Shanan Campanaro (Eskayel) & Michelle Zacks (Spaced Out)
The Playland Suite sleeps up to four guests with a private bathroom and kitchen fully equipped with stove-top and refrigerator. The bedroom sleeps two people on a Queen Size bed, along with room for two more on either the pull out trundle or day bed in the private lounge area.
San Diego natives and world travelers, Shanan Campanaro of Eskayel and Michelle Zacks of Spaced Out are excited to have been chosen to collaborate on a room at the Playland Motel.
Shanan and Michelle – close friends and travel companions – believe in story-telling through design, have a keen eye for composition and color, and often find inspiration through their travels to places like Bali and Talum. This time Shanan and Michelle are drawing inspiration from someplace a bit closer to home: the Rockaways.
Displayed throughout the bedroom, the Bungalow pattern created by Shanan creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere immediately upon entering. Shown in complimentary colors, Braganza and L'eckwa are used to decorate the living room, kitchen and bath, but it is the meaning behind these words that truly help tell this design story. Bungalow pays homage to the first type of housing in the Rockaways, while Braganza is the name of the Portuguese queen after which the city of Queens was named. L'eckwa, meaning “sand” in the Lenape Indian language, was also one of two words that comprised the Indian word for Rockaway.
Together, Shanan and Michelle are creating a bright, breathtaking aesthetic that brings the color of the Rockaways inside, creating a plush, vibrant beach bungalow unlike any other.
Eskayel is a Brooklyn, NY based design studio focused on applying a uniquely artistic and environmentally responsible approach to interior surface design. By reproducing our hand painted patterns locally in the northeastern United States on natural and recycled grounds, our made to order fabrics and wall-coverings are aneco friendly and visually inspiring option for home and commercial projects. Eskayel offers six major collections with over 200 patterns and colorways available in our PRIMA vinyl free residential and commercial wallpaper, CLASSIC clay coated wallpaper, recycled type II contract wallcovering, natural linen and organic denim fabric, custom made rugs, and a variety of decorative products including pillows, baskets, prints, wall-hangings, scarves and wrapping paper.Our made to order fabrication methods accommodate almost any kind of customization.
Color and scale of existing patterns can be transformed or we can work with you to create an entirely new design to fit in within your creative vision with virtually no minimums.
Eskayel was founded in 2008 by artist and designer Shanan Campanaro. The Central St Martin’s graduate has worked in both graphic design and fashion, but has always been interested in interiors believing that the atmosphere and vibe of a room can transform ones mood. Having lived in many different spaces and more than a few countries before the age of 30, the importance of building an environment of true self expression and comfort in each of her homes became a huge priority and obsession. She began by turning that passion into wallpaper and now with her partner Nick Chacona, Eskayel continues to bring to the market innovative, product of the highest quality that is luxurious, natural and beautiful.
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Michelle Zacks honed her eye for design through 15 years in the fashion industry, building highly regarded clothing brands Spring&Clifton and Holy Tee, as well as collaboration collections with Urban Outfitters and the Reformation.
When fellow clothing designer Lyndsey Butler of VEDA came to Michelle for help developing a concept for the interior of her flagship store in SoHo, Michelle found herself in a new and exciting realm of creative direction.
The fortuitous collaboration launched a new career path for Ms. Zacks, inspiring her to launch her interior design company, Spaced Out. "I loved doing that project so much I decided at that moment to focus my energy on interiors," says Zacks.
"I think I have a really unique and creative point of view to offer to interiors, coming from a fashion background," says Zacks. "I've always loved telling a story through design, and I believe in the importance of "beautiful living."
Spaced Out lets me share my thoughts on home and commercial design, as well as inner space and our magical world at large.
Michelle has since contributed decor work to acclaimed eatery Toro NYC, as well as nightlife venue BackBar. She is currently designing residences in Montclair, NJ and Pasadena, CA, and assisting esteemed interior design firm Rawlins Calderone in select projects. Michelle was born and raised in California and currently resides in New York, two places she credits with greatly influencing her design aesthetic.
