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HOLD IT WITH REGARD, VITTORIO CICCARELLI

Posted on October 31, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Harlow is proud to announce brand new Hold It With Regard. His name is  Vittorio Ciccarelli, he  was born in Naples in 1980, he lives and works  in Aversa, Caserta. Vittorio is an architect with a great passion for art and loves to conducts experimental researches in the photography field. Started as an auto didactic, Ciccarelli has attended several workshop to professionalize his job and passion. Harlow just adores him: his sincere and sexy approach, his bold and secure eye. His use of colors, his simplicity, his over the top irony. Hype realist in some moments, new Dadaist in others, Vittorio never miss his intent of celebrating beauty while deconstructing. Everything is in discussion, even the most unexpected object. Vittorio Ciccarelli is represented by Sakura Art Gallery, Paris.

http://www.galerie-sakura.com

THE QUARTZ ARMCHAIR

Posted on October 30, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Perfect geometry as primary source of inspiration. QUARTZ is a two-dimensional – pentagonal  and hexagonal wooden structure. A geometric volume in mixed colour. QUARTZ is an armchair, of crystalloid shape. It is either interesting in look and practical in use. Designed by the Greek design studio CTRL ZAK in  collaboration with Davide Barzaghi. It is suitable for small spaces, because the pillows can easily be pulled out and used as separate seats. It’s a modular piece whose  cushions are covered with soft ecological cloth. A unique artistic expression that can change entirely the décor of a space. 

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LA METRALLI, QUALCHE GRAMMO DI GRAVITA’

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Out on the 31st of October,  the second album by La  Metralli will count 15 tracks,  three of which were present in an Ep that came out  last November 2012 and that made them won the Ciampi Prize 2012.  La  Metralli is a band from  Modena firstly composed by Meike Clarelli , singer, author and musical manager,  and Matteo Colombini, composer and guitarist. After some years Serena Fasulo and  guitarist Marcella Menozzi, instrumentalists Davide Fasulo and Caesar Martinelli joined. La Metralli is a musical project  that mixes popular music with folk, electronic, rock and some jazz. Nostalgic, sometimes ironic, their signature sound is a mixture of different styles that captured public and critic. Composers for  American television series “Missing” and for winning Ipad app “Play Art”, La Metralli had been recording this last album in 432Hz which is the frequency of natural tuning and last century frequency of reference plans. Generally the 440Hz is used but La Metralli, who’s everything but mainstream, decided to record at 432HZ for a more harmonic , softer and brighter sound.

Discover this amazing Italian  band at http://lametralli.com/

Photo: Sophie Anne Herin

CUT THE RIBBON, JOHN HARVEY KELLOGG

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Editorial Staff

He was an American doctor, he ran a sanitarium using holistic methods he was mad with nutrition, with exercise, with vegetarianism and with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg frequently held a prominent role as a speaker at church meetings and promoted a practical, common sense religion. The Sanitarium he run was based on the church’s health principles, believing  in a vegetarian diet, abstinence from alcohol, tobacco and a regimen of strict exercise. Kellogg believed that most diseases would be alleviated by a change in intestinal flora, by a well-balanced vegetarian diet favoring low-protein, laxatives, and high-fiber foods. He also was an advocate of sexual abstinence, devoting large amounts of his educational and medical work to discouraging sexual activity. He was an especially zealous against masturbation. Today John Kellogg is best known for the invention of the corn flake, which spawned the breakfast cereal industry and revolutionized how people eat in the mornings. However although his long lasting life (he died at 91) he cut many ribbons. A century ago there were no canned foods and little refrigeration. There were no antibiotics or wonder drugs to fight infection. He thus developed with his brother a new food that could respect the rules of a strict vegetarian diet. The flakes of grain, served with milk , soon became a very popular food among the patients , so that Kellogg brothers began to experiment with the recipe with other grains .In 1906, Kellogg’s company was founded The Rice Krispies, his great success, that went on sale for the first time in 1929. Now you know…there’s a huge story beneath your morning bowl!

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IT’S MODERN. THE EYE AND VISUAL INFLUENCE OF ALEXANDER LIBERMAN.

