Bradford Shellhammer

Bradford Shellhammer is a New York Times featured decorator, Parsons trained fashion designer, and old school blogger. He\'s Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Fab. He created the gay blog Queerty (where he won a Bloggie) and has launched retail businesses for Blu Dot and Design Within Reach, where he also cofounded and wrote their Design Notes blog. He is a contributor to Dwell and has appeared in a myriad of magazines and websites including The Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly, Cool Hunting, The Huffington Post, Paper, and ReadyMade. He\'s kept a personal blog for over a decade and lives in New York City. He owns 137 pairs of shoes and has a weakness for paisley, Paul Smith, and Scandinavian electro-pop.‪

Vimeo of the Week: Drawingmachine by Eske Rex

Vimeo of the Week: Drawingmachine by Eske Rex

Drawingmachine by Eske Rex from Core77 on Vimeo.

There’s something very simple and relaxing about the above Core 77 film. Shown last week at the Milan furniture show, Salone Milan 2011, the Drawingmachine by Danish designer Eske Rex. Utilizing two pendulums, the machine creates large-scale graphic drawings. Not only are the results stunning, but so is the machine itself and its sounds and movements. I want a drawing. More info from Danish Crafts here:

A Q&A with Meera Sethi

A Q&A with Meera Sethi

I stumbled upon the work of artist Meera Sethi at Bombay Electric in Mumbai. I love her use of colors and her modern take on Indian garments. The Toronto-based Sethi answered some questions for me while she traveled India and as I returned from my third trip to that nation.

Your Firangi Rang Birangi series of paintings really caught my eye. Can you describe them to me?

The Firangi Rang Barangi — Hindi for “colorful foreigner” — works are a series of acrylic, pencil, and ink paintings on paper that foreground themes of femininity and hybridity through dress. In them I combine Eastern and Western textiles, garments, and jewelry in order to reimagine identity across borders.

These paintings make use of bold colors and patterns, layering cultural history with personal style. While the surface of these works draws us in, the bodies that they adorn are barely revealed — an inversion that suggests the role of sartorial expression in creating a sense of self, particularly one rooted in a diasporic, transnational experience.

A Q&A with Moleskine

A Q&A with Moleskine

I love my Moleskine notebooks. So much so that I tracked down Marco Beghin, President of Moleskine America, to ask him about the iconic notebook brand. Here’s what I found out:

What is the history of the Moleskine brand?
Moleskine® was created as a brand in 1997, bringing back to life the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries: among them Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin. A trusted and handy travel companion, the nameless black notebook held invaluable sketches, notes, stories, and ideas that would one day become famous paintings or the pages of beloved books. Today, the name Moleskine encompasses a family of nomadic objects: notebooks, diaries, journals, bags, writing instruments and reading accessories, dedicated to our mobile identity. Indispensable companions to the creative professions and the imagination of our times: they are intimately tied to the digital world.

Depeche Mode remixed

Depeche Mode remixed

Depeche Mode, the U2 of electronic music, is releasing a remix album this summer. And I am freaking out!

The 4-disc set will feature remixes of tracks from all their albums, spanning 81-11. Included will be new and old remixes. The band’s releases have also become a wonderful study on package and graphic design. By the looks of the above image, this release continues on that tradition. Here’s to a summer of Depeche Mode blaring from speakers in gay clubs across the world. More info below:

On traveling to Bjork's homeland

On traveling to Bjork's homeland

Angie Grant was a friend of mine in 9th grade. She had a blunt-cut died black bob and wore black and white striped tights with black Creepers. She stained her lip cherry red and idolized The Cure’s Robert Smith.

At 15 Angie had found a look. She’d created a strong visual that invited ridicule and attention. I admired her greatly. And when i found out a few years back she’d died a little piece of me too also left this world.

I was thinking of Angie Grant this past weekend as I traveled to Iceland for the first time. Angie gave me Bjork’s album Debut when we were high school kids. And it changed my world. It was one of those crystal-clear moments when you easily look back and remember finding a new world.

