Date Archives May 2013

David Chipperfield’s Saint Louis Art Museum Expansion

David Chipperfield's St.Louis Art Museum Expansion

I haven’t seen any images of David Chipperfield’s expansion to the Saint Louis Art Museum since they loaded it with the art, so I was very happy to bump into a video where the curator of the museum talks about the new space while cameras glide smoothly through the pristine, day-lit galleries. It’s really an impressive space.

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“Reach For The Dead”, a brand new track by Boards of Canada

"Reach for the Dead" by Boards of Canada

Eight years since their last album, Boards of Canada is releasing a new album called Tomorrow’s Harvest on June 10/11. The first track off of the new album is called Reach for the Dead, which picks up where the band left off, continuing their minimal electronic pioneering. This track is a slow build, so be sure to sit tight, strap on some headphones, and enjoy the ride. I’m totally looking forward to hearing more from this album.

I’ve also posted the video below, in case you want some trippy, abstract visuals to accompany your music.

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New Designs from Iacoli & McAllister

Iacoli & McAllister Hialeah Table

Iacoli & McAllister Spica light and Wire Side Table

Last week, hundreds of new and established design makers showcased their latest wares during NY Design Week. And while there were many standouts, Seattle-based Iacoli & McAllister continue to stand apart from the crowd with their deceptively simple furniture, lighting, and accessory pieces. Founded in 2007, by Jamie Iacoli and Brian McAllister, the duo cite exploration, craft, style, and quality as creative fuel for their work which has grown from spare yet colorful stools and pendant lights to tables, objects, and jewelry.

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Wood & Pulp – New Work from Scotty Albrecht and Damion Silver

Scotty Albrecht - Bloom 8

Damion Silver 3

During the week artist and designer Scotty Albrecht got in touch to let me know that he’s recently created a whole batch of new work for an exhibition that he’s having in Brooklyn this weekend. The show is a joint exhibition with artist Damion Silver and I have to say that the duo make for an excellent pairing.

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Isn’t It Femmantic? – A Film Review of ‘Frances Ha’

Frances Ha poster Noah Baumbach

I have a problem with the word platonic. It defines something that is way more interesting than what it seems to be. Male friendships have now become widely accepted as a ‘Bromances’, yet the bond between females, equally as deep and meaningful, is stuck being defined by the old lifeless descriptor, platonic. A non-sexual love. Snoozer. I’m hoping Greta Gerwig, the lead in Noah Baumbach’s newest film Frances Ha, will be remembered as the femme that helped shed platonic from its drab and stuffy skin. Be it, ‘Femships’ or ‘Bromances’, Frances Ha, actualizes what every woman feels inside for her best friend, love in its lightest form.

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Illustrative Characters by Shen Plum

Shen Plum ghosts

Shen Plum illustration

It’s always fun to get sucked down the internet rabbit hole and led somewhere unexpected. While tooling around Etsy, I came across a store called Tiny Crystals which was selling hand-painted necklaces and journals with fantastic illustrations by Toronto-based artist Shen Plum. I was then led to her prolific online journal only to discover a world inhabited by vampire girls, ghost gangs, and skateboarding rabbits.

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The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Frank Svengsouk

Frank Svengsouk wallpaper - iPhone, iPad, Desktop

Frank Svengsouk

You may not have heard of Frank Svengsouk, but he’s one of the most talented guys I know. By day he works as an art director with me at Disney, creating beautiful, award winning websites that’ll knock your socks. He’s also a super talented artist as well though, dabbling in both digital and traditional mediums. Recently, Frank had a residency at the Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney where he debuted an epic series of pieces which he dubbed the Astro Zodiac Force.

The series takes all of the animals of the zodiac and outfits them in space suits, showcasing them adventuring across the cosmos. I loved what Frank did so much that I asked if he’d be interested in bringing the Force to the site, so he’s graced us with the luckiest member, the Rabbit. You can see the full range of animals over on Society 6, where prints of all sizes are available as well. And if you happen to be at Disneyland, Frank’s work will be on display at the Wonderground Gallery until the June 14.

A New Identity for the Whitney Museum of American Art by Experimental Jetset

A New Identity for the Whitney Museum of American Art by Experimental Jetset

Can the identity of a museum be a piece of conceptual art itself? That seems to be the road that Experimental Jetset has taken with the design system they’ve created for the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2015, the Whitney will be moving to a beautiful new building which is bordered by The High Line on one side and the Hudson Riveer on the other. Designed by Renzo Piano, it’s a big step for the museum, and thus, a new identity was crafted for the monumental occasion.

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