Watch youself, before you wreck yourself

Watch youself, before you wreck yourself

There comes a time in every-mans life (see what i did there) when he needs a good collection of watches. You need a watch to suit every occasion. Having recently left a storage container full of personal possessions in a warehouse somewhere in Western Sydney (including my few favorite watches),...
Brummy Chic

Brummy Chic

This salon in Birmingham, England designed by Ryan McElhinney caught our attention big time, with all the timber details, quirky merchandising, and the audacity and class to use a piano as cutting station. The simple palette is refreshing and calming, the dark and washed out neutral tones portray a sense...
God Damn your right!

God Damn your right!

Captain Diel: Every now and then we have to let the general public know that we can still blow shit up.  Carter: You’re God damn right.     I’m not quite sure which category this post should reside in, but it just had to be shared. Portuguese Jazz/Fusion band Orelha Negra engaged...
Swede Threads Man

Swede Threads Man

So we featured The Local Firm, here back in October with their first concept retail store. We now bring you a taste of their threads and accessories for you to feast your eyes on. We love the textures used by the boys, and also the interesting details, like the leather...
Everyone needs a Mo-bro

Everyone needs a Mo-bro

So here at mean we are doing MOVEMBER for the 3rd year running! For those of you who have obviously never walked down a city street or opened your eyes, MOVEMBER is the month where men of all ages, colours and persuasions grow a mo’. Its not just for fun,...
Meet Mr. Smith.

Meet Mr. Smith.

“You! thought of you the other day when I saw this in the newsagent’s – http://www.smithjournal.com.au/. It’s mean style and branding in feel.” That was the begining of an email, that sent me off to the shops to buy the first issue of Smith, out since Sept 5th. I’ve been...
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Reading Architecture

Reading Architecture

Following on from the post last week featuring the house in Delaware, USA we here at mean thought is would be a good idea to show off some architectural drawings, talk about what certain lines mean, and display architectural drawings for what they can be, art. There are loosely 3 modes of architectural drawing; perspective...
'aware Architecture

‘aware Architecture

This house in Delaware is a great example of how to create a functional and personal piece of architecture. The program for this house was focussed on the seemingly opposed ideas of connection to nature and privacy from the road. The orientation of the house and the use of a central courtyard is what fulfils...
Room service at the pub

Room service at the pub

An outdoor seating area is prime real estate in the city, and with such beautiful days on the approach to summer, finding one for lunch is a challenge. There is of course the Slip Inn, but other than that, not much around the western fringe of the CBD. The Dunedin is a little pub on...
Yola Rkne

Yola Rkne

Yola rkne…Yloa Renk… Yalo Kern… Yorn Lake… York Lane! A few weeks ago, my colleagues went Laneway Lunching – intending to go to ‘Made in Italy’, they stumbled upon Sydney’s latest small bar/café – aptly named York Lane. It took me until today to get down there and have a bite to eat. This is...
Take me, Take me!

Take me, Take me!

It’s not normal for mean to review movies and make no mistake, this is not about to be the first. Takers is your typical hollywood action shoot ‘em up triller and for what it’s worth its quite good. Don’t expect a memorable film which challengers your intellect – just your typical action film. Released in...
Earn Your Stripes

Earn Your Stripes

Adidas. The 2nd largest sportswear brand worldwide, behind Nike, but has probably branched into mainstream and street fashion than its main competitor. Now-a-days a vast range of Adidas’ clothing, bears only passing reference to the company’s sporting heritage. Recently the Adidas Y3 Flagship Store in Milan caught our eye. As you can see, there are...
TLF FTW!

TLF FTW!

We have come across this Swedish fashion brand, The Local Firm, and we like their clothes, accessories and shoes. We also love their first boutique outlet. After experimenting with a pop-up store, they took the plunge and opened up their first permanent store on the funky southern island of Stockholm. The detailing is raw, honest...
Hirsute Fellas

Hirsute Fellas

The beard is back, be it trimmed and taught, or wild and bushy, it seems the days of the clean cut, boy band-esque looking faces are gone. images from sarlorialist.com
Steven Paul Jobs 1955-2011

Steven Paul Jobs 1955-2011

Co-founder and former CEO Steven Paul Jobs has passed away. If ever there was a person who lived and breathed life through a simple concept, it was him. Mean thinks its was Apple’s foray’s into music and mobile phones that have had the greatest impact into their own arenas. The iPod finally took digital music...
The mean cellar

The mean cellar

Trawling the ‘net a while back we found some images of a wine cellar, a wine cellar to hold in high regard. The design execution of this building, of which about half is solely dedicated storing barrels, gives me comfort that there are people in the world who appreciate great design, commission great design and...
BG for a G&T

BG for a G&T

This cocktail bar in Barcelona, with a quirky name and equally quirky design concept, is a champion of recycled materials and for thinking laterally and modestly. Quite frankly we think it’s pretty cool and if we were in Barcelona we’d be propping ourselves up at the bar and having a few quite gin and tonics....
Winter Snapshot

Winter Snapshot

So here we have a quick look-back at some of the trends we were loving over winter. Shortly we will bring you a look forward to this spring and summer, and how the looks have transitioned from the cooler months.
Rat Run - Visual Inspiration

Rat Run – Visual Inspiration

all images from bikeexif.com
Diesel Furniture... Better Believe It

Diesel Furniture… Better Believe It

The Diesel brand is one that is firmly entrenched in the fashion and accessories world. As we move forward in the 21st Century though, brand diversification and collaboration is increasing. Italian furniture company Moroso has collaborated with Diesel to create a furniture and lighting collection which debuted and the Milan Furniture Fair 2011. all images...
You don't say...

You don’t say…

Normally it really bugs me when someone states the obvious – my usual response is ‘no shit sherlock’. This range, aptly named “state the obvious” takes the piss, and I enjoy that. images swiped from magmabooks
Duck, Duck - Goose!

Duck, Duck – Goose!

or Lamp! Just thought this lamp was a cool little addition to lighten the mood. (pun intended) image swiped from mattpugh
fan time

fan time

This clock (yes I said clock) was inspired by the japanese fan. It uses the negative space of the folding arms to indicate hour and minute hands. Not only is this one of the coolest uses or positive and negative space I’ve seen for a while, the up-turned ends make it look like some sort...
Light the way.

Light the way.

This lamp designed by Christian Vivanco was inspired by a local lighthouse. The material palette is minimal so even though it has some 60′s styling, it would suit and contemporary home. the light is avaliable as a floor, desk or wall lamp. images swiped from christianvivanco
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