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Tear drop cleat from Perko

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 in Hardware, I want it, Tools

Dude, how beautiful is that? Looks like some Raymond Loewy little doodad. It wouldn’t surprise me if it indeed came off a die someone made from a part from one of his yachts. The base is a little fat. But still. Gorgeous.

How to make a tipi

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 in Architecture, Books, Children, History

I thought it would be fun to someday make a tipi with my son so I went a searching on the web and found these charming illustrations by Ellsworth Jaeger from his 1945 publication, Wildwood Wisdom. Maybe someday I’ll get to it. For now, archived.

Eton products rock

Posted on Aug 27, 2011 in I want it, Product, sustaina-bling, Tech

Sitting at home, watching hurricane Irene gain speed as she heads our way, I’m online looking at the handcrank radio and flashlight units from Eton— one of which I really wish I had right about now as we prepare for a power outtage but noooo!!! I had to tell myself it was a frivolous purchase two years ago— and I came upon this new beauty, coming soon for iPhone 4. Pretty sweet.

Mid Bronx Haulage

Posted on Aug 27, 2011 in Advertising, Branding, Color, graphic design, New York, Typography

Mid Bronx is a commercial garbage collection company that I found up by the job I’m on and they’ve been doing weekly collections from my site. Super nice guys and I really love the type treatment on their truck. It’s a classic industrial logo type. And they have great shirts to match. I managed to score one. XL. It looks like a dress on me. (Please don’t tell them.)

Durock manufacturing artifact

Posted on Aug 27, 2011 in Craft, Manufacturing, SS&CO projects

I’ve seen this for years but it never really registered until a few weks ago when I was rebuilding a section of floor (see photo below)– Durock brand cement board has a marking that repeats randomly across it’s surface. It’s that “7″ shaped line all over the sheet in the photo above. And it looks to me like that gesture is a scratch from the machinery the sheets move on and across in manufacturing. It’s a rough gesture but it’s identical everywhere it appears so it appeals to me as this very mechanical artifact– almost a little map– of the material’s creation.

Rosenzweig, send more shims!

Posted on Aug 27, 2011 in Featured, SS&CO projects

I haven’t posted for a while cuz I’ve been in the Bronx building a job and haven’t seen my desk in a month. But watch for upcoming photos of the job in September and know for now that it’s entailed a lot of carpentry and where there’s carpentry there’s need for shims and where there’s need for shims, well, anything goes. So Rosenzweig, thank you for all your beautiful lumber, but we used those yardsticks you gave us as shims, so uh, can we get some more? tx.


Posted on Aug 14, 2011 in Furniture, Nature

My friend Harry from the Brooklyn Kitchen sent me this photo from Governor’s Island. I feel like I’ve seen this design before. Seems so familiar. Anyway, good stuff. Clean, simple. Clear. And a great way to get someone who’s passed out in a park back to bed.

Update, 20 March 2013: A commenter from Weltevree, a Dutch product label, points out that the above bench is a copy of the Wheelbench they sell as designed by Rogier Martens. See the comment below. The resemblance is unquestionable. And I wonder if the design is not older still. Shaker or pre-colonial even. Nonetheless, we appreciate the footnote, Weltevree, and you have absolutely beautiful things on your site! Thank you.

Tractor trainer

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 in Brooklyn, New York, Transportation