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Obsession | Tiny Houses

Nov 12th, 2008 | Categories: Obsessions | by Michael Williams

As a resident of New York City I have been planning my escape from the urban jungle since about day two. Most of my day dreaming has centered on moving upstate or to Maine, at least somewhere rural. Enter the California based Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, which is a maker of, you guessed it, miniature homes. On the Tumbleweed website, founder Jay Shafer explains the idea of taking residence in a tiny home. “My decision to inhabit just 89 square feet arose from some concerns I had about the impact a larger house would have on the environment, and because I do not want to maintain a lot of unused or unusable space. My houses have met all of my domestic needs without demanding much in return. The simple, slower lifestyle my homes have afforded is a luxury for which I am continually grateful.” Sign me up. The little houses may be pricey as built by Tumbleweed, but you can always buy the plans and have your house built by the contractor of your choice.

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Obsession | The Selby

Jul 22nd, 2008 | Categories: Obsessions | by Michael Williams

A friend tipped me off to a newish website — a beautifully directed hybrid of style and shelter — called The Selby. The man behind the site, Mr. Todd Selby, selects stylish subjects to creatively document in their environment. The result, Domino meets W, is pure genius. Some of my favorite images below.

Mr. Sam Buffa of Freemans Sporting Club fame.





Obsession | Oobect

Jul 10th, 2008 | Categories: Obsessions | by Michael Williams

Ever since I decided to get in on the ffffound / NOTCOT game with The Material Review, I have been obsessed with all of the quirky instant-gratification websites that are floating around out there.

Then recently I discovered Oobject and life hasn’t been the same since. Literally, hours have been wasted browsing lists of cool objects. Design, vintage, tech and everything else you can imagine. A treasure of useless images and information. I love it.

Below are just some of the amazing groups of objects on the site.

Classic Sony designs





Obsession | Perot Charts

Jul 1st, 2008 | Categories: Obsessions, Random | by Michael Williams

There are certain things that I post on A Continuous Lean that I know many people aren’t really going to be interested in. File this Obsession under that premise.

One time presidential candidate and patriotic American Ross Perot recently launched an entire website dedicated to “charting government fiscal irresponsibility.” Incredible! I have literally combed through every inch of the site and can’t get enough. Perot is right on the money (bad pun, sorry) with a lot of this stuff. The bad news is, these charts would be much more enlightening to many Americans if there were a little more common sense floating around.





Obsession | Bullet Pencils

Jun 23rd, 2008 | Categories: Obsessions | by Michael Williams

I develop strange obsessions with things — case in point the Bullet Pencil. I always comb the flea market and am usually able to snag one for a buck. There are a few for sale on eBay but they are all over priced and I hate getting gouged on the shipping. The good fellas at Draplin Design Co. (who incidentally are one half of the team behind the phenomenal Field Notes) like them too. Next time you are at the flea, dig through that random box of pencils and you might find one of these little treasures. Also, if anyone knows a vendor that is still selling new Bullet Pencils please speak up. They would be great ACL merchandising.





Obsession | Office Supplies

May 27th, 2008 | Categories: Obsessions | by Michael Williams

When I was a kid, my one of my favorite times of the year was back to school. It was a glorious combination of my two favorite things —a perfect storm for a material obsessed youth —new clothes and new school supplies. Clearly I have not made any headway with either of these obsessions. My clothing fixations have been documented many times here on ACL, but my office supply bug has so far remained dormant, until now at least. I went through my top two left-hand desk drawers to show you some of the things that make me happy.





Obsession | The Kaufmann House

May 16th, 2008 | Categories: Design, Obsessions, Style | by Michael Williams

Much has been said recently about The Kaufmann Desert house. Portfolio wrote about it in the May Issue as did Men’s Vogue (sorry, can’t find that story online). J. Crew even got in on the action. The house was designed by Richard Neutra in 1946, as commissioned by Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr., a Pittsburgh department store owner. The beautiful modernist home has an amazing story and in my mind is the epitome of fashionable Palm Springs living. I believe the property is still for sale through Christie’s, If you are looking for a good place to party at next year’s Coachella.