This is a people heavy, art world issue that gets deep into urban alternative living. There are some fascinating stories here, but not a lot of juicy design.
- The Surviving Twin, Rearranging the Furniture: This is the story of Jay Johnson, twin brother of Jed Johnson (Andy Warhol's lover for many years). Interestingly, Jay and Jed's lives led them from poverty to the Factory to creating a hugely profitable interior design firm. Jed died in 1996, and Jay has taken the reigns.
- Ephemeral Art, Eternal Maintenance: We wrote a bit about this yesterday. Some contemporary art is hugely expensive and prone to disintegration, mildew, or just plain rotting. Read about how Steven Cohen's $8m pickled tiger shark costs $100,000 simply to move.
- For Choicest Apartments, Many More Choices: Hey, they said it was a bubble, and guess what? It looks like it really was (or at least prices are dropping and buyers are holding off).
- The Jolt of Spray Paint on Snow: The NYTimes slums it. Mark Paul Deren, aka "Madsteez," is a graffitti artist whose graphics are spreading all over consumer products like sneakers and skiis. What's interesting here is that skiis are back and snowboards are o-v-e-r.
- Currents is a bit weak, but always worth a look. Fishs Eddy has a new design, Moss has a new show (see FLICKR), and there is a wild new clothing designer in town by the name of Prada (but not THE Prada).
- Personal Shopper: Marianne Rohrlich rounds up all these funky new faucets that do everything besides simply delivering water