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Migracion de las Mariposas // Installation Process

4 Aug

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Ditty # 1: Supermoon

1 Apr

Daily Rotation: Aloe Blacc’s “Loving You is Killing Me”

17 Mar

Design Line: Strawser & Smith, Inc.

17 Feb
This is one of my favorite off-the-subway detours in Brooklyn.
Inevitably, when you step inside this showroom, you immediately start envisioning a dream house fitted with strong, sturdy, and beautiful things. Strawser and Smith present an impressive collection of handcrafted pieces reminiscent of  industrial factories  It’s like a mid-century museum, featuring a motley of perfectly proportioned tables and benches constructed of reclaimed wood and steel, 1960s pecan-hued leather armchairs, and delicious collectibles, such as old subway marker signs. The giant industrial relics are re-purposed old factory and machine parts re-fashioned into functional design for home, office, and loft. Cleveland Art, masters of the trade, are worth checking out, especially for you L.A. folk.  Check their website here.

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As you walk into the store, there’s an almost macabre sensation, maybe it’s just anatomical drawings or the vibe of  mid-century medical lamps or the cast aluminum U.S. Navy-commissioned barber chair. There’s also an old school bleacher bench recalling football games in the Midwest

The 1920s wall-sized world and survey maps accent the earthy and steel tones of the furniture.

Note: Between February 9-18, Strawser & Smith will only be open by appointment only!

Don’t forget to look around at the house itself! High ceilings are stationed on earth by roughhewn wooden pillars, and what seems like exposed brick for miles. I love going in when it’s afternoon, beautifully-lit, west-facing, receiving gorgeous afternoon sun.

Tarnished elegance nailed on its head!

All photos courtesy of the Strawser & Smith website. For more information, check their FACEBOOK.

Paz,

Nandini

Daily Rotation: Sufjan Stevens

15 Feb

photo by Marzuki Stevens

 

Besides being delicious, Sufjan Stevens’ something of a psychic. His biggest show last year? Arcade Fire, deserved Grammy winner of Album of the Year. Said the man during a Pitchfork Media interview:

Pitchfork: Do you ever go to any big shows at places like Madison Square Garden?

Sufjan Stevens: Almost never. I wanted to see Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber because I wanted to see what the high-production thing really looks and feels like. But I think the biggest show I went to last year was Arcade Fire at Madison Square Garden, and there wasn’t really that much production to it. They have enough energy onstage that they don’t really need all that.

And then, he continues, a man after my own heart, paying homage to the master beat maker and body shaker, Mr. David Byrne:

Sufjan Stevens: David Byrne is the foundation on which a lot of us are building our careers because Talking Heads were all about content but without explanation or justification. There’s obviously meaning in a lot of Talking Heads songs, but he wasn’t holding himself accountable, and he let the music, beats, body, and dance explain the songs for him. I think a lot of music– including my show– is based on that now.

Check the full interview here.

Check his videos below:

From the record Illinois:

“Chicago”

And the latest electronic wonderland, The Age of Adz:

In Commemoration of ICE

7 Jan

Over here in NYC, it’s cold y’all!

It’s been hard to get the writing juices flowing again. So what better way to start gettin’ inspired than by a flowing soda machine!

Ice Cube(s), anyone? Or perhaps some artificially sweetened Ice Tea?

Courtesy of the lovely Marissa GV–(or as she would say, lovely.com)

Flashback: Aerial Shot of NYC Marathon

28 Dec