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PAWWS

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Pawws, aka Lucy Taylor,  is a singer/songwriter from North London. Classically trained on the flute and piano, she started PAWWS after playing and touring with numerous artists including Kele Okereke & MGMT . The First  home demos were posted on Soundcloud late 2012 and received an incredible response overnight.

Listen to the new amazing single ‘ Sugar ‘ on  her Soundcloud

PHOTORECORD NR. 3

Posted on April 18, 2014 by Editorial Staff

The French wonder girl comes back with a new record after many years, and Joe Le Taxi, with a brand new look and a more International approach. In a relationship with Lenny Kratvitz, that produced this little pop gem, Vanessa is maturing and looking, more and more, as the brunette Brigitte Bardot. Remarkable songs : Sunday Mondays, The Future Song.

Title: Vanessa Paradis

Photo cover: Jean Baptiste Mondino

Relasing year: 1992

HYERèS 2014

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Editorial Staff

“Le Festival” de la mode y photographie par excellance. The 29th edition of Hyères International Festival will take place, as usual, in the delightful village of Cote D’Azur-Provence from 25th till 28th April. The jury has chosen ten young fashion designers, of eight different nationalities. Liselore Frowijn (Pays Bas, femme), Pablo Henrard (Belgique, Homme), Marit Ilison (Estonie, Femme), Anne Kluytenaar (Pays Bas, Homme), Coralie Marabelle (France, Femme), Kenta Matsushige (Japon, Femme), Agnese Narnicka (Lettonie, Homme), Louis-Gabriel Nouchi (France, Femme), Roshi Porkar (Autriche, Femme), Yulia Yefimtchuk (Ukraine, Femme) but also a selection of breathtaking photographers: Anna Grzelewska, Osma Harvilahti, Arnaud Lajeunia, Orianne Lopes, Birthe Piontek, Virginie Rebetez, Marie Rime, Marleen Sleeuwits, Charlotte Tanguy and Lorenzo Vitturi. A list of parallels events (concert and exibithion)  is listed on Hyères Festival Official Page. Better than anyone, the place to be to discover fashion and photography of tomorrow.

http://www.villanoailles-hyeres.com

FILM IS NOT DEAD AT ALL! MICHAEL SHINDLER

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

On his webpage there are just few words to describe his work: Tintypes made by the authentic wet-plate collodion process. Camera formats from 4×5 to 14×17. Based in San Francisco.
Minimal description for an amazing project and place. In fact, Micheal Shindler opened in 2011 the world’s first Tintype portrait studio. The process of tintypes photography is delicate and requires skills. Tintype was first introduced in the 1850s, over a hundred and sixty years ago. The process takes around ten minutes and is delicate and messy. One slip-up and you’ll have to do the whole thing all over again. I guess it’s time to go to Frisco and have a portrait..

http://www.michaelshindler.com

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MY ADIDAS ORIGINALS X FARM T-SHIRT

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Clara G

Everybody is so healthy, happy, young, hipster, relaxed and cool in this blond, pale, tall, gentle neighborhood where I live. And all this is true, you can feel it clearly as passing by, but something is behind, if you scratch a little bit you will soon find the other side, the painful one. That difficult balance between past and present, that anger for tomorrow, like the Golden Angel standing on cannons: to much weigh on the base to fly free, but for that very reason that flight would be more beautiful. All that contrast, is what made me fall deeply in love with this city, so broken, so damaged, so strong and alive at the same time.
Every single corner of Berlin has its own scar, even Wannsee, a beautiful Visconti-like beach in the middle of a forest aside a lake… right there, on that romantic place, the Final Solution was decided by the Nazi Regime. But this is something that goes further and affects not only to places.
I had no time to unpack the luggage after arriving from Brazil, when Adidas launched a collaboration with Farm, a label from Río de Janeiro. As the Adidas original store is very close to my house, I was one of the first to see the collection while they where mounting the shop front. Since I moved to Berlin I use a lot of stuffs from Adidas. It’s nice, optimistic, well done, casual and confortable, just what I need: the connection between the so German label and Brazil this season seemed very funny to me and of course I bought several pieces from the collection. Continue Reading →

SOAK

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Soak is a short Irish kid from Londonderry who appreciates Dragons & Dinosaurs. Has wonky bottom teeth & writes song. Kind of funny something. Soak is out now with the BLUD EP on Goodbye records. Listen and buy on Bandcamp

