JULY 2012 - The General Aesthete

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Metal Salt & Pepper Shakers

Both sleek and utilitarian, these simply designed metal and wood salt and pepper shakers are handmade by Seattle-based Ladies and Gentleman Studio. The untreated copper or brass body, if left unpolished, will become patinated with time.

Available at Ladies and Gentleman, $60/pair

Acne Studios Menswear SS13

Acne’s Creative Director Jonny Johansson has commented that this S/S 2013 menswear collection was very much inspired by workwear. This notion is evident by the loose, box-tailored look of many of the garments, as well as some of the more traditional materials used; on the other hand, striped satin pieces and metallic shoes certainly contrast and breathe a little youth into the quiet collection.

While the Swedish label has, in recent collections, been able to incorporate a lot of ideas and direction to a name that many (especially here in the States) associate solely with jeans, this presentation feels less driven, but still confident and serious, without being at all rigid.

See the collection at: style.com
Photos: Marcus Tondo

Cousu de Fil Blanc

Cousu de Fil Blanc is a line of handmade soaps that are produced in the traditional manner by a master soap maker in France. Vegetable-based, color and paraben free, the line consists of a few specific collections, incorporating such ingredients as essential oils, mountain-made honey, clay, tea, and seaweed.

Each soap is wrapped in a sheath of paper with a line of stitching and minimalist tag. The brand’s interest in print and paper work, married with superior formulations, make for a refined and especially beautiful product.

Available at Cousu de Fil Blanc, as well as Colette, $12/bar

Picnic Table by Gamfratesi for Ligne Roset

Copenhagen-based design studio GamFratesi continues their working relationship with French manufacturer Ligne Roset by way of the “Picnic” side table. This straightforward design reintroduces a traditional, utilitarian sewing-style table as a bold piece of everyday furniture.

Constructed of black-stained ash, the practical table offers both storage and a support handle that allows it to be moved with ease; the gentle curves of the upper compartment and handle are balanced by the strictness of the frame on which the table stands.

Available by order at Ligne Roset stores, $1100

Woodcut by Bryan Nash Gill

Bryan Nash Gill is a Connecticut-based artist who creates relief prints from cross sections of fallen or damaged wood, as well as tree’s burls, knots, and branches. In his book Woodcut, Gill’s large-scale prints are reproduced in a more humble format, on handsome matte-finish paper. The detailed prints are not only mesmerizing, but serve as a recorded history of each tree’s life. As children, we often find trees fascinating, from their grandeur to the science of their rings; in this book, the poignancy of a tree’s story is revisited and honored through the artist’s craft.

In addition to an eloquent introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg, the book also allows Gill to describe the labor-intensive, often difficult printmaking process he employs.

More at: Bryan Nash Gill