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serena’s smell = burberry body

October 27, 2011

And she looks good, too. While the other top women in the WTA battle it out in Istanbul, Serena Williams was walking a red carpet in Hollywood on Wednesday night. The de facto world no. 1 got her party on at the launch for her new fragrance, Burberry Body. Above, Serena posting with Solange Knowles, Beyonce’s little sis, who Serena partnered with to produce Body. | TSF Vault: Serena

See more pics by click on the image below.

(Getty Images)

short balls: design(ed) to entertain

May 7, 2011

What’s good design without good people: Designer James Huniford, Iman and GMA‘s Lara Spencer. (Getty)

For the few fervent TSF readers we have out there (what, are there a couple dozen of you?), you’ll know that our TSF East team (that would be me, Nick) worked at Housing Works for two years in SoHo. The AIDS non-profit has a different way of doing things with their social entreprenuerial outlets and also hosts one heck of a party, which is where I found myself on Thursday night.

The Design on a Dime event happens every spring and brings together interior designers from across the industry. Nate Berkus was a host this year (he’s shorter in person than you would think, but the hair doesn’t disappoint!) and brought together a few dozen designers to put together rooms (bathrooms, kitchens, living and bed rooms) that are then for sale — that’s right, every item in each room, from each lamp to table to painting to rug — is for sale. And all the money goes back to Housing Works’ AIDS programming.

As I volunteered on Thursday night, I got to tour around with Bravo’s Andy Cohen and go through a couple rooms with him. We debated on a couple chairs that he was eyeing, and when I saw him later he whispered “I got that chair!” with a little bit of hesitation in his voice. I approve, Andy. The piece he bought was a striped deck chair with gorgeous, 70s-inspired dark wood in the arms and legs. A picture? Don’t have one. But  my fave item of the whole night (I think it was retailing for $1,000) was a Cohen-influenced piece of art: the original six from The Real Housewives of New York City. Knock a zero off that price and I’m there!!!

Ramona and Alex made (late) appearance at the event, and though we couldn’t get the gals to go pose by their own portraits, you can bet that they were making the party rounds. More drama: If you haven’t been following the Sampras-Agassi blow up recently, it’s reached the level of Real Housewives dramatics. Jeez! These boys could even tire out the Countess!

For New Yorkers: The Free Public Sale goes on today through 6 PM

More shopping: NYMag‘s full line-up of New York sales this weekend

Tennis, too: It’s been a good year for Blake Strode. Last year, the now-23-year-old looked bound for (Harvard!) law school before entering the USTA’s first ever national play-in for a spot at the U.S. Open qualifying draw. He won nine matches to claim his spot in the qualies, where he won his first round match before bowing out. Not bad, eh? Well the journeyman is still at it in 2011, making a second go around at the playoff starting next weekend at Yale, the site of the New England Sectional. Plus: Blake’s ATP page

(Painting image by TSF)

ladies (and objects) in red

February 26, 2011

[other thread(s)]: Elle Macpherson (not pictured) stepped out for Virgin Blue, Australia’s Virgina airline last week to help the company debut the flight attendants’ sexy new red get-ups. We weren’t sure exactly what we thought about the scarves at first, but reading that these ladies are flying over Australian skies, we think the fit just right. See more shots at the Huffington Post.

How dang cool is this? We’re loving Cubicle Refugee, a blog we stumbled upon whose author says: “Each day I focus on a different tone and color that makes me smile. To see it best check out my archive.” Simply put and seriously awesome. Click the image above or here to peruse on your own.

(photo by getty images via huffpo; screen grab via cubicle refugee)

on the 4th day of giftmas: design between the lines

December 15, 2010

Hugh Hayden is by no means new news in the tennis design world, but he certainly keeps us interested. The designer of all things comfy (and recycled) continues to churn out tennis-inspired furniture, like the dog bed that can be seen below. Hugh hit it big this year in landing the gig to design Lacoste’s boutique window at the US Open. Now Hayden is personalizing the design concept for his adoring fans. A custom set is available for $325. The dog bed is available on the same link to the left for $285.

Rainbow row: Hayden can get colorful, too.

While the Hall of Fame chairs that you can nab at SportsMemorabilia.com aren’t half as comfy as what Hayden is churning out, they come along with some pretty good history and sentiment along with them. Chairs from the International Tennis Hall of Fame come (signed) from faves like Johnny Mac, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Mats Wilander and Tracy Austin. Cost? It’s a pretty penny: around $600 each.

