Editor's Journal

Updates on what we're enjoying today

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Chelsea in Bloom, London

By Sarah Hyde | Posted on May 22nd, 2013

Chelsea flower show marks the opening of the Summer Season in London. At this time of year every English rose worth its scent reaches for her umbrella and starts thinking about what to wear to the various summer events. From the 20th to 25th of May as if by magic the local shops become adorned … (More →)

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Dieter Rams Braun ET66 calculator

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on May 20th, 2013

I was excited to hear that Braun plans to re-release Dieter Ram’s iconic ET66 calculator from 1987. In our culture where new is always better, far too often well designed objects disappear far too quickly into the annals of history. This landmark design by Rams became so ubiquitous that the original iPhone calculator was almost … (More →)

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Isabella Blow Exhibition at Somerset House, London

By Emmy Lee | Posted on May 20th, 2013

I just wrote the other day that this summer Somerset House will be presenting the world’s first food-based exhibition on elBulli and this winter (from November 20, 2013 – March 2, 2014) it will be exhibiting anther show I’d love to see: Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! I’ve been following Blow’s life and career for years … (More →)

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Jack Goldstein at Jewish Museum, NYC

By Emmy Lee | Posted on May 17th, 2013

The first American retrospective of Canadian-born artist Jack Goldstein (1945-2003) just opened at the Jewish Museum in New York and will be on view there until September 29th. Goldstein was born in Montreal and moved to LA as a child. He studied in the late 1960s at the Chouinard Art Institute in LA and then … (More →)

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Edie: American Girl

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on May 16th, 2013

Like many kids who grew up in the 1980s, I’ve always been obsessed with 1960s culture — the music, the lifestyles, the clothing. As the decade becomes more of a distant memory it seems like our collective cultural fascination with the period only increases — encouraged by shows like Mad Men that glamourize the era. … (More →)

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Vitamin D2

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on May 15th, 2013

When Phaidon first released the massive tome, Vitamin D, in 2005, the book became the go-to resource on artists working with the drawing medium in contemporary art. Organized alphabetically and featuring 109 artists who had emerged since 1990 and had an innovative drawing practice, Vitamin D became an encyclopaedia of sorts for this aspect … (More →)

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Matthew Barney at Morgan Library, NYC

By Emmy Lee | Posted on May 15th, 2013

Matthew Barney, KHU: Djed, 2011

There are always so many things I intend to do when I go to New York and visiting the Morgan Library, which I am told is a breathtaking place, is always on my list, but I’ve yet to make it there. If you’ve never been, now there’s an extra reason … (More →)

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Antique Bar Stool by Marcel Wanders

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on May 13th, 2013

It often seems like the most interesting and innovative designs — be it furniture, graphic, industrial or architectural — come out of the Netherlands. Design is so ingrained in their culture, such a part of their day-to-day existence, that it’s a conducive environment for experimentation and a fertile breeding ground for design talent. I first … (More →)

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elBulli Exhibition at Somerset House, London

By Emmy Lee | Posted on May 13th, 2013

This summer, from July 5 to September 29th, Somerset House in London will be presenting a retrospective exhibition on the work of Ferran Adrià, and the restaurant he created, elBulli. They are billing it as the first ever show on a chef and restaurant and to be honest, I can’t think of another in recent … (More →)

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Bar Oppenheimer

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on May 10th, 2013

Since working on the Grand Hotel exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, I’ve become really interested in pop-up projects and artist collaborations in hotel spaces. The hotel is such a unique building type — a liminal space that is both public and private and neither home nor away — and it presents a unique environment … (More →)

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Smoke & Pickles by Edward Lee

By John McFarland | Posted on May 9th, 2013

New on the shelves this week is the flavourfully inventive cookbook, Smoke & Pickles, by previous Top Chef  contestant Edward Lee. Throughout the well-designed book subtitled, Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen, Lee effortlessly connects the dots between two of the biggest culinary trends of the moment, Southern Cooking and Korean.  … (More →)

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Books on Los Angeles

By Emmy Lee | Posted on May 9th, 2013

I’ve never been a huge fan of Los Angeles because I hate driving and you have no choice but to sit in your car there, but I’ve started heading there more often and am curious as to why people love the city so much. I stumbled across this slideshow of 19 books on Los Angeles(More →)

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Penguin Lines

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on May 8th, 2013

In honour of the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, Penguin has released a series of twelve books inspired by each of the city’s tube lines. The eclectic selection of authors includes artist Philippe Parreno, the creators of the journal Fantastic Man, Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom, and best selling author John Lanchester. … (More →)

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N°5 Culture Chanel, Paris

By Sarah Hyde | Posted on May 8th, 2013

It is no coincidence that on its return home to Paris the N°5 Culture exhibition opened on the 5th of May choosing Mademoiselle Gabriel Chanel’s favourite number to bring extra luck to the show that has just opened at Palais du Tokyo. The N°5 Culture Chanel exhibition sets out to crack the code of this … (More →)

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Claes Oldenburg: The Street and the Store

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on May 6th, 2013

Jason Mandella/The Museum of Modern Art via Bloomberg

One of the 20th century’s most well known artists, Claes Oldenburg has had countless exhibitions and retrospectives recounting his prolific career. Whenever a museum launches an exhibition devoted to an artist whose work has inspired extensive scholarly investigation it’s always challenging to present something new — an … (More →)

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Frieze NYC

By Emmy Lee | Posted on May 6th, 2013

I’ve only ever been to Frieze in London but given the excellent reputation of its founders Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, I’d like to visit it’s second outpost in New York. Frieze New York makes its sophmore effort from May 10-13, 2013 on Randall’s Island where it will feature more than 180 exhibitors. It promises … (More →)