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Posts Tagged ‘Tord Boontje’

“As Long as it Lasts…” Designer Tattoo Parlor Claims Its First Victim

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What can we say? We get excited about the fact that people will let someone dig a needle into their skin for an hour or two in the name of design. We stopped by “As Long as it Lasts…” booth last night where–before the exhibition officially opened to the public–someone was in the chair getting inked. Supercute Tobias Wong already had the KAWS one on his calf, too.

Like any tattoo parlor, this is a place where the cool kids hang out, and will definitely be the social center of the Design Miami hoopla. They’ve got a lounge perfect for relaxing while you watch others wince in pain. Bernadaud is serving Haagen-Dazs with Delphine Frey‘s porcelain cones next door. So the whole thing is kinda like a circus. With that pleasant buzzing sound in the air.

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Team Tattoo: Josee Lapage, Tobias Wong and Aric Chen.

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The first victim opted for Lawrence Weiner‘s Sink or Swim design. He didn’t cry or nothin’.

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Philip Wood of CITIZEN:Citizen, Google’s Jenn Shreve and Chronicle Books’ Alan Rapp abstained.

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Jill Singer models her 5.5 Designers ink–oh, just kidding, it’s only a temporary.

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Sleeping Pigs Don’t Lie When It Comes to Pushing Product At Design Stores

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Your life will never be the same once you’ve cast your eyes upon the infamous Sleeping Pig by George Chang for Auto, featured as a best-seller in “Best Sellers and Bombs, and What Stores Are Betting On” in yesterday’s NY Times House & Home.

Flip through the slideshow to see picks from stores across the country–it’s very interesting to see what made it and what didn’t, especially when it comes to brand-name designers: They’re betting on Tord Boontje‘s new table for Moroso, but two Hella Jongerius pieces bombed (like the poor Hella Hippo), as did glassware by Karim Rashid, while John Derian‘s decoupage projects fared well with skeletons but not with playing cards.

Moss Los Angeles Opening Night Photos

A quick visual preview before we hang our little party hat up for the night. More Moss to come…

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As we approached Moss‘ nondescript white storefront on a super sunny Southern California evening, we spotted the mob of people and sighed…another ridiculous velvet rope entrance? Not at all. The crowd was mostly made up of hottie valets. We asked later and, yes, we actually could touch.

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We loved the Maarten Baas table and chairs and Tord Boontje‘s sofa, but what we loved even more was watching the staff sweep partygoers off of them.

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The Swarovski chandeliers were fantastic, like a garden of diamonds and kryptonite. Those standing among them in the fleeting daylight were lit up like angels.

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And here’s Moss the man, doing what he does best, with California Architect’s Newspaper editor Sam Lubell.

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Countdown to Moss Angeles

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We are, right now, holding in our hot little hands this six-paneled invitation–white and black, of course–heralding a fact we uncovered ourselves a few months ago but were told to keep quiet about: Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell are opening their second Moss store here in LA on Thursday. (Friday for non-invitation-holding peeps).

The disappointingly subdued opening will include such ho-hum entertainment as a hanging garden of eighteen Swarovski chandeliers by Georg Baldele, limited-edition pieces by the Campana Brothers and Tord Boontje, and a vintage Steinway baby grand which is to be played and burned by Maarten Baas. We know, yawn.

In the meantime, read up on Moss the man in this nice piece by Vanity Fair from a few months ago. Party report and photos to follow, but don’t worry: We promise not to touch anything.

Artecnica Designs With Conscience

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Our good friends at LA-based Artecnica sent us some sneak peeks of their new Design With Conscience pieces, which you can see on the floor should you be Javits-izing. Founded in 2002, DWC is a program that manufactures and produces products in accordance with humanitarian and environmentally-friendly principles. Famous designers team with artisans and communities around the world to spread the wealth…and the love.

This year, we’ve got Fernando and Humberto Campana‘s TransNeomatic prototype, using a discarded scooter tire (above), Hella Jongerius‘s Beads & Pieces ceramic collection, and Stephen Burks‘s TaTu coffee table and stool, created with artists in South Africa and Zimbabwe. We also like Tord Boontje‘s Ivy metal etched screen, which is not part of the collection, but you still can enjoy it with a clear conscience.

ICFF Beyond Javits Center Walls

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You can’t spend the whole ICFF inside Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, you know. Well, you can, but eventually the Tord Boontje ripoffs will start to trigger laser-cut psychedelic flashbacks, causing you tear off your clothes as you hump the nearest Prettyves Behar seating prototype and rendering you blind in one eye.

Last year, this article in the Architect’s Newspaper highlighted offsite events, which mostly hold true this year, except for the fact that BKLYN DESIGNS was last weekend and there’s no Altoids Living Spaces in Williamsburg this year (maybe because judge Karim Rashid has his own gig).

The Meatpacking District’s listings have grown, and major buzz swirls around HauteGREEN, whatever Murray Moss touches and Tobias Wong‘s store. Find it all with the all-new Core77 Design Week Guide Google Map–parties marked with martinis, of course.

But please be careful. You can only look at so many gorgeously-rendered wood tables or “get it?” design puns before you’ll start to succumb to design fatigue. Unlock your knees, grab the specialty cocktail of the nearest alcohol sponsor, and do not, do not, look directly into the lacey floral curtains. You were warned.

More Ways to Plan Your NY Design Week

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Design Week drinking officially starts tonight for no other reason than we say so, because as we always say, there’s nothing like experiencing the buzz while buzzed. Our bloggy bretheren who will be in the trenches have been hard at work choosing their Design Blogfest Window picks, the piece of design gracing the window of The Apartment this weekend (voting is closed but we want the Pet Plus Series above to win). Incidentally, this will also be the location universally recognized as the design blog center of the universe, especially during Design Blogfest-o-rama on Friday night. RSVP please.

Artkrush gets in on the action with a preview of what’s hot at ICFF, interview with up-and-comers FredriksonStallard and the even more unknown Tord Boontje.

And we already told you about Core77′s master calendar, but check out New York Magazine’s impressive effort as well, with some snippets of original progamming including this one that looks interesting:

New York Talks: Architecture Around the High Line
Friday, May 18; 4:00pm
Julie Iovine, new Executive Editor of the Architect’s Newspaper will lead a panel about what’s sprouting up around our favorite abandoned elevated railroad tracks.

View NY Mag’s calendar for more Design Week fun, and remember…pace yourself.