John Nyquist

John Nyquist

Known for his high level of craftsmanship, John Nyquist worked in exotic woods and created pieces that were impeccably made. He created spindle-back rockers, upholstered lounge chairs, credenza, music stands, free-edge coffee tables, jewelry boxes and dining tables among many other forms. His careful design choices, and his religious attention to the finishing (the polishing, sanding and fine upholstery and leathers) created lusciously tactile pieces that yearned to be touched, and used.
John Nyquist influenced generations with his teaching and his life-long studio practice. He taught at CSLULB and Cerritos College as well as at the Anderson Ranch in Colorado during the Summer. Gerard O’Brien of Los Angeles’ Reform Gallery/The Landing handles Nyquists work. O’Brien notes:

“Like many of the makers in the post WW2 era, John will be remembered for mentoring many a woodworker as an educator, and inspiration for making ones way as a craftsman. He was also an incredible draftsman, his line drawings were a work of art in and of themselves.”

John Nyquist was born in 1936 in South Dakota and raised in the Black Hills. His father was a physician in the C.C.C. (Civilian Construction Corps). The artist remembered his very cold early years living under the shadow of Mt. Rushmore:

“..we lived in a one room log cabin during that time. No running water and no electricity. The cabin was only a short distance from Mt. Rushmore, which was being constructed while we lived there. As a young child I remember the actual carving of the monument. After WWII, my father returned from the war and we moved to California.”

Nyquist met his lovely wife Shirley in Long Beach, when they were both in High School. They were married in 1957 and together they raised 6 beautiful children.
Over the last decade, Nyquist enjoyed a resurgence of interest in the hand-made studio movement of the 20th Century, and John’s work has been included nationally for sale in both fine 20th Century Design auctions and high-end design galleries on both coasts. In 2009, Nyquist was honored at Bonhams + Butterfields Auction Company as part of their ongoing Bonhams’ Design Lecture Series. Gerard O’Brien of Reform Gallery notes:

‘I had the good fortune to handle a number of John’s finest commissioned pieces over the years, a true highlight was having his arm chair from CA Design, inspired by Mexican furniture he had seen. John’s form and line were his own.’

John Nyquist represents a generation of artists and craftsmen who rejected a 9-5 desk job in order to live a more self-directed and fulfilling life in the arts. In 1976’ publication “Craftsman Lifestyle: A Gentle Revolution”, Nyquist noted:

“I take sincere pride in my work and confine it to one geographical area. I want to work directly with my clients, and stand behind my work, even after it has left the shop. I think if the individual takes personal responsibility for the attitudes and actions that represent him, he has a more meaningful life.”

John simply loved to work and he would get lost in his studio, working for hours and hours in his creative “groove.” In 1976 John described his studio time:

“One of the satisfactions of being a craftsman is the sensory pleasure you get from your materials and tools. I guess, when you get down to it, we craftsmen get to a point where there’s nothing we want to do as much as our work and then we find it hard to explain.”

His family notes that he had no clock or wristwatch in his studio.

“When it’s dark, I go home” – John Nyquist

John was laid to rest on Saturday, September 8th at a packed service at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in Long Beach. The Nyquist family and close friends gathered at the family home after the funeral for a lively and celebratory reception. There, John’s widow Shirley was surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Stories told by his students, children and colleagues remembered him as a dedicated, thoughtful, generous man and a skilled artisan and teacher.
John Nyquist will be missed.

Acknowledged influences on his own work are Shaker furniture, Scandinavian Design of the 1950’s and the organic shapes of nature.

A selection of John Nyquist’s work offered at Bonhams Auction Co. (Photo: Shirley Nyquist)

Nyquist’s work was shown consistently during his lifetime in major exhibitions and shows including the seminal “California Design” exhibitions (1964-1976) at the Pasadena Museum of Art. John maintained a studio practice, and a bevy of faithful private clients who commissioned his work for their homes and offices for over 60 years. In the last decades of his life, he enjoyed a national reputation as part of a small number of noted makers who led the West Coast studio-craft movement.

Katie Nartonis is an Art + Design writer, curator and auction specialist based out of Los Angeles, California and Taos, New Mexico. She is currently co-authoring a book on the seminal San Diego designer/maker, “Jack Rogers Hopkins: California Maverick”(with Co-Writer/Editor Jeffrey Head). She is the founder of The Nartonis Project and is Art + Design Editor of SoCal Magazine. www.thenartonisproject.com

A selection of John Nyquist’s work offered at Bonhams Auction Co. (Photo: Shirley Nyquist)

Game of Thrones Live Experience

Game of Thrones Live Experience

GAME OF THRONES at the Forum – Sept 9th

You may not have heard of Ramin Djawadi, but I’ll guarantee you’ve heard his music, because this 44-year-old, German/Iranian composer has produced over a hundred soundtracks and scores for major films and TV shows, including HBO’s “Game of Thrones” for which he recently won an Emmy.

