Mealing with Martí Guixé

By Tom Ran

Published: November 13, 2009 under Performance

Left: I-Cakes Right:<i> Mealing</i>, a dinging performance

Photo: Martí Guixé

Martí Guixé is a Barcelona and Berlin based designer formally trained as an interior designer but works in multiple disciplines, including food. Since 1997 his conceptual edible design pieces have garnered much attention, most notably his I-cakes. A cake designed as a pie chart indicating its ingredients in percentages.

Part performance, part dining, Guixé will be at Performa Hub tomorrow evening to present Mealing. The event is a three hour performance in which guests will be “given ceramic glasses with ‘edible microsnacks’ adhered to their surface and instructions for eating them.” There’s also a bit of interaction amongst individuals as part of the process. Learn more about the event on Performa’s site. Tickets are on sale now. (via @designunseen)

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By Sarah Williams

Published: November 13, 2009 under Art

Dinner with Mick Jagger, William Burroughs and Andy Warhol. 1980 ©

Photo: Marcia Resnick

The definition of “downtown” can’t be confined to an area on the map when it comes to New York City. It is a word that embodies causing trouble, Warhol, Patti Smith, Basquiat, NoWave, filthy clubs, and dirt-cheap lofts. It symbolizes a wistful longing for an era that was dripping in raw creativity and unstyled-style. For NYC, downtown is more like the Land of Oz, a mythical time and place where everything was just incredibly cool.

Fortunately for us, this photogenic era and it’s cast of characters has been well documented by the likes of Roberta Bayley, Leee Black Childers, and Godlis. Clic Gallery will be featuring their work along with other photographers of the day in BANDE À PART: NEW YORK UNDERGROUND 60s, 70s, 80s. A reception will be held on Saturday, November 14th from 6-9 PM.

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guns, knives and brass knuckles

By Tom Ran

Published: November 12, 2009 under Art

<i>guns, knives, and brass knuckles</i> at Deitch Projects

Photo: Deitch Projects

Robert Lazzarini’s sculpture needs to be seen in person to be appreciated. Photos of his sculptures are purposefully set against white backdrops on his site, giving them a two dimensional flatness. But this all changes in person, your perception is completely turned upside down when recognizable objects presents itself in an entirely different scale while being skewed and distorted. In his upcoming exhibition guns, knives, and brass knuckles, Lazzarini once again applies this effect to the aforementioned objects. What is also impressive is that he uses the same materials from the original objects as he does for his sculptures. guns, knives, and brass knuckles was scheduled to open this evening but due to “unforeseen circumstances” has been postponed. Keep an eye out on Deitch’s site for updates.

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Vitsœ New York

By Tom Ran

Published: November 11, 2009 under Industrial & Furniture Design

Vitsœ New York

Photo: Courtesy of Vitsœ

“Living better, with less, that last longer” is Vitsœ’s motto. For more than 50 years, the company has been producing the popular 606 shelving system designed by Dieter Rams. Very little has changed, if any, since its inception. The company does it well and continues this tradition. For the better part of this decade the only place that offered the system in the U.S. was Moss, until now. Vitsœ recently opened its store on Bond Street, directly across from the Herzog & de Meuron designed condominiums. Along with the shelving system, the showroom is furnished with Vitsœ’s 620 chairs and elegantly accented with vintage Braun radios and Memphis lamps.

More photos after the jump.

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Sight Unseen

By Tom Ran

Published: November 10, 2009 under Design

Sight Unseen

Photo: Sight Unseen

Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov’s interests not only lie in the finished product but the process that goes behind it. That appears to be the basis for their new online magazine, Sight Unseen. We had the pleasure of meeting the two women last week during a preview where we discussed the motivation behind the site. They spent the last six months traveling abroad and locally gathering articles that include factory and studio visits, individual collections, personal sketchbooks, and one on one interviews. Sight Unseen will definitely be a regular visit of ours and it should be yours as well.

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Randomness 11.09.09

By Tom Ran

Published: November 9, 2009 under Randomness

"Mind The Gap"

Photo: Phil Frost and Barry McGee

“Mind The Gap” is an exhibition featuring Barry McGee and Phil Frost at Prism in West Hollywood, the show opens November 20th.

Little bit of information has surfaced concerning Mike Mills’s next film, Beginners. Sounds a bit autobiographical.

talk @ playground, Marc Newson & Lars Ulrich, Chris Ware & Pete Wentz, Hiroshi Fujiwara & Will.I.Am, we’re not sure why the producers chose to pair these individuals up for interviews, but they’re interesting nonetheless.

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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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