January 31, 2008
Posted By: Sheri

Every month for the past 4 years, MSLK has worked with Michael Mazzeo to shoot images for our Redken dealsheets. A few years back, Michael came to us and said that he wanted to channel his passion for photography and open a gallery. Marc, Michael, and I worked together to brainstorm names and the name “Peer” just stuck.

Not only is Peer a place for careful contemplation of artwork, but Michael is an educator at heart and his gallery specializes in showcasing the photographic work of industry peers.

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January 31, 2008
Posted By: MSLK

MSLK’s studio is a style favorite of Swissmiss and a feature of This Ain’t No Disco’s workspace gallery.

Current Favorite
Swissmiss
January 31, 2008

MSLK Studio
This Ain’t No Disco (It’s Where We Work)
August 2, 2007

January 31, 2008
Posted By: claudia

At MSLK we’ve been thinking a lot about sustainable design and what we can do – both as designers and as a studio – to make this world a better place to live. Although the global trend toward sustainability has been intensively discussed and celebrated all over America, the reality is still alarming. One of the most common and ubiquitous signs of our use and waste is the plastic shopping bag. In cities, plastic bags are referred to as “urban tumbleweed” because of their omnipresent, weed-like quality.We came up with the idea to create a graphic statement on a grand scale, an art installation made out of 2663 plastic bags, or 1 second of the current US consumption, in order to bring awareness to our society’s mindless over consumption and its severe environmental impacts.We discovered that Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City is going to present a Spring Exhibition based on interpretations and responses to the motivations, goals, realities, politics, and practices of recycling. Coincidence or destiny? Who knows. We decided to apply and present them our idea of re-purposing wasted material into an art installation. Read more

January 29, 2008
Posted By: Sheri

Our friend, Aaron Meshon, is an awesome illustrator. What I love most about his work is he layers each piece with cute moments and clever humor down to every, single, little detail. He can’t turn it off. Every now and then the world recognizes Aaron’s genius and something like this happens…Aaron’s illustrations are the new ad campaign for New York City tourism. You might find them here on bus shelters and phone booths, but you can also catch them around the world. These images were shot in the London Underground. If you happen to spot one, check it out up close. Then comment really loudly, “Wow, this guy is amazing.”

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January 29, 2008
Posted By: Marc

I received this postcard yesterday, and instead of being filled with warm, cozy thoughts of winter splendor, I was immediately put off. A bit odd, considering that:

  1. Two kids had taken the time to spell out my name in the cold
  2. Someone took the time to photograph this
  3. Someone took the time to send this to me
  4. My name was spelled my name right (a subject of great importance to me, and will surely be the subject of a future post…)

This was actually nothing more than junk mail — an ad from a local real estate company.

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January 28, 2008
Posted By: katie


This past Sunday, The New York Times ran an article entitled, “Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler” about the environmental impact of America’s mass consumption meat industry. Some of the green statistics are amazing and some not so new, but a good kick in the rear for American’s to consider a new diet. I’m not trying to be a pushy vegetarian (although I am happy to learn that being veg for the past 24 years has greatly decreased my own personal carbon footprint).

The graphic above (from the NYT) describes that the beef meal takes 16 times more fossil fuel energy to raise and generates more than 24 times more CO2 equivalent gases than the rice and veg meal. These numbers don’t even take into account the additional fuels burned in beef production, nor the methane emitted by the cows (farts ha!). More facts below:

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January 27, 2008
Posted By: Sheri

Ingo Maurer’s first US exhibit ended today at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In fact, I’m not sure if Ingo’s 40+ years of designed lighting have received much notoriety in the art world or been exhibited anywhere previously. Thankfully the public is beginning to appreciate the blurry lines between art and commercial design. As a result we are able to enjoy this massive retrospective of Ingo’s work outside of the offerings at his Soho store.

In case you missed the exhibit, here are my highlights.

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January 25, 2008
Posted By: emil

I was in Korea Town the other night and spotted these ridiculous towel cakes on display at a gift store. They looked so real all wrapped up in plastic. It could be great gift for people who are calorie conscious. The towels are shaped as a variety of desserts. Strawberry cheesecake? Coffee swissroll? Blackcherry cupcake? You name it, they have it. If you want to see these cakes, you can find them on 32nd street.

January 25, 2008
Posted By: claudia

These belt buckles are made out of old bike license plates. They are part of an amazing collection of wearable and home accessories made by long-term unemployed persons. The Social Department of The City of Zurich has launched a program called “Werkmal”. Its goal is to reintegrate people on welfare into the job market.
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