Let Them Have.... Bread? Baguette Tables by Studio Rygalik

In the house of DCoopMedia, I'm pretty much the only person who eats anything with a healthy amount of carbs.  Things like fresh home-made pasta and flaky croissants are just vices I'm not quite willing to give up in the quest for making my body the "Eternal Temple". 

Then again, I drink Diet Coke like it's going out of style so I might just have failed this task right out of the gate.

What this all means is that because the Better Half has been in a constant state of Diet since the change of the last millennium and because gorging myself on all two feet of flaky crispiness that is the French baguette will do nothing for my own lady like figure, I end up with a lot of stale bread.

And it's not for lack of wanting to eat the entire loaf it's just that the perfectly fresh baked loaves tend to last maybe a day tops.  So just what does one do with their uneaten yet oh-so-treasured loaves of French tastiness? Feed it to the birds? Sword fights?  Save them for Thanksgiving stuffing?

Although meant to be a social commentary on the amount of food wasted on a daily basis, the Baquette Tables created by Studio Rygalik for Vienna Design Week Laboratory might be just the perfect solution.

Though the fresh baked aroma has all but disappeared from these tables, there is something in me that just wants to slather their tops with butter and begin to gnaw.  What are your thoughts?  Quirky? Crazy? Or just plain nuts?

DCoopMedia was not compensated for this post.  Images courtesy Studio Rygalik.

LIVE from Dwell on Design it's #DesignLUX!

For the last six months, as we've jumped head first into the world of publishing, launching theTwentySIX and busily made #DesignLUX the place to be every Thursday (unless there is a fire or a sale at Bloomingdale's), we've been pretty much caged up, hibernating in the office with our proverbial noses to the grindstone. 

But finally, through the support of two very great brands, Crossvile Inc. and Toto USA we're being allowed to leave and actually hang out with all of you! It's about time, am I right?

Here's the deal, Luxury and Sustainability have never exactly seen eye to eye.  Some of the rarest luxe materials and products aren't the most Eco-friendly and we oftentimes find ourselves sacrificing aesthetics in the name of living the green lifestyle.  Times are-a-changing, however, as luxury brands are revamping their technologies and processes to create products which meet the standards of the discerning buyer while being a friend to Mother Nature at the same time.

Friday, June 20th, join #DesignLUX and DCoopMedia with hosts Toto USA and Crossville Inc. for a LIVE discussion on the show floor of Dwell on Design.  We'll dive into the world of sustainable luxury products and how the luxury market is changing for the better.  And hey, we might even learn something new at the same time.

And if you can't make it to the show, join in virtually using the #DesignLUX hashtag beginning at 1pmPT/4pmET.

#DesignLUX LIVE from Dwell on Design
Modern Sustainability | Luxury Living for the Green World

Friday, June 20th @ 1pmPT/4pmET
Booths 1447 & 1457

If you plan to attend the live event, please make sure to RSVP HERE so that we may get an accurate head count.  Also, make sure to register with Dwell on Design for your admission.

DCoopMedia was compensated for this post as part of a #DesignLUX media sponsorship.  All images copyright DCoopMedia except for Dwell on Design logo and may not be used without permission.

Celebrating - Hashtag Blessed

It's somewhat rare that I post snippets of my personal life here on D'Scoop.  Part of it probably comes from the need to remain relatively guarded in a world where everyone on the internet "knows your name".  It's a bit like Cheers.  I post on Twitter and immediately I'm flooded with comments and likes and favorites from people round the world ... many of whom barely know my name let alone the me behind the keyboard (or in many cases, behind the iPhone).

In the world of PR and marketing we're all taught to be voices for the brands we represent.  Or in my case, for the magazine.  It's a constant battle between the world we portray and the world in which we're actually living.  I certainly don't feel there is anything wrong with that so long as it's warranted. 

But in my case, I am my brand.  For several years I've worked tirelessly to cultivate the brand behind Brandon Smith, developing the personality that is #DesignLUX and theTwentySIX and, ultimately, DCoopMedia.  My brands are an extension of me. And with that I should be allowed some allowance for being somewhat sappy and personal in my posts. I mean, what you're buying is me, right?  So why shouldn't you know all the quirks and flaws and moments that make up the paradigm that is me.

This week, I was given the privilege of joining several esteemed writers, reporters, and reviewers from a number of outlets that even I read on a regular basis, to take part in the International preview and first drive of BMW's new i8 sports car, a car which is believed to be the antithesis to the automotive industry.  The catalyst needed to change America's perception of what the sports car should be.  Certainly, from the perspective of its design and its log of sustainable features, it will be just that.  It's a revitalization of a marketplace that has prided itself on putting performance aspects above all else, sometimes to the detriment of the car in play.

it is, without a doubt, an injection of fresh air into an otherwise staid automotive environment. 

