say hi to_ Los Angeles
For November's roundup we highlight events and artists that are making waves in Los Angeles, as well as welcome some incredible design talent from New York and abroad with open arms to the City of Angels. From a site-specific installation in a mall to ashen and tarred ceramics to the trendiest socks (yes, socks!) this month's selection is full of visual delights.
Darner is the Los Angeles-based company making socks sexy. Inspired by a hosiery pattern from the late 1800's, Darner's cut-and-sew lines of socks in crushed velvet, mesh and bamboo jersey offer fashion-forward customers a range of options to make a bold statement with their stockings. Having been featured in Vogue, Nylon and WWD, to name a few, it seems that the fashion world has given Darner their stamp of approval and I, for one, am definitely getting on the bandwagon.
Early Work is the design practice of Mimi Jung and Brian Hurewitz, formerly known as Brook&Lyn. The duo has helped create beautiful bespoke environments for stylish brands such as Everlane and Bassike, engaging in space planning and custom furniture and fixture design to create spaces that convey a cohesive brand vision for their clients, punctuated by Early Work's minimally chic original pieces. A few of the studio's new furniture pieces, including their Angled Wood Bar Sofa and Bar Lounger, can be seen at Not So General in West Hollywood.
Karen Kimmel "Stay" Installation
One might not think of a major shopping center as a place to find great design, but Karen Kimmel's recent installation begs you to think again. "Stay" is a sculptural seating installation which cites plants, rocks and playground structures as inspiration for this unexpected seating environment in the Beverly Center.
Set atop a raised floor with inlaid vinyl and linoleum in muted tones, "Stay" features benches upholstered in fabric printed with Kimmel's drawings, a maple cylinder beautifully wrapped in lavender rope, a flock of stools equipped with USB charging ports and a circular bench comprised of wood, granite and an array of colorful plants, all urging patrons and passers by to do exactly what the installation's name suggests.
Material Lust, the design duo comprised of Christian Swafford and Lauren Larson, will be making their Los Angeles debut on November 17th at the new JF Chen showroom. Described as artists masquerading as designers, the duo's conceptual furniture pieces and design objects are dark, sharply geometric and reminiscent of primitive symbols - intentionally provocative and challenging for viewers. The fact that revered antique dealer JF Chen, who has highlighted the work of design icons such as Sottsass and Prouve, is hosting their LA debut should serve as a further endorsement of Material Lust's captivating, yet unorthodox, approach to contemporary design.
Not So General, a new gallery featuring contemporary furniture and design, is a welcome addition to the Los Angeles design scene. The West Hollywood gallery features an expertly curated collection of pieces by leading design talent from the US and abroad, including New York favorites Moving Mountains and Vonnegut Kraft, alongside the likes of Amsterdam based Germans Ermics and pieces by Italy's Edizione Limitata.
Many of the designers are making their Los Angeles debut at Not So General, offering design-savvy Angelenos an opportunity to view a beautiful collection of work without having to travel to the opposite coast.
Other On by June Kim and Michelle Cho
Other On is an ongoing visual collaboration between photographers June Kim and Michelle Cho which explores everyday scenes through a lens of surrealism. Shot in various cities in the US and abroad, the striking photo series features anonymous subjects set against visually arresting architectural backdrops and dreamy color palettes. I'm thrilled that this is an ongoing project, as I can't get enough of this series and I look forward to seeing what these talented women create next.
Founded in 2015 by Mia Herron Kantor, Pax Ceramics is the Venice based ceramics studio creating beautiful stoneware pieces with a distinctly airy California feel. Citing mid-century and Scandinavian design as influences, Pax employs a process of hand-spraying glazes to create a beautiful ombre effect on their clean-lined ceramics. The line of cups, mugs and vases are highly durable, even microwave and dishwasher safe, as they are meant to be a beautiful object that is functional and lasts a lifetime and not, as their website says "just more stuff."
Ben Medansky - Fired by the Fire
Chances are you've seen the work of Ben Medansky, the notable young ceramicist and sculptor whose striking industrial-inspired pieces are as much art piece as they are functional object. In an extremely unfortunate turn of events, Medansky's downtown Los Angeles studio was destroyed in a fire in late July, halting production until further notice.
On Saturday November 19th from 12-4pm, Lawson Fenning will be hosting a show titled "Fired by the Fire: a circumstantial show featuring work excavated from the tarred and ashen ruins of Ben Medansky's studio." Having had the pleasure of meeting Medansky on a few occasions, I've been struck by his passionate creative spirit and drive and, even after the fire, his upbeat attitude and desire to get back to work and to keep creating. I encourage you all to check out this event and show your support for a great Los Angeles design talent.
event_ November 19th 12-4pm