spring rendezvous meet us in Austin
EACH FEATURE IN THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN PAIRED WITH A SONG THAT WE THINK CAPTURES THE MOOD. IF YOU’ ARE READING STANDARD ONLINE YOU CAN CLICK ON THE SONG TITLE FOR A FREE LINK TO THE TUNE.
Spring 2011 Every Issue Founderâ€™s Letter 6 Contributors 8 On The Boards 11 Guest curator Alyson Fox
On The Town 47 Rendezvous in Austin!
Newsreel Trend Predictor 67 What does Egypt mean to us now?
Darling and Daring 176 Our parting shot
Perfectionist 64 Live Music and Mrs. Garten
Wear The Room 168 Katherine Outfits the Guys
In Search Of 172 Alexandra gets on the Soap Box!
Fabrics on the Farm 18 Spring has sprung
Standard Visits 32 Nancy Mims of Mod Green Pod
Transplante Urbana 76
Mexico City by way of central Texas
Five Things to Adore at Hotel San Jose 94 Our love list for Liz Lambert
Time Machine 116 The sauciness that is East Side ShowRoom
Live & Let LIVESTRONG 134 Inside Lanceâ€™s HQ
Wild and Wheeled 146 The Derby Girls at Barr Mansion
The letter Now that we’re settled into our new Austin office—complete with a downtown view and our own mature oak tree—we can’t help but find ourselves crushing HARD on our new home town! So infatuated are we t h a t w e ’v e d e d i c a t e d t h i s e n t i r e Rendezvous Issue to showing you just how awesome it is to live here. From gorgeous local farms (where our favorite restaurants source provisions) to a favorite fabric designer, to the knock-you-on-yourass Texas Roller Derby; it is all here in the live music capital of the world (and we’ve given this issue some of that vibe with song picks to go with each feature story!). I’m excited to report that we’ve been growing here at Standard. Our masthead now needs a full page of its own, this issue is our biggest so far and (drum roll please) we are finally be able to offer Standard printed on demand. If you have been craving a “regular” copy, you can now order it at standardmag.com and it will come right to your home for you to enjoy the old-fashioned way. No sugarcoating, it is expensive to get Standard in print. But we feel that is fair since you can continue to read it for free online. Enjoy the issue!
Kelly LaPlante Editorial Director& Founder
IN T S U A T D E R E A M D , N D A R T A S D N STA N, MEET I T S AU
Editorial Director & Founder: Kelly LaPlante Senior Features & Travel Editor: Lilianne Steckel firstname.lastname@example.org Senior Online Editor: Andrea Gardner Bernstein Markets Editor: Kelly Thompson Illustrator: Dallas Shaw Publishing Consultant: Heather Stephenson Editorial Consultant: Jess Chamberlain Organizational Liason: Devin Adante Interns: Janice Woods, Dan Readle, Jasmine Muhib, Mallory Hamel Ad Sales: Michael Rader email@example.com
"If I were a song I would be Anthems For A 17 Year-Old Girl by Broken Social Scene.â€? Alyson Fox, Guest Curator On The Boards, Page 11
"I'm a U2 kind of girl, but I'm also pretty goofy, so I guess if I were a song, I'd be pretty much anything by the Muppets. Preferably not one in which Beaker gets his head blown off at the end." Alexandra Robbins, Columnist In Seach Of... Page 172
"If I were a song I'd be Ben Foldsâ€™ classic mock anthem, Rockin' the Suburbs. I love the song's ability to simultaneously rock out and and be funny while still being smart. " Spencer Selvidge, Photographer Wild & Wheeled Page 146
Contributors "From an early age, riffling through my mother's LPs, I discovered that my favorite music contained raw, soul songs of a tortured heart or â€˜you done me wrongâ€™ songs. Hands down, when I need to unwind or get into a groove, the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin, is the music that I turn to. From Ain't No Way to Bridge Over Troubled Water, her songs are the perfect choice each and every time." James Saavedra, Columnist Perfectionist Page 64
"Since I was just a tot, I would get a KICK out of Walking on Broken Glass. Imagine a 4 yearold jamming out to Annie Lennox and those fabulous strings in the background! I love the upbeat tune even though the lyrics have a dramatic story to them. It just reminds me that no matter what we are struggling with, a smile can always make things better!" Katherine Brown, Columnist Wear The Room Page 168
ON THE BOARDS: new finds, old favorites GUEST CURATED BY ALYSON FOX
ne of our favorite designers, the uber talented Alyson Fox, just happens to be our new neighbor (okay...we’re not really neighbors, but we live close enough to potentially run into her at a vintage shop on North Loop). Alyson’s talents range from design, photography and textiles to a clothing line and an ohso-adorable jewelry line (some of the most eye catching lockets we have seen in a long time!). We can’t think of a better maven to let us in on a few choice picks for spring.
