When your first jobs include constructing cabinets for Toby McGuire and set props for Lady Gaga it can be tough to generate a worthy follow up act. Fortunately for Niki and Simon Haas of the Haas Brothers that hasn’t been a problem in the least.
Step into Studio Van den Akker’s new Los Angeles showroom and you’re likely to feel like you’ve made an unexpected detour into a sculpture garden. Located within the Pacific Design Center, Van den Akker’s airy, 3,200 square foot gallery space is rife with furniture and décor that doesn’t just possess sculptural integrity—it all but comes with a title and placard.
Long heralded as a way to disguise one’s self and masquerade as another, the costume is undergoing a transformation as of late. Shedding its ties to the theater (not to mention, good old fashioned Halloween heritage), the costume is emerging as an art form all its own. Leading the way, is Dutch costume designer Rien Bekkers. A 35-year veteran of the stage industry, Bekkers has gained international acclaim for his stage costumes, which have graced productions like Hamlet, The Life of Galileo Galilei, and Euripides’s Medea. Now on the cusp of his fourth decade in the industry, Bekkers is exploring the realm of scaled costumes, or costumes designed for the pure purpose of design.
To celebrate DECASO’s recent collaboration with The Harry Bertoia Foundation, a breakfast honoring the Harry Bertoia Director and founder, Celia Bertoia, was held at Haven’s Kitchen in New York City. Celia, who is also the youngest daughter of Harry Bertoia, founded the Bertoia Foundation in 2013, and since then, has worked to promote her father’s legacy through lectures, interviews, and an array of other projects, including the reissue of several of his keystone works.