Archive for the ‘Recession’ Category

Morning in America

March 8, 2009

fuck-economy-mugLooking for a romantic way to display your disgust with the economic downturn? This mug may be the item for you. There is something quite lovely about it.

Mug available at The Future Perfect and Cool Material.

Fix It Up: Don’t Recycle, Repair!

March 4, 2009

 

Plastic Bag Sandals

Plastic Bag Sandals

In the spirit of recession and ecological awareness, Dutch design collaborative Platform21 is calling out the obvious: recycling is not really environmentally friendly or thrifty. Recycling is still responding to consumption and it’s time to take responsibility for what we buy, utilize, and waste.

Vintage has never been cooler. DIY has never been so practical. Frugality is style.

Branding the Recovery

March 4, 2009

aara_logo_2It’s official: the Obama Administration is embracing design in a progressive way that demonstrates how fresh and provocative new government can be. Although there are risks involved in developing logos and images for nations to stand behind, this movement to create many images that illustrate where the dollars of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) are going is refreshing.

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Keep Fashion on the Grass

February 23, 2009
A model walks the grass covered runway during the Monarchy Collection Spring 2008 fashion show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

A model walks the grass covered runway during the Monarchy Collection Spring 2008 fashion show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

 

Twice a year, Bryant Park picks up the grass on the lawn and calls in the tent assembly teams with all the Aggreko HVAC tubes you can imagine, the Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain becomes the center of a tent facing the Avenue of the Americas, and traffic choreography becomes a challenge for the area. But the trouble is all worth it for a major event like this; all the fuss is symbolic of an event aiming for high flossy drama and reaffirming New York’s value to the world of fashion.

Fashion Week is expected to move to Lincoln Center by September 2010, but why would the major fashion event move to the performing arts center of New York City? A place centered on high and intellectual performing arts in a neighborhood steeped in bohemian intellectuality doesn’t seem like the right environment for the flamboyance of Fashion Week.

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Keeping Down with the Joneses: “How it’s Cooler Not to Spend”

February 16, 2009

“Rag Chair” by Tejo Remy, available at droog, opening February 25th in New York.

Image: “Rag Chair” by Tejo Remy, available at droog.

Economic recession has become the excuse of the year – businesses have closed, people have lost their jobs, supplies are limited, recent college graduates and tenured professionals alike are scrambling for ways to pay the rent. With any luck, the recently approved economic recovery package will encourage long-term growth, but it won’t be easy, and it probably won’t happen fast. So, how can this all be put into perspective? As in earlier depressions and recessions, designers, celebrities, and regular people are recycling and innovating with items they already have. (more…)