By Tom Ran

Published: May 16, 2014 under Art

psychylustro by artist Katharina Grosse

Photo: Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Public art can be a tricky thing. As an artist, one wants unrestricted expression. As a committee who decides on what artwork to show in public space it must appeal to everyone. The result can be bland and uninteresting. However, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has been able to achieve both by commission artist with progressive ideas. Stephen Powers’s Love Letter to Philadelphia was commissioned by the organization and many more murals throughout the city. This time they’ve worked with Amtrak and German artist Katharina Grosse to create a series of murals along Amtrak’s Northeast rail corridor. Grosse’s colorful paint splattered imagery often uses industrial spray guns to execute her work. This result is fitting for the project. psychylustro is a seven-part mural that inhabits abandon factories, chain link fences, bridges and even plant life. The artwork will be taken care of for the next six months by the program but after that it’s left to its elements.

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Lance Wyman

By Tom Ran

Published: May 15, 2014 under Design

Lance Wyman designed these Pronto Posters for the Production Line Ride at the Chrysler Pavilion in 1965

Photo: Herman Miller

Herman Miller continues to promote the talents behind George Nelson’s office. They recently interviewed Lance Wyman, a graphic designer who started in the office shortly after he graduated from Pratt in 1960. The first large scale project he produced were the Pronto Posters advocating safety in factories for the Chrysler Pavilion during the 1964-65 World’s Fair. They were eventually mass produced by Howard Miller. His tenure at the office would lead Wyman to design the graphic language and logo for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Today, Wyman is known for his work in systems design for public spaces including airports, transit systems, and museums. He continues to work from his NYC office.

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Mmuseum’s Third Season

By Tom Ran

Published: May 14, 2014 under Art

Mmuseumm Season 3

Photo: Mmuseumm

Mmuseumm, the smallest art gallery in NYC and possibly in North America is debuting its third season tomorrow. It will feature 20 new works from the collections of Maira Kalman, Casey Neistat, Radiolab, David Guttenfelder, Chee Pearlman, and many others. They’ll be exploring “the microcosm as is the macrocosm.” What that means is up to your interpretation or find out in person by stopping by the opening tomorrow evening at 7pm. Mmuseumm is located on Cortlandt Alley right by the green dumpster between Franklin and White Street.

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Wallpaper* Handmade New York

By Tom Ran

Published: May 13, 2014 under Event

Left: Letter openers by Hannah Martin; Right: 'Life is Precious' survival kit by Fort Standard

Photo: Wallpaper*

Since 2010, Wallpaper* has been showcasing craftsmen, designers and makers with their Handmade exhibition during Milan’s Saloné. This year they’re bringing it to New York during ICFF. Wallpaper* Handmade takes over a space in the Meat Packing district featuring an edited list of 40 designs from this year and past year’s exhibits. These specially commissioned designs include Todd Bracher’s ‘Cork Jacket,’ Paul Loebach’s ‘Tablet Book,’ Haas Brothers’ wallpaper with Flavor Paper, New York architects Snarkitecture, and many others. The exhibition is in collaboration with Jaguar featuring a cross section of the F-Type coupe. Wallpaper* Handmade will be on view at 345meatpacking on 345 West 14th Street from May 16th till the end of the month.

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Pilgrim Surf + Supply SS 14

By Tom Ran

Published: May 12, 2014 under Fashion & Style

Left: Hockney Rugby in Studio Stripe; Right: Long Island Tee in White

Photo: Pilgrim Surf + Supply

Chris Gentile and his team at Pilgrim Surf + Supply brought surf culture to the unlikeliest of boroughs. Even though Brooklyn’s surrounded by water, the city is more town than country. But going on three years, the corner surf shop has been embraced by locals and internationals alike. Mainly in Japan where they worked with BEAMS to launch its first collection for Spring Summer 2014. Taking inspiration from its urban surrounding and coastal shores, Pilgrim has created a functional line that is ideal for both settings. The line consists of classic staples like button-down shirts, comfy tees, heavy duty shorts, crew neck sweatshirts, rugby shirts, and durable jackets. The entire collection is made in the US, some in Brooklyn. Referencing Gentile’s art background the line gives a nod to artist like David Hockney and Martin Puryear. Have a look at Pilgrim’s S/S 2014 line and shop the collection online and in-store.

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Pop Up Flea NYC SS

By Tom Ran

Published: May 9, 2014 under Fashion & Style

A Short-Term Shop for Long-Term Goods

Photo: Pop Up Flea

Though small, The Pop Up Flea started out of the gate with a lot of buzz and interest. It was an immediate success for the team behind the temporary gathering of mens goods. With every iteration their presence grew, from the number of vendors to the number of visitors. This year will be its most ambitions yet. There will be five Pop Ups, with their first one starting today in NYC. They’ll be hitting up Detroit next month, then Tokyo in October, London in November and back to NYC for their annual holiday spot. Familiar vendors have returned bringing established and independent brands back under one roof. Favorites like Billykirk, Freemans Sporting Goods, Oak Street Bootmakers and bigger brands like Filson, Steven Alan, and Shinola. Alexander Olch, Harry’s, Isaora, Deus ex Machina, Terrapin Stationers, and others. It all starts at 3pm today at Metropolitan Pavilion on 123 W. 18th St. and wraps up Sunday evening.

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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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