The Birth of Saké, A Film by Erik Shirai

Usually I have my finger on the pulse, but this time I let it slip a little. Saying that, I never shy away from the chance to learn more about a subject and soak up all the information like a sponge, hopefully you’ll take away something from this piece as well. I came across a project that had recently been funded on Kickstarter, and since I’ve been watching a number of documentaries over the past month this slotted in nicely with existing content on the …

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One Shot. One Life. by Empty Mind Films

I try to bring you a mixture of content here on the website, things that are slightly offbeat for our specific theme, but have an interesting story/concept. I especially enjoy ideas that can be pulled across as inspiration, this post today takes on a spiritual vibe but I feel it can be applied to design in specific ways, also life in general. Shockingly I haven’t come across the Empty Mind Films website before, somehow I’ve never even …

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Interview with Mike Dorsey, Director of The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat

You may remember us late last year writing a piece on a new documentary titled The Oyler House: Richard Neutra’s Desert Retreat by director Mike Dorsey. I’ve been back and forward emailing him, checking in on the project whenever I can, so I thought it would be a nice touch to hold a little Q&A session with Mike and get his thoughts on the project whenever I can, so I thought it would be …

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Utsushi – The Search for Katsuhira’s Tiger

To say I had my mind blown by a short documentary this weekend would be an understatement. I woke up early and this inspiring piece fell right in to my lap, I’m so glad I gave it a chance and watched it all the way through. I’ve been thinking about it most of the day, so hopefully you’ll feel the same way as me and you’ll admire the skill and craftsmanship in this 20-odd minute film. The piece follows Japanese metal and …

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Breathing Earth – Susumu Shingu’s Dream by Thomas Riedelsheimer

Coming across sculptors doesn’t happen as frequently as one might think, which is weird since I’m always on the lookout for them. So, on a whim I decided to revisit an artist that I’ve researched before but didn’t have much luck stringing a post together at the time, the path went a bit stale in terms of imagery and/or a project that would be sufficient to bring him to light. That’s not saying …

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Domo de Argila by Artist Andy Goldsworthy

This short film on artist Andy Goldsworthy seriously caught my attention yesterday, possibly because it brings back memories of ‘Rivers and Tides’, a documentary portrait of Andy Goldsworthy by Thomas Riedelsheimer made over ten years ago. You should 100% watch the trailer to the film on youtube if you get a chance, I was mesmerised by his patience and how he pushes his work right to the edge, often to the point of collapse. If you …

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Profile on Dutch Furniture Company Royal Ahrend and Designer Friso Kramer

It didn’t take long for me to step back in to my architectural ways, I feel like it’s been a bit heavy on the subject lately and that I haven’t given anything else a chance to soak through. To be honest, it could be down to a couple of books that came in to the shop last week relating to a few certain architects, I had a cheeky look and each one made me go on to discover more. As you …

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Ray Kappe: His Home, Influences and Processes

I stumbled into a few pieces of content that revolved around architect Ray Kappe and his work, so it seemed right to capture them in one group and discuss some thoughts across the board. Whilst browsing on the Kappe+DU architecture page I came across their blog section that keeps you up to date with their ongoings, most of it is the usual information that firms write about such as event …

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Bucky and Spaceship Earth by Carlos Carcas

Over the weekend I sat and watched Norman Foster in his film “How much does your building weigh, Mr. Foster?”, a documentary piece on the talented British architect that released late 2010. Don’t ask me why it’s taken me this long to watch it, I guess when there’s so much good material out there it’s sometimes hard to keep track of it all. I’m like a wandering turtle who tries to collect all this inspiration, luckily I’ve got this place to dump …

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Documentary on Architect Josep Lluis Sert

I felt it was about time architecture joined our creative content this week, so I went on the hunt earlier this morning to find either a recent build or a short film that would provoke a little food for thought on the subject. I’d not intentionally headed out with the modernist era in mind but once again I found myself marvelling at the talents of an individual creating in this period, someone we’ve not highlighted here before which is a bit of …

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The Oyler House: Richard Neutra Documentary by Mike Dorsey

I’m a big believer in the idea of great design being long lasting, which is why we often highlight classic work next to those projects that are slightly more contemporary and recent. The two will always feed into one another in my opinion and it’s somewhat fascinating to look back and see how the great designers and makers of the past would have done things. One individuals who’s also been bitten …

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Island by Ryan Walker

I came across this short film by photographer Ryan Walker earlier, and in watching it I really felt as if I was coming across an old friend. This might sound a little odd, but in saying this I mean through watching “Island” I returned to appreciating film as a medium in itself, something I’ve not been able to do for a while now. I’ve simply not come across a film that has such vividness and imagination, and at it’s most simple description brings a smile to your …

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