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SAFE SEX.

Let’s talk about sex baby,
let’s talk about you and me...

…That hasn’t stopped Saint Laurent from slapping its name on its own (gold) foil wrapper, though. A new condom was revealed by the label yesterday, though it’s only going to be available at the new Parisian concept store, Rive Droite. Along with the condom comes a suitably raunchy campaign – ”The Love Affair” – shot by Juergen Teller, featuring Anja Rubik and (a completely naked) David Alexander Finn, which creative director Anthony Vaccarello shared on Instagram.
YSL CONDOM

Moschino x H&M

“Whenever I design, I think about my friends,” Scott says in a statement accompanying the lookbook, which showcases models including Aquaria, of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fame, and Japanese twin-sister musical act Amiaya. “The Moschino x H&M lookbook is like a party, celebrating the fun, the pop, the creativity and the energy of the people and the collection.”
Moschino Condom Bag

Alexander Wang

…teamed up with Trojan Condoms on the limited-edition capsule collection, which supports the LGBTQ community and emphasizes the importance of using condoms to “Protect Your Wang.” 

Protect Your Wang
Protect Your Wang

ONE CONDOM WRAPPER DESIGNS by ME!

As you can see, only one of my three submissions made it to the judging round. The two on the right are the same image, just different treatments.

I’m kind of surprised they picked the last one. Just goes to show, you never know what people are going to like (I almost didn’t submit it). I believe this round is of the narrowed down selection of 100 different designs. The next stage will cut down in half, so 50 designs will move forward. 

WISH ME LUCK!

one design contest

BACK TO NATURE S340-4

CREATIVE

BEHR’S COLOR OF THE YEAR 2020

BACK TO NATURE S340-4

Or are we going back to the Seventies? AVocado, anyone?

Note: Image above has a filter over it, so the green tone is most likely showing darker than actual color. Refer to palette or image below.

I preference this post with the statement that, I intended on writing more and providing more research, but I didn’t get to it in time. I started this back in August, over a month ago, but I’m cleaning out the draft folder again, and this one should probably at least get to be seen as-is. So keep that in mind if you read past this…

Muted, pastel, dusty, safe, neutral, clinical are some words that come to mind when I see this palette. But it’s pleasant, nothing is hurting my eyes.

“As we look ahead to a new decade, Back To Nature encourages us to reengage with the natural world, which we know can have a real, positive impact on our well-being. Everyone has a different way of engaging with nature. Whether you’re biking on a forest path, canoeing on a lake or walking on the beach, green is prevalent in nearly every outdoor landscape—it is easily nature’s favorite color.”
Erika Woelfel
Vice President, Color and Creative Services at Behr
Behr 2020 color palette
Behr’s 2020 Color Trends

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The palette Behr has garnered its staple 2020 colors has not just emerged from thin air, nor is it unique to Behr’s product line. I’m having a bit of déjà-vu as I’ve already seen these tones reflected in a lot of other interior design trends.

Notably, Blu Dot seems to have nearly adapted the same palette. Even their quirky tone of voice reflects the nod to a disco-era capsulate of color.

CLEAN CUT CHAIR by BLU DOT

BLU DOT’s Clean Cut Chair and the available finishes definitely are ahead of the curve. Or is that just a bad pun? Either by presentation or maybe just the sleek and sexy curvy form of the chair, I find this palette a lot more alluring compared to the Behr palette. Perhaps the color names are tipping the scale for me here, but I do think these tones are a deeper saturation or just pack a little more punch for me.

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MAHDAVI COLLEZIONE for BISAZZA

Mahdavi Collezione Bisazza
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Bisazza puts a contemporary spin on the traditional cement tiles with its new CEMENTILES collection.
The handcrafted features of the original production process are maintained intact, while the design was entrusted to some of the most innovative international designers: Paola Navone, Jaime Hayon, India Mahdavi, Tom Dixon, David Rockwell, Carlo Dal Bianco, Fernando, and Humberto Campana.

The cement tiles are made by layering two mixtures that are hand-poured into special molds and then pressed. The first mixture, made up of highly durable white cement, marble dust and colored oxides, determines the design and color of the tile; the second, made of cement and sand, forms the bottom layer of the tile.

Once they have dried, an impregnating water-repellent sealant is applied by hand to the tiles.

