Posts from April, 2010

Reporters Without Borders Smash Oppression Ads

By Roni Brunn | April 29, 2010 | News

Saatchi & Saatchi Paris launched a campaign for Reporters Without Borders, an organization that fights for freedom of press worldwide.  The visual message seems to be that creative/artistic/free form treatment of these oppressive leaders actually tells a truth.  It’s fair to see this metaphor – the politicians featured don’t take well to unflattering portraits.

The ads feature Kim Jong Il, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Mouammar Kadhafi along with this tag line:

Only a free press can hurt them.
Support our fight

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Monster Monster – Laptop Stand

By Roni Brunn | April 27, 2010 | News

It’s a good idea to use a stand for laptops – stands cool the computer and make it easier to type.  They usually look like random pieces of plastic from other generic office supplies.  I just wanted the smallest, least intrusive one when I bought mine.  Monster Monster goes the other direction and announces itself on your desk.  It either looks like you smacked down a creature with your computer or that a huge spider is stealing your laptop.

Other scenarios may be possible but please don’t write screenplays about them.

This stand fits laptops from 15-17″ and is available in translucent red or glassy clear.  Get it through Monster Monster.

Via The Awesomer

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Sheefun Chan x Ann-Sofie Back – Dripping Sunglasses

By Roni Brunn | April 26, 2010 | News

Sheefun Chan designed some accessories for a horror movie themed collection from Swedish designer Ann-Sofie Back.  In red, the glasses look like a cartoon version of dripping blood and/or melting sorbet.  I’d maybe watch horror movies if they had more dessert imagery.  Otherwise, totally scary!

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Giuliano Fujiwara Gold Collar, Lapel, and Cuffs

By Roni Brunn | April 23, 2010 | News

The concept of minimalist accessories seems pretty contradictory.  If you’re that into minimalism, just eliminate accessories altogether.  Go for pants that don’t have belt loops, let alone need a belt to stay up.  Use your phone as a watch and leave your wrist bare.  Don’t get glasses, get lasik.  Don’t wear scarves.

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Saved by Droog – Roll-on Scent

By Roni Brunn | April 21, 2010 | News

Dutch design collective Droog launched a series of products made from 5,135 items purchased at bankruptcy liquidation sales.  Since the castoffs were bought in bulk, they could be turned into new products rather than crafty one-offs.  Droog invited 14 designers to use these leftovers as raw materials, and the resulting collection debuted at the Saved by Droog exhibition at Milan‘s Salone del Mobile last week.

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From: Zionism 90210 on Walla!

By Roni Brunn | April 20, 2010 | From, News

The Israeli online portal Walla! just ran a story on me for its Project Birthright series about bringing back Israeli minds.  You can read it in Hebrew here or in Google-translated English here.  Better yet, read the Google-translated English and compare to my translation:

She’s a relative of S.Y. Agnon, grew up in Israel till age 10, and loves Israeli culture. So why does the musician Roni Brunn actually live in Beverly Hills? Because it’s necessary to have someone to protect us in the U.S.

"It's hard to shift to a different scale once you're used to living in a big American city." Roni Brunn

Brunn continues in his legacy, but in English. S.Y. Agnon, the great uncle of Brunn, with Nelly Sachs at the Nobel prize ceremony.

One of the songs of Roni Brunn, lead singer of the band From, is called “American Girl.”  Indeed, Brunn is nowadays American by any measure and a resident of Beverly Hills.  But as would suit someone who grew up in Israel till age 10 and who boasts a familial tie to S.Y. Agnon, her great uncle, Brunn declares that she’s very attached to Israeli culture and doesn’t forget to express gratitude to the country that granted her, as she says, an amazing childhood.

Maybe also as a result of this childhood, Brunn is graced with a supremely creative mind. Primarily, she’s the founder and singer of the indie band From, whose two songs will soon be featured on the season finale of “How I Met Your Mother.”  She’s now working on a new EP with the band.  Apart from that, on her resume are an economics degree from Harvard, a handbag line that was featured in Vogue magazine, the development of websites fom Ringo Starr and Justin Timberlake, and many more creative activities.

