Team Work: Ikea + Carl Kleiner

I'm loving these latest shots for Ikea by photographer Carl Kleiner.  Similar to the images he created for Ikea's first cookbook, Hembakat är Bäst (Homemade is Best) Kleiner forgoes the usual backdrop and takes a bird's eye view that allows us to completely focus in on the actual products.  Aside from the photography, I love how each shot is so perfectly composed and balanced.  Big props to the stylist (and Kleiner's wife) Evelina Kleiner.




GOOD: A Picture Show

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You can see the multimedia piece here and the GOOD Picture Show here.

Discovered: Mast Brothers Chocolate

1 Some of you may remember this post I did a while back with the amazing photos that The Selby took as part of the advertising campaign for Cole, Rodd and Haan. Well folks, he has gone and done it again.  This time, The Selby takes us on a beautiful tour of one of my all time favorite chocolate houses, Mast Brothers Chocolate.  Rick and Michael Mast are the handsome duo behind these delicious chocolates that are handmade in Brooklyn .   These boys are true artisans and are one of the few "bean-to-bar" chocolatiers, which means they own the entire process of making their chocolate from sourcing the cocoa beans from Venezuela, Ecuador and Madagascar to roasting, grinding, molding and eventually packaging it all up.  The Selby does a wonderful job of illustrating the whole process from start to finish, so please check out the whole series here.


Not only is this some seriously delicious chocolate (my favorite is the Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Sea Salt), but every bar comes beautifully packaged in Italian wrapping paper; it's like unwrapping a gift each time.


You can find their chocolate at any of these amazing little shops:

A Little of What You Fancy 19 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937 Bedford Cheese Shop 229 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Bierkraft 191 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Branford Green Grocer 1036 Main Street, Branford, CT 06405 Brooklyn Larder 228 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Dean & Deluca 560 Broadway, Manhattan, NY 10012 France 44 4351 France Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55410 Grab 438 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Marlow & Sons 81 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Miette Confiserie 449 Octavia Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94102 Murray's Cheese 254 Bleecker Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 Park Slope Food Coop 782 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Provisions 150 Beekman Street, Manhattan, NY 10038 Rubiner's Cheesemongers    264 Main Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230 Spuyten Duyvil Grocery 218 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Stinky Bklyn 261 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 Stone Barns 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY 10591 Urban Rustic 236 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Photography of Scott Peterman

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This month I was lucky enough to be one of the contributing art editors for Guernica Magazine.  I selected the photography of Scott Peterman whose work I came across and fell in love with back in 2002 when i first moved to NYC.  The series I selected for Guernica is of his ice fishing shacks, which he spent several years photographing in the lakes region of Maine and New Hampshire.   As Scott addresses in his statement, the “bobhouses” illustrate a narrative that is the essence of survival in the freezing temperatures of the region.  They are entirely utilitarian in their purpose using lightweight windproof materials providing warmth and shelter against the elements.  See more of the series here.

Team Work: Leica + Hermes

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Seriously, Leica?   Does it get anymore gorgeous than this?   This classic M7 35mm gets the special treatment with a silver chrome finish and thanks to Hermes, a choice of either orange or tan calfskin leather.   Orange please!  This beauty can be delivered to your doorstep in a linen-covered, silk-lined box for a mere £8,550 (about $14,250).

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The Photography of Issei Suda

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It's no secret that I've had a long love affair with Japan.  Their culture, point of view, food and sense of tradition is something I have great respect for.  On my first trip to Japan three years, I discovered the photography of Daido Moriyama and Rinko Kawauchi, two Japanese photographers who are known for being very influential on 20th century photography. Today, I got an email from one of my favorite galleries in Portland, Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, introducing me to the work of Issei Suda, another Japanese photographer.  I find his work both subtle and incredibly evocative yet unlike anything I've seen before.  He is represented exclusively in the US by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art.  Spend some time on the gallery's site exploring his work.

Yes Please. Cole, Rood & Haan

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Ok.  This is kind of brilliant.  While there have been a number of brands that have launched heritage collections, I've found a lot of them uninspiring and pretty forced.  However, Cole Rood & Haan, a footwear collection inspired by Cole Haan's 1920's Chicago roots and taken directly from the historic archives, proves different. They have managed to update some vintage designs with modern touches and great leathers.   Not only do the shoes look great but I love the way they have chosen to market and brand the collection.

