Above: My mentor Chris' isolated fortress about three hours outside of Toronto. It kinda feels like Nathan's lab from Ex Machina. All I did the entire weekend was drink espresso, white wine, and listen to Teebs. Oh, that was also the weekend Chris put me onto the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Koyaanisqatsi. Crazy.
Above: Go see 'A wall is just a wall' by Kapwani Kiwanga until May 14 at The Power Plant if you're in Toronto. They've got some other cool shit there, too.
Above: A kinetic installation outside of Pérez Art Museum by Jesús Rafael Soto · The School of Architecture at the University of Miami · The Happy Room for Fendi, a collection designed by Cristina Celestino at Design Miami.
Below: Fall/Winter hand tags made using iPhone images from Paris and Amsterdam.
Above: I had to order spare parts for my vintage Bang & Olufsen speakers directly from their showroom. I love that brand, they've given me a new appreciation for sound design.
I was traveling and constantly seeing really strong design, inspiring design, in so many forms from magazines to museum info pamphlets, enough to make the treasure map type thing we were doing feel amateur. Being challenged by what I was seeing was a good thing, it set a new bar for us, it meant we had more work to do, and that this thing is still growing.
Chi Modu gave us a cover story and let us put his images of Pac into print, but also bringing back newspaper boxes as a form of distribution; especially in an age where things are becoming increasingly paperless.
Issue five is almost done and should be out in April. I know the newspaper boxes are cleaned out but you can still get a copy of the current issue here.
Above: Vintage Bang & Olufsen CX100 passive speakers (c. 1984). Production ceased in September 2003, but I got lucky and found an all white pair online. The system itself is older than me, and sourcing the supporting parts was no walk in the park, but the bass still knocks.
Below: The Olivetti Dora typewriter in perfect working condition. Originally produced in the early 70's, the system's QWERTZ (German Keyboard) took some getting used to. Photos c/o Michael Rousseau
Room For Research is a demo for a solo exhibition I'm working on entitled 'Curves', which is also one of the editing steps I use in Photoshop. Curves are also a constant in my life. For me, nothing has ever been in a straight line, and I try not to view things so straight forward. I'm a millennial by default, we discern, we ask questions. I'm apart of the last generation to experience Summer holiday before the internet but adapt to it as it continues to become part of our existence. I still try not to take my phone to bed but access to information at all times makes it difficult.
I didn't understand the importance of the space around you when working, I was just relying on my own discipline. The truth is, I can't fully concentrate in communal workspaces, I rely on clarity, tranquility, and at times, healthy forms of isolation. The only space you should be trying to fit in is the one you create for yourself. I had to tweet that, too.
Below: Apple iBook G4 (c. October 2004), demo notes and sketches.
Above: Screen testing Filed Under Film 2. Unlike the tone of the first instalment, this tape is a stream lo-fi visuals with little dialogue. Watch snippets of it on my Instagram story (for the next 24 hrs) here.
I remember having to present class projects and hating it! I couldn't really explain myself, much less my work, I find it difficult (at times) even now. What I did enjoyed most was building the presentation, thinking of the best possible way to package the work, or work of art.
Above: Published ads from NEEDS&WANTS F/W '16 campaign · Styling by Sarah Vee. Photography c/o Neva Wireko.
Below: The soft yet striking racer jacket in Lavender suede overlaps from our previous collection, not to revisit but to reiterate our sentiments on combining colour. Oversized zippers on the openings of cropped coach jackets replaced buttoning snap hardware this season; saying more about our stance on utility over leisure.
Above: The Oculus, a $4 billion dollar structure designed by Santiago Calatrava. It sits at the centre of The World Trade memorial in Lower Manhattan.
Above: Rashid Johnson's 'Fly Away' exhibition at Hauser & Wirth New York. Coincidentally, I walked into the exhibit in the midst of the artist walking visitors through his work. You couldn't help but appreciate the large scale installation of Rashid's work. I'm positive I wasn't the only one picking apart the details of the massive architectural grid full of signifying objects, including video screens, mounds of shea butter, and live plants in ceramic vessels built and decorated by Johnson.
Below: Daniel Arsham's 'CIRCA 2345' at Galerie Perrotin. This show was as ambitious and futuristic as its intent. Also, Daniel Arsham is the co-founder of Snarkitecture, which you need to Google right now.
Above: Josh and I caught up at The New York Public Library. Even being a native New York'er he's still in awe of the library's interior. I've got no photos of it, but I can remember thinking how awkward it was to see people actually studying in the reading room while visitors (most of which I assume were tourists) flooded the space trying to get the best angle on their phones. Maybe its a good thing mine died.
Below: Tonal harmony in Frank Lloyd Wright's living room at The Met. I'll admit, museums of that size are too overwhelming, but I left feeling the need to attend a Met Gala just for shits.