Posted on October 28, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

The art world doesn’t mix up with fashion, and this is basic rule. No matter if fashion takes its main inspiration from art, no matter if artists are doing prints, design, advertising for brands. Everything should be discreet and collaborations should be silent. If an artist does want to ruin his career, all he/she needs to do is to be credited on a limited edition bag line. That’s the way it is. I want to find the intersection space between art and fashion, how many times did we hear that? Well that space exists, it is evident but keep it quite because that intersection is ephemeral and volatile. Alexander Liberman, was a Russian-American magazine editor, publisher, painter, photographer, and sculptor. He is one of the very few examples of a balanced “intersection”. Liberman managed to be the world’s most powerful editorial art director but also a respected photographer, artist, and graphic designer. Despite all that glamour Liberman managed to remain a very well educated. down to heart, “white emigrè”, first in Paris and suddenly in New York, who’s life and work are now an inspiration for many. Rizzoli pays hommage to the genius of “Alex”, as he was called at Conde’ Nast, publishing a richly illustrated  book curated by former Vogue design director Charles Churchward.  “My friend, it’s Modern!” he would say whenever someone challenged his judgment. And modern is the key definition of Alexander Liberman’s work: after so many years, his track at  Vogue remains unsurpassed and incredibly contemporary.

EVERYTHING IS NOT LOST! SOMETHING LESS FOR AN EXTRA LIFE – STARFISHES

Posted on October 28, 2013 by Luisa Fazio

When I was a child , I loved to catch starfishes and then let them dry on a rock. Once dried, I brought them into my house. I felt that with their ‘five arms’ they would bring me luck. A quintuple luck. So, they became my amulets. Among echinoderms, starfishes are capable of autotomy: they defend themselves from any kind of danger in order to survive self-mutilation. They voluntarily eliminate one or more arms. These arms, over time, re-grow completely thanks to the regenerative power of the injured tissues. They lose a part of them but they save their own lives! Think people, starfishes teach! They ‘roll up’ their sleeves (oops, arms!) and regroup and rebuild what’s lost, without gettting demoralized. 

Today, I think of them as an example of strength, rebirth, hope, clinging to life in memory of what’s no longer necessary. “Non Omnis moriar” i.e. I will not die at all. It’s a verse of Horace’s poem included by Wislawa Szymborska (Polish poet – Nobel Prize for Literature 1996) dedicated to the particular duality of echinoderms. Bye bye past, welcome the future! It’s a new beginning!

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GUILLERMO MARTìN BERMEJO

Posted on October 25, 2013 by admin

Third Hold It With Regard by Guillermo Martìn Bermejo.

“Ganache y Frantz de Galais”, 2013

Pencil on old notebook paper

21 x 26 cm

www.guillermomartinbermejo.com

PARIS PHOTO 2013

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

The 17th edition of Paris Photo, will take place from November the 14th until the 17th at the Grand Palais in Paris. 136  galleries, 28 publishers and booksellers will reaffirm Paris Photo’s role as the most prestigious international fair dedicated to photography.

CUT THE RIBBON, VIRGINIA PRINCE

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Editorial Staff

How would you define a pioneer of human rights and transgenderism? How would you call one of the very first persons that came out of the shade, in late 50ies, and started a battle for her position in modern society? A Cut The Ribbon, don’t you? Here is Virginia Prince, American, born in Los Angeles 1913, also called Virginia Charles Prince. Arnold Bowman, her orginal name,  was a transgender that began cross dressing at the age of twelve and knew how it was to be treated as a clown with no rights and just offenses. Prince’s career in transgender education began in 1961 when she was prosecuted for distributing obscene materials through the US Mail because she had exchanged sexually explicit letters with another cross dresser. She was given probation and was forbidden to dress as a woman. The Society for The Second Self movement and magazine called Transvesta,  were born right after those unpleasant, and extreme, episodes. Where was freedom? The resolute Virginia was a fighter: credited for the invention of  transgender as a term to refer to a person who lives full-time in a gender that is different from the one identified at birth, this sharp women stand for the right to be herself until she was 96 years old. To her, cross dressing was not an option or a fetish as many psychiatrist asserted. It was a display of identity and character. Say thanks to Virginia, and cut the ribbon.

GLASSER

Posted on October 23, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

Echoes of Bjork on the new amazing album ‘ INTERIORS’ of Cameron Mesirow aka GLASSER  on True Panther Sounds. Out Now !

