Shoreditch, London
"As an admirer of people who make things but not being an artist myself, being able to see our products used by artists, architects, illustrators, designers and getting their feedback is very rewarding and a privilege."
In the summer of 2012, our friend Julia opened Choosing Keeping, a specialty shop with all corners dedicated to the desk environment — regardless of whether yours is a place of work or creative escape.
Located on iconic Columbia Road — home of the Sunday Flower Market — Choosing Keeping offers a selection of beautifully-made utility objects, plus carefully-curated books and prints to stimulate the discerning synapses. 
Julia’s a passionate, adorable shopkeep — the kind that has us making increasingly regular excuses to stop in. We’re going to need to find some new pen pals.Choosing Keeping128 Columbia RoadLondon E2 7RG

Shoreditch, London

"As an admirer of people who make things but not being an artist myself, being able to see our products used by artists, architects, illustrators, designers and getting their feedback is very rewarding and a privilege."

In the summer of 2012, our friend Julia opened Choosing Keeping, a specialty shop with all corners dedicated to the desk environment — regardless of whether yours is a place of work or creative escape.

Located on iconic Columbia Road — home of the Sunday Flower Market — Choosing Keeping offers a selection of beautifully-made utility objects, plus carefully-curated books and prints to stimulate the discerning synapses. 

Julia’s a passionate, adorable shopkeep — the kind that has us making increasingly regular excuses to stop in. We’re going to need to find some new pen pals.

Choosing Keeping
128 Columbia Road
London E2 7RG


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Downtown Los Angeles

Portland-based Tanner Goods officially opened their second flagship store Saturday. After considering many locations for the project they fell in love with Downtown LA’s rich manufacturing history – something that fits well with their own ‘under one roof’ philosophy. Like the original Portland location, the LA store will embody the geography and personality that surrounds it, reflecting elements of art deco architecture, mid-century modernity and the SoCal sunshine. Their new women’s collection also debuts this year. 

Congrats TG friends! And welcome to the neighborhood, the water’s nice.

Photo of the Ninth and Broadway building and a piece by AK Vintage commissioned for the LA shop.


Congratulations Acne Studios!
The oh so talented Swedes have opened their newest store across the street in the majestic Art Deco Eastern Columbia Building.  

Congratulations Acne Studios!

The oh so talented Swedes have opened their newest store across the street in the majestic Art Deco Eastern Columbia Building.  


“Phyllis Galembo’s interest in the masquerade traditions of Africa and its diaspora began twenty five years ago, with her first visit to Nigeria. Since then, she has travelled widely in west and central Africa, and regularly to Haiti, making portraits that document and describe the transformative power of the mask. Her subjects are participants in masquerade events, both traditional African ceremonies and contemporary fancy dress and carnival, all of whom use costume, body paint and masks to create mythic characters – sometimes entertaining and humorous, often dark and frightening, and always powerful and thrilling. Titled after the Haitian Kreyòl word for mask, Maske is the first comprehensive collection of these portraits.”

One of our favorite books to carry: MASKE by PHYLLIS GALEMBO

We may not share a street corner with Mohawk General Store, or even a neighborhood, but knowing that we share as much as distantly linked power wires and cellular data molecules in the stilted summer air of Los Angeles makes us happy. Go in, get this book and say hi to our friends.

If you’re on the other coast, you can pick up prints by Phyllis Galembo at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York.

Cite Arrow via mohawkgeneralstore

Through July, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. celebrates the vast Autopias and Plains of Id of Los Angeles with programs and exhibits like Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 at the J. Paul Getty Museum. We’ll be around, soaking it all in, meeting some of our new neighbors, and sharing what we see and learn right here.

Through July, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. celebrates the vast Autopias and Plains of Id of Los Angeles with programs and exhibits like Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 at the J. Paul Getty Museum. We’ll be around, soaking it all in, meeting some of our new neighbors, and sharing what we see and learn right here.


