Handful of Salt Print Magazine Launch

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We were happy to have made it up to San Francisco this past week for Handful of Salt’s launch party celebrating the birth of their brand spankin’ new print magazine.  At a time when so many publications are foregoing print issues for digital, we’re so happy to see someone proving that print is not dead.  The perfectly square print edition is anything but square, featuring work by some of the world’s most interesting makers and creatives.  We can’t wait to see the next issue and look forward to adding this to our coffee table collection!

Order your own copy here!

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Go: dineLA 2013 Winter Edition

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Every year since 2008, the LA Tourism and Convention Board has teamed together with LA restaurants and American Express to host dine LA Restaurant Week, a bi-annual celebration of LA eateries.  For 12 straight days, over participating restaurants will be featuring special prix fixe menus for adventurous diners.  It’s the perfect chance to check out a new restaurant that has been on your soon-to-hit-list, or be reunited with a tried and true classic that you haven’t enjoyed in a while.  The winter installment of dine LA starts January 21st (today) and runs till February 1st.

Since we, at Secret Agent, pride ourselves on being quite devoted epicureans….(in other words, we eat….a lot), here is a selection of some of our top picks.  We have a preference for the Eastside so most of our picks are east of La Brea.

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Artisan House – local to our new office in DTLA, this elegant eatery boasts a market, fantastic coffee, and fresh and local produce transformed into delicious Californian fare.

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Cliff’s Edge – we love a hidden restaurant and Cliff’s Edge has positively the best patio in town.  Beyond the clandestine door awaits a newly renovated door and a revitalized menu by Chef Vartan Abgaryan.

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UMAMIcatessen – Inspired by international street bazaars and the classic American delicatessen, UMAMIcatessen is a table-service dining hall inside the Orpheum.  Informal, international, and insanely good.

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Mo-Chica – it doesn’t get mo-delicious than Mo-Chica. Chef Ricardo Zarate, Food and Wine’s Best New Chef, offers up his own modern interpretation of classic Peruvian dishes.  It doesn’t hurt that the compact space pops with color and verve to match the cuisine.

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Lukshon – our *one* west side pick is Lukshon.  This gorgeously appointed Culver City restaurant won an AIA Los Angeles Restaurant Design Award a few years ago.  Minimal, sophisticated, and ridiculously tasty.  You cannot go wrong with crab fritters.

For more information, follow dineLA on:

• Facebook: facebook.com/dinelafan 
• Twitter: twitter.com/dineLA 
• Instagram: http://followgram.me/dinela


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.


Go: San Diego Dwell Design & Drive Presented by Lincoln, Nov. 10-11

Test drive a new Lincoln vehicle at the Dwell Design & Drive this weekend!

It’s official: tickets for this weekend’s San Diego Home Tours and Meet the Architects are SOLD OUT. Don’t worry design fans, all hope is not lost – you can still enjoy a design-filled weekend by signing up for the Home Tour wait list (for Saturday or Sunday), or RSVP to the Dwell Design & Drive, presented by Lincoln.

See student work on display at NewSchool of Architecture + Design, Nov. 11

On November 10 and 11, come test drive a brand-new Lincoln vehicle and help build a more sustainable future using the power of design (for every driver, Lincoln will donate $25 to Dwell’s non-profit partner, Architecture for Humanity). Mingle with the great minds behind the Dwell Home Tour’s featured designs, enjoy chef-prepared bites, and enjoy exclusive access to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) La Jolla’s new Fall Exhibition Behold, America! and the NewSchool of Architecture + Design.

Each test drive will last about 7-10 minutes, and is free and open to the public. Spaces are running out fast, so be sure to reserve your spot online!

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November 11 – Dwell Design & Drive Presented by Lincoln at NewSchool of Architecture + Design


Go: Dwell Home Tours in San Diego (Nov. 10-11)

Casa Diagonal by Safdie Rabines Architects in La Jolla, CA (photo credit: Dennis Viera)

Turkey, pumpkin pie, family, and…modern architecture.  There’s even more to be thankful for this month!  The design indulgence kicked off last weekend with Dwell’s popular Home Tours in Silicon Valley, and continues this weekend in San Diego. From Los Altos to Hillsborough, and Encinitas to La Mesa, fans of modern architecture in Southern So Cal will be treated to an exclusive look at the best in modernist living today with the first-ever Dwell San Diego Home Tours.  This is probably the only special treat that you can enjoy this month that won’t affect your waistline.  Go forth and enjoy!