Very similar tones represented in the tiles from Bisazza; also a wider array of options that allow for more playful color interaction. Also, there are brown tones here, Behr did not have any listed in their collection (Cider Spice was the closest).

BISAZZA

PHOTOS FROM 1976’s

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF INTERIOR DESIGN AND DECORATION

BY NORMA SKURKA

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF INTERIOR DESIGN AND DECORATION. BY SKURKA
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Glad He’s Gone

Can someone please tell me what the melody is from? It’s not a cover, the lyrics are different, but the tune is so familiar… I think there’s actually two different songs in there. I think maybe Taylor Swift or I don’t know. But it’s driving me nuts. Don’t get me wrong, I like the song and love Tove Lo, I just feel like I’ve heard this somewhere before…

He’s gone, he’s gone
You’re better off, I’m glad that he’s gone
He’s gone, he’s gone
You’re better off, I’m glad that he’s gone
I got a girlfriend, she’s got a boyfriend
She calls me crying every day
‘cause they got problems
He likes complaining, she’s compromising
Coming to me for real advice when he just playing
I can tell she loves him way too deep
He loves being fucking hard to please
Cover the basics, it’s pretty easy
He’s a bitch with some expectations
Did you go down on his birthday? (Yup)
Did you let him leave a necklace? (Yup)
Or did you show him all your crazy? (No)
Blow him up on the weekends (Hmm)
Did you give in to his ego
Just to give a little confidence?
I think you know it’s time to let go
(You’re better off I’m glad that he’s gone)
My baby

Never no tears
for that sucker
Only one dick,
that’s a bummer

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Baby, no tears for that sucker
We’ll never go dry this whole summer
Wanna get over, get under

In This Spectacular Kelly Wearstler Home, Comfort Comes First

Interior Lives

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Inside the home of Lana Gomez, Artist

with Wendy Goodman

 
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+ Sebastian Maniscaloc, Comedian.

In This Spectacular Kelly Wearstler Home

Comfort Comes First

You don’t want it to feel precious. You want people to not be intimidated and to feel comfortable.

Kelly Weastler gutted and decorated a family home for comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, his wife, artist Lana Gomez, and their (now) two children. He confesses to having had some trepidation about the high end decor and young kids, but he soon got over that. Watch the video above to see their beautiful home in Hollywood.

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Kelly Weastler is one of my absolute favorite interior designers, her bold artistic style is genuinely unique, playful, and modern with plenty of curated vintage pieces to keep it grounded. Bold patterns, muted earth tones with highlights of blacks and rich gem tones, work with unexpected textures to create warm and inviting sanctuaries. She always manages to create one of those moments of, “How did all of this come together?” that leave me stunned by her talent. 

B&O BRAND POWER

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As an avid consumer of beautifully designed objects, often I go through many stages in my decision making process of whether or not I want to bring an article into my home.

Diving a bit deeper into my knowledge of the Bang & Olufsen  brand and heritage. I can say that I have been won over…

When it comes to Bang and Olufsen branding, one thing has always been clear – the company lives for design, innovation, and function. When building their brand, the company knew that they needed to showcase their unique values and purpose in everything they do, which is why every aspect of the B&O identity continues to be so iconic today.

Just look at the unmistakable design of the Bang and Olufsen logo for instance. The sans-serif font gives this almost century-old brand a modern feel, while the grey colour evokes thoughts of luxury, sophistication, and innovation. One particularly effective element in the design is the way the characters are situated. The “B” seems almost upside down, which indicates that this company has turned the audio world around, while the overall “neat” composition of the logo show’s the brand’s devotion to domesticated aesthetics.

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“With the A9 I wanted to make a timeless classic something which is beautiful from all angles in all times. A9 was inspired by sound and by music. The shape is a circle and the reason why choose a circle is because the sound travels in circles. The A9 is made out of very few elements which are used as much as possible and crafted in the best materials; high quality wood high quality plastics high quality aluminium and a very good fabric.”

Øivind Alexander Slaatto, Beoplay A9 Designer ​

CONNECTING genuinely with your CUSTOMER

B&O Beoplay A9

One thing I really enjoy about Bang & Olufsen as a brand is their inclusion of  the non-heteronormative dialogue that has finally been gaining positive momentum in mainstream culture. They are sharing the stories of real life people in very matter of fact way. I love how effortless and genuine their thinking is; there isn’t a big to-do about it, it’s just natural.

