At home with Frankie Rose

The true spirit of an indipendent musician dwells with Frankie Rose and here roomies in Brooklyn NYC.

Now she’s a solo musician with a band for the tour time and an awesome album out, Interstellar, (give a chance to the full album streaming here) but we’ve known her when she was cutting her teeth with Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls.

I saw her home in this interview and I was impressed by the use of old classic stuff mixed with diy customized furniture and tons of creative decor. Flowers textile sofa apart, here and there we recognize the same strong traits of originality of her music. The space is wide enough to manoeuvre amplifiers and host the charming antique listener-dressing table you don’t expect. A woman’s hand is also on the succulent blanket, but it reach the high level with the bare plywood perfume shelf, a beautiful raw detail.

Frankie found the time to answer a few questions and satisfy our curiosity about her art of living.

Is this the place where you writing your music? Does it have any influence on your songs?
Yes. I have to have a space where i have enough room to spread out.
What the most important factor in choosing a place to live?
In NYC – how much room is there? is there a window? how expensive is it? roaches? mice?
What about the portraits? Did you paint them?
 No my roommate is a gallery owner, so we have a whole lot of other peoples artwork.
Which is your favourite piece of furniture?
 I also make furniture and i have a set of iron chairs with wood seats that i made…
When you’re on tour, what do you miss more of your home?
 My own bed, and my roomies!

Screenshots taken from a video interview on Pitchfork TV

All I own of design

Let’s go back to the basics and think about the objects we own and help us indeed. Now, pick those describe you better and figure out to free yourself from all the rest.
What is the ultimate point you can reach before your objects become something you don’t really need? Sannah Kvist made a portrait project in nine shots to a few young folks and call it “All I own”;  considering the age of models it’s an “I am a dj I am what I play“, and all the efforts to depict a generation without commonplaces is always welcome.
Every dismountable bedroom is a sculpture made of collections, artworks or ordinary stuff without any beauty. Sprung bed  bases meet multiple sockets while old pieces of romantic memories meet trash bags. This is the stuff we need to achieve quality of life, ugly stuff.
Without furniture and interior design facilities, stuff appear in its bare state and it’s easy to see what was touché by the magical of design and what is not.  Consolation is to admin design still has a growth margin and hope it will invade our daily life.

The music collector

How to storage music? This post is dedicated to collectors, especially vinyl discs lovers who live with a passion and need to storage many square and thin love objects.

Too many vinyls, IKEA Expedit is the answer: Marc Hype / DJ Hype – Photos by Robert Wunsch – Via Faces and spaces

Preserving tapes: Marc Hype / DJ Hype – Photos by Robert Wunsch – Via Faces and spaces

Rolling Stones mr Bishop collection on the shelving unit ”1.1,” a reproduction of Arbel’s first completed work. Phot by Jason Schmidt Via Dwell

Educate them since they children, via My ideal home

A portable collection and its beautiful case at Colette Olof apartment, photo by Jordi Huisma, via

Martin Carvajal pursues the portable wood crate idea too, via

Once were obsolete, now it’s low cost design_#6 curtain by Studio Albori

of homespun of oatmeal gray
without a blazon is the flag
that I hold up and do not wag

Little Te Deum / Paul Goodman

A poetic moment to celebrate the genuine creativity pushs through some architecture studios. This dishtowels handmade masterpiece is conceived by Studio Albori for their kitchen/meeting room.

Other diy designs by Studio Albori here

Learn home decorating with art and ebay

At Alicja Kwade and Gregor Hildebrandt’s apartment in Berlin Mitte everything comes from Ebay, except art collection, it grows constantly with swaps and birthday presents. My favourite part of many of berliner artist’s home I feature here is the void, few pieces of hardwood furniture in good condition and not much more. I mean, it seems a peaceful place where you can read a book or find concentration. Moreover, it’s a fine inspiration for home decorating or maybe just a brillant way to storage adaptors :-)

Photos by Dan Zoubek, via

Collage furniture

Time for a “real” environmental portrait of an artist: Erik Wahlstrom shot the studio of Swedish collage master Jockum Nordström with an old medium format film camera, the big Pentax 67II. Besides the kind of beautiful photographs you would be in, Wahlstrom introduced a the site specific furniture project by Kristoffer Sundin. Sundin designed and built the new studio in three days, using the room next door as a temporary workshop and mixing together new wood with the furniture from Jockums earlier studio. Some furniture was left untouched, other were cut up in pieces and used as building materials, a technique that resembles Jockums own way of creating his cut an past collage. Final result is not so raw as the creative mess should suggest, quite the opposit it earned a dutch humour.

The future – Miranda July, 2011

She’s a movie maker, a writer, an artist, but if I think about Miranda July I figure her as the queen of the new domesticity. It’ll be the amount of strange things her characters always do at home, or her research about self-esteem, internet and goal-based project achieved with “Learning to love you more” site, but Miranda July shows us how to get down to the personal and natural fun of staying at home.


The future” begins and focuses where a couple start indeed: their home, a studio in Los Angeles filled with vintage furniture and poor decorations as plants, collections, poster arts – don’t forget we’re here for her hipster touch, and she doesn’t let us down neither for interior design set. Home environment is full of objects, clothes and confusion but remains smart. I had no doubt that July takes care of the designy hipster target.

Protagonists will try to leave their mark on this world in 30 days. Change starts from the workspace: Jason will leave his home-job as a customer care operator to go outside and soliciting for an environmental cause, Sophie will leave dance school teaching for staying at home and making her own dances.

Jason will choose an artistic way to use circumstances and signs, Sophie will search herself – to be the centre of attention, better – by dancing for making a youtube video serie.

The home is where the girl will try to improve her life. Outside in Los Angeles, Jason will discover the secret world of Pennysaver sellers (a Miranda July side project, interviews book “It chooses you” seems great as every minor detail she touches) and a home with a certain resemblance to his one.

Sophie’ll be the one who suffer more the internets influence in our life: time-based goal project, distractions and comparison will transfix her and she’ll break with her ambition by leaving her home. Will suburb perfect houses with perfect gardens and perfect ornaments help her to rebirth? Time doesn’t forget, leaving a personal identity behind goes hand in hand with leaving a home and the memory of the past life. The studio is the only argument could help Jason and Sophie to find again the way and the right space to live together. Or alone, in a different place.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 25 other followers