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JULIE WOLFSON

Julie Wolfson

COFFEE
COFFEE MACHINES
ESPRESSO
HOME GOODS
COFFEE CULTURE
KITCHEN GOODS
LA MARZOCCO
La Marzocco Home
Making your own espresso just got serious: Florence-based La Marzocco has recently made their professional-grade espresso machines (previously only available for commercial use) for the home. La Marzocco Home offers customizable GS3 espresso machines...
HELLO KITTY
LA
RETROSPECTIVES
ANNIVERSARIES
CUTE
EXHIBITIONS
ICONS
JAPANESE
MUSEUMS
Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
As part of Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary celebration, the adorably cute character will be celebrated in numerous ways, including a birthday party, Hello Kitty Con and her first-ever museum retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum...
LOS ANGELES
EXHIBITIONS
MUNICH
LISA SOLBERG
NATURE
NEON
PAINTINGS
Cry Wolf by Lisa Solberg
LA-based Lisa Solberg paints with bold colorful strokes that convey elements of mystery that evoke an otherworldly spirituality. Her large-scale works reveal passion and intensity through layers upon layers of paint. After the success of her fishbowl...
BARS
BARTENDERS
BOOKS
COCKTAIL BARS
COCKTAILS
EAST VILLAGE
NYC
RECIPES
Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails
In demand bartenders David Kaplan and Alex Day—along with regular Nick Fauchald—tasked themselves with the ambitious goal of creating the ultimate cocktail book. If detailing the exact recipes of more than 500 cocktails created over eight years at...
CHARGERS
PHONE CHARGERS
TECH DEVICES
Powerful Portable Chargers From Crank
While Mophie will always be a solid go-to when it comes to mobile juice packs, the sleek new portable Crank chargers have caught our eye with two compact yet powerful models. A recent weekend beach mission offered the perfect opportunity to test...
CALIFORNIA
EYEWEAR DESIGN
GLASSES
LOS ANGELES
SPECTACLES
SUNGLASSES
VENICE
WARBY PARKER
SHOPPING
Warby Parker, Venice
Though the Venice boardwalk may once have been the place to see the eclectic beach town, Abbot Kinney Boulevard has become the go-to destination for shopping and eating, making it the perfect location for Warby Parker’s first free-standing shop...
ART OPENINGS
GALLERIES
GALLERY OPENINGS
HAITI
KEHINDE WILEY
LA
PAINTINGS
PORTRAITS
Kehinde Wiley Paints "The World Stage: Haiti"
Kehinde Wiley searches the world to find models to paint. His travels have taken him to Israel, Lagos and Dakar, China, and Jamaica. More recently, he's traveled to six countries in Africa, where, in each destination, he stopped people on the streets...
ART EXHIBITIONS
CONCEPTUAL ART
CONTEMPORARY ART
DOUG AITKEN
LOS ANGELES
MULTIMEDIA ART
Doug Aitken: Still Life
The white walls of Doug Aitken’s new show "Still Life" at LA's Regen Projects appear to have been ravaged by an earthquake or some other natural disaster. The multimedia artist created his sculptural works with vivid photographs, LED lights, gleaming...
DESIGN
KICKSTARTER
TIMEPIECES
WATCHES
AFFORDABLE LUXURY
Leonard & Church Watches
When Jeff Leung graduated college, he began the arduous odyssey of job searching and, even though smartphones display the time, Leung felt wearing a watch was a necessary part of appearing professional. He also decided that an inexpensive plastic...
EXHIBITS
EXHIBITIONS
CERAMICS
ART OPENINGS
Akio Nukaga and Friends at Heath Ceramics, San Francisco
The bond between heritage California ceramics company Heath and Japanese master potter Akio Nukaga spans across the ocean and celebrates the connection between artists who work in clay. This relationship is reflected in the show "Akio Nukaga and...
INTERVIEWS
SANTA BARBARA
WINES
BARS
SUMMER 2014
PAIRINGS
SOMMELIERS
Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant, Santa Barbara
At Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, local winemakers regularly interact with sommeliers and enthusiasts. The locale's friendly atmosphere is the upshot of the owners' considerable knowledge—Brian McClintic tackled the...
LOS ANGELES
DOWNTOWN LA
FOOD + DRINK
HOT SAUCES
RAW FOODS
CONDIMENTS
Willy B’s Raw and Fermented Hot Sauce
Growing up in a macrobiotic house can lead to both positive and negative reactions from the kids. On the plus side, Willy Barling of Willy B’s understood from a young age that his family prized eating fresh, healthy foods. (Barling also admits that...
ARTISTS
BANDS
DRAWINGS
LOS ANGELES
MIXED MEDIA
MUSICIANS
GARY BASEMAN
INTERVIEWS
Nightmare and the Cat + Gary Baseman
When artist Gary Baseman was asked to collaborate on the album cover art for the band Nightmare and the Cat, he did more than art direct the band’s photo shoot, captured within his interactive museum exhibition "The Door is Always Open" at the Skirball...
