ISO50

RSS

Archive for the Featured Category

L.A. 2013

Posted by Rob

The Los Angeles Times recently revisited their ‘L.A. 2013′ cover story from April 3, 1988 by making a PDF of the story available for download.

One of the ‘futurists and experts’ they spoke to for the story was the legendary Syd Mead, whose drawings accompanied the piece.

Lots of bold predictions of course, like your usual 200 story ‘mega rises’ and a sports utility vehicle that can adapt from a 2 seat sports car into a beach buggy via a ‘plug-in module.’

But the one that stuck with me gets dropped right in the first paragraph: “about a third of the residents have already headed out to their jobs, as required by Los Angeles County’s mandatory staggered work plan.”

YES PLEASE.

As an LA resident who had a horrible run-in with the 405 yesterday, I’m all for it. Make it so.

Side note: Tesla’s Elon Musk suggests we double deck the 405… thoughts?

Tycho & Heathered Pearls Herschel Mix

Posted by Jakub

artworks-000040803391-7fnhbz-large

Scott and I did a mix for Herschel Supply’s Selected Sounds series. The tracks came together pretty naturally, some of our favorite artists to just tracks that help slow you down and enjoy the some tunes. Also, I did a short interview answer on how I find all the music I post on the blog here.

TRACKLIST

Seahawks – Crystal Beach
Toro Y Moi – Rose Quartz
Session Victim – Dark Sienna
The Holydrug Couple – Paisley
Onra & Quetzal – C’est Pour Toi
Eliot Lipp – The Rabbit
Nitemoves – Veaquis
High Places – Papaya Year
Youth Lagoon – Dropla
Ame – Erkki (Hannes Bieger remix)
Ashra – Midnight On Mars
Bullion – Synth Grub

via Herschel Supply

Bibio + Les Sins + Baths + DJ Koze

Posted by Jakub

41806435762




What a perfect surprise from Bibio, listening to him form his sound over the years puts a smile on my face, so true and upbeat this one came out to be.

There is no surprise Chaz nailed the soulful end of the dance 12″ world, his Les Sins project is coming out wonderfully, reminds me of Osborne on Spectral Sound.

Baths is back with emotional bleeps, its like a IDM producer from 2002 is came back in 2013 with some vocal confidence.

Matthew Dear guests on the new DJ Koze album, Koze always mental pushes the boundaries and you can count on hearing something hypnotic and unusual joining hands.

Dignity: The work of Bence Bakonyi

dignity-01 dignity-03 dignity-05 dignity-07

With such stark contrast between the subtleties of the salt and the void created by cloth, at first blush, you’d think these were illustrations or oil paintings. Meet Shanghai artist / photographer Bence Bakonyi. There’s something so clever in how he twists your sense of medium & scale. Find more of his work on Behance.

Sheats/Goldstein evolution

Posted by Rob

The Sheats Goldstein house might be the most frequently photographed piece of property in LA (if you haven’t seen it on innumerable blogs like Curbed, or from the video walk through Charles posted awhile ago, you probably remember it from The Big Lebowski)—so obviously, I jumped at the chance to take a tour of the iconic house with architect Duncan Nicholson, who has been restoring and adding to the property since the ’90s. And as much as I tried to restrain my trigger finger, I took a ridiculous amount of photos to add to the home’s documentation—apologies for the seemingly endless scroll above.

Obviously, it’s an amazing house—but I’m most interested in its evolution through the ages. James Goldstein purchased the house in 1972, and then re-hired John Lautner to improve upon the house (and undo some questionable renovations)—the torch was passed to Nicholson, who has been carrying on the work to date.

Duncan started working for Lautner in 1989, and one of his first projects at the firm was to collaborate with James Turrell on his ‘Skyspace’ for the property. The corresponding concrete decks and walkways he designed that connect the house to the Skyspace take you on a near surreal procession through the rain forest-like gardens on the property.

He was also the project architect on the living room installation and designed most of the furniture, some of which was of course immortalized on film when The Dude sat there drinking his laced White Russian.

The plans for the most ambitious phase of the project, including a guest house, tennis court, nightclub and terrace, were shelved for almost 10 years after Lautner passed in 1994. Work on the project resumed in 2003 and has been ongoing ever since. Currently under construction is the nightclub that lives beneath what is arguably the most stunning tennis court in existence. All components of the addition make use of poured-in-place concrete, staying true to Lautner’s original aesthetic, one that somehow manages to make concrete feel warm and organic.

Thanks to David John for the introduction and many facts via his You Have Been Here Sometime interview with Duncan Nicholson.

George Steinmetz

Posted by Navis

Last week I was wandering around Barnes & Nobles and in the section where they put painters and other artists of the likes, there was a book called Desert Air by George Steinmetz. The book had somehow had lost it’s way home from the Photography section a few aisles down. Stuck between Monet and Ruscha, the book was like “YO TIM. I KNOW YOU LOVE DESERTS AND STUFF SO PICK ME UP.”

George Steinmetz captures very intimate photos of landscapes. Most of these from this set are from his Desert Air collection. He achieves this intimacy via paramotoring which is a giant fan backpack with a throttle attached to a parachute. He’s able to fly both very high and low at slow speeds. All I know is that when I come back from my walk across America, I’m purchasing a paramotor, taking lessons and going straight to the Mojave.

View more of Mr. Steinmetz’s stunning, non filtered landscape photography: GEORGE STEINMETZ