There’s something very simple about concrete. It can be an elegant and refined medium but we usually don’t think of anything in our tableware as concrete (or stone) except for the Latin borrowed mortar and pestle you purchased specifically to make guacamole. That appears to be the extent of concrete’s involvement in the culinary world. Rich Kasten of Kasten Design in Pasadena does not agree with this at all: he has a few ideas for getting concrete onto the table by way of very refined bowls. He actually makes bowls using this material and sells them through Bungalow Street, his online store. They’re very classic pieces and feel like they were pulled from another period of culinary tradition, where stone bowls were all that were available.
In my family, traveling by plane was something people with lots of money did and was something that we never did regardless of the circumstance. How did we travel? By car. In a burgundy 1993 Ford Grand Voyager, specifically. These trips were filled with tears and laughs and conversation and naps. We all hated and loved it and we always found a way to keep each other entertained. Designer and packaging person Olivia Paden must have had a similar upbringing because she made a little concept product to help ease the blow of car travel and make any car trip all the more fun–and creative. She’s made the Tripkit, a “roadtrip adventure kit” that will make travels by car all the more exciting.
Last week, someone sent us a note about a rad little park that was going onto Spring Street, Downtown. The Lehrer Architects project looked like a nice effort to bring modern greenness to Downtown and definitely appeared to be very, very well done. It looks innovative and bright and certainly is a place where people on Spring will want to gather and hang out. We had no idea that the park was nearly completed, though: while Downtown this weekend moseying around, we accidentally stumbled upon the almost completed Spring Street Park. How does it look? Pretty cool–but we’re sure a lot more work needs to be done.
Catch the first part of our visit with Iko Iko here.
In describing her Los Angeles-made Rowena Sartin clothing and accessories, Kristin Dickson-Okuda continually refers back to function and personality. The concise bio on her website tells us there’s an “everyday to the pieces…the clothes want you to be you and show that.” When you see these pieces incorporated into the serene geometry of IKO IKO, you understand what she’s striving for.
In anticipation of Ryan Heffington’s premiere of KTCHN this coming Friday at Mack Sennet Studios in Silverlake, I recently asked Sir Heffington a series of questions about his inspirations and creative process. I imagine the performance and the evening to be a contemporary incarnation of a Ballet Russes/1960s happening that pushes traditional and academic modes of dance, choreography, and visual expression to a tipping point of ecstatic swooning full of laughter, gasping, and musing. Stay tuned for my response to the actual performance of KTCHN, too! But, for now, a word with Ryan on the upcoming show.