SOAKMUSIC

GUNJAN GUPTA

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Editorial Staff

India’s heritage is tough to brush off, but Gunjan Gupta has taken it to advantage her work, and revisit forms, functions and concepts in furniture design. Delhi-based, she is an irreverent designer. Gupta’s brand has been, ever since the beginning, reviving traditional crafts, mostly from Rajasthan, giving a pepper difference. She has been around since 2006, being alumnus of the Central St. Martin College of Art and Design, London. Indian native crafts shift to contemporary utility keeping a luxury tag. An example? The deconstructed dining throne.

http://www.gunjangupta.in

 

MARNI’S ANIMAL HOUSE

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

Consuelo Castiglioni’s brand has transformed the space of its showroom in Viale Umbria, 42 in a zoo without borders. Among many contributions seen at “Salone del Mobile” 2014 in Milan, this project was unique. The initiative was called “Animal House.” Contrary to what it is said in 1978  movie directed by John Landis, where John Belushi made his breakthrough, in Marni’s Animal House giraffes, ostriches, flamingos, donkeys, ducks and rabbits belong to the same Club. Wild animals and poultry cohabit the same environment, without distinction of race and social class. Made in metal and bright colors PVC, all furnishing is hand made by a group of Colombian women. Thanks to collaboration with Marni, those women found their free, independence and emancipation, creating unique pieces and personal combinations. Traditional chairs with two armrests, seats with a single left or right armrest, benches, tables, chaise longue, rocking chairs complete the collection. When the world of fashion and design meet, we always get excellent results. When social redemption and charity come together, success is guaranteed (a good portion of the proceeds from the sales of manufactured goods will be donated to organizations that deal with childhood diseases). “Animal House”, an original zoo-social project!

KLUTE, EPIC FASHION MOMENT

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

I have been seeing “Klute” (1971) for years and since the very first time I was enchanted by Costume Designer Ann Roth and her famous skills in developing a story. In this film Jane Fonda looks absolutely “in the part” and needless to say,  you can judge a book by its cover in here. Roth started to mold young call girl “Bree” from her haircut. She took Fonda down the streets of Lower East Side pushed her into a local no fuzz no glam hairdresser, and there,  she started the transformation. The character of Bree needed to be real and contemporary, a modern girl who was dynamic, sexually free and single. A Park Avenue girl that was living downtown. In few words, an Ante Litteram Carrie Bradshaw except for the call girl factor. Inside this film there are several fashion moments that really point out: fringes, suede -off course, chunky jewelry, brown tones. There are t-shirts worn with no bra under (so 70ies), a precious leather outlined trench that fits Fonda in the most perfect way and serve her as a blanket when, tormented by the stalker, she decide to spend the night downstairs into Klute’s room located in the basement. Plenty of inspiration can be taken  from this movie, ask Style Offices around the globe. It’s a capsule of the 70ies, both for fashion and interior decoration. But the iconographic dress, the piece that says it all, it’s a dark blue mermaid sequined dress by Norman Norell, a masterpiece. A “liquid” “covering it all” dress that shine with class and help Fonda in seducing Klute.  With a coupe de fermeture à glissière she is done: it’s the longest, perfect sliding, zip moment I’ve ever seen. Continue Reading →

DESIGN MIAMI / 2014

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Editorial Staff

It’s the global forum for design bringing together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world. It celebrates design, culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, and Basel,  Design Miami/ has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating collectible design. Design Miami/ is more than a marketplace, it’s an exclusive commercial opportunity with progressive cultural programming. Ready for the new edition?

Design Miami/ Basel 2014

June 17-18/ 19-22/ 

PHOTORECORD NR. 2, THE SMITHS

Posted on April 11, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Hand in Glove. The very first single of The Smiths, 13 May 1983.

Great care was given by the Smiths for their album covers. A unique visual style, able to establish a consistent visual aesthetic. The Smiths covers were immediately identifiable. The band never appeared on their covers. Glamourous, erotic, iconographical, nostalgic and gender ambiguous. Images depicted cinema stars and pop culture in general. Morrissey chose all the covers, under the artistic direction of his personal assistant Jo Slee. ” The covers were an integral part of the group”- according to Geoff Travis (Rough Trade) – ” And Morrissey was the best to create them. We never made ​​suggestions to make it better.”

” The rest of the band had no involvement in the creation of the covers ,” said Johnny Marr “I was more than happy to go that way. Because every time I saw the artwork I’ve always been happy, impressed and surprised. What Morrissey did was to take all these influences that meant something to him, coming from very different places , and give them continuity . fans of The Smiths could identify immediately.

