Out in Culture: The Uptown Chill-Out in Palm Springs November 07 2013, 0 Comments
DGoods was excited to be part of the Uptown Chill-Out party at Raymond | Lawrence last weekend. With many flocking to Palm Springs for the start of the season, our collection was one of seven new pop-up shops for visitors to peruse. Among the curated collection of stylish, modern lifestyle products, cocktails, raffles and a live DJ were present at the trendy concept boutique in the heart of the Uptown Design District.
Culture Collage: James Turrell x Phillip Low August 05 2013, 0 Comments
Light in its many forms plays a dominant role in the culture and commerce of a city like Los Angeles, where artist James Turrell’s work has been recently exhibited. But we’ve found his volumetric structuring of light to be succinctly represented in the work of sculptor Phillip Low, an artist whose curious gems can be added to an interior to elicit a similar feel.
With recent openings at LACMA, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Turrell, who describes his work as “an experience of wordless thought,” invites viewers to his grand-scale environments where geometric light projections and negative spaces meld to create a dramatic distortion of space perception. Influenced by celestial bodies, Turrell recreates the otherworldly, out-of-body sensations that come from immersing oneself in expansive skies, eclipses and lunar cycles. While beautiful, these spaces oftentimes leave the viewer with no choice but to succumb to the shifting environment around them.
On a smaller scale, the work of Phillip Low is a James Turrell spatial phenomenon synthesized into condensed hand-held form, an exquisite object that allows one control over their space rather than surrender. Emitting light from various angles and playing upon planar distortion, Low’s acrylic sculptures transmit light and color through uniquely tactile means.
There is an inverse method of light projection that both artists employ to create or add to an environment. Using precisely constructed angles to manipulate light, Turrel’s work utilizes this technique from the outside in, bringing light into a physical space, whether a corner of a room or a blank wall, to create the illusion of a physical object. Low’s work brings light from the inside out, utilizing precisely constructed angles within the physical object itself to throw light around a space.
Light as a medium has the ability to subtly shift moods or completely disrupt spatial perceptions, whether encapsulated in a physical object or as the center point of an entire environment. Turrell and Low are able to transport a viewer to a space outside themselves using geometry and color as a vehicle to achieve an impossible state – light occupying a physical space.
Out In Culture: MARFA – Muse & Mecca July 12 2013, 0 Comments
Remote. Bohemian. Nomadic. MARFA, a tiny West Texas border town 200 miles from anywhere is home to a thriving art and cultural scene. In the past several years it has become THE place to embrace creative alchemy – think wide open spaces, amazing music, a gigantic bookstore and the cross-pollination of ideas.
Rich in culture, Marfa has a colorful past. In the 1970's minimalist artist Donald Judd landed there, after choosing to escape the confines of the art scene in New York City. Judd acquired several properties including a former army base and began filling them with art, his own and other notable works by artists such as Dan Flavin. The contemporary work, Prada Marfa by Elgreen & Dragset, brings a surreal, sophisticated site specific sculpture to the landscape, however this store is never open... and will never function as a place of commerce.
Marfa is also a movie star, originally in the 1956 film " Giant," starring James Dean, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor and more recently in "There Will Be Blood" and "No Country for Old Men" – the area in and around the town served as cinematic backdrops for the films.
The Marfa water tower looms over the community like an industrial sculptural calling card beckoning visitors to "Look At Me." One such place not to be missed, is hotelier Liz Lambert's El Cosmico. A combination of alternative nomadic dwellings and vintage travel trailers define the sleeping options. Set up camp under the big sky in one of El Cosmico's safari tents, or choose a 22 ft diameter tepee aglow on the horizon as night falls. Each option comes complete with its own communal experiences. Don't miss the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music & Love held annually in September, sure to be filled with fantastic music and desert revelry. The Thunderbird Hotel (photo: far right), is another option for a stay in Marfa. Also by hotelier Liz Lambert, this re-imaged hotel has been transformed with integrity and is characterized by good design and clean modern aesthetics.
The gallery scene in Marfa is a blend of sophistication and wit. Ballroom Marfa, a center for the public exploration of contemporary art and culture is housed in a converted 1927 dance hall. With relevant and inspiring work from the areas of visual art, film and music, Ballroom Marfa provides a dynamic look into a community redefined.
Marfa is as mysterious as its famed Mystery Lights, and is a one of kind West Texas town that soulfully connects the visitor to earth and sky in a beautiful experiential way not be missed… another amazing stop along roadside America. See our Pinterest-themed Marfa board here.