ON THE BOARDS: new finds, old favorites GUEST CURATED BY ALYSON FOX
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1: Belleville City Cruiser by Trek Bikes, $899 2: The Olivia Oxford in Fawn by Greenbees, (contact retailers for price) 3: Vintage Purse Blue by Showpony on Etsy, $15 4: Cardboard Speakers by Muji, $38 5: Gypsy Fringe Hobo Bag in Ash by Cri de Coeur, $273 6: Mingle Dish by Shino Takeda on Mociun, $60
3 1: Chestnut Level by Unite Two Design 2: The Sack Dress by Jesse Kamm 3: Root Wood Stump Cut Bowl by Enrico 4: Asturias Rocking Chair by Espasso 5: Theo Classic Chocolate Collection, $4 each 6: Turkish All-Weather Rug by Gaiam, $89 7: Hemp Lip Tint in Love by Vashon Organics, $5.99
ON THE BOARDS: STANDARD: You did not originally start working in fashion, how did you transition from drawing and photography? ALYSON: Both drawing and photography are very much a part of fashion. I dabbled a bit with each mostly to work the styling, photography and illustrations of it all. But I am more focused on pattern design, sculpture and my art. I love fashion and always will, but I’m not sure about our future together. STANDARD: Does the city of Austin play a role in your design? Are there any particular places within Austin that influence you? ALYSON: It's impossible not to live somewhere and be influenced by what it has to offer, but at the same time it's hard to pinpoint where it all comes from. Austin is a great city and I find inspiration in many
places: thrift stores, hardware stores and restaurants always seem to influence my work. STANDARD: Are there other artists or designers whose work you enjoy and draw inspiration from? ALYSON: I love Miranda July's work in particular, but I draw inspiration from a lot of different artists, designers, architects and friends. It’s hard to pinpoint just one or two. STANDARD: What are your guidelines to live a more conscious life? ALYSON: I’m trying to think more consciously about the products that I buy and where they come from. I definitely find myself thinking along the lines of, “less is more”.
interview with Alyson STANDARD: You have started a Yoga nonprofit that is very important to you. Could you tell us a little more about it? ALYSON: Yes, Iâ€™m very excited about it! C o m m u n i t y Yo g a i s a n organization with the mission of bringing together local yoga teachers, students and studios in an effort to spread the practice and benefits of yoga. With focus on areas of the community that may not otherwise have the access to classes. We currently have 38 classes going in s c h o o l s , correctional centers, shelters and eldercare centers across Austin each week.Â Top: Verabel + Fox Art Locket from Etsy Bottom: Silhouettes by Alyson Fox
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FABRICS ON THE FARM Orchid, Olive and Sunflower from Robert Kaufman (by Nancy Mims) are plucked from the soil. robertkaufman.com
ew spring fabrics deserve their day in the sun! Frolicking in the warmth of Johnsonâ€™s Backyard Garden we got a tad dirty, but it was well worth it to try their renowned vegetables straight form the ground! Originally a family backyard garden, Johnsonâ€™s has grown in size and popularity. Now selling their various vegetables, flowers and herbs at local farmers markets as well as offering weekly variety boxes for delivery. Who knew vegetables could be so charming? jborganic.com
Tangled in debris, Brentanoâ€™s Sanctuary in Rising Waves brentanofabrics.com
Left: Farmer Brenton at work. This page: Soliloquy in Citrus by Knoll with freshly uprooted turnips knolltextiles.com 23
Another of Nancy Mims’ creations for Robert Kaufman cradles the day’s harvest
Soliloquy in (L to R) Wildfire, Dahlia, and Citrus by Knoll adorn brussels sprout towers knolltextiles.com
Anticipate by Mod Green Pod flutters in the breeze. Does this lively cape give Brenton extra powers? modgreenpod.com
visits An afternoon inside the home and studio of designer, Nancy Mims, is the perfect remedy for a case of inspiration lost. Vibrant textiles seem to leap from her mind like a frog from an icy-cold stream. Nancy fills us in on all things Mod Green Pod, and we leave with a heaping dose of inspiration found!
PRESS P NEVE LAY: R END ING S BY TH UMM E BUB ER BLES One of Nancyâ€™s new fabrics, Anticipate, hangs as art in her dining room
D E N G I ES D S C S’ I R M I B A M F FROM OS! T O H P E N O H P I
here is something about being a textile designer that must give a person a sense of complete control over their home. Even the most creative of interior designers are at the mercy of others when it comes to textiles. But in Nancy Mims’ home, every inch of every space reflects her style. There are no compromises on fabrics, no almost-perfect-but-not-quite wallpapers. In her darling abode, these elements are her own—and the marriage of her creations with the art, accessories and lighting is simply magical. As we walk through her home, we can’t help but notice all the little touches—the salon-style wall of her two childrens’ art in the kitchen,
banquette cushions upholstered to match the wallpaper and the fi x t u r e s i n t h e home—from doorknobs to toilets—that are original to the 1 9 3 9 h o m e . To carry that look f o r wa r d , N a n cy also used a tremendous amount of vintage furnishings in the home, many upholstered in her own fabrics and some with incredible history —like her headboard which belonged to her great-grandmother and was sitting in storage for nearly eighty years before Nancy rescued it.
Butterfly Jubilee in Licorice/ Earl Grey adorns the walls and window seat cushion.
In the master bedroom, Mimsâ€™ great-grandmotherâ€™s headboard and a vintage settee are paired with colorful fabrics
Kids live here! Art by Clara and Atticus in the kitchen. Delight in Water/ Peppercorn serves as a backdrop for vintage posters in their bedroom.
We could easily spend the rest of the afternoon in the house but we’re dying to see Nancy’s studio, a back house built in 2002 to look like it was original to the property (Nancy lives in a historic neighborhood, so preserving the look of the bungalow-style homes is very important). Inside, the space is bright, open and flooded with sunshine. There are several work areas laid out so that she can easily go from working on the computer, to painting or drawing by hand, to laying out samples to send out. A mobile with clips holds bits of things that are serving as current inspiration—twigs, bits of fabric, feathers—most are found on her walks around the neighborhood, especially when she is in the company of her children.
A mobile holds twigs and other objects of interest. A scarf that belonged to Nancy’s mother is fueling a new design and a twisted bit of bramble served as inspiration for a new pattern.
Sketches and iPhone photos become wallpapers and fabrics. Tidy stacks of Nancyâ€™s quilting fabrics for Robert Kaufman share a corner with magazines and notebooks. A cart of fabric scraps makes for easyaccess.
