Poketo Blog http://blog.poketo.com Art for Your Everyday Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:18:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Designer Profile: Sean Knibbhttp://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/15/designer-profile-sean-knibb-2/ http://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/15/designer-profile-sean-knibb-2/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:06:24 +0000 http://blog.poketo.com/?p=10616 keep reading]]>
photo courtesy of Cykora Photography

Sean Knibb, founder of Venice Beach, CA based Knibb Design, uses natural materials, organic forms, and open spaces to create indoor and outdoor environments that blend insight, function, and intimacy. Sean received formal training in design at the Otis Parsons School of the Arts, and in 1992 he opened Knibb Design, which has since become an award-winning firm specializing in environmental design. Sean and his team have worked on a wide range of projects that vary in scale, including estate gardens, furniture, restaurants, and commercial and residential interiors and exteriors. Recent projects include The Line Hotel, a perfect example of Sean’s ability to juxtapose natural and man-made forms to create environments that are visually compelling yet soothing and inviting.

We spoke briefly with Sean about influences, current projects, and his personal living space.

How does the tropical landscape of your upbringing influence your design process today?

I was born in Jamaica but moved to Miami and then Southern California at 9 years old, so my influence is a melange of cultures—a colonial upbringing mixed with Venice surf and skateboarding.

You design both interiors and exteriors. Do you prefer one over the other?

No, it’s not about the space, it’s about the people.


photo courtesy of Cykora Photography

Favorite project yet?

The next one.

What are you working on currently?

Improving my life and myself.

Describe your personal living space in three words.

Earthy, Soft, Bohemian

Peek into the studio of fellow Line Hotel collaborator Erin Althea here.

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Staff Picks: Eric Wanghttp://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/14/staff-picks-eric-wang/ http://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/14/staff-picks-eric-wang/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:09:46 +0000 http://blog.poketo.com/?p=10612 keep reading]]>

We asked the charming, witty, and multitalented Eric Wang, Poketo’s Operations Manger (he is also a musician and DJ), to share his Poketo top five. Read on for Eric’s picks, and be sure to get out of the way if you see this proud west coaster in the bike lane!


West Coaster
I’m so happy to be a West Coaster that I want to show it all the time. Just in case I lose my mind and move, it’s good to know there’s an East Coaster and Gulf Coaster set available too.


Japanese Bike Bell
Seeing this minimal, beautiful bell reminds me that I must up my game for my bicycle. It’s far more civilized compared to my current style, which involves yelling at everybody on the street. This bell can do all that for me quite effectively.


Woodland Creatures Raccoon
I got this for my baby niece, Everly, and it’s her favorite thing to snuggle up to! I want to be Everly’s favorite uncle, and I think this little raccoon earned me some massive uncle points.


Japanese Cast Iron Pan
Nothing beats cooking up your own steak and chops in some serious cast iron. Civilized cast iron. This is also awesome for breakfasting. I want to serve up grub in these beauties all the time.


Hedley & Bennett Tik Tak Apron
Part of being a professional is to be able to rock a professional look. This apron gets you there in an instant. The aprons are so well-crafted. I love the stitching and details. Look for the ampersand logo—it’s a sign of quality and R E S P E C T.

Check out our Store Manager (and the designer behind HighLow jewelery) Sonya Gallardo’s picks here.

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Poketo Alley-Oop Art Car is Headed to Coachellahttp://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/11/alley-oop-car-is-headed-to-coachella/ http://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/11/alley-oop-car-is-headed-to-coachella/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:05:09 +0000 http://blog.poketo.com/?p=10607 keep reading]]>

Those of you heading to Coachella this weekend might behold quite the spectacle of a vehicle—the result of Poketo handing over a Scion IQ to artists Will Bryant and Eric Trine. Normally parked at The Line Hotel as a satellite installation to the Alley-Oop II design exhibition at our Downtown LA Flagship store, the Alley-Oop Art Car will be making it’s way to Palm Springs this weekend to soak up the sun and some tunes.

If you see us on the road, be sure to beep and say hi and tag #poketoxtheline and #alleyoopla. Follow us @poketo instagram for pictures of our weekend adventures in the desert.

The car will be back at it’s home at The Line Hotel on Monday, where it shall remain through May 5th. Swing by post-Coachella and check it out up close! Big love to our friends at Scion and Scion AV for making these hot wheels a reality!

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Interview: Adam McDermott of Linushttp://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/10/interview-adam-mcdermott-of-linus/ http://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/10/interview-adam-mcdermott-of-linus/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:00:57 +0000 http://blog.poketo.com/?p=10601 keep reading]]>

Inspired by their travels throughout bike-friendly cities in Europe and Asia, Adam McDermott and Chad Kushner co-founded Venice Beach based Linus Bike in hopes that creating a simple, elegant, and affordable bike would boost LA’s cycling culture. Now, a few years later, Linus Bikes are sold in most major cities in the United States and the LA driver has grown accustom to sharing the road with cyclists. Most recently, Linus was commissioned by The Line Hotel to build 25 co-branded bicycles as well as create local bicycling route maps for hotel guests. We chatted with Adam about biking in LA, collaborating with The Line, and the reason that Copenhageners are rated the happiest people in the world.

