Category: Art / Design

Studio Visit: Pau Wau Publications

Studio Visit: Pau Wau Publications

We love print. But there’s print and then there’s innovative, imaginative boundary-pushing print. Among the handful of studios around the world pushing the boundaries of what books mean, how they’re made and what they contain, Pau Wau Publications runs with the best of them. This longtime favorite, run by Andreas Laszlo Konrath and Brian Paul […]

Overgrowth

Overgrowth

Parker Fitzgerald has helped define some of the most stylish photography of our generation. His serene, emotional scenes of impeccably composed, whimsical beauty shot around the world are synonymous with Kinfolk and are a perfect visual metaphor for the idealistic optimism of Portland. He lives and works in that city, where he runs Ransom, Ltd. alongside his equally […]

Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love

Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love

Few artists are lucky enough to have time adapt to them. Much more often, as it turns out, when an artist is successful in his or her lifetime, they take the scene by storm in relative youth, settle into a style and then become either old master or old news. Think about it: who looks to Jeff Koons or […]

Studio Visit: Jess Hannah

Studio Visit: Jess Hannah

Never underestimate the power of networks. Jess Hannah, a Cal Poly graduate, got her start on Instagram: she shared what she loved, her life as an aspiring jeweler, and slowly but surely grew her meticulously curated feed to a stratospheric number of followers. This opened the door to her fashion and lifestyle blog, jesshannah.com, and […]

Alex Katz at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

Alex Katz at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

Alex Katz, now 88, is an artist who has been working from his studio in Manhattan’s Soho district since 1968. His career spans half a century and his work is in the permanent collections of over one hundred museums worldwide including the major majors: MoMA, The Met, Tate Modern, and le Centre Pompidou. ​For 2015, […]

Misleidys Pedroso: Musculatura Viva

Misleidys Pedroso: Musculatura Viva

Cuba is a cultural anomaly: rich with the multicultural mezcla of the Caribbean, yet long isolated from the technology and values of the rest of the Western world. This isolated vibrance has made for decades of remarkable and highly original art whose singular cultural themes belie deeper, more opaque significance. In a new exhibition, Musculatura Viva, at Christian […]

The Graphic T: A Brief History

The Graphic T: A Brief History

Fashion without the T-shirt is like coffee without a cup: directionless, too hot. And so it is almost inconceivable to think that through the first half of the 20th century it was considered only an undergarment: a hidden nod to Victorian modesty in a newly mass-produced age. From the 1950s onwards, however, the graphic T rapidly […]

Swimwear Icon: Bond Girls

Swimwear Icon: Bond Girls

It’s never an awful idea to reference vintage movies for style inspiration. When one thinks of iconic swimwear figures, not from a centerfold, it’s the weapon-wielding, notorious women of the James Bond series. The androcentric dream world of James Bond gifts us women who are powerful, otherworldly alluring and stylishly killer. With the heat on the rise and a time where swimwear […]

Galerie de Minéralogie

Galerie de Minéralogie

The Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie of the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris has reopened last December with a show called “Trésors de la Terre” (Earth’s Treasures) and chances are this is the kind of exhibition you won’t read about when looking at the arts section. This might sound like an outing for your 8-years-old nephew (and I […]

Style Icon: Chavela Vargas

Style Icon: Chavela Vargas

In a society ruled almost without exception by machismo, Chavela Vargas was throughout her life an extraordinarily empowered woman. She began her career by busking in the streets, but became well-known for subverting the traditional ranchera style, usually sung from a masculine point of view. She took these songs about adventure and love and society and sang them in long, drawn-out phrases […]

I Know You Think You Know It All

I Know You Think You Know It All

Future anthropologists will no doubt look back on our age — the age of life coaches and self-branding and “networking” — with bewilderment. Indeed, from designer dressing our dogs to excessive brunches, there is no shortage of douchebaggery in 2015 America. Lucky for us, Chris Black, the self-proclaimed loudmouth behind one of our favorite agency/publishing houses […]

Mikael Kennedy: New Mexico

Mikael Kennedy: New Mexico

Mikael Kennedy blends camera, car and the American highway into a singularly stunning body of work. His style is marked by expansive landscapes, dreamy natural light and a particular fondness for Polaroid. Beyond his personal exploration he’s worked for a long list of sterling clients from Vogue to Wythe Hotel, tours with his folk songstress wife and also […]