Born England 1961
Instinctive Artist from Childhood
Began making a living as muralist from age 15 for private businesses and public works
Mostly in East London
Brief stay in West Berlin 1979/80, Muralised The Wall
Emigrated to NYC 1980
Worked and lived in Lower East Side
Primarily painting murals in bars, clubs and restaurants
Moved to Rockaway Beach in 1989
Began to focus more on personal canvas and mixed media works
Elected President of Rockaway Artists Alliance 1996 - served for 15 years
Organization developed Arts Center and widespread programming
Worked as Muralist ,Exhibited Artworks and instructed in Schools, Men's Shelters, Hospitals and Senior Centers all over NYC during this period
Moved to South Bronx in 2012
Now focussing exclusively on Murals and personal Canvasses and Mixed Media Artworks
Perspective (from Latin perspicere, to see through), The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole. Inspired by the works of abstract artists from the 60’s such as Sol Lewitt, Robert Mangold, and Brice Marden who rejected the compositional treatment of form; Mr. Spurr explores the relationship of light moving within a fixed space and the distortion of the natural perspective of the room, with respect to the elements of form, color, line, material and surface.
Simon Spurr: Simon James Spurr, is an English born designer most recognizably known for his work as a Men’s Fashion Designer having worked at Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and his former namesake brand SIMON SPURR.Mr. Spurr continues to define and expand his modern aesthetic within the field of design by blurring the borders between the worlds of art, furniture and interiors. Follow Simon on Twitter @santospurr
Inspired by the Golden Mean from Ancient Greek philosophy. Beauty is conveyed through the principles of symmetry, proportion, and harmony; the desirable middle between two extremes.
Melanie: My life evolves around music, art, and design. Born in Manila, raised in LA, and a resident of NY for over 20 years; I’ve worked and traveled abroad for the past 15 years. I’ve promoted various underground hip hop artists at Rawkus Records alongside merchandise design, launched two of my own fashion accessory brands thereafter, whilst djing at venues in Manila and NY, and am currently consulting for Converse.
Marina: Born and raised in Monaco I embarked on shaping an eclectic and artist life with a focus on film, theater, dance and travel. i moved to New York to pursue my love for fashion, working with world renowned fashion photographers and magazines such as i-D, Flair, Fantastic Man, Muse, W Magazine and American Vogue. In 2011, I opened a concept store called Beautiful Dreamers in Williamsburg Brooklyn.
Rockaway Playland Motel Room #5 has been dubbed “The Super Collective”. Athena and John design-directed a team of kindred, artistic spirits, each committed to their respective craft as well as inspired to be part of the rebuilding of the Rockaways.
Acclaimed visual artist Shantell Martin has graced the walls of the room with her stream of conscious drawings. Super-Brand has donated a surf-board which has become an additional canvas for Shantell’s inner vision. Aussie Surfer/Model/Set-builder Bruce Raubenheimer has donated his expertise to craft assorted built-in features for the room, assuring functionality shares equal importance to style.
The color palette of the room is bright and bold, inspired by the sea yet realized with unpredictable details such as colorful marine rope applied to the walls delineating these broad surfaces and containing Shantell’s site-specific installation.
John Rawlins & Athena Calderon (Rawlins Calderone Design)t: John Rawlins and Athena Calderone, the duo behind Rawlins Calderone Design, is the coming together of two like-minded friends who share a love of design, art & architecture. Together they curate and design high-end residential interiors as well as retail & hospitality projects in and around NYC and Miami. Their work has recently been featured in Harpers Bazaar, Elle Decor, House Magazine, Interior Design, NY Times, and this month Athena’s Amagansett home graces the cover of Living Etc magazine for the celebrated design of her mid century modern beach house.Athena’s lifestyle blog, Eye Swoon, recently featured on Refinery 29, has generated a buzz and cast her as a influencer and tastemaker whose style expanses the world of food, design, fashion, and everything lifestyle.
"My room explores the Basics and investigates the problem of simplicity, celebrating the human error”.
Federico Saenz-Recio: Born in Argentina in 1976, he emigrated to the United States in 2003 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Room Inspiration – "If my Yacht dreams collided with a Wes Anderson movie…"
Ben Pundole & Jessica Baker: Ben Pundole (A Hotel Life) & Jessica Baker (Baker Creative Productions) have come together to create room 9 at the Playland Motel.
What if 1980′s Don Johnson drove a 1950′s Woody? AKA Don Johnsons Woody.
George Alan: George Alan of Design Department. Design Department is a multi disciplinary design firm focusing on interior architecture and experiential design within the hospitality industry. They strive to create environments that foster an overall memorable experience. It is our belief that experiential design encompasses aspects of interior design, lighting, graphics, art, food, music and any other medium that helps curate the overall environment.
