6 posts tagged "RxArt"
“Not many retailers are willing to disrupt their business,” said Nordstrom’s director of creative projects, Olivia Kim. “But Nordstrom is, and to me, that’s what makes this job so fun and exciting.”
Kim, the former VP of creative at Opening Ceremony, has now graduated to her second full-fledged pop-in installation at the behemoth department store, where she injects equal parts cuteness, quirk, and novelty. Aptly titled 4U: Brite Lites_Gift City, the pop-in, as Kim put it, is “Santa’s Workshop for the twenty-second century.”
“I wanted the design to be cold, austere, and metallic, but referential to holiday,” she said. To help bring her vision to life, Kim solicited the help of her dear friend Rafael de Cárdenas of Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd. / Architecture at Large. “He and I have this incredibly in-tune sense of environment,” she proclaimed. It’s a creative partnership that goes back to her time in New York.
As for the concept behind the staggering high-low product selection, Kim considered, “What do you get someone who has everything?” She wanted to offer those hard-to-find discoveries—and she’s succeeded. The democratically priced range of gifts includes Keith Haring skis by Bomber Ski, charity RxArt’s collaborative gifts designed by notable artists like Ryan McGinley, Vanessa Arizaga jewelry, tomes from Abrams Books, Illesteva eyewear, black-out Bamford Rolexes, Chinti and Parker knits, and much more.
Brite Lites_Gift City is the next step in an overarching plan for Nordstrom, where Kim has worked since early 2013. She aims to educate, engage, and inspire Nordstrom’s large customer base by introducing plenty of buzz-worthy merchandise. “I want to be able to create something sexy, and I want people to get excited about shopping again,” she explained.
But are customers responding in kind? “Yes,” Kim confirmed with confidence. “It’s exciting for us as a brand to be able to say we’ve got a customer who is interested in niche products and young designers. I’m here to take risks. I’m here to push something new and adventurous in front of the company, and in front of our customers.”
4U: Brite Lites_Gift City will be open at twelve Nordstrom locations nationwide beginning November 15. Merchandise will also be available online at www.nordstrom.com.
The nonprofit RxArt is dedicated to bringing art into hospitals and health care facilities to raise patients’ spirits. But it’s nice to remember that the charity doesn’t observe only the see-but-don’t-touch approach to fine art. In addition to commissioning installations, RxArt also publishes an annual coloring book, illustrated with line drawings from such artists as Marilyn Minter, Laurie Simmons, Richard Prince, and Christian Marclay, to distribute to the younger clients it serves. This year’s edition, sponsored by Warby Parker, includes peel-off stickers by Ai Weiwei and a pair of cutout glasses by Parker, too. Want to get your hands on one? In addition to being donated to children in RxArt’s participating facilities, it is also sold to benefit the organization on RxArt.com and at Warby Parker outlets nationwide beginning November 13. Minter’s and Simmons’ pages debut exclusively here. A little crayoning goes a long way.
Don’t let Raquel’s expression fool you—art is uplifting. That, in a nutshell, is the guiding principle behind RxArt, the nonprofit that works to install artworks in hospitals and healthcare facilities. To that end, the group is having its 12th anniversary benefit in New York Monday night, honoring Dan Colen, who is about to undertake a major installation at Brooklyn’s Kings County Hospital pediatrics unit. (Given the setting, he’s trading his occasionally R-rated material for something more PG: M&Ms.) Tickets are still available for the Monday night party, where art by Colen, Terry Richardson, Inez and Vinoodh (whose photograph Freja and Raquel with Bill Clinton by Chuck Close is above), Aurel Schmidt, Marilyn Minter, and more will be on auction. You can get a jump on bidding online, but to take it home, you’ll want to be able to fend off competitors at Milk Gallery on Monday night. Even if you don’t walk away with a piece, you won’t go without reward: Each attendee can pick their own T-shirt, courtesy of Pickwick & Weller.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit RxArt.com.
At last, a coloring book for all ages. The RxArt coloring book was technically created for kids—it’s handed out to children in the hospital as way to take their mind off their illnesses, but the Chanel Beauté-sponsored booklet will make just about anyone want to get their crayon box out. Between the Lines features designs by more than 40 artists, including Hope Atherton, Mr. Brainwash, Deborah Kass, Jose Parla, and cover art by Rob Pruitt. (Pruitt also made the sparkly panda bear stickers that come in the centerfold—Lisa Frank, watch out.)
On Thursday, the third volume of the coloring book project will be officially unveiled at the 2011 Rx Party (also sponsored by Chanel Beauté) at the Highline Stages, hosted by Jen Brill, Leigh Lezark, Vanessa Traina, Poppy Delevingne, and Caroline Sieber. Works of art, including pieces from Yoko Ono, James Franco, Nate Lowman, and Terry Richardson, will be on auction at the event—no Crayolas required here.
To buy tickets to the event, visit www.rxart.com.