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killer kites by daniel frost. http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2011/03/killer-kites-by-daniel-frost/ Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:37:37 +0000 http://www.thefunctionkey.com/?p=6465 Easily the most amazing, original, humorous, meant-to-fly-high kites I’ve ever seen . . .


From Daniel Frost‘s “Big Kite Show.”

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all i want for christmas: ryan’s wishlist. http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2010/12/all-i-want-for-christmas-ryans-wishlist/ Tue, 21 Dec 2010 19:23:47 +0000 http://www.thefunctionkey.com/?p=6370 Dear Santa,

We hope it’s not too late for last minute requests, but this year, Ryan hopes to find these underneath the Christmas tree . . .

1. A Dremel MultiPro Kit 2. MSA Safety Works Respirator 3. A vintage can of Krylon, any color really, but the more obscure, the better 4. Argyle socks, colorful hues, please!

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the nowness takes us inside jeffrey deitch’s LA home. http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2010/10/the-nowness-takes-us-inside-jeffrey-deitchs-la-home/ Wed, 27 Oct 2010 14:09:43 +0000 http://www.thefunctionkey.com/?p=5707 I nearly squealed with delight when I saw the subject line “MOCA’s Jeffrey Deitch at home in Hollywood on NOWNESS.com” pop up in my inbox. I have secretly been hoping that someone would give us a peek into the home of LA’s most exciting new transplant and the new director of LA MOCA. Deitch has taken up residence in a Spanish Revival mansion in Holmby Hills that was once owned by Cary Grant and currently contains more art than furniture. Clearly, a man who’s got his priorities straight.

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punchy parra prints. http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2010/10/punchy-parra-prints/ http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2010/10/punchy-parra-prints/#comments Wed, 13 Oct 2010 18:25:08 +0000 http://www.thefunctionkey.com/?p=5530

When we stayed at The Standard in West Hollywood last year, we went a little overboard in the gift shop — mostly on magazines, most of which were Arkitips. One of the issues we picked up came with an tote bag by Dutch illustrator Parra. Since then, I’ve come to recognize his work and to love the fluidity and quirkiness of his script/typography.

And now you can have Parra prints on your walls or your bed! Arkitip is now selling his prints (for your walls) on Arkitip Intel — releasing one each week. Or, if you’d rather slumber in the presence of Parra prints (on your bed), why not pick up a duvet set!

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shoe the bear’s modern saddle shoe. http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2010/08/shoe-the-bears-modern-saddle-shoe/ http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2010/08/shoe-the-bears-modern-saddle-shoe/#comments Tue, 24 Aug 2010 19:51:36 +0000 http://www.thefunctionkey.com/?p=4713

I rather like Shoe The Bear‘s interpretation of the classic saddle shoe for ladies. I couldn’t find a materials list, but it looks like the shoes are made of suede (upper) and wrapped leather (lower). Each season, the Denmark-based shoe company collaborates with a new designer or artist to keep things fresh and interesting. For its Spring/Summer 2011 line, it joined forces with Bibi GHOST for Shoe The Bear vs. Bibi GHOST, which was inspired partly by the French bistro.

You can view the collection (for men and women) here.

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Why Todd Selby should photograph our place. http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2010/08/why-todd-selby-should-photograph-our-place/ http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2010/08/why-todd-selby-should-photograph-our-place/#comments Mon, 23 Aug 2010 19:10:27 +0000 http://www.thefunctionkey.com/?p=4693 The Internets are all atwitter with news of CB2’s The Selby Is In Your Place contest, and, well, we’ve entered our apartment. The basic jist of the contest is to get as many votes as you can to advance to the second round of 50 contestants, at which point winners will be chosen. And the grand prize winner will get a $10,000 CB2 gift card and a photo session with Todd Selby!

So, we thought we’d gather evidence as to why our place is Selby worthy (and based on Refinery29’s guide “How To Get The Selby All Up In Your Place,” we think we have a fair shot).