‘My Bloody Dreams’ A modern, fresher take on the opulence of baroque spaces, with a twist.
Nadia Kaufhold: Design director and founder of Eat Spaces, a design company specializing in eclectic, locally crafted (collaborating with local artists and craftsmen wherever possible) and eco-friendly design for both residential and commercial clients.
making your creative inawilderworld
tanja + maximo + oscar + neil wilder are inawilderworld
inawilderworld is what happens when
a south african photographer/director • a swiss graphic designer/illustrator
two english pint-sized non-stop producers of visual + sculptural + musical art
live + create together in a loft in brooklyn
together we inspire the child in each of us
together we are creative directors on art + commercial projects
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making your creative inawilderworld
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The prints or shapes are wholly reflective of the free-spirited and spontaneous qualities of discovery. Their aesthetic is the result of experiments & research in large-format cutting and folding techniques, developing an unexpected symmetry. The reworked shapesbecome singular and visually challenging, synthesizing primitive iconography with ultra contemporary/cosmic ideation. Production of the prints/ objects is done by hand, and is conceived by pairing quality, natural materials with unique, technical processes. JulieThevenot opens herself to boundless sources of inspiration maintaining a jubilant, playful avant garde, and distinctive sensibility.
Founder & Designer Julie Thevenot launched her line in 2008, starting with hand-printing and dye-testing in her custom-built silkscreen studio. This self-taught fashion designer received her MFA from the National Superior School of Decorative arts of Paris and integrates this artistic training into her working process. In order to establish her own space in the creative world, she chooses not to adopt the habits of some archetypal fashion designers. Thevenot left Paris for New York City, feeling a kinship with her new environment, in its « always-on » functionality and supportive, albeit competitive, energy. Not limiting herself to the medium of fashion, Thevenot intends to expand her creativity to different media, such as accessories, print editions, wall displays, and artistic setup for events and collaborations with musicians.
Christian is an artist/designer/writer. He was born in Mexico City, spent much of his life in New England, and has lived around the world and worked in a variety of fields. He graduated with a masters in landscape architecture from RISD in 2010, and has been maintaining an art practice in Bushwick ever since. His website is www.cruizberman.com
"If life is a vast broth of random acts and tangled reactions, making art is how I chart my way through the soup. Because I was forcefully removed from my homeland and family at a young age, I became accustomed to localizing my identity within a precarious juncture of memory, fact and fiction. My work draws from personal histories of migration and adaptation, and is made with a distinctly poetic methodology. Materials, memories, ideas, and emotions are distilled and reconfigured. These configurations are partly improvisational, and guided by the whims of my subconscious, but they are also exercises in formal and abstract experimentation. The eventual goal is to build a language of materials and symbols that provides moments of surprise, humor, and reflection, both for the viewer and for myself.
My recent work is partly born from the struggle between the homogenizing power of technological globalization and the innate human desire to assert one's uniqueness. What is the role of the tribal, the communal, and the artisanal in a society where the click of a button can connect you to the rest of the world, and global media conglomerates dictate the styles and cultural norms of millions? Working in Bushwick, which is heavily industrial and concrete-covered, but also somewhat tribal in its culture, I felt a desire to incorporate the colorful, raw, and sensual influence of nature. This in turn has become a fascination with the symbolism of soft and sharp, real and artificial, and ominous and safe. My stylistic influences are wide, from the perspective and mood in Japanese ukiyo-e printing, to the direct and tragic-comic nature of mariachi ballads and mexican folklore, to the confrontation of indigenous, European, and even Tibetan Buddhist spiritual symbology. These all form a backbone that supports forays into new methods of working with abstraction and iconography.
Much like the internet, my work forces the viewer to examine what is exotic and what is commonplace, as well as what is authentic and what is fabricated. Feathers act as brushstrokes, found objects become molds for painted sculptural elements, and paint is used in a way that both references as well as questions the history of the medium as a form of communication. I am interested in the ways that these materials engage the viewer's understanding of history, progress, and time. For example, the feathers or stones used in the work may seem the most natural, but if we dig deeper, we can remember that the acrylic and rubber in the pieces are derived from petroleum products, which in turn came from decomposed organic materials like dinosaur bones. At its essence, my work is a reaffirmation that reality and life are nothing but what we make of them."