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ON THE TOWN: Austin
he breeze whispering through T the towering oak trees, the smell of
the air––so fresh––the perfected art of outdoor dining and the sound of music seeping out of every corner in the city. The reasons are endless for why we love thee, Austin. As the live music capitol of the world, visitors flock for the many music festivals in town but often forget that there is much more to the life of an Austinite. The wonderful farms surrounding the city provide constantly fresh supplies for farmers markets and restaurants, local artisans and artists flourish with
community support and there is always a buzz of people along Lady Bird Lake. If you are unfamiliar with Austin, have faith that you will come across strange things (as the motto “Keep Austin Weird” implies) and that because of this, constant laughter will ensue. We enjoy the quirkiness of the city and appreciate the polished side of life here as well. After gleefully exploring the ins and outs of our new territory, we have found these amazing spots that we proudly recommend for any visitor.
A visit to Howl is a must for unique art and furniture finds. Barry has mastered the artistry of creating vignettes that capture the funky aesthetic of his eclectic mix of vintage pieces and some pieces of his own creation. Check out the copy of a Rembrandt that he scored from a movie studio. Amazing. howlinteriors.com
Wonâ€™t You Be My Neighbor? Just next door to Howl, find the beautiful new boutique of contemporary designer consignment, Moss, which is the perfect spot to score a special piece to wear out on the town. The store is designed and merchandised to perfection, keeping their distinct vision in tact no matter what fabulous clothing is on the racks. mossaustin.com
No visitor to Austin can ever overlook the breakthrough music scene. On the search for some new tunes or old classics to add to your collection? Make your way to End of an Ear for a great selection of new and used vinyl (they have CDs as well, but we are partial to the warm crackle of the old style). Be sure to check out the wall dedicated to local music that is tucked into the back corner. endofanear.com
What Up Bro? Next door is New Brohemia––great for mens’ vintage finds including an impressive display of cowboy boots! Not a fellow? Go to their other shop, New Bohemia, on South Congress for their full array of vintage digs and kicks for the whole family. newbohemiaaustin.com
Very Naughty! Victoria Davies and Dan Bereczki (owners and sweethearts) opened La Boîte in 2009. The cafe is cleverly made from a shipping container with its facade open to casually strewn chairs and tables dotted around. With a sex blogger on staff making your latte and one of the best bread makers in the nation baking the goods, we were curious about the vibe. When asked to describe the cafe, Dan says they have, “sinful food and sassy convo in a hot little box”, and Victoria chimes in, “I named it La Boite so I could talk about my box all day.” Ok, you had us at macaroon, but now you are surely our favorite! Drop in for a coffee and you must taste the treats, they are sinful indeed! laboitecafe.com
Lovely ex-model, Amy, opened one o f o u r f avo r i t e east-side spotsâ€” the European style cafe Blue Dahlia B i s t r o . Th e y â€™r e known for their tasty tartines and cheese boards (not to mention a really great latte). Enjoy your meal on the front patio watching the day progress or the back garden in the company of the cute resident cat that gazes adoringly as you eat your meal. bluedahliabistro.com
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With a beautiful design and an absolutely scrumptious menu, Olivia has stolen our hearts and taste buds. It is safe to say that we have sampled a large portion of the menu (we did it all for you) and it is nothing short of delicious. James Holmes, the owner and executive chef, is known for embracing unique cuts of meat and is bringing them into the limelight. We tried his grilled bison heart—a must to start your dining experience. Don’t forget to check out James’ proudly displayed original Olivia cowboy boots by the kitchen. olivia-austin.com
Vintage items are used as display props in Spartan with perfectly selected products adorning them. Currie, originally from Brooklyn, pays tribute to her favorite designers from her old hometown but also celebrates the locals. Many of our favorites line the shelves and it seems we are unable to walk out emptyhanded. Be prepared to fawn over the goods for home and accessories. s p a r t a n shop.com
For a chic clothing experience, visit the collective boutique of RenĂŠ Geneva Design and Linda Asaf on West Sixth Street. Inside the adorable bungalow house you will not only find gorgeous finished pieces but also their design studio (complete with fab drawings pinned on the walls and racks of dress patterns). You can sense the impeccable attention to detail when you notice them working diligently next to the beautifully lined racks of finished pieces. ecochicclothing.com lindaasaf.com
Beauty Wise Whole Body Studio spa is nestled in a quaint house on West Sixth Street. Once inside, the stress melts away and the pampering begins. We recommend the sugaring (waxing is so passĂŠ) and one of their refreshing custom Talulah facials. Donâ€™t forget to send our best to the owner, Jennie, who is a bundle of energy and useful information. wholebodystudiospa.com
At W3ll People, you will find a special selection of face and body products that cannot be found anywhere else in Austin. The three owners (Shirley, Renée and James) have established a shop where they try the products firsthand before they offer them––carrying only those that are worthy. The three well principles for these scouted products: b i o a c t ive , p e r f o r m a n c e driven and natural. If Shirley’s glowing skin is any s i g n o f h ow g r e a t t h e products work, we will take two of each. w3llpeople.com
With their quirky personal arrangements that emphasize the differences in the owner/curatorsâ€™ personal styles, you will not be bored as you peek around each of these unique antique shops. Below: For the real-deal from overseas, head north to Gypsies Antiques where the feminine touch is just right. gypsiesantiques.com Top Right: Uncommon Objects, the treasure chest of vintage goodies on South Congress is THE spot to find apothecary bottles, petrified animal skulls and unique art. uncommonobjects.com Below Right: Jean is the queen of estate sales and has a great mix at Uptown Modern from the 50s, 60s and 70s to satisfy all your Mad Men cravings. uptownmodernaustin.com
HEADING OUT FOR A NIGHT OF LIVE MUSIC? JAMES SAAVEDRA GETS DOWN TO THE DETAILS
I: Dress The Part You want to look great and be prepared for the unexpected. Dress jeans and blazer are the perfect combination. You can go up town— jacket, check! Or throw it off and dance the night away should the mood strike. 2: Start at Home Nothing starts the festivities off right like a little fête with those near and dear. Be sure to have a great playlist to set the mood for a night of great music. 3: Fuel Up! I like to channel my best Barefoot Contessa and what Ms. Garten does; make some nosh and buy some nosh. Try pan-roasted cashews drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with fresh rosemary, tongue-tingling
chili flakes and fleur de sel. Add a touch of maple sugar and serve warm—these are sure to be a hit. Pair that with buttery sourdough crostini, bejeweled with homemade caramelized onion jam and piled high with paper thin slices of medium-rare roast beef, dotted with horseradish cream. Don’t forget a generous bowl of store bought marinated olives. Presto! It is a perfect array of beautiful bites. For libations, crisp Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava will do the trick but I recommend dirty martinis made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka! 4: Don’t Drive Be driven! Nothing is better, or wiser. (You know the night ahead includes more libations!) Schedule a town car, taxi or perhaps that vintage car you’ve always dreamed of?! Either way you are sure to feel pampered.
