Gangster Squad, a star-studded noir crime drama set in 1940s Los Angeles, opens in theaters today. The film is based on the true story of an undercover “Magnificent Seven“-style crew assembled by the LAPD to hunt down and kill celebrity mob king Mickey Cohen, who’s played by Sean Penn. A confidant of Bugsy Siegel, and a friend to everyone from Frank Sinatra to Richard Nixon, Cohen was a fixture on a then swanky Sunset Strip scene, home to now infamous nightclubs like Slapsy Maxie’s and Ciro’s that drew the likes of Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, and Marilyn Monroe. From the world-famous Coconut Grove night club in the since demolished Ambassador Hotel to Tony Duquette’s Latin American-themed interiors for The Mocambo featuring glass cages holding live cockatoos, pigeons, and parrots, click through to check out the haunts of the rich and the infamous in a time when gangsters ran our cities. … Read More
Albert Brooks, the famous post-modern ’70s comedian, SNL alum and frequent guest voice for The Simpsons said “if we had 3 million exhibitionists and only one voyeur, nobody could make any money.” Isn’t that the truth.
There’s nothing we love more than a little look see in to the fascinating lives of others, so when we came across this excerpt from trend expert and New York Magazine contributor Rima Suqi’s book, American Fashion Designers at Home, we wanted more. From Jenna Lyons’ knockout Park Slope townhouse to Anjelica Huston’s Venice Beach imaginarium to superstar stylist Shirley Kurata’s sunny mod home, click through to satisfy your inner peeping tom with some seriously inspiring interiors. … Read More
We think Andy Warhol’s infamous Silver Factory may have paved the way for the rise of today’s most hallowed real estate: the modern industrial live/work loft space. A decadent conversion on the tenth floor of a brick building in Midtown Manhattan, The Factory’s in-house photographer decorated the “industrial structure of the unfurnished studio with the glitter of silver,” representing not only Warhol’s fundamental comment on American values, but also the decadence and carefree lifestyle of the time.
In the spirit of the Silver Factory, we thought we’d see how the idea of the conversion has evolved today considering the design world’s obsession with all things reclaimed and repurposed. Prepare for your jaw to actually drop because the ten homes you’re about to see are not only some of the most stunningly beautiful residential spaces in the world, but they’re also in wonderfully unexpected locales like converted oil mills, cement factories, cow stables and Victorian schoolhouse gymnasiums. Let us know in the comments which you’d most like to live in! … Read More
Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne is no shrinking violet: he’s donned fake blood and a furry suit onstage, gone full-frontal in a music video, and slammed the Arcade Fire in Rolling Stone. Now images of Coyne’s self-described “drug damaged, artist[ic]” home — a veritable compound in Oklahoma City designed by Fitzsimmons Architects — are making the internet rounds. The bathroom is especially trippy, with a Gaudi-meets-Jetsons vibe, mirrored tile, and one hell of a hallway. (Sorry, no product shots, Vaseline or other.) A Gizmodo commenter imagines that the space is less psychedelic rock band and more “gay fashionista Bond villain,” but we dig the free-wheelin’ vibe.… Read More