March Studio, started by husband and wife Todd and Sherry in 1998 is a design studio located in Santa Monica, California. They’ve done work for the likes of Vice, HBO, and Fred Segal, but what makes March Studio special is “branded architecture with purpose” at the center of its operations. In this way, the studio is very much a reflection of its founders. Todd, a trained architect and Sherry, a brand strategist, have actively married their individual skills and training to bring about an incredibly conscious, unique, and effective five-step business model I’m currently digging. Really digging.Read More
Designer and thinker Bruce Mau said at the close of the “What Design Can Do” conference that “We cannot afford the luxury of cynicism.” No truer words were spoken in regards to the critical importance of dialogue and action in our times. Stonewalling gets us nowhere; healthy communication gets us everywhere. Sorry, America, but there’s no red velvet cupcake in the the world to ease our pain. Our only hope is to openly discuss, pull ourselves up by our cowboy bootstraps, and go to work.Read More
What happens when you combine the diverse passions of a hip hop mogul turned yogi like Simmons? Don't tell the most traditional of Indian gurus this, but you get totally amazing "Let's Get it On" yoga. It's raw; it's fun; it's sensual; it's playful; and it doesn't take itself that seriously. People gyrate. People vibe. People laugh. People are loose. It was one of the least "serious" yoga classes I've been to well, ever, making it one of the most refreshing yoga classes I've been to well, ever.Read More
I think the cultural zeitgeist is best summed up by Migos and the "Bad and Boujee" music video, which is all over the place these days. It's time to pop champagne and get money money. Even if we're just new money. Who cares? We may eat Cup O' Noodles and fried chicken at fast food joints, but we roll in with gold bottles of champagne, wear every piece of gold jewelry we own on our person, and wipe our lips with Versace scarves; we may eat cheap Chinese but our Chinese take-out boxes are Chanel; we may be rapping outside of a building in the projects, but we pulled up in a BMW SUV, rock shoulder-padded women's power suits, and will whip you senseless with a Moschino belt if you question us. We're bad. We're boujee. And we want everyone to know it.Read More
The Katayama designs speak for themselves. And this is brilliant advertising for Lexus, obviously.
But beyond that, I think it's a sign of what's to come as more and more brands will likely do this kind of interdisciplinary design and advertising in the future. In this case, auto design meets interior design meets product design meets cafe meets chill-out space meets big cities meets urban consumers. Rigid lines between distinct design and commerce arenas will continue to disintegrate, and boundaries will blur as we move deeper and deeper into post-modernity. That's my prediction. And not just mine, I'm sure. Be on the look-out.Read More
Perhaps the most compelling reason to pick up this financial book is that it wasn't written by a wolf of Wall Street; it was written by Andy. He describes himself as "dyslexic and a poor student," emphasizing that his book is about creating a new belief system: "Financial empowerment is not a mythological dragon with two heads, nor is it only for the top 1% of the world. Look, if I can do it, anyone can do it. You can be working at Starbucks, have your parents paying for your insurance, and you can still be a millionaire in ten years."Read More
Kitchen remodeling. It's a doozy. I'd heard of people remodeling their kitchens amidst much stress and life disruption before, but until I'd experienced it myself, these stories remained in the realm of other people's problems.
Well, other people's problems officially became my problems when I decided to remodel my kitchen about four months ago.Read More
Feng shui encourages us to be proud of our achievements. It asks us to frame our awards and display them in our homes. This isn't necessarily done to create showpieces in the home for others to consume, but to remind ourselves of what we've done in this life on a daily basis.Read More
See, it's not about being actually fuck-you-rich, despite what this hypercapitalist post-modern state might try to tell you about what you should aspire to. It's about being in a state of ease and appreciation in your life that translates into goodness all around you. This state brings all that you need.Read More
At Tokyo Design Week, I was able to see some fresh ideas on natural design in urban homes, one of which was this "To Live in a City" home.
From an indoor pillow pit for sunbathing to a star-gazing indoor bathtub, this home opens up the mind to all kinds of new possibilities in new-age home design.Read More
Like so much else in life, there's a duality to money. It matters so much, and yet it doesn't matter at all. No wonder people go crazy over it.
So as a holistic designer and feng shui practitioner, how do I approach the subject of money with clients?Read More
Ever wondered what a tiny home in Tokyo might look like? I have.
As urban areas all over the globe become more densely populated, we'll need more varied solutions for housing people and making their lives more comfortable. This kind of design could be adopted anywhere.Read More
Some might call it euphoria or ecstasy, but I just call it flow. Any time we engage in activity that absorbs our attention, we become anti-ruminative, we feel instead of think, we learn to "be" instead of to analyze, and we do wonders for our health and well-being. Humans love to flow. Moreover, humans love to flow together.Read More
When you talk to Chris, his energy and passion for environmental issues and sustainability are infectious. And despite his project being in its fetal stages, you can't help but think that he and this project are going somewhere. Raw potential fills up the space of the room when he enters. We naturally talk about sustainability, design, and the future. I was particularly interested in understanding how designers like myself could meaningfully integrate sustainability into our work. And I mean that. Not mere lip service to that which is labeled "green," but real, serious, and honest sustainability.Read More
For me, a huge part of getting in touch with my spirituality is about getting in touch with myself. I have to hear my inner voice if I'm going to do anyone any good in the world. When that inner voice is drowned out, trouble will most certainly appear.Read More
Environmental architect David Hertz's demeanor is open and collaborative and one way or another, we end up touching upon the spiritual aspect of Balinese design, millennial co-habitation in urban centers, and the threat of Kardashian consumerism to us and the rest of the worldRead More
I believe we have to be mindful of balance at all times. In the midst of so much hustle and focus, it can be easy to experience a loss of peace. We are so concentrated on moving things forward that we can forget to stop and breathe.Read More
What if you were challenged to actually enjoy the work that you may currently be dreading?Read More
Who is David Hertz? He's a restorative architect. An artist. An inventor. And a bad ass.Read More
In times devoted to synchronicity, we get out; we network; we socialize; we tell people who we are and what we do; we travel; we hustle.
And that's just what I did.Read More