EARLY LANDSCAPES, ANDREAS GURSKY

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Andreas Gursky. Master contemporary artist, born 1955 in Leipzig Germany. He lives and works in Dusseldorf and was appointed Professor of Liberal Arts at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in 2010. Gursky, from the very first years of his career, never stop making photographs of landscapes. It’s one of his recurring elements, a signature trait of this incredible artist. “Early Landscapes” it the first exhibition to focus on a group of important landscapes from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Predating Gursky’s extensive use of digital technology, and characterized by what the artist has called an ‘extraterrestrial’ perspective, the pictures are titled simply and directly after the geographical location where they were taken. Gursky’s early landscapes provide the viewer with the concrete experience of a specific place as well as a “mental image”that has been passed down to us by the history of painting and inscribed into our collective memory.

Sprüth Magers London-  April 15th – june 21th  2014

STACEY

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Stark minimalism.

Waterfalls of cathedral reverb.

Raw intimacy with the endless haze of sultry summer synth.

Melodies rife with the delicacy of raw, unadulterated romance.
Lyrics emanating a requiem for often unrequited love.

Technicolor production with microscopic details.
The sad ending sensual.
A lot with very little.

Stacey is a singer and songwriter from Toronto and we love her.

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PORCELAIN BLUE, OTSUKI SAMA

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Editorial Staff

A Spring-Summer ready house needs some touches of blue, like the sea. The invigorating color is a must also for terraces and gardens. Blue is the coolest color. The color of the sky, ocean, sleep, twilight. The ancient Egyptians used lapis-lazuli to represent heaven. Blue symbolizes also the Virgin Mary and means inspiration, sincerity and spirituality. The Otsuki Sama blue is obtained with the Chinese technique of “wash drawing”, mixed with petals of Japanese Chrysanthemum and framed by the geometry of diamond in order to evoke motifs of the traditional porcelain tableware. Otsuki Sama, inspired by Japan and made in France, was founded by  designer, artist and master calligrapher Valérie Laudier: it’s a complete collection of elegant, yet contemporary, home furnishing, stationery and fashion accessories. Enchanting.

http://www.otsuki-sama.com/

FASHION IN LEAVES

Posted on April 8, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

She designs glamorous models bodies with Indian Ink. She dresses those elegant bodies with leaves and petals that come directly from her garden. It’s a series of Haute Couture sketches by twenty-four years old freelance graphic designer Tang Chiew Ling, a fashion minded girl born in Malaysia. “I never thought leaves can be so beautiful” said Ling that creates every dress depending from  structure, patterns, shape, line and shades colors of leaves. From yellow to brown, from dark green to light green, linear, flouncy, with tail and hats, Tang’s evening dresses are for refined and extraordinary women, like Audrey Hepburn parading on the red carpet with a simple and timeless sheath dress. “Fashion in leaves,” an abstract work, a great conceptual collage. Have a green look! Always.

http://www.behance.net/tangchiewling

 

A BEAUTIFUL BUNCH, WE LIKE BANANAS!

Posted on April 8, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Feast your eyes on the Bugaboo Andy Warhol stroller, latest collaboration between the design and engineering Bugaboo and the artistic expression of pop art Andy Warhol. Warhol’s iconic banana (1966) will be part of your baby’s first ride. Warhol challenged the world of convention in order to see art differently. Bugaboo will celebrate pop art in its newest collection a rebellious and rockandroll attitude. Bugaboo Cameleon³ Banana combines the Warhol Banana print in black onto a striking and outspoken yellow base and a black chassis. The all-over print covers the sun canopy and continues on both the bassinet and backside of the seat fabric.  A versatile, functional and stylish stroller, a rocking disposition! In stores from May the 1st 2014. 

www.bugaboo.com

AU JOUR LE JOUR

Posted on April 8, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Fantasy and esprit. Joie de vivre and irony. Spotted in Milan and around the globe, on the streets, at fashion shows and clubs: the unmistakable prints of happy-go-lucky t-shirts and dresses are by Au Jour Le Jour. Created in 2010, including both mens and womens lines, by Mirko Fontana e Diego Marquez,  AJLJ is an all-Italian original project which peculiar fabrics and colors are already into people’s heart. Coats, suits, knitwear, sneakers, Au Jour Le Jour is a complete wardrobe entirely designed and made in Italy. Check out their online store: the must have, for us, is the TRex t-shirt. To feel like Michelle Pfeiffer’s son on 1996 “One Fine Day” and get lost in Central Park. Like a kid can do.

http://www.aujourlejour.it

 

DIGITAL INK: CHEYENNE RANDALL

Posted on April 7, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

Who is a tattooist? It usually is an individual who applies permanent decorative tattoos. The craft is achieved by apprenticeship, under a trainer or and experienced mentor. To become a tatooist, you must have a passion for art and for drawing and be able to draw. But what if this skill, based on ink evolves into a visual media? Art on skin with Cheyenne Randall has become art on photo images. A tattoo artist, a  digital artist, a 360° artist. The old perfect techniques mixes with new technological devices..and the result is rather mesmerizing. I had the chance of stumbling into Cheyenne art and fell in love with it immediately. Old images get twisted but maintain a refined and elegant allure. What follows is a small interview we had: 

Hi, my name is Cheyenne I’m…

… a mixed media and digital artist from Seattle, Wa

What is a tattoo according to your opinion?