Following the smash success of their TV series, HBO launched the ‘Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience’ with Djawadi performing his masterpieces in massive arenas throughout Europe and America. The show features a live orchestra & a 20-piece choir (all dressed for the part), giant screens with stunning visuals, pyrotechnics, changing stage design, and a plethora of unusual instruments, all serving to give the audience an immersive musical experience of all seven seasons of Game of Thrones.

On the screen, horses charge and dragons shoot out fire, while above the stage, real fire blasts out, and on the stage, musicians build to a heart-pumping climax. You can’t help but get Goosebumps all over your body. It’s a thrill, and judging by the roar of the audience, they all feel it.

The music breathes life into the characters –  as Djawadi says: “The White Walkers have a mysterious, icy sound from a glass harmonica. The cello and violin for the Starks and the Lannisters. The Dothraki have the duduk – an Armenian ethnic wood wind instrument. Arya has a hammered dulcimer.” And Djawadi not only conducts his talented orchestra, but also, at various points, plays piano, the hammered dulcimer and electric guitar, each with impressive prowess. It’s as if the music has become a character of the series – I mean, what GoT fan can’t hum the theme tune?

It’s more than a performance, it really is an experience. A thrilling ride to Westeros, King’s landing, or the Wall. It’s a visit with your favorites – Jon Snow and Egret, the Starks, the Lannisters, and Daenerys, plus, half the fun is hearing the audience scream every time Jon Snow appears. Even if you are not a huge GoT fan, this show might make you one. It made me want to go home and re-watch all 7 seasons of Game of Thrones. “Music is Coming” and you should absolutely go hear it.

End note: There was a downside that had nothing to do with the show, only the venue, which was the Forum. I arrived 10 minutes early in my car, but the utter chaos that the parking created, meant it took almost 45 minutes to get into an actual parking spot. I was made to weave around several blocks, in a snail-paced, endless line that was excruciating, and was then directed to park in a dirt lot, far away from the entrance. This resulted in hiking through thick dust, missing the beginning of the show and paying $25 on top of it. I can’t find enough swear words in my vocabulary to express the annoyance I feel at the Forum’s lack of parking organization and unholy price. Shame on you Forum – Shame! Shame! Shame!

(photo credit – Ralph Larmann)

Limited Time KORN Burgers Being Served at Umami Burger This Thursday!

Limited Time KORN Burgers Being Served at Umami Burger This Thursday!

Story Contributions by Anthony C. Stafford

Umami Burger is back at it again! Every now and then, the hip burger chain holds an entertaining and flavorful special event to celebrate a new endeavor. A couple of the latest examples of this have been Jaden Smith’s Impossible Burger Launch, and Umami’s limited time collaboration with Cholula Hot Sauce. In honor of Korn’s show at the Palladium in Hollywood this Thursday, September 13, 2018, Umami Burger has decided to join in on the fun with custom KORN buns!

What Can You Look Forward To?

KORN is hosting a meet & greet at the Urban Outfitters next door to Umami Burger, from 3 to 5 pm, this Thursday! Before, after, or during the event, dine at Umami Burger to get your very own KORN burger. The buns are eligible for any burger on the menu, and each entrant into their special contest will get the chance to win a signed @korn_official vinyl!

How to Enter the Contest?

To enter the contest:

  1. Dine at the Hollywood Umami Burger
    Address: 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
  2. Sign your email on your receipt
  3. Take a picture with your KORN burger and hashtag the following: #umamiburger, #FTL20, #kornhollywoodtakeover
SEVENTH ANNUAL “SUNSET & DINE” SEPTEMBER 27 

SEVENTH ANNUAL “SUNSET & DINE” SEPTEMBER 27 

TICKETS ON SALE FOR SEVENTH ANNUAL “SUNSET & DINE” SEPTEMBER 27 PRESENTED BY KILROY

Food festival to feature 20+ Hollywood restaurants and concert; event previously sold out 

