art house: lacma’s latin american art galleries

one of the benefits of living in los angeles is our access to some of the finest art museums in the world. lacma is truly one of our favorite museums to explore! and because we live so close, we do so at our leisure to look for design inspiration.

we recently stopped in to take a closer look of some of the treasures housed in the art of the americas building. and, it did not disappoint! in recent years, lacma has been paying particular attention to developing more of their latin american art galleries, especially spanish colonial, modern, and contemporary holdings. so, if you have not been there in recent years, get ready for quite the transformation.

we were particularly drawn to the various forms of decorative storage. simply exquisite! you have to see for yourself in person, but we do want to point out a few key pieces that you should take note of when you are there. the scale of some of these are beyond amazing! we immediately thought how perfect these would be in a kpi project since we love to remix the new with the old, and infuse rooms with character and charm.

mexico chest via kishani perera inc.

adorned inside with beautiful geometric designs, this leather bound chest with curved lid and covered in iron nails made our heart pitter patter. muy bueno!

peru or phillipines sewing box via kishani perera inc.

sewing boxes of this time period were anything, but simple! this features mother of pearl and tortoiseshell. so divine!

peru or phillipines sewing box via kishani perera inc.

of course, we loved this particular sewing box so much we had to get a different perspective so you can appreciate it from all sides including from top.

philippines chest via kishani perera inc.

when we laid eyes on this very detailed carved trunk, our heart just about skipped a beat. just beautiful!

peru sewing box via kishani perera inc.

gorgeous view from inside a sewing box from the late 17th century, which is on loan to lacma from collector patricia phelps de cisneros.

peru sewing box via kishani perera inc.

love the exterior detail of this large sewing box in inlaid mother of pearl!

peru chest via kishani perera inc.

this peruvian chest is made of exotic woods and ornamented with very lavish materials, including mother of pearl, tortoiseshell and ivory. a wonderful representation of the more refined decorative arts!

mexico sewing box via kishani perera

apparently, sewing boxes were very highly valued during spanish colonial times. we can see why! you can tell the extra care that went into them to make them very special.

museum tip: on the second tuesday of every month, general admission to lacma is free to all. la residents also have the option of getting in free every tuesday, thursday and friday after 3pm. so, plan a date for after work or take yourself to experience the beauty of latin american art!

art house: jeffrey gibson

we stumbled upon artist jeffrey gibson by chance and we’re so glad we stayed and continued looking into his work. while his geometric abstract paintings are quite beautiful and have been a part of his newer work, we were more drawn to his adorned punching bags. visually, you can see how he draws inspiration from his native american roots, especially traditional pow-wow dance regalia as seen by the bead work, sequins, tin shingles, color, etc.. but, there is also a very modern touch and other inspirations at work here which make it very fascinating!

jeffrey gibson showroom via kishani perera blog

via new york times

jeffrey gibson at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

via marc straus gallery

jeffrey gibson adorned punching bag at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

via marc straus gallery

in the december 2013 issue of artnews magazine, gibson explains his artistic choices: “the adornment references subcultural fashion, not just native american but also punk and queer – alternatives to mainstream that signal defiance and rejection of hetero-normative culture.” curator marshall n. price of the national academy museum describes gibson’s work as a “mash-up” or “remix”. some of the adorned punching bags are even wrapped in pieces of re-purposed paintings. how cool is that! sure, there is a decorative and beautiful element to this collection of work from gibson, but if you stop there you have missed the whole trajectory he has attempted to take you on. gibson further explains this best himself in this video. (mind you, there are probably quite a few kpi clients that we think would love one of his pieces in their homes!)

jeffrey gibson at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

jeffrey gibson at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

jeffrey gibson at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

jeffrey gibson at marc straus gallery via kishani perera blog

all images in this section via marc straus gallery

this summer, the southwest is in for a treat! in addition to being the subject of an exhibition at the denver art museum, gibson will begin a residency in the native arts artist-in-residence program. we’d love to be a fly on the wall for that class! some of gibson’s most recent exhibitions were at volta, national academy museum, institute of contemporary art in boston and marc straus gallery in new york city, where he is represented. we can’t wait to see what gibson does next! and, it seems we don’t have to wait too long. he recently collaborated with a peace treaty on a line of jewelry and scarves that are based on selected works of his. we are more than just a little obsessed now! how about you?

jeffrey gibson jewelry at a peace treaty via kishani perera blog

jeffrey gibson scarves at a peace treaty via kishani perera blog

jeffrey gibson jewelry at a peace treaty via kishani perera blog

all images in this section via a peace treaty

art house: bernhard handick

german photographer and founder of shoutout magazinebernhard handick, uses any kind of technique to produce new works. from painting to photography, analogue to digital, pixelation to overlaying; the manner in which handick approaches his mixed media art is certainly destructive. having been published at vogue italiaglamcultjuxtapozwe are selecters, and washington post, handick creates collections of striking imagery which seem to fuse pieces together that, although contemporary in their foundations, carry a rather haunting undertone. of his artwork, handick says, “my understanding of myself as an artist is not that I produce artwork which is completed after my process of creation. rather, the spectator is the one who finishes the work in the particular way in which he interprets it – in this sense, he is the one to add the final brushstroke.” well said! if you enjoy bernhard’s classically deconstructed works, check out his website.