Ink permanently placed under the skin through the use of a sharp penetrating device.

I think what makes a good tattoo is what ever makes the person who’s body is on it happy. I’ve been tattooed by some really awesome people with years of tattooing and still one of my favorite tattoos is a homemade “stick and poke” tattoo one of my best friends gave me. it’s a heart with an upside down cross above it. it’s a good tattoo.

Do you have a favorite tattoo style? Traditional? Tribal?

Yes American Traditional is my personal favorite. It’s timeless. I can get a panther head today and it’ll still be a panther head when I’m 80 same as the panther heads on 80 year olds right now. I also think the same thing with Japanese Traditional. It’s an incredibly beautiful craft that I respect immensely.

What inspires you the most?

Thinking about how hard my mom worked her butt off single handedly to put food on the table and to hear all the many times she’s mentioned how much she just wants a modest little house so she can garden and such. I get that vision of her in her garden as she’s getting older and it drives me more and more each day to make that happen for her. Through art it’s a tough road but I think it can be done.

Is there a criteria you use to choose a personality instead of another one?

Yeah sort I won’t touch famous people just for being famous unless its tongue and cheek or parody or i’m just in a goofy mood like my Miley Cyrus mix ups for instance. It is a type of commentary on what I call “candy fame” just garbage in the airwaves and covers of tabloids in line at the grocery store. It’s crucial for me to pick people that have left lasting impressions on me. People of substance. People with talent. Classic beauty. As an artist just looking at some people can be joyful. Acknowledging the lines and beauty of a young Liz Taylor. I have a difficult time sometimes with drawling a line with some people. I’ve pulled Kurt Cobains photos into photoshop and just don’t feel it’s right. at least I haven’t found a way to work on his image without it feeling like I’m trying too hard. It’s not necessary for me to do Shopped Tattoos on people just because it’d be cool. The whole process as a whole has to feel right or I abort.

You have Native American Ancestry. (We loved the pic of little Cheyenne with braids) Do you feel your origins influence your art?

Thanks yeah I always like to tease people and tell them that photos of me with my braids was my little sister or thats my daughter.

Yes absolutely I have a strong sense of connection to my father or his echoing spirit. He passed away when I was in high school. He was an incredibly gifted artist, perhaps in my opinion one of the best. His drawing were absolutely next level. I’ll attach one. He was full blooded Lakota born and raised on Rosebud Indian Reservation. But he wasn’t much of a traditionalist. He didn’t sweat or do sundance. He was on his own trip. Sort of a blend hippie / renaissance man. He always lived out of the city in a farm home and made knives, grew marijuana and painted out by a big Oak tree. But he spoke Lakota and influenced me in many ways. He artwork always had some type of Native imagery in it. He was proud of our culture. As I am in my life today. I bring that into my original artwork very much. In fact I often say when I”m drawing it’s like my dad takes over my hand.

Wouldn’t it be nice if with the use of technology we could really re-imagine or re-create what we are?

In some ways yes. I don’t really see that being too far from a reality. I do personal commissions all the time where I put tattoo’s on peoples personal photos they send in. I’ve been told that’s change there lives and they now are going to go out and start collecting body art. Its pretty badass.

The Harlow suggest our readers to discover Cheyenne Randall art on:

www.cheyennerandall.tumblr.com

www.shoppedtattoos.tumblr.com

 

PHOTORECORD NR. 1, SUEDE

Posted on April 4, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Introduction to Photorecord.

Every Friday The Harlow will make some space to historical-beautiful record covers that marked a phase of our lives. Record Covers are often real works of art but most of all, they encapsulate an epoch and revamp our memories even before listening the music they were created to help in selling. The importance of these images is doubtless and  fundamental in everybody’s life.

This week’s

Title: Suede 

Relasing year: 1993

Photo work is a gender-ambiguous cover art that provoked controversy.  The kissing couple was taken from the 1991 book Stolen Glances: Lesbians Take Photographs edited by Tessa Boffin and Jean Fraser. The photograph was taken by Tee Corinne and it shows a woman kissing an acquaintance in a wheelchair.

