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VHCLE MAN / RECOMMENDATIONS BY ALEX CORNELL / SAN FRANCISCO, CA

It takes me a really long time to buy anything. Every new addition to my home must pass the same rigorous evaluation, whether it’s a wristwatch or a box of cereal. I want to ensure that the object in question is the best in class — the product of much love and research by its creator. I have no patience for mediocrity. It doesn’t need to be expensive (my favorite wall clock is the Ikea Pugg), all that matters is that the object is exceptional in one or many verticals (function, style, benefit, etc). 


This meticulousness is a byproduct of my creative process, where fonts, colors, music, film etc. all undergo the same endless rounds of revisions and criticism. Every choice is considered.

 

F / Philz Soo Good

I grind and brew my coffee every morning. Currently Philz is my favorite, though it’s a close call between them and Sightglass. I’ll usually make my morning cup, and then go for a walk to get another in the afternoon. I like to experiment with different blends and brew techniques. Rarely do the same thing for more than a month or so. 

B / Nomos Metro Watch

Nomos is a terrific watch brand and the Metro is their most interesting and beautiful piece. Subtle details abound, from the quirky sea-foam green power reserve indicator, to their open case-back and in-house movement. For those looking to get into watches, Nomos is a great brand to check out. Quantities are limited though and it can take up to six months to arrive — which is part of the experience I think!

C / Tom Dixon Cog Container

This heavy, brass-plated container is gorgeous. It feels like it fell off a train engine and landed in your living room, ready to hold and keep safe whatever trinkets you put inside. All of Tom Dixon’s work is interesting, but the cog is my favorite because of its texture, weight and color.

A / Designing News

Any title by publisher Gestalten is worth checking out. Francesco Franchi’s overview of the graphics and editorial design of media is a great source of inspiration, whether you’re undertaking a print or web design project. Even though it’s a few years old now, I still consult it frequently for typographic jumpstarts.

E / Penguin Prison

A great all-around album, perfect for almost any situation. Whether you’re throwing a party, at the beach, or on a date, this album has just the right sound to augment just about any moment. Upbeat, fun, and still current-sounding despite being four years old. 

H / Haix Airpower P3

Forget boring brown hiking boots, these German-made tactical boots are waterproof, breathable and made for much more inclement situations than you’ll ever find yourself in. I bought these to wear in Iceland and Antarctica and they didn’t disappoint. Normal hiking boots are fine I guess, but these work just as well (if not better) and look way cooler.

D / Brass Bottle Opener

My friend Scott got me this as a birthday present and I use it as often as possible. I’ll even buy cold-brew coffee just so I can break out this opener in the morning. It reminds me of TARS from Interstellar. Sturdy and purpose-built. 

g / Susan Kare Prints

Limited edition prints by the original Apple icon designer. I have the happy computer on grey, 24x36 (sold out). Such great artifacts of our time, not to mention a real totem of my childhood. I see it every day and it reminds me how much has changed. 

Planet iceland

/ expedition memories


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VHCLE MAN / ISSUE 17

Alex Cornell is a filmmaker, designer, and musician based in San Francisco. He is the director of Moonbase, a creative production studio. Previously he was the cofounder and creative director of UberConference. 


www.alexcornell.com