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Art Openings this Weekend (Oct 31- Nov 2)

10.31.08   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events   |   By: Neu Black
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Sat, Nov. 1st 8PM-12:30AM ($8 at the door)
Hive Gallery
729 S. Spring St in downtown Los Angeles
Monthly group show with featured artists Wilson Hsu, Kenji Tanaka, Matt Espantman, Nathan Cartwright and Jaime Burton plus live music, DJ sets, and more – for full details and group show lineup, check their website
http://www.thehivegallery.com/

Sat, Nov. 1st 6-8PM
Koplin Del Rio
6031 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.836.9055
New drawings from Robert Schultz (On view through Dec. 23rd)
http://www.koplindelrio.com/

Sat, Nov. 1st 7-10PM
New Image Art Gallery
7908 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood / 323.654.2192
New works and an installation from Kelsey Brookes (On view through Dec. 3rd)
http://www.newimageartgallery.com/

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Axel Peemoeller Way Finder

10.30.08   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Toshi Jones
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Axel Peemoeller Way Finder
Car Parks in LA evoke a certain nightmarish quality only matched by rush our traffic. You would think with all of the design prowess concentrated here we might be able to lend some to the parking structure community. We were thrilled to see that the folks charged with designing the way finding for the Eureka Car Park in Melbourne Australia brought in designer Axel Peemoeller, who has created a common sense system driven by the use of prominent typography. While this project is unique for the Hamburg based designer, it is definately a solid solution to a persistent problem. We really enjoy Alex’s work and always have a great time on his site which is another interactive to say the least.
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America the Gift Shop

10.29.08   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Toshi Jones
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America the Gift Shop
Abu Ghraib coffee table – I was rendered
London born artist Phillip Toledano has spent much of his professional career in photography, taking a 10 year departure to art direct at some of the worlds largest ad agencies. He recently created America the Gift Shop, an installation project centered around the idea that America’s foreign policy could be represented by certain keepsakes to remind us of the events of the last eight years. In an effort to preserve sentiment and expose the hard truths we have faced as a nation, Toledano’s highly critical piece makes the viewer simultaneously uncomfortable and pensive.

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Flosion Stool by Amy Tang

10.29.08   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Modern Home   |   By: Toshi Jones
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Flosion Stool by Amy Tang
Australia based designer Amy Tang has produced this set of multi-functional stools in conjunction with the Woodmark furniture production company. The trend towards multi-use and modular home furnishings has somewhat diminished the value of well designed furniture with solid construction. With the use of materials such as plantation pine wood and fine textiles, the Flosion Stool, is built to sustain it’s function far beyond what we may be accustomed to as contemporary consumers.

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Tengu USB Toy

10.28.08   |   Posted in: Tech   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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Tengu is a USB-powered character that responds to sounds by lighting up and making different expressions as it lip-syncs to music, your voice, or other sounds. Tengu’s expressions can be matched to music, and changed by blowing on it. You can get it here for $50.

Uncredited: Graphic Design & Opening Titles in Movies

10.27.08   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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If you’re a film title fan like us, chances are you’ve visited sites like Art of the Title and are hungry for more. The book has over 300 pages filled with frames and comes with a DVD. Order it here for just $35. This is a MUST HAVE for anyone moderately interested in film titles.
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ASUS Eee Top

10.27.08   |   Posted in: Tech   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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We knew this was coming, but we didn’t think it would get here so soon. The ASUS Eee Top is a touch screen PC that runs a simplified Windows interface with big icons for your ever so nimble fingers. This one sports a 15″ screen and apparently has no keyboard. While this is still in the beta phase it’s reported to ship later this year for around $400. This spawned a host of questions for us- What does the on screen keyboard look like? Is it easier to use sitting up right like a monitor, or flat on it’s back like a keyboard? Is it going to get covered in finger oil like my iPhone?
While this doesn’t exactly do the promise of multi-touch technology justice, it’s certainly a step toward it.
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Art Openings This Weekend (Oct 24-26)

10.24.08   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events   |   By: Neu Black
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Fri, Oct. 24th 8PM
The Breakfast Club
662 Heliotrope Drive in Los Angeles
“Under The Cover Of Trees” featuring works from Zoso, Shannon Ingraham, Christine Monohan, Allie Peck and Jane G. Pryor – presented by L’Keg Gallery
(On view through Nov. 21st)
www.lkeggallery.com

Fri, Oct. 24th 6-9PM
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles / 323.666.7667
“Gasoline” – book signing with Dame Darcy
(One-night only event)
www.laluzdejesus.com

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Signalement Desk by Peter Petersen

10.24.08   |   Posted in: Modern Home   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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Finally, a desk which who’s elegance makes the iMac feel right at home. It doesn’t get much more minimal modern than this. This would look great in a reception area or gallery. Height-adjustable. The desk is made of MDF. Standard finish: white high lustre varnish. All desks are individually numbered.

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Float bed by Max Longin

10.23.08   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Modern Home   |   By: Toshi Jones
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Float bed by Max Longin
With all of the sleep assistance innovations introduced in the past few years, many have departed from the luxury of well constructed furniture. We were pleased to discover The Float bed. Created by Danish furniture designer Max Longin this new approach takes night time comfort to levels not seen since the water bed. Drawing from the notion that we all long to be cradled and rocked just as infants do, the Float bed allows each individual to find their own center on the suspended platform, which moves when you move.

Each piece is handmade and finished by the designer himself. Which explains the hefty price tag at $8,200 to start. For some of us a good nights sleep might be worth the set back.

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