"Not My Cup Of Tea" at Chamber Boutique/Gallery

Curator: Nora Wolf
date: October 14, 2014
Categories: Art, Design in Music, Product Design
Tags: music, store

Two weeks ago I was invited to attend the grand opening of Chamber, a high-concept boutique/gallery. Think of it as Moss 2.0. Every two years the founder will choose a different creative to curate the shop’s entire program with specially commissioned works and rare and vintage items.


At the opening, I really zoned in on this Chinese music box called "Not My Cup Of Tea." It's so beautiful and detailed. While I love design that really stays clean and true to its materials, this happens to be perfect in its decadence. My favorite part is that it's also a musical instrument. You not only need to insert a quarter to make it play, it's the quarter that produces the  melody as it hits the tea cups on the way down.


I learned while researching this piece that its based off “a cabinet which addresses the Dutch tradition of displaying one’s porcelain in a “pronkkast” as a symbol of status and happiness.”

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The Rod and Weave Chair from Eric Trine

Curator: Nora Wolf
date: October 13, 2014
Categories: Product Design
Tags: Chairs, furniture
Eric Trine first caught my eye during the Architectural Digest Home Design show in March. He clearly has an eye for form and color. His displays were completely different from anything else at the show this year. 

Trine's work really pushes the conversation forward—no more live edge slab tables, no more rustic Americana aesthetic. These pieces are playful, but that doesn't stop them from being perfectly executed. 

I'm into color—so clearly I loved Trine's work. These Rod and Weave chairs were the first pieces that caught my eye. He lets the the materials speak for themselves. The chairs are super versatile: you can get as whacky as you'd like or keep it more subtle. The form is clean and simple, but not sterile. 
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The Foo Fighters' "Sonic Highways" Album Cover Art is Instantly Iconic

Curator: TRÜF
date: October 10, 2014
Categories: Art, Design in Music, Entertainment Design, Illustration
Tags: album art, music
We are big fans of Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters here at TRÜF. Sometimes jamming out to rock is the best way to design in the studio. So we were excited for the new album and cover art for their upcoming “Sonic Highways." It's gorgeous and old school and we wish we had done it.
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The Church of Type Will Convert You

Curator: TRÜF
date: October 9, 2014
Categories: Art, Illustration, Information Design, Poster Design, Typography
Tags: Letterpress, Print, Typography
From Gutenberg to the Heidelberger press, moveable type sparked the mass production of printed books and was the first time information and ideas could be circulated on a global scale. The printing press was really our first Internet of sorts, and certainly the catalyst for typography and information and graphic design as we know it. 

Metal, ink, and sweat has largely been replaced by Adobe, Apple, and hundreds of digital type houses. And that's all good and “progressy.” But what's really exciting is seeing how these classic industrial printing tools are being reused and rethought to produce amazing new artwork that bridges the gap between old and new, fine art and design, and explores the cracks in between.
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New Warby Parker Store in Venice, CA is a Sight for Sore Eyes

Curator: TRÜF
date: October 8, 2014
Categories: Architecture, Brand & Identity Design, Environmental Design
Tags: art, Mural, retail
I'm loving the graphic façade on the new Warby Parker store on Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA. The store is close to the TRÜF studio and it’s even more stunning in person. In a town full of murals and street art, this one feels different. 
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