Heather Levine wall hanging, Ben Medansky ceramic bowl, Raquel Allegra dress, Jesse Kamm cream Moon tote, Cécile Daladier vase, Assembly x Neji Commu watch, APC bag, Miansai cuff, bags from UGUiSU shop, Cosmic Wonder Light Source Diamond Equinox catalog, MMM boots, Eatable of Many Orders bag, Earth Tu Face products, Buena Vista baseball cap, Raquel Allegra sweatshirt, A Détacher shoes, Illuminance by Rinko Kawauchi, Études hat, Lahssan X Faconnable Striped trench, more Ben Medansky ceramics, Raquel Allegra striped top, LHOOQ bra, RA tie dye leggings, David Hockney book, new running shoes, paper boxes by Marbré Harikabo.
Last weekend I went to the Grand Palais to check out L’art du Jardin expo after seeing this video on Thierry Boutemy’s tumblr, of his beautiful, small, dark installation. It smelled so beautiful in there! It was more of an expo than exhibition, but still pretty impressive to see the Grand Palais filled with beautiful huge trees and flowers.
I had one of the nicest days visiting the studio of LA artist, and friend, Lauren Spencer King. Her talent is endless and her spirit comes through in her work. I love her sense of color and geometry, as well as her love of crystals. All the beautiful colorful objects around her studio are so inspiring. I can’t wait for her next show!
The wonderful Rachel over at Herb Lester sent me a few of their city maps. I already own a few I love the one for Amsterdam and Paris, it’s where I discovered the amazing super old paper store in Amsterdam, and how I found the place to buy new blue French worker jackets in Paris.
These handy little guides are so useful, colorful and compact enough to travel with. They have since made two more for Paris, and added many more cities. If you’re heading anywhere soon, these guides have nice unusual tips for exploring new places.
If you’re in Paris tomorrow night please come to the opening of Rosemarie Auberson’s show at 0fr! She will be showing new work and we will be celebrating the release of her beautiful book published by 0fr, along with the birthday of 0fr co-owner Alex Thumerelle. There will also be a textile installation by me, ceramics by Makoto Orui, and a performance by Marc Desse. The catalog is available at 0fr and there are only 100 copies so get there soon!
**The book is now also available on Rosemarie’s site here!
Fritz Haeg is an artist I came across at the LA Art Book Fair this year. He does the most incredible experience installations. I was particularly inspired by his recent Domestic Integrities installation at MOMA where participants could bring in old clothing or textiles and weave them into a giant communal rug.
His installations which seem to often feature some food, and a communal activity are slightly reminiscent of Mark Borthwick performances I’ve seen, in that they both provide an experience, and a particular atmosphere, along with calming nourishment. I love what the premise of the installation is all about:
MoMA Studio: Common Senses is a multisensory environment at the intersection of education, design, and art that aims to foster our evolving relationships with nature, technology, and our everyday surroundings through community interactions and creative play. A series of drop-in activities, workshops, and ongoing projects for audiences of all ages integrates components such as light, nature, food, textiles, games, and technology.
The rug continues to grow and evolve with new experiences as it travels to become part of new installations in places around the globe.
See more on Domestic Integrities here.
Picked up this beautiful book, Spring, 2011 while waiting for brunch at Le Bal recently. Incredibly moving photos by photographer Seji Kumagai.
New work I’ve been meaning to share.. I recently designed the interior of Le Mary Celeste, a new oyster/cocktail/natural wine bar in the Marais here in Paris.
This place was a very different blank office space previously.
Now it is the best spot to grab a drink on a grey day, at least in my opinion. ; ) See more photos here. Typography and furniture designs by David Rager, collages by Rosemarie Auberson, glass window designs by me, textiles by Krissy Morrisson, and ceramic lamps by Heather Levine.
I can’t tell you enough how inspired I am by the elegant, fun, and sophisticated style of sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens who together formed the label Anndra Neen while on a trip to Japan. What better place to be inspired to start something! Annette and Phoebe grew up in Mexico City and now live in New York, and their style could not be a better mix of these places.
Today is Earth Day, (or maybe yesterday, there seems to be discrepancies with the official date).. Either way I hope everyone is at the very least recycling today, or using a reusable water bottle, (which saves an average of 166 plastic bottles a year!), or buying all natural toxin-free soap, (or more beautiful handmade soap), or checking out books like this one for amazing tips for at home.
There are so many easy things you can do, check out more resources and info here on The Ecology Center’s new site I helped develop. Get familiar with easy ways you can make a difference, not just for the planet but your own health too! Those two things are surprisingly more related than you could imagine : )
I recently came across the beautifully crafted work of Line Sander Johansen via instagram. I absolutely love her line, Line Sander.
For her ss/13 collection titled Replica, she used only “remedies in the home, such as kale, tea, coffee and old inc pens. Just things lying around” as dyes. I love the simplicity of her inspiration books, and the description of the basis of the collection reminds me of the little things I love about traveling
“scraps of material, leftovers, scents and places. A traveler’s belongings. The poesy within a crumbled collar, sleeve or dress. The allure of a woman’s journey. The scraps, the sticks, the stones, – things a traveler carries, blissfully reminding her of the places she visited.”