Category: Art / Design

Interview: Loenard Greco

Interview: Loenard Greco

Leonard Greco has lived in more places than most, and it’s reasonable to see how it’s reflected in his photography. His portraits range from musicians like Sébastien Tellier and Zach Condon (of Beirut) to cultural legends like GQ’s “Style Guy” Glenn O’Brien, while his ethereal still life scenes could be from another planet. He’s even […]

The Minimalist’s Guide to Spring Cleaning

The Minimalist’s Guide to Spring Cleaning

Spring is officially here, seemingly in earnest, with no pending snow storms on the horizon (at least where we’re sitting.) It’s one of our favorite seasons, heralding all sorts of fresh starts and newness: new blooms, new shoes, new opportunities. We couldn’t think of a better time to talk to our favorite professional organizer, Kristen […]

Introducing: Haerfest

Introducing: Haerfest

Haerfest (pronounced harvest) is a New York-based bag company created by brothers Daniel and Tim Joo.  Not satisfied with the overly detailed and sporty backpacks on the market, they gave it an elevated redesign and created day bags that seamlessly transition into night with ease. We talked to Daniel and Tim about sibling collaboration and […]

Interview: Fleabags

Interview: Fleabags

Our favorite overnight bags, Fleabags strives to create products that are as green as possible while maintaining high quality and covetable design. Shira Entis, a fashion designer and lover of all things tiny and over-sized, and Alex Bell, a lawyer and seeker of adventures, have been fleamarket addicts since they met at Brown University. Frustrated by […]

Interview: LAND

Interview: LAND

Land is an Austin-based design studio owned by Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes. We talked to the guys about living and working in the Lone Star State, the ancient symbolism that influences their work, and what they have in the works. Tell us a little bit about yourselves and your backgrounds. How did you […]

Interview: Exactitudes

Interview: Exactitudes

Inspired by the street style scene of late 1990′s Rotterdam, photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek have spent the past 20 years compiling photographic studies of the dress codes of Europe’s diverse social groups, called “Exactitudes”. The series, which is a contraction of “exact” and “attitudes,” is a fascinating and obsessive documentation of human […]

Travel: Seoul Fashion Week

Travel: Seoul Fashion Week

Continuing our ongoing narrative of interesting things happening around the world, our very own quasi-expat and former Seoul resident, A.J. Lund, took a quick jump across the Pacific to catch the Seoul Fashion Week in its fourteenth year. While there, she caught up with old friends, mingled with supermodels and K-pop singers, and got a […]

Introducing: Building Block

Introducing: Building Block

Los Angeles-based sisters Kimberly and Nancy Wu  founded multi-media design project Building Block in 2011 with the intent of returning to square one. Their pared down approach to design somehow melds utilitarianism and an unconventional take on luxury, resulting in a collection of highly covetable bags and leather accessories. We talked to Kimberly and Nancy […]

Jackie Lee Young

Jackie Lee Young

Like many good things these days, we first discovered talented photographer Jackie Lee Young via her fantastic Instagram feed. Her work combines fashion and portrait photography in inventive and often-haunting ways. We talked to Jackie about living and working in Texas and what’s it like to spend her days at one of the country’s coolest […]

Artist Interview: Joan Tarragó

Artist Interview: Joan Tarragó

Joan Tarragó is an illustrator and art director from Barcelona with an infectious personality, a penchant for meticulous detail, and a love for Voodoo symbolism. We met him at his recent gallery show in Richmond and learned why “drawing, drawing, drawing, working hard, and being nice to people” is his motto. Tell us a little […]

Design: Wes Anderson Palettes

Design: Wes Anderson Palettes

Like many, I find myself completely mesmerized by the cinematic world of Wes Anderson. His movies are an art director’s dream- every shot is completely thought through with microscopic attention to detail. I stumbled upon this fairly new and simple Tumblr this week,  and relived a few of my favorite scenes accompanied by simple color palettes. The […]

Interview: Alex Proba

Interview: Alex Proba

Alex Proba is a New York-based graphic designer who had a novel creative idea: every day before the day ends she would create a poster with one restriction, time (no more than 30 minutes to create.) It has become a routine and visual manifestation of her life, day-by-day (today marks her 268th poster). We asked […]

