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Studio Visits

DESIGN
Sabah House, Venice
A sun-dappled pathway from Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice leads to the newest Sabah House. They've filled the small white structure with vibrant, natural leather shoes stacked from floor to ceiling. The atmosphere feels so aptly “California” that...
FOOD-DRINK
Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists
After years developing and sharing a sensory collaboration unlike any other, author and artist Julia Sherman has reshaped her famed Salad for President blog into book form. "Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists" incorporates a little...
CULTURE
Studio Visit: Artist Xu Zhen
by Alessandro de Toni An hour drive out of Shanghai—far from the urban glitter and the lavish skyscrapers, into a land where Chinese cities tend to look all the same—lies MadeIn Company. Amid storage spaces and small factories, it’s a warehouse...
CULTURE
Studio Visit: Glass-Maker Mark Pavlovits
Molten glass, metal rods, burning furnaces, cold water, strength and patience are the tools of LA-based glass artist Mark Pavlovits' trade. Pavlovits found his way into the perilous world of glassblowing when he least expected it, but it was a serendipitous...
STYLE
Interview: Christian Louboutin
Being in Christian Louboutin’s Paris studio is overwhelming. We meet Monsieur Christian Louboutin in his museum-like studio (like a tiny Louvre, which, coincidently, is just a few blocks away) for an exclusive preview of ShoePeaks, his latest (and...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Industrial Designer Mark Braun
"Let's say that I'm very close to messy," industrial designer Mark Braun says as we enter his Treptow, Berlin studio. "But it helps with my work." While the three-room space contains fascinating items aplenty (be that tools, inspirational knickknacks...
CULTURE
Studio Visit: Phill Kiho Kim's PKK Ceramics
When we visit ceramic artist Phill Kiho Kim's PKK Ceramics Echo Park studio, he explains how his obsession with coffee led him to ceramics, then coffee and back to ceramics. The culmination of Kim's passions manifested when he combined the two, most...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Reiko Kaneko
At the softly sun-bathed studio of ceramics designer Reiko Kaneko, working with glaze is one big experiment. Occasionally, her steady process of trial and error includes herself, such as the first time she worked with a toxic raw lacquer and accidentally...
DESIGN
Cadillac's Escala Concept Car
Cadillac has been on a five year journey expressing three driving experiences and demonstrating the brand’s evolution while also tracking back to its luxury roots. We’ve been fortunate to see the debut of each car in the fitting surroundings of the...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Artist Anna Lomax
Right by the verdant Regent’s Canal in east London lies a courtyard surrounded by old warehouses that are now home to some of the most exciting up-and-coming designers in the British capital. One of these is Anna Lomax, an artist and set designer who...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Charles Lethaby Lighting
British lighting designer Charles Lethaby’s cozy, high-ceilinged studio is located in Walthamstow. The east London area has become something of a creative hotspot, with plenty of emerging brands setting up shops or studios here. Lethaby is one of around...
CULTURE
Best of CH 2015: Studio Visits
While we will never be able to step into the minds or imaginations of artists, designers and artisans, we can enter their studios: little (though, sometimes not so little) windows into how they draw inspiration, execute ideas and ultimately make something...
LINK-ABOUT-IT
Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Inside the Mind and Studio of Artist Olafur Eliasson Olafur Eliasson is a busy man. The Danish-Icelandic artist is currently working on exhibitions in Stockholm and Vienna, a project that requires moving ice from Greenland to Paris, the design...
CULTURE
Studio Visit: Conceptual Artist Dove Bradshaw
by Natasha Tauber In the live/work space artist Dove Bradshaw shares with her partner of 41 years, artist William Anastasi, every sightline is assembled in deference to her eye and the couple's evolving artistic harmonies. Dense pockets of books...
CULTURE
Studio Visit: Margot Bowman
Digital artist and designer Margot Bowman, one of the founders of the ever-fascinating GIF art project 15 Folds, shares a studio in an airy warehouse building in the Dalston neighborhood of east London. Always intrigued by artists and their workspaces...
TECH
Oswalds Mill Audio
A beautifully restored mill house, hidden in the Dutch country of Pennsylvania, sits on a quiet creek. There are no massive stone wheels turning within, only vinyl records being broadcast on some of the highest quality stereo systems available...
STYLE
Factory Visit: Christian Louboutin
Since setting up his eponymous label in 1991, French designer Christian Louboutin's shoes have become synonymous with power, prestige and class thanks to their sexy, edgy design and extreme creativity. Lesser known is the fact that Louboutin produces...
CULTURE
Aranka Israni's "Nudes" Exhibition
Aranka Israni's first solo exhibition debuts in conjunction with Arles 2015, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, the international photography festival renowned for unveiling new work. For Aranka—who withdrew from the art world seven years ago seeking...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Design House Thislexik
A set of five primary-colored shipping containers rests in a unified pile along a corner of a bus parking lot, in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Inside, Vedat Ulgen and his team envision the possibilities of industrial design and execute in a meticulous, imaginative...
CULTURE
Peckham Print Studio
A stone’s throw from the overground train line that now connects Peckham Rye in South London to the eastern parts of the city, you’ll find art gallery The Sunday Painter. The sign can actually be seen from the station, and the gallery’s rooftop has...
CULTURE
Jenny Lewis’ Hackney Studio Project
Photographer Jenny Lewis has a knack for shooting people in their own environments, capturing her subjects when they are truly at ease in front of her camera. The skill is evident in her book “One Day Young,” which features mothers with their newborn...
STYLE
A Conversation on Color and Psychology with Roxie Darling
A counterpoint to the daytime hustle and bustle of the Wall Street neighborhood is the quiet oasis that is Hairstory, located many floors up in a discreet building. Shoes are taken off before entering the living room area, where sunlight streams in...
CULTURE
Studio Visit: Trail Map Artist James Niehues
If you’ve ever grabbed one of the colorful trail maps stocked in ski lodges, or affixed to the chairlift bar, there’s a good chance you’ve seen—and used—the work of landscape artist James Niehues. Niehues (who goes by Jim) is one of just a handful...
CULTURE
Artist Nino Sarabutra
During our recent venture to Bangkok, we stopped by the home and latest exhibition of Thai artist Nino Sarabutra. Sarabutra showed us her portfolio of work, mostly consisting of porcelain sculptures, that lives throughout her house and garden. Sarabutra...
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