• 04.18.2014

    Tom Carnarse: Yes!

    Tom Carnarse is the man behind the classic typeface ITC Avant Garde Gothic. He’s also responsible for countless iconic logos for big name clients including Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Saks Fifth Avenue, Consumer Reports, Fortune Magazine, and many more. In other words, Carnarse put the O.G. in ITC.

    For more see RIT’s Graphic Design Archive.

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  • 04.11.2014

    Konrad Klapheck’s Everyday Mechanics

    Konrad Klapheck started painting typewriters in the 1950’s. Then he started painting sewing machines. Next were water taps and showers, followed by telephones, irons, shoes, keys, saws, car tires, bicycle bells, and lastly clocks. In his own words, he painted with ”prosaic super gegenst and lichke it” or, loosely translated, with “super objectivity.”

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  • 03.28.2014

    New Gourna

    New Gourna was built between 1946 and 1952 by Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy. The innovative design, which combined the use of affordable traditional materials and techniques with modern architectural principles, was never completed and much of the village has since been lost; all that remains today of Fathy’s design is the mosque, market and a few houses.

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  • 03.21.2014

    Dogs Chasing My Car in the Desert

    Occasionally, while working in the Morongo Valley, John Divola’s car would get chased by a dog. When Divola saw one coming towards him, he would pre-set his camera, stick his arm out of the window, and expose the film. Sometimes, he admits, if the dog was especially enthusiastic, he would loop around for a second pass.

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  • 03.14.2014

    Palms House

    Our friend and collaborator Tony Morera built this house for his family in Mar VIsta in 1981. He built it by hand with four friends from Sci-Arc over the course of three months for under 35k (really taking a college project to a new level). It’s a double height space that sits on top of a wood shop; essentially a giant stucco cube, with cut outs and cut ins for light and space. I can tell you from experience it’s not a bad place to live…

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  • 02.24.2014

    Beatnik Hill

    Gerald (Gerry) Rupp constructed his modernist A-Frame house sometime around 1949 or 1950 in Morro Bay,California. All together, Rupp constructed 10 homes within the surrounding lots, most of which were sold to artists, writers, and musicians. This area quickly became known to local fishermen as “Beatnik Hill.” Their small community was a stopping point for famous beats on their way to Big Sur.

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    For more see The Unkown Modernist.

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  • 02.07.2014

    Mike Slack

    Here’s a little Mike Slack for your Friday. Enjoy!

    See more here.

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  • 01.16.2014

    American Trade Hotel

    In 2013, we went south of the border with our friends at ACE Hotels and designed the American Trade Hotel in Casco Antiguo, Panama. Here are some of our favorite shots:

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    Photographs by Spencer Lowell

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  • 01.10.2014

    Opałka 1965/1 - ∞

    In 1965, artist Roman Opałka began painting ‘time’ from 1 to infinity. As he progressed, each canvas was lightened 1%, resulting in purely white-on-white pieces by 2007. The final number Opałka painted was on August 6, 2011, the day of his death: 5607249.

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  • 01.03.2014

    Christo: The Paris Sculptures, 1961

    These sculptures, produced by Christo in the summer of 1961, might be some of his earliest known works. Eventually they were dismantled, but the following twelve photographs still stand.

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  • Happy Holidays from our Christmas Pool Party!

     

  • 12.02.2013

    Commune Crates

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    purchase them here

    animation by Spencer Lowell

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  • 11.18.2013

    ALEX CALDERWOOD, WE WILL MISS YOU.

    There are no words to describe our loss, but we will never forget his…these are from the current issue of Surface. Read on.

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  • 11.12.2013

    Alia | Commune Postcards

    For the architecture admirer in your life, we present: the Alia | Commune postcards. LA artist Alia Penner celebrates some of our favorite architectural wonders in her very own inimitable style. Beautifully printed by Paper Chase Press, these 8 full color postcards are glossy on one side and matte on the other. Send them to your friends, they’ll think you are in architecture heaven!

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    Purchase a set from the Commune Shop.

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  • 11.05.2013

    Bruce Conner: The Godfather of Music Videos

    We are very excited about the new MOCAtv produced documentary series BRUCE CONNER: The Godfather of Music Videos. In this series, iconic film works from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, such as Breakaway (featured below), are supported by delightful backstory and conversation about the artist, his life and his work. Nice job guys!

    See others (such as Mongoloid and Mea Culpa) at MOCAtv.

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