Archive for the ‘Philadelphia’ Category

Zoe Strauss – Ten Years, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Monday, January 30th, 2012

I had the opportunity to check out the Zoe Stauss ten-year retrospective which opened two weeks ago at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her photos, which aim to capture “an epic narrative about the beauty and struggle of everyday life,” was made all the more impressive considering Strauss only began her photography at the age of 30, exhibiting for the first time in 2001 on her own without any gallery representation.

Most of Strauss’ work documents her own neighborhood and surrounding areas, and there’s definitely a feeling that she isn’t far removed from her subjects, giving her portraits a real sense of intimacy. Between human subjects, unique architecture, consumer culture, and disarming snapshots of text, the volume of work is impressive, keen, and witty, capturing everyday scenes removed from its original context. Strauss’ work also included photographs addressing current events, and her pictures from her time spent volunteering and rebuilding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina were poignant reminders of the event.

My personal favorite from the show was a series of images featuring mattresses. The image above simply doesn’t do it justice – the print itself is luminescent, transforming something normally vulgar into a visual that is quite captivating.

Strauss’ efforts to make her work as publicly accessible as possible are also a source of inspiration. Since 2001, Strauss has annually presented her “I-95” shows, displaying her photographs underneath elevated sections of the aforementioned highway for all to see, and offering printed works for only five dollars. For the show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Strauss even lobbied (unsuccessfully) to reduce the admission price. For those unable to make it to the exhibit, prints of her photographs are installed on 54 billboards around the city. You can plan your route around the city to see them all, and her entire catalog is available online. If you happen to be in the neighborhood at our store in Philly, you’ll find yourself triangulated by three billboards just a short bike ride away (one of them is pictured below). – Tommy, E-Commerce

Lately, we’ve really been enjoying printing photographs on T-shirts. Check out two of them below, Family Photo and Party Time.

Saraghina Shares a Passion for Repurposed Furniture – and Delicous Pizza!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Saraghina 435 Halsey St.

While most diners flock to Saraghina for its outstanding pizza, this quaint restaurant in Bed Stuy also provides a unique setting that our waiter gushed as both “charming and sexy”. Taking cues from the neighborhood it resides in, Saraghina’s décor is constructed from found and repurposed tables, cupboards, and chairs (on both the floors and the ceiling) that are often found lying around the streets of Bed Stuy. Designed by the previous owner Massimiliano Nanni and his wife, Paola Citterio, the restaurant and its furnishings are painted in a classic black and white palette to tie the aesthetic together. Throw in a wood-fed brick oven alongside the salvaged furniture, and not only will you get a stomach full of some of the most delicious pizza in New York, but a head full of DIY design ideas.

With an opportunity to design the spaces in our stores, we also get excited about the possibilities of incorporating upcycling, like in our Philly store where we constructed fixtures from shipping palettes and tables from thrift store finds. Find out more about some of our upcycling designs here.

BKI Philly 1525 Walnut Street

SEERSUCKER NUPTIALS

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Congratulations to Ronda of Philadelphia who looked oh so lovely on her wedding day in Brooklyn Industries’ Alexa Seersucker Dress!

BEATS BY DJ MANIK

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival is tomorrow in Philadelphia. Walnut Street,  from the Avenue of the Arts to Rittenhouse Square will be abuzz, including the Brooklyn Industries Philly store! Stop by between 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. to hear live beats by DJ Manik. See you there!

FYI PHILLY

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

This weekend Lexy was interviewed at our Philadelphia location for an FYI Philly segment on Channel 6 news. Fast forward to about 5 minutes and 30 seconds in and you’ll see one of Philadelphia’s to fashion editor’s introduce the Spring trends and where to buy them (Hint: our stores!)

Go HERE to see the video!