5: Diversify Take in the soulful sounds and smoky blues sung from a love-worn, “you-did-me-no-good” heart, to the strumming of a steel guitar. Then toast to the good times and head out to your favorite watering hole for some local rock and roll. This isn’t a specialty cocktail kind of place, it’s about enjoying what’s on tap and letting go. For listings in Austin, check The Austin Chronicle.
6: Pre-Plan the Night Cap Pile back in your chauffeured carriage, head back to your abode, pull out a decadent desert made by a local purveyor (ahhem! Sticky Toffee Pudding Company), several forks (no plates or pressed linen napkins required) and embrace that wonderful fact that these, my friends, ARE the “good old days.” Sleep over optional.
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EGYPT, GOLD AND B L A C K CONCENTRIC CNEWSREEL IRCLES, 3D B A Trend-predictor L A N C E PROPORTION F A CSpring E B O O K 2011 COMMUNITY TANDEM, WARFARE
WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN For the past month we have watched the Arab world unite in angry and peaceful protest, to ultimately and collectively change history and their own future. Stripped from heavy influence of one man for the past three decades, Egypt now has the freedom and hope to create a new democracyâ€” and it is only the beginning for this part of the world.
we PREDICT Youâ€™ll be seeing lots of gold and black together, an increase in Egyptian themes (think modern, not King Tut) and most of all, weaving concentric circlesâ€”the images of those gathered in Tahrir Square will lend themselves to textile patterns focusing on repetition, concentric forms and an overall sense of movement. The following designs are from our own Standard staffer, Kelly Thompson interpreting the patterns from the protests. adaz.co.uk
reach out 3D has seized our attention with exciting sensory experiences in movies and t e l e v i s i o n . Th e s e t h r e e dimensional worlds have been exploded before the audience; you laugh, you cry, and you might even embarrassingly grab at the air. It is a truly unique trend to sport funky glasses for several hours in a dark room filled with strangers (but quite enjoyable). It takes you beyond reality, beyond the moment with a dimensional appeal that intensifies the effect of the productâ€“â€“be it movie, game or design.
Just like in 3D movies, we see interaction and intrigue reach into design. No need to wear silly costume-like glasses here, that is unless you want to. Find interesting, multi-faceted pieces that make you want to reach out and touch. Also, those that defy the balance and proportion that we are accustomed to. They will catch your attention and hold it there until you are embracing it––no––caressing it. Are you ready?
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There is no denying the massaddiction to online social sites. Social networking has become an unstoppable force, allowing individuals an infinite opportunity to express themselves on an everyday occasion with friends from all over the world.
With the recent buzz surrounding a certain feature film as well as the realization that some countries do not smile upon the use of social networking in times of unrest—we can’t help but notice its influence in the world of design. Social boundaries and previously set limitations of propriety have been changed to embrace each individual––their opinions, status changes and mobile uploads. Social sites have allowed our clans to grow and connect without boundaries and particularly to express shared empathy in times of need. It also allows us to voluntarily surround ourselves with those that share our ideals and those who may bring forth inspiration, we can’t help but to like this social future.
All will embrace the new social movements and more design will be based around communityâ€”bringing people together to share these thoughts, feelings and experiences just as they would online. Your next home may very well be on a compound (chic and fabulous, of course) with a communal garden, shared dining space and a theater room. And your next office may be a shared desk, co-working with a highly diverse group of professionals joined together in one space. We forecast tandem bicycles, banquet dining tables and impromptu gatherings of all sorts. Love thy neighbor, start your own bike gang and set forth on a new social adventure! 73
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Revolution is in the air. As the news of change continues to pour onto our screens, out of our speakers, and into our hands and mindsâ€“â€“the actions of (and reactions to) conquest increasingly act as creative catalysts. Now more than e ve r, w e a r e e x a m i n i n g t h e characteristics of turmoil on a global level. Often we try to soften the blows of violence by appreciating the ideas and iconography of past and present discourse. Romanticizing warfare helps us turn powerful emotions into creative fuel, and produce objects that are beautiful,
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functional and unique. Whether you are a patriot, a free-spirit, or something in between, you cannot help but to acknowledge the passion that unrest stirs within us all. Tunneling through the centuries and into our modern-day lives, warfare symbolizes strength and weakness, pride and humility, and has long demanded courage and respect. As our identities are shaped by what we stand for and what we cherish, we rally to accommodate the battle cries and make our own mark on history. War sets us all in motion.
we predict Bold attire and once-rusty relics that announce where (or how) your loyalties lie. Weapons masquerading as delicate adornments (especially the bow and arrow). Maps, flags, trunks and travel! Epic literature and news-casting musicians. And of course, plenty of starving artists rejoicing in the chaos!