Design: Contemporary Architecture of Denmark

Design: Contemporary Architecture of Denmark

Denmark. To begin, I should mention that I’ve yet to visit this seemingly wonderful place. After hearing so many positive things about it, I simply can’t wait to step foot there. Aside from the obvious reasons that make Denmark a great country, it’s capital city, Copenhagen, seems to be the crème de la crème of global […]

How To:  Make the Best Paper Airplane (Ever)

How To: Make the Best Paper Airplane (Ever)

Today is your lucky day.Why, you ask? Because you will learn how to make one of the best paper airplanes of all time. Step 1. Grab yourself a piece of paper, preferably size A4 or letter. Step 2. Bend the paper over from the corner, so the front of the paper is flush with the left […]

Artist Interview: Emma Kohlmann

Artist Interview: Emma Kohlmann

We first discovered artist Emma Kohlmann at Farewell Books in Austin and were instantly drawn in to her darkly ephemeral work that explores themes of decomposition, finality, and self-deprecation. In 2011, she began working with Sumi ink and brush pen, and has graduated to collage and digital media. Currently she helps her friends run a […]

The Wes Anderson Collection

The Wes Anderson Collection

Today marks the nationwide release of Wes Anderson’s 9th film “The Grand Budapest Hotel (a “complex caper” according to the New York Times) delighting Anderson-ites across the country. In honor of that release, our friend and graphic designer Emma Robertson (of the lovely design blog  Emma Dime) took a closer look at The Wes Anderson Collection, the first […]

Artist Interview: Jordan Grace Owens

Artist Interview: Jordan Grace Owens

Jordan Grace Owens is an artist, illustrator, and maker. If you don’t recognize her by name, you might by her perfectly quirky illustrations and other work that we just can’t get enough of. We had the chance to chat with the North Carolina-based artist about making things and analyzing faces. Hi Jordan! Introduce yourself. I’m […]

Brian W. Ferry

Brian W. Ferry

Brooklyn-based photographer Brian W. Ferry has a knack for noticing things others don’t – and beautifully capturing those unseen moments on film. He has an impressive ability to turn once-basic genres like food photography and travel photography into a fine art form, presenting a refreshingly unobvious view of just about anything he captures. work for […]

Introducing: Bandelier

Introducing: Bandelier

Bandelier is a Los Angeles based accessories line rooted in traditional craft and culture. Each piece is painstakingly made by hand, and though they make a statement, are exceptionally easy to wear. Intrigued by the brand’s artistic vision and loyalty to time-honored techniques, we chatted with Andria, the artist herself, to find out more. photo […]

Elizabeth Corkery & The Print Club

Elizabeth Corkery & The Print Club

A Sydney native, Elizabeth Corkery recently completed her MFA at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and is currently living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. Trained as a printmaker, she has an ongoing fascination with the varied notion of the multiple and expanding intersection between fine art and design. We’re exploring Elizabeth’s work and her […]

Travel: San Fran & Angel Island

Travel: San Fran & Angel Island

Our friend and local tattooer, Johnathan Fleming, recently took a trip out west and we jumped on the chance to experience it with him. Armed with a good friend and photographer, a tattoo machine, and ready for adventure, these are the photos and stories from Johnathan’s time in California. I recently traveled to San Francisco […]

Introducing: Datter Industries

Introducing: Datter Industries

Kaye Blegvad, the ultra-cool, multitalented, and whip-smart lady behind Datter Industries describes herself as a maker of things, a title perfectly fitted for her sea of talents and forever-long list of ongoing artistic projects. Datter, meaning ‘daughter’ in Danish as well as a fusion of the words data and matter, is Kaye’s quirky and a […]

KEVIN KUNSTADT – THE DOLOMITES

KEVIN KUNSTADT – THE DOLOMITES

Kevin Kunstadt’s stunning photo essay of a trip to the Dolomites in Italy are presented in a human context, revealing their magnificent scale. A magazine of the trip is available for purchase here. For more of his work visit, kevinkunstadt.com

Porcelainia

Porcelainia

Porcelainia is an amazing, charming short film by Dave Altizer about Bobby Jager’s journey of combining art and science. What I appreciate about Bobby’s work is that it’s informed. His process doesnt stop at his passion for science, but he has taken his passion and rolled it into his love of art, creating something truly […]

