The first episode of Double Macchiato was recorded on March 14, 2020. It was a fleeting, ambivalent moment when two new and utterly distinct climates seemed to converge on New York, vying for our attention: the rawly miraculous one of a premature spring and the surreally terrifying one of COVID-19. The city was not quite the ghost town it would shortly become, and a breezy Saturday afternoon could still materialize a few thinned-out crowds — sans masks, gloves, and obligatorily wide berths — on the streets of Manhattan, where we recorded.
This episode is about the nature of atmosphere and Willi Smith, the trailblazing designer who has been called the inventor of streetwear.
Smith’s career was cut tragically short when he died from AIDS-related complications in 1987; in March, with the COVID-19 pandemic encroaching on New York, the first museum exhibition dedicated to his work was forced to close just a few days after opening to the public. We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to discuss Smith and his work with Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, who organized the exhibition, Willi Smith: Street Couture, at the Cooper Hewitt. We are also featuring a bonus supplement of Alexandra speaking exclusively on Smith, his work, and the exhibition. And we encourage you to read more about Willi Smith and his collaborations with SITE on PIN–UP.
is a writer and Curator of Contemporary of Design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
is the editor of PIN–UP Magazine and a cofounder of Double Macchiato.
is a designer and creative director based in New York. He is a cofounder of Double Macchiato.
One of the byproducts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been an explosion in the broadcasting of domestic atmospheres. In this historically unprecedented moment, public relations are carried out almost exclusively from the home. This episode is about the saturation of the cultural atmosphere with the domestic.
Double Macchiato cofounders Rafael de Cárdenas and Felix Burrichter are joined by creative director Caroline Gaimari to assess the situation — in which millions of us find our days brimming with more or less choreographed glimpses into the private spaces of friends, family, coworkers, television personalities, and total strangers — and discuss titanic kitchen islands, dedicated gift-wrapping rooms, and much, much more, as they venture down various sublime and grotesque wings of our strange new present.
Episode 2 of Pause & Discuss is dedicated to the heroines of '80s and '90s character acting, their homes and hues. Rafael de Cárdenas and Felix Burrichter in conversation with Caroline Gaimari.