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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By Tom Ran

Published: May 8, 2014 under Event

Anyway Sofa designed by Stockholm's Massproduction.


INTRO/NY is one of the more manageable shows to hit NYCxDESIGN. It’s organized by smallpond and designjunction, the two organizations that have brought similar showcases to Milan and London during each of their respective design festivals. This will be their second year in NY. Though substantially smaller in scale, INTRO still shares the idea of featuring unique products from an international list of designers. The 12 brands have plans to unveil new lighting, furnishings, and accessories. There will also be a retail corner from byAMT, All of a Piece, Leibal, neo-utility and tokyobike. INTRO/NY will take over Openhouse Mulberry at 201 Mulberry Street and will operate through May 15th to the 19th.

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Alexander Girard An Uncommon Vision

By Tom Ran

Published: May 7, 2014 under Event

Alexander Girard An Uncommon Vision

Photo: Herman Miller

Alexander Girard An Uncommon Vision made its premier in 2012 during NeoCon in Chicago. After occupying Herman Miller’s showroom for two years, it will make its way to New York City next weekend. For twelve days only, the exhibition will feature works by Alexander Girard that range from textiles, graphics, furniture and interiors. It will also include Girard’s personal artifacts. The collection was sourced from Herman Miller’s archive and private collections that includes Brooklyn’s Bright Lyons. Alexander Girard An Uncommon Vision will be on view at 446 West 14th Street from May 17 to the 28.

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Sight Unseen OFFSITE

By Tom Ran

Published: May 6, 2014 under Event

Lamp by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

Photo: Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer’s annual Noho Design District was one of the more popular events to surround Design Week in NYC. It was a multi location event that featured many independent and up and coming designers. Unfortunately, after four years, Noho Design made its final appearance in 2013. In it’s place Khemsurov and Singer have returned with Sight Unseen OFFSITE, a successor that captures the same spirit as Noho Design District. Instead of having the event in multiple locations, OFFSITE will head south to take over two floors in a historic Soho building. Along with an impressive list of exhibitors, highlights include:

• The launch of a new series of artist-designed tables by New York gallery Grey Area
• A presentation of Tai Ping’s new Chroma Collection of painterly handmade carpets
• Five retail pop-ups, including a ceramics shop curated by Su Wu of the blog I’m Revolting, a papier-mâché plant store by Brooklyn artists Chiaozza, an Enzo Mari furniture workshop by Pablo Alabau, and shops by housewares brand Field and everyday object purveyor Kiosk
• Presentations of new work by more than 20 of the best independent American design talents as chosen by Sight Unseen, including Fredericks & Mae, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Knauf & Brown, Eric Trine, The Principals, Rosie Li, DAMM Design, Studio Visibility, and more
• A Sight Unseen x Calico Wallpaper prop-styling photo booth, where visitors can style their own photo shoot using objects from the show

Sight Unseen OFFSITE will take place next week from May 16-20th at 200 Lafayette Street.

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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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