Hello Beauties and Magicians,
As many of you know, August publication is underway in development! We are calling upon the talents of great lovers and makers to put forth compelling visions into the world.

August manifesto:
At the juncture of beauty, romanticism, and the mystic lies August. A publication dedicated to the relationship between man and nature.

About videos:
Essentially, we are doing an open call for video shorts that pertain to NATURE, space, architecture, interiors, curiosity, intimacy, romanticism, occult, mystical, spirit, hauntings, magic, terrain, sacred grounds, sacred experience, house plants, greenhouses, earthships, waterfalls, albinos, textiles, cosmos, sex, worship, religion, myth.

Video not to exceed 60 seconds. Can be anything that falls under the above list. Can be as short as 10 seconds. Please format so we can play in quicktime.

Email a link to video - amber@augustpublication.com


Email submission as attachment, or yousendit.com / wetransfer.com / dropbox.com


Please mail disc to:

Amber R Murray
August Publication
1617 Yale Ave. #212
Seattle, WA 98101


seattle waterfront

On May 19, design project lead, James Corner, will present first design directions for the future waterfront.
The event starts at 6:30, but be sure to come early for music, great views and sample tempting treats from some of Seattle's popular mobile food vendors - Maximus/Minimus, Where ya at Matt, and Street Treats will be selling food from 5:00 - 6:30PM!

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm Mobile Food Vendors and Live Music

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Presentation, Q & A, and Activity Stations

Bell Harbor Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101





Nicholas de Monchaux is an architect, urbanist, writer, and Assistant Professor of Architecture & Urban Design at UC Berkeley. I love learning about people like him because they vary the landscape of what a designer is supposed to be.

The topic of his latest book, Spacesuit: Fashioning Appolo, is especially interesting since I grew up in Cape Canaveral. I saw the Challenger explode in my my front yard.


An in-depth interview is on BLDGBLOG. All images were snagged from there.



the swing blade desktop sharpener

Free Time's swing blade desktop pencil sharpener was accepted into the "use me" competition hosted by the american design club. It was posted on mocoloco today, so we thought we should post some background information.

The American Design Club (AmDC) was seeking unapologetically functional design for its sixth show, set to coincide with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) 2011. Submitted designs had to exhibit a strong sense of purpose, intelligent use of materials and the ability to do one thing extremely well.


The competition prompted us to look at a sharpener inherited from my great-great-grandfather; grade school teacher, Fredrick Clay. Because of the superior lead points created by the precision of the swinging blade, this unique tool has been handed down for generations.

We worked to reverse engineer the sharpener by examining the design decisions made by its originator. After striping down the tool to its basic architecture, we were able to combine elements and reduce unnecessary visual complexity. The stabilizing feet, the guide angle, and the collection bowl were integrated into one simple element. The resulting form factor is canted, providing the perfect angle for smooth stable sharpening.

renderings of our design.

original 1904 sharpener