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READY? SET!

Posted on October 23, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Set is an expanding shelving unit by designer Stephanie Hornig. It can bunch up or stretch out depending on how much space you have. It has a beech-wood frame with scissor-like pivots and folded steel shelves. It has a strategic cut, being flexible and fix at the same time. Diagonals are thus adjustable and can be fixed in three different positions, creating a a two or three dimensional patterns. Beautiful, simple, clean. We love it. 

http://www.stephaniehornig.com/

SUPERSMILE, LIFE REVITALIZER

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Editorial Staff

They say that smiling is the best option you have. Always, even when a situation is not happy at all or when you need to comfort and calm people around you. Even a fake smile is better than any other reaction you can have because it activates numerous muscles and improves, in a strange way, quantity of endorphins in your blood. In few word, smiling is like going to the gym: the more you go, the more they like you, the more you like yourself. Supersmile, created by father of aesthetic dentistry  Doctor Irwin Smigel, is a complete line of products that takes care of your most important face part, your real “business card”, your smile . As winter is approaching, here is a fundamental “friend” to face extremely cold temperatures. The Supersmile Lip Treatment rejuvenates and softens dry, chapped lips with a richly emollient moisture made of sweet almond oil and soluble collagen that boost firmness, elasticity and fullness. Hyaluronic acid reinforces the lipid barrier while Shea butter provides protection from environmental aggressors. Supersmile Lip Treatment is a Harlow’s  favorite for better smile, better life.

http://www.supersmilestore.com/


THE BUSH – MY HEART IS A FOREST

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

To die, to sleep. To sleep, perchance to Dream;  Hamlet- William Shakespeare

Diego Buongiorno, composer, producer, creator of The Bush. Diego Buongiorno, live performer of My Heart is a Forest. An innovative project where the viewer is led in a narrative path made of dreams, magic, pulsing beats. My Heart is a Forest is Buongiorno’s experimental and live novel, a tale where the unwritten and the unsaid becomes the creative process itself. The spectator listens and lives the scene with no boundaries. The imaginary meets fairytales where a northern atmosphere is linked to the tones of a forest, from light to dark, from dusk to dawn. More than 60 internationally known Artists​ have been involved in this project. Musicians, photographers, visual artists, illustrators, directors and designers, representing 18 different countries in this epic journey into music and contemporary art. My heart is a Forest is a complete and complex mise en scene, a beatbox of emotions where all the senses get woken up, and feel alive. The presence of videos, which roll the imagery, the stage choreography best embodied by the deeply compelling performance of its artists performing, transforms the show into a work of art. The center piece: a box with a real pulsing heart, generating energy. Sounds move throughout the stage in new and interesting ways. The overall effect, is a truly innovative experience, aesthetically interesting and rich in context. The overwhelming music, integrated to the visual and the spatial experience creates a platform for multimedia exploration.

Admittedly, you either love or hate this kind of works as there’s no middle ground, being the performance crazy-large and crazy-intimate to impress everyone equally. Being an earthquake of feelings, I got absolutely blown away. A must see.

COUCOU? C’EST COUCOU BAZAR!

Posted on October 21, 2013 by Editorial Staff

The Museum of Decorative Arts will host and celebrate from October the 24th 2013 the 40th anniversary of Coucou Bazar, an animated painting created by Jean Dubuffet in 1970. Dubuffet showed his creations for the very first time at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in NYC. It was 1973. Pieces were placed within a scene and costumes were worn by dancers. Everything evolved almost imperceptibly, creating an infinite series of combinations with different planes set in motion, disappearing and appearing.  It was a real development of a living painting, a piece of art that had ceased to be simply an image to look at. The costumes worn by the actors were composed of various interchangeable elements: masks, hats, robes, gloves and boots made in diverse materials: painted rayon or coton, resin, latex. All the costumes have been conserved and exposed at the Jean Dubuffet Foundation, in Périgny-Sur-Yerres. In fact he sought studios which were larger and capable to hold the preparations for his spectacles. The exhibition will be a real tribute to this amazing artist, king of the mise en scène and of a mesmerizing, joyful, chaos.

