Another of Olek’s (a.k.a., Polish-born, New York-based artist Olek Agata’s) yarn-bombed bicycles in New York City. This one is parked in front of the Acne clothing shop in SoHo and looks weathered, the usual saturated hues Olek uses for these knitted artworks appear faded and lighter here due, we presume,Continue Reading

The entrance to the Acne shop in SoHo, in downtown New York City. Acne is a Swedish clothing brand and one of our favorite clothing brands (and, actually, one of our favorite brands in general) along A.P.C., Paul Smith, Uniqlo, Tretorn, Vince, Raf Simons, Scotch & Soda, Helmet Lang, andContinue Reading

The wonderful branding and logo design of the Root Hill Cafe on a construction hoarding in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Here’s a picture of “Ken Rock,” a.k.a., artist Ken Hiratsuka, who we met at an open studio reception in Brooklyn last night. Ken is something of an underground art legend in New York. His work is literally part of the city — he’s famous for his sculptural carvings in theContinue Reading

Posting from our iPhone this Saturday evening the first in a series of pix from a visit to an artists’ studio on Brooklyn, where several New York-based Japanese artists live and work.

The awesome “sky lounge” and its awesome views atop the awesome architecture of the building that is the New Museum (of Contemporary Art) on the Bowery in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, downtown New York City.

Massive black-and-white street art mural image of a suited man’s painted face across the side of a building near the corner of Wooster and Grand streets in SoHo and the former site of the Deitch Projects art gallery. The artwork is by JR and part of the Inside Out Project.

We just finished reading this dogeared and worn paperback edition of Sarah Thornton’s “Seven Days in the Art World,” which seems to be still selling relatively briskly since it was published a couple of years ago. The book is great, revealing and entertaining non-fiction read, though we wonder how accurateContinue Reading

The architectural design of J. Crew’s concept store for men’s clothing in Tribeca, in New York City, preserves the old-school exterior signage and structure of the former liquor store (which for many years was also a bar called Liquor Store) that did business on the premises.

Painted outdoor advertisement for the Oishi beverage company’s “Chakuza” brand canned green-tea drink in the Bang Rak neighborhood of Bangkok, Thailand. Oddly (and perhaps tellingly about Thai consumer psychology), Oishi is a Thai soft-drink company with an affected Japanese name and brand imagery. “Oishi” means delicious in Japanese. Chakuza itselfContinue Reading

We’re not into motorcycles. Don’t ride them. But we’re fans of design and stumbled across this green motorbike parked in Chinatown on a recent evening and suddenly wished we could take it out on the highway.

We recently participated in the BMW Guggenheim Lab’s “City of Bits, Bytes and People” interactive presentation and ideation eventĀ  run by the M.I.T. SENSEable City Lab. Below is the screen breaking down the basic methodology for initializing the group ideation process. Now Design Your Intervention!

Wheat-paste street art image of a retro-1980s style boom box on the base of a lamp post at the corner of Broome and Bowery streets in downtown New York City.

Artist Elena del Rivero’s massive installation artwork “[Swi:t] Home: A CHANT” is a rich, touching work drawing on the creator’s experience living in downtown New York City, across the street from the World Trade Center in 2001. Over several years, the artist catalogued and documented some 3,000 articles of paperContinue Reading

Last summer we bought an awesome Acne t-shirt at Opening Ceremony’s shop on La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood, in Los Angeles, and the tee came carefully wrapped in this tissue paper printed in a classic blue bandanna pattern. From a distance, it looked like a real cloth bandanna, butContinue Reading

Co-founder and former CEO of Apple Computer, Steve Jobs passed away this week. The Apple website has memorialized Jobs on the home page of the company’s website – See screenshot below. The news of Jobs’ death was sad, shocking and momentous. In addition to his many achievements in computer technology,Continue Reading

Street-art mash-up of team logos for the New York Yankees and Mets baseball teams. For some American fans of baseball, we imagine this may be a sacrilege.