art house: henrique oliveira

we sure wish we had the chance to visit the palais de tokyo this past summer, so we could marvel at the custom wood installation by brazilian artist henrique oliveira. the architectural anthropomorphism, as the museum called it,  plays off the building’s existing structure, surrounding visitors in a twisted, knotted exploration of a tree-like structure. the installation is made from recycled tapume wood sticks, a typical material used in brazilian construction, the artist’s home country. the interplay of organic materials, with a man-made dimension, joins a growing trend of biologically inspired design. below you can see multiple views of the installation at the palais de tokyo, and also some beautiful examples of his previous work. to find out more about oliveira and his painterly wood installations, check out his website!

baitogogo by henrique oliveira 1baitogogo by henrique oliveira 3 baitogogo by henrique oliveira2


our week

happy february! february is exciting, right? okay, maybe we just had a really nice week here and are now riding on our anticipation of the approaching weekend! even after a great week, sometimes we just get a little more enthusiastic on friday. this week solidified some new, big jobs that we are very excited about! we also packed the week full of site visits for many of our projects that are currently under construction. there is something about a site under construction that always seems to be colder than it even is outside. so of course, on this chilly week we spent plenty of time outside and in even colder shells of homes! we aren’t complaining (too much) because the progress is wonderful and dramatic! we have to admit, we were pretty excited for the cool weather. what a perfect excuse to cook our favorite comfort foods and lay low for a bit. and someone has also used it as an excuse to snuggle her pup and binge watch breaking bad, finally. she complained for days about being exhausted before admitting why! busted. unfortunately, we have all been guilty of this at one time or another!
while laying low after work this week, we came across some great links and items to share with you! we will also continue sharing some valentine’s day gift ideas we come across, so be sure to follow us on twitter and facebook for some unique finds for the loved ones in your life!

have a wonderful weekend! -dh

our first sneak peek of kp’s new home! gosh it is beautiful, we cannot wait to share more!


someone has a new fireplace that is just missing one of these on the mantel. it would also be a great accessory for a coffee table, or really wherever!

we love this artistic arrangement of algae art! reminded us of our blog featuring klari reis’ petri dish paintings.

stumbled across this little shop thanks one of our favorite blogs! we are especially into the artisan woven straw mats. we will take two of each of them, please!

between all of the artwork, the onyx wall, and the stunning paul evans sofa, this home has our mouth agape.

it was a bittersweet week for rummage. we parted ways with many beloved items, but welcomed in a vintage chandelier and antique camera we recently snagged!

the kpi ladies are pretty excited for valentine’s day this year. did you see our gift guide yet? also, the rummage gift guide has some serious goodies this year!

we still have mixed feelings about this human font. it is partially hilarious, but just so bizarre!

this cool down in los angeles has us craving warm, hearty, comfort foods like chili! the best part? this recipe is vegan!

we will definitely miss philip seymour hoffman, but were very warmed by these featured quotes by him. we can all relate.

art house: charles wilkin

while getting our daily art fix last week, we stumbled across new evocative art work from charles wilkin. born in buffalo, new york, wilkin has been evolving as a collage artist for fifteen years. he has been featured in various magazines like metropolis, rojo, and juxtapoz. at first glance his pieces seem to have a sense of nostalgia, but the image is decayed and distorted with layers of color and shape, that create an eerie yet thought provoking feeling. derived primarily from the study of headlines, sounds bites and idle conversations, he aims to show remnants of media overload and targeted consumption as a tangible yet uncertain analogy. the pieces below have been chosen from his most recent works over the past two years. to see more from charles wilkin, check out his website, or browse his collages currently for sale at saatchi! oh, and if you aren’t already wowed by charles wilkin’s cool work, when he is not collaging, he is busy keeping bees, practicing speed metal guitar, and contemplating obtaining a pilot’s license.

via charles scott wilkin

art house: maximo riera

a few weeks ago we visited the greystone mansion for the design house showcase which featured designs based on the tastes of iconic titans from the entertainment, fashion, technology, and finance industries. this included jim henson, stevie wonder, julia child, and alexander mcqueen to name a few. while we thoroughly enjoyed the showcase house, what also caught our attention was the animal chair collection on exhibit.

the animal chair collection, by maximo riera, is a mixture of sculpture and furniture, incorporating animals as an equal part of the design. it is intriguing and beautiful, whilst serving as a reminder of the animals we share this diverse planet with. of course, no one can describe it better than maximo riera himself; “this collection is homage to these animals and the whole animal kingdom which inhabits our planet, as an attempt to reflect and capture the beauty of nature in each living thing”. each animal chair has been carefully thought through and designed to accurately match the skin textures, and sometimes even the scale of the animal’s actual size. riera says that he “wanted to preserve the real elevation of the animal making the person who sits on it share the same perspective”. not only are these pieces of furniture incredibly interesting, but his explanation for each work of art is beautifully thought through and meaningful. we highly suggest you stop on over to his page and read it in full after viewing his work below!

holiday gift guide: for your boss & for the art lover

your boss will never tell you anything on their list, so you’re left to guess what they don’t already have and would love to receive this year. this can be tough, but thankfully we put some real thought into our top ten picks this year!

