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I’ve been noticing a surge in really cool desk accessories and it’s making me realize I need to do something about my desk situation. Herman Miller’s line of desk accessories, Formwork, is gorgeous.

 

Hellloooo… desk envy. Am I right? 

 

(via designy things - images Herman Miller)

RAD AND HUNGRY Lo-Fi Adventures
Desert Life – A Mini Tour of Quincy, WA


I went to college in a small town in Eastern Washington. For four years, 8-10 times a year, I drove between Seattle and Walla Walla. I hated the drive – until my senior year. A shift happened during the drive back to college after winter break. I went from hating the natural landscape of Eastern Washington to loving it. The massive fields of turned soil, yellow grains, and sage that extend to the horizon on both sides… The desert landscape that seemed picked over, that reminded me of death suddenly looked golden and rich.

I’m stoked to share our mini tour of Quincy. It’s small-town USA at it’s best. One of everything, spread out. A city laid out like a ginormous grocery store with half-empty shelves that’s built bigger than necessary – but when you got that much land, it’s hard not to sprawl. It’s personal space where one block seems too close yet too far away.
 

 

You’ll be hittin’ up spots recommended by locals. Why? Because when a local recommends THE spot he gets his grub on, you listen. When he mentions that it’s a hole-in-the-wall spot servin’ up authentic Mexican food AND it’s next to the town USPS, you go! We knew we were golden when we pulled up to the second recommended spot – the town ice cream shop – and spied a father gripping a brown bag full of popsicles with one hand and holding his son’s hand with the other. We didn’t have to read their business card, “The best ice cream bars and popsicles in the state – Mexican style!” to know it!
 

 

The Cave B Yurts may be a splurge but everything else on the itinerary is dirt cheap. So if you’re like me and don’t do camping but wanna get down with nature, head East and get your glamp on!

oxxo, Hen

 

1 // hike the TRAIL to Wild Horse Monument

Vantage, WA / Open year-round, weather permitting.

 

Take I-90 East, Exit 139 and follow signs to Wild Horse Monument. You’ll spy the 15 bigger-than-life steel horses from the highway. But the view from below is nothing compared to standing next to them, surrounded by sage, wild flowers, and the Columbia River. You’ll be swallowed by the vastness of the canyons and it’s awesome. To the west, peep the Gingko Petrified Forest State Park. Pro tip – before you climb up, swap out your sandals for sneakers. It’s a short but steep and rocky trail to the top of the ridge (1 mile, round trip).

 

 

2 // eat MEXICAN FOOD at Tacos Jalisco & Carniceria

22 C Street SW, Quincy WA 98848 / (509) 787-1466 / Tue to Sun, 9 am - 8:45 pm

 

Don’t be fooled by the decor, this Mexican grocery shop/deli serves grubbin’ food. Split a few tacos and a torta. Order horchata (trust us – just do it). And don’t look crazy when your order is rung up – the prices are that good. Grab a few groceries on your way out (conchas!). You’ll need snacks for later and can grab breakfast for tomorrow morning.

 

 

3 // grab MEXICAN STYLE ICE CREAM at Paleteria La Michoacana

6 D Street SW, Quincy WA 98848 / (509) 787-0873 

Daily, 10 am - 7:30 pm (8 pm if they’re busy)

 

Be prepared – bring a cooler. Go crazy with the popsicles, order one of each flavor. For $1.50 a pop, why not! And don’t forget to try their ice cream. If you’re a fan of Mexican sweets heavy on the salt and chili powder, try their mangoneada. Served in a huge cup with a jumbo skewer, it’s part popsicle, part slushie – chunks of mango mixed with chili powder, lime, salt and a sour, spicy sauce called chamoy.

 

 

4 // drink WINE at Cave B Estate Winery

344 Silica Rd NW Quincy, WA 98848 / (509) 785-3500 

Summer Hrs Mon - Sat 11 AM - 7 PM, Sun 10 AM - 6 PM

 

Turn the desert life up a notch with a wine tasting. Find your way to the Quincy Tasting Room and shell out $7 for a Cave B wineglass and 10 tastings, 5 whites and 5 reds. No appointment necessary.

