Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Colorfully Twisted Bluetooth Speakers by Soundfreaq x Clashist

colorful printed speakers
colorful printed speakers
colorful printed speakers
all photos courtesy of Soundfreaq

I'll just put it out there that I'm no gadget geek. I usually stream music straight from my iPhone out of pure laziness and ambivalence to sound quality. But the new Soundfreaq x Clashist Collection is getting me a little too excited about bluetooth speakers. I mean, they're just so pretty!

For the bold new collection, Soundfreaq, an award-winning maker of wireless speakers, has collaborated with L.A.-based fashion label Clashist. Known for its high-impact digital prints, Clashist is bringing three designs—Oil Slick, Sand Art and Utopia—to Soundfreaq's speakers. Each print is featured on Soundfreaq’s Sound Rise and Sound Platform 2, and on custom pouches that are bundled with Soundfreaq’s ultra-portable Pocket Kick.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Mara Hoffman Resort Swim 2016

Mara Hoffman Swim
Mara Hoffman Swim
Mara Hoffman Swim
allphotos courtesy of Mara Hoffman

Speaking of Mediterranean summers, it was Mara Hoffman's recent wanderings through Morocco that sparked her Resort Swim 2016 collection, which the designer debuted last weekend at Miami's Casa Casuarina. Infused with new color palettes, silhouettes and floral printsa first for the designerthe collection represents a journey through Morocco's souks and magnificent Jardin Majorelle. Just remember to go heavy on the sunblock, or some of these unusual suits could leave you with particularly unsightly tan lines.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Santorini's Perivolas Hotel by Costis Psychas

Santorini hotel
Santorini Greece hotel
Santorini Greece hotel
[all photos via archilovers]

Living halfway around the world leaves me feeling nostalgic for quintessential New England summers: lobster rolls, lighthouses, Nantucket red. Hummus and high-rises don't quite measure up, but I am discovering the upsides to a Mediterranean summer. For one, my toes no longer go numb when I step into the ocean, and destinations like Santorini are almost as easy to reach as Martha's Vineyard.

Greece has always been high on my list of dream vacations, and now that the economic hullabaloo seems to have quieted down, I'm hoping to spend a few days in Santorini with the hubs come September. Not that I'm lacking for fabulous sea views in Tel Aviv, but there's a serenity that only a vacation can provide, and Santorini's Perivolas Hotel by architect Costis Psychas has it in spades.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Viktor & Rolf Fall 2015 Couture


If there still remains any question as to whether fashion qualifies as art, just look to Viktor & Rolf's Fall 2015 Couture presentation. which unfolded at Paris' Palais de Tokyo last Wednesday. After ending production of their ready-to-wear line to focus on haute couture, designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren quite literally framed their textile masterpieces last week as one would frame a painting.

Beginning with relatively subtle white canvases ("relatively" being the operative word), the trajectory of the show moved toward the ultra-literal, through paint-spattered fabrics to portraits in gilded frames.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

L.A.'s Blue Room Recreated by Timothy Oulton

Blue Room Timothy Oulton
Blue Room Timothy Oulton
Blue Room Timothy Oulton
Blue Room Timothy Oulton
all photos by Antonio Diaz

Groucho Marx refused to take part in any club that would have him as a member, or so he famously said, but I'm not sure that even he could resist the allure of exclusivity surrounding the new Blue Room. The entryway to the club within a club says it all: Step through a secret bookcase on the fourth floor of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, and enter a speakeasy that once played host to Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable and Spencer Tracey.

To call the Blue Room "new" is really an anachronism, as the space existed when the athletic club first opened in 1912. As the home of LAAC's Uplifters Club, the influential men's social club moved out of the Blue Room in the 1920s to avoid the scrutiny of prohibition. It was only during the athletic club's recent renovations that the long-forgotten clandestine passageway to the Blue Room was rediscovered. Of course, the booze flows freely now, and the private club's air of mystery is a wise style choice by designer Timothy Oulton rather than a bootlegging-era necessity.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Rainbow Architecture & Interiors ... Because #LoveWins

rainbow architecture interiors
rainbow architecture interiors
rainbow architecture interiors
from top: Shanghai's Rainbow Chapel by Coordination Asia [via Design Milk] / Miami International Airport's "Harmonic Convergence" by Christopher Janney [via Top Design Magazine] / Moo Headquarters, London [via Mashable]

With the 4th of July approachingmy first as a dual Israeli/American citizenI have never felt more proud of the USA. The Supreme Court accomplished something beautiful last week, and the Americans that I know have been showing their support regardless of political affiliation. So how to celebrate? With lots and lots of rainbows! Because #lovewins.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Coverjunkie: Magazine 'Covers You Wanna Lick'

creative magazine covers
creative magazine covers
magazine cover art
Il Paradiso (Germany)  / Das Magazin (Switzerland) / Gup (Netherlands) / Revista L (Brazil) / Crumbs (UK) [all images via Coverjunkie]

Think print is dead? Let Coverjunkie change your mind. The frighteningly addictive site is dedicated to the most creative magazine covers from around the world—or, as Coverjunkie describes them, "covers you wanna lick." It's true. I'm only a few pages deep, and I've already added a couple dozen covers to my collection in a Pinterest-like fashion.