Tell us about the bike you custom built for The Line—how is it different than the other Linus Bikes?

We stripped it down to the frame and repainted it with Linus and Line co-branding. Then we built it back up with a Brooks leather saddle and wrapped the handle bar in our leather bar tape. We added a brass bell and a head lamp, and we made a custom black and white pannier bag to hang off the rear rack.

Favorite bike ride in LA?

I ride for transportation, trying to replace as many car trips with bike trips as I can. The ride that probably gives me the greatest joy is the Sunday summer beach day, when traffic is backed all the way up Venice and the parking lots are full… I can ride my bike all the way to the sand without the least bit of effort. I also like leaving a crowded restaurant with a full stomach and riding home in the cool night on quiet back streets.

If you weren’t designing bikes, what would you be doing?

I’d probably be making something at the intersection of art and utility… furniture, lamps, food etc.

Now, when you aren’t busy designing bikes, how do you spend your time?

Swimming in the ocean, hanging out with my cat, watering the garden, thinking about bikes.

Most bike friendly city in the world?

Copenhagen for sure. They have a super highway just for bicycle commuting with pump stations, and lanes for single use or side by side riding with a friend. They have angled trash cans for cyclists, and they have the bike escalator to help cyclists up steep hills. No wonder they are consistently rated the happiest people in the world!

The Everyday Sac by Linus is available at poketo.com

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Recap: Alley-Oop II Opening and After Partyhttp://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/08/recap-alley-oop-ii-opening-and-after-party/ http://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/08/recap-alley-oop-ii-opening-and-after-party/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:49:47 +0000 http://blog.poketo.com/?p=10602 keep reading]]>

This past Saturday the Poketo flagship hosted the opening of Alley-Oop II, a collaborative exhibition of work by artists Will Bryant and Eric Trine. Guests interacted with the playful sculptures while munching on doughnuts from Cafe Dulce and fries from Wurstkuche before heading over to The Line Hotel for a nightcap.


Eric Trine and Will Bryant


Bacon and Fruity Pebble Doughnuts Courtesy of Cafe Dulce and Fries from Wurstkuche


Artist Erin Althea with husband Mike Bertino and daughters


Will Bryant and Eric Trine with friends


Will Bryant and wife Sally Bryant


Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung of Poketo


Spencer Dennis and Chantal Chadwick

If you missed the opening, the exhibition will be on view through May 5th, and we will be posting a more in-depth look at the individual pieces in the coming days! In the meantime, you can check out more photos from both the opening and the after party on facebook.

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Erin Althea Studio Visithttp://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/07/erin-althea-studio-visit/ http://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/07/erin-althea-studio-visit/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 http://blog.poketo.com/?p=10599 keep reading]]>

Erin Althea is a Los Angeles-based illustrator, painter, and sculptor. When asked how she defines herself, she says that she’s simply an artist and would prefer to go without labels. She is also the wife of fellow artist Mike Bertino (they have collaborated on various projects, including illustrations for McSweeney’s) and the mother of twin five-year-old girls. We had the pleasure of visiting her idyllic home in Highland Park, where she resides with her family and works from a tranquil outdoor studio. Erin invited us to observe her in the process of creating her concrete and resin paperweights, which she was recently commissioned to make for The Line Hotel—one for every hotel room. Amid laughter and conversation, we captured Erin pouring concrete into molds, injecting resin and pigment into the negative space, and sanding the final product: a minimalist, modern paperweight sculpture that is distinct for its simplicity and innovative design.

Erin Althea’s Concrete Paperweights can be purchased at poketo.com or at the Poketo store at The Line Hotel.

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Angie’s Guide to Koreatown Eatshttp://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/04/angies-guide-to-koreatown-eats/ http://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/04/angies-guide-to-koreatown-eats/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:47:20 +0000 http://blog.poketo.com/?p=10598 keep reading]]>

In honor of the opening of our second location at The Line Hotel in Koreatown, we asked our very own Angie Myung to share her top places to eat and drink in the surrounding area. LA’s Koreatown is dense, and the menus at the most authentic restaurants in the neighborhood can be hard to decipher (especially if you don’t speak Korean), so Angie did the work for us- down to naming each restaurant’s speciality and suggesting what to order. Venture to K-town with confidence and be sure to stop by our shop at The Line when you do!


Kobawoo House Famous for Acorn Noodle Salad and Dweji Bossam (Poached Pork wrapped in Napa cabbage): Bossam is a type of Ssam ( Something wrapped in lettuce or cabbage, made famous a la David Chang)


Park’s BBQ This is a franchise location from the famed Park’s in Seoul. This location has been around for a long time and is known for its top quality beef.


Myung Dong Kyoza Another franchise location from famed Myung Dong Kyoza from Seoul, one of the oldest restaurants in Seoul. It opened in the 1960′s and invented “kalgooksoo,” literal translation of cut noodle, where the dough is spread thin and cut by a knife. Famous for Kalgooksu and delicious dumplings. Their extra garlicky kimchi makes a really good compliment to the more mild flavor of the soup.