AIRPORT LOUNGES
COCKTAIL BARS
COCKTAILS
MIXOLOGY
PDT
TRAVEL DRINKS
JIM MEEHAN
PDT's Cocktail Expert Jim Meehan Tackles Airport Lounges
For a bartender with as much knowhow as Jim Meehan (his PDT book forever changed how many think about and make cocktails), his legendary drinks make him something of mythical figure to many cocktail experts, who are willing to travel far and wide...
DESIGN
DESIGNERS
HERMES
HOMEWARES
LUXURY GOODS
PARIS
Petit h by Hermès
A giant orange, geometric calfskin bookcase may best embody Hermès designer (and great-great-great-granddaughter of Thierry Hermès) Pascale Mussard’s goals in creating Hermès' up-cycled collection of one-of-a-kind objects known as Petit h. Mussard...
ALMONDS
HANDMADE
LA
MILK
ORGANIC
RAW FOODS
HEALTH
NUTS
Almond Milk LA
Opening a chilled glass bottle of vibrant yellow turmeric almond milk (aka Golden Milk) reveals not just a delicious drink, but convenient access to a whole food with multiple health benefits. But not all almond milks are created equal; many in...
ART WALK
LOS ANGELES
MURALS
PUBLIC ART
STREET ART
DTLA
Robert Vargas Paints the Faces of Downtown LA
Large almond-shaped eyes peek out from the corner of 9th and Flower in downtown Los Angeles. The big, black and white painting—dotted with a glamorous beaded headpiece—watches over the busy intersection near FIDM. The painter Robert Vargas created...
HOTELS
KOREATOWN
LOS ANGELES
BRUTALISM
POKETO
SYDELL GROUP
The Line Hotel, Los Angeles
The large arrow-shaped sign on Wilshire Boulevard reads “caFe…free wifi” and points visitors directly to the door of a coffee shop serving habanero mochas and red bean buns. Next to the valet, a bike-rack filled with Linus bicycles sits waiting for...
INTERVIEWS
EXHIBITIONS
KESSELSKRAMER
LOS ANGELES
PHOTOGRAPHY
CHINESE AMERICAN
PORTRAITS
Michael Jang's Vintage Family Photos
While SF-based photographer Michael Jang has taken famous black-and-white shots of Jimi Hendrix, Ronald Reagan and David Bowie, he's become well-known for doing what people do everyday all over the world: taking photos of their family. Jang began...
BRASS
CASES
MADE IN USA
TECH ACCESSORIES
CHARITY
NATIONAL PARKS
REVISIT
REVISIT's Altruistic iPhone Case
Made in Mesa, Arizona, REVISIT’s new solid brass and acetal plastic bumper-case transforms an iPhone from a slippery glass smartphone into a substantial feeling piece of hardware—and without adding too much weight. They're sophisticated, with just...
CHINA
LOS ANGELES
GALLERIES
CONTEMPORARY ART
EXHIBITIONS
FURNITURE
TEA
Gallery ALL, Los Angeles
The impact of Ai Weiwei’s conceptual works has been immensely responsible for the growing understanding of his personal plight—and that of other artists—in a censored society. Even in these circumstances, artists and designers in China continue to...
ARTS DISTRICT
DOWNTOWN LA
HAMMER AND SPEAR
PHOTOGRAPHY
TYPOGRAPHY
Arts District Printing Co.
Kristan Cunningham and Scott Jarrell opened the Arts District design collective Hammer and Spear in downtown Los Angeles knowing from the start that they would fill their store with unique vintage finds and exclusive items made by local artists...
CALIFORNIA
MARKETS
RESTAURANTS
SANTA BARBARA
TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
WORD OF MOUTH
Word of Mouth: Santa Barbara
In the Southern California city of Santa Barbara, exploring the picturesque mountains, surf beaches and harbor only tells part of the story. The town boasts a world-class museum, lush botanical gardens and a historic mission; plus its close proximity...
CHAIRS
DESIGN
EAMES
FURNITURE
INTERVIEWS
PLASTIC
Interview: Eames Demetrios
In the garden of the Case Study House, Eames Demetrios—grandson of Charles and Ray Eames—settled in a shell chair to share stories of his family heritage and legacy, architectural preservation and the world travels he undertook to create his epic...
CALIFORNIA
INSTALLATION ART
LA
POKETO
COLLABORATIONS
DESIGN
DESIGNERS
Alley-Oop II at Poketo
For years Eric Trine and Will Bryant have been both friends and collaborators with Poketo’s Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung. Last year the first installment of Alley-Oop filled the Poketo gallery space in Los Angeles with vibrant hues, whimsical shapes...
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