Are you getting used to the new Weekender design? We hope so. It’s good to have a little switch-around sometimes, like when your mum moves the sofas around in the living room and you feel all dislocated for a while. But you know that when that feeling subsides you’ll feel all at home again. So welcome home, here you are, in the warm, chubby, flour-brushed arms of The Weekender. Nuzzle in, reader, nuzzle in.
Six gems posted on the site this week
6. Beardy-weirdy people in a cool pop-up
Does that man have a beard? Oh yes. I see. It’s a pop-up, moveable market from Aberrant Architecture.
5. Another genius Kingston second year project, wait for it…
A hot water bottle gun to highlight the amount of Americans who sleep with guns under their pillows? Genius! From Francis North.
4. Can’t imagine many dead pigeons and fag butts in this park
A park designed to be a collection of enormous optical illusions! Imagine how fun. Let’s go to New York, pronto. Well done Louis Kahn.
3. Golf holes of the week
Stupid boring normal mini golf courses. The Walker Art Center has raised the bar with their artist-designed course at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Fore!
2. No more arguing with your other half in IKEA over the correct pronunciation of “Ödmjuk”…
FINALLY! Someone is here to help us pronounce those intensely difficult IKEA names for soft furnishings. Although a part of us did enjoy giving it a go on our own.
1. Genius music video here for an absolute belter of a song
And to end on a murdery note, here’s the new video for Thee Oh Sees Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster — John Strong, you’ve done it again!
This week’s collections of Things included a collection of vacuum cleaners, a variety of wild meadows, an exotically-inspired chocolate bar, a nun hiding behind some greenery and a token dinosaur. What more could you ask for? Hurry! They’re waiting!
Perdiz Magazine #2
Issue Two of Perdiz Magazine is called Happiness is Contagious and a nice sit down and a flick through it will ensure that you, too, are infected by all the joy and goodwill bursting from its red-lined pages. Including features on “things that make an alien hunter, an outsider artist, a shepherd and a vacuum cleaner collector happy,” one man’s love of grammar, and the pleasure to be had from a virtual life, Perdiz is one publication sure to fill your belly with warm feelings.
Anne Schwalbe’s lovely collection of images of wildflowers was taken on a 1980s YASHICA camera, which might explain the dreamy quality her photographs possess. If you stare at it and squint a bit you can almost pretend you’re dancing around a flowery sun-speckled meadow. Almost.
Accent Magazine #2
The newspaper issue of Accent Magazine takes the best of the portraits from the online version and pops them all into a conveniently folded publication for the pleasure of your perusal. Check out Great Uncle John copping a feel of a marble statuette to see our personal favourite.
The super-friendly people over at Cocoa Hernando sent us this more-exciting-than-your-average chocolate bar. One of the Herbs & Spice Collection alongside bars inspired by travels to Morocco, Mexico and the Himalayas, this particular flavour is milk chocolate infused with Masala Chai. How very exotic!
Urban Outfitters spring/summer 2013 lookbook
Well now, would you look at that? Lots of girls wearing nice clothes, swanning about in the sunshine and lying on cars and generally having a wonderful time. Oh, and there’s a diplodocus photobombing, because the diplodocus is everybody’s favourite dinosaur. The Urban Outfitters lookbook is ticking all of our boxes.
Tweet of the Week
“I have a theory that toilet paper companies own all the coffee companies. More coffee = more poo = more toilet paper. @BBCwatchdog…”
We feel @joshweller might be onto something.
Boring yet strangely watchable video of the week
Every wondered what it’s like to drive a train from Weymouth to Bristol? Well, now you know.
Anti-school uniform and strangely high-budget school music video of the week
It is unfair isn’t it? Not being allowed to wear your khaki pants. Well, when you’re an adult you’ll be able to do whatever you please! And that will probably involve realising the khakis are in fact not what you want to wear. Keep making videos though.
Genuinely insightful, Harry Potter-lacking interview with Emma Watson of the week
“We sat at her kitchen table while she generously indulged my curiosity and Perks geekdom. Her cat slinked around the chairs, her roommate introduced herself and served some banana bread they’d baked together. It felt sort of like a gals’ lunch, or something that sounds less like a yogurt commercial.” I know. Read it over here on Rookie.
Dogs playing bluegrass of the week
Does what it says on the tin, only better.
- Retracing and recreating historic reggae record sleeves with photographer Alex Bartsch
- David Wilson directs deeply moving film B.E.N. about using AI robots to tackle loneliness
- Art and About: Charlotte Trounce celebrates the architectural beauty of museums and galleries
- Riikka Laakso’s screenprinted zine is a tribute to Moomin author Tove Jansson
- Sandy Van Helden’s illustrations of contemporary culture
- Bompas & Parr explores the strange world of sploshing (NSFW)
- Kodak returns to its 1970s symbol, joining the retrobrand bandwagon
- Kodak unveils the Ektra: its first ever smartphone
- Working Not Working reveals the top 50 companies creatives would kill to work for
- William Knight's socially conscious portfolio of graphic design
- Juan Aballe’s photographs of pastoral landscapes filled with wanderlust
- Exclusive first interview with new UK Vice.com editor Jamie Clifton