How To: Build a Coffee Table

How To: Build a Coffee Table

When he’s not busy running his family’s farm, working on his racecar, or shelling out denim on our sales floor, store employee and jack-of-all-trades Patrick somehow finds time for some good old fashioned woodworking. He recently built a few beautiful mid century-inspired coffee tables for friends, and he gives us the know-how to do it […]

The Yucatan by Hand

The Yucatan by Hand

There’s something welcoming about a city that talks to you in hand-written language. Merida and Valladolid are prime examples. Every corner has its own voice, rather than being limited to ten or so default typefaces from the sign shop. These types of advertisements are truly authentic. It’s the beautiful imperfection that gives these samples of […]

The Present Company Project

The Present Company Project

One of our favorite creative gals, Amber Byrne Mahoney, lives in Brooklyn, NY and specializes in film, polaroid and digital photography. In her newest endeavor, The Present Company Project challenges Amber to engage with strangers, get to know people she otherwise may not, and open her eyes to the many possibilities of a genuine interaction. The […]

Georgina Gratrix

Georgina Gratrix

The brashly tactile and colourful surfaces of Georgina Gratrix paintings immediately capture your attention: “Part mocking, part criticism, part play, Gratrix’s work offers an inverted visual take on the world. Instilled with her youthful energy and personal experience, her work is refreshing, entertaining and complex.”.  Georgina is a Cape Town-based artist whose humorous, at times grotesque, […]

Katrin Coetzer

Katrin Coetzer

I think it’s safe to say that Katrin Coetzer is one of my favourite South African illustrators. From her delicate style to her choice of subject matter, Katrin manages to balance accessibility with art in a way that I could never imagine achieving. Her use of negative and/or white space is truly exceptional. Katrin studied […]

Dokter and Misses

Dokter and Misses

Husband and wife team Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin are the creative powerhouses behind Dokter and Misses, one of the best and brightest, independent industrial design companies in South Africa. Their aesthetic combines a modernist approach with the bold colour and geometry of African Design. The Dokter and Misses range comprises of a variety of furniture, […]

Kent Andreasen

Kent Andreasen

The work of 22-year old Kent Andreasen spans the photographic genres of fashion, advertising, portraiture, still life, and cinematography. Despite his young age, this Cape Town-based photographer has developed a signature style marked by his use of light to create contrast, draw focus and play with colour. No matter how arbitrary the subject matter, Andreasen manages […]

Cody William Smith

Cody William Smith

Cody Smith is a Los Angeles-based photographer, cinematographer and director of photography originally from Reno, Nevada. Specializing in landscape, fine art and environmental portraiture, his work is a force to be reckoned with, causing you to slow down just a bit and take notice of something you may not have noticed before. Cody’s images are beautiful, […]

Claudette Schreuders

Claudette Schreuders

Claudette Schreuders is a sculptor and fine artist from South Africa, whose work is an intimate portrayal of her relationships and the milestones in her life. She was born in 1973 in Pretoria, but currently lives and works in Cape Town, where she graduated with a master’s degree from the Michaelis School of Fine Art. Her […]

VMFA: Hollywood Costume

VMFA: Hollywood Costume

Virginia Museum of Fine Art‘s fall exhibition, Hollywood Costume, celebrates a century of costume design and its contribution to cinematic history in American culture. On view through February 17, 2014, the exhibition allows viewers to explore the collaborations between directors, actors and costume designers that bring to life some of the most unforgettable and beloved […]

Cape Town Creatives

Cape Town Creatives

Cape Town has been officially selected as the World Design Capital for 2014, after battling out a shortlist of noteworthy design capital potentials. The title not only acknowledges the wealth of creative talent in the city but also works to encourage future design-focused projects and initiatives. Over the course of the year 450 projects will […]

Viviane Sassen

Viviane Sassen

Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen spent her formative years in a place full of vivid colors, sharp sunlight, and pure, quiet darkness. Her childhood memories would forever follow her in dreams, and through her work have come alive in images. For Sassen, Africa is a place that stays with you, and she’s spent an impressive career […]

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor is an artist based in Cape Town, represented by Whatiftheworld / Gallery, known for his colourful and expressive painting style. He completed his Masters in Fine Art in 2006 and has gone on to win a number of accolades, including being named one of Modern Painters Magazine 100 Artists to Watch in 2012. He […]