All right you budget shoppers, we’ve got you covered after the jump, so get a-clickin’!

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page work

September 15, 2009

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(Above, an illustration by DeTorres for a Tokyo theatre festival.)

Carl DeTorres plays ping pong a lot. At least, that’s what he answers after being asked to talk about his tennis experience. It might be safe to say the guy is a little green when it comes to the sport of racquet and net, but that didn’t stop him from rolling out two eye-catching illustrations (one seen via the link) for the U.S. Open issue of Tennis magazine.

The San Francisco-based DeTorres has actually played tennis twice in his life, and says when he got the opportunity to do work for the mag, he studied up on the game he knew so little about. Surprisingly, it was the color of the court that got this illustrator’s utmost attention.

“The blue tennis court fascinated me – I’ve never seen that before,” he told TSF in a phone interview. “I never knew that there was clay and grass and all that. I had no idea!” 

Wait until he sees the purple courts in Miami, huh? And let’s not even tell the guy about the mutli-colored things they play on in WTT, right?

After the color, then came the heads. The heads of the fans, that is. DeTorres was mesmerized by their mesmerization. 

“They all move in perfect unison, it’s pretty cool,” DeTorres, 32, explains. “Back and forth, back and forth.”

DeTorres used that image for his illustration, his first work for a sports magazine. As senior art director for Wired, DeTorres does a lot of illustrating with his art team on stories that don’t necessary have the pop and flash that a U.S. Open-preview image would, which is what excited the illustrator about the challenge.

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french open: swag with swagger

May 28, 2009

This should be required for all the majors.

Roland Garros stringer Laurent Lucas tapped French design outfit 5.5 Designers to reinterpret the clay major in “3 Sets”. And what they came up with is now up for sale online: the Break Stool, a wooden racquet transformed into a side table (~$450); the Ace carafe (~$80) and four glasses (~$100), inspired by empty tennis ball cans; and the 15/30 chalkboard (~$125), modeled after the tournament bracket.

What do you think of these pieces? Tell us!

More: Buy the goods here and read the release, in French, on the 5.5 website.

(img via apartment therapy)

atp’s players page

March 19, 2009

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Kudos to whomever dreamed up this graphic for the landing page of the players section on the ATP website.

From left to right, that’s Davydenko, Roddick, Djokovic, Federer, Nadal. Murray, Blake, and del Potro.

See it: Click on that link above to see it enlarged. Pretty cool stuff.

(image grab from the ATP site)

not quite: pbz zagreb’s 2009 site

February 8, 2009

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We thought we’d check in on the PBZ Zagreb Indoors website (since last year’s site had us swooning). They were on the right track with this outer space theme, but unfortunately they didn’t take it past the landing page.

Hey, New Yorker: Don’t forget to look up!

September 7, 2008

The Empire State Building has been shining its tower lights with “tennis ball yellow” color throughout this year’s edition of the U.S. Open (partly to commemorate the 40th year of Open tennis at the event). The tower first got lights in 1932, to alert people for 50 miles that FDR had been elected president of the United States.

The building currently lights up for major holidays, including EU Day (blue and yellow), Lunar New Year (red and yellow), Veterans’ Day (red, white, and blue), and Earth Day (green).

And for the Olympics, the ESB lit the four sides of its tower the flag colors of countries participating in the Beijing Games. The top 66 countries (based on delegation size) were honored through the 17 nights of the event.

make your own tennis ball chair

August 12, 2008

Tennis Ball Chair

(instructables via Make)

trophy watch: dropping a deuce on beijing’s olympic medals

August 5, 2008

Fabulous tennis blog Forty Deuce is up in arms that the Beijing Olympic medals look cheap, but I disagree. I really appreciate its minimalism. And instead of going with metal chinese coins, the medals’ designers went with a stone (jade) inlay. Nice touch.

By the way, I am waiting for the blog that’ll document all the engrish signage in Beijing for these next two weeks. My aunt stayed there a few months ago and said that there are some crazy babelfish-esque translations…

Edit: Mikey send me a link to the ultimate in translation fails.

the 2008 roland garros poster

May 28, 2008

We are in love with this poster designed by Austrian artist Arnulf Rainer for the 2008 French Open.

