A friend of mine paid me a surprise visit at REA and she was towing an UNIQLO bag. Earlier this week I saw this bag on the Staten Island Ferry and wanted to “approve” it but didn’t want to bother a perfect stranger. I am glad I got this second chance. I like the way the verbal brand and visual hold to a rhythm and grid. I think their new campaign is very smart.-IR
10/17 – Staten Island, NY
Mario Bellini Cab Chair – I love my new chairs. I confess I didn’t know their value until I got home, but I did know when I saw them that they had an amazing sense of proportion and balance, function and simplicity. – IR
10/12 – This is painted on the side of a building at Cortelyou Road and E. 17th street in Brooklyn.
I chose it because it’s pure street art — unplanned and random, especially for the neighborhood it’s in. The added bonus is the billboard for divorce juxtaposed against the message of encouragement. Or, maybe, the message is saying that divorce allows you not to waste your talent. It certainly made me stop and consider it. – LL
10/7 – According to REA staff, this turtleneck bib is called a “dickie” and was popular in the 80’s. It’s meant to be tucked under your shirt so it looks like you’re wearing a turtleneck. REA Designer Anthony “Chip” Fernandez decided to try it on in the office — so we REA APPROVED it.
And how it’s supposed to look – neatly tucked into a shirt.
9/29 – St Marks between Ave A and 1st Ave. This cute and colorful little troll reminded me of my childhood – the hair was my favorite part. – LB
10/2 – I saw this poster at the MoMA PS1 Book Fair last Sunday. It detailed the connections between various art movements and how they molded the evolution of street art and graffiti. I liked it because it shows how all art movements are in some way related to one another despite the fact that each movement claims it’s “breaking away” from the one before it. – LB
10/1 – I snapped this photo on 2nd Ave and E. 3rd Street (again, sorry for the bad quality of iPhone pictures). I always like to see bigger-than-life wheatpaste works so this one caught my eye, especially set against the abstract-expressionist colors in the background. – LB
9/29 – I found this spraypaint/stencil near Williamsburg in Brooklyn. I liked the mystery of the figure and the little dog paw prints near the bottom. – LB