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CHRIS MAYNARD: THE CARVER OF FEATHERS

Posted on October 21, 2013 by Luisa Fazio

They are taken from their daily chatter while perched on branches or reeds. They spread their wings and, together, forming circles or triangles, they migrate away. They are “The birds” of Chris Maynard. Watching his reduced dioramas, you feel the lightness of a breath and at the same time the mystery of the art of flying ( bird’s feathers are light and flexible, but strong and sturdy). Maynard steals surgeon’s working tools: scissors destined to eye surgery, tweezers, scalpels and magnifying glasses to carve with impeccable precision waterproof “beards” of feathers of every bird species. Turned into a vector of art, feathers,  lost naturally by birds during their moulting period or from private aviaries or zoos, becomes a conceptual work. Animal rights activists, it’s under control! When everything seems concluded, when life is put to an end, the American Maynard continues, thanks to his exceptional creations, to revive the spirit, the soul into every single feather, the beauty and complexity of nature. Don’t you feel alive in the recall of his flocks?

www.featherfolio.com

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HOLD IT WITH REGARD, GUILLERMO MARTìN BERMEJO

Posted on October 18, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Second HWR by Guillermo Martìn Bermejo.

“Acteón muerto”, 2013. 

Pencil on old notebook paper

13 x 21 cm

www.guillermomartinbermejo.com

 

GET PIXILLATED! PICCADILLY CABINET

Posted on October 17, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Piccadilly’s Cabinet is a Limited Edition of design brand Boca Da Lobo. It’s a powerful, modern and traditional work of art, architecturally exclusive and elaborate. Piccadilly is basically the dichotomy between modernity and tradition, where the contrast between the present and the past  lays in the pixelated effect as if the cabinet is loading the rest of the details. It’s a mix of different styles and it looks like a frozen moment between two generations. The outside and the inside are opposite, showing a clean exquisite interior completed with a classic dome in the top, containing four drawers and two shelves. Piccadilly Cabinet is the result of meticulous craftsmanship and it’s in six different finishes. Absolutely eye deceiving but perfect tune, in a living room.

http://www.bocadolobo.com/

WHEN THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME: ZOE STRAUSS

Posted on October 17, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

Self-taught photographer and political activist, Zoe Strauss sees her work as a type of social intervention, and she has often used billboards and public meetings as venues. Strauss bought her first camera at the age of thirty, in order to execute her a project she’d long been planning, “I-95” (2000-2010). Each year on the first Sunday in May, Strauss would attach her photos to pillars underneath a bridge on the I-95 highway in Philadelphia. The photos were on view for three hours, after which they were free for the taking. Zoe Strauss describes her work as “an epic narrative about the beauty and struggle of everyday life.” Strauss’s subjects are broad but her primary focus is on working-class experience, including the most disenfranchised people and places. Her photographs offer a poignant, troubling portrait of contemporary America. Untrained as a photographer she founded the Philadelphia Public Art Project in 1995 with the objective of exhibiting art in nontraditional venues. Strauss provided us with an honest, uncensored view of economic and social realities. She often focused on people on the fringes of society, or those who are “just getting by.” She began by photographing people in and around her city, and has since taken pictures all over the world, with an eye, she says to exploring “the strength in how we figure out our lives, and the truth of how sometimes we can’t work it out.” Strauss’ photographs are grounded in her clear-sighted empathy, which allows the viewer to feel like part of the exchange between photographer and subject.

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CUT THE RIBBON, PHILIPPE PETIT

Posted on October 16, 2013 by Editorial Staff

More than 30 years ago, on August the 7th 1974, Philippe Petit, after illegally rigging a tightrope between the Twin Towers of N.Y.’s World Trade Center,  spent nearly an hour dancing in mid-air. It was an adventure which was captured in the Oscar winning film Man on Wire. The movie title was taken from the police report that led to the arrest (and later release) of Petit. ‘There’s a man on wire!’. On that night Petit and his crew were able to ride in a freight elevator to the 104th floor with their equipment and store all the elements they needed. Shortly after Petit stepped off the South Tower and onto his steel cable. He walked on wire for 45 minutes, making eight crossings between the towers, a quarter of a mile above the sidewalks of Manhattan. In addition to walking, he sat on the wire, gave knee salutes and, while lying on the wire, spoke with a gull circling above his head. As soon as Petit was observed by witnesses on the ground, the Police Department dispatched officers to take him. The tightrope ‘dancer’ performance cut a great ribbon and made headlines around the world. When asked why he did that, Petit would say, “When I see three oranges, I juggle, when I see two towers, I walk.”

