Here are the people, places, and things that caught our attention in July. Inspiration can come from anywhere—take a moment and dig in.
1. Beauty2theStreetz: Shirley Raines’ mission is built on the recognition that the lack of a home does not mean a lack of humanity. Raines cooks for 400-600 people every week in her one-bedroom apartment, all while working a full-time job and being a mother of six. She travels from Long Beach, California, every weekend to provide food, showers, and beauty services to Skid Row’s homeless community. The generosity of donations is what fuels her mission, so beauty brands, get donating. Unilever, if you’re reading, Shirley could sure use some help from your Right To Dignity Mission.
2. Soapack: Mi Zhou, a student in the Material Futures master’s degree program at premier design school Central Saint Martins, has taken sustainable packaging to an entirely new level. She has brilliantly reimagined personal care packaging with antique-inspired vessels actually made from soap. That packaging can be used as soap when it’s empty, disintegrating entirely and drastically reducing waste. Having seen edible packaging made for food, Zhou said she applied the same logic to shampoo and other personal care products.
3. Sugar Monk: Mixologist Ektoras Binikos and visual artist Simon Jutras have opened a new perfectly civilized mixology cocktail bar inspired by the speakeasies that flourished during the height of the Harlem Renaissance. The menu offers 30 cocktails that take you though a journey of alchemy, art, and beauty. Divided into 8 chapters, each references a special journey, from the monks’ history of distillation to the jazz pioneer and musical master Thelonious Monk. The perfect venue for a cerebral beauty launch.
4. Three Pink Seesaws: We need more of this. Architectural studio Rael San Fratello has installed three pink seesaws in between the metal slats of the US-Mexico border wall so that children on either side can play together. “The wall became a literal fulcrum for US-Mexico relations and children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side,” said Rael in the Instagram post.
5. SuperReal: Moment Factory has turned Cipriani‘s landmark Italian neo-Renaissance hall at 25 Broadway, which was the ticketing office for the transatlantic Cunard Steamship Line in 1921, into an immersive multimedia art experiment. Using cutting-edge visual effects and pixel-precise projection mapping technology, SuperReal sends visitors on an immersive journey through large-scale, 360-degree multidimensional realms that blur the boundaries between real and
virtual. Runs through the end of August.
Photo: via Mi Zhou