Bang & Olufsen approach their marketing in a fresh, modern way of thinking. They bring a common, everyday tone that doesn’t boast anything they aren’t already known for. They also don’t ‘pride’ themselves too much. 

Other major brands and retailers should take note and adopt a similar strategy. Instead of hopping on the gay pride bandwagon (as so many brands have done this year) by slapping on a rainbow on a product or just using its colors for convenient placement. 

I suspect the current fad and trying to cash in on the hype will only last the month of June. Only acknowledging a specific community for one month out of the year is just a bit condescending to me. We are not just a holiday, we are everyday.  

Bang & Olufsen have, whether intentional or not (but my guess it was intentional), have charmingly evoked what might not be a normal lifestyle for most, but is normal for a fair amount of the population. 

By featuring a neutral tone on gender and sexuality, they’ve made it a non-thing, they’ve made it a people thing. They have aimed the focus on style, design, and beauty. It’s inclusive and endearing. 

My only criticism would be to include more people of color. Though being a brand from Denmark, I can only assume this is most likely the reasoning for not doing so.

B&O Beoplay A9

Carolyne and Laura, an international creative couple currently living in New York. They open up their beautiful home, rich in character, with B&O. 

Watch their story “Calm, Cool, Collected” below…
Beoplay A9

Beoplay A9

The A9 is designed and crafted like a beautiful piece of furniture with a careful selection of materials and a great attention to detail. The days of wanting to hide your bulky black stereo are over. No matter where you choose to place the A9, it's going to look beautiful.

Stream wirelessly via AirPlay, Google Cast, DLNA or Bluetooth. Built-in access to streaming services. An incredible 480 watts of powerful sound. Intuitive touch control. Beolink Multiroom technology.

DESIGNER
Øivind Alexander Slaatto.


SPECIFICATIONS

DIMENSIONS
On stand Diameter x height x footprint 70.1 x 90.8 x 41.5 cm 27.6 x 35.8 x 16.3 in;
on wall Diameter x depth 70.1 x 21.3 cm 27.6 x 8.4 in.

WEIGHT
15 kg (incl. legs) 14.2 kg (without legs) 33.1 lbs (incl. legs) 31.5 lbs (without legs).

COLOUR
Smoked Oak

MATERIALS
Wood, Fabric, Aluminium and Plastic.

POWER CONSUMPTION
Typical 23 watts Standby 0.4 watts

FREQUENCY
33.1 - 25.000 Hz

POWER AMPLIFIERS
1 x 160 watt class D for bass
2 x 80 watt class D for midrange
2 x 80 watt class D for treble

DRIVER UNITS
1 x 8' woofer
2 x 3" midrange
2 x 3/4" tweeters.
1 x USB iPod/iPhone/iPad connector
1 x Line-in
1 x Ethernet.
WLAN - 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz & 5GHz)

STREAMING SERVICES
Apple AirPlay
DLNA wireless streaming
Bluetooth 4.0
Google Chromecast


Bang & Olufsen has never been one to shy away from intriguing design, and the Beoplay A9 is no different. This AirPlay-capable speaker stands out among other speakers with its unique circular shape that also doubles as a volume control, and TrustedReviews calls the A9's design "minimalist in styling yet attention grabbing in its shape." Its round form houses five speakers that create a sound t-break refers to as "mesmerizing," with TrustedReviews being pleased with "the quality of its sound reproduction." The Beoplay A9 avoids the 'form over function' cliché by not only looking modern and interesting, but by also providing an enjoyable audio experience

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Bang & Olufsen A/S is a Denmark-based company engaged in the design, development and marketing of audio and video equipment. The Company supplies primarily music systems, loudspeakers, television sets and multimedia products. Its activities are divided into two business areas: Business-to-Consumer (B2C) and Business-to-Business (B2B). The B2C area includes two segments: audiovisual (AV), offering audio and video products sold under the Bang & Olufsen brand; and B&O PLAY, which delivers stand-alone, portable products. The B2B business area also consists of Automotive segment, which comprises development, production and sale of sound systems for a range of cars, such as Aston Martin, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Furthermore, the Company is parent of Bang & Olufsen Group, which operates worldwide.

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