PRES S PLA Y: GOLD EN SK Y BY: T HE HO LIDAY S
Urbana Mexico City in the Heart of Austin by Lilianne Steckel
alking down Second Street at night in downtown Austin, those unaware of La Condesa may become intrigued by the glow of the spider-like light fixture and the fresh energy emanating from within. The space, along with Malverde upstairs, is a collaboration of local architects, designers and artists who have transformed this bustling downtown corner into a feast for the eyes and stomach. Stepping into the restaurant, the feeling of excitement for new places and food––that which we fi n d s o a l l u r i n g wh e n traveling––sinks in and the outside is forgotten. A story is spoken to each visitor once inside, inspired by the La Condesa district in Mexico City. We spoke with architect and lead designer Michael Hsu, owner Jesse Herman and Executive Chef Rene Ortiz for some insight into the original cuisine and design of both exceptional spaces.
STANDARD: What was your impression of the space when you first visited the site before the remodel? MICHAEL: That it would be a challenge to create something that was removed and distinctive from the larger mixed-use building it was in. There's a parking garage above it after all! Along with the owners, we understood that we needed control of the front of the building to create the sort of identity and imagery that the space required to be successful. STANDARD: What inspired the designs of the two spaces? Was this the same inspiration for the menu? Is there a collaborative vision that flows throughout? MICHAEL: Yes, it was very collaborative. The owners were charmed by the La Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City and it was the departure point for our design. In that sense, we wanted a project clearly urban, modern, and one that questioned or avoided all clichĂŠs of what Mexican restaurants and design are. We looked back and were inspired by early Mexican modernistsâ€”you can see the influence in the monumental concrete stairway, the colors and the integration of mural art. The lighting and fixtures are custom and give an outdoor plaza-like appeal, connecting the interior more with the busyness of the street scape outside.
The bright colors of the prominent wall mural made by the East Art Collective permeate the entire restaurant. A center silhouette of an exposed concrete stairway ignites your curiosity to where it leads (stairway to heaven, perhaps?).
Signature ceviches, cocktails and guacamole varieties...all absolutely spectacular!
JESSE: Just like the inspiration for the design, the inspiration for the menu is Mexico City. Mexico City is experiencing a food revolution where, for the first time, Mexican chefs have been learning and cooking all over the world and bringing that knowledge and technique back to Mexico. RENE: Focusing on the regional specialties of Mexico from moles in Oaxaca to ceviches from Acapulco, La Condesaâ€™s menu is local in spirit and global in reach. We also s o u rc e h e av i l y from local resources here in Austin. Our menu c h a n g e s seasonally and we run unique specials every night. STANDARD: Jesse, tell us about the unique cocktails. Did a mixologist work on that with you? JESSE: Rene works in tandem with our general manager/in-house mixologist, Nate Wales, on the bar program. Â It is very intense and requires quite a bit of collaboration between the kitchen and the bar, not to mention that we have a full-time employee whose sole role is to squeeze fresh juices everyday!
STANDARD: The underground vault is a great space and a historical site. What were a few of the ideas you had for that part of the restaurant? MICHAEL: It was a beautiful space with a charming and surprising series of little rooms that just needed a light touch to be useful. They didn't need much; just a new floor and some modern lighting. We used design pieces that didn't try to mimic the authenticity of the space but rather to stand apart and highlight the character and age of the rooms.
STANDARD: Interior designer Joel Mozersky helped with the spaces. Michael, where does your vision end and Joel's begin? MICHAEL: In this project we worked closely with the owners to conceptualize the project and produce the core concept illustrations and ideas. Then worked with Joel's talents for the decor and loose furnishings. Our goal was to incorporate many voices in the overall concept, including local artists like Sodalitas, sculptors, metalworkers and masons, as well as D Crain for their great interior and exterior landscape design.
Opposite: The historic underground vault is the perfect space for a private party. A table for larger parties is made intimate with sheer drapery and a lowhanging pendant light.
STANDARD: The design experience is very different in the day than it is at night for La Condesa. Did you pay any special attention to this in the design process? MICHAEL: Yes, it's why we chose a very open, glassy facade. We wanted to have the inside visible to the street and a sunlit, sidewalk oriented daytime cafe that turns into a glowing, dim, cozy dining room at night. We change the mood with lighting, avoiding dark colors and adding coziness with adjusted light levels. JESSE: It is not your typical Mexican restaurant, and you really have to come in to truly understand. While you are here, make sure to sample our tequilas and mezcalsâ€“â€“we have the largest selection in Texas! lacondesaaustin.com malverdeaustin.com
At night, the vibrant design becomes sultry and sophisticated
Jaunt up the vibrant diamond blue flight of stairs and ascend into Malverde. Almost hidden above the restaurant, you will find this urban lounge with its enchanting energy. Draping light fixtures ice the bar, reminiscent of the restaurant lighting. This oasis is far from the typical Austin bar scene with added freshness from the plants adorning the space, including a full wall of moss.
Admire the funky art lining the walls, sample the finely crafted cocktails (like their wonderfully stiff caipirinha) and enjoy the festive mood. The evening air blows into this unique space from the open terrace, flowing with the lounge music from local DJs that drifts into the street.
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Pack up your puppy, head to Austin and check in to Hotel San JosĂŠ. With classic Remington Premiere typewriters at the ready and bicycles for hire, this hotel retains an old school vibe but with a modern spin in a walkable and hip neighborhood.
