Two Artists Built A Spinning House, And Then Moved In

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Photo by Richard Barnes

For Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, the term “artist in residence” is often a very literal one: Collaborators since 2007, the pair practice what Schweder describes as “performance architecture,” or the exploration of how inhabiting a space affects us, psychologically. So they build interesting structures, and then move in.

Their most recent project, Reactor, sits upon a concrete pillar at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, N.Y., where it spins and tilts with the wind, and the roving weight of its inhabitants. Last week, Schweder and Shelley lived in the 40-by-8-foot Modernist structure for five days as visitors looked on. Between the perpetual spinning and coordinating their own movements to ensure a level living space, the residency was an ongoing exercise in establishing a routine, finding autonomy in the (literal) balancing act of sharing a space and redefining everyday comforts.

The house will be on display for two years; and this September and October, Schweder and Shelley will inhabit Reactor for another several days. Below are exclusive excerpts from their diaries of their inaugural run.

Read on T Magazine.com.

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Smoothie, Take Me Away (Issue No. 7)

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

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How Christina J. Wang Combines Food, Travel And Fashion

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

hong-kong-630x630Most fashion designers would never think to put an automated Japanese toilet on one of their designs, but that’s precisely what makes Christina J. Wang’s whimsical, colorfully illustrated scarves so desirable.

Since launching her line of printed silk, cashmere and lightweight wool scarves in 2014, the New York City–based painter turned designer has produced various limited-edition collections that reveal both a cheeky sense of wanderlust and an expert’s insight into a particular city or place. Last December, Wang debuted a special scarf emblazoned with various treats from NYC pastry chef Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar. Her latest spring collection, a tribute to Hong Kong, Japan and New York, features a mash-up of quirky cultural symbols and objects — such as the Japanese toilet, or the diverse foodstuffs of Asia’s World City — that make the scarves more than just souvenirs, but rather zeitgeist-y depictions of some of Wang’s favorite things. “That’s important for me in every scarf and everything I do, for it to have an authenticity and personal connection behind it,” explains the 29-year-old designer. (more…)

Rick Owens on Fast Fashion, His Physical Connection to Clothes — and More

Friday, March 4th, 2016

The designer Rick Owens is no stranger to iconoclastic fashion shows, but his fall/winter 2016 collection, presented yesterday in Paris, made one of his biggest, most personal statements to date. For this collection, entitled “Mastodon,” Owens was thinking a lot about the bigger picture, specifically evolution, uneasiness with regards to the changing environment, even our own extinction — and coming to terms with it all. He spoke with T backstage before the show.

Are you usually this calm before your show?

We’ve been doing this long enough that we’re kind of organized. I have a fantastic team. I hate being late. I hate hysteria. I hate last-minute drama. So we’ve done everything to avoid it. At this point, it’s all done. So it’s just fun. And I’m not really nervous about the reception because I like it and I feel O.K. about it, so if people like it, that’s great. If some people don’t, that’s O.K. too.

To read the story on T Online: http://nyti.ms/1LZ3KYh

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At Monse, Dressing Up the White Shirt

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Even before Monse — a new fashion line helmed by the Oscar de la Renta alums Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia — debuted at New York Fashion Week, it had been worn by celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Selena Gomez and Amal Clooney. (Thanks, in large part, to the stylists Kate Young and Erin Walsh, who were early champions of the brand.) “The week before the show, it was like, ‘Oh my God, if we don’t pull this off, it’s going to be really embarrassing,’” remembers Kim during a recent visit to the pair’s SoHo studio.

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THANK YOU, BILL BLASS!

Friday, January 29th, 2016

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When it comes to interviews and profiles, I’m used to be being on the question-posing side of the conversation. But on a rare occasion of role reversal, it was an absolute honor and pleasure to be interviewed by Chris Benz of Bill Blass as part of the label’s new Blass Muse lineup.

Chris asked me about personal style, how it’s evolved, my own fashion muses, and who’s closet I’d most love to raid. You can read the whole interview here.