1. Todd Selby loves artist’s residences. Ryan is an artist, and our apartment has an art studio!
2. Todd Selby loves collections. We collect 7-inch records, Kinder Egg Toys, and vintage electronics.
3. Todd Selby loves photographing cute couples. We’re a totally cute married couple!
4. Todd Selby loves stunning architectural features. Our apartment has stunning cathedral wood beam ceilings and 8-foot tall windows!
5. Todd Selby wrote a book! We have A TON of books.

So please, support us!

Take one minute. Click on this link (http://www.theselbycontest.com/entry/78018). Vote for our space.

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can chanel no. 5 grease up your bicycle? http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2010/08/can-chanel-no-5-grease-up-your-bicycle/ http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2010/08/can-chanel-no-5-grease-up-your-bicycle/#comments Tue, 17 Aug 2010 18:41:22 +0000 http://www.thefunctionkey.com/?p=4604 Probably not. But Chain-L No 5 certainly can.

 
Now, I’m not entirely sure that Chain-L is all that different from other lubricants. If you’re wondering what sets it apart, check out the FAQ. However, based on looks and creative genius alone, Chain-L is by far the best looking bike lubricant I’ve seen. OK, so I’ve only had my bicycle for about a month and am relying on a can of lubricant that I bought at a local hardware store, but I’d be willing to give Chain-L a test drive based on packaging alone.

Order online at Chain-L No 5. A 4 oz. bottle is $12.

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ryan garvey for the theatre offensive. http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2010/08/ryan-garvey-for-the-theatre-offensive/ http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2010/08/ryan-garvey-for-the-theatre-offensive/#comments Tue, 03 Aug 2010 16:59:20 +0000 http://www.thefunctionkey.com/?p=4290 Rolling in the Pride Parade . . .

 

             

In May, The Theatre Offensive — a local nonprofit that works to educate the community about queer culture and lifestyle through performance art — comissioned Ryan to paint a float for the 2010 Boston Pride Parade. Working under a tight deadline, he dutifully created an impressive graffitied representation of the group’s “Out in Your Neighborhood” theme. Above, I’ve included some shots of the project — from the first sketch to the float’s big day in the Pride Parade.

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ROJO ®NOVA. http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2010/07/rojo-%c2%aenova/ http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2010/07/rojo-%c2%aenova/#comments Fri, 30 Jul 2010 16:44:52 +0000 http://www.thefunctionkey.com/?p=4245 Created by ROJO®, ®NOVA is a 7-week-long, live art event at the Museu da Imagem e do Som in Brazil, bringing together 100 artists from all over the world to create a comprehensive creative environment for the public. Now in its fourth week, ®NOVA has so far been a visual feast for the eyes. It’s scheduled to run until August 15th and features so many amazing artists I could never tire of looking at their work. If you visit the ®NOVA Web site, you can get a full listing of the artists as well as a schedule of who’s creating live art right now! Here are some of my favorites and a couple of AWESOME videos from weeks 1-3 that show the artists’ work in progress:

Lucy McRae
http://lucymcrae.blogspot.com/

Anna Tarateil
http://www.taratiel.com/

Maya Hayuk
http://www.mayahayuk.com/

Tofer Chin
http://www.toferchin.com/

Rebecca Ward
http://www.rebeccasward.com/

Craig Costello
http://krink.com/

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muvbox ups the ante for sidewalk food venders. http://www.thefunctionkey.com/2010/07/muvbox-ups-the-ante-for-sidewalk-food-venders/ Wed, 28 Jul 2010 16:18:16 +0000 http://www.thefunctionkey.com/?p=4198 What may first appear as nothing more than spiffed up shipping containers, these steel capsules double as hip little cafes in Montreal’s Old Port, serving elegant dishes such as lobster rolls and seafood pizza.  The muvbox is built from recycled steel and powered entirely by the sun. I must admit that while everything about this concept is quite clever, what makes me most excited is its environmental friendliness. Yes, it’s true . . . I’m one of those.

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