Design expert Bob Williams, half of the creative minds behind the home furnishing brand Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, didn’t always plan on designing furniture. In fact, he originally studied to be a graphic designer. It wasn’t until he met Mitchell Gold, now his business partner, that he learned the intricacies of the furniture industry, and the rest is history. Post Studios had the pleasure of speaking with Bob to hear about where he draws inspiration from, what makes him tick, and how to make the family pet feel right at home.
Every day, there is a new opportunity that comes to you and you just need to be brave enough or smart enough to run with that opportunity and see where it takes you.
When you’re not designing, what are you doing?
One thing that I learned a long time ago: If it’s a really good thought or a really good idea, it’ll come back to you.
A media sofa is great because it’s extra deep. It lets you lay back and put your feet up without having to have an ottoman.
Just remember: Pets are dirty, so be sure to vacuum your upholstery because dog hair and dirt is just going to be part of it.
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No brand celebrates women in all their complexities quite like Chanel. It is constantly finding new ways to fuse the modern and the classic, the strong and the feminine – something that’s perfectly encapsulated in its iconic perfumes. For their latest project, a multimedia online experience aptly titled The Fifth Sense, Chanel teamed up with i-D to highlight some of the most innovative and complex women working in the arts today. As part of the project, Chanel and i-D are highlighting the artistic practices of six women, specifically exploring the ways in which their visions are influenced by smell.
Entitled “Making Movement,” the fifth film in the series profiles the stunning Japanese ballet dancer Nozomi Iijima as she choreographs her very first piece. Inspired by Chanel No. 5, Iijima’s piece marries technical precision and fluid self-expression to create something that’s at once beautifully unfamiliar and timeless. “In dance, the classic is the foundation of the modern,” she explains. “And so as a woman and as a dancer I feel I have to carry both.” Not only is Iijima’s unique approach to movement endlessly mesmerizing, it illustrates strength in femininity – a notion that couldn’t be more Chanel.
Through The Fifth Sense, Chanel and i-D challenge female artists to view their work through a different lens, ultimately urging them to create something fresh and beautiful.
Find out more about The Fifth Sense and click here to watch “Making Movement”.
As Nevada nears the expected July 1st start date for its emergent recreational marijuana program, tourists, 21 years and older, will be able buy pot while visiting Las Vegas and other Nevada cities. Nevada officials are hoping this will make the state even friendlier to tourists, and those in the cannabis industry agree.
Nevada is one of eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana. It already had legal medical pot. Medical dispensaries started opening in 2015. The state now has 55, mostly in Las Vegas or surrounding Clark County.
Attitudes regarding marijuana regulation have also changed as other states (Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Alaska) have passed their own laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Even though marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, and state lawmakers are cautious about running afoul of the Justice Department, voters, on the other hand, have forged ahead. The public opinion tipping point may have occurred as 56% of US voters surveyed said they would support legalization.
Colorado and Washington have fully legalized cannabis for recreational use since 2014, so with larger state populations, it would seem logical that those states would be bigger markets for cannabis. But those with knowledge of the marijuana industry believe that Nevada, and Vegas in particular, represents an even greater opportunity. According to a survey by Love Home Swap, the Las Vegas Strip attracted over 39 million tourists annually, making it the most visited tourist attraction in the world over both the Eiffel Tower and Times Square. If even a small percentage of tourists buy cannabis in Vegas, the numbers will be huge. In the not too distant future, we could see annual cannabis market in Vegas growing to anywhere between $500 million to $1 billion.
Despite rules against smoking pot in hotel rooms or outdoors, legal marijuana may provide an extra incentive for tourists. Already known for some of the world’s best hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and entertainment, and now we’ll have hopefully become known for the best cannabis experience as well.
“I think Las Vegas has the potential of being the new cannabis tourists center in the United States, overtaking Colorado, if not in actual sales, but in perception.”
Certainly everyone is gearing up for the beach season – which in New York means the reopening of all our Hamptons faves. But Wednesday evening saw a decidedly fab crowd gather for one last glamorous Manhattan bash, before digging out the swimsuits for the Memorial Day weekend.
