I know a lot of people, including myself, who have a weakness for great design and bubble tea. While this post has nothing to do with the latter, I wish to bring some of my favorite brands, artists & products to light. This time around I will leave out mainstream-underground artists like Banksy. So here goes the list of heroes:
– Bike Furniture: Located in Marquette, Michigan, Bike Furniture Design designs and manufactures furniture made from recycled bicycle parts like aluminum bicycle rimes, handlebars, frames, etc.
– Viktor Koen: He is a graphic design & illustration genius. Born in Greece and design schooled both in Jerusalem and NYC, Viktor is a faculty member at the Parsons School of Design among other things. Some of his customers include Rolling Stone, National Geographic, IBM, Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Records, Harper Collins, Los Angeles Times, etc.
– Shift Racing: Shift is part of Fox Racing, one of the world leaders in racing gear. With it’s cult following, Shift manages to stay ahead of the motorsports game through sharp and stylish designs that do not compromise on comfort and functionality. It manages to be leader of the pack in the most tortuous and demanding world of motocross. Turns out motocross racers are fitter than athletes on track or American football and soccer players given the high heart rate that they maintain for over 30 minutes, twice a day.
–Upper Playground: My pet brand with a ton of attitude and street cred. These guys not only sell, clothes and accessories, they also sell films (DVDs of artists, their life, love, & passion), furnitures and books. On top of that, they also have a cool blog. No wonder Yelp is going crazy with reviews.