ECHO PARK, LOS ANGELES
Our pals Marisa and Rachel own a shop in Echo Park called Otherwild — and it’s turning one tomorrow. They’re throwing a party at the shop to celebrate with Xina Xurner, Sister Mantos, Animanuel and Yacht, plus things to eat, drink and be merry with and tarot readings by MWTarotScopes. June 22, 6-10pm at 1932 Echo Park Avenue at Duane Street.

ECHO PARK, LOS ANGELES

Our pals Marisa and Rachel own a shop in Echo Park called Otherwild — and it’s turning one tomorrow. They’re throwing a party at the shop to celebrate with Xina Xurner, Sister Mantos, Animanuel and Yacht, plus things to eat, drink and be merry with and tarot readings by MWTarotScopes. June 22, 6-10pm at 1932 Echo Park Avenue at Duane Street.


YouTube rendered a liberal interpretation of our pet-friendly policy during their recent party at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. Is that Li’l Sebastian in a wig?

YouTube rendered a liberal interpretation of our pet-friendly policy during their recent party at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. Is that Li’l Sebastian in a wig?


The very lovely people at Bistrotheque in London are throwing a party tonight, and our friend Hattie Fox of That Flower Shop has created a fifth dimension of floral reality for the occasion.

The very lovely people at Bistrotheque in London are throwing a party tonight, and our friend Hattie Fox of That Flower Shop has created a fifth dimension of floral reality for the occasion.


INTERVIEW : ROMAN & WILLIAMS

Celebrating a decade of incredible work, Roman and Williams' Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch signed copies of their new book Roman and Williams Buildings & Interiors : Things We Made with some friends and a gallery of shots in the lobby at Ace Hotel New York last week — you can grab signed copies of this beautiful tome on our shop. We’re old friends with Robin and Stephen, and our studio director, Eric, and interiors maestro Loren worked on the Roman and Williams team when Ace Hotel New York was taking shape. They had a chance to sit down with Stephen and Robin amidst the mayhem to ask about the book, their work together and the subconscious.

Robin and Stephen, you still appear from time to time in Eric and Loren’s dreams. Do you find that creative collaboration spiked with a sobering dose of real business tends to dye the subconscious in this way, and do all the collaborators and team members you’ve had continue to affect your psyche?

Well everything that’s difficult tends to dye the subconscious and work itself into dreams, and we are and always have been difficult. We are proud of that tradition. Easy things are forgettable and have no impact –- no staying power. No dream or haunting qualities ever came from something easy.

The title Things We Made speaks to a sort of portfolio of finished products, however we know how important the process of design is, and how imperfections in that process go into your work, aka “fucking things up.” Will readers get any insight into this rebellious stance?

We hope so! We really put so much work into creating a book that would give insight into our ethos –- where readers could get a sense of us as people, not just our projects. We included hundreds of drawings –- we even drew on the drawings. And the text is a series of conversations, rather than just descriptions.

The book celebrates a “decade of design” — what do you hope the next decade will bring in terms of your studio and practice?

Even more humanistic, careful and unpretentious design. We hope to spread the warmth that the Ace embodies. We’d love to design an airport or a hospital in a way that would move people. The International Style, and what it has bred, and benign contemporary design have made for boring, dreary places that need to me be made more interesting –- interesting for everyone, and not just for architects and designers.

We love your beautiful spot in Montauk — how did the garden do this year? For the green thumbs out there, what’s your favorite vegetable to grow?

It was a hot summer and the garden was absolutely prolific. This year, we built eight-foot tall towers for our tomatoes and we grew eight different varieties. We have been harvesting them well into late October. We never thought they would grow that high – but they did –- they could have grown another few feet even! Our peppers also did well this year because of the heat.

We love growing cabbages, artichokes, and brussell sprouts -– vegetables that take two years to harvest. It is fascinating to watch the process -– how the vegetables grow over one summer, how they retract over the winter and then explode the following spring into super vegetable power.

We’ve also love growing medicinal plants like Angelika, Wormwood and Echinacea, which we like to use. We could go on …

In the act of making things there are many people involved in the process, especially with international projects internationally. In your experience, are Americans still good at “making things”?

