Martha Rosler Hands Up / Makeup,1967-1972 From the series Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful Pigmented inkjet print, printed 2011, 23 3/4 x 13 15/16″ (60.4 x 35.4 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase and The Modern Women’s Fund
Alexander Girard designed this ridiculously awesome New York restaurant La Fonda del Sol
HM: Alexander Girard’s brightly colored textiles for Herman Miller earned him recognition, but it was his interiors for the flamboyant Latin-American restaurant La Fonda del Sol in 1961 that brought him international acclaim.
Located in mid-town Manhattan in the Time & Life building, Girard designed almost every aspect of La Fonda—from the menus to the matchbooks, tiles, murals—and even the uniforms.
Suns, a favorite motif of Girard’s, greeted guests at every turn. A large sun was the focal point of the restaurant’s entrance, a gilded sun of wood and mirrored glass was prominently displayed over the adobe-covered bar, and suns could be found on buttons, tablecloths, and incorporated in other graphics.
One of the few things that Girard didn’t design was the seating. For this, he turned to his friends Charles and Ray Eames, asking them to create a chair with a backrest that did not rise above the tabletop, giving the space uninterrupted sightlines. A variation of the Eameses’ popular molded plastic chair, the aptly named La Fonda chair sat on a special cast aluminum base. While designed for the restaurant, the chair was soon mass-produced and widely used in both offices and homes.
Storm Thorgerson RIP (28 February 1944 – 18 April 2013)
‘In terms of a technical ethic my basic inclination has been to do it for real. That means constructing or finding, arranging or positioning whatever actual ingredients are demanded by the design. Though the idea for the design is the first and crucial step, it is stillborn without adequate, if not superb, realisation. And that is when we do it for real. Whether it is building a large metal ball, or hanging people upside down from a great height. Or squashing naked youths into small wooden boxes. Or putting people on tall poles, or immersing hapless swimmers in icy rivers, or submerging dancers underwater for unreasonable periods. Or constructing an armchair the size of a generous house, or making a teddy bear robot, or a model hot air balloon. I don’t fake it.’
I don’t usually post mildy sexist, really NSFW stuff but tonight I watched Takeshi Kitano’s 3-4 x Jûgatsu, and was inspired to not be a moral zealot for a day. Make up you’re own mind, but I think some of the imagery from about 3:50 onwards is pretty damn funny… (look out for a popular rap figure)
Some guy named Jimmy Plates has made a pretty decent mix of old Pharcyde 12 inch remixes and rarities.
Jimmy: In the early 90′s West Coast Hip Hop was dominated by fully established Gangsta Rap. The biggest players at the time; Ice-T, Cypress Hill and Ice Cube all represented this genre and it was pushed further into the mainstream music world with the dawn of G-Funk and the era-defining albums ‘The Chronic’ and ‘Doggystyle’. One group from South Central LA that bucked this trend was The Pharcyde who had more in common with the jazz infused beats and playful rhymes of East Coast counterparts like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul (who they later both toured with). 1993 saw the release of “Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde” which quickly became a favourite with underground rap fans and alternative music fans alike, who perhaps found the light hearted songs about life and love an antidote to the hard gang related rhymes common at the time. The departure of producer J-Swift made way for Jay Dee (J-Dilla) and a change in direction and sound for the groups second album Labcabincalifornia in 1995, although not as popular as their debut offering the soulful sound of tracks such as “Runnin” and “She Said” have since become enduring classics of the era. So here’s a selection of twelve tracks from the group’s vinyl back catalogue consisting of B-Sides, Remixes and non album cuts, all mixed live for your listening pleasure. Surely everybody loves The Pharcyde?!”