About rafael
Founder and Creative Director of Savvy Studio and Casa Bosques.
http://vvstudio.net
Current city: New York
Other cities: Mexico City
Founder and Creative Director of Savvy Studio and Casa Bosques.
 
It’s the child of the Russ & Daughters deli NYC institution 
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It’s a great bookstore with an interesting yet relatable selection of art books 
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One of my favorites places to have breakfast.
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Its a great Saturday after museums visit, a Viennese Cafe, for a clear white wine and apple strudel.
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One of my favorite shops in NY, very well curated…  clothes, furniture, ceramics, great things.  Constantly showing new pieces.
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A very interesting selection of books.
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Home of Casa Bosques chocolates, to purchase directly at the studio.  By appointment only. 
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Always amazing installations - great bookstore 
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By chef Ignacio Mattos, it’s just great,.
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Really great coffee and bread. 
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Chris Ballantyne’s work focuses on vernacular architecture and observation of the American landscape.  Banal features of suburban and industrial zones are sources for paintings that highlight the quirky and absurd.  Ballantyne states that, “Growing up in a military family and moving to different parts of the country, there was a certain familiarity to the kinds of houses and neighborhoods. They were a series of suburban developments built in separate regions of the country, always on the outskirts of larger cities, at the exit ramps of interstate highways, and all very similar in age and design.  My own notions of space developed out of this cultural landscape which was striving for an indidvidual sense of personal space,  consciously economic, and somewhere between urban and rural.” Dysfunctional structures are flawless in their strangeness, made beautiful through symmetry, simplified lines and flat, subdued colors. Ballantyne eliminates detail to emphasize the subtleties of the way we experience space and our attempts at containment. He extends these concepts further by expanding the imagery of his paintings beyond the picture plane and onto the surrounding walls. “Most of my works involve combinations of various places, drawn from memory. As well, my own interests in skateboarding and surfing altered how I saw  the use of these structures ranging from empty pools, sidewalk curbs, to ocean jetties in a way that tied in to my sense of this larger push and pull between culture and nature.” With shrewd restraint, Ballantyne accentuates the antisocial effects of our built environment with a hint of humor and plenty of ambiguity. A curious emptiness permeates the work of Chris Ballantyne. Graphically rendered buildings, pools, parking lots, and fences take on new meanings and amplified significance, isolated on flat fields of color.
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Sebastian Chen Speier is a Creative Director and Product Designer in New York. He is currently a Design Lead at Instagram. Before that he was the Global Design Director on Nike SNKRS.
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Angela Santana is a Swiss artist based in New York City. Santana creates large scale oil paintings based on the vast amount of illicit imagery online. She combines digital painting techniques with classical oil painting. Instagram: Angela____Santana
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Artist/designer based in New York City.
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Creative Director + Photographer based in NYC
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