Category: Art / Design

Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui

Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui

Alongside Miwako Nishizawa’s Twelve Views of Virginia, a sweeping retrospective of artist Kawase Hasue (1883-1957), Water and Shadow, also opened last week at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The prolific painter and printer remains one of Japan’s most significant artists of all time, and his influence and technique continue to resonate in contemporary Japanese art. For a long-form history of […]

Brutal Beauty: Lake Anne Plaza

Brutal Beauty: Lake Anne Plaza

Let’s say brutalism is an acquired taste, yes? That most reviled of architectural traditions, synonymous with communist tower blocks, impenetrable government fortresses and 1970s public works, has never done much to endear itself to a general populace who prefers pretty, light, flashy or whimsical. Brutalism is serious, stern. But it’s not called brutalism because it’s […]

Twelve Views of Virginia

Twelve Views of Virginia

To the wider world, Virginia is something of an enigma. The place might conjure images of colonialism, government bureaucracy or perhaps I-95 traffic, but compared to most any state from bayou Louisiana to flat Iowa to woodsy Oregon, Virginia is harder to pin down. It is officially Southern, but it’s a world away from the […]

Herd In Iceland

Herd In Iceland

As colder temperatures start to stick around, our attitudes shift to what winter comes to mean: hot cocoa, wool sweaters, bottomless slush puddles and piling logs in a fireplace. To the minds of many, a place that seems locked in eternal winter (and must really pile on the wool sweaters) is the country of Iceland. […]

Studio Visit : Scott Laufer

Studio Visit : Scott Laufer

As we walk to the car at the end of a visit to his studio in the back of a Los Angeles bungalow, Scott Laufer points out the zombie figurine in the yard of the home across the street. “They put it up a few nights ago and I jumped the first time I saw […]

C’era una volta: Gaia Stella

C’era una volta: Gaia Stella

Milan illustrator Gaia Stella literally has a storybook life—in her young career, she’s become a reference point for children’s book illustration, a few of which have become contemporary standards in Italy. She builds stamps and then composes her tableaux in a technique that combines drawing, construction and collage. It makes for a whimsical chunkiness that naturally lends itself to storybooks, […]

Dieter Rams & Braun

Dieter Rams & Braun

Now in his 80s, Dieter Rams has long been a sort of shorthand avatar for Designer (intentional capital D)—he’s the bespectacled, wise, invisible portrait beside its dictionary entry. Along with Eames’ chairs and Helvetica, Rams himself is a definitive icon of universal good design. And while the scope of design in everyday life has changed drastically since his 1960s […]

Studio Visit: Jon-Phillip Sheridan

Studio Visit: Jon-Phillip Sheridan

Jon-Phillip Sheridan’s studio sits on a row of once-stately old houses in Richmond, on a street lined by grand, twisted old trees. It’s a perfectly evocative setting for an artist the Oxford American has hailed a “Superstar” Southern artist. He has exhibited at the prestigious VMFA, has had solo shows in a number of respected galleries, […]

The Mansions of Newport

The Mansions of Newport

At the turn of the last century, America’s wealthiest families divided their time between various residences throughout the country. Whether one’s fortune had been found in a bank in Manhattan or a mine in Nevada, the question of where to spend the summer season had only one answer: Newport, Rhode Island. Although of slightly lesser […]

Women Fashion Power

Women Fashion Power

Today Design Museum opened WOMEN FASHION POWER, a new multimedia exhibition which “offers an unprecedented look at how princesses, models, CEOs, Dames and designers have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world.” Curated by Colin McDowelll and Donna Loveday, it is a look at the inextricable link between women and style […]

María Moldes: La Costa

María Moldes: La Costa

María Moldes is a Spanish photographer who has become something of an Instagram sensation over the past year. Her grotesque yet strangely beautiful, imagery from around the sun-baked towns of Spain’s occidental coast makes for a compelling look at ageing, isolation and self-awareness. And in the tradition of the best street photography, it holds a rather unflattering […]

Human Being Journal 5 Launch Party

Human Being Journal 5 Launch Party

Last Wednesday we launched Human Being Journal 5, and on Friday we welcomed it to the world with a launch party at Sediment Arts’ space in downtown Richmond. In honour of its very first Japanese edition, we served up a couple kegs of Kirin Ichiban and Nippon sweets to a soundtrack of J-Pop delight. Also on display were […]

