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February 13, 2020

The Future Perfect's Guide to LA Frieze

Coinciding with the opening of Casa Perfect’s third Los Angeles iteration, the London-born Frieze Art Fair touches down on February 14th for its highly anticipated second outing. Sited, once again, at the suitably cinematic Paramount Pictures Studios, the fair features the world’s premier galleries from home and abroad. To celebrate the week, The Present Tense has rounded up some of our key local destinations in the city.
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September 19, 2019

NY | Pace's New Giant Flagship Gallery

For their new world headquarters, located adjacent to the city’s booming High Line, Pace gallery clearly didn’t seek to make just another gallery. Rather they’ve opened a game changer, a 100-million behemoth which has its official unveiling last week.
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April 12, 2019

NY | DS & Durga

Step through the doors of 251 Mulberry Street in Manhattan’s Nolita and you’ve entered the magnificent olfactory world of David Moltz and Kavi Ahuja, the husband and wife duo behind virtuoso fragrance brand D.S. & DURGA.
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March 18, 2019

LA | Architecture & Design Film Festival

Given its wealth of magnificent buildings - from the soaring Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall to the highly idiosyncratic modernist homes by the likes of Neutra and Schindler - it makes perfect sense that Los Angeles would host the nation’s largest film festival dedicated to the topics of design and architecture.
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December 20, 2018

NY | Gucci Wooster Bookstore

Like all things that rise from the outré imagination of creative director Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s SoHo headquarters is no ordinary retail experience. The latest component to the project, which was first unveiled back in May, is the Gucci Wooster Bookstore, a collaboration the brand forged with our friend - and longtime NoHo neighbor - David Strettell of Dashwood Books.
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November 21, 2018

SF: San Francisco Proper Hotel

Looking for a burst of color on a misty Bay Area day? A place to show off San Francisco’s myriad charms to visiting friends? Look no further than the city’s newish Proper Hotel, Kelly Wearstler’s imaginative reinvention of the contemporary boutique hotel.
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October 19, 2018

NY: Celebrating Basquiat

Three decades after his untimely death, modern artist Jean-Michel Basquiat occupies a rare position in the art world as well as popular culture. The spirit of the iconoclastic artist is particularly resonant in NoHo, where he once occupied a street front studio and living space at 57 Great Jones Street, right next door from The Future Perfect’s Manhattan gallery space.
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August 25, 2018

LA | Double Vision

George Rodriguez is probably the most prolific photographer you’ve never heard of. For almost 7 decades, the LA-based Mexican-American photographer has captured the iconic and the obscure; the fringe and the famous. His expansive career, unfolding largely against Los Angeles’ heterogeneous sprawl, has documented many of the seminal moments of the 20th century.
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August 17, 2018

Judd at SFMOMA

Donald Judd, known for his minimalist milieu, exerts an eternal influence over both art and design. In recent years, the artist’s furniture has drawn increasing attention with exhibitions, books and stratospheric auction prices. His work is a frequent reference point in work by emerging and contemporary designers.
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July 14, 2018

NY | Ulla Johnson

Down the street from our New York gallery, fashion designer Ulla Johnson’s new retail location is home to Lindsey Adelman’s Totem, pictured above. The project was designed by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design in collaboration with Alexis Brown Interiors.
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June 15, 2018

SF: Sea Ranch

Just 100 miles north of downtown San Francisco, the Sea Ranch, a visionary architectural ‘experiment’ feels light years away from the city.
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February 16, 2018

NY | Dashwood Books

David Stratell of iconic NoHo bookseller Dashwood books, shares his five favorites within the neighborhood.
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October 30, 2017

LA | Los Angeles Home Tour

Frank Lloyd Wright once remarked that if one were to “tip the world over on its side everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” Almost sixty years after his death, the master architect’s observation holds true, particularly when it comes to the city’s unrivaled collection of residential architecture.
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October 20, 2017

NY | Hiroshi Sugimoto at the Japan Society

Known for his illusory images documenting environments that include abandoned theaters, serene marine panoramas and exotic animals, Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto has always reached for the sublime.
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August 17, 2017

NY | Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical

Italian design polymath Ettore Sottsass would have turned 100 this year, but his inimitable and wildly creative designs feel more relevant than ever. Currently on view at the Met Breuer, Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical, the museum’s first exhibition dedicated solely to design, offers a comprehensive survey of the Italian renegade’s remarkable career.
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July 12, 2017

LA | Summer in Malibu

As any Angeleno knows, when it all gets too much there’s only one thing to do: drive away to Malibu, the famed hippie enclave turned billionaire’s playground. When the LA heat becomes unbearable, this beach enclave, with its miles of beaches, architectural curios and atmospheric restaurants, is the ultimate palette cleanser.
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February 21, 2017

LA | The Lodge

Since it opened in early 2015, The Lodge, an art gallery situated in on-the-rise East Hollywood, has become one of the West Coast’s most prescient cultural venues. “In many ways The Lodge is the anti-gallery,” explains its namesake curator, Alice Lodge, an artist herself who grew up among the creative communities of the Hollywood Hills and Sydney, Australia.
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December 20, 2016

NY | Now Savouring: Yabu Pushelberg’s Taste

Yabu Pushelberg know a thing or two about Taste. True to their innovative shape-shifting spirit, the firm have launched a biannual ‘bookazine,’ a new kind of periodical that blends magazine and coffee table book. Each dedicated to a single theme that captivates Yabu and Pushelberg, the most recent edition surveys the concept of “Taste,” and what it means to a generation of creatives.
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October 26, 2016

In Focus: Annabelle Selldorf

You only have to take a short stroll around The Future Perfect’s New York neighborhood to realize architect Annabelle Selldorf and her firm Selldorf Architects are firing on all cylinders.
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October 04, 2016

NY | We Love Il Buco

Ask any NoHo resident - or indeed most of downtown denizens - their favorite classic restaurant, and chances are they'll point to Il Buco, located on Bond Street.
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August 03, 2016

NY | Boglioli

One of our favorite Milanese menswear brands touches down in Noho, with a sensational interior design by Dimore Studio.
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August 01, 2016

SF | 500 Capp Street

Join us for a walk through 500 Capp Street, the newly renovated home and studio of late Bay Area artist David Ireland.
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July 31, 2016

NY | Downtown's brand new ICP

Reopening in a stunning new downtown space, New York's ICP brings more cultural clout to the Bowery, one of the city's hottest cultural precints.
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July 22, 2016


We chose five must-sees from the extraordinary new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art designed by architectural firm Snøhetta.
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