KUNDALINI E.T.A

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Kundalini E.T.A. by Guglielmo Berchicci is a sculptural lamp of refined artistic aesthetic. To us it is a classic icon of modern design, a beautiful and versatile decor object of minimal shape. The lamp is perfectly suited for living rooms, bedrooms and workspaces. Made in ecological fiberglass, it is characterized by the innovative use of materials and organic forms. It has also an handmade light diffuser of ecological fiberglass with a metallic inner structure which is removable for changing bulbs. It is available in white, orange, red, or silver. As suspension lamp, it has a wonderful polycarbonate reflector.

http://www.kundalini.it

MARIKA HACKMAN

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Marika Hackman is a 22- year old South Devoner’s songwriter. Her style is often described as English Folk  but with infusing traditionally of  winding melodies , left-field production and a subtly accented vocal.  ‘ The Deaf Heat ‘ new EP is released on 14 April via  Dirty Hit Records.   Listen also to “I Follow Rivers” (Lykke Li’s cover) on Soundcloud

 

THE GLAMOUR OF ITALIAN FASHION 1945-2014

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Dedicated to a small country and its post was miracle. Dedicated to our grandmothers and grandads that worked so hard to give their children’s a better future. Dedicated to Count Giorgini himself that believed in the potential of a new “fashion pole” and to that unexpected success. Dedicated to Americans, that, with their impeccable eyesight spotted a a country where quality and artisan skills where, and maybe still are, the best in the world.

“The Glamour of Italian Fashion”, an unmissable exhibition-celebration that opens up this Saturday at Victoria And Albert Museum.

Ph. GianPaolo Barbieri for Ferrè

http://www.vam.ac.uk/

 

 

 

I LOVE YOU, ONO!

Posted on April 1, 2014 by Editorial Staff

From March 14–September 1, 2014 Guggenheim Bilbao will host 200 works of wide documentation on Yoko Ono. Divided in sections, installations, objects, drawings, photographs, text, the exhibition presents a comprehensive overview on the conceptual and the performing artist, two sides of a 4 decades career.  Ono’s  points of departure are oral or written guidelines for the audience, considered an active role in the art world. Yoko Ono, 80 years old this very year, emerged as a prominent figure of the New York avant-garde scene in the 70ies and became close to famous American icons. Not to mention, her works inspired by John Lennon. A must see.

http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.es/

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUPO ALBERTO!

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

Its eyes are at half-mast, it has long furry ears, a bulbous funny nose: it’s called Alberto. A Canis lupus, the great-grandson of Wile E. Coyote. A all-blue-haired-hero by cartoonist Silver since 1974, who now celebrates his 40 years of life. It isn’t the usual alpha dominant male who controls forests and trees. He is not a fierce predator. Lupo Alberto is a canidae with a heart of gold, sympathetic, romantic, good-hearted, a little unlucky. He’s loyal and listens and helps his friend Enrico, a mole. He goes against nature: he’s madly in love with Marta, a free-range chicken. He doesn’t eat chickens! He isn’t discouraged when Moses, a bobtail who acts as a guard at the McKenzie farm, takes bludgeoned. A series of exhibitions will celebrate his birthday all through Italy. Until the first of June 2014 @ WOW Spazio Fumetto – Museo del Fumetto di Milano. Wof!

 

TAILORED, MAX MARA NEW EYEWEAR COLLECTION

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Established in Reggio Emilia in 1951 by Anchille Maramotti, Max Mara is more than a flag, it’s a world wide acclaimed symbol. An image of simplicity and perfection, quality and timeless style. I like to stand in front one of their windows and get lost in those shades of beige, pure lines and pureness. It calm me down and make me think they are unique, never boring, year after year. And getting better. The brand is actually doing one of the best designer’s eye wear collection seen lately with shapes and colors that really matches the Max Mara philosophy. This Spring 2014, MM introduces the Tailored Eye-wear Collection. A beautiful prescription and sunglasses assortment that reaches a new level of perfection. This capsule is made in the typical Max Mara palette and bows are lined with leather and stitched “a puntino” like its signature camel coats. Shapes?  Feminine, mysterious, contemporary. They recall Jackie O’ but also Dorothy Michaels of Tootsie. So if you are searching for a perfect pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the very first sun, I have no doubts. The Max Mara Tailored Collection is a must, a beyond fashion choice.

www.maxmara.com

LESSONS FROM THE GEESE, GRAND FINALE!