  1. owl-engraved desk calendar is a gorgeous and simple take on the expected new year calendar gift
  2. white whale mixers are bold in every sense; design, humor, and flavor
  3. miky ipad slipcase with cardholder and usb card holder is sleek and practical
  4. copper patina planter because how can you go wrong with a copper planter?
  5. pine made pie box for safe and chemical free transport of their beloved homemade pies
  6. brass magnifying stand is both aesthetically pleasing and useful in viewing the finer things in life
  7. wire pencil holder for a more industrial and stylish way to organize writing utensils
  8. black push pencil from the classic company, kaweco, comes a sleek mechanical pencil
  9. therm-o bottle is the ultimate eco-friendly, reusable bottle; featuring a removable tea strainer
  10. acrylic and gold tone stapler and tape dispenser would look great on any stylish boss’ desk this year


we know the art lover in our life doesn’t want for us to buy them art, but we still want to find that unique art related item that they never knew they couldn’t live without! we found some seriously artsy items we are particularly excited about this year!

  1. ancient kauri wood geo sculpture for the modern art and sculpture lover in your life
  2. modern art desserts by caitlin freeman pleases the eye and the tummy, if you’re ambitious enough to try
  3. paint strokes iphone case by rifle paper co. is the perfect pop of color and unexpected design
  4. antique style craft scissors because honestly, these are beautiful and we need them just because
  5. mirrored half circle garland for the art lover who could also use a little mirror action in their home
  6. rising of the setting sun painting by wayne pate for an affordable and cheery piece of art
  7. mini coloring book for the art lover in your life who enjoys drawing and/or coloring
  8. pantone inspirational color palettes for the art lover who truly loves color
  9. moca membership for the art lover who frequents the museum and would love to do so freely
  10. decorative hand painted arrow to serve an aesthetic and possibly symbolic purpose for an art lover



art house: klari reis

you can’t get more colorful than klari reis, and her newest ongoing collection, entitled petri dish paintings, is the most vibrant yet. we stumbled upon klari’s work via her fun blog, the daily dish 2013, where she is featuring a different petri dish painting everyday of this year. when most of us think of a petri dish, we probably get grossed out by the thought of multiplying bacteria, but one look at the mesmerizing paint colors in one of klari’s petri dishes and you’ll fall in love! klari uses reflective epoxy polymer to depict electron microscopic images of natural and unnatural cellular reactions. the effect is hopeful, almost playful, belying the serious nature of the subject matter. pictured below is a selection of a few works from her ongoing collection, petri dish paintings, but don’t stop there. check out her fun website to see her other collections, 99 apothecary bottles, and street anatomy, as well as over 300 petri dish paintings.

via the daily dish 2013

via klari art

art house: brainwave sofa

from the innovative mind of lucas maassen and the creative technologies of dries verbruggen, comes the amazing brainwave sofa! although the brainwave sofa is an intriguing delight for the eyes, the true beauty is found in it’s concept. the shape of the brainwave sofa is entirely determined by a three second recording of maassen’s neural ‘alpha’ activity. neural ‘alpha’ activity is recorded during an eeg or fmri, which uses magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate an individuals brain functions. the three second computer file is then sent to a cnc milling machine that mills the brainwave sofa in soft foam. a warm grey felt with buttons in the valleys is applied by hand to ensure the shape of the brainwave is honored. the brainwave sofa is a futuristic reference to a production workflow in which the designer merely closes his/her mind, and a computer prints the result as a three-dimensional functional form.

via lucas maassen

lucas maassen and dries verbruggen are no strangers to innovative design, and have many prior creations that lead them to this phenomenal collaboration. most well known for his lively sitting chairs, lucas maassen is not interested in the conventional, and his work seems to challenge our perspective of the world as we know it. pictured below are some of his most intriguing projects including: sitting chairs, singing chair, and lucas maassen & sons furniture factory. to learn more about his inspirational projects and watch some awesome short videos, check out his website.

via lucas maassen

dries verbruggen, the tech designer behind the brainwave sofa, is ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and product creation. the design studio, unfold, was founded in 2002 by dries verbruggen and claire warnier, after they graduated from the design academy. the unfold-duo challenges the viewer to have a closer look by subtly playing with aspects such as spatial alienation, unexpected material combinations, and a good dose of humour. pictured below are their most futuristic, indepth projects including: kiosk, the 3d ceramics printer, and ceramics made by the printer. to find out more about their astounding, technological creations, check out their website.

printed ceramics by unfoldvia unfold design studio