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Tuesday
May082018

ATOCHA - HANDMADE AMERICAN FURNITURE FOR VINYL LOVERS

OPEN / CLOSE SERIESGot Vinyl?  If you do, you know your collection needs a space to display and store that is worthy of those beautiful platters of non-digital sound.  If you're over 30, do the milk crates really cut it?

Enter Atocha Design.  This New York based design firm was ahead of the curve back in 2008, when founder Jenn Atocha was frustrated that nothing in the mid-century modern universe (or any style actually) offered a functional AND beautiful option for her record collection.THE FAMOUS - RECORD STAND SERIES   While most furniture designers had long since declared vinyl D.O.A., Atocha threw herself into designing, prototyping, and producing clean, understated design, from the most luxurious and natural raw materials, and forged her working relationship with New York based workshops to hand craft these beautiful pieces.

From first glance, the attention to detail and streamlined designs catch your eye.  The fine detailing is what sets the collection apart from all the companies that have come along since, many directly, and sometimes painfully inspired by Atocha.  Editors from the finest publications have always supported Atocha for it's authenticity and purity of design.  Immediately, the professionals took note and became fans and clients.  Atocha has produced pieces for many DJ's, event spaces, and retail spaces. 

THE DJ STANDMost pieces are commisioned for private residences for those passionate about their music collection.   The company has shipped furniture literally around the world.. and down the street from their trendy NY headquarters neighborhood.THE SPEAKER STANDSTHE KICKBACK SERIES TABLE THE LEATHER SLING LP HOLDER

Click on the images here to visit the company website and learn more and see more photos.   The pieces are not inexpensive by any stretch, but considering the quality of the materials, and the small shop artisan construction - there is value in these items that will grown over time.

Click over to the company website to see so many more designs!  (Click images to visit these items on Atocha website).

Sunday
Mar112018

OSCARS SO OLD? - SENIORS STOLE THE SHOW IN STYLE

INGENUE EVA MARIE SAINT IN 1954 - STAR OF "ON THE WATERFRONT" - AND IN 2018, AT 93 STILL STUNNING AT THE 90TH ACADAMY AWARDS IN MARCH 2018In many ways, 2017 was like an episode of the Twilight Zone.  Or was it like the first half of a EVA MARIE SAINT - ACADAMY AWARDS 2018superhero movie, when the evil forces take over the government, poison the environment, and steal all the money?    

With all that and more happening in Washington, the political unrest bubbling up in pockets coast to coasACTRESSES JANE FONDA AND HELEN MIRREN - ACADAMY AWARDS 2018t due to Police brutality and killing of too many people of color, Sexual harrassment and assualt of too many women, and the unnesscassry terrorizing of undocumented workers and dreamers that make America the diverse and strong nation it is, it is almost too much pressure for a show like the Academy Awards, or any award show to try and "entertain" us for the evening.   So last month for Oscar's 90th celebration, Host Jimmy Kimmel returned and did his best, and that is better than most.  His dry delivery of one liners aimed at the Trump administration and the cast of characters there got laughs and winces, but kept us focused on the positive.  

In this era of #BlackLivesMatter, #TimesUp, and the #MeToo movements, the night had much expectation of delivering powerful statments on social justice.  Of course anything planned for this glittering night, would be in the shadow of Oprah Winfrey's Mic Drop moment at the Golden Globes.   Oprah brought the room to their feet during her acceptance speech, when presented with the Cecile B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press.   She put everyone that isn't "woke" on notice that a NEW DAY IS DAWNING. RITA MORENO AT THE 2018 ACADAMY AWARDS. AT 86, SHE STUNNED ALL WEARING HER GOWN FROM HER 1962 APPEARANCE AND WIN AT THE OSCARS!

Having said all this, the Oscar's themselves were keen to seem more inclusive after much outrage to #OscarsSoWhite and the fact that too few nominations were given to people of color.  So while we were expecting more inclusion, we also had a surprise dominance of Senior Citizens that wiped the floor with Actors and Actresses less than half their age.  

We saw Gods and Goddesses in their 70's, 80's, and 90's!!!!!   In a society that doesn't appreciate our elders as we should, it was amazing to see these eloquent professionals not only having all their faculties past 80, but THRIVING in the spotlight - in front of one of the largest global audiences. JAMES IVORY - DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, AND SCREENWRITER - TOOK HOME OSCAR GOLD FOR HIS SCREENPLAY FOR "CALL ME BY YOUR NAME" - AT 89 HE IS THE OLDEST WINNER IN OSCAR HISTORY.   Bravo to these men and woman of the big screen.  We all have more to look forward to from having seen this performance!

Some standouts from the night:  Eva Marie Saint - stunning at 93 years old.  Amazingly she won the best supporting actress in 1955 for her performance in "On The Waterfront" alongside Marlon Brando.

Jane Fonda - 80, won Oscar in 1972 for her performance in "Klute", and again in 1979 for her role in "Coming Home".  Fonda has been nominated a stunning 7 times!  Jane dazzled in WHITE alongside co-presenter  Helen Mirren -73.  Mirren won Oscar Gold in 2007 for her performance as the title role in "The Queen".  Mirren has been nominated 4 times.  

Rita Moreno - 86, won Oscar gold for her role in "West Side Story" in 1962.  She wins fashion statement of the night for wearing the SAME dress she wore the night she won the Oscar!  Moreno had that dress made for her all those years ago, and decided to bring it out of storage for this special night!  Moreno is one of only 12 people in history to be an EGOT winner.  Having won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony.  Incredible!

Not to leave the men out.  OSCAR WINNER - James Ivory - 89 - became the oldest winner in Oscar history for his screenplay for "Call Me By Your Name".  It was his 4th nomination. 

Do yourself a favor and google some of these stunning performances I listed above.  Between youtube and itunes, you should find them... even clips are worth watching to see these legends in action.  Pass the popcorn!    For more info regarding all things #OSCAR - visit  OSCAR.COM



Friday
Feb232018

ATOMIC BLONDE - THE SPY WEARS GALLIANO & DIOR &...

In case you missed CHARLIZE THERON in 2017's ATOMIC BLONDE.. STREAM IT TONIGHT!  The fashion, the action, the sex, the music, the cars..  WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS AND NOT WATCHING? LOL.   Click image to read more about the film, and the soundtrack featuring Siouxsie, Nena, A Flock of Seagulls, David Bowie.. I have to sit down.   Click ATOMIC BLONDE - brace yourselves.

CHARLIZE THERON IS ATOMIC - ATOMIC BLONDE THAT IS...