Architecture: Modern within Classic at the Pathe Foundation

The Pathe Foundation, which promotes cinematography and the heritage of Pathe, has recently added a new public space to their offices in Paris, France. Designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the modern space is surrounded by historic buildings. The domed roof is made of glass panels that look akin to scales on a snake. These allow the upper rooms to capture plenty of natural sunlight by day and will then emit a faint glow at when lit from within at night. It is always interesting to see how modern materials and structures find harmony amid classic architecture found in older cities like Paris. This may be stop on my next trip to Paris, my favorite European city.









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Matter: Tull Light

Taking inspiration from the classic utilitarian hanging light used in a workshop setting, Tommaso Caldera has created the Tull for Incipit. A light fixture that charms as much as it illuminates. Made of painted metal and aluminum in a smart palette of colors its cage aspect diffuses the light and casts interesting shadows. I can picture these hanging in my painting studio or over the drafting desk.

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Sense: A Book of Colors

We read words, expressions, and situations. Graphic artist Antonio Ladrillo has created a book of ‘Colors’ that you ‘read’ by turning the pages in an immeasurable array of combinations. Choose your own color adventure per se that will spark your mind’s eye and captivate in both 2 and 3 dimension. He has also created a ‘Dots’ and a ‘Lines’ addition to the set to stimulate and amuse the graphic designer in all of us.

Here are a few images from his book of ‘Colors’






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5 Posters by Milton Glaser We Love

5 Posters by Milton Glaser We Love

This Wednesday it is a bit gloomy outside in Chicago so we thought we would bring something bright and bold to you to contrast the weather. Milton Glaser is known around the world for his famous graphic designs. Most of you my know him from his wildly famous I (heart) NY design, the Brooklyn Brewery logo, or from the New York Magazine.

Today we want to share a few posters we found to be inspiring, bold and unique.






And one extra poster for all of the MadMen fans…


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Spring In Chicago

Be Inspired By Spring In Chicago

Happy April 1st everyone! The weather in Chicago today has us feeling refreshed and extra motivated so we thought we would get back to blogging. Since it is so wonderful outside we would like to share some inspiring spring photos from around Chicago that will hopefully brighten your day and remind you to stop and smell the roses even in the bustling city.


 Seeing the first blooms of spring is always so positive!

What types of things inspire you and/or keep you motivated? Leave your comments below


“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”

William Shakespeare



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New Year’s Resolutions: Read More

Happy New Year! For many of us, January 1 brings a sense of optimism.

In 2015, we will be our better selves, as itemized in long lists of resolutions and self-betterment programs. If one of your resolutions is to read more, you might enjoy writer/artist Austin Kleon’s suggestions: he read 70 books last year by following his own prescription, including “Throw your phone in the ocean. (Or, keep it in airplane mode.)” and “have another book ready before you finish the one you’re reading. (Make a stack of books to-read or load up your eReader.).”

Fore more, read on.

photo credit: Austin Kleon

What’s on your reading list?
What’s on your New Year’s Resolution list?

Gift: Holiday Wants

Here are a few items that have caught our eyes to either give or receive this holiday season.

While making the party rounds , the Aplat canvas tote is like no other for transporting a fresh-made pie or home-baked bread. Aplat in french means ‘lays flat’ or ‘for dishes’ which is why it is the perfect name to describe it’s purpose.

A convenient and classy approach to transporting your creations to your next event and it can be used at the market when not performing holiday duties.

I cannot help but be charmed by these leather coin purses from Loewe.

With over a hundred years of artisan experience with leather, Loewe has created these delights in smooth calf leather. A gateway into their line of bags, ready to wear fashion, and home accessories.

For the kid in you or for a lucky child, this puzzle box by Beebla will keep one playing.

This animal pieces in this jungle themed set are made of sycamore wood and their ‘homes’ in cork. You can pull out and display individually or create an ever-changing tower to amuse.

Inspiration: Doodling

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Chipotle announced, last month, that their packaging–cups and bags–will now feature the writing of several esteemed authors. Jonathan Safran Foer is responsible for this charette. While eating at Chipotle, he lamented his lack of reading material. That’s when the idea struck him: what if Chipotle provided the reading? Now, Foer joins Toni Morrison, Malcolm Gladwell, and George Saunders, among many others, as the new Chipotle cup and bag canon (Foer put together the list).

You can read cup reviews, here!

MATTER: Olympic Posters

Here’s a great feature on One hundred years of Olympic posters. We’re partial to the seventies graphics. Which are your favorite?

Happy Valentine’s Day

A video by Justina Lang, for Design Sponge:

How to draw hearts with circles – A Geometric “Love” Story from Fiber Lab on Vimeo.