Sweets Collection
Sweets Collection
 
Loving these Sweets Collection bespoke gelatin desserts with floating petals and stunning designs at the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco, California. 
 
Each jewel-like creation's approximately the size of a paperweight and made with a combination of colored milk-based gelatin encapsulated in a delicate clear gelatin exterior. 
 
Sweets Collection is a family-owned business founded by Rosa Rodriguez, and a success story from La Cocina: a nonprofit organization that aims to cultivate low income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities.
 
 
 
 
10 corso como
10 Corso Como
 
As far as concept stores go, 10 Corso Como in Milan has remained a key cultural influence on retail, style, and sophistication. 
 
In all honesty, we didn't expected to write about our most recent visit but something about the memory of that lazy late afternoon, sitting in the garden cafe, watching hipster Italians stroll by for La Passeggiata (the art of taking a walk in the evening) has kept the imagery and experience top of mind. 
 
10 corso como
 
Twenty years after opening in a location far from the big name designers on the Via Montenapoleone, the retail store, bookstore, cafe, and restaurant still captivate the imagination. Famous for collaborations that no one thought possible and infused with goods worthy of the fashion elite, the biggest statement here lies in the geometric layered patterns, sculpted forms, and exquisite visual showmanship.
 
Corso Como Cafe
 
It was refreshing to revisit 10 Corso Como. As much as we love minimalist store design and eccentric curated haberdashery, few spaces are actually, purposefully unique to the brand. You cannot pinpoint the references by explaining it as "part this and part that" simply because it still remains the first of it's kind across multiple industries. 
 
Future Beauty
future beauty
 
As members of SAM, the Seattle Art Museum, we recently previewed Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion. The exhibition highlights more than 100 garments, from the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute, and includes celebrated designers such as Isseu Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Kenzo Takada, and Kosuke Tsumra alongside younger designers influenced by popular culture.
 
The special gallery is organized into thematic sections that explore characteristics and unique Japanese aesthetics. Each section reveals radical reinvention in defying fashion conventions, ranging from elegant to dynamic. Because photography is not allowed within the exhibition, we only have this photo of the poster to share with you. But that shouldn't deter you from visiting the Seattle Art Museum on your next visit through the Emerald City – it's a breathtaking fashion exhibition that includes some of the most entertaining and innovative fashion.
 
This first-ever apparel exhibit for the museum's history is somewhat of an experiment about an experiment: an opportunity to view how two cultures embrace change artistically and metaphorically. There are a lot of similarities between Japanese fashion and Seattle in the past 30 years: the influence of mathematics, adventure, and entrepreneurship. 
 
Scratch Nail Wraps
 
Burkatron Nails
{photo: Scratch}
 
Artists are taking on the beauty industry with a colorful take on graphic design. 
 
Founded by Chelsea Kent, Scratch was born out of the simple idea "that nail wraps are really cool but most of the designs currently out there are not." Unlike traditional nail wrap companies, they team up with incredible designers, bloggers, and illustrators from around the world to develop a new monthly collection from a featured artist, and directly support the artist with a percent commission of every sale. 
 
Scratch Nail Wraps
{photo: Scratch}
 
Already in the market with limited designs out of their Los Angeles, CA studio, Scratch's latest collection features Caroline Burke, Kaylah, and Payton & Brian as part of a Kickstarter Campaign. As of last week, the project had exceeded its funding goal. Check out the fun video highlighting all of the designs or pledge your support (we did). 
 

 

We love how Scratch is making cool patterns available to a larger audience with a DIY product that does not require steady hands or time at the salon. 

 
 
Mondrian Cake SFMOMA
 
Thank you Design Taxi for featuring edible versions of famous artwork today! We're thrilled that our post from October 2010 on the same subject is seeing a larger audience.
 
FOOD + FASHION
Supermodel Karlie Kloss and Superchef Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar have teamed up with American Express to gift 31,500 of Karlie Kookies in various NYC locations today, February 13th {Trendland}. Available online here.
 
