The city's first real second-hand store opens a new location in Wudaokou to the delight of treasure-seekers
by Alessandro De Toni in Style on 11 March 2014
Last spring, Fang Fang (who studied graphic design and advertising before working as an Art Director for brands including Apple China and Mini) left her prestigious job and partnered with her friend Lin to open the first real second-hand store in Beijing: Trash & Diamond. Fang Fang’s love for old things comes from her childhood. She grew up in Austria and when she was just six years old, she would spend weekends exploring Vienna’s flea markets with her father; hunting for little treasures from the past.
Trash & Diamond's small space is located in the growing art district of the capital city. Fang Fang’s husband Cao Pu (himself a designer) helped ideate and execute the concept of using recycled and upcycled materials in every detail of the interior. They built the accessories stands using pressed cardboard sheets from recovered old boxes, and they created a ceiling of DIY chandeliers made from more than 400 discarded glass bottles.
Distancing itself from the overpriced more traditional vintage shops of Gulou, Trash & Diamond focuses on high-end pieces at reasonable prices. The first attire on offer was a selection of clothing Fang Fang had been collecting for years, and the shop is already attracting a growing community of second-hand hunters, looking for "diamonds" to bring a unique touch of elegance and creativity to their wardrobe.
Performance dresses, garments from fashion shows, rock T-shirts and never-before-seen pieces are among the jewels that can be found at T&D. Plus, the shop is the only place in Beijing where you can trade in your old clothing, either for cash-in-hand or a swap for something different.
Trash & Diamond will be opening a second store in the university area of Wudaokou (located at 21 Dongsheng Lu) on 16 March. The original store is at 2-30, 22 Art Street, Pingod North, 32 Baiziwan Lu.
Images courtesy of Trash & Diamond
Technical performance meets street-style in these breathable, water-resistant "adventure" pants
by Hans Aschim in Style on 11 March 2014
Looking stylish no longer means having to wear clothes that don't hold up to the rigors of the outdoors. Following their impressive debut reflective windshell, LA-based technical clothing designer Lunis presents their newest piece to blur the line between streetwear and outdoor gear: the Apollo pants. Constructed from a field-tested burly blend of nylon, polyester and elastane, the pants feature design details you would expect from a pair built purely for the outdoors, yet with a tailored city-ready look and fit.
"My friends and I love adventure travel and my goal was to create a single pair of pants for the journey. Simplifying is key to travel and my life in general," says Lunis founder and designer Brett Clouser. Overlocked seams are then cross-stitched for added durability while the integration of Swiss-made Schoeller dryskin fabric beads off liquids; a Nanosphere coating (where the particles of a surface are so intricate, spills simply cannot ingrain themselves in the fabric) keeps you clean for days. If you're hitting the streets on your bike, roll up the right pant leg to reveal an ultra-high visibility reflective design while a sixth, zippered pocket keeps valuables secured. The Apollo's fabric is highly breathable—wicking away sweat—meaning they stay dry inside and out.
Available in gray and black (with the possibility of a navy colorway) the Apollo pants are currently available via Kickstarter for $158.
Images courtesy of Lunis
A few of our favorites that shared a similar structure, from the annual NYC art fair
by David Graver in Culture on 11 March 2014
This year's Armory Show brought together a multitude of respected galleries, and the contemporary and modern artwork of the talent they represent. In its 15th year, the show displayed artwork that excelled—and surprises were around every corner. Quite a few pieces incorporated spikes, spears, speckles and splotches across both texture and structure. Here, we highlight those that most impressed and baffled.
American dancer and artist Nick Cave revealed three new figurative sculptures in his "Soundsuit" series. All constructed in 2014 from fabric, buttons, antique sifter and a vortex of wire, each piece feels hyper-futuristic and imaginative. Seen at the Jack Shainman Gallery booth, the latest work appeared equal part astronaut and medieval knight. While the body was speckled with buttons, it was the void where a face would normally be expected that swirled around with thin wiry spikes. Each of the three figures were over six feet tall, adding to the overall momentous impression.
With organic energy—despite its metal composition and an almost cactus-plus-planter form—Todd Siler's "Metamorphing NanoCrystals" (2013-14) alludes to science fiction. With a CD-like rainbow sheen glistening off of mixed media on a cut and welded aluminum plate, a base is formed. The rest of the sculpture (spied at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts's booth) is a series of starry spikes, barbed and protruding like the needles of thistles. While it may look like a plant, it's definitely a work of art.
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle's "Birds in Space series" (2013) represent exactly as their title states, yet in the form of spikes. Either dangling or standing upright at Galerie Thomas Schulte, they're sleek and inspired sculptural works, with a magnificence and a scientific edge. One of the pieces, "Bird in Space MACH 10 Hypervelocity Test (Run 3680, 000188-000284)" features not only the mounted feather-like spike, but also the massive, symmetrical table upon which it rests—yielding additional depths to the piece's message.
The Postmasters Gallery booth evoked fantastical zoo vibes by way of Monica Cook's latest sculptures. An open thorax and fangs of a pig on a stool, as well as the claws of a nearby rabbit all invoked scary spikes. These grotesque animals—composed of various mixed media—jarred and warped the mind, with additional fear resonating from the bone and talons. Spikes, here, were used in the most natural sense, depicting actual animal body parts.
Conceptual photographer Chris Jordan (who first caught our collective eye back in 2007) showcased 2011's "Caps Seurat." This large-scale archival digital pigment print, mounted at Robert Klein Gallery, has an even larger concept. The image depicts 400,000 plastic bottle caps (equal to the number of bottles consumed in the US every minute at its year of construction) placed in a formation that yields a woman holding an umbrella overlooking scenery. The visual is stunning, but takes on an entirely new meaning when considering its speckled, dot-art-like construction from plastic waste.
At Marlborough Gallery's booth, Spanish artist Juan Genovés's "Arido" (2013) offered a dual experience. From afar, the mixed media on a panel appeared to be many tiny figures walking on a desert landscape looked at from above. Up close, the work was a meticulous speckling of materials, sometimes one atop another. Altogether abstract and figurative, each figure appears to be a gemstone in rough terrain.
It's been two years since the death of sculptor Ken Price, and his work continues to mesmerize. "Fats," from 1999, features acrylic on fired ceramic, in the form of a speckled blob. The colors add celebratory character to a shape as liberally flowing as it is concise. This piece, seen at Vivian Horan Fine Art's booth, contains a very simple wonderment, rounded out with a smooth finish.
With "Beyond Blue" (2014), an oil on panel work, Kelly Reemsten speckles white dots within multicolored circles, all of which adds dimension to her image of a girl falling backward through nothingness. This work, found at David Klein Gallery's booth, relies on the speckling for surface texture as much as it does storytelling.
Photos by Alexandre Corda