I can’t believe I am missing this exhibition on Ray Eames at Art Center right now. She has been my biggest inspiration career-wise and I have always felt a very strong connection to the way she collected, appreciated, and displayed objects at home and in her studio. If anyone out there goes to see this and has photos please share!
On view just a few more days until May 4th at Art Center College of Design’s Williamson Gallery in Pasadena, California.
more info here.
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Barnabé Fillion is a french perfumer, known as a “nez” en français, whom I’ve had the pleasure to work with and get to know here in Paris. He is a unique character who not only works on creating commercial scents, but does natural and custom scents as well. I wish I could share scents via the web because they are truly beautiful and unlike so many scents you find out there. I am not a huge fan of perfumes to begin with due to the fact that I avoid knowingly putting horrible chemicals into my body, so when I find a natural scent, (that is actually only natural ingredients) I get extra excited. I have the Von Sono colaboration scent that Barnabé made and absolutely love it!
Barnabé has recently launched his website and also created a scent for The Broken Arm boutique here in Paris, whose trio I have also had the pleasure of working with and getting to know over the last couple years. The TBA scent is beautifully bottled and available now in their boutique, and of course smells wonderful.
I first discovered Barnabé’s work in New York years ago in an issue of Bloom magazine that had samples of his scents based on different places. This is something that is part of his unique approach to scents, it usually comes from a special place or point of inspiration that no one else would have thought of. His background as a model, photographer and stylist also come into play in his very visual approach to scent. Read more about him on his site here.
Lots of holiday shopping is happening right now. For a great way to give someone something unique, useful and meaningful check out The Ecology Center’s Tools for Change General store online here. Or visit the center for even more goods! It’s really a magical place full of people doing inspiring great things, plus all the proceeds from your shopping go directly to funding their amazing educational programing. One of my favorite items that I never travel without is this set. They also offer workshops that are another way to give (easily accessible by train from LA), check out the calendar here.
There is a really great exhibition of work by graphic designer Irma Boom at the Netherlands Institute in Paris right now until Dec 15th. Sadly the institute is closing at the end of the year, and I just found out about it!
The exhibition shows a multitude of different books designed by Boom, from Shelia Hicks Weaving as Metaphor (which I finally picked up in the shop), to Chanel books with crazy packaging and embossing, to museum catalogs and more! Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Paris and love books or design.
If you haven’t already been to visit the amazing shops that are part of ARTS RE STORE LA in Westwood, go check them out before they’re gone!
The UCLA Hammer museum received a $100,000 grant to create Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood, a project that is currently taking over multiple empty storefronts in Westwood and filling them with pop-up shops currated by LA artisans.
Featuring an incredible line up of people who make up an amazing community of creators in LA right now, there are multiple shops full of so many good things to buy and see, from Iko Iko, Dosa, Weltenbuerger & Ermie, Bookstand, Heather Levine, and so many more! There are even concerts and workshops happening here throughout the month so take advantage of this rare moment to participate in a really amazing project, which will hopefully encourage more things like this to happen throughout the city. Up until November 24th.
Friend and artist Keren Richter recently opened a pop-up shop with art director Gabriel Kuo in Berlin called Rats. Filled with things you won’t normally find in Berlin, Rats is mostly stocked with items from New York, and named after it’s unofficial mascot. Items from a few other cities are included as well (including Paris!) A selection of my necklaces are stocked here for the month. Wish I could be there to see it in person. Check it out if you’re in Berlin this month, it looks amazing!
RATS Torstrasse 68, Berlin Up till August 24th.
Went on a little trip last week, it’s always nice to get out of the city, especially when it’s to the coast!
David and I went to Nice and drove along the Côte d’Azur finding beautiful little beaches and discovering Pierre Cardin’s Palais Bulles! We spotted this amazing house on the hillside and drove up to get a closer look. Not much to see from the actual street it’s on, but this is the most impressive house I’ve ever seen! A friend from that area has even held parties there! Found a video on the making of it with the architect Antti Lovag (in German, but really it’s amazing to just see the place) Built in 1981 it still looks incredible!
top five photos by me, interior photos via here
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.
When I was in LA I visited the studio of Ben Medansky (Thanks to Lauren!). Ben is a ceramic artist whose work I had first seen at the LA Art Book Fair. There were some amazing bookends there I kept eyeing, and of course they were by him. It was hard not to want to buy so many things right off the shelves of his studio! I have one little vase of his that I love, and have my eye on much more.
His work is starting to pop up everywhere.Check out his site to see more, or see it in person at Bookstand at the Standard Hollywood, or at Iko Iko in LA.
I’m very excited that this weekend at 0fr, Cecile Daladier who I’ve posted about before will be selling some plants and pots along her husband Nicolas Soulier, who will be speaking about his powerful book “Reconquering the Streets” and talking about Japanese potted gardens. Plus there will be an exhibition of photos for the launch of new issue of The Plant Journal by Daisuke Hamada. Plus an after party at Candelaria, who has a new site made by David. This is an 0fr event not to be missed!
18h15-19h: discussion autour du livre “Reconquérir les rues” en présence de l’auteur, l’architecte urbaniste Nicolas Soulier, et focus sur les jardins de pots au Japon avec projection des photos de Daisuke Hamada pour The Plant Journal.
21h15: soirée à la Candelaria
Tout le week-end: pop-up store de boutures et jardinières Assaï. Apportez votre pique-nique, terrasse 0fr végétalisée pour l’occasion.
While in Tokyo I picked up the latest special issue of Casa Brutus which focuses on California creators and a lot of the amazing people and things happening there right now. Also while I was there, a California Mart pop up shop had just opened, featuring a lot of the same people who are in the magazine, Beatrice Valenzuela, Altadena Works, Heath Ceramics..
Very excited that this magazine features friends and is connected to an exhibition which has sent several friends out to Tokyo recently. The exihibition DREAMERS is curated by Serena Mitnik-Miller and is at Ron Herman Sendagaya. If you’re in Tokyo go check it out, and if not go out and find a copy of this magazine! So much more good stuff inside, South Willard, General Store, OK, Dosa, Altadena Works, Aya Muto, Heath Ceramics, the Ace Hotel and much more. It makes me so happy to see where I’m from being celebrated and having a creative community come together. I miss California!
I recently helped with the design and content direction of the new exhibition/shop at The Ecology Center in California, Tools for Change. Focusing on tools for basic needs that can help to build a more ecological and thoughtful community. If you are in southern California go check it out. They are having an Earth Day event on April 14th filled with fun activities and food. Graphics & Art Direction by David as well, and all photos by Scott Sporleder. More photos here.
been working away but will be back before you know it!
ps. have you seen the Eames movie?! it’s beyond inspiring! i love it!