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The Deitch Projects: Live the Art

From large-scale installations to wild birthday parties, a peep inside the SoHo gallery's colorful history

by Kat Herriman in Culture on 02 September 2014

Art Books, Books, Galleries, Jeffrey Deitch, New York, SoHo, The Deitch Projects, Jeff Koons

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In 2010, when the enigmatic curator Jeffrey Deitch closed his SoHo gallery, the Deitch Projects, in order to become the Director at LACMA, he left a vacuum in New York’s contemporary art community. Once the unofficial clubhouse and lab for creatives like Terence Koh, Kenny Scharf, Dan Colen and Kehinde Wiley, the Deitch Projects served as an important platform for artist discovery and experimental works during its 15 year lifespan. To catalog its complete and illustrious history, Deitch recently worked with publisher Rizzoli (and designer Stefan Sagmeister) on a new book appropriately titled "Live the Art."

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Laid out as a descriptive timeline, Deitch’s book opens with Vanessa Beecroft’s debut show in 1996 and walks chronologically through the space’s 115+ exhibitions. First-hand descriptions of everything from production difficulties before the show to the rowdy parties that followed, accompanied by large photographs bring the dizzying scope of each project to life. Flipping through the glossy pages, readers will be struck by the diverse happenings that occurred in the space including large-scale immersive installations like Martin Kersel’s "Tumble Room," Michel Gondry’s "The Science of Sleep" and the wild 50th birthday bash Deitch threw for Jeff Koons. As a final stunt, the tome is housed in a 3D plastic cover, which feels like an authentic homage to the out-of-the-box approach that Deitch instilled with the iconic art space.

"Live the Art" is set to publish 23 September 2014, though is currently available for pre-order online for $100.

Images courtesy of Rizzoli

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Rapha + Giro Cyclocross Shoe

Lightweight, incredibly strong and built to run through mud and jump over barricades

by Hans Aschim in Design on 01 September 2014

Bike Culture, Cycling, Cyclocross, Gear, Giro, Rapha, Shoes

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While there's still some summer left in the northern hemisphere, cyclists are already gearing up for the fall cyclocross season. The sport mixes elements of road racing with mountain biking and, just to make things interesting, throws in a load of hurdle-like obstacles for riders to dismount and leap over, bike in tow. When riding (and running) through terrain varying from grass and gravel to sand and full-blown mud pits, shoes are an integral part of the cyclocross kit. Hot on the heels of their Richard Sachs cyclocross collaboration, Rapha recently teamed up with Giro as well, though this time for a cyclocross-specific shoe. Built on the mountain bike EC90 platform, the Cross Shoe features a carbon outsole for maximum power output. For traction off the bike, aggressive cleats extend from the outsole, providing hold in the worst mud the track can throw at you. And of course, the shoes feature the refined styling we've come to expect from Rapha, with subtle hints of blue and pink in the synthetic leather upper.

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Weighing just 375 grams (about the weight of a can of soda), the Cross Shoes are built and designed for performance, and compliment Rapha's full line of 2014 cyclocross gear for the fall. And let's not miss our favorite consequential detail: as a nod to the sport's Belgian roots, the shoebox is designed to hold two beers and servings of frites—staples for aprés-race or just watching the action.

The Cross Shoe from Rapha is available 1 November for $350.

Images courtesy of Rapha

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Dyson's More Powerful Digital Slim Vacuum

A slender cordless cleaner with more suction than ever before

by Evan Orensten in Design on 01 September 2014

Cleaning Supplies, Cordless, Dyson, Electronics, Vacuums

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Our old Dyson handhelds have been put to good use in CH HQ for the last several years. When Dyson Design Engineer Rob Green stopped by recently to show us the next generation we were eager to put it to the test. On the outside the cordless Digital Slim handheld vacuum looks nearly identical to the model it replaces—a refresh equally colorful, bulbous and modern. It now comes with a bright pink handle, allowing you to use it like a broom, making it an ideal size for lighter duty tasks when a full-size upright is overkill. Inside, however, the Digital Slim is all new, featuring Dyson's sixth generation motor capable of 110,000 RPM and offering as much suction as its upright siblings. It also includes a handy new feature, the "Max" button, allowing you to turbo charge the vacuum for tasks that demand it.

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The new 350 Watt direct-drive motor features two Tier Radial cyclones and a re-engineered nickel manganese cobalt battery—all of which sends more power directly to the motorized head. It's the most powerful handheld, cordless vacuum on the market, and it's been put to good use in our new office, which is still under construction around us. We've been able to put the Digital Slim to the test and found it to be just as effective at picking up the finest dust as it was with sucking up larger bits. It's many attachments suit just about any job. We've found the small brush ideal for getting construction dust off our furniture, and the soft brush perfect for gently sucking up the dust from our computers, keyboards, phones and desks.

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Rob shared Dyson's plans on bringing a greater focus to cordless goods, something they are bringing to their whole vacuum line. With the Digital Slim that translates to 24 continuous minutes of cleaning per charge, impressive considering the amount of power the machine unleashes.

You can purchase the Dyson Digital Slim vacuum Dyson Digital Slim for $450.

Images by Cool Hunting

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