October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

~thanks OK Los Angeles!

October 28, 2011

The Architect and The Painter

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America's most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mindbending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life - from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age - has been less widely understood.

Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work.

Get the DVD here.


October 26, 2011





Published by Rizzoli.

This luxurious large-format book documents the work of the American designer Rick Owens, a transformational figure in contemporary fashion. Defiantly antifashion, Rick Owens’s honest and intensely personal approach to craft has ironically produced some of the most sublime fashion of the last two decades, propelling him to the front ranks of the international avant-garde.

Owens cultivates an elusive appeal-without any express advertising-that has developed into something like an empire. Designed by Owens himself, this volume is full of monumental images detailing all aspects of the designer’s work and sensibility. The visual narrative of this book provides an instructive look at the process of design from an artist who is at once comfortable with innovation and respectful of traditional approaches. ~Rizzoli

Get it here now.
 ~images above via some/things photographed by LUKE MAYES

 NASKA S/S 12 WOMEN  via  rickowens.eu


October 25, 2011

Shop the Store : : DERING HALL


 Yes, I did just say that. I know, its a dorky reference to Horshack from Welcome Back, Kotter, but that's how I feel after checking out Dering Hall.  It is "an online marketplace for the finest interior designers, architects, artisans, and design dealers to showcase their work and sell new, high-end home furnishings and accessories."  This isn't IKEA peopleThis is some high-end, bespoke home furnishings and accessories.

The things pictured above are a few things I found that I'm head over heels in LOVE LOVE LOVE with.
Sign up here and you will be able to see the links to my selections and find some of your OWN.

clockwise from top left:   Mosaic Mirror-Re-Purposed Vintage and Antique Mirror from Downtown (price on request), Molded Aluminum Tripod Chair in Yellow-Original design by Poul Kjaerholm ($15k), Unique Brass & Mineral Inset Splendora from Michelle’s Rock Candy Collection (price on request), Aubusson Tapestry Wallhanging from Rug Company ($3,595), The Zoid brass Console ($6,800)  "Biomorphic Bubble" Illuminated Sculpture ($20k), Triangle Lucite Bookends  ($450)


October 23, 2011

Ray Caesar @ Corey Helford Gallery

Now at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City, Ray Caesar's first solo exhibition : : "A Dangerous Inclination".  If you are not familiar with Ray's work, his pieces are done in a digital 3D environment.  One that he has quite obliviously mastered.  

I encourage you to read a REALLY interesting interview posted on Arrested Motion.  In the article he reveals how he views his work: "as a form of self portrait or at least the portrait of what its’ like to look inside my head....and the story behind each piece seem to have "aspects that deal with the process of intense psychotherapy and the years of dealing with dissociative identity disorder (a form of multiple personalities) and trauma I went through in childhood."

"Premonitions and the worlds of pleasure and pain and ugliness and beauty and humiliation and dignity...the pictures are a communication from my subconscious to my conscious mind."~ Ray Caesar

~images: Gallery House/Ray Caesar


October 19, 2011

Hôtel Americano

Oh, a new spot to check out in NYC! 

Located in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, Hôtel Americano is the first US hotel from Mexico City design hotel chain - Grupo Habita.  The mesh clad building was designed by Mexican architect Enrique Norten of Ten Arqitectos and the restrained interiors that nod to mid-century with a Japanese touch were designed by MCH-Arnaud Montigny.

As with the other properties from Gropo Habita,  I'm sure Hôtel Americano will not disappoint.


October 18, 2011


by Brad Elterman.  Gotta have this for our library. I'm a sucker for black and white photos from the 70s world of ROCK and Hollywood parties.... these are so bitchin!
Signed copies available at Clic.


October 17, 2011

Vintage Architectural Digest

I picked this one up and a few other issues in MINT condition at the Long Beach Antique Market yesterday. They are not dated, but I think this one is from 1957 and the others around the same.  It's so CLASSIC.  With photos from Julius Shulman, Interiors by Paul Laszlo (both commercial and residential)  Trousdale Estate homes by Paul Williams and the newly built and designed interior offices of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood.  Such a find!


