[Alyson Kuhn] I am a big fan of MUJI, the Japanese company that sells an incredible range of well-designed stuff. Until several months ago, the handful of MUJI stores in North America were all in New York. Then, at 11 a.m on Nov. 30, 2012, MUJI was set to open in San Francisco, and I planned to be there. Early that morning, I was on the phone with photographer John Madere in New York. We’ve shopped together at a couple of MUJI locations in NYC, and when I told him about the grand opening, he told me about a special MUJI he had found in Tokyo—appropriately called Found MUJI.
[Tom Biederbeck] It’s said that visual artists speak a universal language. For graphic designers it’s more complicated, if only because they also work with written language. Imagine for a moment the challenges—and the opportunities—designers experience at the United Nations, with its 193 member countries: If ever an organization needed the gifts that skilled visual communicators offer, this is it. I asked Matias Delfino, who’s been at the UN since 2000, about his practice. As a native of Argentina, he may have a head start—but his thoughts reveal universal truths about design, too.
[Tom Biederbeck] A studio space is ultimately just another tool to aid in the creative process. And because the judicious application of breaks and other forms of relaxation is essential to inspiration, Michael Osborne Design’s new quarters in San Francisco include a porch swing—capacity three (four with a squeeze). Designers do not thrive in cubicles alone. Furthermore »
[Allyson Van Houten] I am so excited to be bringing my very first live-blogging experience here to Felt & Wire. Today, I will be covering the creation of the fourth edition of #24MAG—a publication that is written, edited and designed in 24 hours. Watch for updates each hour from now until 10 a.m. Saturday morning to watch how a magazine gets produced in a single day. Furthermore »
[Pamela Williams] In her atalier/shop in a historic flatiron in the North Beach section of San Francisco, Denise Fiedler sits at her worktable patiently tracing, cutting, trimming, finessing, positioning, placing, jogging, reviewing, and then—finally—pasting. With at least four pairs of scissors at her side, just in case one goes missing, this collage artist transforms vintage flashcards, well-worn paperbacks and other vintage paper ephemera into one of a kind Bertoia chairs, bicycles and birdhouses…and most every girl’s true love—shoes. Furthermore »
[Tom Biederbeck] I can think of about one company that could send me an e-invitation to “Behold your future—It’s funny as hell” and get me to click through. That’s Knock Knock for you. The pitch is for a book (below) packed with fortune-cookie predictions for each day of the year, sans cookies. It’s one of the witty and sometimes risqué products that founder Jen Bilik and her crew at Knock Knock have been amusing us with for a decade. We invited her to share highlights.