For half a century a small town Moritzplatz, a once thriving community of shopping and commerce, hid in the shadows of the Berlin Wall. In 2009, the sun returned to this forgotten corner of the world. An enterprising group of ‘nomadic agriculturalists’ have freed up the 6,000 square feet of unused land, turned it all into a “Prinzessinnengärten” (which translates to “Princesses' Garden”). The Prinzessinnengärten is a place where families, neighbours, experts and those curious can come together and build an organic vegetable garden. All grown in plastic boxes, in old milk cartons or in large sacks of rice which are all easily transportable. When the weather turns cold, the whole garden moves down the block for the winter!
An impromptu brunch was born among friends and colleagues one recent weekend at Ed. Varie, a gallery and book shop in New York’s East Village. As a farewell and a thank you to a crew that hand-delivered some artwork from Vancouver, the team whipped up a menu of fresh Union Square farmer’s market ingredients, due in large part to Tina Dang, a friend in town guest chef-ing at Isa and Prune. The morning lingered with glasses of sparkling rose and grapefruit mimosas in hand and heartfelt conversation.
The First 70 is a short film that showcases an inspiring journey through California to visit the 70 majestic state parks slated to close in July 2012. Three young filmmakers set out last May on a 3,000 mile trip around California after the state announced plans to close one quarter of their 279 parks. The closure list includes thousands of acres of parkland, recreation areas, wildlife reserves, and 50% of the state's historic parks. The documentary beautifully portrays the individuals who have put their heart and soul into maintaining and caring for these remarkable resources.
Herriott Grace is a venture of father and daughter, Lance and Nikole Herriott, who live 3400 kilometers apart: his workshop is in Victoria, British Columbia, and her studio is in Toronto, Ontario. When she first made her home more than halfway across the country, they started to send packages back and forth. In some of those packages, Lance began to include his own hand carved spoons. He had been collecting wood since the early seventies, and used his best pieces for these gifts. Nikole loved them; their balance and shape, the pieces were made with unmistakable care. She knew they were something special.
Despite the June gloom that has encroached on Los Angeles, a group of friends and I packed our bags over the weekend for a little relaxation on a quiet beach in Malibu. With the fog rolling in over the rocky coastline, we caught up on life, work and enjoyed a spread of fresh summer fruits and vegetables. It was the perfect way to escape the city for an afternoon and indulge in the often-infrequent act of doing nothing.
IKO IKO, which translates to, “Let’s go!” is a Los Angeles-based concept gallery focusing on high craft and design pieces. Owners Kristin Dickson and Shin Okuda aim to share an experience through pieces that show an unexpected and inspiring approach. In addition to a rotation of Japanese utilitarian objects and interior accents, they collaborate with a select group of artists and designers to create collections custom to their shop.
We visited Brixton Village Market (formerly Granville Arcade covered market) located in south London — a cultural hub offering 20 cafe's, restaurants and take-away's that sit amongst the bustling stalls.
It has been the late Thursday night openings that have really brought this former arcade to life. There is a real appreciation of the food here and a great sense of community; waiters can be sometimes seen running in between each of the restaurants borrowing condiments and such. The fish mongers, grocers, and butcheries all supply these budding food joints, adding to the community spirit.
Babylonstoren lies in the Drakenstein Valley between Franschhoek and Parrl, in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Some 60km from the city of Cape Town, it is one of the best-preserved farm yards in the Cape Dutch tradition. Rich with history dating back to the late 1600’s, today Babylonstoren opens its doors for visitors to enjoy everything from wine tasting to antique shopping and farm hotel accommodations to spa stays, along with a fruit and vegetable garden of botanical diversity that supplies their remarkable restaurant. The aim is to have guests feel more comfortable and more alive among the simple daily rhythm of the farm. Indeed an indulgence of all the senses.
Tea-stained autumn leaves have crept into The Maker and lie huddled together in corners. Traces from the old jam factory were uncovered during renovations - plum stones still visible in the earth. A soy candle burns on the front desk - the scent of fresh linen wafting around paper and trinkets.
We gathered at Terrain-at-Styer's for our Philadelphia gathering, where we collectively dined in the barn, surrounded by Terrain's lush gardens. We enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Terrain's own chef, Keith Rudolf, made with ingredients from a variety of local farmers and purveyors, some of whom we met around the table.
Laura and Brian live in a one bedroom, railroad apartment, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The best thing about the three-story building they live in is the fabulous communal backyard which all of the tenants share. Originally from Georgia, Laura has been lucky enough to find many of her friends from her home state also living in Brooklyn, so every year her and Brian throw a huge southern style shrimp boil in their yard.
One of Kinfolk’s most recent stockists, Apolis has set up shop in the heart of the Arts District, an up and coming neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles. Nestled amidst creative businesses and under-the-radar eateries, the Common Gallery stocks the complete Apolis collection and hosts regular advocate keynotes and gallery exhibitions that align with the company’s commitment to global advocacy and thoughtful manufacturing processes.
Kipos, Greek for “garden”, is a collection of gear for living a natural and stylish life. The company is rooted in the belief that a well-lived life has a focus on organic food, authentic art and craftsmanship and that there is something eternally renewing in living close to nature, not just for the body, but for the spirit.