By Tom Ran

Published: February 22, 2010 under Art

INDEPENDENT at 548 West 22nd Street


March 4th should be designated as art weekend in New York. Ten days from today will see the opening of The Armory Show and along with it, six-plus other art fairs that include Art Now, Bridge, Pulse, Red Dot, Scope, and Volta NY. Squeezing into the already crowded landscape is INDEPENDENT, developed by Elizabeth Dee, New York gallerist and founder of X Initiative and Darren Flook, from Hotel, London. INDEPENDENT will be a “hybrid model and temporary exhibition forum” that will consists of a bookstore from Artbook, public programs, and nearly forty exhibitors from twelve cities. Looking through the list, Moss will also be participating. INDEPENDENT will start on March 4th and conclude on the 7th.

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Paul Smith for Stelton

By Tom Ran

Published: February 19, 2010 under Industrial & Furniture Design

Add Colour - Bright group by Paul Smith for Stelton

Photo: Stelton

Stelton is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year by commissioning Paul Smith to reinterpret their Cylinda Line. Originally designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1967, the elegant ensemble is timelessly executed. Nonetheless, Paul Smith was able to add his signature flare to the line by incorporating color and playfulness to the otherwise cold and austere collection. The result is a reinterpretation to the series. The black handles are replaced with bright, muted, and pastel colors while a new line called Dot consisting of various sized stainless steel bowls are included. To top off the series, Smith’s personal quotes have been etched into the bar accessories. This ultra luxurious line will most likely be displayed rather than used in any household. Paul Smith added his own notes about the series on his blog. More photos after the jump. via Henricks Tankar

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Randomness 02.18.10

Published: February 18, 2010 under Randomness

A collaboration between Hudson's Bay Company, Best Made Co. and Partners & Spade

Photo: Partners & Spade

Partners & Spade quietly launched their website last week with the help from The Scout. Have a look at the upcoming collaboration between P&S, Hudson’s Bay Company, and Best Made Co. Plus Andy Spade gets coverage over on New York Mag.

Some interesting news from Droog coming from Renny Ramakers’s Twitter. She’ll be guest lecturing at Soho House on March 3rd and Parsons on March 4th. Meanwhile, Droog is getting ready for Milan with a project that will involve Stefan Sagmeister, Maison Margiela, Jurgen Bey, and others.

Thoroughly enjoying the coverage of Project from Selectism.

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Roll & Hill

By Tom Ran

Published: February 16, 2010 under New York

Roll & Hill's identity designed by Partners & Spade

Photo: Roll & Hill

It’s hard to believe that Jason Miller’s iconic Superordinate Antler Lamps were produced seven years ago. Since then Miller’s made a name for himself by designing everything from chairs to tiles while helping to put Brooklyn and American design back on the map. This year sees the launch of Roll & Hill, a new high-end lighting company Miller founded featuring designs from Lindsey Adelman, Paul Loebach, and Rich Brilliant Willing. The company promises to deliver sustainable and accessible products that are geared towards Americans but also embracing the European and Asian market.

As a tease to what’s to come, Roll & Hill have assembled some of the best pieces from each of the designers including the Excel floor lamp by Rich Brilliant Willing and Agnes by Lindsey Adelman. Artist Kirsten Hassenfeld, known for her jewel-like sculptures is currently working on a line for the company as is Michail Miller and Sarah Cihat. Partners & Spade have also been tapped to design their identity. An entirely new collection from Roll & Hill will premier at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in May. It will be exciting to see what will come from all these great designers and artists working together.

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Nick Knight - New York Fashion Week

By Tom Ran

Published: February 11, 2010 under Fashion & Style

Alexander Wang and Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte

Photo: Alexander Wang and Rodarte

The venerable fashion photographer, Nick Knight, has entrenched himself into New York Fashion Week by taking part in three shows. First in line was a film created for Hexa by Kuho, simultaneously played during the presentation. We’re still waiting to see if the film will be released online. The other two will employ Knight’s, SHOWstudio’s technology. Alexander Wang’s and Rodarte’s shows will both be streaming live through the website. Alexander Wang’s airs on Saturday February 13 at 5pm while Rodarte’s airs on February 16 at 12 noon.

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The Ace and No. 8a

By Tom Ran

Published: February 10, 2010 under Retail

The Ace Hotel and its partnerships

Photo: The Ace Hotel, Stumptown, The Breslin, Project No. 8

The Ace Hotel has become a self-contained cultural ecosystem–guests really don’t have to go anywhere else once they’ve checked in. With the opening of Stumptown and The Breslin, patrons need not worry about a lack of caffeine or carnivorous food options. Hop on an elevator or take a flight of stairs down to the lobby to satiate these needs.

Now that the dining option is complete, retail would be the next objective. This weekend will see Ace’s first retail operation. Partnering with L.E.S. boutique, Project 8, the hotel is set to open No. 8a. A gift shop filled with items that are useful for distant travelers and locals alike. Positioning the store with dual entrances, one for hotel guests and another for pedestrians off Broadway.

The success of The Ace is not only in its core business but the ability to draw New Yorkers in as well. In less than a year, the hotel has become a hub that is set to change the landscape of the neighborhood. And they’re not finished, with three more operations in the works including a street level shop with Opening Ceremony, a basement bar with Ken Friedman and sandwich shop with No. 7 from Brooklyn.

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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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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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