The Spotify Garden Grows at FYF

If you were lucky enough to find it, the Spotify Artist Garden was a welcome reprieve for some very special festival goers at this years FYF - the largest music festival held in Los Angeles. A shaded enclave amidst the busy bustle of the FYF backstage artist compound, the garden boasted a meticulously curated assortment of gifts and services by local brand partners - including massage and tarot readings by House of Intuition, skin treatments by Noto Botanics, glittering by Major Moonshine, futuristic eyewear by Esqape, delicious fresh juices by Juicero, and endless edibles by Sage Vegan Bistro.  A peaceful reprieve from the bustle of the festival environment, the Spotify Artist Garden was where artists went to relax, recharge and connect. A trading post of free goodies was tailored to the needs of touring artists - from crystals and palo santo to music-themed used books and grab-and-go snacks, the garden had everything artists needed to have the ultimate backstage experience at FYF. This connective moment is the beginning of a beautiful relationship between artists and a brand that supports the creative community in a whole new way.

A Mod Angeleno Bachelor Pad

The L.A. Times shines a spotlight ON WCIP

 

Written by the fabulous Lisa Boone, this weekend's edition of LA Home & Garden splashed our colorfully designed bachelor pad on the front page, with glowing review of the apartment's aesthetics and custom touches. 

"Working with the unit's cork flooring and birch plywood cabinetry choices, the designers mixed old and new furnishings to create a series of experiences: The guest room feels like a blue cocoon for overnight guests as saturated layers of indigo create an elegantly moody cave. In the living room, a pull-down screen allows Pipes to transform the living area into a movie theater. And the terrace, complete with fountain, potted plants and the Capitol Records building in the background, is the perfect venue to host parties."

As WCIP continues to explore new territories between the worlds of interior, experiential, and retail design, we are developing toward projects that are more permanent, resulting in more impactful spaces for residential or real estate endeavors.

WCIP presents Persephone's

On February 4, we launched Persephone's in Hollywood, California. The first in a series of occult-inspired, wandering plant shop installations, the winter iteration of Persephone's was held in our Los Angeles project space.

Persephone's is a seasonal plant shop that explores nature through the lens of mythology, the occult, femininity and the avant garde.  Through brief, site-specific editions, the shop explores our connection to nature through artistic collaborations, botanical assemblages, and sculptural objects inspired by the elusive Queen of the Underworld, Persephone.

In a very special collaboration, botanical sculptures were housed in beautiful Ben Medansky ceramics. These experimental vessels emphasize alternative areas of the plant, such as stems and leaves, and draw emphasis toward shape, line and form.  Read more...

 

The Vine grows in Chelsea

Over the past six months, we were thrilled to collaborate with our dear friends at branding studio Reunion Goods and Services alongside curator Kyle DeWoody to create an urban "living room" for locals and tourists alike - right in the heart of New York's floral district. Together we transformed the ground floor of the Hotel Eventi into a series of sophisticated spaces - a cocktail lounge dubbed The Vine, a bustling lobby, and the effortlessly glamorous Laurent Torondel restaurant, L'Amico. 

Photos by Skip Hopkins.

The Folk of Eastown

Drawing upon the childhood nostalgia of a true Fall festival, WCIP brought Autumn to the west coast. Our partner, Folk, pioneered the instagram magazine format and in the process became the authority on the new millennial maker community. With a stellar feed of all-American imagery and a curated sense of "living authentic" - Folk brought content and a passionate fan base of creators to Eastown for a week-long celebration of Fall, including a farm to table dinner and maker's market.

 

The Ultimate Angeleno Bachelor Bad

We're so pleased to share one of our favorite recent projects: Mr. Eastown's Pied-a-terre in East Hollywood, CA. We Came In Peace recently transformed this 2 bed, 2 bath unit into the ultimate Angeleno bachelor pad, filled with dynamic mid-century statement pieces, geometric shapes that took form as art, objects, and decor, and a lush terrace that supplies endless cinematic sunsets behind the iconic Capitol Records building.

