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Posts Tagged ‘Natalie Portman’

826′s Time Travel Mart Opens In LA

Have we before oohed and aahed over TED prize-winning Dave Eggers826 mentoring centers-slash-retail stores before? Of course we have. Do we get a huge kick out of the San Francisco pirate supply store, or the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.? Definitely. But when the Echo Park Time Travel Mart opened in our hometown this past weekend, well, our allegiances shifted. Most of all because we love the store tagline: “Whenever you are, we were already then.” The space was designed by R. Scott Mitchell and Stefan Bucher took time away from his monsters to design the packaging for products from Mammoth Chunks (mmmm, meaty) to Robot Milk (robots have nipples?). And he even gives us the party report, where celebs like Natalie Portman were seen giggling at his wares, and this walk-through video, so you feel like you were right there at the opening, too.

But of course you really didn’t miss the opening, since you can just travel back to Saturday whenever you please.

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T Magazine Site Chooses Style Over Substance

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The new T Magazine site launched today over at the World’s Greatest Building Which Is Also a Newspaper. The opening animation by Jennifer Steinkamp and Gail Swanlund got us all giddy and pumped, but when it came to the homepage, we were a little bummed. Okay, then we saw a supershiny Natalie Portman front and center and got excited again, but only for a second.

The fact that the articles are formatted like print magazine pages, with the text broken down into multiple Flash-y pages, is absolutely ridiculous. May we present Alice Rawsthorn‘s latest piece, which you have to click through three times to read. Actually we don’t know if it’s her latest piece because we have no real idea when any of the pieces were published; dates apparently don’t matter in this world of T. For some of the more visual stuff, like the product roundups, it works, so you can see lots of images and click for more information. A photo-driven profile of Julian Schnabel also uses its web-ability to its advantage, but it’s soooo hard to read.

Overall, the whole thing, while sleek and gorgeous and likely able to support lots and lots of big ads, is frustrating to us who were really looking forward to having all the Style content together in one place. The fact of the matter is now it’s more fragmented than ever. Luckily, the best thing about it is the blog, The Moment, where we can read at more than five sentences at once without getting dizzy or having to reach for the mouse. We’ll stay over there for now.