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Link About It: This Week's Picks

The Destroy All Monsters retrospective, Aether's airstream, a zero-waste jacket and more in our look at the web this week

by CH Editors in Design on 19 November 2011

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1. Geoff McFetridge + Heath Ceramics

Graphic designer Geoff McFetridge gives his sprightly illustrations new form, hand-painting plates and tableware for the LA outpost of the beloved Californian pottery studio Heath Ceramics. The collection, dubbed "My Head Disappears When My Hands Are Thinking" was done on the fly—a testament to his talent. He tells Creative Review, "Very few of the pieces were based on a sketch, or penciled in before I started working on them. Most were conceived as they were drawn."

2. Here Comes the Neighborhood

Stemming from a 2009 project between urban visionary Tony Goldman and celebrated gallerist Jeffrey Deitch, Here Comes the Neighborhood documents the revival of a Miami neighborhood within the context of one of the largest public commissioned art projects in the world.

3. Aether Airstream

Having pioneered the field for outerwear whose technical strength matches its sartorial merits, Aether has, not surprisingly, taken to the road in similar style. French designer Thierry Gaugain created a mobile shop inside a silver-bullet Airstream, whose most notable amenity may just be the contemporary Focus fireplace.

4. Kazu's Travels

Probing the minds of the beau monde, the latest issue of The Travel Almanac gleans insight on the perennially stylish Blonde Redhead singer Kazu Makino, whose suitcase essentials include Astier notebooks and Mayle dresses.

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5. Food52

Americans gearing up for the massive food frenzy that is Thanksgiving should look to Food52, a new app that Gizmodo says is "the best app for holiday cooking."

6. Loomstate Zero-Waste Anorak

The winning design from Loomstate and Parson's Zero Waste Denim project, Andria Crescioni's Zero Waste Anorak is now selling from Loomstate's online shop and Rogan in NYC ($345). The resourceful Parsons student stood out for her thoughtful use of factory scraps, her sustainable approach to production and for the jacket's elegantly slouchy silhouette.

7. Thermochromic Furnishings

Designer Jay Watson questions the way we typically think about the functionality of furniture with his heat-sensitive table and bench. The purposely pared down wood furniture has a thermochromic finish, so that your warm buns or a hot cup of coffee will leave momentary impressions exposing the grain below.

8. Return of the Repressed

This in-depth examination of the visual output by seminal and oft-overlooked 70's art collective Destroy All Monsters captures the wildly varied creative work the unit produced over the course of just four years. Many pieces are being seen for the first time in over three decades. Return of the Repressed is on view until 7 January 2001.

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9. Sol Lewitt at Mondrian SoHo

The new permanent outdoor installation at Mondrian SoHo, "Sol Lewitt: On the Walls of the Lower East Side" gives passerby the chance to see the LES through the eyes of the legendary artist. Originally shot in 1979, the grid of 120 photos depict the political comments, torn posters and splattered paint gracing the walls around the neighborhood he called home.

10. My Dad's Car

Chevy ups the ante on holiday gift-giving this year with a new TV spot that documents the moment Herb Young is reunited with his 65 Impala, a car he gave up in the '80s to pay for his kids' education. Young's son diligently searched for the car for five years before surprisingly revealing it to his father in this emotional video.

11. The Mountain Series

Looking at the relationship between natural and urban landscapes, while living in Iceland Danish artist Theresa Himmer turned Reykjavik buildings into inquisitive works with dazzling effect. Massive sequin glaciers and waterfalls partially serve as a metaphor for the increasing commercialization of Iceland's beautiful terrain.

12. Drinkify

Type in the name of a band or artist on Drinkify and you'll get the perfect drink recipe to accompany their tunes, which will start playing automatically. A great gimmick for sure, but what makes the operation so impressive is its extensive database—not even German punk will stump this system.

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