Don’t rush it – drink in everything around you. Grab a bottle of wine, a block of cheese, a box of crackers, and the salami plate (all available for sale in the tasting room, at reasonable prices) to take back to your yurt for dinner.

 

 

 

5 // sleep in a YURT at Cave B Inn

344 Silica Rd NW Quincy, WA 98848 / Reservations (888) 785-2283

 

In the middle of a vineyard, with the Columbia Gorge 20 ft from your door stop, you’ll discover a different sort of mecca. Gorgeous yurts framed with sustainable Douglas Fir, a king-sized bed, private bathroom (fully operating showers!!), concrete floor, A/C, patio with chairs… wi-fi?! But the best part? The skydome! Stargazing from bed.

 

 

Wake up early the next morning, brew some coffee or make tea (included in each yurt), bust out the conchas, and eat breakfast outside. Soak in the calm morning air. Totally refreshed (unless you hit the wine a little too hard), squeeze in a short hike down through the gorge to the banks of the Columbia River (1.5 hours, round trip). It’s a steep hike and depending the time of the year, it can be scorching hot. Make sure to pack sunscreen and plenty of water. Ask the front desk staff for a map and fill up your water bottle. Or ask for a complimentary bottle of water. And don’t be surprised by the old car and desk at the bottom of the hike – remnants of a homestead from the 1960’s!

 

 

When you’re deep in the gorge, where all the buildings disappear… embrace it. That’s the Yurt Life.

Yurt Life is a state of mind – and its home turf be summer. Grab an STMT X USA Kit and find an adventure!
 
(photo RAD AND HUNGRY - STMT X USA Kit)

Yurt Life is a state of mind – and its home turf be summer. Grab an STMT X USA Kit and find an adventure!

 

(photo RAD AND HUNGRY - STMT X USA Kit)

Can’t stop obsessing over Hannah Waldron’s woven maps! The maps operate less as a guide for exploring a city – instead they map a journey. Her journey through various cities around the world.

 

Totally inspired. How can we map the RAH World Tour in an equally personal and rad way?

 

From top to bottom – Kreuzberg, Germany / NYC, USA / Venice, Italy / To Houshi Onsen, Japan. 

 

(images Hanna Waldron)

RAH X TILAL – PITCHIN’ PITCHES

 

World Cup 2014 ended but I still got World Cup on my mind. Belgium eliminating the US? Totally heartbreaking but I’m still beaming with pride over Tim Howard’s amazing performance. Hello?! 16 saves – the most saves in a match in World Cup history! Yes, I fully endorse Howard for Secretary of Defense of the United States.  

 

Once the US vs Belgium match was announced, Pablo Hannon of Hectica / Things I Like a Lot  suggested another World Cup collab. A second collab seemed fated since our home countries were set to battle. And really, why stop at one when our first World Cup collab was so much fun? Pablo suggested that we rethink the fútbol pitch. The goal? Design 4 pitches in 45 minutes of playtime. How would we change the design? How would the design change gameplay? Game on!

 

SHAPES

 

When something is so ingrained, when it’s the only way, how do you change it up? My approach – change the basic shape of the fútbol pitch. Replace the rectangle with differents shapes, all equally elementary in form.

Square — 2 cross field running goalies and 2 players do 4 sets of 15 minutes.
 Circle — The circle is the goal and scoring points are added depending on the angle/slice it is shot from.
 Hexagon — No goalie, 2 x 3 players have 30 minutes to score as many goals as possible without stopping the game. A high fence stops the ball from going out.
 Rectangle — Only 1 player of each team is allowed in the stretched triangle, the goalie in his own rectangle and the rest is the rest.
 

Play

 

Pablo’s approach? Play. Perfectly Pablo. Check out his blog post for his take on the design-off!

2 x 3 — Each team has 3 players. The keeper needs to take risk and escape his zone to form triangles towards the other goal. Corners are given in the 1/3rd circle. The ball can not cross the mid line via a pass or a kick to the goal.
 Dutchy — Every half another team defends the only goal there is.
 Back to Back — Both goals are placed back to back. Teams are formed of 1 keeper and 4 players. This game is played at the equator only and between 11h30 and 12h30 to have 90° straight shadows.
 Corner — This game emphasises the skills of taking a good corner and counter attacking instantly. A corner is dangerous for both teams.
 Speedy — The field is exactly the same as now, only there is a plexi glass ice hockey shield on the long sides. Attack speed is increased.

