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A. Kinney Court

November 25, 2009 1 comment

A. Kinney Court is the newest addition to the always changing and intriguing environments and experiences on  Abbot Kinney Blvd. In keeping with the avant-garde nature of its surroundings,  A. Kinney Court is described as a “concept fashion boutique and eyewear gallery” it serves not only as a shoppe for fine apparel and eyewear, but also as a museum of vintage Oliver Peoples spectacles.  The interior was designed and constructed by Ilan Dei Studio (project team: Ilan Dei, Peter Turba, and Scott Chamberlain) with the intention of dynamically displaying the range of products, and providing an intriguing attraction for passersby. The design intention takes cues from a variety of inspirations, ranging from the Eames bent plywood processes and skateboard construction to the sand dune formations and ocean waves seen along the neighboring coast.

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Tower of Babel @ Burning Man 2009

September 19, 2009 2 comments

Tower of Babel at Burning Man

Babel is not a group, an organization, nor a social order that simply build; but a manifestation of the single belief that we as humans should strive for the very best, achieve the yet to be imagined. This young collaborative of designers, which includes Sergio Ramirez, Brandin Roat, and Timothy Leung, are the pioneers that are not afraid to push and test the limit by transcending boundaries created by men. Their obsession with questions like, “Why not…” and “What if….” led them to be deliberate and conscious designers, craftsmen and visionaries who treasure and appreciate how things come together and continuously invent new ways to do so.

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Public Design Festival Milan

Esterni Public Design Festival Banner

Think music festival for urban design junkies. The Public Design Festival, hosted by esterni, is happening in the streets of Milan April 18 – 26, and hopefully it will live up to the festival part of its name.

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Justice † House by Planda

January 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Justice † House by Planda

Architects are starting to break away from the their bubble and collaborating with other creative industries. There was Zaha Hadid with her temporary Chanel Exhibition, HWKN provided an environment for a Mini Rooftop NYC party, and now we have Planda, who designed a house for the French band, Justice. Check out the video of the Justice † House that everyone’s starting to blog about. This video, which takes us for a trip through their design process, is totally on beat with the jam that it is pretty much a music video to “Genesis.” It was featured on a handful of blogs, yahoo.fr news, Justice’s myspace page, and even Kanye West’s blog.

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Intro: The Mot Juste Collective

December 1, 2008 Leave a comment

Welcome to the new digital domicile of the Mot Juste Collective.  Here you’ll find stuff we like that you might like, like fixed-gear bikes and whitey tights, flying kites when the weather’s right, or hip dance fights under disco lights.

The Mot Juste Collective is an energetic group of eclectic individuals sharing a common passion for culture, art, design, media, and a good laugh.  With various backgrounds in architecture, engineering, design, film, music, and pop culture, our bevy of contributors maintains a steadfast dedication to celebrating and sharing the most original, innovative, and inspiring creative compositions.  The articles spotlight our favorite modern manifestations of our constantly evolving world, featuring topics embracing architecture, art, design, fashion, film, literature, and music.  Check out the Mot Juste Collection to see what happens when the kids from the Mot Juste Collective get their justes flowing.

Oh yeah, and in case you were wondering, it’s pronounced “moh zhyst” or “mō zhüst'”.