Thirty Days NY

By Tom Ran

Published: April 5, 2010 under Art

Thirty Days New York presented by Family Bookstore

Photo: Family Bookstore

Family, the Los Angeles equivalent to Printed Matter, is traveling across the country to host Thirty Days NY, starting this Thursday April 8th. They’ve taken over a 4200 sq foot Tribeca storefront and converted it into a playground that will feature artists in residence, performances, readings, and of course a sampling of Family’s bookstore. The incredible line up will include a performance with Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, rare and unseen short films presented by Aaron Rose, comedy by Fred Armison and Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Flickr films presented by Lance Bangs, a mystery night by Tim Barber, and much more. King Kong: An exhibition of art from Los Angeles will also be taking place, artists include, Geoff Mcfetridge, Brian Roettinger, Ashley Snow Macomber, Sergio Aragones, Pablo Ferro, Kyle Field, Hamburger eyes, Cali Thornhill Dewitt, Deanna Templeton, Ed Templeton, Rodarte, Autumn De Wilde. The event is sponsored by Absolut Vodka in conjunction with TBWA/Chiat/Day. See the progress of the space on Family’s blog. All events are scheduled to begin at 7pm at 70 Franklin Street.

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Neuhart Eames Collection Revisit

By Tom Ran

Published: April 2, 2010 under Design

Eames Office Cloud Backdrop

Photo: Wright

Two weeks ago we mentioned that Marilyn and John Neuhart were consigning some valuable materials from the Eames archive through Wright. Now in her 80s, Mrs. Neuhart acknowledges that maintaining the collection had been a difficult task and it was time to pass the responsibilities over to another party. The couple failed to attract any museums with the archive, attributing the lack of interest from low endowments. Enter Wright, the auction house in Chicago. The Eames auction, scheduled for next Thursday, will include 130 other pieces.

The Neuharts are wrapping up their third book about the Eames to be published by Gestalten Verlag in the fall, "a two-volume slipcased set titled “The Story of Eames Furniture.” Really looking forward to that. (via NY Times)

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Roman & Williams Episode 2

By Tom Ran

Published: March 31, 2010 under Design

Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, partners behind Roman & Williams

Photo: Rose Callahan

It wasn’t our intention to take this long to release the second episode in our documentary series. Sometimes you just can’t rush things. Late last year we were fortunate enough to visit the studios of Roman & Williams and to speak with partners Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch. We wanted to explore areas that haven’t been discussed in past interviews with the couple. It was an opportunity to really dive into their thought process. What emerged was a glimpse of their ideas, presented in an etherial dream-like state. Your attention is required for this episode, it comes in at 10 minutes long. You can watch the episode now. In the next few days, there will be supplemental photos of the studio and of the shoot.

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Numerous Drawings by Shipley & Halmos

By Tom Ran

Published: March 30, 2010 under Art

A collection of drawings from Shipley and Halmos

Photo: Shipley and Halmos

Clothing designers, Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos’s studio has been well documented. A simple google image search will return numerous photos of the spacious loft covered from floor to ceiling in books, magazines, artwork and objects, all of which appear to be the source of their inspiration. These random objects take on new forms as the duo documents various items in their studio through their recently launched blog, Numerous Drawings. The premise is simple, drawings are made daily using the same pencil and paper, with additional color used sparingly on some illustrations. Though a few days in-between some drawings are missing, both have been persistent enough to keep a steady pace. We’re quite fond of the illustration of New Order’s “Power, Corruption, & Lies” and yesterday’s drawing of The Standard Chair by our design hero Jean Prouve.

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Town House

By Tom Ran

Published: March 29, 2010 under Travel

Sunrise at Riverstead, sister property to Town House

Photo: Town House

Food is usually a supplement to traveling rather than the reason. We’ve all heard stories of food tours across the country but to design one’s trip around a restaurant is rare. This may start to change as reported by the Times, restaurant with inns are beginning to open in the U.S. One in particular is Town House. Located in rural Chilhowie, Virginia, food becomes the center of attention. With the husband-and-wife team behind the kitchen, hailing from two of Chicago’s most prominent restaurants, Alinea and Charlie Trotter’s, it’s no wonder why Town House is a destination of its own. The food, as expected, is experimental as seen on the restaurant’s blog. A few dishes from the menu include “Brulee” of Smoked Salmon Roe, Scrambled Egg Mousse, Covered In Snow… Foggy Ridge’s Pippen Apple, and Purple Mountains – so creatively titled.

After a 10 course meal, you’ll be sure to feel the effects from food euphoria. Fortunately, less than 5 miles from the restaurant is Riverstead, the sister property to Town House. The Victorian farm house consists of only two guest rooms, which are filled with luxurious modern amenities. Built in 1903 and restored in 2009, Riverstead appears to accompany the fine dining experience perfectly.

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Mike Mills For Old Spice

By Tom Ran

Published: March 27, 2010 under Advertising

Old Spice commercial directed by Mike Mills

Photo: Mike Mills

Mike Mills takes a break from working on his second full length feature, “Beginners,” to direct a comical advert with Wieden and Kennedy for Old Spice. Though the art direction and look may appear to be familiar, it’s the treatment of the commercial that is different from anything we’ve seen before from Mills. Have a look at the absurdity, “Matterhorn” and “Quad.”

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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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