Five Things to Adore at Hotel San JosĂŠ
ONE: The Great Outdoors
Borrow a Polaroid from the front desk and snap the ancient oaks, towering and mature, that shade the tailored pathways.
Scattered around the property, find these cozy places to sit and enjoy a balmy evening.
TWO: Boho-sleek Guest Rooms
Intimate bungalow rooms––only 40 in the hotel––offer a place of repose (and in-room shoeshines!)
Classic posters and artsy poems collected by the owner, Liz Lambert, are displayed in each room. Check out a film or CD from the h o t e l â€™s c u s t o m collection in the lobby and enjoy during your stay.
THREE: The Personal Touch
WHAT IF YOU SAW YOUR OWN POEM HANGING ON THE WALL OF YOUR HOTEL BATHROOM? IT’S HAPPENED AT SAN JOSE! 105
Traveling with a small group? Book the three rooms that make up the “sweet” with shared bath and patio. Your cozy quarters will add to the fun of your group retreat
Forgot your Toms at home? Not to worry. Pick up a new pair in your room or browse the select products neatly displayed in the lobby. Initiatives such as Bubbles of Hope––a program turning remnant soap into new bars for regions in need––unify the thoughtful ideals of the hotel and show their dedication in crafting relationships with like-minded companies.”
FOUR: You’ll Want to be their Neighbor
Hotel guests and neighbors alike corral at the patio lounge for happy hour. Community is the theme for this “come one, come all” attitude. In fact, every month they donate to a different local group or nonp r o fi t . T h e detached coffee shop, Jo’s, is the hot spot to grab a latte and people watch on the strip.
FIVE: Old Routes Way back when, the site was a happening motor hotel, until I-35 was built in the 60s which re-routed traffic and commerce away from South Congress. The neighborhood shifted as it no longer was the main thoroughfare to get from Austin to San Antonio and after a few different identities (including a popular brothel) it was rescued and revamped in 1995 into its stylish current state. Liz Lambertâ€™s documentary The Last Days of San Jose chronicles the transition that took place over several years. hotelsanjose.com
TIME MAC HINE
PRES S TEE PLAY: TH BY S ICKS PACK
EAST SIDE SHOWROOM TAKES US BACK BY MALLORY HAMEL
tepping off of the street and into the unassuming building that houses The East Side ShowRoom, is like stepping out of a time
machine––and ending up in the classy home of a mad scientist in the 1930s. This innovative bar and restaurant offers the rare combination of intrigue and intimacy that makes you feel like you’re in the right place, at the right time. Owned and operated by mother and daughter pair, Trudy and M i c k i e S p e n c e r, E a s t S i d e ShowRoom boasts a colorful menu
and artisanal cocktails. Executive chef Sonya Coté and her kitchen staff focus on seasonal menus, which highlight what farms in the area have to o f f e r, a n d ensure that all products a r e thoughtfully and entirely crafted into selections that are reminiscent of rustic French with a touch of Texas. Think Provence meets the Wi l d We s t . Claiming charcuterie as her favorite thing to make, as well as procuring her ingredients daily from area farms, such aspects truly expose the devotion of Sonya and company to their culinary creations. She believes that food should be, “more artistic” stating, “I want to create art as food. It’s a little dark, like Grimm’s Fairy Tale style. I do things like wrap a quail as a present.”
“I want to create art as food. It’s a little dark, like GrimM’s Fairy Tale style...”
The menu at the East Side ShowRoom is certainly an enticing offering of delectable art! In addition to good eats coming from the kitchen, master-mixer and executive barkeep, Chauncy James, provides an original selection of cocktails guaranteed to please! All tinctures, infusions and syrups are created in-house, and all ingredients are always fresh and gathered locally on a weekly basis. Using herbs from Springdale Farm, and crushing ice by hand, skillful combination produces delightful concoctions that you canâ€™t find anywhere else. The bar staff here brings science and art together each time that a drink is made.
Sonyaâ€™s French training is reflected in her food, but with a soulful flair
“THESE SPICE BLENDS MAKE ME REALLY HAPPY...”
Bar fixings make every drink a multi-sensory experience. Tonya, a local designer, stops by for a refreshment.
Th e i n t e r i o r o f t h e b u i l d i n g showcases the many talents of coowner Mickie, who created all light fixtures, most of the furniture and the impressive bar itself. The ambience of a room filled with welded treasures, both practical and unique, lends beauty to an oldfashioned collection, revived by modern-day inspiration. Local art is also on display, providing a familiar and fresh sense of community. Once
you are seated, it’s tough to keep your eyes off of the walls, including the muted black and white movies often being played.
you are treated as if you are a cherished guest, invited to relax, enjoy and become a part of the inspiration that embodies this establishment. Located in the Eastside neighborhood on East Sixth Street, you can stop into the restaurant for an intimate dinner, or stay until the wee hours of the morning (until 2 AM) for live music and social mixing. This place strips the trendiness from the “steam p u n k ” movement, i n s t e a d providing a true authenticity of that style. The East Side ShowRoom is revolutionary in its own rite, and you are sure to have a unique and exciting experience in a place where you feel right at home! eastsideshowroom.com
The waitstaff is charming (and attractive, we must say) and really seem as if they are a part of a big family. Upon entering the building, 127
Playful details, like this â€œwantedâ€? poster, layer this industrial design with old world charm. Opposite: Black and White movies play silently in the dining area each night.
The showroom flaunts art in the forms of food, design and music.