Studio Visit: Building Block

Studio Visit: Building Block

We visited the Building Block‘s Los Angeles studio for the brand new issue of Human Being Journal. These are a few dreamy 35mm outtakes from Nastassia Clucas‘ shoot with the sisters behind the brand, Kim and Nancy Wu. This season, in addition to their minimalist yet superlative handbags and signature tassels, we’re also very happy to […]

Human Being Journal 6

Human Being Journal 6

Human Being Journal 6, In Plain Sight, is hot off the presses and launches officially on Friday. This issue was a major collaborative effort between our studio and our good friends at Soulland in Copenhagen. Sometimes disruptiveness, innovation and irreverence look ordinary…  Inside Human Being Journal 6, you’ll find: 2 covers 1 handbag hat 2 revolvers 4 servings of […]

Style Icon: Rossana Orlandi

Style Icon: Rossana Orlandi

They call her the Queen of Design, and in Milan she is known as the grand patroness of the craft. During every Salone del Mobile, there is no personal style more influential than hers. Her lush domain, Spazio Orlandi, is an otherworldly, whimsical spot in Milan’s west end overgrown with leafy plants and packed to the […]

Maggie Shannon: Portraiture

Maggie Shannon: Portraiture

Good portraiture is hard. To dig beneath the surface and expose vulnerable, multifaceted individuals whilst also maintaining a personal style is a delicate line to walk. Most famed portraitists—from Liebovitz to Richardson—are singularly about style and recreate subjects in their own images. Every so often, though, a rare eye emerges with real knack for portraiture. Maggie Shannon’s work is human, […]

Neighborhood: Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

Neighborhood: Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

It had been a long time since I had seen a city with so much graffiti. Still, in Rio’s Santa Teresa neighborhood it’s not so much the amount but the variety that is striking. Perched on a hill above Rio’s Centro, this old quarter feels worlds away from the modern glitz and gloss you’ll find closer to […]

Kiyomi Iwata: From Volume to Line

Kiyomi Iwata: From Volume to Line

The first meter of silk produced by a silkworm is not really silk at all. Rather, it’s a coarse, uneven fibre called kibiso that resembles something between twine and waxed dental floss. Compared to its more fully-developed self, kibiso is decidedly un-silky and has for most of silk-making history been discarded as useless. Artist Kiyomi Iwata, however, […]

Spencer Grant: Boston Protests

Spencer Grant: Boston Protests

Protests have long been among the most effective means of showing the power of opinion. Despite the rise of armchair activism, protests, marches and sit-ins on both sides of the liberal/conservative divide remain commonplace to this day. But the golden age of the protest in America was the second-half of the twentieth century—a time of intensely divided public opinion and […]

Pot Shop

Pot Shop

Ah, the humble vessel—that most essential element of human design. When in our primitive history clay and earthen vessels replaced cupped hands, our trajectory was transformed. We transport in them, drink from them, cheers with them, hide cookies in them, display in them, consecrate with them, and make them out of every material imaginable. Pot […]

Strange Plants II

Strange Plants II

Last summer, Zioxla‘s Strange Plants hit bookshelves and became an overnight sensation—two printings have since sold out. Strange Plants II, its highly-anticipated sequel, has hit shelves at Need Supply Co., and we’re very happy to report that it outdoes the first version. SPII is once again a tactile delight, designed by the prolific and talented lads at Folch Studio and this […]

Studio Visit: Ryan Fitzgibbon

Studio Visit: Ryan Fitzgibbon

There is certainly no shortage of clever, well-designed indie publications today, but it’s fair to say that few transcend their intended audiences and even fewer become emblematic of larger cultural shifts. One young title that has certainly captured the zeitgeist is Hello Mr., founded by Ryan Fitzgibbon, a young designer who has spent time at IDEO and Fabrica, to […]

Introducing: Neighborhood

Introducing: Neighborhood

Every so often we get to welcome a brand we’ve long admired from afar. Neighborhood makes high-end technical apparel and has built a reputation over two decades for equal parts badassery and experimentation. Complex has called it one of the Top 50 Japanese Brands of All Time and Neighborhood regularly collaborates with the best in the business on all manner […]

Artist Interview: Chloe Wise

Artist Interview: Chloe Wise

New York-by-way-of-Montréal artist Chloé Wise is a certifiable web sensation whose art is a distillation of this moment in history—her style defines contemporary at the moment. In her work she riffs girl stuff, nipples, sacred symbols and even herself—see her Literally Me series—but is perhaps most well known for the most carb-loaded it-bag ever, the Chanel Bagel […]

