Listen to Episode 29 of Clever: Gary Hustwit

Listen to Episode 29 of Clever: Gary Hustwit

In this episode of Clever, filmmaker, photographer and perpetual entrepreneur Gary Hustwit connects the dots of his DIY-driven path through independent music, independent publishing, and independent films, to his current preoccupation with non-fiction VR. Along the way he deconstructs the methods to his madness and expounds on the popularity of his trilogy of design documentaries: Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized. Plus he teases a bit about his forthcoming doc about Dieter Rams, and confesses that an early disdain for avocados didn’t prevent him from capitalizing on their market-appeal. Listen:


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Best of Dog Milk: April 2017

In April, we shared lots of cool doggie design over on Dog Milk. See some of the top posts and then go check out the rest on

Best of Dog Milk: April 2017

Dog raincoats by Canine Kids

Topo Designs dog leashes

Dog leashes, harnesses and collars by Pepito & Co.

Big & Little Dogs available exclusively through FETCH

Handmade dog beds and bowls from NODA

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Nendo Reveals New, Adjustable Lighting for FLOS

Nendo Reveals New, Adjustable Lighting for FLOS

Tokyo-based nendo released two new lamps for FLOS that let you adjust and interact with them to suit your own needs. When adjusted, both black lamps, the Gaku and the Sawaru, change in composition resulting in a different look.

Gaku is a modular box outfitted with a lamp that can be changed up with the addition of various accessories. When suspended within the box, the pendant can be adjusted to any height. There’s also a matching spot light that can be moved around within the square or a directional light that stays put with a magnet and can be pointed anywhere. Additional magnetic accessories that can be added: bowls, vases, a tray, mirror, and bookends.

Sawaru is a minimalist table lamp that consists of two cylinders that come together in a perpendicular fashion when in use. One features the light while the other is the base that holds the light up at three different angles – 25 degrees, 40 degrees, and 60 degrees – affecting the angle of the projection.

Photos by Akihiro Yoshida.


The Watermark Collection of Handcrafted Tiles Introduces Tides

The Watermark Collection of Handcrafted Tiles Introduces Tides

A few years ago, designer Deborah Osburn, of clé, launched the Watermark Collection of handcrafted porcelain tiles that were inspired by Japanese textile dying techniques. Now, clé has introduced a new series that was designed by Deborah’s own son, Luca Osburn, called Tides. The ocean-inspired line seems like the perfect addition to the Watermark Collection, as Luca is an avid surfer. In addition to the new pattern, there are four new colors, which reflect his favorite Northern California surfing spots – the foggy grey Cronkhite and the sun kissed ocean greens of Kelly’s Cove and Jetty. There’s also Outer Sunset, which was inspired by the faded pink row houses bordering San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.

Photo by Penni Gladstone

Luca joined clé as the first “Artist in Residence” which was started as a way to introduce young adults tile making by teaching the skills it takes to design and produce their own. Luca’s Tides design came about when he was experimenting with the same indigo pigments originally used in the first launch of the Watermark Collection

Tides – Cronkhite

Tides – Indigo

Tides – Jetty

Tides – Kelly’s Cove

Tides – Outer Sunset

Original Watermark Collection in new colors:

Dip – Cronkhite

Dip – Jetty

Dip – Kelly’s Cove

Dip – Outer Sunset

Stroke – Cronkhite

Stroke – Jetty

Stroke – Kelly’s Cove

Stroke – Outer Sunset

Stain – Cronkhite

Stain – Jetty

Stain – Kelly’s Cove

Stain – Outer Sunset

Wash – Cronkhite

Wash – Jetty

Wash – Kelly’s Cove

Wash – Outer Sunset


A Modern Townhouse with a Private Garden in Bangkok

A Modern Townhouse with a Private Garden in Bangkok

Part of an 18-unit housing development designed by baan puripuri, this modern townhouse is situated in a lively area of Bangkok, Thailand. The three-story project blends its Thai roots with modernity to become spacious, light-filled residences with private gardens.

The facade is made of vertical concrete dividers that break up the rectangular structure with a standout pattern. Two cantilevered planter boxes, one for each unit, bring greenery to the elevation and add another design element to the front.

