Journal

A chronicle of people, places, happenings, and creations we admire.

How to Make a Nation: A Monocle Guide

Media powerhouse Monocle have teamed up with German publisher Gestalten to continue their Guide Series focusing on how to properly build a nation.  This latest guide touches on all key aspects of what a strong, civil and forward looking country should look like.  It curates the best parts from countries all over the world; from housing, to natural resources, healthcare policy and military might, to education, commerce, and societal welfare. These crucial aspirational elements are combined to create a country that anyone would dream of gaining citizenship or leading as Head of State.  Head over to Gestalten and order your copy.

Also, do take a look at their previous Guides to Better Living and Good Business.

Price: $60.00

Gift Ideas for Under $150

Xmas is nigh...here's our gift guide for treasures $150.00 or less...

Krona o Stjärna Winter Companion Handmade Wool Boot Liner

Believe us when we tell you this wool sock will keep you warm and dry almost indefinitely during your holiday and winter travels and adventures.  Handmade of Järbo Superwash™ wool in Södermanland, Sweden, you can wear them as part of your base layer or around the chalet aprés ski.  Available in Pepper or Oatmeal.  Limited quantities / Hand wash only.

$68.00


Smythson of Bond Street Mara iPhone 6 Case

Handcrafted in Italy from luxurious printed calf leather, this refined phone cover will keep your phone stylishly safe. Add personalization for a special touch.

  • Poinsettia red iPhone 6 cover in printed calf leather.
  • Fits iPhone 6 and 6s. 
  • Made in Italy.
  • Dimensions: W7 X H14cm / W2.75 x H5.5"
  • Product code: 1016614

$145.00


FRAME Publishers' The Other Office Book 2 - Creative Workplace Design

A global overview of prevailing trends in office design. This book is currently available to pre-order at a 20% discount in the lead-up to its release on 21 December!

The approaches of design studios to orchestrate spatial experiences in the creation of workplace environments vary greatly. A bright and playful interior that might be perfect for one company will not be the answer for another client’s needs. Though one thing seems clear: whether it’s for a tech firm, a financial consultancy or a production company, the requirement to provide spaces that promote productivity through connectivity is high on the agenda. The physical environments are not only spaces for working, they are very much tools of the organisations and form part of their overall identity. These firms often work in conjunction with the design studios to ensure the realised offices fit the needs of the workforce, embodying creative values in the process.

In The Other Office 2, a recurring theme in the 80 cutting-edge projects is the centralisation of communication hubs, with more focused working spaces placed at the periphery. Another high priority is ensuring staff are catered for in terms of health and social aspects – in particular emphasising the need for physical activity, thus providing bikes and scooters to get around the building, or adding a competitive edge to the feature staircase by including sensors to track the distance climbed per week of employees. The showcased interiors not only support innovation and creativity in the workforce, they also generate opportunities for collaboration and, at the same time, help to connect and build communities.  Head on over to FRAME to learn more.

$59.27/€55.20


Women's Birkenstock Arizona Sandal at James Perse Los Angeles

Classic Birkenstock sandal with two adjustable "Birko-Flor" straps and metal buckles. Synthetic "Birko-Flor" is leather-like with a fleecy underside. Original suede lined cork/latex contoured foot bed for comfort with EVA rubber shock-absorbent sole.

Additional Information:

• Acrylic/Polyamide "Birko-Flor" Upper, Synthetic sole.
• Leather bedliner, Natural cork footbed.
• Made in Germany.
• Narrow width, Whole sizes only.
• Recommended to order up if in-between sizes.

$75.00


Marshall Major II Headphones in Black at Frank & Oak

The latest addition to the Marshall lineup is the Major II headphones. The Major II comes with an updated look that includes a detachable double-ended coil cord with microphone and remote for calls and voice recording. The dual 3.5 mm headphone jacks allow you to choose which side you prefer to wear your cable on or to plug in and share your music. Its advanced sound features include customized drivers that help to deliver deeper bass and more extended detailed highs. Allowing for increased flexibility, the Major II adapts to your head shape for increased comfort during those long listening sessions. This smart pair truly gives way to a whole new level of listening.  Head over to Frank & Oak and pick up a pair.

$120.00


Aesop Andromeda Set at Needsupply

From Aesop, a tin gift set with a body care quartet to nurture your skin and your senses. Features Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash, Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, Coriander Seed Body Cleanser and Rind Concentrate Body Balm. 