Culture Collage: Eduardo Paolozzi x Jeremy Scott April 24 2013, 0 Comments
If there is anyone who best embodies a Cultural Collagist, it's the late Scottish artist and sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi. Paolozzi’s complex, yet cohesive landscapes lend a “What-do-you-see” aspect to the viewer that blends a barrage of disparate images together. His series of screenprints and collages that span from the 1960s to the 1970s are flooded with geometric microcosms of neon colors, flashes of advertisements, magazine clippings and sci-fi paraphernalia. Were we the only ones wishing we could wear it?
Fortunately, we’ve found traces of his influence in Jeremy Scott’s current collection. Whether or not Scott was actually inspired by Paolozzi is anyone’s guess, but we hypothesize that the two artists had similar vision quests while developing their work.
Jeremy Scott, Display Collage Tee
The dual nature of magazine clippings and graphic color blocks in Paolozzi's work correlate with the collage-like coupling of Jeremy Scott's neon leather and naturally treated cowhide outfit. Anatomical imagery is utilized in a playfully macabre reference to medical diagrams.
Repeat patterns of cartoon iconography contrasted with x-ray vision freeform latticed designs create a dynamic composition of surrealism and motion.
Throughout the Space Age of the 60's and the Digital Age of the New Millenium, both Paolozzi and Scott synthesize the information overload of the times in their respective mediums. The results are aesthetically pleasing works that reflect a culture in a state of visual and technological flux.
Collage away on our Eduardo x Jeremy pinboard here.
A Pop of Culture: Spring Breakouts March 29 2013, 0 Comments
See Spring Breakers... think Atari. Spring has sprung – DGoods style.
We're on a mission to explore and redefine a season that's more than just warmer weather, brighter colors and less clothing. The proliferation of 8-bit aesthetics invading pop culture combined with the much-anticipated release of Harmony Korine's newest film got us thinking there was a seasonal remix in the works.
The super-saturated shimmers of poolside cyans and police car flashes of reds and blues executed by cinematographer Benoît Debie brings us back to the days of Pacman and Space Invaders. A repeat pattern of the pixelated forms starts to resemble a woven tribal print –– Do we sense a new graphic BohoPOP print in the making?
We've been all over Opening Ceremony's new Spring Breakers-themed line, which comes emblazoned in its own language of pop cultural neon-hued hieroglyphics.
(via Opening Ceremony)
This version of the movie poster exemplifies more of the pictographic nature that links back to old-school gaming and a kit-of-parts:
Check out our 8-Bit vs Breakers BohoPOP video here:
Culture Collage: Stanley Kubrick December 12 2012, 0 Comments
Director Stanley Kubrick's notoriety has resurfaced in an exhibition at LACMA which displays film clips, detailed storyboards, libraries of reference books, and now-iconic props and set pieces from his career. His exacting, obsessive attention to detail in every aspect of his craft make he and DGoods kindred spirits.
Original costumes of the Grady twins from The Shining.
Alex's costume from A Clockwork Orange -- resplendent with bloody eyeball cufflinks!
Kubrick looked beyond filmmaking for influences. Diane Arbus' photograph Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey is echoed in the appearance of the Grady twins from The Shining.
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Jack Torrance's infamous typewriter on display.
The recurrent geometric themes prevalent in his set design have informed our process as well. Circular motifs like the centrifuge from 2001: A Space Odyssey and the War Room table from Dr. Strangelove are examples of engineering feats married with great design. The Ahwahnee Hotel Kubrick used as the main source of inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in The Shining influenced our very own Ahwahnee Pillow with its maze-like corridors and dramatic color palette.
Stay tuned for our next Culture Collage and pin away from our specially curated Kubrick board.
Pure Geometry | Diamonds and Triangles Oh My! October 29 2012, 0 Comments
Whether oblique, acute or obtuse the triangle is the perfect polygon and one we use quite often in our modern furniture designs. The human eye actually prefers geometry it is familiar with and feels comfortable with, some kind of Modernist Comfort Food.
John Lautner was a big fan of the shape and used it beautifully at his Sheats-Goldstein Residence in Beverly Hills.
A triangle even found its way in to the image celebrating the diamond! That's the power of pure geometry.
On location in Joshua Tree September 04 2012, 0 Comments
For our first photoshoot, we ventured into Joshua Tree to tell the story of three wanderlusting road trippers in search of the ultimate Boho escape. We worked with photographer Andrew Kuykendall to create our first collection’s story: a journey studded with cacti, classic rock and contemporary hippie-chic that set the scene for all of Indian Summer in a single day.
In true bohemian fashion, our photoshoot was filled with off-the-clock detours and serendipitous pit stops that led us to some local gems as well some local color.
This vintage store had painted windows and door frames that served as a perfect backdrop for our graphic pillows and modern poufs. It seemed that Boho POP was already catching on...