SIGNS THAT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS DON'T SUCK: THIS WILD MURAL OFF LARIMER

Yes, we've resurrected this theme for Sandwich posts: the un-suckiness of our neighborhoods. Here we call out this strange and beautiful mural on the backside of the Walnut Street Woodworks shop on the 3400 block of Walnut. The best place to see it is from Larimer between 34th and 35th in our rapidly changing Cole/5-Points/RiNo/whatever neighborhood, now home to the Populist, Nooch Vegan Market, Infinite Monkey Theorum winery, Black Shirt Brewing and much, much more. More posts will follow, especially as the weather improves and the days get longer and the after-work bike rides return to full swing.
 
WOODCUT BY BRYAN NASH GILL

Here's a pretty book, full of pretty prints and interesting process photos and how-to tips. We spend too much time working with wood, perhaps, but we almost never look at it like this: deeply detailed cross sections of whole trees, typically, but also prints made from machined lumber. More photos of pages from the book (atop our beloved Turtle work table in solid walnut) after the jump and even more through this link to Bryan Nash Gill's website.
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BATHROOM READING: WALLACE STEGNER'S ANGLE OF REPOSE

We recently wrapped up the tiling stage of a bathroom remodel—years in the making and, what with the missing toilet and door and vanity and whatnot, many months from completion. But the shower works beautifully and the tile is lovely and the light through the new glass block insert to the south is the best in the house. The passage is a bit from Wallace Stegner's classic Angle of Repose, a lifelong favorite of ours. It's from a climactic scene, as it were, and it's visceral and Western and the sentences are clear and declarative and true. Worth sitting for a brief spell to consider.
 
POSTED WITHOUT TOO MUCH COMMENT: THIS CUSTOM ARMADILLO COFFEE TABLE IN SOLID HICKORY

 
WILLIAM LAMSON AT MCA DENVER

We swung by the MCA Denver this weekend and happened on a lovely and odd film by William Lamson. The piece is called Action for the Delaware and to watch it just click on this text to link to his site or head over to the MCA before April 7, 2013. We've seen his work before and we're fans—he's got a fine eye for both beauty and absurdity (the Tillmans of Horsehead Crating are fans too, though we're not sure that's a recommendation). More images of other pieces from his site follow after the jump with more links to films and other information.
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TURTADILLO DINING TABLE IN STEEL

It was only a matter of time, really. Not for us to make this fine table in this fine material with this fine finish—we made the first one years ago—but for us to finally drag one into the "photo studio" to snap a proper catalog picture. This version in this color is a fan favorite of a particular regular customer and it's become one for us too. It's all welded and fastener-free, powder-coated in one bang shoot. We make them in this the 4-seater, plus a 6-seater and an 8-seater. Hell, we've even made a kitchen island in the style at 10-feet long. Totally handsome, unfussy and bomb-proof. So, steps one and two—the making and the photographing—down. Now we just need to do all the busy-ness that makes it a product someone can actually order. All in good time.
 
A PANINI PRESS FOR THE POST-APOCALYPTIC POTLUCK—OR THE APOTLUCKALYPANINI PRESS®

Below, for your endlessly looping gif pleasure, is our contribution to this year's Design After Dark, the annual fundraising extravaganza for the architecture, design, and graphics department of the Denver Art Museum. And below that is the 100-ish-word description we slapped on it for the event, though without proof in the form of an actual perfectly pressed sandwich you'll just have to take our 100-ish words for it. Or just wait until we throw the first of what will surely be an annual Apotluckalypse® parties, which we'll do as soon as we can find an Apocalypso band to provide the music.

Sure, the whole Mayan thing was a bust, but no doubt the End is still nigh. Whether the cause is biblical or climatic or nuclear or just an asteroid screaming from the sky, it’s bound to be toastingly hot. But hell, why not put a little potluck in the apocalypse and treat it like an Apotluckalypse®? And with this Apotluckalypanini Press® you'll be the hit of the party. This kit includes a panini press with stainless steel and brass cooking elements plus a coal-fired heating chimney and accompanying tools. Just scoop up a little smoldering rubble and the toasty melted deliciousness is just minutes away!

 
TOM SACHS: "NAUTICAL CHALLENGE" AND OTHER VOODOO

So the old one among us got a little older recently and to mark the occasion his way-too-good-for-him girlfriend drove his sorry ass to Aspen to see Tom Sachs's new show at Baldwin Gallery. The show's down now so this is really just an obnoxious "We saw a great show that you missed, suckers!" post and you're forgiven for thinking that getting older doesn't make you any more gracious or kind. Anyway, above are a couple shots of the installation and more follow after the jump.
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CHAIRY KHALENIAN INTO THE DAM'S PERMANENT COLLECTION

Well isn't that swell. First we lucked into the Design Lab show and now we've got two more pieces in the Denver Art Museum's permanent collection (to keep our MDF Roadrunner chair company in storage after What Is Modern? comes down in March of 2013). DAM associate curator of architecture, design and graphics Darrin Alfred acquired both a proper, Design Lab edition in the colors above at left and the one-and-only first working prototype above at right. Hot damn.
 
CHAIRY KHALENIAN IN ORANGEY LEATHER

Alas, the DAM show is down, Design Lab is no more. But on the upside we've got the pieces back and we've started dragging them into the photo studio for some proper pictures. Here, then, are the first pin-up ready shots of one version of our new chair, Chairy Khalenian, or CK side chair for short. It's named after someone we know, sort of, as are all of the new pieces in the new line we're developing. So, if you are that person and you happen to be reading this, we hope you don't mind. Really, it's meant to be flattering, with a little Pee-wee's Playhouse thrown in just for fun. More images, including an animated gif, after the jump.
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