Jan 24, 2010

WINDOW




Yesterday I got to wondering about windows. Simple in design and purpose but there's perhaps more to them in theory, even if it's metaphorical. I was passing all these houses in the car seeing house after house, window after window, all with the same cookie cutter frames and trimmings.


The repetition made them look strange. They didn't look like windows anymore. The experience was similar to saying a word over and over-- eventually it stops making sense. It becomes objectified. It is no longer what you thought it was, somehow it warped into something else. 


Profound or profoundly obvious, I see windows like this. Windows are made to see out of. But they're also made to block the outside view in or the inside view out. They are selectively useful. Windows also allow air in but they can also stop it from coming in. Again selectively. Your relationship to the window changes depending on where you stand. Inside or outside, to share or to block. What would a house be without windows?

At the moment I see darkness and light out the window, clear and overcast with the brightness of white snow. There is a lack of green and deep blue skies. There is no humidity in the cool air that blows in. But then I can just shut the window and turn on a light.





Jan 8, 2010

SOPHOMORE GROUPIE


Think lower east side down town New York in the 1970's. That is SOPHOMORE. A design concept that steams from the core of simplicity--the t-shirt. Yes that's right, the humble t-shirt grew into a full contemporary sportswear range. Originally owner Chrissy Miller was going with the idea of a well-cut t-shirt basic when SOPHOMORE caught unexpected attention from the right people. From then Madeleine von Froomer joined Miller to create what it is today.


With photography by Cass Bird using Miller's friends such as The Virgins, Bijou and Lesley Arfin--the shots are instantly iconic and you feel as though you are there in the Big Apple at that moment in the 70's. The imagery is dreamy and the photography beautiful in all it's youthfulness.