Photography by Brook&Lyn
Is it every blogger’s secret wish to get into retail? This year alone, we’ve seen Sight Unseen’s own Shape Shop, Rhiannon Gilmore‘s Dream Shop at the Walker, and as of this Saturday, Su Wu of I’m Revolting‘s pop-up at Creatures of Comfort LA, entitled We’re Revolting. Perhaps it’s inevitable that we would all want to touch and feel and hold the objects we covet from afar, and to make tangible the narrative we create every day. But maybe it’s just as simple as this: “It’s kind of lonely being a blogger,” Wu says. “And this was a reason to get to know people. It’s kind of a scary thing: You think, ok, I admire their work, but will I actually get along with them? But in fact, I’m still kind of basking in it.”
Among the people Wu worked with who she had never met before: Jade Lai of Creatures of Comfort, a longtime fan of I’m Revolting who approached Wu after the success of our own New York pop-up. “It was basically a gift that fell out of the sky,” says Wu of the opportunity. They flirted with the idea of creating a concept for the shop, but ultimately Wu created her own internal framework: “I didn’t want it to be all textiles, or all metal, or all ceramics. I wanted to choose people who might not be familiar to the Creatures audience. And I wanted it to be things that lived right at the edge of use and art.” So while much of the work could be considered decorative, most of it serves a function as well. That includes David Neale’s painstakingly hand-cut aluminum combs, Doug Johnston’s sculptural coiled-rope hanging lamps, Ilana Kohn’s marbled scarves, and fiber art explorations by Mimi Jung, who’s better known as the jewelry designer behind Brook&Lyn (and who took the lovely photographs we’re previewing in our slideshow at right.) The result is a tightly curated collection of little gems, all of which will be gone before you know it.
We’re Revolting at Creatures of Comfort. Now through November 10.