DREAM KOALA

Posted on October 16, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

Dream Koala doesn’t suddenly emerge on your music shelf. He doesn’t hustle our ways either ; this is a portrait that some chroniclers without inspiration may decide to make of him. No thanks. Dream Koala is one of these friends that announces himself, he is here at home, he settles and takes his eases. As if you always had his beats ringing in your ears, he’s a friend who whispers alleviating and promising marvelous notes.

Dream Koala on TUMBLR  

https://soundcloud.com/dreamkoala

 

MATRONITA, LUDOVICA AMATI

Posted on October 16, 2013 by Editorial Staff

It was presented during last Milan’s Fashion Week, at White. The name of Ludovica Amati, after her fashion show- performance, started to circulate between insiders like a tornado.  Not only because “Matronita” is a very well done collection but also for it’s strong conceptual content: the name is an homage to the mother of mothers and it’s a kabala term that means ‘the Divine inside a woman”. Amati, born in 1978, delivered  an ensamble of  clothes that are clearly designed for a radiant woman and her shades. A woman that is more centered on her soul and uses her clothes to illuminate her personality. In general, it’s the lightness of some pieces that marks a strike and her blacks: her blacks really conquered our heart and remember of some Japanese masterpieces designed somewhere around late eighties. Over sized jackets and coats, mantles inspired by Jewish orthodox wardrobe, simple and fluctuating dresses that are destined to be contemporary and romantic at the same time. Matronita is indeed a must see collection, maybe one of the most sincere and remarkable experiments in the Spring Summer 2014’s bunch and it introduces a designer to keep an eye on. It launches also a concept, the one of sacred femininity, that is incredibly actual and that we hope to find in more collections.

http://www.ludovicaamati.com/

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POOL HOUSE PROJECT – GIULIO DELETTREZ FENDI

Posted on October 15, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

Sea, sun, surf. What a threesome. What a flaming riding sport. What a high quality, eco friendly, passion. Surfing  is synonym of beauty, strength, balance, waterlove and respect. A kind of happiness whose aim needs a good mean. A good surfer uses a good surfing board, a board that must be durable of proven, with  contemporary components, with classical shapes. Every surfboard must have unique and crafty details. Giulio Delettrez Fendi, sea lover, surfer and gifted surfboard maker is founder of the Pool House Project. We asked him few questions as he uses a variety of construction techniques and materials. Solid-wood gets worked out and the final result is a crafty board, just for you.

What is Pool House Project? When and How did the idea come to your mind?

Pool House Project is an experiment, in the sense that it is an approach to something relatively new to me. It is a continuous research for new techniques and materials to create a surfboard which I deem functional and appealing. Freedom of trial is amazing. The ability to change and implement is great, the best part happens during the production process, learning new things, this is the real reward. I could say I started considering shaping surfboards while on a surf trip on a remote island of the Maldives, at the end of a good day of surf with friends met on the trip. That day the swell was pumping and a wave smashed the nose of my board on the coral reef. Once back at the island’s town we started repairing dings on our boards while chatting. A Japanese guy next to me had quite a technique at fixing his board, so I asked: “Do you shape boards?” He replied “No way! That’s a really tough job?” That’s when I started searching the web for all the information I could find on making one’s own surfboards. I got most of it from there, along with books and films, occasionally I will talk to people in the business, but mostly for the pleasure, as I believe everyone should come to his own conclusions and do his own thing. Continue Reading →

HE REALLY DOES EXIST: IT’S THE IPPOCAMPUS!

Posted on October 14, 2013 by Luisa Fazio

Us, women, from all over the world, have always been convinced that the man of our dreams existed in real life. We have embarked on a frantic search of the perfect male, being so rare. Well, we were not wrong about it…or at least not entirely. He really does exist! The invention most unique and fascinating of Nature, lives in the sea. For his unusual lifestyle, it’ s the seahorse, the prototype of the male that every female would want beside him. Among the seahorses, the males give birth to tiny pony after a ” pregnancy” during which they are recognizable by the presence of a bulging pouch. It’s full of eggs previously issued by the female and the male fertilizes the same and welcomes him into the ventral pocket that acts as an incubator. Its true equality of the sexes, baby! The females have a flat stomach, because being without ” bump “. Without neglecting the fact that seahorses (owing their name to the fact that their little heads resemble those of horses) are a symbol of marital fidelity. From perfect monogamous: the pair once formed, gallop along by keeping the same partner for life. Fair enough, don’t you think?

