How Important Is It To Be Instagrammable? It is EVERYTHING!

How Important Is It To Be Instagrammable? It is EVERYTHING!

 

Have you noticed how much more colorful and eclectic things are getting?

  • I’ve seen a huge uptick in instagram-centric design popping up in restaurant/bar interiors, museum shows (e.g. the New Museum has become the master of Instagram-worthy exhibitions), hotels, and there’s an enormous amount of instagram creativity showing up in retail pop ups.

Here are a few examples from the past year with more details and pics below:

  • Restaurants and bars e.g. Island Oyster Bar on Governor’s Island
  • Hotels e.g. new Public Hotel in NYC has a fabulous hidden garden and the escalators have been epic on instagram!!
  • Museums, Art Fairs, Galleries e.g. Hauser & Wirth DTLA (without a doubt my favorite art space of all time)
  • Retail – I find the pop-ups most interesting
  • Billboards/Promo materials e.g. Gucci billboard in Soho by Coco Capitan

To succeed commercially on Instagram, a visual hook or anchor is essential. Here’s what I’ve noticed most often:

  • Color e.g. Carthage Must Be Destroyed’s pink
  • Pattern e.g. floor tiles at Beekman Hotel
  • Murals or Wallpaper e.g. Made Nice’s Shepard Fairey wall
  • Colorful installations e.g. Barney’s Holiday Windows
  • Views e.g. Island Oyster bar at Governors Island
  • Unexpected architecture e.g. The Magnolia Market in Waco built around the silos – FAB!!
  • Natural light. This is an extremely important element of instagram-centered design. Dark environments do not photograph as well and will not get as many likes.

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Visiting Atlanta? Put This Hidden Gem On Your To-Do List

Visiting Atlanta? Put This Hidden Gem On Your To-Do List

 

Swan House is my #2 favorite place to check out as a visitor to Atlanta (#1 is the Goat Farm Arts Center). Oddly, no Atlantan I know, has been to Swan House. Although fans of The Hunger Games, will be familiar with the estate.

  • What makes Swan House such an amazing experience is seeing the original owners’ furnishings and belongings still in place in many of the major rooms.
  • Swan House was the home of Edward and Emily Inman beginning in 1928. Edward died of a heart attack 3 years later at age 49.
  • His wife, Emily, continued to live there until 1965 with her oldest son and his wife and their children.
  • Make sure you check out the grandchildren’s bedroom on the 2nd floor. Children visiting the house are encouraged to play with the toys in the room.
  • The Atlanta Historical Society purchased the house, its furnishings and the entire 28-acre estate in 1966 and opened it to the public in 1967.

One important tip: Do not be put off by the bland and uninspiring Atlanta History Center building that faces the street. It’s where you need to go to get your tickets but do not dilly dally there. Get right out on the estate grounds behind the History Center and amble over to Swan House.

See pics below of what caught my eye in the house and around the estate including two children’s playhouses. The History Center’s grounds also house the Smith Family Farm which is definitely worth a visit as well.

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Book Cover Design: When, And Why, It Matters

Book Cover Design: When, And Why, It Matters

 

My good friend, Nick Belperio, who single-handedly turned me back into a reader, recently told me that book jacket design is one of his obsessions.

  • Until he brought it up, I had never given it much thought. Perhaps because most of my reading centers around biographies and business-related topics.
  • I can’t say I have ever bought – or even necessarily judged – a book by its cover.
  • But Nick’s passion and knowledge of the subject prompted me to dig deeper. After all, you must investigate when a knowledgeable friend tells you: “Some of the most creative and gorgeous package design is in books. It’s migrated there from album covers and movie posters which used to be the most creative and visually innovative.”

Nick’s favorite designers include Peter Mendelsund, Rodrigo Corral, and Chip Kidd – all superstars of the book design world.

  • In checking out their websites and stories, I can understand why this might become an obsession.
  • My questions for Nick and my fellow readers: how does the jacket design influence your decision to buy a book and secondly, how does it influence the reading experience?

See below for my 5 key takeaways after digging deeper into this subject.

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Anyone Else Obsessed By $10,000 Intelligent Japanese Toilets?

Anyone Else Obsessed By $10,000 Intelligent Japanese Toilets?

 

Ever since I was in Japan, I’ve become obsessed by the latest in Toto toilets – and with this new one, the days of toilet paper are numbered!

