BACKSTAGE PASS #24 – “How to Design & Stage a Home” – Another in our realty series that’s delivered in Peter’s high octane way. In this episode we dive deep into the best ways to design and prepare a home for sale as Peter goes through the A to Z of staging including the philosophy of design with a profound “before & after” reveal of he designers work.
MARU in old Korean language means mountain top. “…because good coffee grows in high elevation” says co-owner Jacob Park. Jacob’s Korean name is MinKyu he moved to the states from South Korea 15 years ago for golf, and became the Junior golf champion at the prodigious age of 12. A self proclaimed “bad kid” through his teen years, who “didn’t like school”. Jacob teamed up with David Kim, a former bank manager from Seattle with a keen business sense, and an investor Amy to open MARU.
I would define MARU as fresh minimal modern #2016. Serving clean coffee like single origin organic cold brew. (MMMMMaru!) Ever since its soft opening in early October, MARU has been comfortably full of hip, local, Los Feliz creative business types of all ages. The atmosphere attracts the exact kind of person you would think to find in this minimal-modern, clean-coffee, #2016, coffee shop. You will often find customers working, or openly having semi-intimate conversation with a close friend or significant other. This to me, is the epitome of the progressive Eastside lifestyle.
Though the decor is minimal with air plants, square wooden benches, tables, and countertops; what I love about MARU is that it has a warm hearted “Seoul” (pun intended) about it. White walls embrace the fervor Park and Kim have invested, filling this space of modernity, with the feeling of home.
MARU sits right beside PLG Estates Eastside at 1936 Hillhurst Ave. and you can’t miss the bold black logo on the white storefront. (ALMOST as bold as our PLG sign… almost.) They have delicious coffee and tea drinks, and decorate the milky ones with “Latte Art” adding to the warm fuzzies! To top it off if you work locally, you get a 10% discount, a nice gesture for neighborhood coffee lovers like myself.
On Saturday Sept. 10 Sugar Press Publishing presented the opening of Raw Sugar No. 1 at Fathom Gallery located in the heart of DTLA at the California Market Center. An art Exhibition featuring the work of many artists including PLG Agent/Artist MEW (Matthew Weinberg @matthewweinberg ). MEW creates “Urban Pop Art”, like drawing KISS (the band) faces on $100 bills, turning them into large prints and selling them to Rock Stars (literally). They are indeed unforgettable!
At Raw Sugar No. 1 you can find 10 original MEW pieces hanging alongside some iconic pop artists! The complete list of participating artists: Colette Miller @colettemillerwings , Andre Miripolsky @andremiripolskyart , Bisco Smith @biscosmith , Matthew Heller @helloheller , Rohitash Rao @rohit913 , Sarah Stone @sarahstoneart , Shplinton @shplinton , Timothy Robert Smith @timothyrobertsmith , Kate Carvellas @katecarvellas , Larry Lott , Ashley Payne @ashleypayneart , Issy , Erin Yoshi @erinyoshi , Raphaele Cohen-Bacry , Raul de la Torre @rauldelatorreart , Paul Juno @pauljunoart , and Andrea Bogdan @andreabogdanartist.
Colette Miller’s “The Global Angel Wings Project” (Spirit Paintings) can now be discovered all over the world, transforming normal pedestrians into transcendent creatures of fantasy. Lifting spirits one wall at a time. Bisco Smith’s black and white graffiti murals have popped up all over LA recently within the last couple of years, and have already become a Los Angeles staple. He contrasts legendary people from artists to activists with his almost subliminal graphic messages. “The World is Yours for the Changing” an excerpt from his most recent mural titled “The World Is Yours” in Johannesburg, South Africa 2016.
“Maestro of his Kingdom of Color; the Cole Porter of Pop” Andre Miripolsky’s work is outstanding to say the least. You may not know it, but his choice of hyper-hue’s add vibrance to your life in the form of murals, billboard ads, and double decker bus’ you can’t miss if you live in LA.
Rohitash Rao get’s MEW’s personal shout out. A true multi-media-faceted artist. The best way to describe his art is that it’s almost too hip to describe. When he’s not directing commercials, customizing your local electrical box’s, or placing doll hands in inconspicuous creepy doorways, he paints on trash. One of Rao’s freshest pieces is a basic painted portrait. An outline of a girls face and hair with the words “PRETEND I’M YOUR PHONE and LOOK at ME” written in the place of a face. His website http://www.RohitashRaoPaintsOnTrash.com kind of says it all.
I could go on and on about all of these artists however, Art is meant to be experienced! If you missed the opening on Sept.10th, 2016, Raw Sugar No. 1 will reside at Fathom to view until the closing celebration, that you are all invited to attend with RSVP, on Oct. 22nd, 2016.
For an upcoming design project PLG needed to find the perfect chair that emotes both cool, hip and function with just the right amount of badass for your ass. Well ’twas BRUTAL trying to find the elusive cheek cuddlers and we had all butt (sorry could not resist) given up and resigned ourselves to a more homogenous design. When like a bolt of lightning, shimmering in stardust, hit us upside the head like a loose disco ball flying off its chain, we discovered these little beauties designed by ,none other, than the DemiGod known as Lenny Kravitz! Yes LENNY FREAKIN KRAVITZ YO!! So we ran out and test drive them immediately and took the snaps you see here.
Seeing as “Are you going to go my way” by Master Kravitz we all agreed is one of the landmark rock albums of memory this added a rich, sweet layer of desire to our decision with just the right hint of “dirty”we needed to push us over the edge and commit. Ergo ’tis done! and it does in fact seem that we are “Going to go your way” after all Lenny, well our butt cheeks are at least.
The chairs come in the smokey nickel finish and a brass finish too and both are endulgent to boot(y). And the leather is thick and hand finished and does not feel flimsy or like it will wear out or tear anytime soon. Plus the chairs have some weight to them which we all loved and welcomed.
You can find them at good ole’ CB2 for the jolly reasonable price of $350 each. Take them for a test drive yourself and see if you think they are as badass for your ass as we do!
Pix and Words by Peter Lorimer
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