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Office Holiday Party

It’s that time of year when Uber prices surge because of snow and sludge, the L train can’t be trusted, and cold hearts melt or grow 3 sizes too big. My studio, Brooklyn United, a web development and digital marketing agency, takes the idea of being “culture-led” very seriously. This year, we rapidly expanded, and chose a restaurant to match our motley retinue. We wound up in Bed-Stuy at Bedford Hall, a remarkably preserved slice of the prohibition era.

This combination of a cozy eatery, lounge, shuffleboard space, and pool hall is modeled after your uncle’s warm library, or like a scene out of Clue. Comfy leather chairs, minus the pretentious vibe.  We came for the drink specials, and stayed for the surprise burlesque show!

My favorite part of the night, perhaps, was the fact that my husband donned a velvet smoking blazer replete with a satin color. He looked sharp! (I’m also in velvet, sporting a vintage LBD) Or, maybe it was when I won the award for “Deepest Reservoir of Obscure Facts (literature and fantasy edition) along with the beautiful, hardcover book Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition. Regardless of best moment, I am thankful for a such a fun way to kickoff the holiday season.

Whenever and wherever your holidays, have a merry time! Thank you so much to the super talented, Brooklyn-based photographer, Yoonography, for the photographs in this post.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014

A nerd who can openly quote passages from Lord of the Rings and adores the artwork of Frank Miller? Check. An audiophile who would not be caught without a portable record player? Check. A literary snob who prefers retro reads? Check.

Here’s your holiday gift guides for three types of people in your life (or maybe someone who is a combination them all). Just in time for last-minute holiday shipping and handling!

Holiday Guide 2014 - Gifts for Geeks

1 – 75 Years of Marvel Comics: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen / 2 – C3PO Money Clip / 3 – Shark in my Glass! / 4 – Atari Flashback Console / 5 – Superfight! Card Game / 6 – Tetris Heat Change Mug / 7 – Polaroid Cube / 8 – D20 Bowl Set / 9 – Chromecast

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Holiday Guide 2014 - Gifts for Audiophiles and Music Lovers

1 – Mozartkugel Music Box / 2 – Mozipedia: The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and The Smiths  / 3 – Sofa MOOG Bean Bag / 4 – Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London Tee / 5 – Thoroughly Modern Musician Headphones in Lime, Urbanears / 6 – Crosley Revolution Vinyl Record Player / 7 – The Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs & 33⅓ Book

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Holiday Guide 2014 - Gifts for Bilbiophiles, Bookworms and Literary Lovers1 – Kate Spade Travel Umbrella / 2 – Scrabble 14k Gold over Sterling Silver Black Diamond Accent Initial Pendant Necklace / 3 – Classics Reimagined: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz / 4 – Bibliotheque Trek Tote / 5 – Feather Pen / 6 – Paddywax Library Collection 6.5 oz. Jar Candle, Ralph Waldo Emerson / 7 – Ideal Bookshelf NYC / 8 – Trotters Women’s Liz Loafers

Procrastinators rejoice.

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Bryn Craig – An Artist’s Dwelling (17)

Bryn Craig was born in 1931 in Lansdale, PA. He studied at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art and with the Art Students League of New York, and taught at the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. At 83, Craig is represented by three galleries, and continues to create.

The artist’s work explores the relationship between people and interiors. Many of his canvases are filled with a subtle moodiness and subdued emptiness. He distorts rooms, elongates perspectives, or skews proportion of items in order to convey the real essence of a place.

Bryn Craig The Star Quilt, 2014 Gallery Bergelli

Bryn Craig, The Star Quilt, oil on canvas, 2014, Gallery Bergelli

Craig writes, “Although my work is representational, I am definitely not a photo realist. I try to include much more than just the surface of a place. I want to express my emotions about the subject and to stimulate emotions in the viewer.” To me, Craig’s painting above conveys the strangeness one feels when they are staying at a friend’s house on vacation – the uncanny sensation that a room is yours, but also is not home. Those silent moments of being alone in a shared vacation home, perhaps on the Cape, can be calming but also disorienting.

Vacation home decor items inspired by Bryn Craig, painter

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Craig’s process involves photographing one location at various times of day, and from many angles. Although he uses the snaps to direct some of his painting, he is not concerned if a lighting fixture is out of place, or a building changes colors.  In this way, his works become a sort of fantasy invention.

Drawing from his travels as well as from his commonplace interiors, Craig’s paintings are imbued with color, feeling and texture.