Futura Art Sculpture by Futura, 2005
PRES S PLA Y: MIDN IGHT BY GH VOYA O G OBSE STLAND E RVAT ORY
By Lilianne Steckel & Kelly LaPlante
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e believe in life. Your life. We believe in living every minute of it with every ounce of your being. And that you must not let cancer take control of it. We believe in energy: channeled and fierce. We believe in focus: getting smart and living strong. Unity is strength. Knowledge is power. Attitude is everything. This is LIVESTRONG.” The message displayed on the walls is something tangible—felt from the moment one enters the building. Founded in 1997 by Lance Armstrong, LIVESTRONG brings needed change and support to cancer patients, survivors and their families. Their iconic yellow wristband will forever be associated with their foundation, and has leveraged major funding for their powerful fight. This funding encourages innovation and research, and drives social change in communities. Th e l u m i n o u s h e a d q u a r t e r s a r e a revitalized warehouse (originally the Carpenter Paper Company in 1952 and, more recently, a lumber yard). The raw style of materials responds to the original building and its relationship to the surrounding neighborhood, keeping the character and history intact.
When inspiration strikes, co-workers can pop into one of the many impromptu meeting spaces to explore ideas.
A main “street” forms a major path through the office with conference rooms dotted around as buildings, making intimate structures that resemble shipping crates within the large open plan. Park-like areas flow throughout as a combination of seating, meeting and shared work spaces that promote impromptu ideas and collaboration. The old loading dock is now a café area and lounge, which includes a cozy hammock. Windows at the peaks of the high ceilings flood the space with light and the energy of the office reflects the buzz of activity around every corner of this fine-tuned design; with its quotes, art installations and community areas. LIVESTRONG’s east Austin location supports the growth of an area in redevelopment, and gives lower income members of the neighborhood a place to go for support. This haven for the foundation is an ideal size and location to open the Cancer Navigation Center, offering the community free access to support and aid for those affected. With cancer on the rise and currently the world’s leading cause of death, it is certain that each of us will be personally touched by it in our lifetime. This is a startling realization that we must take action to change. We can think of no better leader in this movement than LIVESTRONG—and it is hard not to be moved by the trifecta of vision, aesthetics and synergy that makes their headquarters such an inspiring environment. livestrong.org
The loading dock of the building is now a multi-functioning space with tables, chairs and cozy hammock!
Left: Duality of Humanity 4 by Shepard Fairey, 2008 Above: Red Tree Magnus, No. 1 by Dustin Yellin, 2009
Photo by Bommarito Group,Courtesy of Livestrong
WILD & WHEELED
Cruising up to the Barr Mansion on their skates, the ladies are dressed to the nines in vintage gowns from New Bohemia, Big Bertha and Letâ€™s Dish
hat do you get when you mix an elegant estate with 22 wild women on wheels? A very entertaining afternoon, celebrating the new season for the Roller Derby girls of Austin! They could take over the world with their aliases, antics and attitudes and we absolutely adore them. The Scene: Barr Mansion, a stunning 100+ year-old Victorian, revered as one of the best venue for private and community gatherings. barrmansion.com The Guests of Honor: Texas Lonestar Rollergirls—going into their 10th season, they’ve laid claim to the title of Original Roller Derby League in Austin. txrd.com Texas Roller Girls, going into their 8th season, are the founders of the flat-track derby movement. texasrollergirls.org
PRESS PLAY: THE U NDERD OG BY SPO ON
The Elements: •A little music, a little sass, a little drama •“Game Day” hair and make-up •Juice packs by Back to Nature—gotta stay hydrated •Nail polish by RGB (to make those toenails sparkle after a long skate!) •Vintage gowns graciously loaned by New Bohemia (newbohemiaaustin.com), Lets’ Dish and Big Bertha’s
The girls gussy-up with gameday makeup and pedicures
Big Nasty relaxes in the mansionâ€™s antique claw-foot tub. If only she could reach that Lone Star!
Dancing barefoot in the garden amidst twinkling lights on the nearby oak tree may set the scene for a peaceful afternoon of dancing...but these girls are feisty and a wee scuffle ensues from a misguided nudge
Pulling apart Curvette and Crackerjack is a big job. Juice break is in order!
You know the partyâ€™s over when everyone starts behaving like a debutant
Lucile Brawl skates off into the sunset
WANTED: VICIOUS VIXENS
Mona Little More
Voo Doo Doll
3 OF T HES THE OT E GIRLS ARE N OT LIK HE E US OUT RS. .SEE IF YO U CAN OF THE PICK LINE UP
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Wear "e Room
KATHERINE BROWN It’s all about the fellas in this one––so guys, listen up! Texture. It’s all about the texture, whether it’s visual or tactile. You want to give off that “touchable” feeling . Inspired by the work of architect Chris Cobb, it’s time to show that you too can play the easy-going professional, but still look like you mean business!
Transformation to Wearable Style The Vice Blazer by NAU: This regular-fit, longsleeve jacket with asymmetrical chest and waist pockets gives off the same contemporary structured effect as the detailing in this home. nau.com
Optics Cuff Links by Kirsten Muenster: Simple and classic, these cufflinks gleam! With their oxidized detailing, youâ€™ll feel as though you are one with your natural surroundings. Complete your fantastic ensemble with these finishing details. junoandjove.com
On the Rocks Men’s Crew Tee by Loomstate: This minted aqua, fitted shirt will have you flowing through your “To Do” list! This graphic will create visual texture under any solid blazer, and the color of choice, “Aqua”, screams “REFRESHED!” Now, don’t you feel rejuvenated already? loomstate.org
Easy Emil Relaxed Fit Jeans in Dry Navy Organic by Nudie Jeans: Dark denim is always a “go-to-grab” when your schedule is booked with a long list of trendy clientele. You want to be casual––check. You want to give off a subtle “tailored” effect––check. You want to show authenticity in your ensemble just as you will in your clients’ finished product––check! Made in Italy...you get the finest jeans from the finest of craftsmen! tobi.com Wilkins Loafers by Terra Plana: This loafer will have you feeling as though you are traveling around in your slippers! With it’s flexible fit, elastic detailing and ergonomic footbed, you may never want to wear any other shoe! terraplana.com
In Search Of...
