The extraordinary outer and inner world’s of Eleanor Davis

American illustrator Eleanor Davis is giving me all the feelings this morning with her expressive and playful art style. I love that her work is expressed in different styles, sort of a hybrid of colored pencil and watercolor which gives everything this dreamy feeling. Beyond that I feel like she does a great job of illustrating subjects that are hard to define, like the second image below, which beautifully captures the idea of understanding Alzheimer’s.

You can check out more of Eleanor’s work by clicking here.

Eleanor Davis - Illustration

Eleanor Davis - Illustration

Eleanor Davis - Illustration

Eleanor Davis - Illustration

Eleanor Davis - Illustration

February 20, 2018 / By

Spotted: York freshens up their branding

New branding and logo for York - Peppermint Patties - Hershey

I stopped by the store last night for some much needed “post-airport craziness” bubbly wine, and I was waiting in line at the register I happened to notice a new logo and branding for York. You know, the Hershey company that makes peppermint patties.

The mark is a really nice evolution from the previous version, but what I specifically love about it is how the lettering mimics the look of the peppermint icing inside of a peppermint pattie. If you’ve ever taken a half bite of one of these the icing tends to be slightly stringy and a little messy, and the mark does a great job of mimicking that physical quality of the candy (quite literally in fact at the end of the circle container around the logo).

The letter forms themselves are way more elegant and considered. The old Y is kind of a hot mess balance-wise, with the over inflated upper and shrunken descender. The O to the R has a really nice playfulness, the K flows nicely into the circular container around it now, and I’m a big fan of the Y descending down and out of the blue container lozenge. Getting rid of the “Get the sensation!” tagline really helped the overall lock-up as it provides a lot of great negative space above and below the logo, giving it a much more elevated feeling overall.

New branding and logo for York - Peppermint Patties - Hershey

As you can see in the gross, conveyer belt photo I took above, they don’t seem to be printing that distracting dot pattern on the package which I think is a plus. I thought it was helpful to see how the metallic package is really quite striking with the pop of royal blue, and how the white of the logo has a nice contrast with the blue.

Overall, this is a beautifully refined word mark/focused branding effort that most consumers won’t notice, but clearly it’s remarkable enough for me to notice at a busy check stand. Now the big question: Anyone know who did the work? I’d love to be able to credit them! Email me if you have details.

February 20, 2018 / By

New Music: Nils Frahm’s ‘All Melody’ and Anenon’s ‘Tongue’

New Music: Nils Frahm's 'All Melody' and Anenon's 'Tongue'

I travelled to Portland over the weekend for some family matters, and as I was about to board the plane, I realized I didn’t have any music downloaded on to my phone for the trip, as it’s a newish phone. I hurriedly joined the always sketchy WiFi at LAX and was able to pull down two albums: Nils Frahm’s All Melody and Anenon’s Tongue.

As luck or fate would have it, the albums have a musical simpatico with each other. To me they share a sameness of DNA, a jazz backbone, layered with lush synthesizers, piano through lines that bring a lot of the works together. In my plane focused mind the works fused together in many ways, creating a dialogue that communicated beautifully.

Listen to Nils Frahm – All Melody: Spotify – Apple Music
Listen to Anenon – Tongue: Spotify – Apple Music


You can read more about Anenon’s song-by-song process in creating Tongue by clicking here, which seems like it was birthed from an amazing time spent in the Italian countryside.

Funkhaus - Saal 3 - Nils Frahm

Additionally, there’s a great look at where Frahm’s recorded All Melody over on The Spaces. Situated in East Berlin on the banks of the River Spree sits Funkhaus, a 1950’s building with Soviet architecture influences that was originally used to record chamber music. As you can see in the photo above it’s a beautiful space that must have been incredible to record in.

February 20, 2018 / By

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

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