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The World Clock Project

It isn't exactly clock day at JoshSpear.com (see the review of San Francisco's Clock Bar from earlier), but we need to update you about The World Clock Project. Launched earlier this year by the guys at Iridesco, this fun project of collecting pictures of clocks from around the world for every minute of the day has amassed plenty of big hands. Check out the site and submit a picture, or have a look at the flickr group. While you’re at it don’t forget to check out Hear, Hear — an online magazine Iridesco publishes about innovative small businesses in New York City. Now if we could only get the Clock Bar to submit a photo to the World Clock Project then we could have blog harmony.

Cargo's Unconventional Convention

The term “trade show” is often associated with large, impersonal convention spaces, a sea of promotional booths, and spokesmodels galore. Cargo, a new alternative boutique trade show taking place on July 21st and 22nd at Rewind in NYC’s Lower East Side, flips that notion on its head. The exhibition features products from Amivectio, FLÃœD, and triko. Cargo has also replaced the traditional trade show setting with a more relaxed environment, opting for a lounge setting where exhibitors and buyers alike can chill and do business. Unfortunately for the tired, huddled masses, admission is only available to related industry professionals and not the general public. But, we have a feeling that could be you.

Cookies-n-Cream Tees

The thought of indulging in Cookies-n-Cream is always a sweet proposition, but after peeping a peak at the hot new line of tees by the company adorned with our favorite ice cream flavor’s moniker, it’s an even tastier suggestion. The New York-based lifestyle brand Cookies-n-Cream is the product of two creative minds, Scrills and P., who, inspired by their love of ice cream and baked goods, have put together some delicious designs ready to be eaten up by an eager public. While their designs are currently only available at the Young Designers market on Mulberry Street in New York’s Nolita Section, you should soon be able to pick up their precious wares at their website, BakedinNY.com. Mmmm mmmm good.

Os Gemeos: Too Far Too Close

In other Brazilian art news, but more accessible to y’all: The Os Gemeos are currently showing their Too Far Too Close exhibition at Deitch Projects (their second solo show at the gallery) in NYC. After all you’ve been hearing about them, it’s a good opportunity to experience the phenomenon first hand. The twins have built a city inside their art space, which functions as the base for new work, including installations and paintings within which their trademark yellow people live. You have until August 9th — and you’d be seriously lame to miss this.

Mira Nameth

Mira Nameth is the type of artist who everyone loves. Her works are classic, drawing the attention of illustration snobs, my mother and everyone in between. It shouldn't be a surprise that she has worked with the likes of Coke, Absolut and Clinique. Her works often depict characters interlaced with floral patterns that bloom through the paper through simple details. She currently calls New York home, but has roots in Sweden and gained inspiration from Asia. Check out a really great interview at designtaxi.com and her website for some really amazing stuff.

Speartalks: Public School

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Rebellion, in any form, has a few consistent characteristics. The color black, for instance, is a common accomplice, as are hot tempers, cool demeanors, and five o'clock shadows. However, the most important element to rebellion is the one thing that has nothing to do with its surface, and everything to do with its soul.

That thing is energy, and it manifests itself in art, words, sounds, and "“ we would argue "“ in the new men's fashion line Public School. Founded by Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, two Sean John ex-pats, Public School embraces the attitude of young New York, utilizing the creative rebellion of the city's well-cultivated steam as its source of inspiration.

As Public School draws closer to its second season, it has become apparent that the line's expertly directed construction, touchable materials, and lust-worthy lines are here to stay. Join us as we chat with its two designers about their goals, their drive, and what it takes to make it all come together.

Joshspear.com: The way you describe Public School on the website is almost philosophical. Can you tell us a little bit more about the brand's approach to culture, energy, and change?

Public School: Everything we do is a product of the culture we are immersed in. Music, film, art and fashion – its all energy, energy that we use for inspiration and try to put back into the world through our product.

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Stanley Ruiz: The New Organic

The first time we heard the words “warm organic material against cold steel” we began to romanticize about an afternoon trip to the gun range with Dirty Harry — which is rather strange seeing as we don’t consider ourselves the violent type. Thankfully, we snapped out of it when we saw those words were accompanied by pictures of Stanley Ruiz‘s stunning design collection entitled, “The New Organic. ” Taking his inspiration from improv music, Henry David Thoreau, and walking (a classic combo), Ruiz employed the rudimentary tools at his disposal. He hand-assemble raw elements like twigs and machined parts into an inventive collection of wares that manage to fuse craft and industry into something as simple as a necklace or a clock. If you want to get a peak at Ruiz’s creations, we recommend heading to the ICFF New York this week, where the Brooklyn-based designer will be launching The New Organic as part of the designboom Mart.

Siren Festival Poster x Paul Antonson

The 8th Annual Siren Music Festival in Coney Island is coming by land, by sea, and by giant Medusa-headed woman. Paul Antonson has designed this mythic sideshow scenario, and in the process has outdone himself in creating the fest’s poster art. Let’s see: mermen? Check. Man-eating octopus. Check. Creature from the Black Lagoon going unplugged? Check. The unfortunate fact is that nothing — save the rickety carnival rides and the guitar — will actually appear at the Village Voice‘s music extravaganza. But there will be Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, The Helio Sequence, and Broken Social Scene. That’s pretty epic, right? Head out on the F train July 19th for fun, food, rock, and mutant sea life. What’s that Village Voice? Oh. Just fun, food and rock.

The Center of Something

Living in New York is more or less a tale of two cities. It’s either a center-of-the-universe tourist trap or the place that millions of us call home. For city dwellers there are certain unspoken truths that are common knowledge, yet remain less apparent to those visiting. You can’t read about them on any “I Love New York” T-shirt or learn about them on any Grey Line tour bus. However, if you find yourself in town from May 30th from June 15th you might just gain some insight into the five boroughs from Chris Rubino’s The Center of Something Exhibit at Chashama on West 44th Street. The Brooklyn-based artist/designer (read more about him here) has created an installation highlighting an assortment of “souvenirs” that combine the fantasy of tourism with the realism of actually living here. In addition to souvenirs, Rubino also uses hand drawn screenprints of maps, advertisements, and signage to create a strange melding of both worlds. Catch the opening night reception on May 30th from 6 to 9 p.m, to get a first hand look … before the tourist throngs.

Mochi from MoMA's Destination Japan

The Japanese have a penchant for creating unique characters. They’ve more or less made brand mascots into an art form — just ask anyone who has become addicted to Pokemon or Hello Kitty. When MoMA announced that they’d be releasing their Destination Japan product collection, it seemed only natural that it have its own brand identity creature. Thanks to toy designer and retailer Kidrobot (along with Japanese design studio Devilrobots) they now have Mochi. Not only is Mochi a welcomed addition to the kawaii (cute) mascots menagerie, but eager collectors are already lusting after him (her? it?). The limited edition Mochi toy can be purchased at the MoMA store along with tons of other Eastern-inspired products. Get yours now!

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