Archive for September, 2009

Invasion of the Domsai

The Domsai by Matteo Cibic

Terrariums are a 19th century invention. But no other plant container looks more futuristic.
Taking that notion to whole other planet is Matteo Cibic, a multi-threat creative director for architecture, design and ad brands, who introduced the Domsai at 2009's Design Week in Milan earlier this year–and who have arrived at A+R.

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Tune in Tuesday: Trina Turk on Martha Stewart

Mad Men and California Girls: Trina Turk Fall 2009

Trina Turk's take on fashion summons fantasies of California living at its modernist perfection, a life the designer and her husband, photographer Jonathan Skow, don't simply pay lip service to through their 14-year-old company.

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Must See: Bill Withers Onscreen

From "Ain't No Sunshine to " to "Lean on Me" to "Lovely Day," Bill Withers' honeyed voice and sage lyrics, brought to life with those sinuous, haunting grooves, have always sounded like they did for the first time–fresh, relevant, right.

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To Do: Kidstuff with Karen Kimmel

Karen Kimmel Kids: Color beyond the customary lines.

This Sunday's creative do with artist Karen Kimmel has us contemplating who among our friends' offspring we can borrow for the day. A fine artist with the soul of a craftsman, Karen has parlayed her lexicon of organic patterns, vivid colorations and layering components into a an activity of expression that encourages others to participate in her process while letting their own imaginations run wild.

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Daytripping in London’s Colourscape

Albie's blue moment inside the Colourscape chambers.

That whole notion of being bathed in color took on a wonderfully absurd tenor when we pushed through the slit in an inflated, mammoth balloon-like room and into an otherworldly trip of psychedelic vision and sound, hold the pharmaceuticals.

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Opening: Brooks Salzwedel + Tracy Silva Barbosa at Black Maria

"Thorned and Honeysuckle" by Brooks Salzwedel

The hazy muddle between nature and industry that has long been a hallmark of Brooks Salzwedel's work gives way to a newly defined examination of nature versus nature in his latest collection, debuting this Saturday, September 12, at the Atwater Village gallery, Black Maria (between Silverlake and Glendale and near several delicious restaurants for dinner).

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Paper Turns 25–and Legit

As Paper magazine marks its 25th anniversary issue this month, an ebullient congratulations go out to Kim and David and the rest of our peeps at the quintessential downtown source (and we mean downtown as in every town as a state of mind) for sustaining a keen eye on the cultural orb and (most critical in these days of economic ruin) for keeping their heads above water.

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Malibu Moonlight

That old chestnut shines ever brighter.

This weekend's moon over Malibu, where I spent a few cool hours away from sultry Silverlake, was absolutely astonishing. Ok, and a bit of a cliché.

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