October 9, 2010 - October 10, 2010

We do what we do so we can do more of what we want to do. We’re interested in the marriage of art and design, where our approach includes conceptualizing a project, to prototyping it, to producing it. We believe good design should have a positive impact on the space it exists in and the people who experience that space. (Von Tundra excerpt from an interview with the Dill Pickle Club)

On the weekend of October 9th and 10th SPECIFIC presented Von Tundra, the Portland, based design-team and artist-collective (including Dan Anderson, Chris Held, and Brian Pietrowski), who loaded up their custom-made Sip-Mobile, a vintage RV converted into an organic food and juice truck, with their Rockwell Table and over a dozen Prairie Chairs, and headed south to the high desert.

The Von Tundra weekend at A-Z West kicked off with a watermelon rind pickling workshop led by the collective’s long-time friend, Renegade-Dining-Club chef Colleen French. This was followed by an artists talk by Von Tundra, cocktails, a pre-sunset dinner prepared by Chef French, a party and installation of the SPECIFIC APARTMENT at the HDTS HQ, and finally, a Sunday brunch also prepared by French. All meals were served family style, at Von Tundra’s Rockwell Table, situated in a beautiful wash adjacent to A-Z West. Camping was allowed on the property for those who wished to spend the night under the stars. At the end of the weekend’s events, the sun-baked relics and video documentation of the weekend were dusted off and brought back to LA where they were exhibited at SPECIFIC (7374 Beverly Boulevard) through November 6, 2010.