TWA Flight Center

TWA Flight Center

Few paragons of architecture are more exalted and less accessible than Eero Saarinen’s Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight Center at John F. Kennedy Airport. Today, passage via the vermilion-carpeted gateways—which now lead from Jet Blue’s Terminal 5—is generally possible only during Open House New York, and this year marked the Flight Center’s last public opening before undergoing major renovations. […]

Photography: Paul Jung

Photography: Paul Jung

Paul Jung is consistency personified. His singular polished style spreads across his fashion photography, music video direction, and even his daily routine. Taking a spin through his work, it’s hard to miss. Sharp lines, minimalist textures, bold colors—Jung applies this kind of practiced and perfected nature to his everyday life. Based in New York, Jung […]

Studio Visit : Silvia Song

Studio Visit : Silvia Song

The morning I met Silvia Song in her Bay Area garage-turned-woodshop was uncharacteristically sunny, but all the warmth seemed to radiate from Song herself. She acknowledged an outstretched hand with a quick hug and instructed me to duck under the garage door buttressed by a standard 2×4. Her shop is small, high ceilings and clever […]

Interview: Sally England

Interview: Sally England

The history of macramé dates back to the 13th century when Arabian weavers would create intricate hand knotted pieces for everything from protecting their horses from flies to decorating their homes with intricate wall hangings. In short, macramé made its way through Europe, to the hands of sailors using the technique to create hammocks and nets, […]

P.A.M

P.A.M

If you like Metahaven and read Murakami, slick Melbourne label P.A.M (Perks and Mini, or really, whatever you want it to stand for) was made for you. We carried the line back in the day, and are very happy to welcome them back to the store. Their pieces are cerebral, textural and choc-full of unexpected details […]

Photography: Stella Berkofsky

Photography: Stella Berkofsky

Our new lookbooks for October, Foreign Exchange for women’s and North by North for men’s were shot in Richmond by London turned L.A. photographer Stella Berkofsky. We love her earnest, intimate style with its judicious use of light—helped along, no doubt, by her steadfast use of analogue film. After the images came back from the lab, we had a quick chat […]

Photography: Emma Elizabeth Tillman

Photography: Emma Elizabeth Tillman

A well constructed photograph is one that may take you minutes, hours, even days, to figure out and fully decipher. Photographer Emma Tillman (Garr) is a master of these deep reads—her photos are raw, deep and plenty mysterious on their own. They’re also rather unashamed of their genuine intimacy, and include everything from nude self portraits […]

Gratuitous Type

Gratuitous Type

Who could possibly resist “a pamphlet of typographic smut”? Certainly not any of us here in the Need Supply Co. studio, and since 2010 we’ve been following Elena Schenkler’s Gratuitous Type like spawning salmon follow their love-filled pink hearts. But unlike most graphics publications, which venerate the fruits of straight-laced design labor, Gratuitous Type tows up […]

Icon: Alvar Aalto

Icon: Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto is unquestionably among the finest modernist architects, but is also a veritable national treasure in his home country of Finland. To this day, Aalto is to Finland what Ive is to Apple, and his influence can still be felt in its carefully designed cities, brick sturdy Nokia phones and sumptuous Marimekko textiles. A new […]

Interview: Drew Tyndell

Interview: Drew Tyndell

Designer Drew Tyndell grew up doodling at the drafting table of his father, the architect. It is in the intersection of playful color and architectural simplicity that Tyndell’s work feels most at home. As an animator, Drew has worked with Cartoon Network and Fuel TV. As an artist, his dimensional wooden collages are shown around […]

Unit Editions: Type Plus

Unit Editions: Type Plus

Print is a tenacious beast, indeed. As the pendulum of popular opinion swings in earnest back toward analogue, last decade’s rallying cry of “print is dead!” is now ultra passé—quelled by a seemingly continuous influx of new and supremely good art and lifestyle publications. But despite this rising new wave of design-conscious lit, the overall market is […]

NY Art Book Fair 2014

NY Art Book Fair 2014

Last decade’s vision of the future, in which e-ink and bendy displays supplanted CMYK and binding, never quite panned out. Instead, as fast, reactive content has left paper for screen, print has only become better, smaller and more special but by no means less relevant. Nowadays, there’s nothing quite so curmudgeonly as declaring print dead. Should […]

Interview: Ramon Felix

Interview: Ramon Felix

Viewing the work of photographer Ramon Felix is like catching a bit of conversation in passing. You want to know more, but there’s something beautiful in what’s left unknown. Felix is a connoisseur of glimpses, a self described voyeur with good intentions. Our conversation progressed with a friendly gait punctuated by ‘dudes’ and ‘likes’ that […]

