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Andrew Andrew Know Design Design

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The same night someone pulled off an exceptional Tobias Wong impression and CITIZEN:Citizen sold his $95 box cutters without a hint of irony, we were much more intrigued with this object, offered by vendors Andrew Andrew during Paper’s 24-hour retail marathon.

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Dressed in matching prepwear, the Paper mascots and DJs curated their own collection of design, for sale at prices listed in their own currency, the value of which fluctuated wildly throughout the night. The box cutter could be yours for $94, priced to undercut nearby CITIZEN:Citizen’s real thing. Can you tell the difference? Seriously, can you? We can’t.

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Restaged historical photos went for astronomical prices, and we have to say we liked some of them–like Gandhi in front of a brownstone–better than the real thing. There were obvious nods to Moss, and some pieces were especially inspired, like a Lladro figurine coated in car paint, which we found to be awfully beautiful as an homage to liberty. Or something.

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After 24 hours in the design business, the Andrews were not feeling as optimistic. When we caught up with them on Saturday at Elizabeth Paige Smith‘s party in Venice, they looked completely beat. “Our market collapsed at about 3am,” one Andrew said glumly. The looked like they wanted to go home.

Hours later and few miles away from the party, we were startled by a car honking wildly at an intersection. We turned to our right, only to find an ecstatic Andrew Andrew, who somewhere between Venice and Culver City had found the will to carry on.

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Paper Invades LA: Shop ‘Til You Drop

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We’re probably getting to this post about the same time everyone from Paper is finally waking up from their recovery naps after the five-day bender that was the LA Paper Project. The highlight for us, of course, was the 24-hour pop-up store featuring some of our very favorite art and design retailers. The store, designed by Barbara Bestor, was hot and packed tight, and, to our dismay, a completely dry event, except for the bottomless supply of Red Bull. We hear Lindsay Lohan came by later, so it was probably for the best.

Kim Hastreiter‘s red specs presided over the Paper booth and Mickey Boardman flitted about the space in a signature cardigan. A smiling Tim Biskup carried an unhappy camper, his daughter, through the throngs. Cobrasnake was there selling his line of products (who knew?) and chatting with the guy we didn’t know was Jeremy Scott when we snapped him at Moss (he was wearing the same sweater so he was easy to spot). And we finally met the troublemaker behind CITIZEN:Citizen, Philip Wood, who handed us a bottle of pills (to promote their pop-up store in LA this December). He wasn’t too rattled by the fact that vendors Andrew Andrew were selling knock-offs of CITIZEN:Citizen’s products a few booths away. More on that.

We met photographer Dan Monick, he’s the guy who snapped those shots of Daft Punk for Paper this month (and he’s not telling who’s who behind the helmets). Adorable Rose Apodaca was found manning her booth and promoting A+R‘s new blog. The ‘A’ in A+R, Andy Griffith, was putting the final touches on the second A+R store in Venice, which opened this week. And our vote for favorite booth, Heartschallenger, got their heart on (below).

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Click on for lots more photos of the wares…

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CITIZEN:Citizen Gets Creative

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Our favorite cease-and-desisting design store-slash-gallery, CITIZEN:Citizen will start offering creative services in addition to its other integral role as a purveyor of gold-plated coke spoons:

We would like you help you tell your story, to provoke a response, to make a difference. We can do this through helping you create well placed marketing strategies, contemporary visual languages, making your conceptual thinking tangible.

Well, they’re certainly aces at provoking a response. CITIZEN:Citizen:Creative is now available for consultation on all your ideas, products and brands, even if they’re not drug related.