Go: New. Artisanal. Now

 

 

This summer is truly the season for biennials!  Art fans have Made in LA 2012, the Hammer Museum‘s amazing season-long program showcasing the best and brightest up and coming LA artists.  And now, for one delicious day, epicureans have New Artisanal Now, For Your Art‘s first-ever artisanal food biennial.

 

Inspired by and timed to coincide with Made in LA 2012 , New Artisanal Now will showcase some of the City’s finest food crafters.  Hosted in a special pop-up shop (in the FYA space) at  6020 Wilshire Blvd., an all-star team of culinary insiders including Krista Simmons (Top Chef Masters/LAist), Shawna Dawson (Artisanal LA) and Michaele Musel (The Secret Fork) have curated a selection of 12 amazing local food artists for our enjoyment and discovery.  From bacon confections to trendy drinking vinegars, this is not to be missed.

Saturday, July 28th – 12pm to 6pm at the For Your Art Space at 6020 Wilshire Boulevard.

Photos by David Gilbert via For Your Art

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Spotted: Zoku Mod Pop(sicle) Machine

Ah, the popsicle.  The quintessential summer treat.  Cold, sweet, refreshing…what could be better?   Uh…designing your very own colorful edible work of art and then flash freezing it so you don’t have to wait.  Fantastic idea, Zoku!  The Quick Pop Maker is this New Jersey-based company’s first major product, but we can’t wait to see what they make next.  We see a popsicle party in our near future…

The Quick Pop Maker is one part fun science experiment and one part well-designed kitchen tool, flash freezing liquids to make popsicles in minutes.  (It’s not recommended to put alcohol in the Zoku for obvious reasons…we checked!)

Obsessed as we are?  Check this out.

You can get molds to customize your pops too. (Seriously, just look at them. We’re sold.)

Zoku Character Kit (photo by Zoku)

And if ridiculously cute is not your thing, you can always try these healthy versions.

Cucumber Mint Margarita Quick Pops (photo by Zoku)

Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles (photo by Bakers Royale)

Mango Lassi & Strawberry-Honey Yogurt Popsicles (photo by Desserts for Breakfast)

Double Rainbow Quick Pops. Photo by Zoku


Spotted: The Hive

Hanging Cloud Lamp, Hae Young Yoon, The Hive

Thanks to a random but kind comment on Facebook, we just discovered and are totally buzzing about The Hive, a Cebu-based design house that acts as a habitat for designers and artisans.  The company made waves in March at Manila Fame when it showcased a bright bunch of young and exciting Filipino designers.  We love the aesthetic and the fact that many of the designers use local materials.  Japan, Korea, watch out!  The Philippines has a bad ass new generation of creative talent coming up fast.

Here’s what we’d put in our imaginary house:

Danny Fang, The Hive

Hong Kong-based Dutch designer Danny Fang takes Filipino Salago pulp and adds some gold leaf bling to create the Checkmate King pendant.  *Love*.

Kenneth Cobonpue, The Hive

 

These little piggies are designed by The Hive’s founder Kenneth Cobonpue.  The Animal Farm planter, made of crushed local stones, is the perfect addition to the urban patio barnyard.

Hae Young Yoon, The Hive

The light and fluffy Hanging Cloud Lamps by Hae Young Yoon have us dreaming of our upcoming summer respite.

Luisa Robinson, The Hive

And Luisa Robinson‘s Secret Garden mixes metal with roses way better than Axl ever did.  Table runner, wall sculpture, or….dress?  Either way, we covet.

 


Spring and Summer Redux

It’s mid-July and we haven’t been to the beach yet!  That should change shortly, but before we shut down HQ for a few weeks for our annual summer break, we wanted to share a few shots of what we’ve been up to since we last posted.  Our yearbook, if you will.  And what a year!

Let’s see, we started by throwing a party (for ourselves)…

And later hung out with a World Champ

Biyamba, sumo champion, LA Bloom

Then we headed to NYC…

When we got back, we launched the 2nd Annual LA Design Festival from one of the city’s best roof tops

Before buckling down for the biggest modern design show in the nation (and hitting a few parties)…

But really, most importantly, we met Walter White.