Aside from all of that, sitting six floors above the Santa Monica beaches stretching past the front doors of the Fairmont Hotel, I can't help but see a parallel between myself and the i8.  I started DCoopMedia last year with the intentions of bringing to the Luxury marketplace a fresh take, a different perspective, and a new look into the definition of luxury for the consumer.  Certainly my endeavors are still in their infancy but I can't help but think that I too am the catalyst for change.  DesignLUX last week celebrated 83 million impressions having reached nearly 8 million unique Twitter users.  theTwentySIX hit a milestone 50,000 readers and 100,000 individual views. 

I never thought that both would take off as quickly as they have and I certainly never thought I'd be sitting here enjoying the cool breezes of a Southern California beach summer day at the expense of one of the world's largest auto manufacturers.  I'm certainly feeling blessed. 

This post certainly isn't meant to be "douchey" or to rub success in one's faces but to thank everyone for being as supportive as they have in the past nine months.  I'm humbled.  I'm grateful.  I might be a little drunk from having consumed several glasses of champagne with executives from BMW.

But I'm content. And in the end that is all that matters.

So thank you.  Thank you all for making me and my brands matter to you.  Thank you for your continued support, for your tweets & retweets.  Thank you for helping make DCoopMedia what it has become in such a short time.  And most importantly, thank you for simply being part of my journey.

#SocialSaturday - Abstract Art & Authentic Tacos

We'd originally scheduled three stops on our weekend excursion - the showing of works by Hill & Stump and Prudence Horne at the Kettner Studio Arts Building (my old studio building I might add), a jaunt down to the barrio for a swimwear showing by a new label, and then finally a hop over the border for a showing of screenprints representing the US/Mexico border by 25 artists from around the world.

But even the best made plans can come part or lead you astray and, this weekend, our #SocialSaturday field trip was no different. 

SPRING: New Paintings by Hill & Stump and Prudence Horne

By now you should all know that Hill & Stump - artists Daphne Hill and Anna Stump - are theTwentySIX favorites.  I never pass up an opportunity to chat about the beauty of avian flu over a few cocktails. Paired with colleague and fellow San Diego artists Prudence Horne (responsible for the hand colored drawing of a penis that looks like a penguin residing in my office) you know the conversation will be fun.  At least this part of the evening went as planned, having flocked to Hill & Stump's newest compositions depicting birds in various artistic styles, and drinking along side Horne's pixelated water scenes.

Hill & Stump | www.hillandstump.com

Prudence Horne | www.prudencehorne.com

South of the Border

If only I could say that the rest of the evening went so well. Next up should have been a showcase of swimwear from a local San Diego fashion designer.  Sadly, nobody, in the words of Prince, Had the Look and whilst a bit of a fight broke out near the stage, editor Aubry and I made a quick exit.  Maybe it was the missing models that stemmed the fight between two burly men or maybe the very tiny crowded venue or it could have been the somewhat tone deaf singer belting out 1960's London pop tunes that had nothing to do with any part of the showcase.  Either way, it was a bust.

Word to the wise: if you promise busty women in swimsuits, deliver.

Living so close to an international border means that we have a second great art scene at our fingers.  Even better is that depending on where you happen to be in TJ you may still be on US cellular reception (just say no to roaming!).  I'd like to say that I'm relatively good with directions and even better when I have a map in my hand.  But in this case, an hour of driving 'round Tijuana and a bout with a wrong turn on a round-about going the opposite direction resulted in only one thing - tacos.  Never has defeat been so tasty! 

I'll take great conversation with a Mexico City architect, pork and asada tacos, and Coca-Cola made with real sugar any day.

Tacos Puebla | Carreterra Federal 1 Libertad, Tijuana BC, Mexico

Happy Memorial Day Readers!

DCoopMedia was note compensated for this post.  All images copyright DCoopMedia and may not be used without permission.

Get a Grip on Your Axe: Guitar Grip Decor Friendly Hangers

As designers we're often times prone to somewhat strange and/or unusual requests.  It's part of the job right?

I once had a client who was very into his guitars, one guitar in particular.  A Gibson Les Paul.  It was certainly a beautiful specimen of musical instrument but paired with the more subdued and mainstream tastes of his better half, I struggled with finding just the right solution.  Eventually the guitar rested in a special metal cradle near a vintage amp.

This weekend, while at our annual North Park Festival of the Arts (see our #SocialSaturday blog post for more happenings from the event) I ran across Guitar Grip

Handmade in Detroit, Guitar Grip is a wall mounted "hook" sculpted in the shape of a gripping human hand and designed especially to hold any number of Axe heads without damaging the delicate components of various stringed instruments.  Personally, though the colors are a bit outrageous (luckily black is available), I love that there are several different sizes so guitar lovers can hang their Les Pauls, their Fenders, and even their Ukes and that the grips are available as both left and right hand models for further customization. 

Side note: These are great for keeping guitars above the hands of pesky children.

Consider this your musical PSA!

Guitar Grip | www.guitargrip.com

DCoopMedia did not receive compensation for this post. All images copyright DCoopMedia and may not be used without permission.