Posted on March 28, 2014 by Rubens and Flan

This is the very last Friday of  “Lessons From The Geese”. We hope you liked it. Say goodbye to Nina & Flan’s marvel comic strip and cross your fingers, they may be back someday. The Harlow is keeping its arm wide open and waiting for these two partners in crime to come back soon with a brand new project. We already miss you… geese.

BARNABY

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

A glistening slice of sun-drenched alternative /r&b. The impeccably crafted track – written, produced, arranged and mixed by the man himself – acts as the perfect introduction to this very special Southampton based artist. Listen to “Fresh Man Lemonade”, amazing song.

http://barnabyofficial.com/

 

THE BOX BY MERCATO MONTI

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Spring’s here and MercatoMonti’s team is ready to celebrate by offering a new shopping experience and a great party in honor of creativeness and handmade treasures.  After the success of last December’s edition  that welcomed 3000 visitors and involved more than 100 “creative minds”, it’s time for a brand new appointment. Sunday March 30th 2014 at The Radisson Blu Hotel, from 11 a.m. till 10 p.m., a new edition of The Box will be held.  Besides the usual shopping experience, the second appointment of “SUNDAY: I’M IN LOVE! – THE ARTIGENIAL GALLERY” will be hosted:  laboratory devoted to “art-ingeniousness” born by from the meeting of MercatoMonti with “Elsewhere Factory”. Visual artists, designer and artisans will symbolically reconstruct their own laboratory and will work during the whole day offering an unique occasion to observe the creative trial that characterizes their production. The “ALL GOOD” party is also confirmed: beginning from 6 pm, dance floor will be warmed and delighted by Playpen DcDJ SoulMind from “Disco Volante” Brescia  and Maxi Milian  DJ fron SoundsFamiliar Crew. Be ready for a special Sunday in Rome.

THE BOX – MERCATOMONTI

Sunday 30th  March 2014 -  from 11 a.m. till 10.00 p.m.  Free Entry
c/o Radisson Blu es. Hotel – Via Filippo Turati 171 – Roma  

www.mercatomonti.com

VIVIAN MAIER, JEU DE PAUME

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

The archetypal of self-taught photographer, with a sense of observation and an eye for composition. She was a nanny, a street photogapher, whose talent may be comparable with that of the major figures of American street photography such as Lisette Model, Helen Levitt or Diane Arbus. The exhibition presented at Jeu de Paume is the largest ever exhibition in France devoted to Vivian Maier. It includes 120 black and white and colour gelatin silver prints, as well as Super 8 films she made. Maier was discovered by chance by John Maloof, who discovered her astonishing photos by chance in 2007 at an auction. what came out was that Maier was a discreet person and a loner. She took more than 120,000 photos over a period of thirty years and only showed this work to a mere handful of people during her lifetime. She lived as a governess, but all her free time and every day off was spent walking through the streets of New York, with a camera slung around her neck. The children she looked after described her as a cultivated and open-minded woman, generous but not very warm. Vivian Maier remained totally unknown until her death in April 2009. Photography seemed to be much more than a passion to her. Her activity was the result of a deeply felt need, almost an obsession. A unique occasion. LET’S GO TO PARIS!

 

MY BRAND NEW VIVIENNE WEESTWOOD FOR MELISSA BOOTS

Posted on March 25, 2014 by Clara G

When I was a teenager  I could not wait to wear high heels. One day I found a way: low platform beach sandals, a pair of dark brown classic sandals that are still in my closet.
Beautiful and cool but I didn’t know how to use them out of the swimming pool and the beach. I asked for permission but my mother refused. They were totally made of plastic, so they were supposed to be uncomfortable, even unhealthy and difficult to walk in but for years and years I thought it was like that: plastic  shoes must be only used for water.
Until last week, exactly last week. I was in Brazil, in Sâo Paulo walking through the streets of that enormous, giddy, fascinating  city when I saw a strange shop  with mannequins directly placed on the street. Outfits displayed were so amazing that I decided to enter inside there where, surprise surprise, no clothes, just shoes, plastic shoes!! I saw beautiful pieces and I discovered that they were designed by Karl Lagerfeld, Gareth Pugh or Vivienne Weestwood! I was fascinated, I have never herd about MELISSA, although they seem to be an icon and not only in Brazil. It was easy to choose the golden boots you see pictured above: they are irreverent, funny and most important, since they are made of high quality PVC,  comfortable and perfectly usable. And there is also something important you can not see…they smell like candies!

