The run to NYC yesterday was a quick one so every minute had to be well worth ! Limited minutes could only mean one thing: I would have to stick with a theme. I picked Japanese and decided on the Noguchi museum in queens.
Isamu’s Noguchi’s sculptures are beautifully natural and innovative at the same time. Each piece deserves attention, the space and high commercial brick walls are completely non-descript from the outside and offer some great shelter from the hustle of NY: think slate and wooden interlocking sculptures in a zen garden. I plan on going back when I can spend some more time taking in the pieces and relaxing in the garden, well worth the trek to Long Island City !
The next and last stop given lack of time was UNIQLO . A trip to NY these days is not complete without a stopover at what many call the (better?) Japanese version of the GAP. Tailored cuts, quality craftsmanship and collaborations with everyone from JIL SANDER to Jun Takahashi are what you will find. The 89,000 store in midtown happens to be the largest retail location on 5th, I prefer SOHO and 34th, less overwhelming !
Get out of the hectic stores, blarring holiday music 24/7, these gifts make buying gifts all the more fun & easy! Click your way to new, fun, vegan, environmentally friendly products. These gifts are suitable for all ages , all whilst having a little kick to them. Our 2012 holiday guide, features a few of our favorites this season. Here’s the story behind each product.
1. Steel Toe Boot – $199
Our first pick, given the weather in Montreal, are these vegetarian shoes from Mooshoes. “The 14 Eye Boot was one of the first boots ever made by Vegetarian Shoes, and over a decade later this one is still going strong.” These stylish, water resistant boots makes walking though snow, slush & ice all the more bearable.
Reading this book will motivate & inspire you to get your health back into check to ring in the new year. Make 2013 the year you get your life & health back, and feel good doing it : ) This #1 New York Times best seller instructs you how to leave behind the discomfort of toxic hunger, cravings, and addictions to unhealthy foods.
These postcards take a new spin on the Holiday card. Send it to your friends & family this season, as they watch it grow! “This vegetable ink-based greeting card sends sentiments – with seeds. Just pop open your card, water the base, and sprinkle its packet over the diorama. In just a few days, you’ll have unruly sprouts of Lepidium sativum (that’s Garden cress) unfurling through the paper arches of your mini botanical garden.
Perfect for sunny desks and window sills, this edible crop brings surfaces (and salads!) to life. So you can have your card – and eat it too. U.S. postage required: $1.30. Made in Wales.” – uncommon goods.
4. Creed $ 199
Protect your MacBook and the environment this holiday season! Our Creed briefcase is the perfect way to carry your MacBook Pro, iPad, and iPhone while caring about the environment. Made with our signature vegan material, the smart brief blends vintage inspiration with the contrasting touch of modern, black, custom-made hardware.
LA’s Publish focuses on providing garments that are sustainable in terms of both design longevity and environmentally supportive production practices.
“Considering the amount of fabric waste that falls to the cutting room floor with each batch of big brand collections, this small initiative hopes to lessen the environmental impact of mass manufacturing, offer Publish’s loyal supporters a unique garment and encourage other companies to consider their role in production pollution all at the same time. “We were able to accumulate enough fabric to make 100 pieces per style per color,” says Richard Chung of Publish. “Hopefully with enough support, we’ll be able to continue this program to better our environment and keep helping positive causes.” – Coolhunting
Walking along the streets of Montreal on garbage day is for some a nightmare, others a playground. For artist Alexis O’Hara, the latter rings true. His art exhibition running from Nov 29- Dec 20th in Montreal features his new interactive sculpture piece titled “Squeeeequee! The Improbable Igloo”. Utilizing found materials, he creates an immersive sonic space constructed from 60-70 recycled speakers, all from Ecocentres or found on garbage day, creating a cozy, winter fort wonderland of sound. With carefully placed pillows and a microphone inside the sculpture, he creates a fun, inviting, memorable experience. This is your chance to echo your voice, with 4 microphones as the sole audio source for you and other howlers!
Shed your inhibitions & create dynamic sound! This cocoon of beauty from trash is a must see! Whether it’s nostalgic memories of winter fort building or making a cocoon , his sculpture is one to see and experience.
Squeeeequee! The Improbable Igloo will be on display at Maison de la Culture Maisonneuve (4200 Ontario E.), Nov. 29 – Dec. 20.