Posts Tagged ‘Patrick Knowles’
Kenya Hara
Kenya Hara

Kenya Hara is the kind of person who sees endless possibilities within emptiness. Succinct and rationalized, the Japanese graphic designer and art director of the esteemed collective MUJI, believes that design, whether it is good or bad, can enhance a spiritual awakening in people. The ideology can be found through every aspect of Hara’s work, […]

Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Gainsbourg

A Portrait of an Ethereal Icon Dress, Rodarte. Charlotte Gainsbourg answers her phone with a breathy and distant hello, as if she were in the middle of packing for a flight or stepping out of the shower. The actress and musician has been running a very brief public relations circuit from Los Angeles to New […]

Christian McKay
Christian McKay

An unapologetic performance from an Inspired Newcomer Christian McKay is a natural born storyteller. The little-known English actor has had his fair share of intriguing anecdotes off stage, including walking door to door to posh London hotels as a classically trained pianist, selling office furniture to corporations, and working as a golf tourism marketing salesman. […]

Michelle Monaghan
Michelle Monaghan

On the move: From mega blockbusters to the indie gem Trucker, Michelle Monaghan is navigating a new direction for her career on the silver screen Michelle Monaghan is not what one might consider a house-hold name. Yet, there is a good chance that if anyone has been out to the movies in the past five […]

Ari Marcopolous
Ari Marcopolous

On the hustle behind the lens SOMA: Photographers Steven Shore and William Eggle-ston have said that they consider themselves modern day anthropologists. If you had to give yourself a title, what would you prefer? Artist… photographer… anthropologist… Ari Marcopoulos: I am a Muthafuckin Hustler! And so it goes—Ari “Muthafuckin Hustler” Marcopoulos. It’s a fitting description […]

Daniel Johnston
Daniel Johnston

The last thing I expected was to have Daniel Johnston on the other end of the phone. It’s early in the afternoon, and his voice sounds assured, yet shaky, as if he was accidentally rolling his t’s while trying to dot his i’s. Yet for some reason, all I can think about is how James […]

Christa Manalo
Christa Manalo

San Francisco hot-spot Beretta is quiet save for a few clinking bottles being wiped down at noon on a Wednesday afternoon. In just a few hours, a line of patrons and parties will wait patiently outside the door for a healthy dose of nightlife. There is a good chance that every decadent cocktail infusion will […]

Modern Day Romantic
Modern Day Romantic

Robert Geller sat next to his older sister on a flight from Germany, en route to London Fashion Week. It was 1989. He was 13-years-old, The Cure was in his Walkman, and he had no idea what he was about to experience. During the trip he saw a few runway shows and visited Yohji Yamamoto […]

Sarah Morris
Sarah Morris

Structures of Control: Chasing cultural Connections with Sarah Morris minimum number (in lbs) of paper clips us manufacturers developed  last year: 20 million, number of sheets of paper used while researching, editing, writing, and producing this feature: 53, number of paper clips needed to hold said pages together: 1. “I cannot live in this world without […]

Genius in the Glitter
Genius in the Glitter

ITEMS PURCHASED/CONSTRUCTED FOR THE OF MONTREAL, SKELETAL LAMPING FALL TOUR: One giant foam rock, four ready-made cowboy costumes, 100 cans “Great Stuff” insulating foam sealant, one fake upright piano, one Centaur costume, one custom-fabricated rotating steel riser, 24 breakaway bottles, one gilded roman litter, one 300 pound steel gallows on wheels, one human-sized pig costume, […]

Zach Condon
Zach Condon

Zach Condon’s voice is as sure as a sunset. The 23-year-old songwriter and singer of Beirut has a delivery as refined as Serge Gainsbourg, and a croon reminiscent of Yves Montand. But while he is still young by music industry standards, his rise to the spotlight did not happen overnight.

Platinum Submarine Dreams
Platinum Submarine Dreams

Guided by his own compass, Wyatt Cenac divines the humor in race, identity and ultra-wealthy jackasses There was a time when Wyatt Cenac worried that he might actually become a hobo. One might argue that he would have made a great (if not the greatest) hobo to walk the streets of Los Angeles. He’s gregarious, […]

On Grace of Graphite
On Grace of Graphite

Adam McEwen: Burning Bridges to the Mundane Were there a single thread interwoven through his past and current work, Adam McEwen would have no idea what it would look like. “I’m just trying to make the thread visible,” he says. “I don’t know what it is, but I know for me, an obituary of Kate […]

Thom Browne
Thom Browne

The prince of proportion raises hemlines, expectations and in the process saves the suit. Any conversation about men’s fashion today inevitably involves Thom Browne. Since establishing an eponymous collection in 2001, Browne has grown a made-to-measure suiting business alongside a limited collection of tops, shorts, slacks, knits, and button downs. While he boasts major fashion […]

Caroline Calvin
Caroline Calvin

Finding the thread of Levis through history and design. Caroline Calvin’s office walls are adorned with denim. Behind the desk of the Senior Vice President for Global Design at Levi Strauss & Co., jean jackets blend with belts and vintage 501s  as if they were a part of a collective story told in weathered blue, […]

Guess Who?
Guess Who?

It is always an interesting moment when a scan of someone’s hand arrives here at SOMA. Palms have been sent to us from around the world—from bustling tech savvy Tokyo design offices to a small copy center in Northern India that serves as an all-in-one grocery/Internet/clothing/rental car store. In the past, this section has featured […]

Mike Mills
Mike Mills

Mike Mills’ voice, like so much of his work, carries an air of directness and vulnerability as he speaks from his studio in Los Angeles. Probably most noted for his first feature-length film Thumbsucker, the 40-year-old designer, director, screenwriter and illustrator is at a turning point in his life. At a glance, Mills’ particular story […]

Peaches for President
Peaches for President

Text by Patrick Knowles P­hotograph by Alex Freund Merrill Beth Nisker answers the phone with an impossibly charming, “Hello baby.” It’s a cool New York afternoon and while it’s been a whirlwind press day for the artist better known to the rest of the world as Peaches, there is an immediate sense of playfulness and […]

The Cathartic Cries of Wayne Coyne
The Cathartic Cries of Wayne Coyne

Text by Patrick Knowles A few years back, sometime after the release of Th­e Soft Bulletin and before Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, I found myself screaming my lungs out with hundreds of Flaming Lips fans in one long-pronounced maddening howl. As our yells escalated to deafening levels, the music became nearly inaudible. Lead singer […]

Rolling the Dice with PJ Ransone
Rolling the Dice with PJ Ransone

PJ Ransone wears Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane plaid sleeveless shirt, black tie, suspenders and black pants Cloak black striped shirt and gray jacket Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane suit, shirt and tie Text by Patrick Knowles Photographs by Brooke Nipar SOMA: So what’s with your “No Dice” tattoo? PJ Ransone: I have these two […]



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