Cool collection of (fake-distressed?) vintage-classic Converse sneakers at the Fred Segal shop in Santa Monica, in Los Angeles.
These cats stencils can be found all over New York City, but we see a lot of them in the Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea neighborhoods for some reason. Of greater significance is the “Army of One” graffiti, which is work and moniker of New York-based artist Jef Campion, a.k.a., JC2, who we heard sadly passed away last week. Campion was the artist responsible for some very powerful street art, especially an artwork that remixed that famous Diane Arbus photo of a boy holding a hand grenade. The artist Fumero, who was an occasional collaborator, has written a brief, moving piece about Campion.
We recently visited the South Beach, Miami studios of artist-designer Laz Ojalde and took pictures of the space and his work, which includes these lights and objet. Ojalde runs a separate design studio called LMNOQ and has developed an aesthetic around sustainable, minimalist furniture design and art pieces. Super dope stuff.
The international symbols for man and woman often used on signage for restrooms at airports, museums, restaurants and public places, etc., throughout the world are sometimes reinterpreted by designers. We noticed a lot of variations on the symbols at various places in Amsterdam on our recent visit there. Pictured here are the even more minimalist and pared down and arm-less versions of these symbols used in signage at Ij Kantine, a massive, beautifully designed restaurant and bar in Amsterdam’s northside across the Ij River. We’ll post images of the restaurant in a separate post soon.
This fresh new artwork by artists Diana Garcia and Gabriel Specter at the Woodward Gallery’s Project Space (in front of the Ghost space) on Eldridge Street on New York’s Lower East Side. The work is on view through February 14, 2014. The wall is yet another space dedicated to curated street art, a trend that will keep growing and we love to see.
The 33rd photo in our What’s Outside the Window? photo project series is this view looking out the door window of the J train on the Williamsburg Bridge as it approaches the Marcy Avenue subway station in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The view looks north up Bedford Avenue with a tenement building covered in graffiti in the center and a painted billboard for the Landmark Vintage Bicycle shop and steelwork of the bridge in the foreground.
A big snowstorm dubbed “Hercules” hit New York City late Thursday night and Friday, dumping 3 – 5 inches of of fine, powdery snow on the city and bringing with it fierce winds and a deep-freeze temperatures of around 7 Fahrenheit ( -13 Celcius)!. The city glowed beautifully in the blanket of white snow, but we’re freezing here. Pix posted here are of the area around Grand Street Station in the Chinatown neigborhood of the Lower East Side (LES).
The clothing store Tenue de Nimes is among Amsterdam’s most influential purveyors of denim, clothing and style, if not its foremost. The shop reliably stocks an impeccably curated selection of well-made clothing, jeans, shoes and accessories, including a lot of limited edition items. The shop also publishes a popular tabloid-format magazine on newsprint called Journal de Nimes and recently delivered edition No. 9 of the magazine in English marking their 5th anniversary. Beautifully designed and illustrated, this issue of Journal de Nimes provides a Best Of list of the owners’ favorite places in Amsterdam to eat, drink, find culture and even get tattoos. Other highlights are an interview with Yuki Matsuda (of brands Yukaten and Monitaly) and a visit to a Japanese textile-making workshop.
The introduction wall at a show of works by contemporary Polish artist Polina Olowska at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum displays the exhibition’s title “Au Bonheur des Dames” written as classic, early “wild style”-era graffiti by Mick La Rock along with some tags by other prominent graffiti artists from the international scene, such as Lady Pink.
This recent wheat-paste street art piece in New York’s Lower East Side depicts a man in what appears to be traditional Arab headwear. The artwork has been partially peeled off and destroyed in a short time. The street art — if it’s still there — is on Broome Street, on that block between Bowery and Chrystie Street where there a handful of influential art galleries and the offices of fashion label Band of Outsiders.
We paid a visit to Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters’s espresso bar and roastery on Amsterdam’s Kinkerstraat street. Lot 61 was opened in early 2013 by Australian coffee connoissuer and entrepreneur Adam Craig, who used to live in New York City, where he had opened and run the acclaimed Culture Espresso in NYC’s fashion-garment district. (In full disclosure, Adam is an old friend of ours who we’ve known since those NYC days.) In just a few months, Lot 61 has already upped the game in the rapidly growing Amsterdam third-wave coffee scene, as Amsterdam’s coffee lovers increasingly warm to the idea of take-out coffee and the importance of carefully sourced, roasted and brewed beans. The coffee here is first-rate. Check ‘em out.
Pictured below are the contents of my coat and jeans pockets spread out on a table following my arrival in Amsterdam. Looking at these I realize that aside from my iPhone (not pictured since I used it to take the photo) it’s pretty much all (and perhaps more than) I really need for international travel and a seven-hour transatlantic flight.
The contents include, clockwise from top-left: Ray-Ban folding sunglasses, Property Of leather wallet, passport, Moleskine soft-cover notebook with Micron felt pen tucked inside, ear plugs (I lost one on the plane), dental floss, iPhone USB charger, cash (U.S. and Euro coins and bills leftover from last trip to Europe), lip balm, earbuds, Orbit chewing gum, a banana (leftover from breakfast on the plane), silk cloth for cleaning my eyewear and devices screens.
Or course, I’ve got a Porter carry-on bag with a lot more stuff that makes a long flight bearable, and in this bag usually bring along useful stuff, such as my Apple Macbook Air, external hard drives, HD cam, snacks, eyemask, eyeglasses, a change of clothes (in case we get stuck somewhere due to flight delay/cancellation), multi-country electrical adaptor, a few toiletries for freshening up, etc.
We just arrived in Amsterdam, and now, after settling into our hotel and freshening up from the flight from NYC, we’re enjoying a coffee in front of the Christmas tree in the lobby, pictured below. We’ll be spending a few days here hanging out with old friends, collaborators and creators, and checking out new spaces and checking in at the museums and galleries before celebrating New Year’s.