Spaulding’s HVW8 has an interesting retail/art hybrid going on now: the A&C Shop. It’s curated by all around rad art guy Xavier Burt of Art & Council and features some super fascinating, art times design times culture collaborations in addition to art and other goods. It’s a pretty sweet retail concept and experience that, sadly, only seems to be around through tomorrow as HVW8 will be prepping for their new show. In any event, we had to share while we could.
The shop is a cross between contemporary art museum store plus design wonderland, multiplied by street art installation and a store like OK. They have some Kelsey Brooks for sale, a little Cleon Peterson, and some Cody Hudson, too. Perhaps the most remarkable collaboration/feature is the work of New York artist KRINK, who did everything from smear the façade of the store to decorating a few interiors, too.
The most remarkable thing KRINK (real name: Craig Costello) did was a super fucking unique Modernica collaboration. We’ve all imagined an artist or ourselves taking to one of their shell chairs but none of us have had the balls to do it. KRINK? He did it! The pairing has resulted in five melting shell chairs that each have KRINK’s trademark drippy, trippy paint treatment to them. What he’s done is really accent the design of the chairs and added this sexy, sleekness to them turning them from slightly inaccessible intellectual property to rough, almost raunchy, interpretations of these classic seats. You can catch a little video made by A&C on the creation of the façade and chairs below.
As mentioned, the store isn’t opened for that much longer and–for those of you who are able to–there’s one more KRINK chair available for purchase! There’s a lot to see in the store, which you can catch in photos below. We’ve been wanting to go to the A&C Shop since it opened late August; however, like everyone else in Los Angeles, September totally slipped by without us even knowing. Ugh. We blame the heat. You can pick up some A&C Shop goods here and HVW8′s newest show opens September 29th.