29 November 2008

Phonofone II New in store

From seeing the Phonofone back in January at the New York gift show we immedialy fell in love with the Phonofone. This beautiful ceramic mp3 player designed by Science and Sons ideal in a living space at a perfect volume for backdrop music, no more shouting over friends with this player

Through passive amplification alone, These unique pieces instantly transform any personal music player + earbuds into a sculptural audio console.

Without the use of external power or batteries, the Phonofone inventively exploits the virtues of horn acoustics to boost the audio output of standard earphones to up to 55 decibles* (or roughly the maximum volume of laptop speakers)

Upon connecting active earphones to the Phonofone their trebly buzzing is instantly and profoundly transformed into a warm, rich and resonant sound.

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We got us some new stationary

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Missing: Constructive Lives pt 2

So we at Bnn have been busy living a Constructive Live.

On the 8th of Nov saw Constructive Lives assault the kings road with our guerilla style pop up shop for christmas.

Closes end of january.

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25 November 2008

The Rock

While doing the daily bnn facebook we log on this morning to see Mr. Peter Dean Rickards gone dun it again. If he isn’t spoiling us with his beautiful photography or have us benning up with laughter to "how could she slap" Now he takes on Sotheby’s selling an original Bansky. How did he get his hands on that you may ask? since he residing in Jamaica. As well as shoredich and other parts of the world Banksy likes to do his ting on vacation, so while he was in Jamaica rats and birds started to appear.

Now Peter see de ting on the people dem wall... and we will let him explain

It was a non-eventful day when he actually drew them. He bought some construction paper from a local pharmacy and cut the stuff out. Then he drew this stencil of a girl on an exterior wall and some rabbits on the inside the pub itself. I kind of just stood there taking his picture because it was something to do. I had already captured his face back at a local music studio where he had done some other stuff so this was just extra. I didn’t really think much of it. I mean I live in a place where people get shot for marking up people’s walls (usually with a paintbrush), so a few sprayed stencils on the wall of a pub didn’t strike me as particularly interesting.

Later when I heard how much his stuff was selling for, I contemplated going back and chopping the wall down. It was there for years and I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought about doing it. Mona road is heavily traveled by a lot of foreign students on their way to the university so people from all over the world would often mention it, but nobody ever took the steps to cut it down…till this last August when I got a email from someone asking about my knowledge of the locations Banksy had tagged.

That’s when I figured I should probably go get it before someone else did.

The wall is the last remaining tag that he did in Jamaica that can be seen in public. It’s also the only remaining stencil that has the tag BANKSY on it. The other ones were:

A bridge in Charleton gully which was painted over.
A rusting old ship near the airport (a stencil of a skull, crossbones and the signature ‘Banksy’has since faded)

Buju Banton’s studio in Kingston ( where there is another ‘balloon girl’ and some flying insects.

The wall is 60 inches by 55 inches and about 7 inches thick. It weighs like 2000 pounds though that is just a guess. I spent the day getting a bunch of drunk guys to cut it down and raise it onto a flatbed truck tied to one of those sealtbelt-type industrial straps.

I was amazed that it didn’t smash to pieces which would have really been an incredible waste of energy and patience. All the guys in that video (including me) had no real idea how to cut the thing down (much less move it) and were completely impaired by the time we actually got it tied to a backhoe (borrowed from a nearby construction site).

Ironically, the damn thing almost fell on me in which case there would be a much funnier headline : Jamaican who revealed Banksy killed by falling artwork.

So now I have this wall sitting in a garage here in Kingston and the guy who owns the garage is pissed because the back part of his car doesn’t fit into the garage properly anymore (it’s a very small garage).

I was going to put it on display at Miami Art Basel this year but then it occurred to me that it would cost about 10k to ship over there and I really wouldn’t know what to tell customs as a value price…so instead, I’m not going to sell it.

Instead I’m selling the photographs of the excavation and giving the wall away to whoever buys the set. Since it has no declared value, you can get it out of here at the estimated value cost of $0.01 and then hoist it onto your wall at your mansion and have a big party with lots of coked-up models and invite the BBC.

The rock ......We beg you please watch

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20 November 2008

6 November 2008

The Day After

After yesterdays history changing day Peter Dean Rickards photographer and editor of lifestyle websites The Affiliated Yard and First captured the day after with these beautiful images of Harlem.

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4 November 2008


We at Bnn love a good cupcake, after trying cupcakes from John Lewis food Hall Lola's Kitchen cupcakes where you can get from Selfridges food hall and Crumbs and Doilies, but our new favourites are Hummingbird bakery on Portobello road the queues are sometimes out the door on Saturdays which can only be a good thing. The chocolate and the vanillas ones are pure indulgence and the frosting is just enough not to be sickly.

Also loving the Hummingbird Packaging.

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In the shop abc but not as you know it.

I wished my alphabet book looked like this when I was younger.

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Marion Bataille's ABC3D

Available from Constructive Lives £12.99

The Supremes

Currently loving these badges that accompany the V&A exhibition on The Supremes.

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