The occasion? The opening of Maxwell’s Chophouse, NoMad’s newest dining hotspot. With the Avion Tequila cocktails flowing, mother and daughter proprietors Babette Haddad and Melissa Haddad Malaga hosted a glittering guest list: Oscar winner Marisa Tomei, actress Zuleikha Robinson, Real Housewives‘ Dorinda Medley and John Mahdessian, HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder, supermodel Alex Lundqvist, fashion designer Carlos Campos, Brit rockers The Struts…and superstar DJ Elle Dee manning the decks.
Maxwell’s itself is poised to be one of the summer’s hottest scenes, serving up steakhouse classics and seafood specialties in a plush, grandiose space, with patterned floors, high-ceilings and lots of swanky gold trimmings. But stylistas will surely be fighting for space on spectacular rooftop, with its jaw-dropping downtown views.
When Omar Hernandez opened his namesake West Village nightspot in in 2013, it immediately came to epitomize the new paradigm of elite, clandestine, yet anything by stuffy members-only supper club. Since then its plush, elegant rooms have been a prestigious meeting point and glamorous refuge for many of New York’s most fascinating people in media, fashion, publishing, etc., while also earning a stealthy reputation as a magnet for international royalty. It has, as well, hosted parties for the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Carolina Herrera and Mikimoto/BlackBook, the latter attended by Parker Posey, Nolan Funk and Cynthia Rowley.
This week the party was for Omar’s itself, a dress-up affair celebrating its fourth anniversary. In attendance were notables in fashion (Christian Siriano, Catherine Malandrino, Halston’s Cameron Silver), society (Tinsley Mortimer, Ann Dexter-Jones) and art (Tatyana Murray, Xander Ferreira), as well as photographer Ellen von Unwerth, publishing scion Alexandre Assouline, models Alex Lundqvist and Michaela Vybohova
A good bet the guest list for its five-year anniversary fete is already being considered.
CHANEL is synonymous with femininity. That’s why the iconic brand has partnered with i-D to celebrate women across the arts with a new platform, The Fifth Sense. A multimedia experience that showcases original content from today’s leading voices, it evaluates the relationship between creativity and fragrance. As part of its mission, the site will spotlight six women from different creative fields, as they analyze the role scent plays in the artistic process.
For their fourth project, Israeli-American filmmaker Alma Har’el delivers a hypnotic short that analyzes the relationship between scent and vision, fantasy and the real world. Inspired by CHANEL Nº5 L’Eau, “JellyWolf” presents a synaesthetic experience through the lens of a coming-of-age story, using surrealist imagery to explore the different realms of female identity. Starring Kiersey Clemons and Lisa Bonet, the film captures the spiritual nature of scent while also serving as a visual feminist manifesto that embodies the ethos of empowerment. Through i-D’s relationship with CHANEL, The Fifth Sense offers creative women the opportunity for self-acceptance and expression.
“This film is a trippy little love letter to women,” says Har’el. “I wanted to capture a sense of wonder that scent holds and a liberated feminine identity that develops from getting connected to what scares you.”
Learn more about The Fifth Sense, and watch JellyWolf, below:
Known primarily as the founder and drummer of Japan’s hardest heavy metal act, X Japan, Yoshiki also has a softer side. The multi-instrumentalist composer will be making his Carnegie Hall debut this Thursday and Friday accompanied by the Tokyo Philharmonic. Yoshiki will be performing pieces from his recent album, Yoshiki Classical, which features collaborations with legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, and Quartet San Francisco.
Along with original compositions, Yoshiki will also perform well-known classics, using his heavy metal background as inspiration for his work. As a leading voice in the Japanese metal world, Yoshiki Classical at Carnegie Hall, will solidify the composer’s place in the American classical canon, as he transcends genre in what is sure to be a groundbreaking performance.
Yoshiki Classical at Carnegie Hall runs from January 12 to the 13, at the Perelman Hall in New York. Buy tickets, here.
As a sometimes shocking (the loss of David Bowie, Prince, et al) and often contentious 2016 comes to a close, we would like to extend to everyone our hopes for a 2017 that is filled with kindness, enlightenment and positive inspiration.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The BlackBook Staff