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artist profile: ariel erestingcol

Where was your favorite place to live?
There are a few favorites- NY, SF, but there’s no place like home, Los Angeles, because it’s where I grew up plus the weather and energy is amazing.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Technically there aren’t any separate rooms since I live in a studio so I guess…the studio. It’s a place where I can get involved in my own thoughts and express myself.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The French curve, because it’s traditionally used for drafting but you can use it as a drawing tool to produce fluid/smooth curves and varying radii. Plus digitally it’s used for vector based graphics. Aside from my art practice I am a graphic designer, I am always using the pen tool which is based on the French curve.

What are your sources of inspiration?
The urban quotidian. What’s better than to use what’s around you—the everyday is a great source of inspiration, the intricate architecture, the city landscape and the people that make it buzz .

What do you drive?
A gunmetal grey Toyota Tacoma 2010 pick-up truck. Practical for an artist LOL.

What one item do you wish you owned?
A time device that can make TIME still…

What are your interests outside of design?
Spending quality time with Friends/Family and tending to my dog, he’s the best dog ever!!!

Who are you design icons?
Paul Rand who created the (ABC logo). Marc Atlan, charles and Ray Eames, le Corbusier and whoever came up with the ‘Sunny D’ logo.

Form vs. function?
Can’t have one without the other.

What is your signature?
Illusion vs. allusion – it’s a re-occurring theme in most of my pieces – blurring the lines between what you are looking at and what is being presented. My works allude to the fact that the imagery being presented can only be grasped when you take a step back. It’s like when you see a realistic image at a distance but up close it’s just a jumble of noise and stuff.

What is your personal decorating style?
It’s a hybrid of reclaimed vintage materials with a touch of modern, what I like to call “modern vintage”.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
My tools! “My tools…I love my tools…”

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Making art.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Use an old painter’s ladder as a bookshelf.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
My painting teacher at art school would scream at me about not using enough color in my paintings. He was always yelling at me, “ the whole world is in reverse!!!- it’s not about what you want, it’s about what it needs!!! It’s not about what you can’t do, it’s about what you can do- alternatives ways-haven’t you heard of that yet?!!!”

Although it was hard at times, those moments stuck with me through the years in my studio practice, not because of the yelling… it was clear to me that if you need to get something done you can’t get all caught up in your inabilities to move forward—to get there sooner or later you have to focus on what the situation needs. I guess it’s another way of being present through action and at the same time separating yourself from your fears and wants.

My advice: everything is a work in progress. See problems as challenges and get absorbed in the present because otherwise you might just miss that one important moment.


the novogratz in brasil

When did you first visit South America?
We heard Brasil was a beautiful place with beautiful people, so we always wanted to visit. Our first trip was 10 years ago after our friend Alex told us it was the next cool place—he was right!

What were your first impressions?
Brasil is a huge and beautiful country with great cities and amazing natural elements—not to mention the fantastic Samba music we listened to a lot.

Why did you choose Brasil for a second home—quite a distance from New York?
We wanted to expose our kids to other cultures and we have always loved to travel. With our big gang it gets expensive to stay in hotels, spend a day at a theme park—so the Trancoso house made a lot of economic sense. The bonus is that it allows us to have a lot of quality time together free from appointments, lessons, science projects.

Do you have a routine for visiting—planning the dates, packing, etc?
Everyone enjoys the journey but it is a long flight—thank goodness for in-flight movies. In general we’re able to pack light since it’s all about t-shirts, bathing suits, and bare feet.

Are there “must do’s” while you’re there?
Yes! Swimming, surfing, dune buggy rides, the Qadrado at night and all the great restaurants.

The house is very relaxing so it’s easy to just enjoy the views and never leave—but we’re always tempted by a day trip to check out more of the country.

What do your children love about Brasil?
They love the energy of New York City and Brasil is quite different—the opposite extreme—relaxed, casual, beaches vs calendars, homework, skyscrapers. We have high-speed web access at the house so everyone has the choice to escape or check-in.

We have great memories every trip we take, but we especially love lazy days on the beach, sunrises with great big cups of coffee, or just hanging with our crazy gang.

all photos by: Tim Gleaney


daylight saving time, spring 2013

“Spring forward, Fall back” reminds us to turn clocks forward one hour this Sunday at 2:00 a.m. as daylight saving time begins.


animal rescue: ally

Before she was Famous: Ally was rescued as a puppy by Blackdog All Breed Dog Rescue after she was left at the city pound with two broken back legs. She was rehabilitated, adopted, and now lives in Uptown with her parents and an older sister, Miley, who is also a rescue.

Nicknames: Ally’s nickname is Ally-gator because of her big smile and her propensity for chewing up anything she can get her paws on.

Favorite Snack: A big rawhide bone.

Talent Show: Ally loves running at the Montrose dog beach, playing in the laundry hamper, wrestling with her older sister, and patrolling the neighborhood for squirrels and pigeons. But her best trick is tugging off people’s socks for them—whether they want them on or not!


recipe: pisco sour

2 oz pisco
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
1 large egg white
4 drops of angostura bittersice
raspberry for garnish

Put all the ingredients except the ice and bitters in a cocktail shaker and shake for 10 seconds.

Add ice and shake for 10 more seconds, then strain into a chilled mae cocktail glass.

Dot the drink with the bitters and garnish with a fresh raspberry.