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.

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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.


Secret Agent HQ Featured on Apartment Therapy’s Unplggd


Photos by Laure Joliet and Abby Stone

We could play it cool and pretend like we’re not completely giddy with pride that Secret Agent PR’s humble HQ was featured last week on Unplggd, but then we’d be lying. We’re really not that cool.

Huge thanks to ph-antastic photographers and magical stylists Laure Joliet and Abby Stone for not only taking some amazing photos of our little space, but also for waiving their magic “pretty” wands.  I was seriously amazed at how Abby was able to transform a pile of random books and magazines into a perfectly lovely vignette in under 30 seconds.  (Will you please move in with me?)

Also, an even bigger thank you to Eddie Park for designing the amazing mobius strip shelves, and my friends at Lettuce and toHOLD for introducing me to one of their star pupils.

Next up on our list of design to-dos for the office?  We’re framing some of our best cover stories (like this one in Elle Decoration Germany) and going to create a lovely little DIY art piece for the big blank spot on our wall which was artfully omitted from the Unplggd story.  We can’t wait to share photos in a few months when we finally get it done.