Category Archives: Travel

Collaborative Excellence: Chris Johanson Blankets @ The Standard Hotel

Via The Standard Hotel: “The figurative aspect of the design and the text, “all people are multi-dimensional” really warm up the room and give it a new vibe that we love.” The blankets were created by artist Chris Johanson for the beds in the guest rooms of The Standard Hotel, Downtown, LA. A limited edition of 40 blankets are available for purchase at Shop The Standard.

A blanket by artist Chris Johanson for The Standard Hotel, Downtown, LA. Image via The Standard Hotel.

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Excellent Design: The ‘Papier Tyvek Bag’ by Saskia Diez for Stefan Diez

Presenting the Papier Tyvek bag, designed by Saskia Diez for Stefan Diez. Design year: 2010. Manufacturer: Saskia Diez, Germany. Materials: Tyvek. Need to know information, via Moss Online: While designing the “Papier” Tyvek travel bag, Saskia and Stefan Diez considered the basic requirements of a travel bag – durability, protection and weight – and sought for an appropriate material other than the traditional choices of leather and reinforced textiles. They chose Tyvek, a synthetic paper that is extremely lightweight – this bag weighs only 5 ounces – but at the same time is both waterproof and tear-proof. The material is also completely recyclable. “Papier” won the German Designpreis in 2010. Dimensions:19.5″ x 10″ x 13″. Price: $195.00. To purchase, please click HERE.

The Papier Tyvek bag designed by Saskia Diez for Stefan 2010. Available at Image via

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Outstandingly Miscast: Stephen Dorff in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’

Academy Award-winning director Sofia Coppola‘s new film Somewhere: Great Hotels, great imagery. Great soundtrack. Great young actress (Elle Fanning). Outstandingly miscast actor (Stephen Dorff). Cliché ending.

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16th Century Artistic, Possibly Pornographic, Excellence: Michelangelo’s “Last Judgment”, Outstandingly on Display on the Altar Wall of The Legendary Sistine Chapel, inside the Vatican City in Rome, Italy

From The Telegraph of London: “Elena Lazzarini, a researcher from Pisa University, believes the enormous fresco is replete with homosexual imagery, including a man being dragged into Damnation by his testicles and kisses and embraces between male figures. She has explored the theory in a new book, claiming that Michelangelo drew much of his knowledge of male anatomy from his frequent visits to gay brothels and ‘Turkish baths’ in 16th century Italy.”The virile male bodies are inspired by the physiology of labourers engaged in physical exertion, with taut muscles, strenuous exertion and pain etched into the expression on their faces. She said it was well documented that Michelangelo, who is believed by many historians to have been homosexual, frequented bathhouses and steam rooms tucked away in Rome’s maze of cobbled alleyways. “The bathhouses had many rooms where people could take hot and cold baths and massages. “And then there were other, secluded rooms, places of promiscuity and both male and female prostitution.” For a closer look at some of the gayest images from Michelangelo’s famous painting, and humorous investigation/analysis of Lazzarini’s sure-to-be-controversial claim, please read Excellent writer Brian Molyan‘s post on Gawker.

Porny Excellence, according to an upcoming book: The Last Judgment, which took Michelangelo four years to complete, covers the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel, inside the Vatican Image via ALAMY via The Telegraph of London via .

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Quote, Unquote

“Tons of people who buy [luxury items] don’t have a life that you can call a life of luxury … private jets and all this. Real luxury is limited to very, very few people. People can dream, when they have a Chanel bag, that they live in luxury, but luxury is, in fact, something else.”Karl Lagerfeld, speaking to The Luxury Channel

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Glittering Excellence: Scintillation by Parisian Director Xavier Chassaing

Presenting Scintillation, an experimental film by Paris-based director Xavier Chassaing. Made up of over 35,000 photographs, it combines an innovative mix of stop motion and live projection mapping techniques.

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Lessons in Excellency: Artist Scott Campell @ Vice Gallery in Mexico City

Applauding artist Scott Campbell‘s outstandingly Excellent reaction to the installation of his recent sold out show of works cut from $100 bills at Vice Gallery in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City. Via Adam Bryce of Slamxhype: “A few weeks ago we mentioned the upcoming solo show of Scott Campbell at Mexico’s Vice Gallery. We were pretty excited to see new works from the hugely popular artist, one of our favourites, but also one of the world’s most in demand contemporary artists. As expected with a Scott Campbell show, the works sold out opening night, but the show didn’t end there. Campbell had issues with the way the gallery executed and handled the show, and after seeing no genuine comeback from the owner, the NYC Tattoo come fine artist took his entire sold out show to the sidewalk and lit fire to it! A lesson to all gallery owners to show the upmost respect its artists! If Scott wasn’t held in high enough regard by us already, he’s just boosted his stock ten-fold.” Agreed.

Burny money (and art): Scott Campbell burns all the Excellent works from his recent sold out show at Vice gallery in Mexico. Image via Slamxhype via Purple Diary.

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Excellency Hall of Fame: Denham Fouts (9 May 1914 – 16 December 1948) American male prostitute, socialite and … chic literary muse

Presenting, and applauding, His Excellency Denham Fouts (9 May 1914-16 Dec. 1948), American male prostitute, socialite and literary muse to Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Christopher Isherwood and Gavin Lambert.


His Excellency Deham Fouts, male prostitue and Outstandingly and handsomely in demand literary muse.


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Rural Excellence: Super Natural, A Project Created by Studio Toogood

Presenting Super Natural, a project by Studio Toogood, which according to press materials, “is dedicated to foraging, collecting and observing in the English countryside. Visitors will be encouraged to experience a mushroom installation by New Forest forager Mrs Tee, whilst experiencing a bespoke scent dedicated to woodland by Francis Kurkdjian. Visitors can also feast on food prepared by La Fromagerie working in collaboration with Arabeschi di Latte creating a menu and eating space using seasonal ingredients with an emphasis on foraged foods at the Brambles Cafe. Toogood will be launching Assemblage 1, a collection of furniture using three recurring elements – wood, brass and stone – with an emphasis on English-sourced materials and English craftsmen including stonemasons, carpenters and metalworkers.” Location: The Garage, North Terrace, SW3 2BA. Dates: Now until Tuesday 28th September. Opening hours: 10am to 6pm. For more information, contact Studio Toogood.

Studio Toogood's Super Natural experience, presented during the 2010 London Design Festival. Image via Studio Toogood.

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Excellently in Conversation with John Skelton of LN-CC (Late Night Chameleon Cafe), London’s Newest, Most Outstanding, Retail Concept

“Everyone seems to be so scared of doing something that isn’t “cool ” and we wanted to change that mentality,” says 29-year-old John Skelton, former buyer for Oki-Ni, of the idea behind his and partner Dan Mitchell’s new venture, Late Night Chameleon Café (LN-CC). “The concept is quite simply, everything that we love across all areas wrapped up and enveloped in the best surroundings possible whether it be online or offline.” LN-CC, which recently launched online at is “a project incorporating menswear, womenswear, books and music.” A 6,000 sq. ft., by-appointment-only, LN-CC retail space, designed by Gary Card, is slated at open in East London in October. As always, The EP gets the inside scoop… To read the full interview, please click HERE (PDF).

Presenting John Skelton, one of the founders of LN-CC (Late Night Chameleon Csfe), London's newest retail concept. Portrait via John Skelton.

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