HAND SOAPS THAT DON’T SUCK! case of stores misleading the public rather than the company itself. I’m targeting Method, which has hit mainstream shelves everywhere and is often displayed as a natural product.
ALEXANDRA ROBBINS If there’s something that really sticks in my craw, it’s when a company misleads the public to believe its products are greener—or safer— than they actually are. Now, I don’t know what a craw is exactly, but I sure as hell don’t want anything stuck in it. Let’s touch on this topic before I get into this issue’s reviews. Several companies overstate (or even falsify) their eco-friendliness. In the case of the company I’m going to pick on here, it’s really more of a
Method is a decent company. It’s not a bad-guy. Its aim is to offer “stylish, eco-friendly products made with non-toxic ingredients” and it uses “naturally-derived,” biodegradable ingredients and recyclable bottles. All of this is super––however, “naturally-derived” does not mean all-natural. Its fragrances are partially synthetic, its color and a few other ingredients are entirely synthetic. It contains sodium lauryl sulfate. Not super. If consumers’ intentions are to go all-natural, they might be misled into thinking that Method hand wash qualifies. It doesn’t. But a few of the following soaps do.
Living Nature Manuka Purifying Hand Wash: I really like the feel of this soap. It has a cool texture and feels like it moisturizes. It spurts out quickly from the pump, so watch where you aim. If you have a white bathroom counter (as I do) Living Nature will leave visible colored soap stains on that counter until you rinse them off. EO’s Chocolate & Mint will too, but that’s not unexpected given that cocoa is an ingredient. saffronrouge.com EO Liquid Hand Soap in Chocolate & Mint, and Unscented with Coconut Milk: You know how when you buy lip gloss in some tantalizing flavor and you think to yourself, “Mmmm, this is going to be delicious,” and then it isn’t? (Because it’s lip gloss!) That’s kind of how I felt about Chocolate & Mint. It smells like chocolate & mint lip gloss would taste, which is to say, not bad––but also not chocolate. EO’s unscented soap, however, delivers as promised. Good texture, a quick wash and an interesting list of ingredients, including aloe vera, coconut milk, chamomile, white tea and calendula. This soap is my husband’s favorite of the bunch. He s a y s , “ I t f e e l s s u b s t a n t i a l .” eoproducts.com
Kiss My Face Organic Grapefruit & Bergamot self-foaming liquid soap: Kiss My Face smells fine and the foam works well. I’m just not a huge fan of the low-necked pump, which takes a little more effort to push than the others. kissmyface.com Vermont Soap Organics Foaming Hand Soap in Unscented, and Lemongrass Zen: One quality I love about Vermont Soap is its short, simple list of ingredients: vegetable glycerin, organic aloe vera, rosemary extract, and saponified organic olive, coconut and jojoba oils. Okay, so I didn’t actually know what “saponified” means (it’s the process by which an oil is converted to a soap...makes sense). I like the container, the way it dispenses, the foam, and the soap i t s e l f . Th e l e m o n g r a s s s c e n t r e s e m b l e s e a r t hy l e m o n d r o p candies. The only drawback to this soap is that, even after rinsing thoroughly, sometimes I feel a residue on my hands. vermontsoap.com Mālie Kauai Organic Hand Soap in Plumeria & Pangea Organics in Italian White Sage with Geranium & Yarrow: Initially, these soaps both seemed fine, but their scents were strong, so your feelings about them will depend on scent preferences.
But here’s another example of a possibly misleading company. I was intrigued by Mālie because 70% of the soap’s ingredients are produced by organic farmers and, according to press materials, they use “only indigenous and local Hawaiian flora.” But while the company touts its “luxurious natural and organic p r o d u c t s ,” i t s s o a p c o n t a i n s phenoxyethanol—definitely not grown by an organic farmer. In addition, the plumeria soap does not list plumeria as an ingredient (Whaa?!). When I called Mālie, I was assured that plumeria is included in a distillation process that produces “hydrosols.” One problem: hydrosols aren’t on the ingredients list either. malie.com Pangea’s soap, meanwhile, contains safe ingredients. I like its foaming, too. pangeaorganics.com Dr. Bronner’s, Lemongrass Lime Shikakai Hand Soap and Unscented Mild Liquid Soap: Let’s forget for a moment that during this soap’s test period, I delighted in galloping around the house screeching, “Shikakaiiii!” (Who wouldn’t?!) I love that Dr. Bronner’s is a certified Fair Trade company and that every ingredient in its soaps is pronounceable.
The consistency of both versions is such that you don’t want to rub the soap on without water, and it can leave a bit of a sticky feeling (which wears off). My only hesitation with the unscented is that it doesn’t come in a pump...the company warns that pouring it into one might clog the dispenser. drbronner.com Cleanwell All-natural Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap in Orange Vanilla: This is the soap I keep coming back to. It has a pleasant, un-lingering scent that I stopped noticing after the first few days of use. Every ingredient is from a natural source, including the antibacterial active ingredient: thymus vulgaris oil. Cleanwell’s foam texture is such that you don’t need to turn on the tap until you’re ready to rinse. cleanwelltoday.com Found! Alexandra’s Standard: Cleanwell Orange Vanilla, EO Unscented Also recommended: Dr. Bronner’s Unscented, Living Nature New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Robbins’ new book, THE GEEKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH, comes out in May. Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/ AuthorAlexandraRobbins or on Twitter at AlexndraRobbins
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