FASHION
  • Nicholas Kirkwood has teamed up with UK department store Selfridges to launch a new shoe line inspired by the new film "Oz The Great And Powerful," {Vogue UK}
  • According to the ForeSee Mobile Satisfaction Index: Holiday Retail Edition, nearly 70% of survey respondents engaged in  "showrooming"— using a mobile phone while in a retail store during the 2012 holiday season —  and most of those consumers (62%) accessed that store's site or app. {PR Newswire}
 
FOOD
  • Preserving and fermentation will be featured in the upcoming issue of David Chang and McSweeney's quarterly journal, Lucky Peach. {Eater}
  • Nestlé is launching a new digital scanning system in the UK, designed to provide customers with smartphone access to nutritional information. {Food Manufacture}

CULTURE
  • Greta Garbo's wardrobe and extensive couture collection is the subject of a new exhibition opening in London at Belmacz Gallery. {Vogue}
 
What is culturally attractive?
 
The hallmark of something, someone, or someplace appealing is both a simple and complex equation so we were delighted to see Ted explore the art of physical beauty in these six stunning talks.
 
 
 
We love how designer Richard Seymour ask us to rethink beauty through simply feeling it, while model Cameron Russell shares her thoughts on the art of transforming into what people deem sexy "with an honest twist". The paradox and poignancy of pleasure is a timely exploration given the medias the award season fever pitch. Watch all six presentations here.
 
While these stunning Ted talks on physical beauty may not shift your thoughts on "Best Dressed" at the SAG Awards this Sunday, we guarantee that your perceptions will be shifted permanently.
 
 
 
FlowerHouse Tacoma
FlowerHouse Tacoma
 
A nature conservatory is growing as night falls in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma.
 
FlowerHouse Tacoma, an installation by Duncan Price, is starting to take shape to transform the darkest days with an astonishing glow and heroic scale. With 28 photographic panels featuring invasive species – from brambles to thistles – Price will transform his home near downtown into a pictorial preserve of gorgeous flora.
 
FlowerHouse Tacoma
 
Made possible through a grant from the Tacoma’s Artist Initiative Program (TAIP), we previewed the artistry in progress and insist it will captures adults' imagination with greater magnitude than the Christmas Ships and Zoo Lights combined. 
 
Look forward to twilight and curse dawn
through December 31st at the corner of South 15th and G streets.
 
It's magical.
 
Secret Location
Secret Location
 
To name a concept store Secret Location would seem a little gimmicky unless you ventured into the 1/2 retail, 1/2 restaurant playful space in Vancouver, Canada. Separated by a minty green foyer, the fashion-meets-food 10,000 sq.ft. "shopstaurant" (yes- we made that up), complete with doormen at the entrance, is ultra-modern, luxuriously eclectic, and visually dramatic.
 
Secret Location Vancouver
 
North of the front doors, we discovered a beautiful assortment of women's apparel, accessories, shoes, books, music, and cameras/gadgets from brands such as Camilla Skovgaard, Marios Schwab, United Nude, Thierry Lasry, Rad Hourani, Tweety, Pantone, and artist Lauren Clay of Brooklyn NY. The fixturing is a combination of modern and traditional, with a hint of baroque. The space maintains a constant frequency with open spaces to allow the products to shine.

 
 
"Secret Location supports a diverse mix of fashion-forward international and Canadian designers. We do not acknowledge brands, but place emphasis on quality craftsmanship, design philosophy and creative ingenuity that stands behind each product. Determined to offer new, thought provoking and limited quantity pieces, Secret Location is and will continue to be an ever-evolving place of discovery."
 
 
To the south, the  bar + restaurant is the perfect spot to escape from tourists with a glass of rose. The setting, much like the shop, is modern and classic without feeling sterile or over-designed.
 
 
Secret Location Cafe
 
Located in the historic gastown area, the term Secret Location is definitely a play on words for the word-of-mouth crowd. The only secret may, or may not be in the ownership of the concept.
 