  • Gift set with face and body products
  • Tin box
  • Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash 500mL
  • Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm 75mL
  • Coriander Seed Body Cleanser 200mL
  • Rind Concentrate Body Balm 120mL

$110.00


Tegoto Nest: Inside the Earth at Paul Smith

Our partners at Paul Smith are offering this great little 'curiosity' this season.  Inside the earth nesting toy by Tegoto is a visual representation of the layers of the earth: atmosphere, surface, crust, mantle and core.

Made in Japan from varnished wood, this toy is presented in a grey gift-box.

£80.00 / $122.34


Krona o Stjärna Brand Beanie

Pictured: "Stockholm"

Winter's here, and our new beanie is a perfect fit.  These high-quality 60/40 Cotton blend beanies will protect your head stylishly with our insignia embroidered on the front.  How you wear it is up to you.  

$22.00

Mark 57: August / September 2015

One of our favorite architecture and design publications is Mark.  In issue #57 Monica Zerboni investigates OMA’s Prada Foundation, the Mother of all Epicenters, where all Prada culture is created, tested, perfected and exhibited.  Acting virtually as a museum on the old industrial side of Milan, the Fondazione is also a bastion of art, media and creativity.  This among other projects by Herzon & de Meuron, Projekt Praga, Swedish firm Schmitt Hammer Lassen's public library in Aarhus, their concert hall in Malmö, L.A. architect Eric Owen Moss' Pterodactyl building, Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s new Broad Museum are feature in the August-September issue.

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Photos: ©Frame Publishers, 2015

The Monocle Guide to Cozy Homes

A handbook for making a home that will stand the text of time, take knocks and scuffs in its stride—and where lives can unfold, children grow up, and dogs run wild. --Monocle

About This Book

This Monocle book tells us how to turn a house into a home. Both a practical guide and a great source of inspiration, The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes presents the interiors, furniture, and locations you need to know about along with portraits of the people who can make it happen. 

The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes celebrates the durable and the meaningful through a collection of homes that tell a story. Most architecture and interior books show houses polished to perfection, manicured to the extent that it is hard to imagine anybody actually lives there: they seem to miss the point that homes are meant to be inhabited. They should be able to take scuffs and knocks and to be part of a community, whether in a Chicago skyscraper or on Australia’s sunshine coast.

Available Soon in the USA

Photos:©Monocle

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NeedSupply x Soulland: Human Being Journal, Spring 2015

Our friends at NeedSupply and Danish company Soulland have teamed up to produce the latest issue (No.6) of the beautiful Human Being Journal for Spring 2015.  This curated volume, ranging from interviews with Soulland partners Silas Adler and Jacob Kampp Berliner to Fantastic Man Publisher / Editor Gert Jonkers to commentary on design, hybrid food recipes, and amazing photography of New Mexico by Mikael Kennedy that make for an elegant mix of content, subjects and all things currently in their respective worlds.  Head over to NeedSupply and order your copy.

Human Being Journal No.6 - $15.00

About NeedSupply

Need Supply Co. is a clothing and lifestyle store based out of Richmond, VA. We started selling vintage Levi's in 1996 but have since expanded our offerings to include men's and women's clothing and accessories. In 2008 we launched our web store and have been shipping worldwide ever since. Our home office houses our retail store front and everything from design and branding to online sales. We truly believe in the products we carry, carefully curating a mix of well-known brands and up-and-coming independent designers from the US and abroad.

needsupply.com

About Soulland

Soulland was founded in 2002 and is owned by designer Silas Adler and CEO Jacob Kampp Berliner. Its design principles and aesthetics have their origins in Scandinavian artisanship combined with a contemporary feel, encapsulated by the Adler Fedora; a traditional men’s fedora fused with a baseball cap brim, handmade in Copenhagen. Whilst always remembering its legacy, Soulland aims to push menswear forward in new directions.

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NOMA: TIME AND PLACE IN NORDIC CUISINE

Phaidon has published a monograph NOMA Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine dedicated to the Nordic culture, food and philosophy through the mind of René Redzepi, Danish co-owner of the 2-Michelin Star NOMA restaurant in Copenhagen.  Chef Redzepi is often credited with reinventing Nordic cuisine, with his relentless emphasis of local fresh produce sourced all across Scandinavia and the constant experimentation that takes place in his kitchen.  The book has over 200 commissioned photographs describing the various local ingredients, finished dishes, the restaurant’s suppliers and amazing Nordic landscape.  The introduction is written by world renowned artist Olafur Eliasson.