Vimeo of the Week: HK Honey

Vimeo of the Week: HK Honey

Nokia – HK Honey from The Silentlights on Vimeo. The above film, HK HONEY, is about the organization of the same name. HK Honey is a group of beekeepers and designers who intend to illustrate the need for bees within our worlds. The thought of bees and designers living together, at first, is an odd…

Attention Seekers

Attention Seekers

I love this New York Magazine slideshow of NYC apartments from over the years. Documenting the scariest, the noisiest, and even the gaudiest, the slideshow shows a broad array of apartments in New York. I love the smallest, a 55 square foot studio! And the noisiest, seen above, nestled against a roller coaster, would be…

Skeletor in New York

Skeletor in New York

The charity art show I am curating, Skeletor Saves, is this Thursday in NYC from 6-10. What started off as a crazy little idea has ballooned into an event of monstrous size! We could not be more thrilled. We took an 80s cartoon icon, He-Man, and built a star-studded celebrity art show around him and his Masters of the Universe.

Some heavy hitters are involved. Designer Marc Jacobs has sketched some characters for the show. Helmut Lang’s submission is modern and the opposite of He-Man’s over-the-top imagery. Porn stars Francois Sagat and Buck Angel turned artists for the event. Add other notable gays to the mix-Casey Spooner, Joey Arias, Raja from RuPaul’s Drag Race- and you have a show that NY Magazine calls “Brilliant/Highbrow.”

Vimeo of the Week: Nova the film

Vimeo of the Week: Nova the film

NOVA the film from ROJO on Vimeo.

The 75 minute documentary “Nova the film,” is a movie on new art and the artists, many new, young, and excited, who make these works. It was directed by Isaac Niemand and produced by ROJO® in collaboration with BossaNovaFilms.

Cuckoo Cats

Cuckoo Cats

Absolutely Cuckoo Cats from SINLOGO on Vimeo. Yes, I know stupid cat videos and pictures have haunted the Internet for, like, um, ever. But this video just has me giggling like a big ole’ sissy. Set to The Magnetic Fields’”Absolutely Cuckoo,” the film shows three silly synchronized felines bobbing their heads to the music. I…

The Amen Break

The Amen Break

The above 20 minute documentary was made in 2004 and it’s all about what is likely the most famous sample ever recorded, the “Amen Break,” pulled from a hit, then forgotten, record from the 1960s. That single, the song “Amen, Brother” was performed by the The Winstons. This film honors it.

Vimeo of the Week: Through The Middle

Vimeo of the Week: Through The Middle

Through the Middle from Clouded Vision on Vimeo.

Clouded Vision’s Through the Middle is a wonderful and short documentary showing a barber shop and its decline. It is a bittersweet goodbye letter to another time and another place where industry and prosperity once thrived. It’s a perfect snapshot of what it’s like being a small business owner during a recession. Simon James Lane and Tom Sweetland’s film is profound and pint-sized. More on the film:

The Twisted Art of Mariel Clayton

The Twisted Art of Mariel Clayton

Mariel Clayton is one f-ed up artist! And I mean that in all the best ways. Mariel is a photographer who specializes in photos of dolls. Now, that’s creepy just in and of itself. But when you add to that statement the fact that Clayton beheads, mutilates, and depicts graphic death scenes with the dolls…

Pet Shop Boys go to the ballet

Pet Shop Boys go to the ballet

The Pet Shop Boys, the techno-pop duo, have scored their first ballet. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Most Incredible Thing, the ballet is choreographed by Venezuelan dancer Javier De Frutos. It has opened to mixed reviews that match the reviews the PSBs have received their entire career: dramatic, uneven, fun, unforgettable, and a bit confused. If unable to make it to London to see the show the soundtrack was released last week. More on the show below:

