The New Yorker Festival

By Tom Ran

Published: September 9, 2013 under Talks

Photo: The New Yorker Festival 2013

As far as festival goes, The New Yorker is one of the more distinguished ones. The magazine’s voice is brought to stage through many of their notable staff and contributing writers and past profiles. Their leading perspective on cultural personalities in film, fashion, food, lit, science and politics always makes this festival one to look forward to in the fall. This year’s program includes Marina Abramovic, Aziz Ansari, Noah Baumbach, David Chang, Greta Gerwig, Malcolm Gladwell, Miranda July, and many others. Performances, tours and dining events are also part of the three day festival which includes a feast at Roberta’s, morning at the Frick museum, a show with Kim Gordon’s band Body/Head, and the always awesome Moth, featuring stories from inside the magazine. The New Yorker festival takes place October 4, 5, and 6th. Tickets will go on sale this Friday.

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Portable Curators Conference

By Tom Ran

Published: August 22, 2012 under Talks

Portable Curators Conference in New York September 5th.

Photo: Portable

Portable, the site devoted to featuring and archiving the best videos online is hosting a conference next month in NY, spotlighting curators and creatives on and offline. The Curators Conference will feature talks by Josh Rubin, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Cool Hunting, Carrie Scott, the director of SHOWstudio, director Gia Coppola, Managing Director of Mr & Mrs Smith, Rodrigo Calvo, Philippe von Borries, co-founder of Refinery29, Chris Corrado, fashion curator and director of Capsule, and others. Tickets are still available for the one day conference which will take place on September 5th at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center.

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Vitsœ Talks: Nicholas Felton

By Tom Ran

Published: March 21, 2011 under Talks

Detail from Feltron 2010 Annual Report poster

Photo: Nicholas Felton

With its intimate setting and living room-like space Vitsœ’s shop is an ideal setting for talks. Starting April 6th, their New York showroom will host a series of talks, with Nicholas Felton being their first guest speaker. Felton is a designer obsessed with data and translating them into charts and graphs for clients from the Wall Street Journal to Creative Review. He even collects data on his personal life and compiles it into an annual report. He’ll be discussing his thought process behind his 2010 Annual Report. The talk is free, however, due to space limitation there is a waiting list for the event.

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Mira Nakashima

By Tom Ran

Published: March 17, 2011 under Talks

George Nakashima with daughter

Photo: George Nakashima Woodworker SA

You don’t always have to spend hundreds of dollars or even thousands to attend some great talks. Apartment Therapy’s meet ups have included some outstanding guests in the past and the one coming up on April 6th is no different. Mira Nakashima-Yarnall, George Nakashima’s daughter, has been invited to speak on the legacy of her father’s work, her continued efforts in preserving his designs and her contributions and creative offerings to the company. Since 1990, Mira has been running the George Nakashima Studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania, where visitors are welcome on the weekends for tours. The talk will be held at ABC Carpet & Home, RSVP for the event here.

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Standard Talks

By Tom Ran

Published: March 10, 2011 under Talks

Standard Talks at the High Line Room

Photo: The Standard

Sunny Bates is an advocate and connector helping people and businesses find solutions to issues in just about every aspect imaginable. That’s why she’s a part of TED’s Brain Trust, an adviser to the development and future of the conference. The Standard and Cool Hunting have joined forces to bring Standard Talks, a monthly forum curated by Bates that will touch upon issues that span a range of topics including art, fashion, design, culture, sex, entertainment, science, architecture and more. The first in the series will be a conversation on “game theory and werewolf,” what exactly does that mean is anyone’s guess. The panel will include a psychologist, private detective, and very special guests. Intrigued? You bet!

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A Camera, Marker, Paper & Scissors

By Tom Ran

Published: February 3, 2011 under Talks

Neistat Brothers office

Photo: Neistat Brothers

A camera, marker, paper & a pair of scissors is all you need to make a movie, a Neistat Brothers movie at least. Brothers Casey and Van Neistat have been making their short films since 1999 after purchasing an iMac and camera. Though the production to their films are simple, it’s their story telling and subject matter that makes them so unique. Their humble beginnings would garner much attention after a video they made on the iPod’s battery life, went viral in 2003. And in 2010, HBO premiered a television series based on the brothers’ lives told in various short stories. Find out how it all began this evening when one half of the team, Casey Neistat, will be speaking at The Celeste Bartos Theater
 at MoMA.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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