34 posts tagged "James Franco"
“Downsizing” has become a common refrain over the past year. Companies are downsizing their staffs. Consumers are downsizing their budgets for the nicer things in life—vacations, nights out, clothes. It’s not all bad, though. The bummer economy has made more than a few people think petite when it comes to space. McMansions are out; walk-ups and bungalows are in. Before you go turning up your nose at the idea of cramped quarters, recall that they’re better for the environment as well as one’s own bottom line, and long-term demographic and economic trends portend the rise, again, of city living. If you think New York is crowded now, just wait. And while you’re waiting, you might as well take a number for the services of Ryan Korban. Over the past two years, interior designer Korban has made a specialty of bringing big-time panache to modest one-bedrooms and live/work spaces; his first client was the jewel box Tribeca shop Edon Manor, which he co-owns and creative-directs. Since then, he’s picked up work from the likes of actor James Franco and designer Alexander Wang, whose offices Korban is currently revamping. Here, Korban talks to Style.com about the power of youth, the beauty of thinking small, and the importance of “the mix.”
How did you get interested in design?
I don’t know exactly—the interest was always there, it was just a matter of figuring out where I wanted to take it. I like fashion, I like art; both those things seemed like possibilities for me, and then at some point I realized that what I really like to do is create environments. And around the same time that I figured that out, my friend Davinia [Wang] asked me to help her open this store—Edon Manor. So that wound up being my first project.
So you never officially “trained”?
My training has either been, you know, self-directed in idiosyncratic ways, or on the job, which I actually feel is the best education. I learned more about lighting from the contractors we brought in to do the installation at Edon Manor than I ever could have reading a book. But in general, everything in my career so far has played out kind of backwards—most designers right out of school, they work under someone for a while, then eventually they get their first residential project, and then at some point down the line the opportunity comes along to do a commercial space. I was doubly lucky in that not only did Edon Manor give me a commercial platform right off the bat, but because that space has such a residential feel, I picked up work in people’s homes almost immediately after we opened.
Beyoncé and her mom are launching a junior apparel label inspired by the singer’s alter ego, Sasha Fierce. The line will hit stores just in time for back-to-school shopping. Principals, you’ve been warned. [WWD]
Madonna ditches the hard-body look in her new ads for Vuitton and gets the solarization treatment. For photography neophytes, this is like getting a spray tan from Man Ray. Click to see all the images. [WWD]
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just asked Hollywood cool kids (Anne Hathaway and James Franco among them) to join their Oscar voting club. We’re looking forward to the effects of the Seth Rogan/Paul Rudd/Michael Cera voting bloc. [Hollywood Reporter]
Turns out even a face-perfecting computer program can’t make James Franco any hotter. We’re sure the thing wouldn’t work on us, either.
The hottest boîte in Paris has a very strict age limit: three to seven years old. Welcome to Babydisco.
It’s always hard to top a good costume, especially if that costume was of a giant camel toe. If anyone is up to the task, it’s Marc Jacobs, whose “Rock and Roll Circus” holiday party theme has just been decided. We’re picturing Mick Jagger with a whip.