Posts Tagged ‘christian williams’

I’m in love with a shearling hat

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

For the past 3 (fine…almost 4) decades I have been wandering in the dark. How the wonders of shearling eluded me I’ll never know. But, as the good Samaritan I am, I not going to let those of you suffering with a shearling deficiency down.

Recently I picked up an American Classic at one of my favorite outdoor stores…the Kittery Trading Post. The Woolrich Trooper Hat with genuine shearling trim has been around for over a century now….and for good reason. I’m not going to lie, the $69.99 price point was a bit tough to swallow. I must have tried that hat on about 20 times while I weighed the pros and cons of the purchase. Less than 2 weeks later, I’ll venture to say it’s one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.

The hat is not only incredibly warm, but it turns out that it’s quite versatile as well. After a recent ski trip in -14 degree conditions I discovered that the hat worked perfectly with my goggles and allowed me to enjoy a day that I’d have otherwise been miserable in.

Now, the only concern I have with this hat is this. Will prolonged and sustained wearing cause my head to permanently fuse with the hat?

– Christian

Delta Shelter by Olson Kundig Architects

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

If you spend any time on the Olson Kundig Architect website you will most certainly fall in love with one of their homes. The work out of this firm is appreciated on blogs throughout the world, but the homes themselves are more often than not built in Washington.  Lucky them.

I recently spent some time up at my father’s NH property and couldn’t help but think that this building, the Delta Shelter, would look beautiful perched somewhere on a hillside.

Project Details: This 1,000 square-foot weekend cabin, basically a steel box on stilts, can be completely shuttered when the owner is away. Situated near a river in a floodplain, the 20’ x 20’ square footprint rises three stories and is topped by the living room/kitchen. Large, 10’ x 18’ steel shutters can be closed simultaneously using a hand crank.

– Christian

Do Nothing For 2 Minutes

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

2 minutes doesn’t seem like a lot of time. But, if you take the time to savor each second it feels surprisingly long. In the world of faster, more, and now…I found the site Do Nothing For Two Minutes quite enjoyable. The site simply asks that you do nothing other than listen to crashing ocean waves for 2 minutes.  I’ll admit I did not pass the test the first time. But, that was only because I was trying to turn up the volume on my computer.

How will you use your two minutes?  Perhaps you’ll use the two minutes to think of about your next project to make. Or perhaps you’ll listen to the waves and transport yourself to another life.

– Christian

Gorgeous Packaging for Society 27

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

I suppose the sneakers from Society 27 should be the story here, but for me it’s all about this gorgeous packaging, since the shoes is something normally see in places like ShoeAdviser site online. I’m a sucker for wood. What can I say. No doubt this isn’t the cheapest nor the most environmentally form of packaging I’ve ever seen produced. But, man….it sure is beautiful to look at.

– Christian

So You Need A Typeface poster

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Unlike my colleague here at Fancy Seeing You Here…fonts are not my specialty. Truth is, I’m always looking for a little guidance when it comes to them, so when I saw this poster on for $22….I jumped on it.

– Christian

The Ruins of Detroit

Friday, January 7th, 2011

We have all heard jokes about Detroit and it’s woeful ways as a city. Fact is, the city of Detroit has become synonomis with failure. But, what I’m sure most of us don’t realize is that Detroit was once home to some of the most amazing structures in the country. Remarkably and thankfully, most of these structures are still standing and waiting for an unforseen day when they can be brought back to splendor.

This decay has been wonderfully captured by photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre.

– Christian

My Dream House

Friday, January 7th, 2011

If you happen to follow any home/architecture blogs you will have surely seen this house. Not long ago this home designed by Widjedal Racki Bergerhoff from Stockholm was a blog sensation.

For me personally, it’s still a sensation. This home brought to life many of the traits I have always  looked  for in a home. Simple, clean, efficient, and most importantly, it blurred the lines between the interior and exterior of the home.

– Christian


Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

This past week I happened to find myself in an old abandonded fire station. Within it, I came across an old slate chalkboard. It was heavy, a bit ricketty, and fire engine red. I loved it immediately. More importantly, I knew right away what I had in store for it.

I’ll be the first to admit that I did draw inspiration from one of my absolute favorite design shops,…the things makers from Portland, Oregon….Official Manufacturing Co.

– Christian