The Home of Saysh, roses for New York, and the show you've all been waiting for: Built-In at the VDL House
The Home of Saysh is a space for decorated Olympian Allyson Felix’s new brand Saysh. My pal Gabriel Chan designed the interior and Bernise Wong from the creative team really made some magic happen. Be sure to visit Platform LA to experiencing the all-encompassing serene space, shoes included. Special thanks for Nicholas Bijan Pourfard for the chairs and mushroom lamp, as well as Studio The Blue Boy for the rug.
It’s rare to find a powerhouse of the client that is equally humble as they are commanding. Everyone was incredibly positive and played their role well. I never once felt distrusted. My ideas for styling were respected, and paid off! You may not remember every minor detail of your interactions with those around you, but you’ll never forget how they made you feel. This production is one that will be cherished.
BUILT-IN AT THE VDL
The Neutra VDL Studio and Residences is finally open after being closed to the public for 18 months. Be sure to book a tour online here!
The reopening also coincided with the opening of the exhibition Built-In in partnership with Marta Gallery and curated by Erik Benjamins. On view till 7 November, 2021! LAST WEEK!
Working with the VDL has always been the most uplifting thing I am involved with because of how it attracts people who care deeply about the fusion of Architecture, Art and community all within this house. It will forever be a special place to me for that exact reason.
Oh, and here’s a sneak peak at something new coming up….
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO
My jazzy house favorite Felipe Gordon’s Reworks Vol.2 / Spotify
The best Radiohead album, arguably - In Rainbows / Spotify
Surface by Mallard / Spotify
The best Pepe Bradock opener on Argentina’s Detroit Classic Gallery vinyl mix by Sol Ortega, E110101 / Soundcloud
I made “Walking in the Fog” for solemn days / Playlist
A super set by Frank & Tony / Soundcloud
Amoroso (1977) by Joao Gilberto is never not playing / Spotify
Above, Below by Eddie Chacon, Nick Hakim / Spotify
If you find yourself in listening rooms spinning vinyl and asking your friends to stop talking so loudly, “the best part is coming up”, you should consider supporting LA’s Hi-Fi mecca In Sheep’s Clothing by becoming a member / Patreon
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ROSES ROSES ROSES FOR NEW YORK
As I update this newsletter I’m sitting in the recently opened Ace Hotel in Brooklyn going on my second week of being here. In the air is the faint scent of the first layer of rotted leaves covering Fort Greene Park and the wool around my neck. A low hum of noise. Cranes in the sky and mountains of garbage resting next to your doorman. It is beautiful as it is grotesque. A city like this is a tango between the satin glass glazing facing the brutality of the metal-on-metal grinding of the subway car. Somehow it works together. It has a distinct energy, one that I am attracted to on a deeply curious level. What is it about New York City? The darkness is accepted as complementary to the defined and polished. Does anyone else feel like LA veils it’s grime with an unrealistic lightness? After all, it’s a city that placed its own name on the side of a mountain. It’s a taste of life, but that's not real life. Sometimes being in Los Angeles feels like a yang without a yin. But when I’m with New York, I begin to appreciate the need for both, every once in a while. So really, and honestly, being here introduces thoughts of: Maybe I’m here because I’m meant to figure out how to move with it… more on that later.
I’ll say it every time: A city is a vacant building without your people in it. Being back for a longer spell gave me the availability to revisit with friends from college and also finally meet the peers I have connected with online over the years. This included Shani and Porter from Ayond, photographers Justin Sisson from Prospect Studios, Eric Petschek and Caylon Hackwith, Sophie at Menu, Mar at Loquat Magazine, the staff at The Somerset House, gallerist Emma Scully, Nick and the NYC Future Perfect team. I’ve met so many independent thinkers this trip, it actually feels insane. That’s a lot of creative brainpower in the room. Conversations about community-driven architecture and design, walks to the subway, candlelit dinners, two birthdays, red lollipops from Columbia, disco music and jazz clubs, every single one of you - always a pleasure.
With love, from New York, or from LA, or wherever I am when you read this,