Thursday, May 27


Horsehair ("Rosshaar") mattresses handmade in Berlin.

The designer and craftsman, Daniel Heer, learned the trade from his great-grandfather's saddle and mattress factory in his hometown Lucerne, Switzerland.

Early advert from the Heer Family horsehair mattress company in Lucerne. Straightforward and earnest, just like the product.

The factory. 
We are enamored with the idea of living on idyllic Lake Lucerne , laboring over leather saddles and sculpting mattresses with horsehair, sailing and trekking through Alpine towns on weekends. With an Eichhof beer in hand. So perfect.

Heer takes one full day to stuff each mattress, carefully, to achieve perfect form. Like many traditional, hands-on trades, it's wonderfully meditative work.

Heer mattresses have at least 33 pounds of it. Evidently, these "rosshaar" mattresses provide incredible spinal support, naturally regulate body temperature, are glue and toxin-free, and will last you 100 years. 

Studio in Kreutzberg, Berlin.

Heer also has a popular line of leather bags, following the same principle of simple, well-crafted products using superior raw materials.

Photos from Sight Unseen, who wrote a fantastic article on Daniel Heer's mattresses.

Saturday, May 22


David Lynch. The Straight Story

Dennis Hopper. Easy Rider.

Ridley Scott. Thelma & Louise.

Wim Wenders. Paris, Texas.

Jean-Luc Godard. Pierrot Le Fou.

Wim Wenders. Paris, Texas.

Norman Rockwell.Coming, Going.

Wes Anderson. The Darjeeling Limited.

Jim Jarmusch. Stranger Than Paradise.

It's the season of the road trip.

We especially love the misadventures of the classic, dirty American road trip. The aimless tour of greyhound bus stops, red-neck gas stations, and cheap motels. Two-dollar dinners, rolled-down windows, blow pops, and garbled radio.

For our next road trip, we want to be re-reading Denis Johnson's Angels and listening to Kurt Vile's Freeway on repeat.

Tuesday, May 18


So we're by no means scouts for newbie talent, but Alexandra Karamallis recently caught our eye with her amazingly bold yet delicate knits. She just graduated with a BFA in textile design from RISD and with experience at Diane von Furstenberg and Ralph Lauren, who would doubt her penchant for good design?
Check it...

Saturday, May 15


Greensboro, North Carolina.

A place we still call home.

Tuesday, May 4


We would like to try to be a part of these worlds.

Marcel Dzama. Untitled (2006).

Marcel Dzama. Untitled (2003).

Max Ernst. The Master's Bedroom is Worth Spending a Night In (1920).

Henry Darger. 

Henry Darger.

Hieronymus Bosch. The Garden of Earthly Delights, center panel of tryptich (c. 1500).