Photos by Michael Ray Wells.

Peter Brant, Interview Magazine, 1st Dibs, Paul Kasmin Gallery celebrate Frieze NY at The Vine

  

The seeds of change are sprouting in Chelsea - with a brand new social space for the neighborhood, launching this month. The Vine, our latest interior design endeavor, is a reimagined living room for the Chelsea Art District - located on 29th and 6th Ave. 

In celebration of Frieze New York, we invited Peter M. Brant, Interview Magazine, 1stdibs, and Paul Kasmin Gallery to host a private springtime party at The Vine. Guests like Richard Chai, Natalie Joos, Jeremy Kost, and India Menuez mingled while sipping specialty cocktails crafted by mixologists Katie Stipe and Yana Volfson and tasting Chef Laurent Tourondel's menu. Chances with Wolves made a custom soundtrack that provided a perfect balance between music and conversation throughout the evening, while artwork and furnishings from 1stdibs adorned the rooms and wall space. 

  

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Photo: Patrick McMullan | Kevin Baker, Veronika Vogler

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Kevin Baker, Veronika Vogler

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Jed Root, George Root

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Jed Root, George Root

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Lindsay Jones, Aneta Bartos

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Lindsay Jones, Aneta Bartos

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Lynn Hutchins, Stacey Engman, Natalie LeFevre

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Lynn Hutchins, Stacey Engman, Natalie LeFevre

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Sarah Engelland, Lida Fox, Grace Hartzel 

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Sarah Engelland, Lida Fox, Grace Hartzel 

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Heron Preston, India Menuez

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Mona Canino, Cory Kennedy, Elisa Goodkind

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Mona Canino, Cory Kennedy, Elisa Goodkind

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Rachel Rossin, Taylor McKimens, Maria Kozak

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Rachel Rossin, Taylor McKimens, Maria Kozak

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Adrian Torres, Josephine Dupuy Chavanat

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Adrian Torres, Josephine Dupuy Chavanat

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Alex Weiss, May Kwok, Maggie Barr

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Alex Weiss, May Kwok, Maggie Barr

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Amanda Hon, Ryan McClure

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Amanda Hon, Ryan McClure

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Ethan James Green, Hari Nef

Photo: Patrick McMullan | Ethan James Green, Hari Nef

The Secret House, SXSW 2015

Each year for SXSW, WCIP transforms a historic victorian home into a secluded hideaway where filmmakers, festival goers and artists mix and mingle in a cozy, curated clubhouse. The experience is a genuinely connective social microclimate where the "who's who" of the festival can flourish. This year we partnered with No Name Bar and AOK Collective to create a rich program of events with various partners and musical talent.  Photos by Daniel Cavazos.  Read more....  

Creating the Millenial's Apartment for Refinery 29 at CES 2015

During the 2015 International CES, WCIP blended style, functionality and technology to design a tricked-out millenial's apartment with fashion and lifestyle website Refinery29From sensors that monitor how you sleep to automatic fish feeders and 3D-printed bras, we examined how today's millennial woman could introduce some of these high-tech products into her everyday life and living space. Read more....

RARE SEA at Art Basel Miami

For one night only a RARE SEA made from up-cycled materials bloomed beneath the surface in the deep end of the Loews Hotel Pool in Miami Beach.  Guests took a dive into the unknown to discover a work of art by Swoon and Monica Canilao.  Hosted by yours truly along with our friends Algae, H0les and Chandran Gallery.

Société Perrier considered it one of the "Top 5 Quirkiest Exhibits" at Basel this year. See the full article HERE.

Speeding Comet Sings the Space Blues

Unless you've been sleeping under a comet then you must have heard about the major success the European Space Agency had last week when Rosetta's lander Philae touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko not once, but three times. 

Since then the space projectile has been heard singing into outer space.  Perhaps it's trying to tell us something?  What if it's singing a lonely tune?  Or maybe it's singing because it's finally found a friend in Philae?

No matter what the reason (or physics) behind it, we've been playing this tune on repeat at WCIP Headquarters.