ROBERT CUMMING, RED CARPET PRESS PASS

Posted on October 14, 2013 by Editorial Staff

In the sixties, I put a couple hundred thousand miles on the odometer, driving across the U.S. The further west the new Interstates took you, the stranger the landscapes became. Beginning in Los Angeles in 1970, I started filling up slide drawers with categories of things peculiar to California and its neighbors to the north and south: mobile homes, palm trees and cactus, wall murals, buildings in the shape of ships and events like the Rose Parade, Las Floristas Headdress Ball and, of course, anything relating to Hollywood. By devious means over the next few years, I managed to get a foot in that door, eventually getting that same foot on the red carpet, concluding with two Golden Globes and two Academy Award ceremonies. For a while, I showed mixes of these in slide lectures, before finally putting them to rest and eventually leaving California for New England.

Robert Cumming is an American artist born in 1943. This sensational photographic exhibition is an important document on Hollywood of the 70ies, its celebrities, and one past golden Era. Forty years later,  the photos have been digitally printed bringing out a totally new depth to Cumming’s original work. A must see, from November 1st.

Janet Borden Gallery, 560 Broadway, New York NY 10012

 

HOLD IT WITH REGARD, GUILLERMO MARTIN

Posted on October 11, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Hold it With Regard is proud to present some works by Spanish artist Guillermo Martìn (Madrid, 1971). Beauty, romanticism, fragility, irony and a touch of fairy tale: Guillermo’s imaginary world will be published here on The Harlow for four weeks four. Every Friday.

“My drawings are inhabited by these strange beings. Their melancholy comes from a state of lethargy. They are hidden in the forest. They know that is not their time but in any hint of change they will have to put forward their thoughts, their ideas. Then they will be asked to fill the big empty that millions of “nothing” will leave. In these galleries of portraits sometimes recognizable figures appear, writers or artists who have been constructing the secret map of my route and they look coldly at us as if we had betrayed them. Other drawings are like scenarios of a distant operetta. The ones that dance around a story are only masks that emerge from my imagination. But, in any case, all without exception, they escape from the rules of cliché. They are poor dandies who seek, in another reality, what they have been denied in this reality. Intransigent, annoying, beautiful losers, junkies, lovers of the shadows. All of them turn into blue, black, red and ocher. And on paper, as fragile as they are, is where they meet each other at strange gatherings, silent covens where we must go in stealthily… not to bother and not being swallowed. Or we can also proclaim our total love for them and get drunk until the end of all mornings.”

Photo above: La Caída, 2013. Pencil on old notebook paper 13×21 cm

Guillermo’s website:  www.guillermomartinbermejo.com

Galerie Karin Sutter, Basel: http://www.galeriekarinsutter.ch/

 

BOOM! LATIN AMERICAN DESIGN FAIR

Posted on October 10, 2013 by Editorial Staff

BOOM, three days to showcase and project the Latin American Design. BOOM, the international commercial fair that brings together, under the same roof, the most innovative design representatives. BOOM, the event that interlaces interior and furniture designers, creative jewelers and accessory authors, innovative technology and manufacturing companies, exponents of interactive design and digital product. BOOM, the desire to create and transform ideas into artistic and tangible objects. BOOM, fresh ideas from design schools of the Caribbean, opportunities for the Latin American market. BOOM, whatcha waitin’ for?

http://boom-fair.com/

LETTERA 12

Posted on October 10, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

This post is personally dedicated to my Lettera 12. It is my personal wiz-bang typer. A later variant of Olivetti’s Lettera 10, it is smaller than it might appear. Colorful,  featherweight, its body is made of cast-injected ABS polymer casing, maybe the lightest of the Olivetti’s typewriters. Portable I might say. Made in Spain in the 70’s, it is,  to me, a pretty looking piece. I like the sleek futuristic styling, the sharp corners, its colors (there are many variants, from lime to orange). It seems to be a toy but instead it’s a great addition (and really elevates) someone’s Olivetti collection. Stop using your Mac, go back to Olivetti! 

