The American South’s hippest city — Austin, Texas — got a little bit cooler last year with the opening of Uchiko, a contemporary Japanese restaurant that serves up innovative and sustainable food in a warm farmhouse setting.
A month ago, I began noticing these random upright pianos popping up in the most odd places all across Austin: on pedestrian bridges, running trails, in front of downtown building. It’s a beautiful idea for an art installation, using a city known for its music, culture and artistic identity, and painting it with its own […]
I had somewhat forgotten about Jad Fair over the years. After watching Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King years ago, and being rather touched by the story behind Jad and his bandmates, not to mention their music, I’ve been unable to find much by way of recent activity. Then I heard he was playing in my hometown, Austin. Jad Fair live: this should get interesting, and interesting turned out to be an understatement.
In this series of minimal watercolor portraits on paper, Austin Power continues to explore the difficulty and discomfort in fully understanding a person. Using the physicality of his subjects as a guideline, Power employs intuitive emotional color to create snapshots of his personal relationships.
If you thought it was impossible for something to be too pretty too eat, you may reconsider after taking a gander at the luxury line of cakes and cookies at Maggie Austin Cake in Washington, DC. Maggie LaBaugh, the veritable mastermind behind the whole operation, was a former classical ballet dancer who now runs a custom cake design shop that will literally make your jaw drop. Maggie draws on her earlier training to create exquisite confections using clean lines, classic simplicity, and sheer elegance. She employs a strong artistic structure taking inspiration from famous sculptures, painting movements and even the realm of haute couture.
With his Newspaper Blackout pieces, writer and artist Austin Kleon uses a marker to black out all but a few select words printed in the New York Times, carving out little poems from the articles of the newspaper.
Whilst staying at the Kimber Modern in Austin, Texas, recently, I came across these awesome hammocks made from car selt belts designed by Ting London, which they had hanging in the communual space at the hotel. I checked in with Kimber, the owner of the Kimber Modern, and asked her how important the small design touches are at the hotel and how she keeps abreast of what’s out there that might work well? ‘The small design touches are crucial. It’s what sets us apart from so many other small hotels. Every item, no matter how minor is thoroughly researched to make sure it works for the hotel. I feel that it’s the every day items, like cork screws, salt shakers, pot holders etc. should be little works of art. So much thought goes into those small details or design touches. I search on line for unique exceptional items. I also get a bunch of catalogues and design/architecture magazines’. [Photo by Alison Zavos]
Whilst in Austin the other weekend, I spent a couple of nights at a beautifully designed hotel called the Kimber Modern, which is located in the happening SOCO area, just a short hop, skip and sideways roll to the bustling hive of restaurants and cafes along South Congress. The Kimber Modern is a hotel with a twist. First up, the architecture is stunning, this elegant and contemporary building with subtle splashes of color to break up the overall white-walled minimalism. And then there are the clever design touches, such as communal hammocks made from car belts, and a giant tank churning liters of water in a calming, almost Zen-like manner. [photos by Alison Zavos]
I was in Austin last week and spent a night at the Austin Motel, where the rooms are all themed and the signage is a little … err … suggestive. As far as I can tell, it’s either telling me to bugger off or to come prepared. I mentioned it to the receptionist as I […]
Gentlemen, if you’re gonna marry someone, might as well shoot for the stars and propose to a Disney princess, right? And while you’re at it, why not propose to five of them! Blaine Gibson of Austin-based production studio Rooster Teeth did just that when he went recently to Disney World.
Seriously, what isn’t made better by bacon? We’ve had bacon lube, bacon floss, canned bacon, bacon art and now a bacon-fueled motorcycle. It’s been built by Hormel, which makes SPAM lunch meat (yes, that’s the edible kind of SPAM), and is the soon-to-be star of a documentary called Driven by Bacon featuring the road-tripping adventures of a self-proclaimed bacon-phile travelling between Austin and San Diego.
Not A Burger Stand, a Los Angelese restaurant, has a weekly chalkboard promo that has one condition: order in the voice of the chosen character. If you’ve got a mean voice impression of popular characters like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Oberyn Martell, Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish, Gandalf, and Nicolas Cage, then congratulations, you just got a discount!
As part of his preparation for his Taxi Driver role, Robert De Niro not only learnt how to drive a taxi, heeven spent some weekends driving a real cab. Apparently a passenger recognized the method actor and remarked rather astutely, ‘Well, that’s acting. One year the Oscar, the next you’re driving a cab!’
‘Wet Dog’ is a series that captures the down and out faces of our beloved pooches as they experience the harrowing experience called: bath time. In this exclusive interview, the photographer behind the series, Sophie Gamand, explores the relationship between humans and dogs in her body of work that includes dog high fashion, dog pageant, and dog rescues (she really loves dogs.) [read our original post about Wet Dog here.]