October 14, 2011

"oh carmen"

by German illustrator, Peggy Wolf.  Love the intense saturated color in her work.  Check out her Etsy store and new work on Culture Label.


October 11, 2011


For those of you who remember Desiderata on Third Street, Owner/Designer Don Stewart of Desiderata Design, Inc. has amassed a veritable collection of cool vintage finds over the years.  

Join us for the BIG Sale of these items slated for November 5th. Designers, dealers and public all welcome!

For Sale...

"Urban Farmhouse" in Silver Lake designed by LA's own Barbara Bestor.
See full listing here .

~ thanks CAHomeandDesign
~ images Barry Gray, Deasy Penner & Partners


October 07, 2011

L'Aviva Home

granada lantern

alpaca blankets

uzbek copper tray

bolivian hammocks

kuba cloth cushions

L'Aviva Home was featured today on Remodelista for their Temoaya Blankets, but you know why I love this place? Because of the belief that the things we surround ourselves with should possess a soul, a history, and a purpose beyond mere decoration: they should help us connect to the world.

L'Aviva Home offers collections featuring handcrafted homewares from artisans around the globe.

Check 'em out here.


October 05, 2011

1st Dibs Finds

1. Pair of Large Scale Nude Torso Mixed Media Drawings
2. Fritz Henningsen Leather Sofa c. 1940
3. Mexican Modernist Screen 1950s
4. Hand Carved Stone Crosses
5. Antique Wooden Trough Guatemala 19th Century
6. Leather Chairs Italy c. 1960
7. Travertine and Lacquer Dining Table c. 1970
8. Rock Crystal and Gilded Chandelier France 1970s
9. Tibetan Lamb Wool 'Pouf' Stools in the Manner of Milo Baughman 1970s
10. Massive Late 19th Century 3-legged Wooden Work Table


October 04, 2011

Party Like It's 1980

 Raymond Pettibon, Black Flag at the Starwood, Tuesday, November 18, 1980, 1980, photocopy, 11 x 8 1/2 in., collection of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, gift of Barry Sloane, courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles

"Self Portrait with Cadillac"  1979
by Kenny Scharf

WOW! It's a crazy time for ART and Design.  So many things to see.  I've been partying like it's 1980. I've made it to a few events, but so many more to go; all part of Pacific Standard Time which is an unprecedented collaboration of cultural institutions across Southern California coming together to celebrate the birth of the L.A. art scene. Beginning October 2011, over 60 cultural institutions will make their contributions to this region-wide initiative encompassing every major L.A. art movement from 1945 to 1980.

Friday night I went to check out Under the Big Black Sun at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and listen to Henry Rollins spin for MOCA members only party.  The show featured over 130 artists and their work from 1974-81 with topics of race, gender, sexuality, presidential history, international relations, (sub)urban blight, war, spirituality, American life, punk culture, media and Hollywood commentaries, and political activism.  
Be warned: this show will take a few trips to get thru.  Its large and intense.  The show is up till February, so that's enough time for a few visits.

Saturday night we hit up the opening reception  Royal/T presents East Village West, curated by Ann Magnuson and Kenny Scharf: An infamous walk on the wild side to celebrate California's Pop Culture and Hollywood's influence on NYC's Neo-Dada art movement.  It explored how California pop culture and Hollywood influenced underground club culture and art scenes in the late '70s and early '80s.
With art by Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf and many more, this show was a lot of fun and saw so many old friendsEven my 3 year old had a blast.  You have until January to check it out.

A few of the notable exhibits in the Design and Architecture Category I'm looking forward to seeing:
-The House that Sam Built @ The Huntington Library 
-Indoor Ecologies: The Evolution of the Eames House Living Room @ LACMA
-Collecting EAMES- The JF Chen Collection @JF Chen
-California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way" @LACMA

See the Pacific Standard Time site to view more information about all the exhibits and events.