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FILM REVIEW "The Films of Charles and Ray Eames"

Though primarily noted for their architectural contributions and pioneering furniture pieces throughout the mid-twentieth century, this six-volume DVD set shows a whole other dimension to the visionary marriage-team of Charles and Ray Eames by recognizing some of their most inspiring work in film. Whether it’s a journey through time, space, and everything in between (“Powers of 10”), a look into the world of toys (“Toccata for Toy Trains”) or a one-of-a-kind historical piece about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire (“Atlas”), this collection is like a stunning sequence of visual orgasms caught on film. Mr. and Mrs. Eames combine everything from art, science, history and autobiography in a subtly brilliant kind of way that will undoubtely having you ooh and ah-ing throughout.

BOOK REVIEW "That's the Way I See It" by David Hockney

Whether he’s working on set designs, morphing photographs into fax-machine experiments, or painting everything from California swimming pools to the Grand Canyon, to say that David Hockney is unconventional would be an understatement: his whole life is basically one big art project. In his second autobiography of sorts, Hockney takes the same intelligence, charm, and creative approach of his art and reflects on love, life, and the 18 years of design that have ultimately made him one of the most prolific and elusive artists of the past century. Even for those who aren’t immediately familiar with his talent, this collection of colorful personal pieces and essays will leave you wishing that you had a David Hockney of your own in life. And this book is a perfect way to get.

BOOK REVIEW "Boundaries" by Maya Lin

Maya Lin’s writing is a lot like her architecture: subtle in power, graceful in design, and compelling in impact. “Boundaries” gives readers a truly inspiring introspection into the mind of one the greatest architects of our day. Lin writes about her experience designing the groundbreaking (and at-one-time controversial) Vietnam Veterans Memorial when she was still a senior at Yale University, and continues to divulge what it’s like to blend the boundaries of culture, art, and design, and how thisimaginative process translates into her work. Lin’s book is a beautiful extension of her design-fueled life- a scrapbook, as she calls it- and it’s definitely something to be appreciated, both as art in itself and as a refreshing personal abstract.

BOOK REVIEW "Starck" by Ed Mae Cooper, Pierre Doze, and Elizabeth Laville

Philippe Starck just wants to make you feel good. Really. As someone who once said that "the best way to make the world a better place is to replace beauty with goodness," take his advice and do your part by journeying through this one-of-a-kind assortment of enlightening commentaries and designs that capture Starck’s inspiring lifestyle. It doesn’t matter if he’s making chairs, toothbrushes, or toilets, this designer’s beloved creations are vibrant and aesthetically provocative in a way that make the outside world feel helplessly “cool.” And in some strange sense, that definitely makes the world a happier (and therefore, better) place.

CLASS REVIEW 3rd Ward Brooklyn

Talk about a true artist’s haven. With over 20,000 square feet of creative facilities in Brooklyn’s ever-so-artsy East Williamsburg neighborhood, the 3rd ward community will inspire you to drop everything you’re doing, and well, try out everything you’re not. Whether it’s sculpture, welding, sound, photography, or woodwork that sparks your interest, this art enclave offers a diverse range of month-to-month classes and intensive workshops that will teach you how to make everything from a set of funky textile prints to your own string guitar. Or if you simply feel like experimenting, just show up and do your own thing in their range of various design studios and spaces. Although membership is not necessary to be part of this art sanctuary-of-sorts, imagination, on the other hand, is absolutely required.


It is said that artists are partly born with that innate ability that allows them to make even the most complex art pieces look so damn easy to create. But for those of us who aren’t necessarily as inclined to become the next Picasso, it doesn’t hurt to explore just how far a few art workshops can take you. Offering oil painting, pastel, collage, drawing, and mixed-media classes for all ages and abilities (no shame allowed here), The Art Studio will help the artist in us all break free and leave you wondering whether you’re at an intimate soul-freeing, mind-clearing therapy session or at an actual art class. And for those looking for some serious self-expression, try out one of the studio’s creative retreats in locales like Costa Rica, where the inspiration will flow faster than those cold beers you’ll be drinking during sunset.

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