 

THE GENTLE BIRD LOVED BY FREDERICK II : THE HAWK

Posted on March 25, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

Small head, large eyes, sparkling and sharp look, strong and curved beak: it is the hawk, the free and fugitive bird. It swoops down on live preys from above with closed wings, reaching nearly a speed of 240 kilometers per hour. Symbol of power, ruthless predation, elevation. It is noble in bearing and in flight, it was the bird of sovereignty. The wise and charismatic Emperor Frederick the II of Swabia, the stupor mundi, was fond of hunting with trained hawks, to write a medieval treatise of ornithology and falconry, “De arte venandi cum avibus”. He would say: “a day without hunting with a hawk is a wasted day”. He considered falconry a real art. His favorite birds were the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) and the gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus). Both had exceptional predatory skills and were employed in spectacular huntings. The hawk is also know how to be a gentle bird: it courts the female making reckless developments in flight and to impress her it gives a previously captured prey just for her. It reaches very high heights using updrafts, and rising to the rim. It is an intriguing predator but too high for us to be visible. It dominates its prey and us from heaven!

 

MIART 2014 ART FAIR

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Editorial Staff

 

It’s getting better and better. This weekend, it’s Milano and Art. Miart is an art fair where contemporary and modern are put together to create an occasion to reflect on the continuity between past and present. Miart wants to underline even more this  contrast but at the same time aims  to work on the possibility to experiment new strategies  and alternatives ways. The objective is to be active in the modern and contemporary production during the whole year and not only in the three days of the fair event. Miart becomes a collector of circles, structures and experiences able  to connect among them the cultural and economic Milanese environment with other important international realities. Don’t miss it.


Miart 2014 , 28 – 30 March 2014

MAXIMAL EFFECT, VALENTINA BRUGNATELLI

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

The difference a necklace can make is predicted and can revitalize any outifit, any moment. Sparkling objects, if well designed and made with first class materials, are crucial. Talking about first class jewel makers, Valentina Brugnatelli is one of those names to keep in mind if you are searching for some pieces with strong personality. Do you remember Gianfranco Ferre’ spectacular and avant-garde bijoux? Brugnatelli worked with the “Architect” in Milan for many years and collaborated with several other designers: Saint Laurent, Kenzo, Missoni among others. In 2012, the turning point: Brugnatelli starts her signature collection and shine on with amazing creations year after year. As she declared ” a jewel needs to have a soul: an element that doesn’t relegate it to something decorative. It is essential it tells a story and triggers an emotion. My jewels are worn by by a free-spirited woman with a personality strong enough to wear whatever she feels like.
Someone you would turn to look at because there’s something about her that strikes you”. Fall-Winter 2014-15 collection, which was presented few weeks ago, is all about essentials shapes: the triangle, the square, the circle. Homage to 8o’s fashion codes and to “Metropolis”, the collection is composed by stunning necklaces where 3D rigid resin is  made comfortable by a snake chain attached in the back and vortex rings of all sizes deliver a rotating impression that evokes an industrial mood. Bold your looks, discover Valentina’s splendid creations.

Ph. Necklace from 2014-15 collection.

http://www.valentinabrugnatelli.com/

 

CUT THE RIBBON, XAVIER ROBERTS

Posted on March 20, 2014 by Editorial Staff

The Cabbage Patch Kids frenzy of 1983 was to be the first of many holiday-season, toy frenzies in the years to come. In 1976, Xavier Roberts invented ‘Little Person’ dolls, the first Cabbage Patch Kids. Roberts and five friends started the Original Appalachian Artworks company to produce the dolls. The Coleco toy company liked Roberts’ ideas and began mass-marketing the dolls in 1983, under the new name of ‘Cabbage Patch Kids.’ By the end of the year, approximately three million Cabbage Patch Kids dolls had been “adopted.” In 1983, a Cabbage Patch Kids doll was a 16-inch doll, usually with a plastic head, a fabric body, and yarn hair. What made them so desirable, besides the fact that they were huggable, was both their supposed uniqueness and their adoptability. It was claimed that each Cabbage Patch Kids doll was unique. This plus the fact that inside each Cabbage Patch Kids box came a “birth certificate,” with that particular kid’s first and middle name on it, made the dolls as individual as the kids who wanted to adopt them. The dolls were a hit and Roberts really cut a ribbon!

