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Mihoko’s 21 Grams: Franco-Japanese Cuisine in a Renaissance Setting

Table Setting Mihoko's 21 Grams
All Photos by Francesco Tonelli

Here at The Worley Gig, we like nice things. And we are always ecstatic with gratitude when writing this blog affords us the opportunity to enjoy nice things, which we can then share with you. Last night we were invited to attend a cocktail party celebrating the grand opening of a new restaurant in the Flat Iron district, called Mihoko’s 21 Grams. Mihoko is a Japanese restaurateur (and former ballerina) and 21 Grams is her first restaurant venture in New York City. In case you missed the 2003 movie starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, “21 Grams” refers to the supposed weight of a human soul. So, is this place soulful? I would say so. Continue reading Mihoko’s 21 Grams: Franco-Japanese Cuisine in a Renaissance Setting

Remembering Designer and Artist Tobias Wong

This is a Lamp Illuminated Philippe Starck Bubble Chair By Tobias Wong

Designer and fine contemporary artist, Tobias Wong, passed away on May 30th from an apparent suicide, but for some reason I didn’t hear about his death until today. Tobias Wong was known for outrageous send ups of luxury goods and humorous appropriation of work by other designers or businesses – such as McDonald’s Restaurants – which blurred the line between conceptual art and design. He first gained the attention of the design press in 2001 when he turned a Philippe Starck Bubble Club chair into the lamp pictured above. His work reminds me lot of Damien Hirst, who I absolutely think is a genius. Although Wong’s death was ruled a suicide, it is speculated that he actually may have hung himself while sleepwalking. How horrible. He was just 35 years old.

I wanted to give Tobi Wong a little shout out in the blog today, because his death represents such a great loss of talent. Beyond that, if his suicide was indeed unintentional, it is certainly unspeakably tragic to the point of perversity. It’s extremely sobering to think about how fragile life can be as illustrated by the death of an artist who was so young, by all reports happy and fulfilled, and who made such beautiful, provocative things. He would have had a great career ahead of him. Rest in peace, Tobias. I’m glad we have your art to remember you by.

“NYC Story (a small book)” by Tobias Wong