Anders Arhoj had what he calls a "super low shoestring budget" to create the branding universe for the Umami Mart. The website-turned-store, an importer of Japanese barware and kitchen specialities, opened up in a former "dead" space in Oakland, CA that the city offered to entrepreneurs with six months of free rent. The shop cites the Japanese Shinto religion and Scandinavian design as two points of inspiration, and functions as a sort of community center by hosting cooking lectures and workshops.
Read more about the shop's new crest and see a few more photos from Arhoj.
Photos by Clayton Hauck
Parson's Chicken & Fish is the latest cool joint from the folks at Land & Sea Dept. It began turning out splendiforous fried food and Negroni slushies (designed by bartender Charles Schott) just a few weeks ago and is already shaping up to be a summer favorite. The Land & Sea team has taken design fundamentals seriously in the space. The visual identity and graphic design are by Cody Hudson's Struggle Inc.—and the Parson's logo was hand-drawn by Hawaiian artist Matthew Tapia. Parson's features a small dine-in area and a spacious back patio—complete with a permanantly installed red 1977 El Camino which local designer Ryan Duggan has tricked out with design elements. Inside, the look is a mix between industrial with exposed ducts, factory-style lighting, and retro lunch counter with handcrafted booths, neon-style sign, and a red and white chevron pattern in tile. The handmade cement tiles were sourced from Los Angeles-based Granada. The patterned laminate bathroom door stalls were a collaborative effort between Land & Sea Dept., Mode, and Parson’s partner Jon Martin, and artists and designers Stephen Eichhorn and Jessica Paulson. Outside, the graphic-emblazoned picnic tables are the draw with a light cedar finish and a converted shipping container serves as outdoor bar. Sprout Home teamed up with Land & Sea to outfit the space with landscape elements and its own herb garden.
Often converted industrial spaces are softened up with chic details for the sake of contrast. Longman & Eagle's latest addition, the 120 sq foot Off Site Bar revels in its cinderblock and industrial garage door construction. Land and Sea Dept., which headed up the renovation of the two bay garage into a bar, commercial kitchen, event space and tasting room writes, "We referenced its original use, and incorporated a variety of ‘garage’ elements into the overall aesthetic, the most prominent of which is a working seventies drag racing motorcycle. Other elements include a considered beverage program, tightly curated music and vintage audio equipment." That's to say it still looks like a garage space, one outfitted with McIntosh amplifiers, monster speakers and a gnarly yellow motorcycle, as well as art objects from the multi-talented Ryan Duggan.
Photos courtesy of Clayton Hauck
It seems as if everyone we know has been jetting to warmer zones this month. If the option was available, we'd put Mojave Sands Motel on our winter roadtrip itinerary.
The five-room desert motel in Joshua Tree, CA is an alternative on the Gram Parsons fan's pilgrim trail to the Joshua Tree Inn & Motel, but more importantly, it's been updated in a really unique way. The bones of the space, an abandoned 1950s motel, were kept, but owner Blake Simpson (former furniture designer for Marc Jacobs) spent nine years renovating the place. The doors, windows, gates, and furniture were designed and built on site giving it a real personalized feel. The walls feature cedar plank, the concrete floors were refinished, and the new beds are made of black walnut. All five rooms are completed with a mix of vintage, mid-century furniture. Each room has unusual amenities such as a typewriter, record player with vinyl, and various objet d'art that encourage us creatives to find inspiration.
The hotel is already a hit with L.A. creative industry types looking for a getaway. Nearby, a music and film production studio beckons and Simpson says solar power and a diner are in the works for his compound.
This oasis isn't suited for the pampered. It's dusty, windy, laidback, and on the main road, evidently, but offers plenty of space for hanging out and making your own good times. That's what it's all about, anyhow.
Rooms begin at $200/night at mojavesands.com.
The decadent UP coffee table, recently released by design studio Duffy London, is a glass panel supported by a group of small metal balloons. If you can get past that there's something slightly Entertainment 720 about it, the goofy elegance and implied weightlessness would make any living room a little more buoyant. Christopher Duffy (who also designed the swing chair) is limiting this run to twenty. Details on how many he has left are up in the air.