Spotted: Reimagining the Light Bulb with Stickbulbs

One part avant-garde sculpture, and other part functional light fixture – there’s nothing we love more than practical, modern design, and the Stickbulb by NYC-based RUX is all that and more. Hot off the heels of its debut at this year’s ICFF, Stickbulb will be launching a new collection of LED lighting elements, along with its first custom light installation at Luminaire Design Lab in Miami from December 5-9, 2012.

With its K’Nex-like versatility and minimalist profile, Stickbulbs can be assembled with other parts or stand on its own to accomodate a wide range of spaces and styles. LED bulbs are tucked into metal or sustainably sourced wooden beams in lengths ranging from 1 to 6 feet long, and are made locally using resources found right in New York. Keep a piece of the city in your home, with Stickbulbs made from sun-bleached ipe salvaged from Coney Island’s boardwalk and reclaimed southern yellow pine from demolished buildings.

The launch collection includes a range of tabletop and floor designs ranging from $285-$2850 retail, and is now available for purchase at www.stickbulb.com.


Spotted: Core 77 Preview of New Nendo Housewares at Maison et Objet

Maison et Objet 2012, Core 77, Nendo

Every year we swear to ourselves that one day, we’ll make it to Maison et Objet.  Especially when we see stories like this one.  Core 77 just previewed several new collections by Japanese design heavyweight Nendo set to debut at the show in Paris.  The new collections will be part of a few different exhibits and are not to be missed.  Playing with materials like agricultural netting and glass, Nendo creates housewares that defy the laws of gravity while the “weak” furniture just begs gravity to have a go at it.

For a way better preview, check out Ray’s story on Core 77.  If you’re going to be at the show in Paris, don’t tell us.  We’ll hate you.


Been: West Elm Beverly Hills Store Opening

We happily braved holiday rush hour traffic last week to check out West Elm‘s Holiday Party hosted in their new Thomas O’Brien-designed showroom on Beverly.  Some of LA’s most notable interior design personalities were in attendance, including Carter OosterhouseAmy SmartEmily SchumanJoy Cho, Bri Emery, Kelley LilienKishani Perera, and Secrets From a Stylist‘s adorable host, Emily Henderson.  Immaculately coiffed guests shopped with champagne and canapes in hand, taking full advantage of 20% discount.  Proceeds from the evening benefited the Art of Elysium.

We can’t wait to see all the photos of the new showroom, shot by our friend, red hot photographer Laure Joliet.  Be sure to check out the space for design ideas and great modern, eclectic finds.

West Elm
8366 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Photos by Christine Kim/Secret Agent PR


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


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: 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Been: Design*Sponge Book Signing at Anthropologie

Secret Agent PR, design*sponge, Grace Bonney

It’s no secret.  We love Design*Sponge (who doesn’t?).  We look to them for great decorating ideas.  We get stoked when our friends are featured.  They just simply rock.  So last night we happily braved rush hour traffic to attend the Design*Sponge book signing at  Anthropologie in Beverly Hills. The immaculately dressed and ever-so-lovely Grace Bonney was on hand to sign her latest book, Design*Sponge at Home, which is basically a drool-inducing anthology of the projects and personalities that have been featured on the site over the years.

Upon leafing through the book (and enjoying every last one of the 16 extra eye-popping pages), we just can’t help but wonder what it’s like to live, like REALLY live, in some of these spaces.   Clearly the photography is amazing.  The styling, impeccable.  But what do these homes look like, say, on a random Tuesday?  Does good interior design transcend drooling dogs, crayon-wielding toddlers, messy husbands, and raucous Friday night dinners?   Is it possible to live with such style without a stylist?  Either way, we suddenly feel the urge to redecorate.


WESTWEEK 2011 at the Pacific Design Center

This week, LA’s Pacific Design Center was home to the forums and showrooms of WESTWEEK 2011 (March 22-26), one of the leading events for design professionals.

The Secret Agents managed to squeeze into the PDC’s packed SilverScreen Theater on Tuesday (it was so full, latecomers had to stand for an entire hour) to hear a keynote panel discussion from professionals in the design editorial world. Editors-in-Chief Michael Boodro (ELLE Decor), Newell Turner (House Beautiful), Ann Omvig Maine (Traditional Home), and Dara Caponigro (Veranda) imparted their morsels of wisdom and experience to a diverse crowd, ranging from seasoned, old-school designers to eager, new-school bloggers.

Discussion topics covered everything from the use of social media as a business platform for designers, to how someone could get their work into one of the editors-in-chief’s publications.  It was great to hear the panel’s perspective on these subjects, especially from magazines that have managed to stay afloat despite the harsh conditions of today’s economy.  (Especially loved Michael Boodro’s witty quips and frank responses during the Q&A portion with the audience!)

The WESTWEEK 2011 schedule was chock full of receptions, opening parties, forums, and products to see.  In between events, we had our own fun looking at various installations throughout the PDC (like artist Olek’s cozy crocheted bedroom, in the low-quality photo above – courtesy of my phone), and dining at Wolfgang Puck’s contemporary restaurant, red | seven.

The Secret Agents ended our night at an opening party for the new James Perse furniture showroom.  Sleek lines and simple design evoked the casual, timeless philosophy embodied in the brand’s clothing line.

With so many things to see, it’s not too late to check out WESTWEEK 2011 – head over to the Pacific Design Center tomorrow, Saturday March 26, for the last of the WESTWEEK festivities!