From the Library: Pierre Chapo
A great book about the life and work of French furniture designer and craftsman Pierre Chapo.
From the Library: Color Problems
A practical manual for the lay student of color by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel.
In the Field: Bonsai Court at Huntington Gardens
A world class collection of bonsai specimens in our own backyard
In The Field: The New Hope Experiment
Our field visit to the Raymond Farm in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
In The Shop: Commune and Aardvark Letterpress
Letterpress Printing with a Los Angeles Landmark.
From the Library: 1712 N Crescent Heights
A collection of photos shines a spotlight on a special moment in LA history.
Architecture and Film
Film inspires architecture, architecture inspires film. These are our favourite cases.
From The Field: Lygia Pape & The Neo-Concrete Movement
Exploring the familiar and the foreign in neo-concrete art.
The Holy Mountain
There is a lot to unpack about an absurdist film following a man on a psychedelic path to enlightenment.
Michael Boyd — Music for Modern Rooms
A conversation about the connection between music and architecture.
“There should be no such thing as art divorced from life, with beautiful things to look at and hideous things to use.”
From the Field: Carlos Raul Villanueva
Exploring a radical vision for the fusion of architecture and art.
From the Library: Donald Judd Spaces
We look beyond the iconic furnishings and into the distinct world of an elusive hero.
Anni & Josef Albers
Theirs was a love story that began at the Bauhaus school. It was fated to be iconic.
In the Shop: Logan Wannamaker
We chat with ceramicist Logan Wannamaker about his life and work in Taos.
A Brighter Year
An explanation for our annual new year's poster led us to an exploration of paintings by one of our own.
From the Library: Carl Auböck — The Workshop
A comprehensive photographic record of a prolific metal workshop and design house.
From the Field: Norton Simon Museum
On the corner of Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena lies one of our favorite museums of art.
From the Library: Hollywood Life
Imagine being a photographer in 1969 in Hollywood. These are the photos you would take, and the story you would tell.
In the Field: Salk Institute
Examining the origins of a radical laboratory in a California beach town offers insight into architecture’s role in scientific discovery.
Leïla Menchari, 1927-2020
On the same Parisian street, inside the same empty glass box, an artist manifested dreams; we’re happy to immerse ourselves.
In the Shop: Reversible Quilts by Studio Ford
We chat with Josie Ford about our collaboration and her inspiration.
From the Library: Rock Punk Disco
Escaping our bubbles through Watanabe Katsumi’s striking images of Japanese nightlife.
Uncovering the history of a minimalist Ashram in India helps us explore how a building can inspire spirituality within.
Nathalie du Pasquier
A founding member of the Memphis Group cleverly translates sculpture into painting.
Emma Kunz, 1892-1963
At a time when our day to day world can feel so difficult to understand, looking out to the metaphysical world of Emma Kunz's drawings is a spiritual journey altogether.
From the Field: Wayfarers Chapel
Under a canopy of redwoods overlooking the Pacific sits Lloyd Wright's glass church.
From the Library: Charles Jencks
Architectural historian Charles Jencks meticulously documented images of the most outlandish and brash homes he found in LA, dissecting a uniquely Angeleno sort of ugly-beauty.
In the Shop: The Ise Stool by Summer Studio
We talk with Jack Sasaki of Summer Studio while he walks us through the construction of our collaborative Ise Stool.
Our posters and graphic ephemera have served as our voice for 14 years. When we have something to say, we’d rather show you than tell you. Feel free to share and spread the word VOTE BLUE AND SAVE THE WORLD.
Finding the beauty in the everyday, to celebrating the democratic places we can all share and to spending our time exploring.
We take an overdue look into the life of a prolific mid-century designer who balanced an unapologetic exploration of modernity with her deep connection to centuries old craft traditions.
Commune loves Japan: Ikebana
We’ve been spending a great deal of time in Japan and we’d like to highlight a few things we love. This is a focus on one of the most fascinating traditions, hailing from the city that’s consumed us: Kyoto.
Ray Kappe 1927-2019
We honor the life a California architect who ensured his life’s work would become a reminder to seek out diversity, to share common resources and to leave the world a more beautiful, equitable place.
Technology has offered us a lot, but the basics — the simplest forms — remain the most appealing. In the US, those simple forms we admire have been largely shaped by a small group of religious folks in New England, known as the shakers.
We follow alongside an architect, philosopher, psychologist, and artist as he sought to understand the elusive notion of beauty by attempting to map it onto a 3-dimensional axis.
During a visit to one of England’s most prolific textile designers, we find a collection of work rooted in quirky family history and a wild child-like imagination.
At Commune, each of us has a shared title: designer. It’s not a surprise then, that we tend to be immensely inspired by those whose creative endeavors embrace more than one concentration. Dagobert Peche is one of these people.
David Hammons: Art is Personal is Political
During a visit to a large retrospective of Hammons’ work, we discover an oeuvre that reflects not just one artist’s 45-year singular experience but uncovers a collective American consciousness grappling with racial injustice.
It was the 1970s: New York, Studio 54, Warhol and Halston and Minnelli… and Elsa Peretti. Eventually, Elsa left this behind for another life, and we understand why.