Ted and Angie of Poketo have been very busy lately. Not only is Poketo rapidly expanding as a brand but they’ve been in the process of switching spaces from a small Downtown Los Angeles loft to a spacious new hub for the brand. Oh, it also has space for their first brick and mortar store, too. That’s right: Poketo have finally opened up their first store!
The retail space soft-opened Saturday and is now officially open. We popped in over the weekend to check out the final space and were blown away with how many things they have. We were very aware of the products they carry on their website but seeing everything in person on shelves, tables, racks, and more you really realize how they have become this empire. No longer are they simply selling cool wallets but there are now t-shirts, cups, books, towels, soaps, plates, pots, shoes, socks, and so much more.
The goods are all very nicely curated in a very open, warm space that perfectly translates the online Poketo experience to the IRL Poketo experience. From the red painted entry way to the small upside down planters, their space is totally them and unlike any other art/design/lifestyle store because they have such a heavy hand in creating the goods. The store has personality and a homeyness to it that truly is unrivaled.
As mentioned, the store is now open and is located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. If you are in town, stop into the store and tell them we sent you. They would certainly be glad to see you. You can read more on the store and the space here.
I received an email yesterday from Carson Davis Brown, a Grand Rapids, Michigan based photographer and designer who’s doing some nice work with smoke. The series is called Cabin Time Project and features a number of folks treading about the woods in colorful bursts of smoke. It’s a simple but beautiful effect that I’ve been seeing quite a lot lately. Is smoke the new lens flare? Maybe, but I don’t think it’s played out quite yet.
I’ve been lucky to work with Michael Cina in both a personal and professional manner, and he’s without a doubt one of the hardest working individuals I know. He’s also one of the most multi-talented guys I’ve ever encountered as well. Somehow he can effortlessly maneuver between design and fine art without missing a beat. A perfect example is the ongoing project he’s been working on with Matthew Dear called Beams.
The Beams project has been the most ambitious music packaging project that I have worked on to date. It started in November of 2011 and ended in May of 2012. The full scope involves almost 100 paintings, two of the paintings being 20 feet long, flying to NYC to be filmed painting a 6 foot portrait, another porttrait that took 2 months to paint, a custom typeface, and countless designs. There will be four singles to come off this record as well, each requiring new pieces as well.
The work is really remarkable and so dynamic feeling. I love that he chooses to get so close paintings, cropping these beautiful fragments of art. When I go to a museum the first thing I want to do is look at the paint up close, to see the subtlety of the strokes and how the painting came together. With these works I feel like Michael is giving us a peak inside his brain, and that he sees value in each every stroke, whether consciously made or not. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the rest of the project turns out.
These portraits are brilliant! Painted by illustrator and artist Rich Pellegrino, they capture their subject in such a unique and colorful way. Based out of Providence, Rhode Island – Pellegrino’s pop icon portraits are particularly great. From Molly Ringwald’s Andie Walsh to Owen Wilson’s Francis and on to Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka – Pellegrino’s ability to capture the idiosyncrasies of these characters is uncanny. Filled with bold strokes of color, his work is definintly worth taking a look at. See more online here.
I read last night that Yves Saint Laurent was changing their name to Saint Laurent Paris under Hedi Slimane’s new creative vision. Seems like a bit of a weird choice, but I also like Hedi Slimane’s vibe, so I’m not sure what to make of the decision. There’s still a while until the change takes place, supposedly happening in Spring 2013 when Hedi’s first line hits stores. My biggest fear – What will happen to the beautiful YSL mark?
Last week, the Royal Institute of British Architects (that’s RIBA, the kind folks who own the architecture.com domain) announced the 2012 awards for excellence in architecture. To be eligible for the award, a nominated project must bear the fingerprints of a RIBA-member architect, and although these projects are all outside of Britain they are by RIBA members and are recognized as International award winners. The competition isn’t over for these buildings: the 12 projects have reached a kind of Star Search semifinals. Unlike the 59 Regional RIBA award winners that will go on to compete for the Stirling Prize, the 12 International award winners will now compete for the Lubetkin Prize. My picks are above and you can see all of them here.
Is it time to start a fantasy architecture league?
How cool would it be if your job was just to do time-lapse videos for a living? Well, the folks at T-RECS happen to do that very thing, specifically “HighRes Motion Control Timelaps Shots.” It sounds like it might be a fake job, but then you watch the video above and your mouth kinda’ drops open and you immediately hate them for having the coolest job on earth.
In the video you see several locations – Dante’s View, Death Valley, Yosemite and one shot in Plymouth, Indiana, to be specific. It’s incredible that they’re able to get such amazing shots. You can see in the top image how the stars just smear and streak, and it’s even better to see it in motion with the music playing along. The T-RECS crew are even rad enough to give a tutorial on how to make your own star trails in After Effects. Pretty legit.
Tim Navis is a Los Angeles based photographer who’s got a wonderful eye for the world. I can’t remember how I came across his work, but I was looking through my Flickr and realized I followed him. He’s able to capture such vibrancy in the world, all the incredible energy that’s out there. When you browse through his Flickr stream I swear he travels the world non-stop. He also takes some really stunning portraits, which you can view over on his site.