Look! Look! Look!, a pink, pineapple shaped pavilion by Studio Morison

Look! Look! Look!, a pink, pineapple shaped pavilion by Studio Morison

Contrast in design creates striking moments. A great example of this is when you mix something new with something old. The Louvre Pyramid by I.M. Pei at the Louvre Palace is a perfect example of architectural contrast. Not all projects need to be quite so stark though as evidenced by this lovely pavilion intervention at Berrington Hall.

As described by it’s website, Berrington Hall is a “neo-classical mansion with fine interiors, set in landscape grounds,” a posh canvas for which Studio Morison introduced a giant, pink pineapple that’s origami in form. It’s funny because I feel like the pavilion is so different from the environment around it, but the fact that it’s set in a garden is very appropriate. Pineapple’s are grown in the ground, the pink color harkens back to a victorian color palette, and the origami form is very flower like overall.

It’s definitely a fun intervention that would bring a smile to the face of any person who came across it.

Look! Look! Look!, a pink, pineapple shaped pavilion by Studio Morison

Look! Look! Look!, a pink, pineapple shaped pavilion by Studio Morison

Look! Look! Look!, a pink, pineapple shaped pavilion by Studio Morison

Look! Look! Look!, a pink, pineapple shaped pavilion by Studio Morison

September 6, 2017 / By

New Compartés chocolate store designed by Kelly Wearstler melds Jay Gatsby with Emerald City

Compartés chocolate store designed by Kelly Wearstler

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I’m certainly a sucker for beautiful design. Los Angeles based chocolatier Jonathan Graham, founder of designer chocolate brand Compartés, teamed up with Kelly Wearstler for a newly designed shop in Century City. The result is one of the most elegant candy stores I’ve ever seen, made of antique brass and imported Italian marble everywhere.

Beyond the eye-catching patinaed copper exterior, the new Compartes shop (designed by one of Architectural Digest’s top interior designers in the world, Kelly Wearstler) features hand plastered walls in the style of the most beloved Italian architects, custom arched ceilings, custom hand painted tiles, custom light fixtures made from Onyx and plenty of brass.

It also doesn’t hurt that his chocolates are some of the best (I highly recommend the Love Nuts) and that he serves a “frozen hot chocolate,” which is described as a mix of “soft serve ice cream and milkshake and rich european style thick hot chocolate rolled into one.” Sounds amazing.

Compartés chocolate store designed by Kelly Wearstler

Compartés chocolate store designed by Kelly Wearstler

Compartes Chocolatier
10250 Santa Monica Blvd #1625
Westfield Century City Mall

September 5, 2017 / By

Cornelia Baltes makes simply complex works of art

Cornelia Baltes

German painter Cornelia Baltes has a wonderful ability to paint the idea of things. Not the objects themselves but something that’s both right but not quite right, more like capturing an essence or a feeling. In her work I see things that you might not, which is why her playful, almost cartoon style, opens itself up to letting your mind fill in the gaps. The bright gradients she employs are wonderfully offset by the stark additions of black and white, a really lovely contrast.

Currently, she has a lovely show up at Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen, if you happen to be in the area.

Cornelia Baltes

Cornelia Baltes

Cornelia Baltes

Cornelia Baltes

September 5, 2017 / By

Incredibly detailed, sensual oil paintings by Soey Milk

Soey Milk

A friend recently recommended to me the work of Soey Milk, a Korean artist who uses oil paint and collage to stunning effect. Her attention to detail and nuance, especially in facial features, is what immediately draws you in. The faces are so life-like, yet they’re surrounded by these abstract fields of flowers and random drips and swathes of paint. The combination of the two make create beautiful masterpieces that you can easily get lost in.

I recommend that you follow her on Instagram, as that’s where most of her updates come from, including some great behind-the-scenes imagery of her paintings.

Soey Milk

Soey Milk

Soey Milk

Soey Milk

September 4, 2017 / By

#MusicMonday – September 4

#MusicMonday - September 4

1. Hercules & Love Affair – “Omnion”
Andy Butler is back with a brand new album titled Omnion, an electronic music adventure that’s a bit more straight forward pop than his previous albums. The first track, also titled “Omnion,” features stunning vocals from Sharon Van Etten, backed by a lush horn section and twinkling synths. The combination is breathtaking.

Listen on: Apple MusicSpotify


2. Frank Ocean – “Provider”
Frank Ocean keeps bringing the singles one after another (this is the 5th post-Blonde if you count “Slide”) and I love it. His latest is “Provider,” a track that sounds like he’s trying to figure out his relationship with a close friend, which rumor has it maybe Memo Guzman. I listen to Frank Ocean constantly and this track brings more of the chill R&B energy that he’s perfected.

