'Reigning Men' at LACMA
Currently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), rain pours down inside and men fill the galleries. On the first floor of BCAM, Random International’s Rain Room continues its global frenzy and naturally become one of LA’s most popular...
LAKE STREET DIVE
Interview: Drummer Mike Calabrese of Lake Street Dive
Wearing his signature bandana headband, Lake Street Dive’s drummer Mike Calabrese keeps the beat and the energy going on stage at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. The sold-out crowd is more than game to sing along with the band. Moments later, they...
Harper Macaw Chocolate
Entering the burgeoning world of artisanal chocolate with a flourish, Harper Macaw's Washington, DC-made bars capture attention with their kaleidoscopic packaging. We were enticed to open the crisp, colorful boxes but ultimately more pleased to...
MADE IN USA
OLYMPIA COFFEE ROASTERS
The Wheelhouse, Downtown Los Angeles
Tami and Chase Spenst wanted to build a one-stop shop for the everyday bicycle rider. After finding a space in the heart of Los Angeles' creative community, they designed a warm and approachable indoor/outdoor space (with a service center and coffee...
Tile Makes The Room: Good Design from Heath Ceramics
When Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic of Heath Ceramics set out to write a book celebrating the art and craft of tile, they looked for inspirational examples close to home and around the world. The result, “Tile Makes the Room," is filled with...
Interview: Photographer Sophie Bramly on "Walk This Way"
Walking through Paramount Pictures Studios during the Paris Photo show in Los Angeles earlier this spring revealed photography both vintage and new, as well as literal and abstract. Tucked into a corner of "New York Street" backlot, specialty bookshop...
MADE IN AMERICA
Hedley & Bennett's Los Angeles HQ
Ellen Bennett—founder of Hedley & Bennett —loves the feeling of being airborne: she flies around the world making appearances and attending food events, and is often photographed jumping with exuberance. Now, at her brand new headquarters, Bennett...
Verve Coffee's New West Hollywood Space
In Santa Cruz, beach-goers, surfers and mountain bikers frequent Verve Coffee Roasters' popular cafes. Verve’s mission to source relationship-based direct trade coffees, paired with friendly and approachable customer service, has made them...
MADE IN USA
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
Stone & Cloth's Summit Collection
Inspired by vintage mountaineering and travel bags with the modern day customer in mind, Stone & Cloth has re-imagined their their line of bags for their new Summit Collection—which launches on Kickstarter today. Now—in addition to the backpacks...
GastroMagic at Outside Lands, SF
In its eighth year, SF's Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park has grown to be a weekend that celebrates music, comedy, art, design and conservation—along with food and drink. This year Django Django, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and...
Mariana Fernandes for Dear DTLA at Ace, Los Angeles
When LA-based artist Brian Roettinger was tasked to create a billboard design at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the result sent a bold message. His “NEVER ODD NOR EVEN” design, with a white angled font on a bright red background, hung powerful...
Mama Shelter, Los Angeles
On a recent Friday night at the new Mama Shelter boutique hotel on Los Angeles, DJ Kurse was playing a set for locals and hotel guests. A family had gathered to celebrate a 72nd birthday and the giant foosball table was being carefully picked up and...
REVISIT + Erickson Woodworking: The Langhorne Stool
During Robert Erickson’s last year of college, an article about an Appalachian chair-maker piqued his interest. Deciding to explore the world of the handmade, he would move from Nebraska to California but ultimately his work as a furniture-maker...
Lawson-Fenning's Melrose Marketplace
Facing a sweeping northern view of the Hollywood Hills, the new 9,500 square foot Lawson-Fenning flagship houses Glenn Lawson and Grant Fenning’s growing collection of vintage and contemporary designs. Throughout the day, light streams through the...
Interview: DJ Alex Graham
Alex Graham grew up on the island of Maui and spent the summers in the San Francisco Bay Area with his father Bill Graham, the most influential rock promoter of the 1960s, '70s and '80s. In 1991, when Alex Graham was 13 years old, his father died in...
Hyla Frank’s Pet Sketch Pillows
Back in February, LA-based textile artist Hyla Frank was trying to help a friend feel better about moving to a new apartment without her dogs. So she pulled out some of her favorite Belgian linen and got to work: hand- and machine-stitching the...
Airline Visual Identity 1945-1975
In his new book, "Airline Visual Identity 1945-1975," Matthias C. Hühne captures the grandeur of travel in an era when passengers dressed up for their journeys. The large-format book features airplanes, world destinations, animals, flags and events...
Thousand Bike Helmets
Not everybody wants to wear a sleek, webbed bike helmet like pro riders. For many, that sporty design doesn't match their brand of everyday biking: running errands, grabbing groceries or cruising around the neighborhood. Gloria Hwang aims to overcome...
Studio Visit: Ben Medansky's New Digs
Just a few blocks south of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, ceramicist Ben Medansky rolls through his studio on a skateboard. Medansky—after outgrowing his original workspace—has a new 3,000 square foot home that has space for a gallery, office, work...
Lisa Solberg's NIGHT RIDER
When Lisa Solberg commits to a new project, she thinks big—whether it's the size of the giant chrome panels in her "24HR Psychic" show, the large tree trunks in "Cry Wolf," or floor-to-ceiling insulation panels for "Stalker." Now, she's taken big...
Carla Fernández: Design Culture Mexico at Heath Ceramics
Based in Mexico City, fashion designer Carla Fernández travels through Mexico seeking the most talented regional artisans; she creates new designs that honor traditional fabrications in each region. This has given Fernández a reputation as a champion...
Studio Visit: Adam Silverman
Visiting ceramicist Adam Silverman's studio, we spy the artist surveying the vastness of his new space in Glendale, California. A large ceramic egg-shaped piece—glazed with a white crackled surface akin to barnacles—sits next to a smaller one the color...
Interview: Bruichladdich Master Distiller Jim McEwan
Sharing a glass of Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2006, master distiller Jim McEwan marvels over the oil content in the class. After decades at Bowmore and garnering countless awards, McEwan was tasked to reopen Bruichladdich in 2000 and restore some...
WORD OF MOUTH
Word of Mouth: Koreatown, Los Angeles
With the largest Korean population outside of South Korea, LA's sprawling Koreatown neighborhood offers an almost overwhelming number of food, beverage and shopping options at every turn. Traditionally home to many Korean families and a large Latino...
JUST ONE EYE
Just One Eye's Ulysses Tier 1 Disaster Relief Kit
Hidden within a building in Hollywood, Paola Russo's destination boutique Just One Eye is full of contemporary fashion, art and objects. Valentino feather stilettos can be found next to Murakami sculptures and cases full of jewelry. But when Russo...