Category: Art / Design

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 […]

Jamie Ho: Polaroids

Jamie Ho: Polaroids

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 […]

Remembering Massimo Vignelli

Remembering Massimo Vignelli

Last week the design world lost a hero. On Tuesday, May 27th, Massimo Vignelli, the renowned and highly influential graphic designer, died at the age of 83 in his Manhattan home. While his timeless designs will survive him in the public consciousness, he will forever be remembered for the values he imparted to the design […]

Interview: Francine Dressler

Interview: Francine Dressler

Francine Dressler is an artist and illustrator who came of age in 1970’s Los Angeles.  She’s known for her bold Modigliani-esque female figures and love of cherry red. We talked to Francine about being an artist in the turbulent ‘70’s and the women that have influenced her work. Tell us a little bit about yourself […]

Sight Unseen OFFSITE

Sight Unseen OFFSITE

With a background in design editorial, Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov launched much-loved art and design site Sight Unseen in 2009 with the intent of giving us peeks behind the curtains of artists and creatives alike. In 2010, they launched Noho Design District, a showcase for cutting-edge design which helped launch emerging talent like Fort […]

Introducing: Yuvi

Introducing: Yuvi

The eponymous line of celebrated jewelry designer Yuvi Alpert, Yuvi is a line of finely crafted, easy to wear wrist jewelry. Crafted from materials sourced from around the globe, each piece is hand crafted for a refined take on everyday minimalism. We talked to Yuvi about his early inspirations and how simple details can add […]

Posing Beauty

Posing Beauty

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) has an incredible collection of art from all eras, and luckily for us it’s right in our backyard. Their newest exhibit, Posing Beauty, features paintings, sculptures, and photographs by African American artists exploring themes of personal and cultural identity. This week, we sat with the Assistant Curator of […]

Interview: David Kitz

Interview: David Kitz

Artist and photographer David Kitz uses texture in such a distinct way that it practically jumps off the page, begging you to touch it. His recently published zine, SIDELINES, combines a candy colored palette with tactile images from his day to day life.  He took a break from traveling Europe with his band to chat […]

Sonya Clark: Same Difference

Sonya Clark: Same Difference

Sonya Clark is a leading fiber artist who specializes in intricate and politically charged sculptures using human hair. We talked to her about the reductive quality of working with hair, her technique, and the “same difference” that connects us all. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background? Where are you […]

Jim Naughten Hereros

Jim Naughten Hereros

British photographer Jim Naughten’s trip to the hostile desert of Namibia yielded more than pockets full of dust—he came back with a glimpse into the largely unknown culture of the Hereros tribe. Passionate about the process as much as the end result, Naughten’s photographs allow a glimpse into the tribe’s cultural past through their men, women, […]

Human Being Journal 4: An Interview with Ryan McGinness

Human Being Journal 4: An Interview with Ryan McGinness

Ryan McGinness is a New York-based visual artist whose large scale paintings draw heavy influence from the surf and skate culture of his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Known for his intricately layered pieces, McGinness weaves together the visual language of contemporary iconography, corporate logos, and public signage, creating abstract pieces that have established him […]

Brick City: The History of Lego

Brick City: The History of Lego

It’s not difficult to remember. Bustling cities built in a day in primary blue, red, yellow, green. Pixelated space probes shattering into their component pieces on berber carpeted living room floors. Countertop kingdoms with pulley operated drawbridges. Pastiche combinations of the three, blended into one surreal and chaotic playworld. LEGO, the iconic children’s toy of […]

Introducing: Sun Buddies

Introducing: Sun Buddies

Sun Buddies is a new sunglasses line from the masterminds behind the Swedish-based fashion label and retail store Très Bien. Brothers Simon and Hannes Hogeman created the vintage-inspired and handmade frames in homage to classic 1960’s cinema. We talked to them about the staying power of Prada, Swedish sunshine, and what’s next for their line. […]

Interview: Leonard Greco

Interview: Leonard 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 […]