Download: You can get a larger version of the poster here (PDF).

another look at NOBRAND

March 18, 2008

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We check back in with Nobrand, a project of design studio ImagenHB which promotes traditional Argentinian icons along with minimalist design.

Since our last post, they’ve added food (bife, asada, empanadas) and animals (nandu, hornero) to their portfolio of logos. All the images are printed on tees, tanks, hats, and aprons.

They’ve also dabbled in some furniture (armchair shaped like a T-bone!) and kitchenware (mate). And while it’s not available for download, they’ve also displayed a font they designed.

Must-browse: Check out the company’s catalog/lookbook on their website. You’ll also see more pictures from their sport collection (worn by Sergio Roitman).

venus’ party at miami’s hotel victor

December 14, 2007

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The party and mini-fashion show put on by Venus Williams (to celebrate her graduation from fashion school) happened at Hotel Victor in South Beach. This gorgeous Art Deco hotel, like many of the other structures on Ocean Drive, has a well-designed interior and a raised infinity pool, among other cool designs.

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And who can say “no” to a hotel with a jellyfish swimming across its home page. Impractical? Perhaps. Beautiful? Definitely.

More photos of the hotel and Venus’ party after the cut…

focus: graphic designs for guga kuerten

September 30, 2007

I found some more graphic designs for Guga Kuerten. Not sure if they’re for t-shirts or ads. Either way, they are a perfect representation of the company’s laid back, surfer/skater attitude. These first three are from TavinhoCosta. (source)

This is a great take on a company crest.

On the left, using the famous Japanese woodblock print by Hokusai.

And a literal mixture of Guga Kuerten’s presence in tennis and skateboarding.

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style short balls: tennis week magazine, sunfeast fashion, hingis’ gear, agassi’s sandals, etc.

September 18, 2007

Back in the fray: IMG-backed Tennis Week Magazine furthers its makeover plans by announcing an eight-issue publication schedule for 2008 and a relaunch of its website (tennisweek.com) in November. The publication will be headed by Randy Master. TSF can’t wait to see the goods! (via marketwire)

Speaking of IMG: LAT reports that ex-HBO Chief Executive Chris Albrecht has been brought in to IMG to beef up domestic distribution of programming surrounding the agency-owned events (such as fashion weeks, sporting events, etc.).

[Insert slicing pun here]: This cute chopping board via hopehope.

Hingis decides on racquet: TSF doesn’t usually talk racquets, but it piqued our interest that Martina Hingis did not have a racquet sponsor for most of the summer — she played with an all-black demo (with a white grip) — but that has now changed. Per Stephanie Myles, Hingis is now playing with the Yonex RQiS 2.

PETA, Can You Hear Me?: Hingis owns up to owning a fancy chinchilla shawl. It’s cold in Switzerland, she says. (via Tennis Week)

(OT) Patrolling London: The Times‘ London Fashion Week coverage has this great bit on the eccentric men darting around at the shows.

Agassi flips out: Andre Agassi slapped Target with a lawsuit for continuing to market flip-flops with the Agassi name even after his reps had told the retailer to stop. The sandals, once sold under “Mossimo Agassi”, are now just Mossimo. (Buy the sandals.) (via sportsonesource.com)

Rebound Ace RIP: It makes sense (timing-wise) that the Australian Open’s courts are already being torn up in time for 2008′s first Grand Slam.

Speaking of effed up courts: Unlike the entire Serbian team, the clay courts used for the Davis Cup tie between Australia and Serbia (hosted in Belgrade) aren’t so hot.

Calcutta serves up a fashion ‘Feast: The Sunfeast Open in Calcutta rode into town a week after the latest India Fashion Week. And so to open this week’s tournament, the ladies participated in the Miss Players Fashion show on Sunday night. Maria Kirilenko, wore an evening dress from Wills Lifestyle. Other players who walked down the runway: Marion Bartoli, also in a black dress; Yaroslova Shvedova and Hana Smorova, both in capris and t-shirts; Sunitha Rao, dressed in red and white; Tara Iyer; Alexandra Wosniak; and Vania King.

Kirilenko’s photo: See a photo of Kirilenko in her black dress after the cut…

tennis’ clay soldiers headed to china + murray: “2007 was a wash; I’m ready for 2008″

September 18, 2007

The ATP will unveil terracotta models of the top eight players participating in the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup this November in Shanghai.

