Leslie Kirchhoff, self-described “ice dealer” based out of LA, trades in a unique point of view, using innovative techniques to make ice cubes the focal point of her work. Whether its botanicals or fruits, logos or slogans, frozen in water, suspended in time – they’re literally something to drink in with the eyes.
Two years ago, she combined her twin passions as a DJ and a photographer and formally launched Disco Cubes. “People often ask how I feel about creating art that melts,” she says, “but in my mind, the documentation of the ice is the art that means more, since it lasts forever and allows more people to experience it.”
Since then, admirers, including Gigi Hadid, have flocked to her Instagram, where spectacular creations are presented with a keen aesthetic, and brands have come knocking for custom creations. Here, she shares two recipes from her book Disco Cube Cocktails that are the perfect way for you to step up your cocktail game at home.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR NICHE?
I think coming from the New York fashion and nightlife scene helped tremendously to get Disco Cubes off the ground. As a photographer, I could be constantly pumping out content. Since there was nothing like it when I started, I hoped that the pure fascination surrounding it would help it to thrive.
WE LOVE THE VINTAGE HUES OF YOUR AESTHETIC, WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION?
As a kid I would say my favourite colours were red-orange-yellow, so I’ve just always loved a warm-toned aesthetic.