France

“Hound” a Student film from Olivia Blanc and Marion Delpech. Watch It.

It’s Labor Day and I have spent a chunk of the early afternoon perusing the internet, specifically Vimeo. While looking for inspiring animation, and illustration styles I came across “Hound” by Olivia Blanc and Marion Delpech. This is their 2013 graduation short from EMCA. I’m gonna say it onne more time, French schools like EMCA and Supinfocom continue to turn out some of the best student work I have seen. If I were a student interested in animation, film, motion graphics, 3D, or any related field, I think I would be applying to go to school in France.

Monday Inspiration. “Contre Temps”.

Once again I am absolutely blown away by a student film from Supinfocom Arles, France. The attention to detail, the quality of animation, story, stylistic intent, character development, sound design… everything is just so good. It seriously makes me want to take a year off and go back to school. If you have a few minutes take some time to watch “Contre Temps”, by Jérémi Boutelet, Thibaud Clergue, Tristan Ménard, Camille Perrin, Gaël Megherbi, and Lucas Veber. What a great job.

Simplicity and Robustness. Jielde.

In 1950, a mechanic working in the Lyon region of France set out to create a reading lamp with two goals. Simplicity and Robustness. Jean-Louis Domecq achieved not only that with the “Jielde” lamp, he created a beautiful piece of industrial design, and a unique solution to a wiring problem.

Jean-Louis Domecq designed a modular articulating lamp with a very unique innovation. The design of the lamp features no wires at any of the joints. This allows Jielde to rotate without limits on any joint and reduces the risk of electrical shock or fire via broken wiring inside the joint itself.

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Over the next 50 years the Jielde company would continue to refine the design bringing it up to contemporary standards. In the mid 1980’s the Loft Collection was created to meet the demanding standards of modern consumers. While remaining true to the original, the Loft Collection was designed to allow everyone the industry inspired Jielde lighting objects in their home and work environments.

In my opinion, Jean-Louis Domecq created a timeless work that is as alive and vibrant today as it was almost 65 years ago. There is a purity, and simplicity about Jielde that strikes a perfect balance between form and function.

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Friday Inspiration. Boro, The Fabric of Life.

Located in West Centeral France Domaine de Boisbuchet holds a summer exhibit related to design and architecture. This years show “The Fabric of Life” focused on Boro the art of traditional Japanese patchwork textiles. If you happen to be traveling to France, you can see the exhibit first hand through September 15th.

“The Fabric of Life” comprises approximately 50 pieces that is composed of a collection of ingeniously repaired futon covers, kimonos, work garments, and other hand made, household textiles. These items were created by Japanese peasants between 1850 and 1950 using leftover, indigo dyed cotton.

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The Ride. Gestalten on New Custom Motorcycles and their Builders.

Gestalten has a new book “The Ride”, coming later this year. The book is about custom motorcycles and their builders, and to promote it they went to the Wheels and Waves festival in Biarritz France.

At Wheels and Waves they were able to check out the showcase of the top builders and their custom bikes featured in the book. Yeah I know it’s a tough life for the folks at Gestalten.  Anyway, the video is the teaser for a full documentary they will be releasing later this month. All of this makes me want to plan a trip to Biarritz so I can participate in person.

Summer Rosé,

The first day of summer is tomorrow, so keeping up with this weeks build up to summer theme I have created a poster of 10 rosés that you can drink now. None of them will break the bank and all of them are good choices for a hot summer afternoon. The list of wines is from Guyot’s rosé picks for 2013.

Prices range from 10 bucks to around 28. The rating scale from Guyot is pretty simple. 13-14/20 is a Good wine, 15-16/20 is a very good wine, 17-18/20 is excellent, anything above is outstanding.

In years past rosés have gotten a bad wrap, especially in the United States. These 10 will change any perception you have about the quality of rosé wines, and hopefully get you drinking rosés if you haven’t started already.

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Dynamo in Paris.

A couple of my work colleagues are going to Paris later this month. I wish I was going to Paris so I could see this new installation “Dynamo”, by Swiss artist Felice Varini. This latest piece by Varini is at the Grand Palais in Paris. The piece uses projectors and stencils so that the artwork that only appears proportional when seen from a specific viewpoint. “Dynamo” is on display through the summer and went up about a month ago.

The video below shows how the piece works.