In the spirit of the clay soldiers buried with Emperor Qin in 209 B.C., French artist Laury Dizengremel plans to spend three days sculpting each of the faces.

(I drew a line here wondering why a Frenchwoman was commissioned to do traditional Chinese work; a quick view of Ms. Dizengremel’s bio shut me right up. She has lots of experience in Chinese art.)

Kudos, ATP: This is a wonderful way to show the international appeal of tennis (and to market The Masters Cup), and Roger Federer agrees: “I think that being sculpted as a Terracotta Warrior is an honor. I think the idea is fun — bringing together culture and sport — and I’m looking forward to seeing the final result.”

Race to Shanghai: As of this post, only Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic have qualified to participate. The others on the cusp are Davydenko, Roddick. Ferrer, Gonzalez, and Blake. (You can view the Race to Shanghai quickly on the tour’s main page.)

Andy Murray and all other players in contention to qualify had their measurements taken at the ATP stop in Montreal. (Behind-the-scenes photos here, YouTube video here.)

Unfortunately for us, the Scot doesn’t really care whether he and his dirt double will make an appearance in the round-robin tourney. He already has one eye on 2008 after a disappointing 2007, which saw him sitting out a majority of the year recovering from a pretty gross wrist injury.

But before heading to the off-season, he’ll join brother Jamie and countryman Tim Henman for a Davis Cup tie against Croatia. Both countries are vying to join the World Group for next year’s Cup.

Read up: Over 8,000 of these terracotta warriors were produced for the burial of the Emperor Qin in 210-209 B.C. It reportedly took 700,000 workers over 38 years to complete. Even better — no two of these life-sized sculptures are alike. (More from Wikipedia.)

Bonus round: The original terracotta soldiers will be on show to the public at the British Museum in London. This exhibition will feature the largest terracotta army ever shown outside China.

(photo of Dizengremel by Pyramid Public Relations; photo of Murray and Davydenko via the ATP gallery)

short balls: tenors + fashion week + hotels = glam, glam, glam

September 10, 2007

A stroll down memory lane: A quick video piece on women’s tennis fashion throughout history.

(OT) Sleeping in transit: My buddy Matthew designed a jacket called Excubo which helps create private ‘nap time’ space when you’re out in public. Check out the segment CNN produced on “cutting edge designs” which featured this piece. (photo via gizomodo)

Fashion week sighting: Boris Becker at L.A.M.B. — that’s Gwen Stefani‘s line. NYT‘s Cathy Horyn skewers the collection. Too bad.

Advantage, Tennis: Portfolio.com laments the loss of Anna Wintour and Stefano Tonchi to the U.S. Open finals (when they should have been front row at a few fashion shows). Boo hoo?

Virginia Slims at Michael Kors: The latest presentation from Michael Kors harked back to the days of Virginia Slims (think Chrissie Evert and Billie Jean King). The show got great reviews, including one from Suzy Menkes. The models strut out to the Xanadu soundtrack:

“The Kors show was as fast and as direct as a hard hitter on the tennis court. Out came shorts, dresses and then every angle on American sportswear, from a lean safari jacket and pantsuit to trapeze minidresses shaded in a cocktail of mint, lime, orange and peach. They had a tropical vitality, while white served as a symbol of freshness, as it does on the tennis court.”

Pavarotti, R.I.P.: Tennis lost another fan in Luciano Pavarotti, who died this past Thursday at the age of 71. Bud Collins writes a great piece on how the great tenor loved the sport.

Macao != Times Square?: While the folks behind The Venetian Macao — the world’s largest casino — hope that their brand can withstand the shadiness of that Chinese territory, we’re just glad that the stage is set for one of the R-Fed vs. Pistol Pete exos this fall. (UD and IHT)

(OT) Palazzo Versace breaks ground: The Dubai outpost of Palazzo Versace in Dubai has started construction. (spa business)

guga kuerten styles: florianopolis store pics

July 30, 2007

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Above is the visual merch layout for Guga Kuerten‘s Florianopolis store. This rollout was for the line’s Summer ’07 collection.

More interior design photos here.

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guga kuerten styles: camo and mexican cards

July 30, 2007

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More Guga goods from www.popbr.biz, including a camo line (fun briefs!) and one inspired by lotería (aka Mexican bingo) below.

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