Kulturepark
When tapping into the pulse of emerging trends, we believe it’s important to connect the dots with real-time data. Unfortunately, research can’t predict  how a launch or event might be perceived regardless of good intentions and fundraising. Case in point — revitalizing the Kulturepark amusement park (featured in this post from June 2012).
 
Our friend, Mandie O'Connell, was kind enough to give us a first hand report from the event from both an American and artistic perspective.  She’s the founder and co-leader of La Mission, a Berlin based record label/ magazine/performance project, and is performing in Heiner Goebbels' direction of John Cage's "Europeras 1" at the Ruhr Triennale
 
Hi Mandie. Welcome to trendscaping and thanks for chatting with us about the Kulturepark public event. We'd love to hear your impressions, but first, let us know how you learned about the exposition.
 
Mandie O’Connell (MO): My friend, collaborator, and former Seattleite Alex Schweder told me about the project. He suggested that I apply to create something for Kulturpark. So, I applied to create a performance installation. 
 
{photo: Mandie O'Connell - train tracks across the murky waterway at Kulturepark}
 
What kind of marketing did the event planners do to get the city excited leading up to the June 30th event? How does the communication differ in the US than in Germany? 
 
MO:  Honestly, I did not hear too much about the project outside of information I personally sought out. The Kulturpark team obviously sent out the occasional update to their mailing list (mostly regarding their Kickstarter campaign) and posted some information on their website and on Facebook and so forth, but that's about it. I did hear about some lecture which happened after the fact in association with a gallery. Here in Berlin, a lot of people hear about events through the top popular blogs: Sugarhigh and I Heart Berlin. Kulturpark was not spoken about on either of those blogs. I didn't even read about it in "ExBerliner" the expat newspaper and website!  
 
As an American transplant to Berlin who works in site-specific performance, I had been looking forward to attending Kulturpark and even submitted an (unsuccessful) application to participate. The idea of the project was interesting and timely. The artists, curators, and historians heading up the project seemed smart and ambitious. And, last but not least, the park itself is a special and complex landscape that balances in between being a ruin and a monument in a city full of ruins and monuments.
 
Kulturepark
{photo: Mandie O'Connell - ferris wheel as seen from the train at Kulturepark}
 
Sounds like the planners had found the perfect demographic in the local artist community. Tell us more about what you saw.
 
MO: So. June 30th rolls around. I bike over to Treptower Park with my friend Kaleb, a video artist who also works with found spaces. Kaleb and I were both disappointed to discover that while Kulturpark was a disorganized, half-baked effort at art making, it was a full-fledged effort to party (complete with a DJ and daytime ravers sporting utility belts).  
 
Sounds like a festival. What about the working train ride? And the other structures-- anything cool there?
 
MO: Unfortunately, no… After we made the obligatory round on the old train (from which one could not exit into the park itself—the park was actually off-limits unless you were on a paid guided tour) we left. There were supposedly events being held across the river later in the evening (by events, I mean more parties) but my interests were in what was actually happening AT THE PARK!
 
It seemed like the rules and regulations regarding the park itself ended up limiting to a crippling degree what the artists were allowed to do in/with the park itself. The park’s revered status as an iconographic location trapped it in a museum-like bubble; a bubble through which Kulturpark’s curators, project managers, partner artists, and certainly the viewing public, were not allowed to break.  
 
{photo: Mandie O'Connell - paint on dinosaur art installation at Kulturepark}
 
SK: That is so unfortunate. Especially when the Kickstarter campaign raised $26,366 to transform the park. 
 
MO: This project was an example of why sometimes it is better to leave a romantic urban legend alone rather than knock its cobwebs off in an effort to re-contextualize it. “Spreepark” is surrounded by a wobbly and easy-to-jump fence, and is quite beautiful in the wee small hours of the morning when accompanied by the adrenaline rush of hiding from the security agents!  
 
SK: Thanks for the insights and time. Sounds like you're on the inside track for culture in Berlin. Looking forward to hearing more from you in the future.
 
 
Editors Note 8.8.12: Berlin Art Link posted this review of the Spreepark event.