Notes from the field, at Tanner Goods in Portland.

Notes from the field, at Tanner Goods in Portland.


Monocle EIC Tyler Brûlé was kind enough to show us around the not-yet-open Monocle Café in Marylebone — the London counterpart to Monocle’s Tokyo café and shop in the Hankyu Men’s department store in Chiyoda-ku. Espresso, homemade muesli and symphonic salads will make a great introduction to desserts by Japanese chef Masayuki Hara — we’re particularly looking forward to the macarons, green-tea roll-cake and strawberry gateau from Hara’s own shop, Lanka. “We wanted to create a relaxed space for a morning coffee meeting, a lengthy weekend lunch with the papers, and a glass of prosecco after work too,” Tyler says. Stay tuned to this channel for recipes and more from the Monocle team — they cut the ribbon this coming Monday.

Monocle EIC Tyler Brûlé was kind enough to show us around the not-yet-open Monocle Café in Marylebone — the London counterpart to Monocle’s Tokyo café and shop in the Hankyu Men’s department store in Chiyoda-ku. Espresso, homemade muesli and symphonic salads will make a great introduction to desserts by Japanese chef Masayuki Hara — we’re particularly looking forward to the macarons, green-tea roll-cake and strawberry gateau from Hara’s own shop, Lanka. “We wanted to create a relaxed space for a morning coffee meeting, a lengthy weekend lunch with the papers, and a glass of prosecco after work too,” Tyler says. Stay tuned to this channel for recipes and more from the Monocle team — they cut the ribbon this coming Monday.




Fractal Projections is a play on the idea of the cube broken in space to create an interlocking grid system that follows a linear deformation, allowing them to break from the normal grid behavior into a family of fractal surfaces.
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles hangs its shingle later this year, and we couldn’t be happier to share a neighborhood with one of our almae matres, SCI-Arc. This Thursday, we’re looking forward to circling like sharks around Evelina Sausina and Eugene Kosgoron’s installation — the winner of SCI-Arc’s 40/40 competition — at the Farmer’s and Merchant’s Bank building for the Downtown LA Artwalk. 40/40 pays homage to architecture and how SCI-Arc alumni have transformed the school over the preceding four decades. Hats off, neighbors.

Fractal Projections is a play on the idea of the cube broken in space to create an interlocking grid system that follows a linear deformation, allowing them to break from the normal grid behavior into a family of fractal surfaces.


Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles hangs its shingle later this year, and we couldn’t be happier to share a neighborhood with one of our almae matres, SCI-Arc. This Thursday, we’re looking forward to circling like sharks around Evelina Sausina and Eugene Kosgoron’s installation — the winner of SCI-Arc’s 40/40 competition — at the Farmer’s and Merchant’s Bank building for the Downtown LA Artwalk. 40/40 pays homage to architecture and how SCI-Arc alumni have transformed the school over the preceding four decades. Hats off, neighbors.


Our neighbors on West 29th, the Coates Wyllie gallery, are hosting an opening party for their latest show, Character Saturation, which includes a few friends. If you’re in the neighborhood check it out — let them know you’re coming here.

Our neighbors on West 29th, the Coates Wyllie gallery, are hosting an opening party for their latest show, Character Saturation, which includes a few friends. If you’re in the neighborhood check it out — let them know you’re coming here.


Last minute gift ideas at Project No. 8, the little travel shop made for people who dog-ear passports like an old copy of The Catcher in the Rye. In the starring role — 365, a calendrical notebook printed on Munken Pure thread-stitched with snow white yarn and bound in Berlin in a limited, hand-numbered edition for 500 fortunate souls.

Last minute gift ideas at Project No. 8, the little travel shop made for people who dog-ear passports like an old copy of The Catcher in the Rye. In the starring role — 365, a calendrical notebook printed on Munken Pure thread-stitched with snow white yarn and bound in Berlin in a limited, hand-numbered edition for 500 fortunate souls.

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