by Ryan Lyons
Earlier this spring, I had a beautiful Easter afternoon in an old Soho loft with the good people of Innovative Aesthetics. The duo made up of Michelle Patterson and Corey Wash began collaborating after meeting at an event and realizing that they both shared a passion for art and bringing people together. With that understanding, the two formed Innovative Aesthetics as a smorgasboard of culture and design. Corey says, “Innovative Aesthetics is a creative platform dedicated to art, interior design, architecture and lifestyle.”
Walking in, my eyes immediately noticed the loft’s high ceilings, wide window panes, and vintage wooden furniture. I began to think about how style can exist in many venues; nature, music, public speaking, conversations, and architecture. The shape of a couch influences our posture. The shape of a glass influences the way we sip our wine. The environment we listen to our music in can change its connotations. There was something smooth about listening to rap, rythmn and blues, and more progressive styles in this lituation.
If you should get the chance, stop by Innovative Aesthetic’s site, and stay tuned to what curated experiences they create in the future. Below is a mix they did with producer and fellow creative, Suzi Analogue.
A conversation days later, with my uncle, regarding A Tribe Called Quest's reintroduction of Jazz into Hip Hop music, was evidence of how an important bridge was created in popular culture by sampling a Donald Byrd loop. Parallel to any hip hop sample is the way in which we enrich our own lives, whether it’s with nostaglia, or with a pure interest of something outside of what’s already given to us. There’s something about rehashing something and making it new or introducing it to a new group of people.
If A Tribe Called Quest didn’t make that introduction of Jazz into a new generation, maybe we wouldn’t have a Pharrell or a Kendrick Lamar. There’s nothing new under the sun, but there's still ways to be innovative with the aesthetic of our living conditions, rights, and the things we consume.