Bureau of Friends Auction

By Tom Ran

Published: January 22, 2010 under Announcements

Bureau of Friends

Photo: Bureau of Friends

So much about what we discuss on this site seem to be meaningless compared to the tragedies of what is happening in Haiti. But we try and do what we can, and little by little, we hope our efforts amount to something that will make a difference. Maria Moyer from Bureau of Friends is taking an initiative by assembling her friends together for a benefit auction, gathering a premium list of items and services from Heath Ceramics, Adam Silverman, Billy Reid for men, Lutz & Patmos, and Alabama Chanin. 100 percent of the proceeds will go towards Architecture for Humanity’s work in Haiti. The auction started yesterday and will end on Monday. We commend Maria for her proactive spirit and her benevolent efforts.

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Jazz Loft Project

By Tom Ran

Published: January 21, 2010 under Art

The Jazz Loft Project

Photo: The Jazz Loft Project

From 1957 to 1965, legendary photographer W. Eugene Smith lived in a dilapidated five story loft in the floral district. He traded in the conventional comforts for musical culture. The building was a popular after hours hang out for jazz musicians. Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Alice Coltrane, Bill Evans, and Don Cherry were among the performers there. Smith was able to document that moment not only in photographs but through audio as well, recording 1,740 reels that totaled 4,000 hours of performance, street noise, and radio and television broadcast. The loft wasn’t exclusive to musicians, Salvador Dali and Norman Mailer were among its patrons. On February 17, the The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will be presenting The Jazz Loft Project. Collecting 200 images and several hours of remastered audio from Smith’s archive of that era. The exhibition will be on view till May 22. Thank you Erin for the heads up on this exhibit.

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Massimo Vignelli

By Tom Ran

Published: January 20, 2010 under Design

Massimo Vignelli designed the interior to SD26

Photo: SD26

From dinnerware and subway maps to interiors and furniture, Massimo Vignelli appears to have designed it all. Working with clients that span the spectrum that touches upon aspects of our daily life. Vignelli is a pure modernist, his designs are clean, pragmatic, and beautiful. The latest issue of Edible Manhattan interviews Vignelli about his love of food and design including the work he did for the three month old Italian restaurant SD26. Massimo Vignelli will be speaking in February on a panel discussing the “past, present and future of the New York City subway signage.”

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Randomness 01.19.10

By Tom Ran

Published: January 19, 2010 under Randomness

Barry McGee installing his piece at SFMoMA, part of the museum's 75th anniversary show

Photo: Winni Wintermeyer (Arrested Motion)

Barry McGee installing his piece for SFMOMA’s 75th anniversary exhibition.

Will we see Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere premier at this year’s Cannes Film Festival? A little tease of the movie from the set.

Some photos have surfaced for Engineered Garments and TS‘s FW 2010 collection, but where are the photos for Nigel Cabourn’s collection?

New York Times will most likely start charging for content. They’ve done it before but retracted it. Will it be any different this time? And have they partnered up with Apple to announce this new initiative? We’ll find out more next week.

A group of people from Brooklyn are starting a new site called Brooklyn Brotherhood, a new project documenting the citizens of the borough. Some great potential here. (via swissmiss)

It’s only January but we thought you would like to know that Matthew Barney will be speaking at the New Museum in May.

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Paul Rudolph - The Modulightor Building

By Tom Ran

Published: January 18, 2010 under Architecture

The Modulightor Building designed by Paul Rudolph

Photo: The Paul Rudolph Foundation

Several times a year, visitors are treated to tour The Modulightor Building. The narrow structure on the south side of East 58th street was designed by Paul Rudolph in 1989, a highly influential modernist architect. Housing both the lighting company, Modulightor and Paul Rudolph’s foundation, the building was originally meant to be residential. In fact much of what Rudolph collected are still displayed throughout the interior. The building appears to be more than a duplex with its staggered levels. Rudolph’s use of space is ingenious, the thin slats of the stairs visually fuses with the bookshelves.

Opportunities to visit this historical building is rare, that is unless you decide to throw a party with several of your friends. The Modulightor Building is available to rent for private events with prices ranging from $1,500-$2,400. We forgot to mention that there’s a roof deck with a jacuzzi. Read more about The Modulightor Building here.

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Sundance 2010

By Tom Ran

Published: January 15, 2010 under Film

<i>I'm Here</i> by short by Spike Jonze that will premier at this year's Sundance Film Festival

Photo: Spike Jonze

For years we’ve admired the Sundance Film Festival from a distance, reading all the highlights but never having the chance to attend. Well readers… this year’s no different. Sundance starts next Thursday and we’ll be keeping track of the progress from the web, then waiting eight months for the films to be released. But we’re already excited about some of the movies in and out of competition including Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, Howl, Hesher, and Spike Jonze’s short I’m Here.

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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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