another lovely interior from tacklebox.
the aesop chelsea store is a collaboration with the paris review. the walls are papered with pages from the magazine and from the ceiling are suspended actual issues of the magazine.
my parents owned a beauty supply store in downtown newark, new jersey from about 1976 till 2003. i used to go and man the register whenever my parents wanted to go on vacation or go out of town to visit family, well into my 30's. i have a love hate relationship with newark. it was intense being an immigrant kid walking its streets. its urban offerings probably kept my sisters and me from becoming bland suburbanites. i bought my prince and michael jackson albums at the wiz. i learned my street smarts there and in high school went shopping for fashion finds at easy pickins, hit or miss, the rainbow shop, and the bargain floor at bambergers. but the racial divide, hostility and poverty i witnessed were fierce. it was like walking straight onto the set of "do the right thing". i had heard about newark's industrial boom (1870-1920), when the wealthy industrialists came and built their homes there, before fleeing to the suburbs. but what i experienced was the aftermath, a city in the throes of decay and corruption.
when wsj asked me to photograph eric schoenfeld, owner of redfarm restaurant, i was curious to see this other side of newark. eric lives in the forest hill section of newark, in one of the prize mansions from its heyday. there is a lovely, "past its prime", quality to the cluster of grand homes in the historical district. the houses look dignified and well proportioned, not ostentatiously oversized. eric's home is just down the road from branch brook park, designed by frederick law olmstead, and a home built by louis comfort tiffany for his son. eric was very knowledgeable about his home, the local history and was still excitedly discovering markets and specialty shops in the neighboring areas. while not far in distance from where my parents store stood, in the heart of downtown newark, it was certainly a very different world.
i so appreciate it when my work takes me to see things or gains me access to places i would never have had otherwise. being able to walk around the interior of a once opulent home built by one of newark's industrialists in the early 1900's gave me a richer understanding of the history of newark. the extreme dichotomy between the two worlds also gave me a more tangible idea of where the anger and ingrained sense of wrong i had witnessed as a child in many of newark's downtown shoppers may have come from. kudos to eric for shedding some positive media attention on newark. cory booker must appreciate it.
i just came across this flier i saved from the wiz at my mom's house. 1984?
i was asked to photograph a conceptual shelter story for the key section of the new york times magazine. i love shooting environments; not so much the perfect home where a designer picks out all your furniture and stocks your library.Read More
aesop bleecker st was designed in collaboration with march studios in melbourne. the ribbed supports make the interior feels like the inside of a whale. materials used: brass, wood and leather. it's my favorite aesop shop yet.
aesop boston was designed by william o'brian jr., an assistant professor at the MIT school of architecture and planning. the interior is constructed of stacked molding.
more stores to open soon. soho, madison ave and san francisco.
the new OWEN shop. OWEN is a boutique, located in the meat market, specializing in up and coming designers. tacklebox, the architecture firm that designed the aesop elizabeth street and university place stores, designed OWEN's first ny store. not surprisingly they made beautiful use of an unusual design material, 25,000 brown paper bags.
take a look at the before and after photos.
aesop is an all natural hair, skin and body care company which launch in australia in 1987. they opened their first US shops in new york last year and asked me to photograph them. there is an intellectual rigor to their philosophy and design, everything is extremely considered and art directed. i love encountering this sort of random precision/mania/personal vision. for example, the shop on university place is all based on odd numbers. all displays, arrangements and ornamentation are arranged in groups of odd numbers, never even. this made photographing their shops both interesting and fun. they were very specific about the materials they used and wanted them to read: ripped stacks of the new york times for the grand central station kiosk and elizabeth street store, and felted wool for the shop on university place. there are rumors of a bleecker street shop, amongst others, to open soon.
somehow i managed to have a whopping 3 stories in this month's issue of martha stewart living magazine. i was most pleased to have the opportunity to work with steve orr again, one of my favorite editors of all time. we worked together quite a bit at house & garden and i credit him for fostering my love of all things austin, texas. this time we traveled to brooklyn, LA and back to austin to photograph garden bloggers.
while in austin we snuck in a neighborhood story on east austin (and a dip in barton springs), which only deepened my love for the city. here are a few of my favorite images: some old time establishments and some new. the food trucks were a lot of fun. would have loved to have done a whole series on them alone.
also in this issue is a style profile on the jewelry designer jill platner. i was so please to shoot jill's portrait since i'm a huge fan of her and her work. i first photographed her for domino magazine a few years back and we really hit it off. we've worked together several times since and we are currently working on photographing her fantastic jewelry. and as if it couldn't get any better, my OTHER favorite editor was on set for jill's portrait, brooke williams. she and i traveled together extensively for domino magazine, we were quite a team, it was so nice to work together again. many thanks to everyone at martha not only for thinking of me for the shoots, but for also reuniting me with such lovely and talented people.