 

So tell us – what do you think of our pitches? Do they inspire you to go play?

I dream of having a desk free of clutter… no more stacks of receipts, sketches, and other loose sheets of paper. But until that day happens, I want a stylie organizer that can control the sprawl! I need the Paolino paper holder from Italian design studio Sopa

 

(via designboom)

Famous Creatives and Their Favorite Writing and Drawing Instruments 

 

A Full Range of Tools that May or May Not Surprise you.


How stoked are we that the classic BIC mechanical pencil is a favorite tool of artist Fernando Santangelo?! Paired with the Pilot Precise V5, he uses a BIC mechanical pencil for smudging to create a "more sculptural, impressionistic" look. Leave it to Santangelo to elevate a daily diet design tool.

 

Interior decorator Fernando Santangelo's pick – a Pilot Precise V5 and Bic mechanical pencil. 

 

Jewelry designer Maria Black's pick – a Staedtler .05 mechanical pencil.
 Graphic designer Milton Glaser's pick – a Koh-I-Noor multi-colored Magic Pencil.
 Architect Kulapat Yantrasast’s pick – a bowl of Sharpies .
 Fashion designer Manolo Blahnik's pick –  Daler-Rowney paintbrushes.
 Industrial designer Peter Ragonetti's pick – ballpoint pens.
 Illustrator Roz Chast’s pick – Rapidograph pen.
 Landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith's pick – pencils.

 

Why these tools? Read the NY Times article, Creative Types From Manolo Blahnik to Milton Glaser on Their Favorite Writing and Drawing Instruments. 

OMG! OMG! Cats as sushi? ‘Cause why not!

 

They even star in their own movie, A Magical Combination – The Adventures of the Sushi Cat. Watch it NOW!

 

(via designboom)

Something so perfect about this series of prints from Korean illustrator Boyoun Kim. I want ‘em all!

 

(via The Jealous Curator)

Desert Memos

 

This is what happens when you travel to a yurt in the desert and read Barry Lopez.


Drive east on highway 90, past suburbia and floating bridges until you hit the top, the mountain pass with the ski resort to the north and the long lake to your south. Everything looks the same for a while, until suddenly the trees stop. One second they’re there, the next, they’re not. You’ve left one Washington and entered another – the alien half, the desert half.

RAD AND HUNGRY - Desert Memo - Gorge

 

Time in the desert slows. Your walking is different, your breath is different – languid, pronounced. Not labored, just more aware. You’re more aware of everything here, like the missing humidity had to be replaced by something, a sixth sense still undiscovered by forest-dwelling city folk.

 RAD AND HUNGRY - Desert Memo - Yurts

 

A collection of yurts in the middle of a desert winery. Glamping at its best. Adirondacks and wine and tawny rabbits nibbling on sage. Twenty feet from your door, the descent to the bottom of a gorge – the river below receded, hexagonal tiles baked into the dried mud. And wouldn’t you know it, down here with the lizards and the snakes and the cactus flowers, sits one beat up desk, gradually becoming the desert. The office-supply life, it follows you everywhere. 
 RAD AND HUNGRY - Desert Memo - Desk

 

Everything feels new and familiar and BIG. The vast space opens your brain and invites you to float from one thought to the next until you settle like pink dusk in the night. Record the thoughts acquired during such downtime, such non-thinking. Sift through them later, see what you find. Back to reality, desert memories rest heavy on the brain. 
 RAD AND HUNGRY - Desert Memo - Sunset

 

This is what happens when you read Barry Lopez shortly after your visit to the desert. You start speaking in second person, giving directives, knowing full well most people won’t end up in a yurt in the middle of the desert, day-dreaming and scheming. But then again, is that the point? Yurt Life is a state of mind – and its home turf be summer.

 

(STMT X USA Sourcing Trip - photos RAD AND HUNGRY and LD Oxford)