James McNabb’s “Sketching with a Band Saw”


Philadelphia-based James McNabb, who runs furniture design/build studio McNabb & Co., doesn’t let wood cut-offs go to waste; instead he goes at them with the bandsaw. The resultant forms, produced from the process he calls “sketching with a band saw,” resemble buildings:


Thus was born McNabb’s City Series…

…a collection of wood sculptures that represent a woodworker’s journey from the suburbs to the city. Each piece depicts the outsider’s perspective of the urban landscape. Made entirely of scrap wood, this work is an interpretation of making something out of nothing. Each piece is cut intuitively on a band saw. The result is a collection of architectural forms, each distinctly different from the next.




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Mario Kolaric

There was a lot of diary talk here at D*S yesterday, so it only seemed right to start this morning with some beautiful artwork from Mario Kolaric’s Diary Fragments series. Mario had been working in notebooks, jotting down small ideas and concepts, for years, but decided in 2010 that he would display these smaller fragments from his journal as an ongoing series. For the past two years, Mario has displayed beautiful line drawings that demonstrate a love of rich, saturated color and a mastery of color contrasting. I’m partial to these pieces above and below, but you can view Mario’s full and continuing collection online right here. Mario also did an interview with Open Lab Magazine right here that gives some additional insight into the series and its overall inspiration. xo, grace

*P.S.: I hope you’re all staying warm out there. It’s 11 degrees here in Brooklyn today. Brrr!

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More images from Mario Kolaric’s diary series after the jump . . .


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The Sharpener Image: Craighton Berman’s ‘Campaign for the Accurate Measurement of Creativity’


I don’t know how accurately it measures creative output, but the Sharpener Jar is definitely a practical alternative to the underground artisanal pencil sharpening movement. So it should come as no surprise that designer, entrepreneur, teacher and sometime Core-toonist / Sketch-notetaker Craighton Berman (a.k.a. Fueled by Coffee) has nearly quadrupled his $2,500 Kickstarter goal in just four days.

Every day professional “creatives” spend their waking hours sketching, writing, doodling, brainstorming, drawing, and scribbling on paper—hoping that their next amazing idea will eventually appear. This process fuels a unique angst in the modern-day artist; they spend most of their time merely thinking about what to make with nothing physical to show other than a pile of sketches. Can you get credit for creative effort without showing an end product? How is your boss going to know that you spent most of the day working and not just surfing Tumblr? How can you prove to your clients that your rates are justified despite the absence of actual finished work? Can creative output really be measured?

As in the Dux Inkwell sharpener, an extant glass vessel takes on a new purpose as a reservoir for pencil shavings, underscoring the ritualistic appeal of paring down a stick of wood and graphite.


On the other hand, unlike the Cuppow, Berman has opted to include the jar (and lid and threaded ring) with the sharpener, which surely adds a bit of unnecessary shipping/packaging expense to the product. Hence, the $39 pricetag for a single Sharpener Jar—assuming that the 32 remaining “first editions” at $34 will sell out shortly. (Still, it could be worse: $210 worse.)

CraightonBerman-SharpenerJar-Thanks.jpgWe’d love to see these letterform pencils IRL…


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FRPO (rodriguez & oriol architecture): MO house, madrid

the latest iteration in a series of projects that set up basic rules and proportions to yield forms, then arrange them according to the complexities of the site.

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Beams Chair by Eric and Johnny Design Studio

The Beams Chair is a lightweight wooden armchair inspired by the H-beam structure of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The H-Beam structure is derived and used as a main design element in the Beams Chair, which shows the beauty of such construction. The main frame of the Chair is composed of two kinds of thin wood panel:multiplex and plywood. The two wood panels are combined together in such a way so as to offer directional perpendicular wooden structures and to create the H-Beam structure in the Chair. By such inventive arrangement of the wood panel, the specific H-beam structure is built up and an extraordinary stability of the Chair is ensured.

The Chair is made of three different kinds of wood, bent plywood, multiplex and aircraft plywood.The strength of the structure of the plywood and multiplex thin sheets is quite strong in one direction, while relatively weak in other direction. By combining the two wood sheets in a way so to offer directional perpendicular wooden structures and to build the H-Beam structure, there are two strong dimensions so the anti-twisting ability and compression strength as well as the stability of the chair are tremendously improved. The frame of the chair is constructed by bending plywood and multiplex. The flexible aircraft plywood covers the frame as the surfaces of the seat and back. Such design saves the molding cost of production and reduces the weight of the Chair.

Beams Chair, by Eric and Johnny Design Studio

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Cuboid Jewelry Collection by Shimell and Madden

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I love the 3D-looking cube sterling silver necklace collection from Shimell and Madden called Cuboid. I want to wear a bunch of them at once.

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Made from sterling silver that is either gold-plated or oxidized, the designs are so simple and play on our eyes and minds. I think they’re very well executed.

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Jon Duenas Photography

There are times when I think I’d love to dissolve into nature. Particularly relaxing beach days or the rare morning spent on a dock somewhere away from the city — those are the moments when I feel most at one with the natural world. When I saw these photographs by Jon Duenas, they reminded me of that feeling. The sense of peacefulness that comes from being out in the wilderness is so hard to re-create, but these photographs come pretty close. I can’t wait to get back outside when winter passes (although it’s been pretty warm here in New York lately), but until then, I’ll be keeping my eyes on these photos, living vicariously through their breeziness. xo, grace

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