LUXURY NATURE SOAPS : GIANNA ROSE ATELIER

Posted on March 19, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Bathrooms and private boudoirs can be heaven. Everybody needs a fine luxurious moment: feeling clean and reinvigorated had never been so easy with these triple-milled soaps, 100% vegetable-based, by Gianna Rose Atelier. More than just soaps, they are romantic creations intended as proper sculptures. Carved, created from the best natural botanical extracts and nurturing emollients carefully chosen to create beautifully molded soaps. Range of perfumes? Wide and irresistible not to mention Gianna Roses’s gift boxes: their exquisite letterpress images are noteworthy. Personally, Harlows fell in love the “Apothecary Collection” but you can experiment the “Soap Couture” yourself by looking, using, smelling Gianna Rose Atelier’s amazing products. Make some space in your cabinets.

www.giannarose.com

WILHELM BEARNHARDT

Posted on March 19, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Wilhelm Bearnhardt is a Brisbane-based Australian producer/designer  who’s real name is Daniel J Skinner. Son of Brass player, WB grew up immersed into classical music and later discovered Electronic Music & Computer-based Production techniques. Technology was fundamental for him to experiment  his orchestration and compositional ideas. His music, that captures specific aesthetics and values of past golden eras through a modern palette, is distributed via Bandcamp.

” My inspiration comes from many things. The way in which Mark Rothko’s large emotionally intense slabs of colour feather and melt into one another. Richard Wagner for his intensity and boldness, and his progressive storytelling. Alexander McQueen, who I feel shares a common aesthetic for combining golden era themes re-imagined for a vision of the future”

http://www.wilhelmbearnhardt.com/


GRAFT BY QIYUNG DENG

Posted on March 18, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

It’s been her thesis project presented at ECAL, the prestigious design school of Lausanne. There isn’t a commercial producer yet, but “Graft” is already a successful eco-idea around the world. Qiyung Deng, Chinese designer, has borrowed the shape and textures of fruit skins and vegetables creating an original disposable, a tableware set. Made from biodegradable plastic produced from raw vegetables, forks and spoons have handles similar to celery stems, tea spoons have handles of a carrot or an orange peel. An artichoke petal becomes the bowl of a spoon, a pineapple leaf is the blade of a knife. Carved in vegetables, respecting ancient Thai art. Deng’s cutlery is beautiful, fresh, innovative, functional and dynamic. Perfect for an elegant table. Are we ready to set aside the good silverware service once? Above all, are we sure  we want to throw away them after use? They are so chic, wouldn’t it be a real shame?

NUD NOB, SARAH LUCAS

Posted on March 17, 2014 by Editorial Staff

New York, Gladstone Gallery is currently exhibiting an amazing solo show by Sarah Lucas, her first Us in nearly a decade. Lucas was born in Holloway London in 1962 and she is an English artist part of the generation of Young British Artists who emerged during the 1990s. Lucas has been working all his career with found objects and readily available materials to create works imbued with a distinctive and provocative visual language. Drawing on art historical references, cultural stereotypes, and the British tabloid culture, Lucas creates works that never stop challenging our conception of sexuality, gender and existence. Show at Galdstone features some large scale bronzes of over sized vegetables  and phallic shaped concrete sculptures because human anatomy has long fascinated Lucas. The form of the phallus in fact has been a recurring theme to her one that she sees as “a perfectly self-contained sculptural form, ‘pregnant’ with meaning.” Referencing the Greek gods of love and fertility, respectfully, Lucas uses the titling of her work to infuse the sculptures with a humorous gesture. Language and its potential for both poetic alliteration and sly allusion is central to Lucas’s works, and her titles often draw on slang, puns, and historical references to invoke allusions that are variously erotic, romantic, and funny. Sculptures, surrounded by some Lucas portraits, provide a tactile and immediate experience and drive us to the ephemeral. Composed of corporeal fragments and organic forms, the sculptures intimate a sense of absence, suggesting an innate fragility within their outwardly sturdy form.

 

At Gladstone New York until 27th April.

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO KARL

Posted on March 17, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

How to survive this crazy world? It’s simple, by taking inspiration from a modernist guy who believes in globalization. A person, like none else, that lives the present and never looks back. Karl Lagerfeld has several books published under his name, a fantastic film by Loic Prigent and many other appearances but this charming little book is a must have for those who believes “Karlism” is a philosophy of life. “The World According To Karl” is a collection of his memorable quotes on fashion, women, art, politics, love and life’s highs and lows. The book is illustrated à la Alexey Brodovich, Harper’s Bazaar legendary art director, and was created with the full approval of the designer himself. Cultivated, unpredictable, provocative, sometimes tranchant, Lagerfeld’s “bons mots” are always impossible to ignore. Find out a designer that resisted so many years at the top of “fashion world” and understand it take a firm personality, humor and sincerity to stay true to your values. And if you don’t get a sort of wisdom by his experience, where else would you get it? Enjoy Karl’s world, manias and quotes in this exquisite book written by Jean-Christophe Napias and Patrick Mauriès.

“My autobiography? I don’t have to write it. I’m living it”. KL

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