Sissy’s Spring 2017: What I’m Into

Our Fashion Editor-At-Large, Sissy Sainte-Marie, shares her current obsessions.

DANNY DUNCOMBE CERAMICS

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The series of one-of-a-kind pieces by self-taught ceramic sculptor Danny Duncombe is aptly named As Above So Below to reflect “the link between exterior appearance and interior experience”. I do wish I could live inside of one of them. Maybe someday he’ll do large scale series, such a subdivision of homes, based on his sculptures. dannyduncombe.com

MICRODOSING LSD

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Not planning to try it. Just curious to see how this new trend for treating anxiety and depression pans out.

CARLY JO MORGAN STUDIO

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Speaking of psychedelics, Carly Jo Morgan, is one person who seems to have been born microdosing. In addition to having the world’s cutest haircut at the moment, she also has an amazing mind that comes up with the dopest furniture of this century. carlyjomorgan.com

THERMAGE

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I’m a skeptic when it comes to beauty products and a champ at resisting pretty packaging and promises of miracles, but I’m a sucker for science, technology and proven lab results. So last month, when I was desperate for some real-deal anti-aging help, I went to Los Feliz Med Spa to try Thermage, a non-invasive cosmetic procedure which uses radio frequency energy to improve skin elasticity and firmness by stimulating new collagen production over a period of four to six months. So by my 43rd birthday this September, I expect to be a dead ringer for Elvira Hancock.

ZADIE SMITH

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Thanks to The Gentlewoman for putting her on their cover last year, I discovered my new favorite writer. During fall I read White Teeth and Swing Time back to back and now I’m on to NW. This spring, I look forward to making my way through every word she’s ever written.

Photo courtesy of Reese Blutstein

ERYKAH BADU

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I’m rediscovering another oft-turbaned totem of mine whose LIVE cassette I once listened to exclusively, on repeat, nonstop, for an entire summer, pre-Y2K. Twenty years later and still no other pop star has come close to her wokeness, her songwriting, her delivery, her inimitable style, or her ability to lead with her brains and courage rather than her sexuality, even when she’s buck naked. Well, except Solange of course.

Photo courtesy of Everett Collection

THE RULES OF MAGIC: SOMEDAY SERMONS

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Alan Phillips’ “Someday Sermons” are newletter nirvana. These quick reads “combining real world experience, philosophy, creativity, and spirituality to assist and inspire individuals and organizations on their journey of manifesting their magic and achieving sustainable fulfillment” keep it trill and keep me going. therulesofmagic.com

DUNES MAGAZINE

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I love when people follow through on ideas I’d never have the gumption to put the blood, sweat, tears, and hours into. Big ups to Lauren Coleman, Sarah Kissell and Tiff Horn for manifesting Dunes Magazine. “Dunes celebrates Palm Springs, capturing the women who continue to live the elegance of a bygone age.” dunes.online

Photo courtesy of DUNES Issue 1

SUMMER SUITS

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Yes, I’m a sets addicts and last year I wore a summer suit in the form of an Olderbrother blazemono and matching trousers every chance I had. Judging by the looks of the Spring/Summer 2017 runways and street style cognoscenti, the summer suit is still in full effect and I’m looking to add some slouchy linen and smart silk hook-ups in earthy tones to my wardrobe repertoire.

The Studio Series: Chen Williams

The oversized silhouettes of Ilana Kohn’s coveralls allow for them to be totally unisex which was a welcome discovery for Chen Chen and Kai Williams, the design duo at Chen Williams. “We have normal overalls which tend to be a little too technical and also much tighter fitting in the torso which don’t make them as easy to get in and out of,” Chen explains. “We love the simplicity of these coveralls and the loose fit.” Comfy workwear is important to the duo, especially considering their studio develops so many varied pieces: furniture, jewelry, coasters, bookends, home accessories, materials and more. The Pratt Institute graduates founded their creative studio in Brooklyn in 2011 and their experimental and playful combination of everyday and unusual materials has since been featured in design museums and festivals all over the world.

Chen takes the Lola Utility Coverall for a spin in their studio while we get to know him and his partner Kai.

 

Octahedrons and inspiration with designer Eric Trine

Designer Eric Trine describes his aesthetic with a question: “What if Charles Eames, Buckminster Fuller and Sam Maloof were surfing buddies?” Google those names because Trine’s kaleidoscope of furniture, sculptures and decorative objects is all that and more. Based in Long Beach, California, his colourful geometric designs have been featured in a ton of design magazines and he regularly exhibits at places like Sight Unseen OFFSITE for New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
We’re kind of obsessed so we had to get a look behind the scenes. So we asked and he answered.

WE LOVE THE GEOMETRIC SHAPES THAT YOU INCORPORATE INTO YOUR WORK. WHY DO YOU LIKE WORKING WITH THESE SHAPES?

They are easy to work with and replicate. And, they have this ability to look really simple on their own, but when combined can look really complex and ornate.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECT SO FAR.

I’ve really enjoyed developing my Rod+Weave chair. It’s a simple shape and form, but can look so many different ways depending on the finish. I’ve recently done a few in copper and brass, and they feel really luxe. Then I can do a chair with a pink frame and green leather and it has a playful, childlike feeling. I like the versatility.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS A DESIGNER?

It’s just me running the whole show, so it’s hard to find that sweet spot where I can stay profitable but I’m not working myself into the ground. Business growing pains.

WHAT’S INSPIRING YOU RIGHT NOW?

Right now my biggest inspiration comes from driving. I drive a lot! About 3-4,000 miles a month. So I’ve been noticing things that I can only notice as I’m driving past – lots of landscapes and industrial buildings, particularly the landscaping around industrial buildings. Like how people try to plant trees or have little patches of grass around these hulking cement buildings and asphalt parking lots. I find that interesting.

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