It has been a terrible 48 hours in the world so to keep things light-hearted this evening, we’re sharing another post by [Colossal] Since we’ve been shelter-in-place the amount of doggies I’ve seen around the city have been few and far between. Seeing these wooden pieces of different breeds by Misato Sano was enough to cheer me up. Joy from these pieces span a number of reasons for me. I think they’d make great one-of-a-kind home decor pieces for one. They also have the best expressions and there’s a piece for everyone since they come in a variety of breeds. Here are just a few of my favorites:
We still would not be producing pies that even match a 1/4 of what these pieces of work are. In quarantine, my friends fall into two categories. Everyone is spending much more time in the kitchen and while half are cooking meals for themselves, the other half lean more into the baking. I keep hearing the same thing. Bakers are more skilled. Everything they make has a greater level of detail and precision. With cooking, you can kind of throw things together with it still working. The same cannot be said for bread, pastries, and all of the above. That statement continues to ring true as we dig into the work of Karin Pfeiff-Boschek’s pies.
I’m stunned as I view photos of these pies because they are truly pieces of art. I would feel intimidated just having a slice; I’m not even sure if I could! Each one of her pies is topped with some kind of intricate design whether it’s done with fruit or more dough. To view more of what she’s been creating during quarantine, visit her [Instagram]
In what will be their most inclusive release yet, Crayola is releasing a box dedicated entirely to skin tones. Announced by Crayola, the box is for children to “accurately color themselves into the world.” The pack, called “Colors of the World,” will include 24 new crayons.
“With the world growing more diverse than ever before, Crayola hopes our new Colors of the World crayons will increase representation and foster a greater sense of belonging and acceptance. We want the new Colors of the World crayons to advance inclusion within creativity and impact how kids express themselves.”
The new crayons will be released this coming July, but you can begin preorders [here.] I really love the messaging behind this release. As a child with my crayons, this was always something that was challenging for me.
By the time 2020 is over, I’m never going to want to hear the words “social distancing” again. Despite how frequently it comes up, it by no means diminishes how important it is. As countries start to recover and begin their re-opening process, I’m curious to see how they approach it. Last month we shared how [Singapore] was tackling this and in my opinion, they set the bar high. Above, the Izu Shabonten Zoo in Shizuoka, Japan has filled their restaurant with the cutest and most cuddly stuffed critters. Honestly, this seems like something I’d be okay with even without the pandemic. Wouldn’t you agree that this beats filling seats with blow up dolls? The plushies aren’t just there for a cute visual though. They’re being used to mark appropriate safe distances for diners within the restaurant.
In another part of the world, a restaurant in Sweden offers a very different, but more isolated experience. Earlier this month, a chef-husband and wife duo opened up a new concept that allowed diners to be in a bucolic field and receive their meal via basket and clothes line. Completely contactless!
And back home, a little bit more locally San Francisco parks are adopting the 6ft apart circles inspired by Brooklyn’s parks. Pictured above is Dolores Park in the Mission, but these circles created this past Thursday just in time for the long weekend are living at three other parks within the city. Don’t let your guard down just yet; these circles are meant for groups that are still within the same household of each other.
Due to COVID-19, the rise in video calls has soared more than ever before. I remember even earlier this year before all of this happened, a coworker of mine told me that she regularly does FaceTime with her group of girlfriends every Saturday morning to figure out their plans for the day. I couldn’t even remember the last time I had used FaceTime and video calls that weren’t for work were rare. These days, it’s a constant. There is no shortage of channels that people can use to connect with others and that number is growing. After Facebook announced that they’d let their Messenger users video chat with 50 people, Instagram has now decided to hop on board.
For the time being, the feature is only enabled in the United States, but is expected to become more widely available. Your only prerequisite is to have Facebook Messenger already downloaded since it will be an integration of the two platforms.
Before this year, I didn’t know that May was Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage month. While it has been a slow journey for me to become more acquainted with my culture and history, I know now I can appreciate this much more at my age. I think some of this has to do with the environment I grew up in and not having that kind of community until after graduating college and starting my career. Without even knowing how special this month was, we got into Korean drama all on our own and started to read and watch pieces that were all tied to the celebration of this month. By no means do I think that means I’ve done all the work that there is, but I’m excited to continue educating myself. I’ve really been enjoying this and have shared a majority of them here with you all!
Studio Ghibli Producer is Giving Free Drawing Lessons Online [High Snobiety]
Trump’s Refusal to cover up actually reveals his greatest fears [The Cut]
An enormous wave installation has landed at the Seoul Aquarium and we can’t stop watching this video of it. From the outside, the waves look like they are contained to the glass structure and are crashing into the windows. However, as an individual walking by, the waves will look massive, but you won’t be able to hear the installation. That’s because the installation is an anamorphic illusion. Designed by digital agency, [District] the piece was created using an advertising screen.
I’m a sucker for anything that combines two things that I like. In a new collaboration, plants can now live in these ceramic pots designed to look like a sacai x Nike sneaker. Colored in off-white, [Bodega Rose] designed these pots to be a replica of the original product. This planter along with one resembling the Prada hat were released this morning and are already sold out on their [website] With some luck, maybe you’ll catch them again when they restock or find something else on the site for yourself. Whatever the case, this item is getting put on our want list for now. Why have a regular pot when you can have this one?