Graphics: Jesse Reed

Graphics: Jesse Reed

Last year Jesse Reed and his Pentagram colleague Hamish Smyth launched a straightforward Kickstarter campaign to reprint a rare but pivotal piece of graphic design history, the NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual. The Manual was the result of exhaustive research and design by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda for the late-great Unimark, and was released in 1970 to de-tangle the then […]

Photography: Lena C. Emery

Self-describing as itinerant, the photographer Lena C. Emery is probably more well-traveled than most. She was born in Germany and raised in Singapore. Emery later found her way to Paris to study Fine Arts at Parsons Paris School of Art & Design. After her schooling, she relocated to Berlin where she worked as an art director. […]

Studio Visit: Richard Haines

Studio Visit: Richard Haines

Richard Haines is among the most well-known illustrators working in fashion today. He cut his teeth in fashion design but has come to practically reinvent the art of menswear illustration and has worked prolifically for the likes of The New York Times, Prada, Dries van Noten and GQ. His seminal blog, What I Saw Today, is a feast […]

Interview: Base Range

Interview: Base Range

Every Paris Fashion Week, models suddenly appear on the métro and one hears everything but French on the streets of Le Marais and every empty space seems to have turn into a showroom. We took this as a great opportunity to pay a visit to the Base Range showroom and for a glimpse at what they have […]

BEST Products / SITE Architecture

BEST Products / SITE Architecture

In architecture, the 20th century in America was the era of the suburban tract house, the anonymous office tower, the strip mall and the big box store. Crank ’em out, rake it in. Though today we’re moving back to city centres in droves, the big-box typology in particular remains as powerful as ever—even in the age […]

Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape

Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape

Diversity is an important feature of the United States—not only in its people, but also its landscapes. They vary greatly, from the vast canyons of the Southwest to the towering skyline of New York City. These landscapes aren’t just focused on nature, but also how we who occupy the land and where our culture intersects […]

Adidas: A Brief History

Adidas: A Brief History

The Bavarian town of Herzogenaurach just northeast of Nuremburg is home to one of the bitterest rivalries in all of sports, in all of fashion and in all of shoedom. Brothers Adolph and Rudolf Dassler were born and raised there, and after fighting in WWI the two joined forces to make some rather fine athletic footwear. They […]

Lettering: Andy Luce

Lettering: Andy Luce

This week, Portland-based designer/typographer/letterer Andy Luce was kind enough to shows us the ropes of his craft. Richmonders will know his identity work from the excellent new food experience, the Dog and Pig Show in Church Hill, which we’ll also be visiting soon. Take it away, Andy.  * Calligraphy and lettering have been the refined visual expressions of […]

Icon: The Navy Chair

Icon: The Navy Chair

In the history of modern design, few American pieces have have attained the same status as the many Danish, Italian and British designs now considered icons. Of the American chairs every design 101 student can identify, most of them were designed by that prolific Pacific power couple, the Eamses. The 1006, also fondly known as the […]

Churches of Palermo

Churches of Palermo

If you need to reconcile yourself with the word baroque, Sicily, and specifically Palermo, is the place to go. Forget all the awful things the adjective has been associated with, and meet the true masters of barocco. They might be heavy on the decor, but they’re also surprisingly harmonious. They somehow manage to make floor-to-ceiling patterned […]

Architecture of Independence

Architecture of Independence

Modernism was supposed to be the world’s great equalizer. A set of no-frills, all rational, all functional principles by which homes, neighborhoods, cities and entire nations would rocket harmoniously into a friction-free future. These principles spread like wildfire after WWII, and while they were in both literal and figurative shambles by the 1970s, there was no nation […]

Richmond in 35

Richmond in 35

Cities are all too often reduced to icons: yellow taxi New York boulevards, pretty Paris Cafés, London tube stations. In Richmond, Virginia’s case, it’s the mighty James River. Tavish Timothy captures the unseen textures of the River City in stunningly composed film photography. He photographs his city in the time between a full time job downtown […]

Introducing: AMI

Introducing: AMI

In fashion, there is only one constant: Paris. Though it cycles in an out of favor from season to season and decade to decade, the original home of haute couture and Truffaut film noir will always have some little something over the cold rigour of Copenhagen, the brashness of New York, London’s cerebral experiments or […]

