Behold a new collaboration from The Standard. We called two of our favorite artists to create limited edition blankets which go on sale today. The first artist, Geoff McFetridge, (remember the awesome toast video for OK Go that we posted last week?) created his blanket for The Standard hotel in Hollywood, in black and light blue, with his initials “GM”. You’ll remember Geoff’s work from the much loved illustrations in Where The Wild Things Are as well as the colorful Pepsi campaign Oneify. Check out his super cool studio, Champion Studio too.
(Blanket by Chris Johanson)
The second artist, Chris Johanson created his blanket for The Standard, Downtown LA, in heathered grey and warm yellow with text that reads, “all people are multi dimensional”. Despite that Chris doesn’t have formal art training his work has been exhibited extensively in group and solo shows nationally and internationally, including the 2002 Whitney Biennial, 2005 Istanbul Biennial, and the 2006 Berlin Biennial.
We spoke to Chris about what inspires him and learned a few things about him in the process…
(Blankets by Geoff McFetridge)
Standard Hotel: First off, we’d like to thank you for creating a stellar work of art we can drape around our beds. Is this the first time you created blankets? How did it feel?
Chris Johanson: Yes this is my first time doing anything with blankets or interior design and I am happy about it because I like to try new things. It felt good because I grew up wearing Pendleton flannels.
Do you have an “aha” moment when you were a kid (or adult) and you knew that you would dedicate your life to paintbrush and paints?
I grew up making art. It started as soon as I could hold a pencil and I have never stopped.
You have this one protagonist human being in a lot of your work, even on the new blankets. Who is this curious figure? Tell us a little bit about this world you create and inhabit.
That figure is everyone. Life is bittersweet and it always shows up in everything I make over the years.
What are you most excited about now?
I am excited that me and Johanna Jackson, who is my wife, are making all our furniture out of found wood in this trippy old 20’s house on a hill in Los Angeles that we just moved into… that and all the free food that is on the trees in my neighborhood. We have arugula growing all over the backyard.
Is music an important thing to have on while you work? If so, give us your top 3?
Music is important to me, yes, and I listen to it a lot. I have so many favorites and I will just tell you some. Ribzy, Thelonious Monk, Christine Shields, Vetiver, Mississippi John Hurt.
Details: The blankets are available in 2 sizes: Full (96” W x 90” H) and King (120” W x 90”H) and are composed of 82% pure virgin wool, 18% cotton. Whip-stiched edges, with Double embroidered labeled: The Standard and Pendleton, along with the name of the respective artist. The Full size is $280 and the King size is $340