Shayan House by Nakhshab Development & Design in San Diego, CA (photo credit: Reinaldo Solares)

With the work of architecture pioneers Richard Neutra and Joseph Eichler featured in the Silicon Valley home tour lineup, it was no surprise that tickets quickly sold out for this sought-after event. But fear not – tickets are still available (though selling fast!) for the Dwell San Diego Home Tours, Nov. 10-11. Dramatic oceanside vistas and sustainable, innovative architecture will be on display among the ten featured modern homes.

Modernist buffs can get a taste of the tours while helping to raise money for Architecture for Humanity by test-driving a NEW Lincoln vehicle at the San Diego Dwell Design & Drive (Nov. 10-11; RSVP for the free event here). Meet architects and designers from homes on the tour; sample fine, chef-prepared cuisine; view Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) La Jolla’s new exhibition Behold, America!; browse student work at the NewSchool of Architecture + Design; and mingle with fellow design lovers, all for a great cause.

View MCASD La Jolla’s new exhibition Behold, America! at the San Diego Design & Drive by Lincoln

RSVP for the free Lincoln/Dwell Design & Drive event online (Nov. 10 & Nov. 11), or purchase San Diego Home Tour tickets here.

Visit the official Dwell Home Tours website for more information.


Palm Springs Modernism Week Presents: The Modernism Project

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The #ModernismProject is a mobile initiative encouraging the Palm Springs Modernism Week community to get involved and capture modernism in their everyday lives through their photo lens. We’re proud to say that we’re the sneaky chicks behind this covert operation, and we’d love for you to get involved. You could stand a chance to win tickets to Palm Springs Modernism Week, February 14-24, 2013, or if you’re not able to make it, an equivalent prize.

Starting in October through January, participants will have the opportunity, twice a month, to participate in this mobile photo challenge simply by snapping a photo on their smart phone and exploring their own personal perspective on modernism. Then follow Modernism Week on Instagram by searching for username Modernism_Week, upload the photo to your Intagram account, and hashtag your submission with #ModernismProject, so we can keep track of your submission. Hop on over to the Modernism Project page on the Palm Springs Modernism Week blog for more info on how to play.

For each contest, there will be an overarching theme, but we’re not at liberty to say what they are – just yet. We have an all-star cast of judges lined up to review each themed submission, so make your photos snazzy! For the October 11th contest, we have the talented team over at Archilovers, and for the October 25th contest, the design driven ladies at Design Milk.

Good luck!


Spotted: BNIB

Even though I have yet to meet many of our neighbors at the the Lacy Studio Lofts, that doesn’t prevent me from eyeballing their spaces whenever I rush by or let Brutus take a pee break.  I’ve often wondered what the big food truck-looking van outside was all about since it definitely has not been serving up snacks.  And now I know.

For my hipster, biking friends of the dude variety, BNIB is a must-see.  Part magazine, part retail gallery, BNIB stands for “brand new in box” and this upstart brand peddles only the best and hippest in accessories, shoes, and other little goodies for the Calif-urban man (who I imagine must have stubble, no collar ever, a coffee obsession and a bike).  Among the most conversation-worthy finds at BNIB (besides the sweet man shoes): the Equilibryum bracelet which the guys at BNIB swear works way better than its less attractive QVC cousin (we’re skeptical, prove it!), the hot ass man technology like these Oma Monarch speakers, the undeniably manly Insight candles, and the Mister SF Bracelets (wait, are these seriously manly?)

So while the BNIB food truck won’t be dolling out any snacks any time soon, it will be making the short trip down Lacy Street to park out side the Secret Agent PR – Attack! Marketing party tonight where it will be serving up hot shoes and delicious accessories for the dudes.  So if you’re planning on stopping by our office-warming sumo-meets-secret-agent shin dig this evening, be sure to check out the BNIB shop and grab some nosh from the real food trucks outside, rain and windstorms not withstanding.

And if you can’t make it, then make sure to stop by BNIB’s first brick and mortar space, fondly known as the BOX, to get your shop on, boys. (We won’t make fun of you if you by the Mr. Beads Bracelet.  Promise.)