The Possible

By Tom Ran

Published: January 6, 2014 under Art

Fritz Haeg's Domestic Integrities, Part A05, Walker Art Center, 2013

Photo: Fritz Haeg

The traditional process in which we view art will be abandoned in a new exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum. The Possible is an upcoming exhibition that encourages learning and participation in a constantly evolving environment. Artists that have worked with spaces and environments will take over the museum by transforming it into workspaces that include a multisensory library, a ceramic studio, dye lab, print shop, and recording studio. The artists and public will be creating new works that will be added to the exhibition. Over 100 artists and groups will be participating including Chris Johason, Clare Rojas, Jay Nelson, Alice Waters’s Edible Schoolyard, Fritz Haeg, Matt Dick of Small Trade Company, Iko Iko, Book / Shop, and many others. The Possible will be on view beginning January 29 through May 25th.

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Slow by Design

By Tom Ran

Published: January 3, 2014 under Craft

Slow by Design, a series of workshops based on the slow movement at Headlands Center for the Arts.

Photo: Headlands Center for the Arts

Just across the Golden Gate Bridge you’ll find a series of rolling hills with the most stunning views of San Francisco, Oakland and other parts of the bay area. Embedded within these hills is the Headlands Center for the Arts. Once a military base, it’s been transformed into an art center for residencies, exhibitions, and programs. For the winter, the Headlands will be hosting a series of design workshops based on the slow movement. Each workshop will be devoted to a subject that has been influenced by the movement, starting with woodworking, followed by fashion and ending with food. Participants will be taken through traditional and emerging techniques in each of the subjects and will get hands on sessions with crafters, farmers and designers. Each Slow by Design session will take place over a three day weekend with options to stay over night at the center. General prices start at $275 per person and $235 for members.

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FHK Henrion

By Tom Ran

Published: January 2, 2014 under Design

FHK Henrion published by Unit Editions

Photo: Unit Editions

Respect your elders. That’s what Adrian Shaughnessy is doing with his imprint, Unit Editions. The publishing house has been honoring design masters from the past since its inception. Two of the biggest names in graphic design, Wim Crouwel and Herb Lubalin were treated to a series of books on their legacy. It’s now FHK Henrion’s turn. Though not as widely known on this side of the Atlantic, the German born, British designer was a contemporary and equal to Saul Bass and Paul Rand. He was a poster artist before the war, he designed household products, interiors, jewelry, and according to Unit Editions, “the founding father of modern corporate identity in Europe.” The beautiful designed tome is reminiscent of Herb Lubalin’s edition. It comes in at a whopping 544 pages protected in a foiled slipcase. FHK Henrion is now available to purchase on Unit Editions’s website.

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A Massive Swelling

By Tom Ran

Published: December 20, 2013 under Art

"A Massive Swelling," a new group show at Muddguts

Photo: Muddguts

Muddguts, the new gallery in Williamsburg founded by Lele Saveri and Mark Cross just wrapped up its solo show with photographer Sandy Kim and they’re not wasting any time on their next exhibit. Even if that means it’s five days before Christmas and NYC empties out. A Massive Swelling opens this evening featuring nearly fifty artists across disciplines including Eric Elms, Leo Fitzpatrick, Todd James, Barry McGee, Stephen Powers, Swoon, Peter Sutherland, and a boatload more. It all goes down this evening from 6-9 at Muddguts. Stop in before you check out for the holidays.

This will conclude our posts for 2013. We’re closing shop for the rest of the year and will return in January. Until then follow us on twitter and instagram for more ramblings and reportage. Happy holidays and a safe new year.

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Fairends at Unis

By Tom Ran

Published: December 19, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Fairends pop up at Unis

Photo: Fairends

Fairends started off several years ago as an accessories brand with a small collection of caps and home grown goods. With each passing season, they’ve grown their presence slowly and methodically. For their latest collection, Fairends expanded into a full line of clothing, bags, caps, and other goods. They’ve co-labeled a set of bags with Drifter, most known for producing their products from parachute nylon, and shirts and pants with San Francisco based Taylor Stitch. Their signature caps have increased to a whopping 26 styles. Though based in Montana, they’ve managed to pop up in NYC. For the holiday season they’ve set up shop inside Unis offering much of the line as well as a few surprises.

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Deborah Sussman

By Tom Ran

Published: December 18, 2013 under Design

Deborah Sussmans' graphics inside Standard shoes store (with Frank Gehry)

Photo: WUHO Gallery

Much like George Nelson Associates, the Eames Office had an incredible amount of talent under their guidance. Many of whom contributed tremendously to the studios without proper recognition. For the past several years the media and the arts are beginning to shine the spotlight on these individuals who played an important role in shaping American design; designers like Irving Harper and John and Marilyn Neuhart.

A contemporary of the Neuharts is being acknowledged at an exhibit in Los Angeles. It features the works of Deborah Sussman a graphic designer whose bold and colorful visuals graced many environments in Los Angeles. The exhibit covers her work with the Eames Office all the way to the 1984 Olympics. “Deborah Sussman Loves LA” is now on view at WUHO Gallery until January 19, 2014. Read an interview with Sussman to get a primer for her work if you’re not familiar already from Designboom. Thanks Alyce for the heads up.

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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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Classic Car Club

By Tom Ran
Owners Michael Prichinello and Zac Moseley in front of a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Michael Prichinello has a passion for life and speed. His eyes light up whenever he talks about one of his cars or a motorcycle project he’s working on with a…

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What’s In Store? – Outlier

By Andrew Craig
Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens of Outlier

Photo: Rose Callahan

Outlier’s conceptions is a testament to the uniquely serendipitous moments that life sometimes offers. Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens wanted to design a new breed of functional, smartly…

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