20Y HORT

20Y HORT

This year, our friends and Human Being Journal alumni HORT turn twenty. That’s the big two-oh—two decades that the venerable Berlin outfit have been pushing creative buttons, stretching the limits of collaborative process and just creating straight stellar work. HORT is marking the occasion with an exhibition, 20Y HORT, at KK Outlet in east London. Rather than career-spanning retrospective, the show […]

Studio Visit: Anna Valdez

Studio Visit: Anna Valdez

The studio of Oakland-based artist Anna Valdez feels familiar even on first visit. Light spills through the transom windows of the old warehouse, illuminating stacks of stretched canvas and a shelf full of hot sauce and postcards. A large canvas stretched across the far wall reflects the table near the door, artfully draped in textiles, […]

A Bright Idea: Michelle Steinback

A Bright Idea: Michelle Steinback

We liked Michelle Steinbeck of Cedar & Moss from the moment we met. From her well-curated mid-century dwelling tucked into an enchanted forrest, to the rope swing she let us try out in her backyard, we really just didn’t want to leave. Walking through her basement-turned studio, Michelle holds up an old car part which she fits a cylinder light-bulb […]

Interview: Berta Pfirsich

Interview: Berta Pfirsich

Alfred Eisenstadt said, “The important thing is not the camera but the eye.” Some form of that adage has been dredged up a lot since the advent of mobile phone photography (it is hard to argue against the handiest camera typology ever), but a professional without a bag full of fancy doodads and gizmos still seems like an […]

Wrap Prodigy

Wrap Prodigy

Some people follow the rules, and some people break them. Anton Alvarez creates his own. After studying traditional cabinetry and furniture design at Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden, Alvarez moved to London to pursue an MA in the Royal College of Art’s Product Design department. It was the cumulation of his work at RCA that resulted […]

Remembering Deborah Sussman

It is with sadness that we begin to speak of Deborah Sussman in the past tense. Sussman died in her West Hollywood home on Wednesday, August 20th, after a battle with cancer. She was a recognized pioneer environmental graphics, and helped define the aesthetic language of Los Angeles.   Deborah Sussman’s curriculum vitae reads like a design history textbook. Growing up in […]

Interview: Jonathan Schoonover

Interview: Jonathan Schoonover

For being relatively young, NYC-based photographer Jonathan Schoonover has a signature style in hand. Currently pursuing his MFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts, he also spends his time shooting still life, portraits, and dodging blood spray while shooting amateur wrestling matches for an ongoing project. The latter is actually a family affair–he has been shooting indie […]

Polaroids: Jamie Ho

Polaroids: Jamie Ho

In theory, regardless of subject matter, a good image is made by the careful consideration of line, composition and light combined with a little technical ability. But in practice, most contemporary photographers we consider talented are masters of just one of the three. Take Juergen Teller, for instance, who is indifferent to lighting and line, […]

Dirty Furniture

Dirty Furniture

While design and its role in human society are immense, its general discourse has for far too long been two-sided and too narrow. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the assortment of titles that are ostensibly authorities on design. On the one hand, we have those that lionize and fetishize the culture of […]

Introducing: Wolfgar Handmade

Introducing: Wolfgar Handmade

Wolfgar Handmade was created almost by accident. Founded in 2012 by Joseph Wolfgar Coleman, the semi-eponymous, Jacksonville-based line was created from the scrap wood left over from the renovation of a 1916 craftsman-style house. “Curiosity led me to see what I could make from this hodgepodge of leftover materials,” Coleman says. “The end result was […]

Grand Prix Party at Need Supply Co.

Grand Prix Party at Need Supply Co.

On Friday, August 1, Need Supply Co. had the pleasure of showcasing the reinterpreted Grand Prix™ chair, originally designed by Arne Jacobsen and reimagined by Fritz Hansen and Han Kjøbenhavn. Richmonders and out-of-towners alike gathered in our Richmond, VA store with cups of Carlsberg for the unveiling of the newly designed chairs, featuring black tubular […]

Interview: Geordie Wood

Interview: Geordie Wood

For those in creative pursuits, it can be either a dream or nightmare to balance personal work with more professional, stable employment. Geordie Wood, Photo Director at The FADER, manages to gracefully hold onto both. For the uninitiated, The FADER is an NYC-based music publication that also focuses on art, culture, and style. As Photo Director, Wood has […]

Arcosanti

Arcosanti

From Ville Radieuse to Bucky Fuller’s Dymaxion world, architecture has never been short on grand utopian ideas. But unlike most, which live on in only notebook pages, renderings and speculative writings, Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti is a living, growing city unto itself. At the end of an unassuming, washboarded dirt road off I-17 halfway between Flagstaff […]

