For the eleventh issue of Inventory magazine, I spent a day in Los Angeles with the British artist Oliver Payne. As part of our launch celebrations, Oliver produced a new work, entitled Inventory Eleven, that was first exhibited during of a three-day show at 0fr in Paris.
This is how your eyes work: First, there are rods and cones. The rods give you your soft gaze, your peripheral vision, the unfocused resting state when you see everything and distinguish nothing. If something catches your attention while in your soft gaze the cones focus, a kind of tunnel vision is perceived. Everything fades to background as you study your subject. Unconsciously, you do this all the time.
I visited Hotel Okura for the first time on my last trip to Tokyo in May of 2014. A Japanese friend had suggested I go to see it, since I’d told him I was trying to shoot as much architecture as I could while staying in the city. It looks to me like a simple and sophisticated melody, and shows the perfect confluence between what I imagine are grand American and traditional Japanese notions of space and lighting.
Host to a series of abnormal landscape features, including potholes, canyons, caves and scattered rock compositions, the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington offer an unusually beautiful backdrop to these behind the scenes photographs from Scout Seattle. After launching with a variety of hard goods, Scout Seattle have expanded their range to include American-made jackets, accessories and footwear – all available from their online store.
To close out the Spring-Summer '14 season, we feature an editorial using a selection of pieces from one of our favourite collections. White Mountaineering has been producing interesting, forward-thinking garments since 2006, with designer Yosuke Aizawa choosing to focus on three categories: design, utility and structure. SS14's Voyager offering uses travel as its focus, and introduced a womenswear collection for the very first time.
Beams buyer Alex Nakada visited New York for a series of meetings and design reviews last summer as he prepared for a special project in collaboration with Pilgrim Surf + Supply. Following him from Manhattan to Brooklyn, photographer Dave Potes documented the process and planning between Beams, Pilgrim Surf + Supply and Battenwear.
In the wake of all the exposure, after the dust has settled on previous collections, and as we await next season's product at the end of another year, it's the ideal time to consider Gyakusou in a broader context. Alongside some of the iconic imagery created around the brand, David Hellqvist examines a collaboration between Nike and Undercover that has been successful in design, performance, and sales terms ever since its arrival in 2010.
Our latest issue features an article about the Harvard Five – a group of mid-century architects who lived and worked in the Connecticut town of New Canaan. The Glass House by Philip Johnson is one of the group's most internationally recognized works, and, as the last days of summer gave way to the first of fall, photographer Marcelo Gomes shot a series of colourful and vibrant photographs of the building and its expansive grounds.
In July Engineered Garments presented their first ever fashion show, featuring clothing from their Spring-Summer ’14 collection. Hosted at the New York Nepenthes store, the show was documented by filmmaker Manabu Gaku Inada. The resulting film offers not only a look at the show itself, but also a glimpse behind the scenes, and at the various processes that were required to make this landmark event such a well-received success.