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Up until recently I have considered American Hot Rods to be crass and a bit tasteless but my eyes have been opened to a specific style that I can very much appreciate. I won’t bore you with what I think makes a nice Hot Rod but needless to say Christopher Wilson’s brilliant photos contain a few. His other photos, ones that don’t contain cool Hot Rods, are also spectacular.

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This guy knows his way around a pen and a bit of paper — via Booooooom

Despite the less-than-ideal photos that don’t do his work justice, Jay Howell still manages to impress and amuse. You will have a really fun time looking round his blog/website I am sure.

As a die-hard Land Rover fan I should hate this but, alas, I don’t. Icon’s new addition, the CJ is a recreation of the old ‘flat fender’ Willys Jeep but updated to a more modern specification.

The Johnny Cash Project is a unique communal work, a living portrait of the Man in Black. Through their interactive website, participants may digitally draw their own portrait of Johnny Cash over a selection of randomly generated frames which are then integrated into a collective whole. As people all over the world contribute, the project continues to evolve and grow, one frame at a time. The results so far are superb, there’s a real mood and edge to the combined monotone stills that connects with Cash’s track Ain’t No Grave which deals heavily with themes of mortality, resurrection, and everlasting life.

A good landscape should not be underestimated and Matthew Turley has some brilliant shots of very beautiful locations.

Glen got in touch about his new project – RePrint; a site where they provide a variety of templates to print onto the back of old printouts to get a second use out of them. To kick things off RePrint are releasing 2 quarterly calendars, a weekly and a monthly version. Download and print them as often as you want to. All for free! – www.re-print.me

Here’s Molly Schiot’s latest animation in response to Nowness and The IdeaLists open call for a fashion short. Schiot has animated Miu Miu’s 2011 Resort Collection by giving life to the seasons polka dots and hearts theme – clever and cute.

Quenched Consciousness is a cracking little Tumblog exploring the work of Jean Giraud, aka Gir, aka Moebius. Some NSFW, btw. Thanks to @TomGauld for the twitteration

The graceful beauty of a traditional Japanese stone garden is the prime inspiration for the new Lomo LC-A+ White Japan Edition. The camera comes with a white edition of the Lomo L-Case. Limited Edition, worldwide only 1000 pieces available! via @grafikmag

KAMKAM is a design group located in Seoul, Korea, made up of three members – Hyunjin Seo, Jaekyoung Kim and Jaehoon Jung. Their recent piece ‘An Furniture’ is inspired by AX sheets of paper (A3, A4, A5, etc), which uses the same “Golden Ratio” principle to create a distinctive, economical piece of furniture. Me Like! Nicked from DeZeen.

I don’t know much about this bike tbh! If like me you don’t speak any Italian, you could just marvel at its beauty.

Gio from Orcellana has been in touch to clarify:
“The Orcellana is our Spicciola frame, single speed or fixed with Columbus tubes, entirely hand paint with Meissen style decor and seems made of china”. – More information here

David Taylor treads the line between silversmith, product designer and artist. While his one off products and made to order products are simply beautiful some of the other items on his site are very humorous. Everything looks incredibly well crafted.

According to their website I-WAY has a spa, restaurant, bar and some sort of corporate seminar space but who would care about any of that when they have 3 ‘zones’ dedicated to driving simulators; a rally zone, an F1 zone and an endurance zone. 18 cars in total each with 6 degrees of movement, it’s just a shame it’s in France.

Images from Design Boom.

Rock Music is a retrospective of the legendary photographer’s work documenting the most outrageous moments, people and legends in music history.

Celebrated as ‘The Man Who Shot the 70s’, Mick Rock’s images define rock n’ roll. Rock launched his career in 1972 with his portrait of an unknown David Bowie and spent the next four decades capturing the most fascinating and exciting characters in rock music. Coinciding with the publication of Rock’s new book Exposed: the Faces of Rock n’ Roll (available to purchase in the gallery), Rock: Music includes many previously unseen and unpublished images, as well as rare and unexpected portraits from some of Mick’s classic shoots.

11th November to 16th January 2011 at the Idea Generation Gallery

RCA Secret is a unique annual exhibition and sale of original postcard-sized art, made by professional artists, designers and illustrators, plus current postgraduate students at the Royal College of Art.

2800 postcards are displayed anonymously and are signed on the reverse, so that the artist remains a secret until after the cards are purchased and their signature is revealed.

Over 1,000 artists have donated work to RCA Secret this year, including Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Yoko Ono, Jake Chapman, Olafur Eliasson, Yinka Shonibare, Sir Peter Blake, John Baldessari, fashion designers Manolo Blahnik, Mary Quant and Sir Paul Smith, animator Nick Park, photographer David Bailey, film maker Mike Leigh and designers Ron Arad and James Dyson, as well as students and graduates from the Royal College of Art.

Each postcard costs £45 and a maximum of four cards may be purchased per person.

Holy fudge… this is incredible! Real Magick in Theory and Practice by Peter Crnokrak is a silk screen print, with hand-applied gold foil. ‘…the lattice structure is printed in super matte black ink on a gloss plastic – gives it a 3D floating, otherworldly quality.’

Found this on September Industry – if you get chance it’s worth reading the full post (& comments too), interesting stuff.

Ok, I admit, this post is predominantly about celebrating the beauty of the Bertone pictured, but the rest of Benedict’s portfolio is definitely worth a look.

So I stumbled across the Shwood site yesterday and have been drooling ever since. With their classic Wayfarer styling and refined aesthetics, these shades are an instant classic. Made from sustainably-harvested wood ( Zebrawood and East Indian Rosewood ) and housing optical quality lenses ( Carl Zeiss or Polarized ) these shades mix timeless style with the luxuriousness of exotic hardwoods. Starting at $95.00 I think these are a must buy, once the sun decides to show his face in the new year!

Coralie Bickford-Smith is a senior cover designer at Penguin Books, where she has created several series designs. Recently these designs by Bickford-Smith for the F. Scott Fitzgerald series were released under the Penquin Classics label (The Great Gadsby, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). They are beautiful. Definitely putting them on my Christmas list.