Icon: Arne Jacobsen

Icon: Arne Jacobsen

For both an object and its designer to achieve icon status is rare, indeed. Once designed, produced and disseminated, an object or building is handed over to the wider culture, where it is either embraced and appropriated or summarily used up and tossed out. But even when object becomes icon, its designer is quite often […]

B-Boy

B-Boy

“The newsworthy transformations wrought by Picasso, Pollock, Warhol, and Robert Mapplethorpe have been replaced by shiny ghosts. They are not news and they are not new. Some work is just more recent. The last new thing I saw was break dancing.” -Dave Hickey Breaking first emerged in the 1970s as one of the four original elements […]

Han Kjøbenhavn x Fritz Hansen at Need Supply Co.

Han Kjøbenhavn x Fritz Hansen at Need Supply Co.

In cooperation with Fritz Hansen, Danish fashion brand Han Kjøbenhavn has created an homage to to the beautiful and iconic Grand Prix™ chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1957. The result is a contemporary interpretation which, like the original, was created with a focus on craftsmanship, materials, and aesthetic quality. On Friday, August 1 from […]

Strange Plants!

Strange Plants!

Indie publishing house-slash-creative agency Zioxla has just released its inaugural publication, Strange Plants, a friendly peach ‘celebration of plants in contemporary art.’ The volume is a delightful photosynthesis of work from artists from across mediums—whose usual subject matter runs a gamut from plant-centric or generally not-so-plant-centric—to make for what certainly amounts to the most creative take on agglomerated […]

Interview: Karin Kellner

Interview: Karin Kellner

Multicultural illustrator Karin Kellner works mostly the old-fashioned way, wrestling valiantly with watercolor and India ink. She works across design, food and fashion and her signature style is heavy on effervescent tones and devoid of extraneous detail, making for works that straddle a magical line between rigorous and wistful. Her portraiture is breathtaking, especially on paper, and she’s […]

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood

My introduction to the films of Richard Linklater took place in the back seat of a Jeep Cherokee that belonged to my best friend’s older sister. It was the summer of 2007 and California’s rolling blackouts had knocked out the power on our block hours earlier. Luckily she had a small TV with a built […]

Interview: Mieke Verbijlen

Interview: Mieke Verbijlen

Antwerp-based photographer Mieke Verbijlen shoots a different kind of interior. A far cry from the trappings of modern interior photography, which puts hollow architecture and aspirational furnishings on an impossibly burnished pedestal, her Apartments series serves as a document of interaction between people and their homes rather than a catalogue of curated objects or meticulously […]

Interview: Ike Edeani

Interview: Ike Edeani

Capturing the essence of a person in a portrait can be a huge challenge for some photographers, but for the Nigerian-born and now San Francisco-based Ike Edeani, it’s his forte. Ike (pronounced I.K.) is a former architect-turned-photographer. He’s yet another example that a person’s “career” is really just a fluid, ever-changing journey. Edeani’s journey brought […]

Introducing: Mociun

Introducing: Mociun

With a background in textiles and a penchant for Bauhaus-inspired design principles, Caitlin Mociun’s line of accessories is informed by an ahistorical use of textile and pattern traditions. She explores new technologies in order to create environmentally healthy products, too. We talked to Ms. Mociun about how she got into handmade jewelry and what’s next on her […]

Interview: Form Us With Love

Interview: Form Us With Love

The Swedish design studio Form Us With Love is on a roll. In their less-than-a-decade of existence, they’ve worked with rarefied, holy design grail manufacturers like DePadova and Cappellini, as well a range of scrappy upstarts and big names from around Scandinavia. Beyond the obligatory lighting and chairs (which they, of course, do particularly well), […]

Artist Interview: Jay Riggio

Artist Interview: Jay Riggio

The artist generally has total control over brushstrokes, line and even the photographic manipulation of light. But a collage is the product of the skilful agglomeration of disparate, found elements, which makes the form both a constant hunt and a delicate process of editing. With titles like “Roaming Charges Inside the Cathedral” and “What You […]

Introducing: Jasmin Shokrian

Introducing: Jasmin Shokrian

No matter how perfect and clear early summer is in the South (where we’re at), it always undoubtedly evolves into oppressive heat and swampy humidity. It is these times that our minds turn to Los Angeles, the land land of milk and honey (and clear sunshine and endless juice bar options). Los Angeles-based designer Jasmin Shokrian […]