#justbeyourselfie
 
JUST BE YOUR SLEFIE by Dylan Neuwirth "is a monumental neon status update rendered in cursive."
 
We love this social sculpture that’s analog and digital, located In Real Life (IRL) on Occidental Park in Seattle and online via the hashtag: #justbeyourselfie.
 
On display until September 15th, we encourage you to view the cultural impact of the project here and share in the creative collaboration as these two worlds become inseparable. 
 
 
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.