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Clairvoyant

By Tom Ran

Published: December 9, 2009 under Retail

Judith Auora Ryan from "Clairvoyant"

Photo: Subports

We share your pain in finding the perfect gift, especially how you have only two weeks left to shop. If you need some assistance, you may want to consider “Clairvoyant.” A pop up shop opening this Thursday in Williamsburg hosted by Judith Auora Ryan, a psychic ready to offer a helping hand at finding a gift for that special person in your life. Culled from a selection of items from designers and shops that include Alter, Kiosk, Cabinet Magazine, In God We Trust, Other Music and others, it’s guaranteed that the gift she selects will be better than the set of steak knives you gave away last year. “Clairvoyant” opens December 10 to the 12th from noon to 10pm at 303 Grand Street in Brooklyn.

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Herriott Grace

By Tom Ran

Published: December 8, 2009 under Handmade

Herriott Grace baby spoons made from black walnut

Photo: Herriott Grace

A spoon is just a spoon and nothing more. A Herriott Grace spoon on the other hand is a functional piece of art where its beauty supersedes its purpose. Nikole Herriott started her business with her father after receiving care packages that included hand-carved spoons. Her understanding and appreciation of the craft prompted her to launch this venture. Herriott Grace is exclusively sold online, offered in its catalog are spoons, bowls, plates, boards and rolling pins, all hand-carved and hand-turned by her father, Lance Herriott. Many of the items are sold out, however the site will be updated again today at 10am EST. Thank you Kelly for the lead.

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The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

By Tom Ran

Published: December 7, 2009 under Art

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield Connecticut

Photo: Peter Arron/Esto

Just over an hour north of Manhattan in the small town of Ridgefield, Connecticut situates a museum set against an idyllic backdrop. Founded in 1964, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is know for exhibiting emerging and established artists. Past exhibits include, Tom Sachs, Charlie White, Robert Lazzarini, and group shows that included Phil Frost, Barry McGee, and David Ellis. In 2003 the museum underwent an extensive expansion. Face with the difficult task of designing a contemporary museum within a historical district, the architects, Tappé Associates, were able to harmonize the museum’s design with its landscape. Looking ahead to next year, the schedule will include a simultaneous exhibition with Fritz Haeg of Edible Estate fame and Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS.

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WKE

By Tom Ran

Published: December 4, 2009 under Media

Aaron Rose's <i>Don't Move Here</i> a documentary on Portland's independent music scene.

Photo: Aaron Rose

Since 2001, Portland based advertising agency, Wieden and Kennedy has been producing television shows and films from their subsidiary division W+K Entertainment. Through the years it’s changed its focus to producing original shows on arts and culture, separating itself from client based work. This transition also brought them to the web, serving all its content online. Earlier this fall the division relaunched with guidance from Aaron Rose renaming itself to WKE, presenting audio and video content that will rival any cable art channel. First to appear is DIY America, from the producers of Beautiful Losers and Rose’s documentary on Portland’s thriving independent music scene, titled Don’t Move Here. Other shows will follow including Califunya, How To! and 12.

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Wearing Whitman’s Words; A Typographic Exploration

By Tom Ran

Published: December 4, 2009 under Design

Wearing Whitman’s Words; A Typographic Exploration

Photo: Illustration by Portal Porfavor

O ur good friends, Friends of Type and Ed Nacional will be in a group show this weekend “Wearing Whitman’s Words; A Typographic Exploration.” The designers were asked to explore letter forms based on Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. The reception will be held at Red Hook’s Lucky Gallery from 6-9pm. 176 Richards St. Brooklyn. The drop cap you see here is designed by Jessica Hische. You can embed this and other drop caps that she’s designed from her Daily Drop Cap blog. Hische will also be a part of this exhibition.

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33 Gifts at 33 Bond

By Tom Ran

Published: December 3, 2009 under Retail

33 Gifts at 33 Bond

Photo: Courtesy of Vitsoe

When one thinks of design shops in the city, Moss, Conran, and the MoMA store immediately come to mind while The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt is often missed. Offering some of the most unique items available anywhere, The Shop stocks an extensive list of products, books and design objects. For the entire month of December, Vitsoe has invited The Shop to present a selection of holiday gifts ranging from the decorative to the functional. The store within a store will stock thirty-three gifts, an appropriate number given Vitsoe’s address is 33 Bond.

Vitsoe
33 Bond Street
btw Lafayette & Bowery

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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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