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Esquire Magazine Cover Design

Esquire Magazine has a tradition of featuring inventive cover design (where did George Lois find a soup can big enough to hold Warhol?) In 2011, invited by an editor at Esquire to submit a cover proposal or two, I jumped at the chance and came up with a few ideas. I started with the question […]

Fluorescent & Festive: 2011 Holiday Card Design

Channeling Dan Flavin for this Holiday card I designed for the 2011 Holiday season. Rigorous, spartan, cool, modernist… everything one could desire for Christmas cheer;)  Not sure why it took me so long to post…

Celebrate the Christ Child’s Birth; 2012 Card Design

With a little kid running the show around here we tend to play with a lot of Legos. Thus, though it is the eleventh hour, it is in this way that inspiration has struck. Here, then, is my 2012 Christmas card design: Have a Blessed Holiday and be sure to take a few moments to […]

Warhol With an iPhone?

The Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’ album cover by Andy Warhol is a genius piece of art.  Straight forward yet clever, engaging, provocative, tactile… never mind that the zipper can scratch the heck out of the vinyl.  I was messing around with some photography of my own recently and it struck me that a phone in […]

‘Competition’ vs. ‘Collaboration’: My Conversation Hosted by the Glass House

Earlier this year I was included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation‘s ‘Modern Views‘ exhibition to benefit the restoration of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House.  My submission can be seen here(pg. 26).  This week the organizers of an affiliated project called Glass House Conversations asked me to host […]

Restaurant Naming: Jonathan Benno’s Hype Meets Reality

On May 25th the New York Times reported that chef Jonathan Benno’s new restaurant being built at Lincoln Center for the Patina Restaurant Group did not yet have a name. The next morning I sent a letter to Nick Valenti, head of Patina with a suggestion for a name I thought would be fitting for the […]

New York Times Weekend Magazine – Design Spring 2010

It was a pleasant surprise to open up the ‘Design Spring 2010’ issue of the New York Times Weekend Magazine and find our ‘New York Delft’ plates pictured with other ‘blue and white’ designs.  Follow the link and then click ‘view print magazine’ at the bottom and go to page 50.  Many thanks to our […]

The Armory Show 2010 – A Safe Bet

The 2010 installment of The Armory Show has come and gone.  Hundreds of galleries from around the world all packed tightly together for a few days on the piers jutting out over the Hudson.  A fitting location as it felt like a sort-of sardine cannery for art.  I walked the entirety of the show on Saturday […]

Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita’; Moral Vacancy Never Looked So Good

I just watched Federico Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ for the first time.  At the end I was left a little confused.  Why is this movie so revered?  It seemed at first a series of tenuously related vignettes centered around a handsome but vapid guy, Marcello, and his fickle obsession with all things female finding temporary […]

Lars Von Trier’s ‘Europa’: Slow Motion Train Wreck (Literally)

I recently finished watching Lars Von Trier’s Europa.  I picked it up not knowing anything about the film other than that Von Trier is a critically acclaimed director.  I had seen ‘Dancer In The Dark’ several years ago but evidently the shock of that movie had worn off enough that I had forgotten how disturbing it […]