Secret Beaches and Private Islands: A Guide to José Ignacio, Uruguay

Saturday, January 9th, 2016
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Bahia Vik (Image © Copyright Laura Neilson)

 

Beginning in November and running through February, Uruguay’s José Ignacio transforms from a sleepy fishing village into a buzzing haven for surfers and international jet-setters swapping their winters for South America’s summer season. It’s a lively and social scene indeed, but for those seeking a quieter, mellow respite from the stresses of urban life, it’s still very possible to enjoy this popular coastal destination while keeping a low profile. From a secret beach club on a secluded island to a yoga studio with massage therapy on the menu, here are some ways to relish in José Ignacio’s more laid-back offerings.
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“Mrs. Mandolin’s” Miami: An Insider’s Guide on Where to Eat, Drink, and Play

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

 

Mandolin_VogueCall it foresight: Six years ago, when Anastasia Koutsioukis and her husband opened Mandolin, their exquisite Aegean bistro tucked away in Miami’s Design District, the neighborhood was still a far cry from the trendy, art-fueled destination it is today. For years, Mandolin remained a best-kept secret among members of a certain creative set, not just for its beautiful Turkish- and Greek-inspired fare, but also for Koutsioukis—aka “Mrs. Mandolin”—herself. A perennial hostess with an exceptional eye for design, the former New Yorker is thankfully expanding the brand with a recently opened beachfront outpost at Miami’s Soho House, and another location at the Soho House in Istanbul.

This spring, Koutsioukis will also debut MrsMandolin, a lunch counter and coffee bar specializing in breakfast and lunch dishes, while a separate boutique area will be outfitted with an assortment of lifestyle products, tabletop items, and travel finds selected by Mrs. Mandolin herself. Visitors to Miami should make a point of dining at Mandolin posthaste, but as Koutsioukis is proud to note, there’s an abundance of new arrivals worth experiencing as well: “Miami is having its moment right now. It’s an exciting time as the creative community helps to redefine this seductive city,” she says.

Here, she offers up her favorite Miami spots for eating and drinking. (more…)

Ryan McGinley’s Upstate New York

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Since 2004, Ryan McGinley has taken summer road trips across America with a gang of models — excursions that have yielded some of his best-known work. But his next two shows at Team Gallery (running semi-concurrently at both gallery locations in SoHo and Venice, Calif.), reveal a dramatic shift in thematic focus. Whereas McGinley’s road trip series resulted in youthful, sometimes forlorn-feeling images of nude forms set against the backdrop of landscapes that varied according to geographic location, this most recent collection of photographs was shot entirely in upstate New York.

For “Winter” (opening tomorrow in New York) and “Fall” (opening Nov. 15 in Venice), the 37-year-old photographer’s lens captures the theme of change through time, specifically the cooler seasons of the year, and their wildly different representations of nature and weather conditions. “In 2004, I made a promise to myself that I would travel America extensively for 10 years,” McGinley explains. “After my annual summer road trip in 2014, I had achieved that goal. I wanted something new, and shooting the fall and winter upstate felt like a huge change,” he adds. (more…)

Inside Opening Ceremony’s Dance Performance

Monday, September 14th, 2015

By now, Opening Ceremony fans know to expect some kind of unconventional Fashion Week presentation that takes Humberto Leon’s and Carol Lim’s outside-the-box thinking beyond a traditional runway (last season’s presentation occurred in tandem with a pop-up photography show by Spike Jonze; the season before, the designers staged a theatrical performance).

This season the duo brought back the runway format, but not without turning it on its head: A number of models stumbled. They tripped, they slipped, they went down — several times, too. But it was not at all graceless, and certainly not unintentional. Leon and Lim had enlisted Justin Peck, current resident choreographer at the New York City Ballet, to help stage a presentation — no, a performance — that would include seven dancers from the company in perilously tall heels embedded among the phalanx of models. (more…)