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State x State

June 30, 2014 Travel By Tom Ran
Mazama Wares, The Good Flock, Tanner Goods, and Woodblock Chocolate in the debut Oregon State Box.

Photo: State x State

Back in 2003 Sufjan Stevens set out an ambitious project, to produce an album for each of the 50 states. He debuted the project with his home state of Michigan, a critically acclaimed album and commercial success (by indie standards). He then followed up with Illinois in 2005. And then, nothing. That was as far as he got.

Long have the 50 states been a theme for many projects whether they become a success or not. The wonder of travel, the diversity in landscape and the uniqueness of each region is a captivating topic that sees no end.

This summer a new project will debut that revisits this theme. State x State is a destination for curated products and travel inspiration. Think of it as a guide to each of the states from a local’s perspective. They have been building a network of creative types ranging from designers and artists to craftspeople and restauranteurs to highlight shops, restaurants, bars, and events. Additionally, State x State will collaborate with designers and curators to produce State Boxes. Each box will be assigned a state and feature products from independent and established heritage brands. They’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the research, and to produce and print each of the travel guides. With just 24 days left to go, they’re approaching their goal. Help them achieve what Sufjan Stevens wasn’t able to achieve and make this one of the successful 50 states projects.

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McNally Jackson’s Picture Room

May 23, 2014 Retail By Tom Ran
Picture Room from McNally Jackson

Photo: Picture Room

Despite our society’s aversion to printed matter, McNally Jackson Books in Nolita is thriving. Business has been so good that the owners decided to open a second shop around the corner. Though not a book store, Goods for the Study is a supplement to McNally Jackson offering stationery, desk accessories, and objects for the office or reading room. The business is now venturing into a third shop with Picture Room specializing in rare prints, posters, artists’ books, and art publications. The space is not a gallery but will feature an Artist program highlighting an artist on a temporary basis. Minimal artist Dan Graham is the first to be exhibited. Picture Room sits right next door to Goods for the Study at 236 Mulberry Street and is open daily from noon to 8pm. (via Hyperallergic)

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Spruceton Inn

May 22, 2014 Hotels By Tom Ran
Spruceton Inn in the Catskill Mountains

Photo: Spruceton Inn

Spruceton Inn is a Catskills B&B – that’s bed and bar. Creatives turned innkeepers Casey Scieszka and her husband Steven Weinberg moved from Brooklyn late last year to pursue a dream of opening a hotel in the mountains. They purchased a former farm and spent the winter gut renovating the space. After months of hard work, the inn will open its doors to the public this summer. It’s an idyllic retreat set in a pastoral landscape beneath the rolling mountains of the Catskills, there’s even a creek to take a dip in or go fly fishing. Restaurants and shops are few and far but there’s plenty of nature for this escape. Private kitchens are available in several of the rooms and there’s always the option to bbq. During the winter season Spruceton will operate an artist residency program. From February to April, they will award 12 artist free lodging for a total of one week each. Summer is coming and winter is far behind us, it’s time to escape from NY and head for the hills. Spruceton Inn opens July 1st.

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EVENTS

May 9 - July 1

RETAIL

Herman Miller Collection Pop Up

Furniture

May 17 - June 22

ART

Wes Lang at Half Gallery

Here Comes Sunshine

March 22 - March 23

RETAIL

United Bamboo Tsunami Relief

Sample Sale

March 17, 10PM - 4AM

MUSIC

Operation Tomodachi

Inna Downtown Top Ranking Style Benefit For Japan

January 9 - January 30

FILM & THEATER

Liberty Hall Screenings

Film Screening at Ace Hotel

October 20, 8PM - 10PM

FILM & THEATER

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

Tishman Auditorium, The New School

July 28, 6PM - 11PM

FILM & THEATER

Muppets Take Brooklyn

BAMcinématek

July 16 - July 23

ART

Died Young, Stayed Pretty

Rock Poster Show and Documentary

June 24 - June 28

ART

No Soul For Sale

X Initiative

June 20 - September 26

FAIRS

Recess: The Lawn Series

Governor's Island

June 9 - December 31

ART

Spencer Finch: The River That Flows Both Ways

The High Line

June 10, 3PM - 7PM

FILM & THEATER

Food Inc.

Bell House

March 26 - June 6

ART

Picasso: Mosqueteros

Gagosian Gallery

May 15 - September 20

FILM & THEATER

Rooftop Films

Summer Series

May 14 - June 14

ART

Ernesto Neto: anthropodino

Park Avenue Armory
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FEATURES

Workstead

By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009, quietly developing interiors and lighting from their Brooklyn and Hudson Valley studios. It wasn’t until two years ago that their work gained more recognition after the opening of the wildly popular Wythe Hotel. Read More

M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front of a wooden shack, one of whom is caught clearing his nasal passage while a friend next to him arches his back as if he were riding a wave off the beach of O’ahu. The photo was taken in 1959, just outside M.Nii Tailor where an obscure but revered surfwear began. Read More

Classic Car Club

By Tom Ran
Owners Michael Prichinello and Zac Moseley in front of a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Michael Prichinello has a passion for life and speed. His eyes light up whenever he talks about one of his cars or a motorcycle project he’s working on with a friend. The excitement he expresses is contagious. It’s easy when you’re in a showroom and garage surrounded by some of the world’s most desired cars. Read More

TOURS

The Bacon Tour

By David Tez

Photo: Staff

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The Tenenbaums

By Siobhan Vivian

Photo: Staff

The Royal Tenenbaums is Wes Anderson’s visual love letter to New York. Though never explicitly named, the film presents a stunningly constructed pastiche of the quirky, the kitschy and the…

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