Happy Birthday Ray Eames

Today Ray Eames would have been 104 years old. She was and still is one of my biggest design heroes since attending art school and first seeing The Powers of Ten film.

She and her husband, Charles, were artists and designers in the 1940s. Through their 40 year collaboration, they explored design in furniture, architecture, crafts, textiles, illustration, photography and film. Several years later, their products are still popular and can be found at Herman Miller or Design Within Reach.

"What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts." – Ray Eames

They designed their house and studio Case Study House #8 in Pacific Palisades – "a laboratory of creative thinking". If you haven't been, I highly recommend a visit.

For more information about Eames, check out the official Eames website: eamesoffice.com.

Project Launch: Huckleberry Café & Catering

We are so pleased to announce the launch of the new Huckleberry website - version 2.0!

I had the honor of creating the first one back when the restaurant first opened, so I was thrilled to help them with the update.

We kept the look and feel of the Huckleberry branding (including the yellow polka dots!) and gave it a fresher and updated look with the new website. We were fortunate to be able to use the beautiful photography shot by Matt Armendariz for the Huckleberry cookbook. Beautiful photography makes a huge world of difference in how you present your product or service. We made the photos large to feature their artisan baked goods.

The site was programmed in Wordpress so that the team could make menu changes easily and immediately if needed. The site responds nicely on mobile devices so that people "on the go" could order take out, get directions and contact the shop.

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If you live in Los Angeles, this place is a "must" for delicious and seasonal home cooked meals made with the finest and freshest ingredients.

Huckleberry is located at 1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90401.
huckleberrycafe.com

Happy Birthday Joan Didion

“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.” – Joan Didion

The great style icon (satorial & in writing) turns 82 years old today.

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Not only am I a fan of her writing, I also love her no-nonsense relaxed sense of style. She has always managed to look so cool and effortless.

Here's her packing list in an excerpt from the White Album (1979) Vogue.com. She often traveled coast to coast for work.

Six outfits inspired by her found on Elle.com.

Didion Documentary alert! There is one coming soon. You can visit this website for more details. 

Giving Thanks

Wishing you a delicious long holiday weekend from my corner of the world to yours.

 Prides Crossing, Massachusetts - Fall 2015

Prides Crossing, Massachusetts - Fall 2015

In post election time, it makes me ever so grateful to spend quality time like Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones.  I'm planning on taking advantage of the quiet weekend in LA and going to see the film Manchester By the Sea. My husband and I lived in the town right next to it when we were living in Massachusetts these past 2 years, so it'll be fun to see how it is portrayed on film.

Gobble Gobble!

Art: Philippe Halsman and Salvador Dali

Philippe Halsman and Salvador Dalí collaborated on many photography projects with Halsman shooting Dali as the subject. The most famous one is Dalí Atomicus, which depicts the artist Dalí suspended in air with a bucket of water, three cats, a chair and the Leda Atomicus painting.

 

The photo was created in 1948 with a complicated set up and team working together to make all the subjects appear in suspension, at the same time, in an interesting composition. Philippe was a creative genius when it came to setting up a picture with props and techniques which would normally be created very easily and quickly today in Photoshop.

TIME Magazine recently listed Dali Atomicus as one of "The Top 100 Photographs of All Time" and features the process of how the photograph was created in the video below.

The video is narrated by my dear friend Irene Halsman, Philippe Halsman's daughter.

You can read more about the 37 year collaboration and friendship between Philippe Halsman and Salvadore Dalí here: http://100photos.time.com/photos/philippe-halsman-dali-atomicus

View more samples of Philippe Halsman's work on his website: www.philippehalsman.com

Los Angeles: Grand Central Market

After participating in a peaceful protest in downtown LA last weekend, we decided to head to the Grand Central Market for lunch. After walking for three hours straight, we were ready to eat!

There are many options at this massive indoor food market, and we decided to go to try Berlin Currywurst. Currywurst is the most popular street food in Germany. They offer a pared down menu and the food is presented in an authentic and simple way.

I had the original Bratwurst with special tomato curry sauce (you tell them how hot you want it), with a beet salad and fries on the side. It hit the spot.

Berlin Currywurst has two more locations, one in Silverlake and another in Chelsea Market, NY.

Grand Central Market DTLA, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013