learn more after the jump… Read more
Our friends over at The Found & The Freed are pairing up with vintage clothing store Hey Jude for a holiday season pop-up of curated antiques and sweet duds at 3088 Main Street. The collaborative awesomeness starts December 7th and runs everyday through to December 21st from 11am to 7pm.
The GOODS from Cavalier
Vancouver, BC | Cavalier’s Designer of the Month for December is Fiona Morrison of Wolf Circus Jewelry. Fiona Morrison created Wolf Circus Jewelry in 2011 while attending University. She began the company after purchasing a wolf head ring and noticing the discussion and compliments a simple piece of jewelry could bring. Wolf Circus Jewelry is intended for the bold, beautiful, brainy and badass. These pieces aim to inspire confidence and spark imagination every time you slip them on. Read more
The blaster that Han Solo used in The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi went up for auction yesterday. Remember that scene where Lando double crossed Han, Leia, and Chewbacca and Han tried to shoot Darth Vader at the dining room ambush but Vader used the force and snatched the blaster right from his effing hand? Yeah, same blaster.
“Harrison Ford’s charismatic smuggler, Han Solo, is arguably the most popular character in the original Star Wars trilogy. The space-scoundrel-turned hero’s persona is irrevocably tied to his blaster pistol. Solo was modeled after the rogue gunslingers of the westerns that influenced creator George Lucas. This non-firing blaster was created for The Empire Strikes Back and was also used in Return of the Jedi. It would have been used in the majority of scenes that feature Han, with the heavier, live-fire weapon being used for close-up shots. Particularly noteworthy scenes requiring this lighter version are when Darth Vader uses the Force to lasso the blaster out of Han’s hand in Empire, and in Jedi when Han wrestles with a Stormtrooper to regain possession of his blaster during the Rebels’ encounter with Imperial forces on Endor. Based on the German issue Mauser C96 pistol, this piece, measuring 11 in. long, was custom made for the film from resin by casting the original hero prop from the first Star Wars: A New Hope, it therefore exhibits the same serial number as the hero prop, which is thought to no longer exist. The blaster is exactly in its original filming condition and therefore exhibits wear from use, but retains all of the original details, including the flash suppressor and scope (the eye-piece of which is detailed with reflective scotch-lite tape). The added distinction of this particular piece is that it was also likely used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, as both characters shared the same style of weapon in Empire. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from a noted Star Wars collector. To our knowledge this is the only known example of this type of blaster in private hands. This is a truly incredible item of motion picture history and quite possibly the most exciting science fiction weapon to have been offered for public auction.”
The starting bid for the gun – which doesn’t shoot lasers in real life – is $200,000, because “hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster by your side, kid.” Pew pew.
(via) We’ve never really been cat people, but we like the idea of sprawling on top of this, a 3.5 meter long art installation in Antwerp (dubbed ”felix domesticus”) made out of felt by Belgian design firm Unfold.
The one and only leather maestro, Ken Diamond, will be at The Shop Vancouver in Chinatown on Thursday December 5th to put custom belts together starting at 4pm. His wallets, belts, key fobs, key chains, moccasins, beer cozies, and a new collab wallet will also be available for purchase until 8pm. “Come down and take a look at Ken’s fantastic leather goods and enjoy a beer provided our friends by Pabst.” says owner Brett Beadle. Don’t mind if we do! Watch the video above from the last time these two hooked up. Good times.
The Shop Vancouver | 432 Columbia Street | Vancouver, BC | DETAILS
The GOODS from Aloe Designs
Using offcuts salvaged from deck, fencing, and other landscaping projects, as well as old-growth wood foraged from salvage yards and garage sales, owners Caitlin and Owen Black handcraft one-of-a-kind objects that are as beautiful as they are useful.
“World Reclaimed was born out of our love of working with our hands,” says Owen. “Our products reflect our respect for old-world craftsmanship, combined with our attraction to modern design.”
Responsible consumption and the re-use ethic are also driving forces: “Our aim is to create beautiful objects out of materials that, for one reason or another, were discarded or destined for the landfill,” says Caitlin.
The initial World Reclaimed product line includes breadboards, mason bee houses, bird feeders, end-cut coasters and “living desert” cactus planters. Caitlin and Owen plan to expand their offerings as new materials and reclaimed objects come their way.
Part of what makes this line special is that each object is unique to its origin. The seats of old chairs are sanded down and repurposed as bread boards, for example, while leftovers from an ipe-wood deck project, are transformed into mason bee houses.
All make welcome holiday and hostess gifts. Available at Walrus and worldreclaimed.com, as well as at the Aloe Designs holiday party and pop-up shop launch of World Reclaimed, set for Thursday, December 5, from 6:00-9:00pm at the Aloe Designs studio. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 4th. Learn more about Aloe Designs after the jump… Read more
Railtown’s Union Wood Co. makes a lot of awesome things (kickass aprons, an outdoor communal table for Boneta, boxes for Victory Gardens, seats for Wildebeest, and much more), so it was entirely appropriate for them to have someone else make something awesome for them. Check out their brand new “Go West” t-shirt, which was designed by Massachusetts artist Shane Swift. The hand-drawn work is now being screened on premium cotton T’s. You can grab your own either online or in the shop.
$25 | Union Wood & Supply Company | 503 Railway Street | 604 675 9033 | www.unionwoodco.com
by Robyn Yager | There are times when artistic interpretations of fashion completely outshine the things that make up fashion itself. In this video, Australian artist CJ Hendry takes the iconic quilted Chanel flap bag and reinterprets it in an achingly beautiful and detailed illustration on paper (via). At first your heart breaks when the spray paint hits the leather, but by the end you appreciate her version over the real object. Hendry similarly transforms Gucci shoes, Oxfords, boots, and other fashion items into 1.4 meter images.
Le Marché St George turns three years old today. The good folks behind the excellent corner store and cafe are celebrating by sharing treats, offering 20% off of all their stock and launching their annual Winter pop-up shop. Poke your head into the garage at the rear of the property and check out all the gorgeous textiles – think Mexican wools, beautiful cashmere and linen scarves, chunky knit sweaters, pillows, throws and blankets – as well as a fresh batch of ceramics by Janaki Larsen, art work by Klee Larsen, sturdy leather satchels, Scatter/Gather pendant lights and some great jewellery. The 20% off sale is for today (Saturday) only, but the pop-up continues through December.
Saturday, November 23 | 9am-6pm | Le Marché St. George (4393 St. George) | DETAILS