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I live in Chicago with my family, and I enjoy baseball, coffee, travel, writing, reading, and blogging.

123fleurs: Cellar, Matchstick, Bike Ads

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sirrah
March 16th, 2009

123bikepreview 123fleurs: Cellar, Matchstick, Bike Ads

Photographer Yann Le Pape works in Paris, and has won many awards for his work. He has worked with corporations such as Ford, Brother, and Sci Fi Channel, and he recently contributed to an award-winning campaign for the French Alzheimer Association. [ Continue Reading ]

A Buggin’ out Bugatti

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March 15th, 2009

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Have you got $1.7 million dollars to spare? If you do, you could buy any one of the following:

New Jersey in the House

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sirrah
March 15th, 2009

rogerborg1 300x400 New Jersey in the HouseCompletely useless trivia alert: Perth Amboy, New Jersey is the birthplace of every member of Bon Jovi, save for Tico Torres. More relevant, for our purposes, is that Perth Amboy is also home to Roger Borg and his company, 419 Neon LLC. Roger studied at Dale Chihuly’s Pilchuck Glass School in Washington state, and uses this training to create neon signs and household designs. Borg’s designs are definitely cooler than anything found at IKEA.

Quite a View of Paris

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sirrah
March 14th, 2009

everland hotel paris31 585x388 Quite a View of ParisIs there a more iconic structure than the the Eiffel Tower? It just says “Paris” in a way nothing else can. 

For a true one-of-a-kind experience, we present “Hotel Everland.” This large pod-shaped structure was designed in 2002 by Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann. Conceived of as a dual-use hotel and work of art, it is shown to visitors of the Palais de Tokyo during the day and [ Continue Reading ]

The art of Visual Morphology

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sirrah
March 13th, 2009

picture 51 The art of Visual MorphologyBack in the 80s I had this massive crush on Mallory, the older sister on Family Ties. She had this boyfriend Nick, who turned junk into art. Flash forward a quarter century, and we find David Tautrimas. This Canadian artist picks through items at garage sales (so it isn’t exactly junk) and on Ebay. He then photographs them and pieces  them together with items from the [ Continue Reading ]

The Varied Styles of Samuel François

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March 12th, 2009


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The French art scene is set to expand soon, when the Centre Pompidou opens a new gallery in Samuel François‘s home base of Metz. And if even just a few of those making the 82 minute train ride from Paris become more acquainted with his milieu, that can only be a good thing. His art encompasses human figures and natural settings, all set within what he calls a “game of colors.”  He clearly has a eye for such things.

Stick With What Works

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March 11th, 2009

arra tiger Stick With What WorksEverybody knows what a memorable logo did for Barack Obama‘s campaign. But getting elected president might be child’s play compared to fixing this economic mess. So the Obama people went back to Mode Project, a Chicago studio they employed during the campaign. Whether these new logos will translate into public confidence remains to be seen. At least there are some interesting things to chew on.

The “Recovery” logo calls to mind a “T and O” map from centuries ago. And what the Tiger logo lacks in complexity, it makes up for by reminding us of the most powerful athlete in the world. The new president could have done a lot worse than that.

Dreams, Filtered through James Sutton’s Lens

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sirrah
March 10th, 2009

venice05jpg 600x400 585x390 Dreams,  Filtered through James Suttons LensAristotle posited that “Hope is a waking dream.” Had he lived long enough, he might have also applied that definition to James Sutton’s photography. Sutton’s combinations of vibrant colors, attractive models and evocative settings create an arresting visual aura. And if you [ Continue Reading ]

Reverie with Mario Hugo

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sirrah
March 9th, 2009

christmasjpg 600x956 251x400 Reverie with Mario HugoI have a nine year-old daughter, and I love her to the end of the world. But I wouldn’t collaborate with her professionally. New York artist Mario Hugo sees it differently. He often shares ideas with his nine year-old brother, and plans to produce a book of their works. Hugo also wants to make children’s books, which I would have no problem sharing with my daughter.

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