Listen on: Apple Music – Spotify


3. Wiki – “Made For This” feat. Ghostface Killah
Heard this track on Beats One the other day and it immediately took me back. Wiki brings legit New York rap into the spotlight with this track, which is only made better by Wu Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah. The combination creates a timeless rap track that you have to nod to.

Listen on: Apple MusicSpotify


4. Adrian Underhill – “Cruel”
Tornoto based musician Adrian Underhill released his new sone “Cruel” and it’s so damn catchy, I can’t get it out of my head. It’s a sexy little pop track about two lovers trying to understand one another in a cruel world. Lots of 70’s inflected guitars paired with Underhill’s sweet as sugar vocals make this a true hit.

Listen on: Apple MusicSpotify


5. Matthew Dear – “Bad Ones” feat. Tegan and Sarah
I’m a big fan of Matthew Dear’s and was surprised and elated to hear did a collaboration with Tegan and Sarah. The track sounds like it should be the end scene music for a John Hughes movie, and I mean that in the best way possible. With adorable lyrics like “I’m one of the bad ones, And that’s why you feel lucky” you can’t help but bop along to this track.

Listen on: Apple MusicSpotify


6. King Krule – “Czech One”
Archy Marshall is back performing as King Krule (a moniker he had seemingly abandoned) with a track called “Czech One”, the single coming out on the 4-year anniversary of Krule’s debut studio album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon. It’s a beautifully haunting track, a dark jazz adventure with Marshall’s voice floating over the whole thing like a dream.

Listen on: Apple MusicSpotify

September 4, 2017 / By

John Maus returns with new song and video, “The Combine”

John Maus - "The Combine"

After a six year gap John Maus is back with a new song called “The Combine” which comes off of his upcoming album, Screen Memories. The track is clad in synth, backed by a tireless drum beat, and smattered with Maus’ signature, breathy vocals. If you’re a fan his previous albums you’re certainly going to enjoy this track. As for the album overall:

Screen Memories was written, recorded, and engineered by Maus over the last few years in his home in Minnesota. It’s a solitary place situated in the sub-zero winter temperatures creep into the songs as do the buzzing wasps of summer.

Definitely looking forward to this. Check out the trippy video for “The Combine” below. It’s worth a watch for the crazy crop mirroring effect. You’ll get it when you see it ;)

Screen Memories comes out October 27 on Ribbon Music.

August 31, 2017 / By

Liu Bolin turns invisible in Iceland for Annie Liebovitz for new Moncler campaign

Liu Bolin & Annie Leibovitz for Moncler FW17

Chinese artist Liu Bolin is a master at this craft. Meticulously painting his body, he seamlessly blends into the environments behind him, as a means of commenting on mans role with nature and social strife. So it’s interesting to see that his latest project is a collaboration with American photographer Annie Leibovitz who’s well known for her glamorous cover photos of A list celebrities. Even more surprising is that it’s an ad campaign for super fancy outdoor brand Moncler, who admittedly make some really great clothes.

The campaign started last season, photos from the SS17 collection are toward the bottom of the post, and now continue to FW17 with a journey through Iceland. I’m shocked that Bolin’s art of painting of himself still feels exciting and new through the years. It feels like he continues to try and outdo himself with each project and utilizing the incredible backdrop of Iceland is a smart choice. I love the incredible contrast of bright blues with the deep grays and blacks. Really stunning work created by all.

Liu Bolin & Annie Leibovitz for Moncler FW17

Liu Bolin & Annie Leibovitz for Moncler FW17



Liu Bolin & Annie Leibovitz for Moncler FW17

Liu Bolin & Annie Leibovitz for Moncler FW17

August 31, 2017 / By

Shawna X is an exploding gradient of talent, creativity, and wonder

Shawna X

Shawna X is a New York based artist and visual designer who’s work is an ecstatic explosion of colors, gradients, nude women, and fantasy landscapes. I am always all about crazy colors and Shawna X gives me all the feelings. Her ability to balance colors and contrast means all of her imagery is super impactful.

I found an interview with Shawna from March 2017, where she speaks about creating art during these tough times, which I found quite relatable. This is why I’ve started writing again, because we all need some good vibes and inspiration from the art around us.

Q: How do you see your role as an artist in these increasingly fucked up times?
A: It’s suffered. Sometimes I feel like it doesn’t matter. When our world is suffering, the last thing anybody cares about is artistry and creativity. However I must remind myself that being an artist is a privilege because my life thus far has given me the space to think, feel and create freely- and that inspiration from art is almost as good as faith, it speaks and helps people who need it.

I’d highly recommend following her on Instagram, and then checking out her shop Bad boy nice girl, which has loads of awesome products to fill your apartment with.

Shawna X

Shawna X

Shawna X

August 30, 2017 / By

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