Hwal Uh Kwang Jang This is where I go for good Korean-style sashimi. You can get the San Nak Ji (live squid), and all the fresh fish that’s directly imported from Korea. Korean sashimi is different from the Japanese sashimi in the fish that they use, and it’s cut very thin with different seasoning. They use spicy, sweet and tangy Go Choo Jang (Korean chili paste) instead of soy sauce and wasabi. And you wrap the fish in lettuce and Gyenip (perilla leaves).


Dan Sung Sa Old school bar restaurant I’ve been going to since late 90′s. In Korea, there is always food where there are drinks. It’s similar to Japanese izakaya concept. They have the usual Korean imported beer like Hite, OB, and different kids of regular soju and flavored soju. The decor is inspired by 70′s Korean Pojangmacha (out-door tent bars with plastic chairs, and tables, where food and drinks are cheap, frequented by salary men and working class people in Korea).


POT at the Line Hotel Roy Choi’s take on the classic Korean hot pot, and conveniently located within eyesight of Poketo’s second location. A new and lasting favorite for sure.

If this isn’t enough to get you to Koreatown stat, we’re hosting a party at The Line this Saturday night in celebration of the Alley Oop II exhibition at the Poketo Flagship. Come dance with us!

Alley-Oop II at Poketo
Opening April 5th, 5-8pm
820 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213-537-0751

After Party at The Line Hotel
9pm-12am
3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 381-7411

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Gearing up for Alley-Oop IIhttp://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/03/gearing-up-for-alley-oop-ii/ http://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/03/gearing-up-for-alley-oop-ii/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:04:35 +0000 http://blog.poketo.com/?p=10596 keep reading]]>

We are in full-on Alley-Oop installation mode over at the Poketo Flagship, hammering away in the name of Saturday’s opening. We don’t want to reveal too much, but here are some photos of the pieces that will be included in the exhibition, as well as a little sneak peek of Monster Rally’s DJ set for the after party at The Line. Also, Cool Hunting featured the show today—check it out here.

See you Saturday!

Alley-Oop II at Poketo
Opening April 5th, 5-8pm
820 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213-537-0751

After Party at The Line Hotel
9pm-12am
3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 381-7411

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Recap: Ben Medansky Ceramics Workshophttp://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/02/recap-ben-medansky-ceramics-workshop/ http://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/02/recap-ben-medansky-ceramics-workshop/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:04:50 +0000 http://blog.poketo.com/?p=10594 keep reading]]>

This past Sunday at the Poketo flagship, ceramicist Ben Medansky led an intimate group of students through the process of making a terracotta planter by hand. With the help of his assistant, Eunbi Cho, Ben gave each workshop participant one-on-one instruction in molding and shaping their planters. Select photos from the workshop are below, and additional photos can be seen on our Facebook.

Don’t miss our next workshop, Paper Flower Making with Ji Kim of Blooms in the Air. Sign up here!

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Designer Profile: Eric Trinehttp://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/01/designer-profile-eric-trine/ http://blog.poketo.com/2014/04/01/designer-profile-eric-trine/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:00:01 +0000 http://blog.poketo.com/?p=10591 keep reading]]>

Eric Trine is a Los Angeles-based studio artist and designer whose projects vary from small scale design for commercial clients to furniture, sculpture, and decorative objects for the home. Notable for his use of geometry and color, as displayed in his iconic Rod & Weave Chair and Octahedron planters and tables, Eric is also 1/2 of the creative genius behind the multimedia Alley-Oop exhibitions at Poketo. Eric took the time out of his very busy life—not only is he a successful designer, he’s a dad!—to let us pry a little.

Favorite Color/Material/Shape:

Greens/Leather/Platonic Solids

Name a current designer you admire.

Ahhh, this is always a tough one, because I don’t really follow the work of other designers outside of my peers. Sometimes I feel like it’s silly, but the truth is, I don’t get a lot of energy from looking at the work of other designers. I have, however, been paying attention to painters a lot lately, like Ellsworth Kelly and Sister Corita Kent.

What was the first object you ever created?

As a child I used to make a lot of musical instruments out of old tupperware, string, and tape. As an adult, I’ve made a ton of stuff, so I’ll answer with the first thing that I made that I was really proud of; a game changer. I made a chair my first semester of graduate school. My first chair ever. That really ramped up my whole fascination/interest/development in furniture design.

What’s playing in your studio right now?
Monster Rally

Best thing about being a dad?

Watching my daughter experience everything for the first time. Everything is so new! She has no associations, so everything is open and new. She even has to learn how to laugh. So crazy!

Eric Trine’s work, in collaboration with artist Will Bryant, will be on view at Poketo during the Alley-Oop II exhibition opening April 5th.

Alley-Oop II at Poketo
Opening April 5th, 5-8pm
820 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213-537-0751

After Party at The Line Hotel
9pm-12am
3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 381-7411

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