The marketing campaign highlights an entrepreneurial lifestyle.  They made the very wise decision to hire Todd Selby aka The Selby to shoot the campaign, which features entrepreneurs in NYC who run businesses that take old things and make them new again in a fresh and innovative way.  The shoot takes place at four places: The Smile- a Cafe and Mixed-Use Concept Store, Jack's Coffee-the inventor of the "stir brew technique," Maryam Nassir Zadeh, an amazing boutique carrying things that are both new and old and Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons, an edgy, beautifully crafted jewelry line.  By using real people in real life situations the whole line just feels more authentic.  These are shoes you want to wear on your way to the studio for a day of brainstorming and bags you want to cram full with a notebook, pens, magazines and bits of inspiration you find on the street.  You can see the full shoot here.

Discovered: Smitten Kitchen

smitten kitchen While searching for a cake recipe for a recent dinner party, I came across Smitten Kitchen.  A blog that deliciously documents a woman's mission to create simple, unpretentious comfort food in her 42 square foot nyc kitchen.  Her recipes are straightforward and the photography on her site  is bold and beautiful.  I’ve been eyeing her arugula, potato and green bean salad and her lemony zucchini goat cheese pizza.  Sounds like a perfect summer dinner on a hot day like today.

Discovered: The Jewels of NY

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My dear friend Bryn over at paper tastebuds did a lovely post about Diana Yen and Lisel Arroyo, the masterminds behind The Jewels of NY, a blog that beautifully intersects their talents in cooking, photography, design and just overall gorgeousness.  Included with the photographs are recipes for those who want to try and create their magic.  Here you can find the recipe for the Chocolate Pots de Crème with Rosemary Whipped Cream pictured above  and below is the recipe for the beautiful Flatbread.  Enjoy!

Caramelized Fennel and Tomato Flatbread Serves 2

1/4 ounce package active dry yeast 1/2 cup warm water 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1/4 cup for kneading dough 1 large egg 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 3 to 4 campari tomatoes, sliced 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 of a fennel bulb, sliced, reserve about 1/4 cup fennel fronds 2 cloves of garlic, mashed into paste 1/4 cup fontina cheese, grated 1 teaspoon lemon juice zest of half a lemon fleur de sel to serve

In a small bowl stir together yeast and warm water, let stand for about 5 minutes.

Beat together egg, 1 tablespoon of oil and salt, set aside. In a medium bowl, add in 1 1/2 cups of flour and create a well in the center of the flour. Add yeast mixture into the well then add the egg mixture. Using a fork or your hands combine mixture until dough forms. Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead until stickiness is gone and feels smooth and elastic, adding flour as necessary. Add 1 tablespoon of oil into a bowl, place dough in oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

In a large skillet over moderate heat melt butter then add in the fennel, salt and pepper to taste. Cook and stir occasionally until tender and golden, about 15-20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375°F

On a floured surface, knead the dough and roll out to a 1/4 inch thickness. Roll the dough loosely around the rolling pin and unroll it over a 19-by 10-inch rectangle cast iron skillet. Brush dough with remaining olive oil then evenly distribute garlic paste, cheese, caramelized fennel, tomatoes, lemon zest, lemon juice and fennel fronds. Bake flatbread for 35 minutes until crust is golden brown. Sprinkle with fleur de sel and serve warm.


plugged We'll be heading up to Saratoga Springs on April 30th for the opening of Plugged, a group show at The Schick Gallery.  The show is an alumni invitational at Skidmore College, where Dan and I both graduated from that features new media and photography by Dan Eckstein, Simon Biswas, Carlson Bull, Adam Daily, Zach Gage, Patrica Search, Adrian Winter.

Schick Art Gallery Saisselin Art Building 2nd Floor 815 North Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

The show runs until June 20th.

The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography

The fine folks at Humble Arts Foundation have recently published The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography, which features one of Dan's images.  "The Collector's Guide is an invite only, unique 180–page source book distributed to collectors, art dealers, gallery directors, photo editors, museum professionals, and independent curators. Published biennially, The Collector's Guide aims to further Humble's mission by bridging the gap between ambitious early-career photographers and often-unapproachable photography professionals and art institutions."

We were lucky enough to score two copies of it at this year's  and they are beautifully designed and contain some amazing photographers including Timothy Briner, Brian Berman and Carlo Van de Roer.

You can pick up a copy here.