February 28, 2017

Among interior designers, there aren't always a lot of unanimous style theories. Or in other words, one man's trash is another man's shabby chic. However, if there's one thing we'd wager a guess that literally every designer out there can agree on, it's that televisions have ruined a lot of beautiful room designs. It is not that we have anything against TV (we have a Netflix subscription just like everyone else!) It's just that big black boxes don't always "go" in the space they are supposed to go in. 

But, last year, we finally found a palatable solution to this annoying challenge of mode...

February 13, 2017

We used to think that graffiti and street art were interchangeable terms, both used to describe the same sort of spray-painted swirls or commissioned murals that sprawl across the sides of buildings.  

We started to re-think this perception with the rise of Banksy a few years back. His global attention and the excitement for his work made us take street art a little more seriously as a medium. But it's Julien de Casabianca who has elevated the term "street art" into a whole new category for us. 

Casabianca is an artist in many senses of the work: a photographer, filmmaker, and video artist,...

January 19, 2017

There are very few things that Rick Owen's has done that we do not like. His clothing is minimalist, architectural perfection and furniture is an ingenious blend of contemporary lines and rough-hewn materials that make it look like modern Roman artifacts. And let's not even get started on the woman he chose to be his wife.

Okay, let's talk about his wife. Because, although she is decidedly less famous, she is just as much a talented, avant garde artist as her husband, which she is proving in a big way right now.  Michele Lamy, who is not just Owen's wife, but his business partner, was reve...

December 14, 2016

It is one thing to be a great artist in a standard media: a sculptor, painter, or photographer. It is another thing altogether (i.e. even more impressive) to be an artist in a media or technique that you have pioneered yourself. To take an everyday object or material that is not traditionally used in art and turn it into something different, beautiful, and contemplative is the ultimate creative coup. 

This is why we are so into Math Monahan (other than the facts that his name is Math and that he happens to live in Boston, of course), and specifically his Specimen series. The entire se...

November 30, 2016

London-based fashion designer Carlo Volpi is talented in so many ways that we would most definitely be jealous of him if it were not for our genuine appreciation for his creativity.

For one, he can out-knit anyone's grandma ... probably even his own. Volpi was born just outside of Florence and he became fascinated by knitting because both of his grandmothers worked in a small textile factory there. It led him to pursue a career in design and textiles in college, where he took a knitting workshop and eventually launch his eponymous fashion line in 2014. He now produces his entire collection alon...

November 9, 2016

Post Election Day (or post apocalypse, whatever term you choose to go with) we are going to go out on a limb and guess that you, like us, have had enough political jockeying and spray tanned blowholes to last a lifetime. Personally, we still consider ourselves socially minded, but need a small break from hammering at the myriad deep-seeded issues unearthed over the last twelve months.

So, for the time being, we are turning our focus to causes and people that align with our own values ... causes that we believe do universal good and are hard to argue against (no. more. arguing.). One such c...

October 27, 2016

Fact: The best Shrimps come from across the pond. 

Stay with us, because we are talking fashion, not shellfish. Specifically, the London-based line, Shrimps, which was founded in the city by London College of Fashion graduate Hannah Weiland. The line has only been around for three years now, but it has already pushed plenty of envelopes and become a standout in the fashion industry because of it. 

If your taste is anything like ours, then Weiland's current Autumn/Winter 2016 collection is actually going to make you feel excited about dressing for winter (way more than Boston standard-i...

October 3, 2016

We can think of a few ways to introduce you to Bettina Pousttchi. She's a renaissance woman. A one-woman art museum. Crazy talented. All of these are accurate, but none captures how truly impressive her career as an artist has been thus far. Let us elaborate.

The Berlin-based Pousttchi has gained recognition in the arts in multiple different media, and currently has exhibitions of her photography, sculpture and ceramics on display at major art museums in D.C. and Berlin. She’s studied at the Whitney Independent Studio Program, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Universities of Cologne and Bochum, and th...

September 13, 2016

Washington, D.C.'s newly renovated Union Station

When it comes to having a sense of hometown pride, we consider ourselves to be realists. We love Boston, but we don't let that cloud our judgement. We know when another city has got it better than us. In the category of buildings of mass transit, for instance, we cannot deny that Washington D.C. has us beat fair and square.

In Boston, we count South Station as our main hub for subways and commuter trains and the Acela Express. It's a pretty building, at least from the outside, and it has a lot of history, but it's also small, crowded, and a little...

August 29, 2016

Like everyone else who pays attention to fashion and style, at this point in our lives we're fairly desensitized to mass-retail/high design partnerships. While we were admittedly excited about H&M's Margiela collaboration back in 2012, by the time their Balmain partnership was announced in 2015, our pulse maybe quickened by a few beats. Maybe.

The problem is there have been so many INSERT DESIGNER NAME for INSERT BIG BOX STORE collections, and so many "meh" ones (ahem, Marimekko x Target) that it's hard to justify spending mental energy sussing out the good from the bad. 

While the concept...

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