Absolutely. American manufacturing almost disappeared — another price of the post-war obsession with cheapening architecture and design. It focused on zero craft and lack of detail. American manufacturing is known for being meaty, strong, simple and good. Things we love. We try to support American craftsmanship as much as we can. It is hard to convince developers and owners to pay more for things made in this country, to pay for things that last longer, but we do the best we can. Whenever we build something for ourselves, this is always the case.

We blessed to call you family and we’re honored to call you friends — excited to see what the next decade brings.

We feel the same about the Ace team. The world is a better place with Ace in it. Thank you. So proud to have had our book party in the Living Room! It’s the project that’s closest to our hearts. Thank you!

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Rookie's first birthday party hosted by Tavi Gevinson and friends in Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel New York during Fashion Week.

Photos by Alyssa Laurel Ringler. Props by Confetti System.

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Rookie's first birthday party hosted by Tavi Gevinson and friends in Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel New York during Fashion Week.

Photos by Alyssa Laurel Ringler. Props by Confetti System.


A sneak peek at our Rookie 1st Year Anniversary Party at Ace New York. It was wicked boring — like, look at these people. Zzzzzzzzzzz.

Photo by Alyssa Laurel Ringler

A sneak peek at our Rookie 1st Year Anniversary Party at Ace New York. It was wicked boring — like, look at these people. Zzzzzzzzzzz.


Photo by Alyssa Laurel Ringler


Our pal Steven Harrington is the proud father of a new solo show of paintings, prints, drawings and, yes, sculptures, Inside Out, at Known Gallery in LA. If we could have a life where we lived exclusively among Steven Harrington sculptures, we would be eternally happy. Join Generic Surplus and a gaggle of friendly and awesome people at the opening party tomorrow evening, August 18, from 8 to 11pm at 411 N. Fairfax. If you can’t make the party, the show is up through September 1.


Two generations of fashion icons met last week at Advanced Style, our Fashion Week party with Ari Seth Cohen and Tavi Gevinson of The Style Rookie. We have deep respect for the art of fashion, and little for the pretension and conformity that can come along with it. So it was a true thrill and well of inspiration to meet with like minds for whom style is about self-expression and magic and not about being photographed. That said, we’re really glad we were photographing, for now we have a bit to remember a great night with. And Iris Apfel's googly-eye bracelet in such close proximity to Tavi's Laura Palmer princess crown. Why? Just because.













Photos by Amos Mac, edited by Hope Reynolds at Folk Studios

Two generations of fashion icons met last week at Advanced Style, our Fashion Week party with Ari Seth Cohen and Tavi Gevinson of The Style Rookie. We have deep respect for the art of fashion, and little for the pretension and conformity that can come along with it. So it was a true thrill and well of inspiration to meet with like minds for whom style is about self-expression and magic and not about being photographed. That said, we’re really glad we were photographing, for now we have a bit to remember a great night with. And Iris Apfel's googly-eye bracelet in such close proximity to Tavi's Laura Palmer princess crown. Why? Just because.



Photos by Amos Mac, edited by Hope Reynolds at Folk Studios


We had an incredible time on Tuesday night with the ladies of Advanced Style — our Fashion Week party with Tavi Gevinson and Ari Seth Cohen boasted waves of mind-melting fashion, ceiling-scraping hats, and two 100th birthday parties. And, it’s no easy feat to get 200 people at a Fashion Week party to sway back and forth in a singalong, so hats of to Ilona Smithkin and her Eyelash Cabaret. Here’s some footage by German fashion blog TwoforFashion to give you a taste. More photos, interviews and video to come…


Full Bleed did a collage in room 1022 at Ace Hotel New York right in time for Go Skateboarding Day — and right around the same time Shut Skateboards (one of NYC’s purveyors of Full Bleed and an all around rad skate shop) screened Deathbowl to Downtown, shot on Super 8 and narrated by Chloë Sevigny, for our free Sunday night movie series, Liberty Hall Screenings. For posterity, the flyer and some shots from the screening:



Photos by Taji Ameen


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