Book Review: Menswear Illustration

Book Review: Menswear Illustration

Richard Kilroy’s upcoming Menswear Illustration from Thames & Hudson is a cherrypicked compendium of the very best illustrators making work related to men’s fashion today. It contains a nice spectrum of artistic styles, from the intimidating tough guy bravado of Marco Kleifisch and the choc-a-bloc panels of stylized dandies of Jiiakuann to the painterly, somber John Salt-esque works of Lee Song. There are, […]

Interview: Bijan Berahimi

Interview: Bijan Berahimi

Less than 2 years after earning a BFA from CalArts, Bijan Berahimi has already hit a major professional stride. He’s done solid work for Nike Soccer’s 2014 World Cup effort, has illustrated for publications like GOOD and lectures at the likes of Santa Fe University of Art & Design. The contemporary art and design gallery he co-founded in Portland, […]

Introducing: Chiyome

Introducing: Chiyome

We like brands that go out of their way to produce in a transparent, equitable way — even more so when they keep production near design. We like brands whose design sensibility is driven by real perspective on art, functionality and culture. And we like brands that somehow manage to truly differentiate themselves in an endless of […]

Chandeliers of Sicily

Chandeliers of Sicily

The creativity and the craftsmanship on display in churches across Sicily was beyond everything I had imagined. They quite often leave literally leave no spot unadorned, which makes it thoroughly rewarding to take time for exploring dark corners and to strain your neck looking above your head. One of the things that particularly caught my eye were the […]

The Streets of Paris Fashion Week

The Streets of Paris Fashion Week

Paris runways are always grand, but the streets around the city this time of year are filled with a jaunty, debonair style all their own — usually accented with une clope. Photographer/book publisher-by-day François Guillaume‘s knack for capturing Paris’ denizens in their element, with one eye on the decisive moment and the other on style, makes his […]

systems

systems

Today in Paris, Das-Programm opened the third instalment of Systems, an exhibition of contemporary posters that reinterpret Braun’s seminal midcentury design. The works come from a solid group of designers—among them are Spin, Ross Gunter, Playgroup—most of whose stylistically Modernist works were no doubt shaped in some way by the brand. In addition to the posters, a collection of midcentury Braun eye candy […]

Here

Here

Synechdoche – n. A figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa. As in “hired hands”, referring to the movers who tidily pack away the the last of your belongings as you move away from your childhood home. As in “wheels”, referring to your first car in […]

Kinematics Dress

Kinematics Dress

For all the talk of wearables and their infinite potential to revolutionize your style game, innovation on that front has so far amounted to 1) fitness trackers, 2) watches of dubious utility and 3) gimmicky eyewear that cries out for punches to the face. While the fitness trackers are a welcome addition to the mainstream tech […]

Interview: Alan Del Rio Ortiz

Interview: Alan Del Rio Ortiz

Brooklyn director and photographer Alan Del Rio Ortiz is quickly becoming indie music’s go-to creative force for clean, expressive visual treatments. One look at his work, and it’s easy to see why. He’s directed videos for Blood Orange, Danny Brown and more, and accompanied St. Vincent on tours around the globe. Much like the music […]

Houseboat

Houseboat

From a distance, houseboat living conjures some pretty romantic notions: a life of freedom afforded by aquatic transience, a rugged lifestyle of necessity, idyllic solitude. While the pragmatic realities of living on a glorified barge may be a bit starker, from time to time we still find ourselves caught up in the escapist whimsy induced […]

You Have Too Much Shit

You Have Too Much Shit

Chris Thomas has a simple message for you: you have too much shit. The UK-based designer’s latest project is a punchy little self-help manual to help you wade through the clutter of your modern life. One part Thoreau’s Walden, one part Adam Mansbach’s Go the F*ck to Sleep, YHTMS makes a pretty convincing case for ditching […]

London in 35

London in 35

Cities are all too often reduced to icons: yellow taxi New York boulevards, pretty Paris cafés, Belfast bombs. Our friend, model and artist Eva Manticova, photographs her current hometown with an eye for imperfection and contradiction, and in the process reveals the rich, nuanced texture of the real London. We interviewed her several months back about […]

Goat Town

Goat Town

Guangzhou, the industrial powerhouse of southern China, is nicknamed “Goat Town” after its foundation myth in which five goats descended from the heavens with rice stalks to save the people from starvation. The photographic series Goat Town is an investigation into the vast and consuming alterations being made to the city’s landscape. Using the backdrop of my […]