Been: de LaB’s Collecting Eames at JF Chen

We had plenty of Eames-filled dreams after seeing the Collecting Eames show with de LaB last Tuesday, hosted by renowned furniture dealer JF Chen. Daniel Ostroff, curator and editor of EamesDesigns, led a tour of the design duo‘s 425 covet-worthy classics – the largest collection of original Eames furniture in the nation.

In his engaging talk, Ostroff demonstrated a healthy amount of respect and passion for all things Eames, explaining the history of each piece in great detail. From the utilitarian (the now-iconic plastic chair) to the innovative (a molded fiberglass La Chaise), and even the unexpected (a tube radio, anyone?), the exhibit gave a comprehensive look into the Eames’ impressive body of work.

“Collecting Eames” will be on display until January 14, 2012 as a part of the Getty’s art initiative, Pacific Standard Time. Check out the exhibit at JF Chen, or take home a piece of the show with the handsome hardcover, Collecting Eames, The JF Chen Collection.  Of course, all the pieces are available for purchase.  Or you can talk to JF Chen about Herman Miller repros.

Photos by Christine Kim/Secret Agent PR

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Been: The Dunnage Show at Inheritance

One man’s trash was another man’s treasure at Thursday’s opening reception of The Dunnage Show, held at the delightfully offbeat, exquisitely curated gift and design shop Inheritance. Instead of letting 12 tons of dunnage go to waste, members of the LA Box Collective breathed new life into these discarded pieces of old wood by transforming them into unique furniture and accessories.

Featured works included the “Cloud Pony” bench by Andrew Riiska, stools by Casey Dzierlenga, a Shinto bench by Samuel Moyer, a children’s eating table and chairs by Cliff Spencer, a woven screen by David Johnson, and new work by William Stranger and Robert Apodaca. Check out this and other gorgeous woodwork at Inheritance, on display now through January 2012.

Inheritance
www.inheritanceshop.com
8055 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Photos by Christine Kim/Secret Agent PR


Been: The Square @ ULI Live!

YOLA, Urban Land Institute

Last week we joined 6,000 attendees from all over the country at the annual ULI Fall Meeting which returned to LA this year.  To give the visiting urban land folks a taste of LA, we worked with KCRW’s Frances Anderton and ULI LA‘s Sandra Kulli and Clare De Briere to curate a selection of pop-up shops set up around a mini-zocalo, each offering a native take on place making.

The Square proved to be a draw throughout the conference, with Homeboy Industries‘ graphic tees flying off the shelves, Conscious Commuter‘s electric fold-up bicycle attracting waves of other conscious commuters, and wanderlusters lusting over notNeutral‘s map-inspired dishware. Live performances by singer/songwriter (and chemist!) Dafni, the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, USC’s “Spirit of Troy” Marching Band, and the Finn Kappe Sextet brought even more local flavor to The Square (which ironically could be found under a very triangular sign!)  Judging by the fact that the seats were packed throughout the conference, we think they liked it.

More importantly, for us it was a great opportunity to hang out for a few days with some of LA’s best and brightest.  The only downside: arctic LA Convention Center temperatures and not seeing daylight for three days.


Special thanks to Haworth and Unisource for providing the furniture for the entire Square.  Without their contribution, the wheelers and dealers would have had nowhere to do their wheelin’ and dealin’.

Also, a huge thank you to all the amazing LA participants: Art Center’s Advanced Mobility Research group, Bloom Energy, Community Arts ResourcesOtis College of Art and Design, SCI-arc, USC, Woodbury University, HOLA, Skylight Books, Watts House ProjectBill KleimanBehn Samareh, Standard, Tiffany Tedesco, Oyler Wu Collaborative, Rethink LAJohn Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, and Tom Schnabel.  Also big ups to the Finn Kappe Sextet for performing for a small-but-quality crowd and DJ Raul Campos for hanging out with us.

This project just further proves to us that LA is filled with some pretty awesome, talented, and ingenious people.


Been: UrbnLUX “Graffiti For Life” Exhibit Opening

Graffiti isn’t just for the urban landscape anymore – it’s contemporary art, it’s being collected, and it’s used by brands to be younger and more relevant. On October 8th, a couple of us here at Secret Agent PR headquarters ventured out to experience this new breed of urban art on display at the grand opening of UrbnLUX’s “Graffiti For Life” exhibition at the Crewest Gallery, in downtown Los Angeles. This exhibition was one of the first of its kind – blending the well-known graffiti styles of urban artist, ManOne, with pieces from some of Los Angeles’ most talented furniture, industrial and fashion designers. The UrbnLUX exhibition showed an upscale and more refined side to graffiti art. ManOne also showcased some of his newest paintings using a very interesting technique that creates two to three pieces of art out of one installation. See the video below:

Participating URBNLUX collaborators included: Reza Feiz, Cory Grosser, Benjamin Rollins Caldwell, Ando Pndlian, Roger Bennett, Brian Rupp, and Lantern Masters.