December 2011

Culture(d)—December 2011

edited by MAYER RUS


CUSTOM HOUSE

Thanks to the good old Internet, the walls between consumers and designers keep tumbling. Now, Bespoke Global strikes a blow for greater accessibility, assembling a coterie of talents and allowing art lovers to commission one-of-a-kind pieces. The roster includes masters Michael Coffey (above) and John Houshmand, as well as lesser-known firms such as the Brooklyn-based enamelware specialists Kiln Design Studio and Tokyo's Kimura Glass Co. Bespoke shepherds the process from sketches and sampling to payment and delivery. Power to the people with fabulous taste! bespokeglobal.com.

ARS GRATIA ARTIS

With all the hubbub surrounding the cooperative arts initiative Pacific Standard Time, Bergamot Station is seizing the opportunity to restake its claim as a locus of contemporary art in L.A. On December 16, the Santa Monica gallery complex, opened in 1994, is hosting a free open house from 5 to 10 p.m. with art galore—nearly three dozen galleries, performances, food and drink. bergamotstation.com.

SLICK RICK

The life and times of California-to-Paris fashion transplant Rick Owens are captured in a self-titled monograph (Rizzoli) designed by the man himself. The large-format book chronicles Owens’ rise from precocious L.A. art student to darling of the beau monde through a wealth of imagery, along with essays by curators Francesco Bonami and Maria Luisa Frisa and Purple magazine founder Olivier Zahm. It’s perfect for the fashion mavens on your list who can’t afford his clothes. Maxfield, 8825 Melrose Ave., maxfieldla.com.


Ars Gratia Artis (from top):
Gabriel Fernandez/Schomburg Gallery; Suzanne Woodruff/William Turner Gallery
Slick Rick (from left):
Asha Mines Photos, S/S 2007, Paris; Katya, Metropalais, 2008