Japanese Young Artists’ Book Fair

By Tom Ran

Published: February 24, 2010 under Publishing

Fourth annual Japanese Young Artists’ Book Fair

Photo: Printed Matter

There is a lost art in book binding, very few people appreciate the intricacies that go behind its creation. Pepper’s Projects, a gallery based in Tokyo is attempting to spotlight this art form by sponsoring its fourth annual Japanese Young Artists’ Book Fair. It will take place for the next two weeks in three of New York’s best bookstores, Printed Matter, St. Mark’s Books, and Kinokuniya. The exhibition will feature different handmade books from over 100 artists with an additional exhibition that will coincide with the fair at Williamsburg Art & Historical Center. The book fair is on view now until March 7th while the art exhibit starts on the 27th and runs through March 7th.

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Randomness 02.23.10

By Tom Ran

Published: February 23, 2010 under Randomness

Ed Templeton

Photo: Ed Templeton

In preparation for Ed Templeton’s The Seconds Pass at Roberts and Tilton Gallery opening February 26th, Tiny Vices has compiled of collection of past photos.

We’d like to make a zine one day, until then, have a look at this collection from Jessica Williams. Be sure to check her portfolio out as well, an eclectic mix of photography, collage art and illustrations. (via Reference Library)

The Essential Man reports that Robert Geller opens a store within a store at Assembly New York.

Jonathan LeVine’s five year anniversary exhibit opens Saturday, February 27th featuring artists the gallery have shown in the past including Jim Houser, Doze Green, Shepard Fairey, and many others.

3 questions with Hella Jongerius.

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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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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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