We recently came across the work of new-on-the-scene furniture designer, New York based James Strumpf, working under the studio name of ‘Avoirdupois’ who is about to release his debut collection ‘Tripartite’. What happens when an engineer turns his hand to design?
Paris based photographer, Valentin Fougeray’s refined vision allows him to create surrealistic still life photographs with a rough touch of reality and a contemporary aesthetic. His ability to make the ordinary, such as blacktop and tin foil seem, mystic, exotic and sometimes disorientating - is what has us coming back for more.
Inari is a chain smoking psychic from Helsinki who has a love for interesting textures and materials. She has somewhat of a cult following not only limited to Finland, but all over Scandinavia.. One would think she must have excellent psychic abilities, for those to travel far and wide to see her but it could be said that her eccentric personality and taste could be more part of her allure than anything.
David is a graphic designer who works with DJs in Detroit and loves to have a clean minimalistic home and workplace to keep his mind clear while designing. Always dressed in black Commes des Garçons and Martin Margiela with his trusty pair of light grey Nikes - he likes to add small pops of color in his accessories as long as they come in clean, simple lines. Always late for every appointment (when getting stuck in his headphones and creative mode, so he says) his girlfriend Ida keeps getting him time keeping objects in hope that he will get the hint.
Tia is an Australian expat living in Berlin with a small coffee shop in Prenzlaurberg. She spends her Sundays at Maur Park searching for vintage modernist pieces and wandering Mitte’s design shops for unique one-of-a-kind objects for her coffee shop and home. With a playful spirit she is oftentimes drawn to bold colors and minimalistic organic shapes. The color palette of her coffee shop, a mix of contemporary pastels and neutrals and burnt vintage hues - she has a quite specific holiday Wishlist this year.
Have a look at what is on this Retro Australian Coffeeshop owner’s Holiday Wishlist this year...
What do you get when you have two Canadian brothers coming from a background in construction and industrial manufacturing collaborate on a collection of object design? Dazzling pieces of furniture, that are one of a kind, in colour runs that make us dream! The Toronto based Susan for Susan, existing out of brothers John and Kevin Watts, make exclusive furniture and objects with a focus on industrial materials and manual manufacturing.
Ezra grew up in Tel Aviv to two hardworking parents perhaps poor in material wealth but rich in good taste in minimalistic design. He loves everything about sleek and simple Scandinavian forms but prefers when he can find them with a touch of unexpected color. Thanks to his success he is excited to finally spoil his lovable parents this year with a few Minimalistic design pieces.
Have a look at what this Israeli Minimalist hopes to get one of these 8 nights of Hannukah this year.
Marie-Alexandra was the hippest bourgeois Parisian babe you have ever met. Despite growing up quite wealthy, in a Hôtel Particulier in the 16th arrondissement - this true blue daydreamer threw it all to the wind to start her own company and spend weekends in Biarritz with her surfer boyfriend.
We're excited to see where the French tax payers money is going this year in this day dreamer, Marie-Alexandra's Holiday Wishlist.
Julieth del Castillo was a fourteenth generation Spanish 'Condesa' whose family emigrated to Colombia in the 1600's. A modern day Condesa, she preferred earning her money making business deals, from bed, on her smartphone to touching her inheritance.
Have a look at what this business savvy and luxurious Colombian Condesa wants for the Holidays this year...
Ólafur is a Michelin star chef with a restaurant in Reykjavik, Iceland. I know what you're thinking - dried herring, hotdogs and cured shark ... doesn't make me want to hop on a flight to Reykjavik for dinner. For those who are still not convinced, there is something about Ólafur which is almost as impressive as his creativity in the kitchen - his taste in kitchenware.
Have a look at what is on this Michelin Star Chef's Holiday Wishlist this year...
Quentin and April are New York's coolest young power couple. They spend every spare moment traveling the globe, discovering the best up and coming artists to curate in their New York based shop. They only purchase limited edition items and have a huge collection of Fine Art Prints.
Have a look at what this New York Power Couple want to curate for their home this holiday.
Eve grew up outside of Vancouver to a Japanese father and a Canadian mother. Her parents owned an organic textiles manufacturer and raised her to appreciate high quality organic goods. They spent most weekends hiking and taking advantage of the inspiring and wild nature surrounding them.
See what eco friendly, high quality natural goods Eve has on her holiday list this year.
Ciarán is an architect and self proclaimed philosopher hailing from Dublin, Ireland. He has an obsession with DDR Germany, Bauhaus architecture and like most of his Irish comrades, the perfectly poured pint of Guinness.
This Christmas he has a few things he would love to add to his Georgian styled townhouse on Merrion Square this year.
Rae, a fine artist, is the opposite of a tortured painter. She grew up in an jovial and affluent African American family in New Orleans and has an sunny optimism not often associated with the stereotype of the struggling emerging artist.
She plans on hosting her annual 'Artists Secret Santa' this year and here are a few of the pieces of her friends she hopes to get her hands on.
Harlow and Jack own a Photo Production Company in Cape Town, South Africa. If you've ever met a photo producer then you know, you don't leave the office before 11pm and oftentimes find yourself on set at the crack of dawn to get the good light.
Have a look at some of the office goodies that Harlow and Jack plan to spoil themselves, I mean each other, with this year.
Avid print magazine devourer, 1970's brass, curves, bold colored velvet junkie and futuristic design advocate - Freja, Copenhagen's 'It-Girl' (although she would HATE to be called that) has perfect taste in everything.
Have a look at what this Danish Tastemaker put on her Holiday Wishlist this year!
Thoughtful and intelligent in using new techniques and methods on otherwise familiar surfaces, David has grown to be one of the most exciting designers coming from Sweden in the past few years. Check out his futuristic innovations.
Juxstaposing materials to present the connection between nature and humanity, Francesco Pace of Tellurico creates a collection of objects that highlights Lebanese history, society, and environment. His stunning work reflects the evolution of our relationships between each other and the world around us.
As we approach the end of summer, it's time to make the most of the warm, long days and get out there and enjoy all that LA has to offer. This month's roundup features a few ongoing art events and exhibitions, as well as some extremely talented artists who are helping to make the LA art and design scene one of the most vibrant in the nation.