In Kyoto, the very first topic our guide talked to us about was Japanese toilet customs and etiquette. We were prepped on what to expect from our toilets e.g. lids automatically open when you enter the bathroom and it plays music because Japanese ladies do not like to hear themselves pee.

Now, however, Toto has introduced the Neorest 750H (which won Best of Bath Gold Award in the U.S.).

The tech customization of this TOTO Neorest 750H toilet is impressive:

  • Intuitive sensor operation with auto open/close for lid
  • Auto flush
  • Integrated personal cleansing system with warm, aerated water and warm air dryer
  • Heated seat
  • In-bowl catalytic deodorizer
  • Energy- and water-saving features (only 1 gal. per flush)
  • And there is absolutely no need for toilet paper ever again (unless there is a blackout!)
  • LISTEN UP P&G: Disruption in the toilet paper aisle is imminent!
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One More Reason to Love Bushwick: Amazing Street Art Murals

One More Reason to Love Bushwick: Amazing Street Art Murals

 

  • This past weekend’s trip to Bushwick for brunch at Carthage Must Be Destroyed also yielded a quick update on all the cool large scale street art murals in the neighborhood. I haven’t been out there in a while so not sure which are new (if any).
  • But, new or not, they are fabulous and definitely worth a trip. Almost any street you amble down will be awash in murals. And in reviewing my photos, I am clearly a fan of Kremen Art. He appears to specialize in wild animals – monkeys (above) as well as tigers and ostriches!
  • Streets I know we definitely hit up included Bogart near Ten Eyck and Meserole at Waterbury.
  • We could not make out the names of some of the artists. Should anybody reading this have correct names for attribution – let me know, I will definitely add.

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Top Five Art Shows To See In Chelsea Now

Top Five Art Shows To See In Chelsea Now

 

Galleries are closed for Memorial Day Weekend but these shows are all up through June, some even July. If you’re going to be in NYC, check them out – they’re absolutely stellar!

Raymond Pettibon
David Zwirner Gallery
519 West 19th Street (Garage Space)
Til June 24

This is one of my favorite artists and one of my favorite galleries. I especially love the garage space where this show is installed. The space also served as the studio for Pettibon to create much of this work.

Pettibon’s work embraces a wide spectrum of American high/low culture. His influences include the SoCal punk-rock scene of the late 1970s/80s and the DIY aesthetic of album covers, comics, concert flyers, and fanzines of the movement.

Read on below for additional shows as well as photos of the work.

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Want Your Business To Be Cool? Get A Commissioned Piece Of Street Art

Want Your Business To Be Cool? Get A Commissioned Piece Of Street Art

 

  • Got a look at the new mural by Fumero at the soon-to-be-opened Black Tap on Ludlow Street. Perfect collaboration. For those of you not familiar with Black Tap, they are famous (or infamous) for their outrageous and totally instagram-worthy $15 milkshakes (see photos here).
  • Another major mural started this week at the corner of Allen and Rivington Streets. It’s by LA-based kaNO kid Studio. His clients include Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers and Hasbro.
  • The kaNO project is sponsored by the new owners of the Allen Street Hotel in partnership with LISA (Little Italy Street Art) Project.
  • Two other recent examples include the Shepard Fairey mural at Daniel Humm’s new fast casual place, Made Nice, in NYC and the fabulous ESPO mural inside the La Colombe flagship cafe and roastery in Philadelphia’s Fishtown district.
  • And one final note on street art and its place in the world. This week a Jean-Michel Basquiat piece sold at auction for $110 Million – the highest price ever paid for an American artist. And the highest price ever for a work of art made after 1980.

See pics below of Fumero for Black Tap, the Allen Street Hotel/ kaNO kid mural, Shepard Fairey for Made Nice and the outstanding ESPO piece.

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Trend Alert: Gold Shoes and Stone-Washed Denim Are A Thing Now

Trend Alert: Gold Shoes and Stone-Washed Denim Are A Thing Now

 

Based on my rule of “see it three times” and it might just be a trend, I have to report that gold shoes (sneakers, boots, heels) and stone-washed denim (not necessarily worn together) are all the rage in NYC. Am not a big fan of either of these looks but have been spying them everywhere: The Lower East Side, La Guardia airport and even Ludlow House.

Here are some additional examples:

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