Foods are a unifying symbol. They represent special occasions and happenings and often a specific treat or culinary favor is the center of attention at an event. Why not use food as cultural representatives? That is what local design and stationary studio Clap Clap is doing: they use food as metonymic devices.
Los Angeles is a city full of billboards. Because our surroundings are a hybrid of highways and walkways, most of which is seen through a Hollywood lens, we’re constantly faced with advertising. This of course leads to visual bombardment and frequent assault by advertisers but, hey, this comes with the territory of our city. Can billboards change though? Especially on places like the Sunset Strip, where the billboards are iconic: how can they be innovated upon? Well, local firm Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects recently took a stab at this by creating a Dodger Blue slingshot to hold signage. It’s a simple, futuristic take on advertising.
There are times when I want to get out of town, but the free time just ain’t there. On these occasions I look to a few tried and true spots, places that I know can provide me with a couple of sanity restoring hours, without taking up a whole day. For today’s respite, I’m setting out on a bike ride along the LA River.
Are you familiar with the work of Julian Zigerli? He’s a hot, young, heavily lauded Swiss fashion designer whose clothing have definitely excited a specific type of flamboyant style hound. His clothing mashes avant garde forms with bold and bright patterns, very often crossing over into fine art fashion. He’s certainly an up-and-coming talent poised to blow up soon but, for now, he’s definitely someone to keep tabs of collection after collection.
One way to get in touch with him is by way of Los Feliz’s Weltenbuerger, the little clothing store with the most exceptional inventory in Los Angeles. Zigerli is one of the brands they carry and, although this sounds crazy, the store is the only US retailer of the designs. What a treat, dudes! To celebrate the latest Spring/Summer collection, we had a little chat about Zigerli with shop owner Bryan Sanderson to hear all about the new collection—and what Angelenos will take from it.
Sunset Blvd’s little art printer that could—Paper Chase—are always doing rad shit. Their line of stationary and paper ephemera are a brilliant mashing of high end design with an artistic flair. While there have been many collaborations, Paper Cuts is a new effort to work with local (and beyond) talent that fuse together aesthetics. The resulting collection is a variety of functional items to write on, each a reflection of the respective collaborator.