Vimeo of the Week: AH

Vimeo of the Week: AH

Ah from studio shelter on Vimeo. Lee SungHwan directed the quirky and fun film AH for Studio Shelter in Seoul, Korea. Made from LEGOs and stop-motion graphics the film’s fast pace includes number countdowns, cops and robbers, Star Wars, and my favorite, a LEGO version of the SMPTE color bars from TV. It’s perfect for…

Discovering Anton Stankowski

Discovering Anton Stankowski

While working in India last week I was doing research on fonts when I discovered the work of Anton Stankowski. Wow is all I can say. I stumbled on his work after spending hours Googling fonts, graphic design and logo treatments. I studied fashion design in college. I’ve worked in furniture and product design worlds for…

RIP Ms. Holloway

RIP Ms. Holloway

We gays have icons that sometimes become huge stars, the Gagas and the Madonnas. But we also have more obscure icons, those that the general public could never embrace the way we did. Loleatta Holloway was one of those icons.

Her voice was big. Really big. And she too was no small lady. Her “Crash Goes Love” still makes my skin crawl and her “Love Sensation” is just so, so, so good. It is a record that defines that late 70s/early 80s disco meets house sound. It holds up to this day.

George Michael covers New Order

George Michael covers New Order

The above video is George Michael‘s odd yet infectious new single. It is a cover of the classic New Order techno-pop gem “True Faith,” a song released in 1987. “True Faith’s” always been my favorite New Order song. It’s aged well and it’s lyrics are dark and moody. The song in my eyes always summed up what it was like being gay as a kid. New Order’s video for the song was modern and Bauhaus inspired. It fused primary colored cartoon characters with ballet. The characters fought one another too.

Vimeo of the Week: Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World

Vimeo of the Week: Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World

Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World from Joey Tosi on Vimeo.

Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World is well worth the hour it takes to finish this short film. The movie, directed by Joey Tosi, is all about the “wah wah” effect Cry Baby pedal used in popular music. From its debut in 1966 until modern day, the movie interviews industry professionals, from famous musicians to music engineers, showing how it’s been used to great effect in many of the songs you know.

The History of Title Design

The History of Title Design

A Brief History of Title Design from Ian Albinson on Vimeo.

Ian Albinson’s A Brief History of Title Design was created for the SXSW “Excellence in Title Design” competition screening. In it the title designs of television shows and movies are woven into a study of font and style. For font and movie nerds alike, it’s a fun film to watch. So many are instantly recognizable. My fave: DR. NO.

Included are:

Baltimore Candies

Baltimore Candies

The new issue of the zine Put A Egg On It, the one with Justin Bond on the cover, is out now. I was asked to contribute an essay about an independent food brand from my hometown. I chose Goetze’s Caramel Creams, a true Maryland classic. Enjoy the essay and grab up a copy of the zine. It’s an eclectic mix of people, food, and stories.

Japan relief poster

Japan relief poster

While the world watches the devastation occurring in Japan right now the design community is responding. All over Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr graphic artists are creating visual designs intended to encourage giving and help. The best I’ve found so far is W+K’s poster. Combining the flag of Japan with the cross symbol, the poster is…

NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell

NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell

Discos29 – NY77 – The Coolest Year In Hell from Veintinueve on Vimeo.

Watch this film if you love New York or music. It’s eye-opening.

Many music genres emerged from NYC in the late 1970s: dance, hip-hop, punk. This wonderful film dissects the politics of 1977 and the emergence of those music genres, which, to this day, shape and inspire most popular music. Also thrown in is a history of being a minority, race and sexuality, in Manhattan during the time.

OMD Live at Terminal 5

OMD Live at Terminal 5

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, the iconic electronic band that sadly most in the US only know from “If You Leave,” played their first US shows this week in over 20 years. At NYC’s Terminal 5 the energy was palpable and nostalgia flooded the room.

OMD’s latest album, History of Modern, is a welcome return to form. Unlike many other past-their-prime pop stars’ recent efforts, this album is quite good. It’s so good in fact it trumps much of OMD’s back catalog, which has always been a bit uneven.