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
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
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
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
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