Brooklyn

Do What You Love. A Little Friday Inspiration.

I hope I live to be 91, well at least 90 and a half like the star of this film by Dustin Cohen has. I hope that at the age of 91 I am still working at a job I love with as much energy as Frank. The video below is part of the “Made in Brooklyn” series and stars 91 year old shoemaker Frank Catalfumo. Really nice work from Cohen and his small crew. The film is a great story, and has a great look to it.

Frank is an inspiration to us all.

Inverted Bike Shop, for 718 Cyclery by Show Love.

Show Love is a Social Content, Strategy, & Next Generation PR  company that has produced a number of videos for their clients to help extend brand presence. Thie latest release is “Inverted Bike Shop” for 718 Cyclery in Brooklyn New York.

This is a great example of how the back story behind a company can be a very powerful connecting force. This simple video documents the passion of the owner, his connection to his clients, and shows the very human side of his business. This is the kind of thing that is very hard to get from a website, a social network, direct mail, etc. By letting the owner of 718 Cyclery tell his story, in a short five minute film, Show Love has captured and presented something real, and captivating.This is the kind of thing that has real linger time. It gets you interested, and pulls you in for more. It works.

Do yourself a favor, and go to Show Love’s vimeo channel and check out the rest of the films they have produced. I think you’ll be impressed.

 

Dana Tanamachi’s Hand Drawn Chalk Signs.

When I was going through art school, one medium that always kicked my butt were pastels. I got chalk dust on everything , smeared it smudged it, got it on the side of my hand which always got transferred to my cloths or another part of the drawing. So when I see someone who has great command of chalk as a medium, I get all warm and fuzzy.

Dana Tanamachi is graphic designer that lives and works in Brooklyn New York. Part of what she does is create custom hand lettered signs with chalk, and they are really extraordinary. When I first saw images of her work I thought that she was doing scratch board, then I saw the works with subtle textures, and tonal variations.

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Reclaim, Re-Use, Recycle, Brooklyn Based Uhuru Furniture.

Brooklyn furniture designers and manufacturers Uhuru, specialize in creating furniture from reclaimed materials. Everything is built by hand in the Brooklyn studio, and one of the key design ideals is to make the end-user, aware of the materials and craft that go into each piece. Uhuru is dedicated to creating sustainable timeless designs. Their principals adhere  to the shaker assertion that beauty rests on utility.

Founded in 2004 by Rhode Island School of Design graduates Jason Horvath and Bill Hilgendorf, Uhuru is a company that merges avant-garde design with a commitment to environmental sustainability. Uhuru has joined a vanguard of influential furniture companies from Milan to Tokyo focused on pushing the boundaries of contemporary sustainable design. Uhuru has collaborated with recognized designers and architects worldwide, as well as artists such as Maya Lin for the Cooper Hewitt Museum, and Dan Colen at the Gagosian Gallery.

I’m just digging the work that they have up on their site, and now I want to stop by the studio when I am in New York.