So, unsurprisingly, Brunn doesn’t see herself leaving her many endeavors in the city of angels, even though she’d definitely be glad to visit her birthplace.  “When my parents decided to move to the U.S., I was devastated, but it’s hard to shift to a different scale once you’re used to living in a big American city,” she says to Walla! Culture.  “Besides, with all due respect to Twitter, you can’t compare indie musicians’ chances at exposure when they live in Israel to the opportunities they might have in the US.  Plus it’s very hard for me to deal with the sun and humidity in Israel, and there isn’t enough parking.”

"I get lots of chances to refute ridiculous assumptions about Israel." Roni Brunn with the band From

Why go back to Israel when you can stay in the US and build him a website. Justin Timberlake

But even if you don’t see Brunn in the next Birthright Israel, she definitely sees herself as a representative of the country.  “To some extent, it’s good that Israeli natives like me live abroad, so that there’s someone to refute the ridiculous assumptions about the country, and I get to do a lot of that,” she recounts.  When she spent time in Stockholm, her national identity played a role in her daily life, and she found herself dealing with more than a bit of hostility from those around her.  It didn’t stop her from reading books in Hebrew while riding the subways.

Besides reading Hebrew literature, Brunn also follows the Israeli indie music scene: “I was proud that Israel sent the more bands to SXSW this year than the UK and Sweden.”

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Lake Heartbeat – “Southbound”

By Roni Brunn | April 16, 2010 | Music downloads, News

“Southbound” is the latest single from Lake Heartbeat, and it’s even more watercolored than the band’s first releases, “Mystery” and “Golden Chain.”  Not sure I can even claim these tracks are first – they’re all from the same album.  But, yeah, “Southbound” is dreamier than those two.  If that’s still too hard for your massage, try the Kisses version.  The LA duo remix/relax “Southbound” and move it away from the original’s lush, cloud-filled space.

Lake Heartbeat’s debut has been pressed into limited edition vinyl for record store day, which is next week.

I love featuring bands with beautiful artwork – basically From and Lake Heartbeat.  lol me.

Lake Heartbeat – Southbound

Lake Heartbeat – Southbound (Kisses Remix)

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Fashion Designers as Disney Characters

By Roni Brunn | April 15, 2010 | News

Ulrich Schröder illustrated Disney versions of some leading designers for Vogue España’s April 2010 issue.  Here’s Karl Lagerfeld as Goofy:

Schröder took a risk here, drawing Karl as a dog. Karl doesn’t like to see himself as a canine:

Ppl who are shortsighted like me, when you remove the glasses, you look like a sweet little dog who wants to be adopted. Shortsighted ppl have something lost in the eye because they don’t see that well, and this is a look I certainly don’t want to project.

Which is better: the Disney version of Karl or the Simpsons version? (via)

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Barneys Announces Trunk-a-Palooza

By Roni Brunn | April 14, 2010 | News

Coachella is this weekend.  People will gather in the desert to watch everyone’s favorite buzz bands and party.  Coachella also kicks off the summer festival season, so there will be other, though less important, opportunities to wear summer clothes.

In the spirit of the multi-stage, alt star experience, Barneys just announced its own version of a festival, the Trunk-a-Palooza.  The event will feature 10 simultaneous trunk shows at the Madison store’s Co-op floor on April 21.  Used to be that the closest Barneys got to Coachella would be its outlet at the Camarillo outlet mall.  The Trunk-a-Palooza leaps over the dated spring/summer Coachella wardrobe by offering fall clothes before they ship to stores.  If being alt were checkers, I’d say Barneys just captured a Coachella piece.  Hope it’s a onesie.

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Maskinen – “Kärlek Vid Sista Ögonkastet”

By Roni Brunn | April 13, 2010 | Music downloads, News

You can count on Maskinen for fun, driving/party music.  Their latest single “Kärlek Vid Sista Ögonkastet” can and should be blamed for taking turns too fast and refills too soon.

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