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Frazier + Wing

A mobile is a type of kinetic sculpture that takes advantage of the principle of equilibrium as well as the forces of gravity. The ever-moving artworks are popular among infants for use in a nursery as external stimuli. Not to be relegated to child’s play, modern mobiles are also works of art. The neologism of the word “mobile” was first suggested by Marcel Duchamp in 1931, quite the artsy beginning.

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Perhaps, the most famous kinetic sculptor of all time is Alexander Calder whose rods, colorful, weighted objects and suspended components moved fluidly and randomly in response to motors and air currents. In contrast, Calder’s stationary sculptures are called stabiles, a term titled by Jean Arp. Other famous mobile creators include Timothy Rose, Mark Leary, Julie Frith and now, Frazier + Wing.

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With names like Alexander (obvious homage), Hunter, Happy, Kelly, Ochre, Elliot, Grace, Sunshine, Holland, River, and Snow, there’s a mood and style for anyone in your life.

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Frazier + Wing is an independent design studio in Portland, Oregon. Designer and maker Heather Frazier creates decorative design objects and products for home and life. The collection was started in 2007 and was born out of a love of color, decoration, and a passion for making and creating.

Frazier + Wing Art Mobiles as Featured by The Walkup

Frazier + Wing mobiles are a poetic and modern interpretation of the classic form. These sophisticated and charming decorative accessories for the home are enjoyed by children and adults alike. Each mobile is carefully hand crafted using fine quality papers in a range of beautiful colors.

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Now let the wind, a draft, or the movement of the family in the home gently let these moving forms sing!

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Do the Hustle!

As cinephiles, my husband and I  run to the movies yearly, during award season, to try to see all the nominees. This year we’ve scoped Her, Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, and Gravity! We’re desperately trying to find empty hours in the day to view the others before the red carpet on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Of the aforementioned movies, no screenplay, set design or costume design felt as complete at American Hustle. A heavy nod to Michael Wilkinson , costume designer and period piece extraordinaire! Thanks to him, no one was screaming, “Disco Sucks!” because we all wanted to wear glam-rock leotards, wire-rimmed glasses, three piece suits, wrap dresses, polyester trousers, rayon tube tops, knit vests, hot pants, tinted aviators and ultra wide lapels.

Inspired by Costume Design and Set Design of American Hustle featuring Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams!

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Amy Adams’ completely embodied a seventies vixen in her plunging sequined Halston halter dresses to her Diane von Furstenberg wraps. Even the slightly pudgy Christian Bale was still dressed to the nines, and highly dateable, in his exaggerated mixed print leisure suits, ruffled shirts and burgundy velour blazers.

Not to be outdone, Judy Becker, the Production and Set Designer, created stellar work. “Everybody thinks of the ‘70s in New York as very dirty and graffiti-ridden, but I knew that our movie wasn’t that ‘70s,” said Becker. Including metallic wallpaper, a nod to brutalism and a gratuitous use of yellow, explore her world on set here.

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Tour de Tel Aviv

Known lovingly as The White City, all of Tel Aviv was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site. The happening city in Israel is filled with gorgeous historic buildings from the Ottoman empire to the Bauhaus era. Filled with clever fusion eateries, killer coffee, amazing street art and more museums per capita than most cities in the world, this city should be on the bucket-list.  Aside from the famous beaches, and all night clubs, I highly recommend perusing boutiques in the indie fashion district, the revitalized twenties-era Gan Ha’Hashmal.

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From its weather to music to its attitude, Tel Aviv is a modern, pleasure-seeker’s paradise with unexpected treasures around every corner of the mediterranean haven. What’s also in the second-city-that-never-sleeps? My cousin through marriage, Gabrielle! Say Bonjour…errr…Shalom!

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Gabrielle is an architect, although upon first glance one might think she’s a fashion model (credits include  shots for DE GRIS by Alexandre Silberstein and Kopito). She recently moved to Tel Aviv, Israel from Paris, France by way of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Quite the jet-setter, she’s fluent in French, Spanish and English. Apparently, she’s also fluent in the sparse Scandinavian meets Moroccan Shuk design aesthetic.

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Her apartment is located in the “Kerem Hatemanim”, a lovely, artsy and picturesque neighborhood in the heart of Tel Aviv.  It’s the perfect spot to start exploring the city while feeling like a local – especially since the space is only a 1 minute walk from the open-air Carmel marketplace filled with  fresh fruits, spices and veggies.

Gabrielle Toledano in Tel Aviv by The Walkup

The apartment is full of light and it features its own private closed entrance from the street, private staircase and private rooftop. That sort of privacy can lead one to sunbathe naked all day. Interested in visiting? Travel to this exact home! You’ll be licking your lips in no time enjoying the delights of Eser 10, the hummus at Abu Hasan, or sipping an espresso among other bohemian types at Cafe NOACH (which makes its home in a converted artisan lampshade store).