August 31, 2007
Posted By: katie

room.jpg

What better than an experience at a museum where you are encourage to contribute to the work by drawing/scrapping into a wall of aluminum covered insulation? Above is an image of the opening room in the Rudolf Stingel show at the Whitney.

The show is great. A wide range of mediums and ideas from geometric carvings in pink Styrofoam to a room of patterned gold wallpaper on canvas and a mirror floor. An interesting and beautiful body of work. I would definitely recommend a visit to the Upper East to check it out otherwise click more to see details of the silver room installation and more images of the show.

Read more

August 29, 2007
Posted By: katie

ppp0003161_pjpg.jpg

For the most part designers hate using stock photography but I love searching through it. There are always a few stand out options (see above, veer search: “cardboard box”).

I want to know the person who is like “Oh yes that’s the one I have exactly been searching for, perfect!”

Here’s the plan, whenever I find a great stock image I will post it. If anyone has an idea for the perfect project it should be used for, add it as a comment.

Perhaps this is perfect for:

  • An anti-drinking-and-walking after Labor Day campaign
  • A reminder to young Hollywood to always wear your underwear
  • A dig your way to China instruction manual
August 28, 2007
Posted By: ellen

i swiss ny

MSLK is about to welcome a new member to the studio. Claudia from Switzerland will be starting in September. She and her husband, Yves, moved here from Zürich a couple months ago, where Claudia worked at Scholtysik Niederberger Kraft, a Swiss branding firm. Last weekend I went to their housewarming party and saw this awesome sticker on her bookshelf. Perfect for all Swiss expatriates in New York! (And those of us who have a special affinity for all things Swiss…)

August 27, 2007
Posted By: katie

greatroom070820_560.jpg

Last week while flipping through New York Magazine on my way to work, I was so excited to see this amazing image. The floor was made completely out of tape in an art collector’s apartment in Gramercy Park NY, by Glasgow-based artist Jim Lambie.

At MSLK we love designed tape (Sheri has a massive collection) but I love that this is an awesome design made out of utilitarian material — colored tape! As collector, Tim Nye, explains, “It’s practical. Anytime it gets ripped or scuffed, I just cut out the ruined piece and replace it with fresh tape in the same color.” (Read the article).

August 27, 2007
Posted By: ellen

jenstark

Artist Jen Stark creates some amazing sculptures from cut construction paper. She uses layers of paper, precisely cut, to make some pretty psychedelic formations that remind me of looking through a kaleidoscope.

Read more

August 23, 2007
Posted By: ellen

Sprawl

I recently watched a few episodes of Weeds on Showtime. The first episode I watched featured “Little Houses,” a song by Malvina Reynolds from the ’60s, in the opening credits. The second episode featured the same song with a different artist, and the third a different artist again. As it turns out, Showtime has commissioned several different musical artists such as Elvis Costello, Death Cab For Cutie and the McGarrigle Sisters to cover the song, so each episode features a different interpretation. Such a great way to keep the opening credits fresh and engaging, for those of us who don’t have TiVo.

August 20, 2007
Posted By: Marc

mikey.jpg

Just a quick post to thank our friend Mike, who was instrumental in getting this blog off the ground. If it weren’t for him patiently helping to guide us toward the best technology — through to the actual programming — you’d probably be reading someone else’s design blog right now. Aren’t you happier already? Thanks Mike!

August 20, 2007
Posted By: Marc

img_6219.jpg

Recently, MSLK paid a visit to the home and office of Dr. G. Clotaire Rapaille. We were invited to hear his insights on a packaging redesign we have been creating for a prominent apparel manufacturer. For those who aren’t familiar with Dr. Rapaille’s work, he is the French-born marketing guru behind the “Reptillian Code”, Hummer-mania and PT Cruisers.

His discoveries are meant to instill passionate love (or sometimes utter repulsion) from consumers by touching upon our subconscious relationship with products and brands. He had cracked the “Code” for our client’s unique product offering, and we were to show him our creative solutions to his marketing objectives.

Read more

August 20, 2007
Posted By: Sheri

ledthrowies.jpg

Part TPing and part graffiti, “throwies” are a great way to make your mark without permanent implications. All you need is a watch battery, an LED light, a magnet, and some tape. You can “throw” them up against any building or object made of steel.
At a recent concert I noticed them used as a clever marketing tool. Zip Car parked a Mini Cooper covered with branded “throwies” in front of the venue. For those in the know, it was a subtle invitation to take one for yourself (after all, graffiti belongs to no one) and for others, it was just a cool car with lights. When asked about the promotion, those running the show said that since you can no longer bring lighters into a concert, ‘throwies” are a great way to light up the night during your favorite song.

Read more

August 13, 2007
Posted By: emil

Contemporary cat’s furniture

Saturday night, I was working in front of my computer with “Ciku”(my cat) sleeping silently on my lap. Her soft furry body could work as cushions. When she woke up, she would jump up on to the table and walked on the keyboard, and these appeared @#FDRRGFO&*#@R**D … that could be an entertainment (adorable but annoying sometimes). She would then walk towards my orange cup filled with water and dipped her hand in the water and started drinking the water by licking her hand. She would listen and meowed back, acted that she knew what i was saying… For what she is, a good listener and companion anyhow, I think she deserves a little heaven to chill out. Let your fur ball experiences great contemporary design furniture. Keep them in style. Check out more cat furniture here. Read more

FEATURED CASE STUDIES