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As soon as I got to their house, the first things I noticed were the changes between floors and all the new pieces acquired since my last visit. The “inspiration room” really felt like walking into an exhibit at the Museum of Jurassic Technology or a curiosities shop from a hundred years ago but as cozy as a home could ever be. The fencing mask with the top hat is still my all time favorite combination of pieces. So weird. These are the photos that the New York TImes missed.

Images James Ryang 2011

My friends Grace and Kenyan were gracious enough to let me come up and shoot a lookbook in and around their house this past weekend. This is their second home upstate and it was really cool to see how they decorated and put together this new home. I ended up sleeping in what is called “the inspiration room” and now I’m already eager to drive back up there. Whenever I go visit them, I end up shooting all the objects, interiors, and the surrounding landscape. Kenyan’s acquired a bunch of new pieces I’d never seen and has a new studio in a three level barn down the road. Big thanks to Jake Jones for lending a hand on the shoot. Amazing weekend away.

Images James Ryang 2011

Anyone set on going to Brimfield in July? Knowing that friends like Kenyan Lewis and Hitoshi from Jantiques in Tokyo regularly attend for the duration of the week makes me think that it’s worth going again. Having Kenyan as a guide at Brimfield makes it a lot easier to put the whole thing into perspective. He has the whole place mapped out in his head and keen eyes for rare unique objects. One thing that is calling me back is that the camera guy is coming back for the July shows. This guy’s got everything. Rare lenses, bodies, filters, lighting kits, Polaroids, etc. Notable items in this set of photographs here are: the fox head-piece, the wooden ghost, the bust form, the full skeleton minus lower jaw, Kenyan in action, the flood light, the Arabic stop sign, and the R L calling out to the Ralph Lauren prop people, and that 8×10 camera which was only $225 although I was told that it did not have a home in my apartment. Anyway, I hope someone got it.

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Wool and the Gang

Thursday evening, Wool and the Gang opened a new shop / studio on Thompson St. between Prince and Spring here in New York. I shot the space during their opening for Coolhunting. My friend Kenyan Lewis of BYKENYAN was there to view his newly installed sign hanging outside. He also installed a wooden ladder and created stools for the shop. You can read about the store and the company HERE.

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Grace and Kenyan have opened up their home and property as a location for rentals, stays, and photo shoots. It is only 1.5 hours north of New York City. These are exterior shots of the property and land. Contact them via their websites above if interested. Interior photos will be posted shortly.

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