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The Haas Brothers Volume 1

A beautiful, comprehensive monograph accompanying the artists' solo NYC show

by David Graver in Design on 23 October 2014

Monographs, Artists, Designers, Furniture Design, R&Co., Surrealism, The Haas Brothers

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With wildly imaginative designs and an eye for material, The Haas Brothers have been redefining home decor, art and furniture since 2010. Whether they're tackling sexuality, science fiction or wild animals across vases, benches and lamps, each piece in their portfolio represents a distinct vision and care for the craft. Accompanying their first ever solo NYC exhibition, "Cool World," debuting on 4 November 2014 at R & Company Gallery, they're releasing a stunning monograph entitled The Haas Brothers Volume 1. Their art, over 176 full color pages, is accompanied by a foreword from R & Company founders Evan Snyderman and Zesty Meyers and essays by actress Laura Dern and designer Berthold Haas.

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The exhibition itself will feature never before seen works, and a comprehensive collection of pieces across all their acclaimed series. The range of art shown aims to demonstrate the depth and breadth of the brother's catalog. Beast series furniture—a beautiful amalgamation of functional benches and stools with the body structure and attributes of wild animals—will rest along a dinner table setting. Their installation, the highly sexual Advocates for the Sexual Outsider, will be seen for the first time since this year's Design Miami/Basel. Handmade oddities across all their artistic pursuits will dot the space between, including new Accretion ceramics, which have become known for their "growth-like" texturing.

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All these works, and more, are visible in The Haas Brothers Vol. I monograph. There, the LA-based fraternal twins shed light on their inspirations and interests. And even offer context on the works within each series. While their art has been shown around the world, it's not always easy to pop over and see it. This book, co-published by R & Company and Damiani, definitely delivers their wild wonders.

"Cool World" will be on view at R & Company from 4 November 2014 through 10 January 2015. You can purchase The Haas Brothers Volume 1 online through R &Company online for $50.

Images by Cool Hunting

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Satta Presents Spiritual Materialism

The London-based artist takes up residence in Bali for a show featuring mixed media and reclaimed wood

by Hans Aschim in Culture on 22 October 2014

Art, Bali, Deus ex Machina, Illustration, Indonesia, London, Painting, Satta, Skateboards, Surfboards, Surfing, Woodworking

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Drawing on a combination of illustration, painting and woodworking skills, Joe Lauder has swiftly put Satta—his line of retro-inspired, handmade cruiser skateboards and accompanying apparel—on the global skate and surf radar. His collaborative work with illustrator and friend Stevie Gee has also caught the attention of the graphic design community in the UK and abroad. Based in South London, Lauder's approach to art and crafting skateboards is rooted in creatively adapting to one's environment. On what was meant to be a short holiday in Bali, Lauder was invited to extend his stay at the Deus Temple of Enthusiasm as the space's artist-in-residence. The Temple is part gallery, part workshop, part cafe and entirely focused on creativity and good vibes. Six weeks later, Lauder's show "Spiritual Materialism" is now open at the Temple's gallery—featuring work incorporating found materials, freshly shaped skate decks and reclaimed wood just to name a few.

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"'Spiritual Materialism' is a collection of artifacts from the spaces in-between," Lauder explains, "reflections on the human hunger for profundity and although at the same time influenced by a number of cultures, pointing the finger in the direction of our common human heritage." Drawing on both religious and spiritual iconography, Lauder's illustration work is complemented by his woodworking prowess.

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Lauder teamed up with a local wood expert to make use of discarded hardwood from the island. "He took me out all over the place searching for wood," Lauder says. "We visited so many different timber mills and then came across this old yard selling only old teak that had been reclaimed from old boats and houses. As soon as I saw it I knew that was what I wanted to work with. I was stoked that it had been something else and I was getting the chance to give it a new life."

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Despite heading to Bali to surf and escape the British summer (i.e. slightly warmer rainy season), Lauder found himself in a familiar location: the studio. "It was pretty tough finding a balance between enjoying the island life and making work for the exhibition," he says. "I basically shut myself away for six weeks in the studio and then when the [work] was done tried to cram in as much time in the water as possible."

"Spiritual Materialism" is open now through 28 November 2014 at the Deus Temple of Enthusiasm, located in Canggu, Bali.

Images courtesy of Yulinar Rusman

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Ultraolive Taped Seam Dry Bag

Keep essentials dry or stash away wet and dirty gear without spreading the mess in your suitcase

by Hans Aschim in Travel on 22 October 2014

Bags, Dry Bags, Taped Seams, Travel Accessories, Brooklyn, NYC, Roll Top Bags, Ultraolive, Waterproof

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There's nothing worse than needing to pack a pair of dirty running shoes or workout clothes into a (semi) clean suitcase of clothes—especially after a rainy day jog. And traveling is stressful enough without having to worry about the fate of your stored electronics when that sprinkle transforms into a torrential downpour. Luckily, the design crew at Brooklyn-based Ultraolive has a solution to both. Their new dry bag contains the mess of your beat up trainers or provides a dry safe haven for electronics. The heavily coated cotton is given the roll-top treatment with taped seams and TPU backing for a water-tight seal; a heavy duty buckle closure keeps the seal securely in place. When empty, the bag packs down flat for easy storage. Never question the rainy day travel run again.

Pick up the Taped Seam Dry Bag from Ultraolive in black or ice blue for $55.

Images courtesy of Ultraolive

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