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Kapital World Documentary

By Tom Ran

Published: February 24, 2014 under Fashion & Style

An image from Kaptial's Spring 2014 photographed by Eric Kvatek in Paris

Photo: Kapital

The lookbooks for Kapital are legendary. They’ve traveled the world in search of ancient landscapes and rural countrysides to capture some of the most stunning images for their collections. At the helm is Kiro Hirata, Kaptial’s lead designer and behind the lens is photographer Eric Kvatek. Together they’ve created an identity that is unique to their own. The backdrops play as much of a role as the clothes do. Hirata explains that it’s a combination of the person’s character, landscape, and clothing that is the essence of Kaptial. A new documentary follows the men and their crew as they travel to France to shoot their Spring 2014 collection. From the streets of Paris to the countryside south of France, we get the behind the scenes look at what it takes to create one of these special lookbooks.

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Tell Me Something: Advice from Documentary Filmmakers

By Tom Ran

Published: February 21, 2014 under Publishing

Tell Me Something: Advice from Documentary Filmmakers

Photo: Film First

As fans of documentary films and participants of our own we look forward to what directors have to say about their own experiences in this field. Tell Me Something: Advice from Documentary Filmmakers is a book that was self published through a successful Kickstarter campaign from last year. It features some of the best directors working as documentarians today including Errol Morris, Martin Scorsese, Michael Moore, Morgan Spurlock, Albert Maysles, Gary Hustwit and many others. Strand Books will be hosting a panel discussion with a few of the directors from the book. To attend the event, you can purchase your copy online or in person at their store or buy a $20 gift certificate. The discussion will take place next Monday at Strand’s Union Square store.

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John Baldessari for The Thing Quarterly

By Tom Ran

Published: February 20, 2014 under Art

Pillow cases by John Baldessari for The Thing Quarterly

Photo: The Thing Quarterly

John Baldessari, known mostly for his re-appropriation of found imagery and colorful dots is the latest contributor to The Thing Quarterly. He’s created a pair of silk screened pillow cases with an image from an old Hollywood film still of a woman clutching a pillow. Just like all past editions of The Thing Quarterly, it’s functional art for the home that is meant to be used. For those who pay attention to the quality in their bedding, the pillow cases have a thread count of 320 and is made from 100% cotton sateen. They’re made in San Francisco with assistance from Levi’s Made & Crafted. This isn’t the first time Baldessari has lent his artwork to a product. In 2010 he contributed to Supreme’s art skate deck series.

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Feasting Never Stops

By Tom Ran

Published: February 19, 2014 under Dining & Food

Feasting Never Stops at Lunch is a sandwich delivery service in Brooklyn

Photo: Feasting Never Stops

Brooklyn designer Naz Sahin has taken her love of food and cooking to another level. Feasting Never Stops is a blog that explores the intersection between art and food and has recently expanded into a lunch delivery service. Every Friday she prepares a menu of three sandwiches made with ciabatta rolls from a neighborhood bakery. Ten sandwiches of each are made with thirty in all. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. The delivery service begins at noon and continues to 1pm. Orders can be made up until 11am on Fridays. Sandwiches are $9 each and cash only. Visit her site to see this week’s menu and whether or not you live within the delivery zone.

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Conversations on the Hudson

By Tom Ran

Published: February 18, 2014 under Publishing

Conversations on the Hudson

Photo: Princeton Architectural Press

We’ve had aspirations of publishing a book on the artists and artisans of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains for years. But unfortunately other priorities have taken over. This region just north of New York City is filled with makers and creators that is right for documentation. The idea was one that we knew if we didn’t do it ourselves someone else would. And Nick Hand was that one person. Conversation on the Hudson is a tour along the Hudson River with interviews of crafts people as far south as New York City and as far north as Northumberland. Hand, a designer and photographer from Britain, visited all of these towns on his bike. A printer, a brewer, a stone sculptor, a sheep farmer, and a distiller were but a few of his subjects in the book. Conversation on the Hudson is published by Princeton Architectural Press and is now available.

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Prints: Flavin, Judd, Sandback

By Tom Ran

Published: February 14, 2014 under Art

Donald Judd in his studio

Photo: Judd Foundation

Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Fred Sandback were contemporaries who worked in the realm of minimalism. Their three dimensional works varied from fluorescent lights and strings to plywood and metal. But a new exhibition at David Zwirner gallery points its attention to another medium that they all shared, drawing and printmaking. It’s clear to see the similarities between the two different formats. Flavin’s use of colors in his sculptures recur in print form, Judd’s repetitious angular shapes are represented in wood cut prints and Sandback’s line drawings reference his yarn sculptures. Prints: Flavin, Judd, Sandback is on view at David Zwirner’s West 20th Street gallery and will be on view till March 1st. A special online feature has been produced by Judd Foundation to accompany the exhibit. via Inventory)

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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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