Introducing: Harper Ave

Introducing: Harper Ave

Based in Los Angeles, Harper Ave. creates simple, sleek, and always appropriate bags, suitable to accompany you from day to night, studio to farmer’s market, desk to disco, airport to art show – everywhere & anywhere! Each backpack is named after an architect or artist whose work inspired its particular colors and textures, giving each […]

John Dominis

John Dominis

Renowned LIFE Magazine photographer John Dominis died on the 30th of December 2013, he was 92. He leaves a legacy of iconic images that covered a broad range of subject matter from war to celebrities, wildlife, food and political figures. Born in Los Angeles in 1921, Dominis showed an interest in photography early on. He studied […]

Artist Interview: Zaria Forman

Artist Interview: Zaria Forman

Zaria Forman has an impressive ability to create ultra-realistic images using her hands. What on first glance look like photographs of pristine, icy waters are actually pastel drawings by the talented artist. Inspired by a lifetime of travels and solidified by her formal training, Zaria’s work is as breathtaking as the geography that influences it. […]

The Factory

The Factory

In the 1960s and ’70s, Andy Warhol’s famous New York City studio was busy producing art, making films, throwing legendary parties, and playing host to some of the era’s most talked about it crowd. Known as the Factory, the studio’s three different locations over two decades saw some of the world’s most prized art and […]

A 2013 Cheat Sheet for 2014

A 2013 Cheat Sheet for 2014

I don’t really make resolutions. The only thing I could muster up for 2014 was to cut out excess…i.e. mostly financial excess, i.e. spending more money than is necessary. One thing I do take stock in, and which I will share with you, are things that worked or I loved in 2013 that should be […]

Elisa Nalin in Paris

Elisa Nalin in Paris

The super talented Backyard Bill has a knack for intimately photographing and getting to know his subjects. So much so that we feel like we know them all, the most interesting and stylish friends in their own spaces and in their own clothing. Paris-based (by way of Italy) stylist Elisa Nalin is an internet regular, […]

Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group

Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group

Ettore Sottsass was an Italian architect and designer that through his work helped to make the world both a more functional and a more beautiful place in the late 20th century. From office furniture to glass and jewelry, he stamped his name on both consumerist products and experimental collaborations. Read on to learn how architecture and […]

Inspiration: High/Low

Inspiration: High/Low

I initially wanted to drop some inspiration on Saturday but came down with a wretched cold – thanks NYC Subway system. Shout out to all the grown adults who sneeze and cough without covering, pick their noses, and never wash their hands after using the restroom – you are ALL my heroes. (Oh, and there […]

Neighborhoods of Richmond

Neighborhoods of Richmond

Justin Tran is a Communication Arts undergraduate student at VCU with an affinity for illustration and other forms of visual communication. His graphic Neighborhoods of Richmond series is spot on, illustrating the signature architecture and landmarks of our regular haunts. Don’t see your ‘hood here? We hear Justin’s got more in the works soon, including the […]

Jordan Brazie’s Valaric Surfboards

Jordan Brazie’s Valaric Surfboards

I’m a little late on this post, but I’m sneaking it in anyway. Jordan Brazie is one of a kind. An artist, craftsman, Virginian, and just a really good dude. Tucked away in a small corner of Virginia Beach, Jordan has created a small and solid mecca for shaping surfboards, called the Quay, where he […]

George Nelson’s Kirkpatrick House

George Nelson’s Kirkpatrick House

The Kirkpatrick House, designed in the mid-1950s by George Nelson, is located in southwest Kalamazoo, Michigan on a wooded lot set back from the street. The modernist designer and architect designed the stunning home in collaboration with Gordon Chadwick, a former apprentice of the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright. Built for Sally and James Kirkpatrick, friends of Nelson’s wife, […]

Inspiration: Cozy Textiles

Inspiration: Cozy Textiles

As the air gets chilly and our homes get drafty, we’re piling up the textiles to add warmth and a little style kick. Our favorites this season, from Pendleton, Faribault Woolen Mill Co, Auntie Oti and the likes, are draped over furniture, hung on the walls, laid out as a rug, layered on our beds, […]

Monocle: A Closer Look

Monocle: A Closer Look

Monocle keeps an eye and an ear on the world as a global briefing on international affairs, business, culture and design. With shops stretching across the globe, Monocle also sells products that cater to their readers’ style and tastes and make the perfect gifts for your design-driven friends. Monocle is a premium media brand with magazine, […]