The entrances feature open staircases while also leading to the main living area.

The living room features double-height windows and sliding glass doors that dissolve the indoor/outdoor separation while bringing natural light into the space. The room exits to a patio with a vertical garden to enjoy.

The mezzanine level includes a dining room and bar area with pivoting windows that let the cross breeze pass through.

The master bedroom completes the entire second floor with floor-to-ceiling windows on both the front and the back for much needed light. The top floor houses two additional bedrooms and a laundry room.

Photos by Beer Singnoi.


The Amazon Echo Look Wants to Be Your Voice Activated Personal Stylist

The Amazon Echo Look Wants to Be Your Voice Activated Personal Stylist

Have you ever snapped a photo of your outfit at home or from a store changing room in hopes of getting a second opinion from a friend? Amazon hopes to take on that role of that “friend” with the keen eye for fashion with the release of the Echo Look, an Alexa-powered, voice-activated digital assistant that snaps photos or videos at the user’s whims for the sole purpose of piecing together flattering outfits.

The Echo Look joins Amazon’s existing lineup of hands-free digital assistants, sporting the same technologies and features as its less fashion-oriented Echo family siblings. That means users can vocally ask the Look about news, trivia, weather, and traffic, while also voice-activating connected smart home devices, playback audiobooks or music, and set alarms – just like the other two Echo devices.

Where Amazon’s newest Echo device stands out is with the integration of a digital camera outfitted with an array of built-in LED lighting, all engineered to capture flattering photos and video of outfits. Just command the Look, “Alexa, take a photo,” and the 5-megapixel camera snaps either a still image or records a short video to allow users to twirl around to inspect/admire the day’s outfit. The Look even applies an effect similar to the iPhone’s Portrait Mode, blurring out the background in a quasi-bokeh effect to better focus on clothing rather than the surroundings to review on your connected phone or tablet before sending it out into the selfie-sphere of social media.

Photos or videos can be immediately shared through social media channels (of course), with the additional option to tap Alexa’s integrated AI and machine learning capabilities. Comparing two outfits or the sum of outfits worn prior, the Look can offer its opinion which outfit is more flattering. Amazon calls this feature Style Check, a percentage score system; Style Check becomes more accurate with more use and feedback, alongside ongoing input from Amazon’s team of fashion specialists (we’re curious about the experience and credentials of these specialists). It’s not much of a stretch to guess the Look will use this collected data about personal fashion habits and preferences to push more accurate clothing recommendations to conveniently purchase via Amazon.

Like the previous launch of the Echo Dot, the Amazon Echo Look is currently available by invitation only. Those interested will have to shell out $199 for this second-opinion fashion-minded digital assistant.


Desktop Wallpaper: May 2017

Desktop Wallpaper: May 2017

This month’s wallpaper is short and simple but plenty meaningful, especially if you’re a creative or a maker. For this year’s Designer Desktop series, we’ve been featuring an ongoing theme of wallpaper, textile, and pattern brands and so our friends at Flat Vernacular paired their studio’s motto with one of their newer designs, an intricately layered patterned “To and Fro.” The cool thing about this design is that there’s no specific “match” to the pattern, so you can really get abstract with how you decide to hang the wallpaper (as shown in this room!).

As for the motto (which we have happily adopted as our new mantra as well), Payton Turner of Flat Vernacular said it beautifully:

It’s up to you which interpretation you choose! We choose to take it literally. Make something every single day. Flat Vernacular holds true to its original mission statement through Making Everyday. To find and really hone in on a beautiful balance between art and design, we think you’ve got to explore through process. Create as many rounds of a design as you possibly can. The more avenues you explore in your studio practice, the more messes you make, the more likely you are to create a really singular piece of work that can stand up both conceptually speaking and design wise.

Click on the size below to download:

DESKTOP: 1024×768 \\\ 1280×1024 \\\ 1680×1050 \\\ 1900×1200 \\\ 2560×1440

MOBILE: iPhone 6 \\\ iPhone 6 Plus \\\ iPad

See more wallpaper and designs by Flat Vernacular here.

View and download past Designer Desktops here.