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JULIE WOLFSON

Julie Wolfson

FURNITURE
HOME DECOR
COLLABORATIONS
DESIGN
DESIGNERS
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...
FURNITURE
SHOPPING
VINTAGE
LOS ANGELES
FURNITURE DESIGN
DESIGN
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
FLAGSHIP STORES
HOME DECOR
STORES
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...
MUSIC
TOURS
DJS
EXHIBITIONS
EXHIBITS
CONCERTS
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...
DESIGN
ANIMALS
PETS
HANDMADE
DOGS
LOS ANGELES
PORTRAITS
HOME DECOR
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...
BOOKS
VINTAGE
GRAPHIC DESIGN
RETRO
BRANDING
ADVERTISING
AIRLINES
READING
AIR TRAVEL
PAN AM
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...
DESIGN
CYCLING
KICKSTARTER
HELMETS
BIKE GEAR
BIKE SAFETY
CYCLING CULTURE
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...
LOS ANGELES
STUDIO VISITS
CERAMICS
COFFEE CUPS
COFFEE BARS
POTTERS
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...
UTAH
ART INSTALLATIONS
PAINTERS
LISA SOLBERG
SNOWCATS
SUMMIT SERIES
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...
FASHION
EXHIBITIONS
MEXICO
MEXICO CITY
ARTISANS
HEATH CERAMICS
CARLA FERNáNDEZ
TEXTILE ARTS
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...
ART
CALIFORNIA
LOS ANGELES
ARTISTS
STUDIO VISITS
PORCELAIN
CERAMICS
VASES
HEATH CERAMICS
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...
INTERVIEWS
SCOTLAND
SCOTCH
FARMING
WHISKY
DISTILLERIES
ISLAY
BIODYNAMIC
MASTER DISTILLERS
BRUICHLADDICH
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...
DESIGN
TRAVEL
FOOD
RESTAURANTS
COFFEE
LA
DRINK
WORD OF MOUTH
WOM
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
LOS ANGELES
COLLABORATIONS
DISASTER KITS
EMERGENCY
NAVY SEALS
SURVIVAL KITS
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...
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...
SHOPPING
SUNGLASSES
CALIFORNIA
VENICE
LOS ANGELES
GLASSES
SPECTACLES
WARBY PARKER
EYEWEAR DESIGN
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...
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