WHAT: Guests to the seventh annual Sunset & Dine food festival will sample food, wine and beer from more than 20 restaurants located near the famed intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street. A wide variety of cuisines will be featured, from chef-driven menus to local favorites, alongside entertainment curated by Amoeba Music.   The event regularly sells out.  The $40 tickets include food, beverages and entertainment. Children under 12 attend free of charge. Proceeds benefit The Center at Blessed Sacrament.
WHO: Participating restaurants include:

WHERE: Columbia Square, located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street, 1538 N El Centro Avenue, Hollywood, Calif.
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, 6-9 p.m.
MORE INFORMATION:   Visit www.SunsetAndDine.org for tickets and an up-to-date list of restaurants.
SOCIAL: #SunsetAndDine
 
ABOUT: The Central Hollywood Coalition, the nonprofit board that manages the Sunset & Vine Business Improvement District, hosts Sunset & Dine to shine a spotlight on the vibrant creative community in Hollywood.
Influencers and Industry Experts Take Over Fashion Island for StyleWeekOC®

Influencers and Industry Experts Take Over Fashion Island for StyleWeekOC®

On Saturday, September 15, guests are invited to attend exclusive panel discussions with fashion and beauty tastemakers at Fashion Island’s StyleWeekOC ® for 2018. The event will celebrate the best in Orange County style, presented by SIMPLY. This exclusive, definitive style experience will include panel discussions with highly acclaimed experts and influencers in fashion and beauty, and feature in-store parties showcasing the season’s top trends.

The Program

Men’s Fashion at 2 p.m.: Moderated by TV personality and celebrity stylist Daniel Musto, top celebrity menswear stylist, Ashley Weston; CEO and Editor-in-Chief of NOBLEMAN Magazine, Doug McLaughlin; and Jose Figueroa, menswear & lifestyle blogger, will discuss all the latest trends in men’s fashion.

 

Beauty at 3 p.m.: Los Angeles-based lifestyle influencer Louise Roe will join Ali Landry, actress and founder of RE/ SHAPE; Emma Willis, celebrity makeup and hair artist; Paul Norton, celebrity hair stylist; and Lillian Babaian, of Studs and Sapphires, for a highlight on the latest in beauty, moderated by Ali Grant, founder of Be Social.

 

Fashion at 4 p.m.: Lauren Bushnell, ABC’s The Bachelor alum and founder of Dear Rose Wine & Bellevue the Label; Gorjana Reidel, American jewelry designer; Kat Tanita, of With Love from Kat; and Sophie Elkus, of Angel Food Style, moderated by Nylon contributor Sam Gutstadt, will share their insights on women’s fashion.

 

Keynote Speaker at 5 p.m.: A special Q&A with Lo Bosworth, Orange County native, reality TV star and founder of Love Wellness, will give guests an opportunity to engage with Lo and ask her questions about fashion, beauty, wellness and more!  Sarah Boyd, founder of SIMPLY, Inc, will moderate the Q&A.

 

If you’d like to count yourself in on the greatness, RSVP here!
Also, be sure to follow @Simply #SIMPLYFashionIsland for more information and behind the scenes content!

About Fashion Island

As Orange County’s premier coastal shopping experience, Fashion Island features exclusive specialty boutiques, world-class department stores and a diverse assortment of restaurants and cafes. Fashion Island offers a sophisticated yet relaxed, resort-like atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California, with pristine views of the Pacific Ocean. This hot spot sees nearly 15 million visitors a year!
 
Owned by Irvine Company, Fashion Island is home to Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus, as well as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Home Store and Macy’s – in addition to St. John, Zadig & Voltaire, Alice + Olivia, Rodd & Gunn, Nespresso, Urban Decay, SoulCycle, Vince, Joie, SUITSUPPLY, ViX by Paula Hermanny and THE LOT. Fashion Island also features acclaimed restaurants such as Sushi Roku, FIG & OLIVE, Red O, CUCINA enoteca, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Lemonade, True Food Kitchen and R+D Kitchen. For more information, please visit ShopFashionIsland.com or follow @fashionisland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

About SIMPLY

SIMPLY is all about connecting the dots. What began in 2012 as an agency specializing in events and brand collaborations has transformed into a global force that brings industry leaders and hopefuls together. Through our flagship fashion & beauty conferences and online courses, SIMPLY brings fashion, beauty, and entrepreneurial mavens to network, inspire, and learn from one another, all under one roof. With their SIMPLY Digital Network, they assist brands with influencer marketing campaigns and work with their roster of celebrity bloggers in the digital sphere on media strategy, brand partnerships, and content creation.  In both the digital and the real world, SIMPLY strives to bring people together in a kind environment and provide everyone with the tools to thrive in the fashion & beauty industry.