Monthly Archives: July 2011

“Tom Selleck Saved My Baby!”

Another installment by artist Dimitri Drjuchin of his “Tom Selleck Saved My Baby” series of wheat-paste street art posters, featuring the moustached face of television and film actor Tom Selleck. Drjuchin’s poster can be found on the exterior wall of the pizza restaurant Lasso at the corner of Kenmare and Mott streets in Nolita, in downtown New York City.

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Moschino Display Window

The beautiful, playful and whimsical  “From Italy with Love!” display window at the Moschino shop in the Meat Packing District in downtown New York City. Love the giant tomato, ravioli and pasta.

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The Entrance at Morimoto Restaurant

The entrance to the esteemed Japanese restaurant  Morimoto in Chelsea, in New York City, has a design aesthetic that is contemporary yet firmly nods to its cultural roots. The epic-large curtain or  noren (a cloth commonly found hanging at the entrances to kitchens, restaurants and baths in Japan) is a traditional decorative item that has been given a refreshingly modern twist at Morimoto.

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Last of the Moguls

The cover to this past week’s edition of the Economist magazine features a simple, clean design with a photo of controversial News Corp. mogul Rupert Murdoch, who has been in the news a lot recently due to the scandal involving his company and the now defunct News of the World newspaper.

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Wall-Mounted Fiat Car as Ready-Made Conceptual Art?

The color-blocked Fiat by British conceptual artist Simon Starling, mounted on a wall at the New Museum in downtown New York City.

The artwork is part of an exhibition called “Ostalgia.” The red and white colors and composition on the car appear like the flag of Poland, where this Italian brand of car was completely rebuilt using parts made in Poland.

Much of Fiat’s manufacturing in the very late years of Eastern Europe’s Communist era was actually done in Poland. The car has become a symbol of Poland’s identity and of its pre-capitalist period of history.

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Yarn Bombed Piano

Two creative directions and artist collide in the form of this yarn-bombed grand piano: The acclaimed New York-based Polish artist Agata Olek has used her signature colors in a  knit-up of this piano under the Archway of the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The piano is one of 60 installed in public spaces throughout New York City as part of “Play Me I’m Yours,” an art project by British artist Luke Jerram. Anyone is welcomed to play the pianos. Check out more work by Olek on this website on the artist’s site.

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Been Down So Long Looks Like Up To Me

“Been down so long looks like up to me” is a commissioned art space on a storefront roller-shutter on the Bowery, the infamous and now fashionable – and arty – major downtown New York City thoroughfare. The artwork is part of a recent project called “After Hours: Murals of the Bowery” launched by the New Museum, which is itself on the Bowery.

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WTF, Mismatched Shoes?

We’ve been working with an awesome brand strategist recently on a series of integrated marketing projects for a acclaimed luxury-fashion agency and their client.

The brand strategist a sharp dude, but has been working realy, really long, crazy hours lately and one morning it showed: He came to the office wearing mismatched dress shoes.

The fine Italian leather shoes were the same color, but clearly, as the picture demonstrates, were of a different pattern – the pair was comprised of a left and right shoe from two different pairs of footwear.

At a short distance (or in low-light, early-morning semi-darkness), one might not see the difference, but up close, it’s obvious.

Perhaps a new style is in the making? Uh … we won’t hold our breath just yet. 🙂

(Thanks, J., for sharing!)

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Video Screen in Hotel Elevator Loops Italian Film

We’ve been guests at a few of the Thompson hotels over the years. The Thompson LES in the Lower East Side of New York City has video screens built into the control panels of its elevators that show the classic Italian film La Dolce Vita (“the sweet life”) on a non-stop loop. Ride the elevators enough times and you may end up seeing the whole film in (albeit in non-linear way).

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Urs Fischer’s 35,000-Pound Teddy Bear

Pix of the giant teddy bear art work installation by Swiss artist Urs Fischer in the plaza of the Seagram’s Building on Park Avenue in New York City.

The bright yellow teddy bear and lamp is 23-foot tall, made of bronze and weighs a staggering 35,000 pounds.

Love it.

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Angry Birds Street Art

The massively popular iPhone app game Angry Birds has inspired this piece of street art on W. 14th Street in the Meat Packing District, in downtown New York City. Love. It.

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