FROM Jonathan Adler
Design Gifts Filled with Significance What ascribes meaning to an object? We asked several people are in the business of making and selling “meaningful objects.” Jeremy Levine, Joel Chen, Lorca Cohen, Jonathan Adler, Simon Doonan and Oliver Furth all give their takes on what makes an object meaningful. And if you're still looking for that special something to give someone, especially someone who loves good design, we also have some specific recommendations. First off, in the realm of books, who better to ask than Lee Kaplan? He is the co-owner of Arcana Books on the Arts , a beautiful store designed by Johnston Marklee in Culver City where you can find amazing and sometimes obscure books about fashion, architecture, music and photography. We asked Lee to single out one meaningful book currently in the store. His pick might surprise you: Human Zoos , a riveting look at Western man's exploitation of non-Western men, from freak shows to circuses. The trailer for "The Unfinished Swan" video game One of the huge sellers this year will of course be video games, many of them very violent, if brilliantly created. But some game designers are trying to create another kind of alternative universe, explains Brent Gordon, video game enthusiast who once served as fanboy host for Sony’s Playstation network. He recommends two video games: "The Unfinished Swan" by Giant Sparrow , and "Journey" by That Game Company . The Rolex 1977 GMT And where would Hannukah or Christmas be these days without a cartload of pods and pads arriving in the house? But this year men in particular might be yearning for gadget with deeper meaning, as we learned from the debonair Cory Lashever, who recommends a vintage Rolex 1977 GMT. Or, if you're in LA, perhaps you'll discover something old or new at Lashever's pop-up Storefront Bazaar , in downtown’s Arts District. Vintage chairs at Storefront Bazaar Linens for sale at Storefront Bazaar Vintage furniture dealer Lorca Cohen (holding glass) at the opening of Storefront Bazaar Lashever is co-presenter of Storefront Bazaar, which is selling vintage and handmade goods, including chairs collected by Lorca Cohen (above) through January 15 at 821 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles. Kids woodworking on the Side Street bus, which brings art programs to students And finally, we return to Jeremy Levine, architect and chair of Side Street Projects , which represents another kind of meaningful gift that won’t add to the clutter at home: a donation to a nonprofit. Side Street is one of many non-profits looking for financial or in-kind donations that are committed to bringing the arts and design into children’s lives. Top image: Opening night at Storefront Bazaar
Celebrating What Matters This Season This holiday season comes at the end of a year of tumult; just the time when it’s helpful to hear from people with conviction about what really matters. Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan are two design talents—Jonathan with his accessories and home decor company and Simon as the longtime window dresser and creative director at Barneys—who also happen to be a classy couple. And they both write books full of perky advice. Jonathan’s include Happy Chic Accessorizing and My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living . Simon’s include Wacky Chicks and Gay Men Don't Get Fat . When many Americans are feeling the pinch, what's their advice for this holiday season? Keep it simple. For some ideas, visit Jonathan Adler's LA store at 8125 Melrose Avenue. Simon Doonan argues that when it comes to style, gays are the chosen ones Jonathan Adler's book includes tips for living happy, many of which can be found in his Manifesto for Living Top image: Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler, photo by Jennifer Altman
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.