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New York Holiday Party Report


Thanks for the invitations, New York design community (or in some cases, not having a list at the door). Here’s where we found ourselves drinking free toddies this week…

Rockwell Group
Address: Bowlmor Lanes
Crowd: Rockwell Group employees
Specialty Cocktail: Bullshot, served by “celebrity bartender” Laurie Rosenwald
Big Sightings: Maira Kalman, Tucker Viemeister wearing a Santa hat
Just Missed: Chee Pearlman
Highlight (pictured here): A video kaleidoscope created by James Tichenor and Joshua Walton that projected snowflakes cut by partygoers onto huge screens around the room. No word on how many Bullshots were served before bare butts were also projected around the room.


Debbie Millman’s SVA Class
Address: Millman’s swank pad
Crowd: Students, former “Design Matters” guests
Specialty Cocktail: Champagne (for those of age), as double-fisted by Felix Sockwell
Big Sightings: Chip Kidd, James Victore, Tobias Frere-Jones
Just Missed: Joyce Rutter Kaye
Highlight: Millman giving signed copies of 100% Evil to her students, which were doodled on more by Christoph Niemann and Nicholas Blechman, both in attendance.

The Architect’s Newspaper
Address: The well-appointed loft of William Menking and Diana Darling
Crowd: Architects, writers, architect-writers
Specialty Cocktail: Real egg nog, with fresh grated nutmeg
Big Sightings: The lady design journalist power trio of Julie Lasky, Julie Iovine and Eve Kahn
Just Missed: Teddy Cruz
Highlight: The view.


Good Design Party
Address: Good pop-up store
Crowd: Green design consultants, graphic designers, Mr. T fans
Specialty Cocktail: Organic wheat vodka with Izze sparkling clementine juice in biodegradable cups made from corn
Big Sightings: Emily Oberman, supercute young’un Jonathan Harris presenting the Whale Hunt
Just Missed: Bobby Martin giving his slam-dunk presentation again
Highlight: Mike Essl showing off his world’s largest Mr. T memorabilia collection, including a clip from VH1′s “Totally Obsessed” where he and his co-collector eat a 20-year-old box of Mr. T cereal.

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At Tijuana Show Opening, Life More Interesting Than Art


The raucous opening of “Strange New World: Art and Design From Tijuana” at the Santa Monica Museum of Art seemed to perfectly encapsulate its subject matter. More than half of the attendees were chatting animatedly en Espanol. The place was extremely crowded, over-populated to the point of aural discomfort. Music was blasting out of a nearby building. Lines were long but cheerful at the one bar set up to serve everyone. The wait, coupled with record low temperatures, forced some well-dressed partiers to double-fist shots of tequila.

Not a bad way to enjoy the show, which, although colorful and spirited, seemed more like a loosely-associated collection of pieces that might or might not have much to do with border culture, or even Tijuana, for that matter. Besides some vernacular residences by architect Teddy Cruz, there seemed little in the way of design. The best pieces were explotations of found objects–like the painted mufflers above, or a huge relief map of the US layered with beans and reflector lights. A video installation about food vendors customizing their pushcarts was visually interesting.

At the end, though, we found ourselves staring longingly at a copy of Martin Parr‘s book Mexico in the gift shop, wishing for just a few vibrant shots like that to make us feel like we had truly left the country. We were happy to discover that the exhibition’s website does a great job with that. Maybe better than the show itself.