THERE’S NO NEED TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO SUMMER WITH STRIPE VINTAGE MODERN’S GUIDE TO BEACH CHIC

A background in fashion meant Eric Cody and Arel Ramos were committed to treating their Miami gallery, Stripe Vintage Modern, like a sartorial collection. “Since we’re based in Miami, we wanted the gallery to reflect coastal living not in the nautical sense of navy stripes and turquoise accents, but rather in calming neutrals and rich materials that convey a casually elegant lifestyle,” says Cody. To do that, the duo coined the term “Beach Chic,” bringing definition to a look that ranges from “rustic to luxurious, organic to glamorous.”

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HOW THIS LAGUNA BEACH COLLECTOR SUCCESSFULLY MERGES THE WORLDS OF ART AND DESIGN

Back when Peter Blake was celebrating his promotion from server to general manager of iconic Laguna Beach eatery, Romeo Cucina, he found himself on a neighborhood stroll that would forever change the course of his career. A storefront—elevated from the sidewalk and possessing a sublime sculptural quality—caught Blake’s attention, striking him as the ideal spot for a gallery space.

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TALISMAN’S LEGENDARY CAREER IS BEING CELEBRATED WITH AN EVEN MORE LEGENDARY SALE

When you’re in the business of collecting and selling exquisite things, the line between retail shop and museum can sometimes become a bit blurred. Case in point: Talisman London, London’s arch design emporium located in the city’s famed Chelsea Design District. In fact, when Talisman owner Ken Bolan announced that after thirty-seven years in business, he was closing up shop this summer, there was an outcry from design enthusiasts who felt that London was losing an erudite institution—They weren’t wrong, of course.

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ORPHAN WORK MERGES ITALIAN DESIGN PRINCIPLES WITH THE DARK EDGE OF “MATERIAL LUST”

Since first meeting at Parson’s School of Design, artists Christian Lopez Swafford and Lauren Larson have been making a name for themselves as the self-proclaimed “dark horse disciples of art and design,” otherwise known as Material Lust. Over time, Material Lust has given rise to a second line known as Orphan Work. Composed of sconces, lamps, pendant lights and other objets d’art that didn’t necessarily fit into the Material Lust aesthetic, the collection merges Material Lust’s boldness and sculpturality with an ethereal, high glamour edge. We recently caught up with the duo to discuss Orphan Work, including their inspirations, their decision to hand-produce in Florence, Italy, and how they make it all work as both a couple and creative partners.

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