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Other Criteria New York

By Tom Ran

Published: May 2, 2014 under Retail

Other Criteria's London shop

Photo: Other Criteria

Damien Hirst’s Other Criteria produces editions and publications that are more accessible to people who can’t afford his original works. And by accessible we mean thousands of dollars rather than hundreds of thousands or even millions. Until now he’s only had shops in the U.K. and temporary spaces have emerged in Hong Kong and Gagosian’s retail space on Madison Avenue. But that’s about to change come Tuesday May 6th. Other Criteria will be opening its Soho location on Broom Street. It will be a two level space with the top level offering items from the catalog and the lower level will be reserved for exhibitions, reading and screenings. (via Racked)

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Geoff McFetridge Tumblr

By Tom Ran

Published: May 2, 2014 under Art

Geoff McFetridge

Photo: Geoff McFetridge

We always knew Geoff McFetridge was a prolific artist slash, designer, slash, illustrator. After all, the url to his site is championdontstop.com. It seemed as though you wouldn’t go a month without reading about a project that he had just finished. GM having an art exhibition in Copenhagen, GM designing a poster for a non profit, GM creating an animation for a music video. It just goes on and on, and we never get tired of it. As constant as his output is, he manages to surprise us every time. McFetridge took to Instagram yesterday to announce that he has launched a tumblr, further showing the depth of his output. It’s already filled with a wealth of artwork, many of which have never been seen before. It’s a digital exhibition that consists of sketches, animated gifs, and studies. Best of all, many of the images are available in Hi-Res. If you’re an admire of McFetridge’s work, head on over there.

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Vitsœ Fruit Stand with The Gourmand

By Tom Ran

Published: May 1, 2014 under Event

Vitsœ Fruit Stand with The Gourmand

Photo: Vitsœ

Last year’s NYCxDESIGN featured 350 events across the five boroughs. This year the celebration will capitalize on its momentum to offer even more events surrounding the big four fairs, ICFF, Frieze Art Fair, WantedDesign and Brooklyn Designs. Vitsœ will be taking part in their Noho showroom by offering respite for festival goers in the neighborhood. The Vitsœ Fruit Stand with The Gourmand is a four day event that replicates a fruit stand, albeit one that is surrounded by refined furniture and shelving. Locally sourced fruit tarts, teas, and homemade sodas will be offered to visitors along with past issues of The Gourmand. To commemorate the event a limited edition fruit-themed recipe book has been published and will be offered free to visitors. The Vitsœ Fruit Stand with The Gourmand will be open from May 16 through May 19th.

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Postalco x Calder Foundation

By Tom Ran

Published: April 30, 2014 under Handmade

Postalco for Calder Foundation: (clockwise) Travel Wallet, Card Holder, Tool Box

Photo: Postalco

When Postalco was approached by the Calder Foundation last year to develop a line of products based on Alexander Calder’s work, founder Mike Abelson jumped at the chance. It was an opportunity for him to explore Calder’s massive body of work that extended beyond his mobile sculptures. Calder was a maker in the truest sense of the word. He was constantly tinkering away, creating not only his sculptures but one of a kind toys, jewelry, and household objects. He also painted, sketched and created fantastic graphical work. This is where Abelson honed in on with the collaboration. For Postalco’s Fall / Winter 2014 collection, five leather and stationery items have been produced based on Calder’s geometric shapes and patterns. They include a travel wallet, card holder, tool box, snap pad, and an A5 notebook. The leather items are handmade in Japan from goatskin while the notebook and snap pads are embossed on hand-pressed cotton fabric. Though the collection is modest, it is an outstanding offering of fine quality stationery items that Postalco is well known for.

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Escape From New York

By Tom Ran

Published: April 29, 2014 under Outdoors

Urban Adventure NYC: Escape From New York with Aether

Photo: Aether

As avid riders, both Aether founders, Jonah Smith and Palmer West have organized motorcycle adventures in LA and San Francisco. This weekend will be NYC’s turn. They’re teaming up with Union Garage for an all day ride just north of the city. It all starts at Aether’s Soho shop and will end at a secret training location in Bear Mountain where your riding skills will be tested through a specially designed obstacle course. The route up to Bear Mountain will take you through scenic views and a tour of Harriman State Park’s best roads. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided and a special skills challenge will take place at the end of the day. The best riders will be awarded for their performance. The ride takes place this Saturday, May 3rd. Tickets are now available for $45. To secure a spot and a look through the day’s itinerary head over to Aether’s site for more information.

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Evel Comes to Cooperville

By Tom Ran

Published: April 28, 2014 under Publishing

Evel Knievel walks towards his famed Harley Davidson XR 750

Photo: Evel Comes to Cooperville

The lore that surrounds Evel Knievel might have diminished through the years but the name still sticks out whenever it is mentioned. There has never been a stuntman that has achieved the level of fame and recognition that Knievel had achieved. His stunts captivated the nation as he attempted his ramp-to-ramp jumps across a canyon, double decker busses, and Ford Mustangs while setting a record for the “most bones broken in a lifetime.” He had many high profile jumps that were nationally recognized and many more that were forgotten in towns across the US. One in particular was in June of 1972 at the Oklahoma Fair Grounds. It may have been forgotten forever had it not been for Garrett Colton. The grandson of Jack Cooper, he was a car dealer who orchestrated Knievel’s presence that summer weekend. Colton discovered a dusty box of negatives from the festivities in his grandfather’s attic. Knievel being driven around in a pace car, Knievel’s semi-trailer truck operation, and the excitement surrounding the event. Over four decades later a book has been published in conjunction with Done To Death Projects. “Evel Comes to Cooperville” serves as a time capsule in American pop culture of the events that unfolded that weekend. It was a time when dirt bikes were king and how a lone daredevil could captivate a town with his presence.

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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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Workstead

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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