[via Details Magazine]xx,kk
World-renowned artist and courageous human rights advocate, Ai Weiwei, was detained by Chinese authorities last month and, despite growing international support, still remains to be seen or even heard from. Here's a glimpse into his "Sunflower Seeds" exhibition at London's Tate Modern -- a vast carpet of 100 million (!) handmade porcelain replicas of sunflower seeds. The sound they make underfoot alone is enough to amaze.
[found via Get Kempt]
Do this now: lift up your arm and look down at your shirt. More than likely, you have a seam running straight up your side all the way to your armpit. Don't be sad, but that means it was made on a flat loom that only runs back-and-forth. It also means your shirt is probably not made by Germans.
Now, look up and check out the century-old Deutschland clothing manufacturer, Merz B. Schwanen. Born from the Swabian Mountain regions' forced occupational switch from farming to knitting in the mid 1800's (stupid infertile land), the company continues the tradition of employing old-world style circular knitting machines to create cotton sweatshirts, classic Henleys and the odd smock or two. Circular knitting means, the fabrics come off in circular sheets and side seams simply don't exist. What's cooler than that, though, is the entire operation. So until you can go seamless yourself (which, you can. Merz B. Schwanen shirts will be in stock next season here), you can still feast your eyes on authentic German engineering at its finest.
[Via GQ Magazine]
For guys: An excellent tutorial on how to look dashing at your (no doubt) long-list of summer weddings.
For girls: Eight see-worthy slides of Glee's gay (is he, really?) heartthrob, Blaine.
For Gleeks: Redemption from last night's somewhat stale season finale.
Enjoy, one and all.
[via Ma + Chr Creative Design Studio]
I had to relinquish my California license plates today in lieu of ones that have "America's Dairyland" proudly emblazoned on them. That was not funny.
These pieces by the French design studio Ma + Chr, however, are.
[via The Cut]
New York Magazine's fashion-biased blog "The Cut" nicely shared a slideshow of fashion photographer Koto Bolofo's very rare glimpse into the workshops at French luxury label Hermès. Click here to peruse all the pics, but before you go -- I'd first like to point out that this dude is wearing French cuffs to cut straps of leather. French-f*ing-cuffs to do what is, by any definition, labor.
I miss Paris.
Or are we amazing? Commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s, these arresting structures were erected to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place. But, as only humans can do, we all but forgot about them and now they stand empty and without the significance they once had decades ago. Well, I won't stand for it. Consider these babies on my bucket list. I just need to find a map with Yugoslavia still on it.
p.s. I believe picture 3 is our species first-ever "fist pump." Nice.
Probably you already know about the art of Elliott Puckette (wife of fellow artist/member of beer royalty, Hugo Guinness). Probably you already know she's from Lexington, Kentucky. And that she uses razor blades to carve these lyrical compositions out of colored grounds, or painstakingly paints them in ink. If you didn't know all that, consider yourself informed. Now move on to "appreciating."
And one of those things is that she went to the University of Wisconsin! Did you read that correctly? I'm not the only insane person to live here! I'm counting today as a "win."
Read more wise nuggets from our beloved clotheshorse here.