CUT THE RIBBON, JOSEPH ETTEDGUI

Posted on October 9, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Born in Casablanca in 1936, Joseph Ettedgui, usually known as Joseph, started his career as an hairdresser opening his salon in London King’s road in 1960. The swinging London was booming and this smart, yet creative man, was enjoying his life. Changing , completely, one person’s look in one hour it was a mission to him. But his great passion was fashion and he started to go to Paris fashion weeks to see the ready to wear collections where he met Japanese designer Kenzo Takada, usually known as Kenzo, and they started a business collaboration. Joseph started to sell Kenzo’s multicolored jumpers in his salon: it was an immediate success and the beginning of Joseph “the retailer”, the fashion patron, the mentor of many designers. Galliano, Hamnett, Howell and Alaia, they were not only marvelously displayed in Joseph’s boutique but they were also taken care, advised and beloved as kids. Joseph way of merchandising was very special. His windows displays were always exceptional and his way of working, to us, was located between that special point where fashion fun meet the everyday life. Credited to be one of the best retailers ever lived, Jospeh seemed a whole “Cut The Ribbon” to us. Because everybody can sell, but few can really change the way people needs clothes and help fashion in his never ending mutation process.

 

BASECAMP

Posted on October 9, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

Nashville-based producers Aaron Miller, Aaron C. Harmon and Jordan Reyes have teamed up to form  Basecamp, a silky smooth R&B/electro outfit that operates in a minimally dark style . Their debut single “Emmanuel” is a perfect marriage of chopped percussion, slow-moving rumbling bass and articulated vocals.  Basecamp are set to release a four track EP soon: in the  meanwhile follow and listen to them on Soundcloud.

ZACK SECKLER

Posted on October 8, 2013 by Luca Andriani

There are many ways of expressing love for life; this photographer, artist from Brooklyn has his own: he’s talented, simple, ironic. His shots show a joyful vision towards life and he gives the viewer a jolly good smile.

http://www.zackseckler.com

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PATRIK FAIGENBAUM

Posted on October 8, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi

Patrik Faigenbaum, yes, the international acclaimed photographer. The one whose portraits of Italian families directly come from his personal pictorial experience and from the expressively  powerful tradition of photography itself. Parisian by birth, Patrik Faigenbaum has travelled throughout Europe creating portraits of people and places. Initially trained as a painter, his images are real photographic tableaux, where shadows and light melt revealing intimacy, capturing the nuances of the situations and people he has encountered. His portraits become an essential motif, depicting the human and the place. It seems like there’s Avedon or Eugene Smith or Brandt influence as subjects are always portrayed in their environment instead of a studio. To my point of view his masterpieces are his portraits of Italian aristocratic families. From Oct the 4th until Jan the 19th 2014, Rome’s Académie de France will display Feigenbaum works, we should all have the chance to visit the exhibition. Noblesse, oblige.

http://www.patrickfaigenbaum.com

MITCHELL AND PEACH

Posted on October 7, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Harlows are enthusiastic about this new English cosmetic line called Mitchell and Peach. The Mitchell family ran a market stand in Convent Garden from 1923 till 1972 and  have been farming the same land in Kent, England, for five generations. The family has cultivated everything from strawberries and apples to hops and cobnuts and is now specialized in fine lavender. The quality of the essences distilled from the plantation inspired them to create a bath and body range of quality. All M&P products are perfumed with 100%-natural fragrance and free from parabens, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulphate and synthetic colouring. Mitchell and Peach products have not been tested on animals.  To discover more about this lovely  beauty project :

http://www.mitchellandpeach.com/film/

Posted on October 7, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Cristallin is a Switzerland-based producer and filmmaker that aims to capture his imagination in a nostalgic way where appeal stays intact throughout the creative process. EP “Eon” serves to set in stone its own inspirations by literally documenting them in the form of four short films. Rather than re-creating his emotions through forms of music videos after  EP is finished, Cristalline captures visuals were first. By reversing the process of sonic and visual interaction, nostalgia can radiate in abundance. It’s an attempt for music to become permanently memorable, timeless.

https://soundcloud.com/thebriolife/cristallin-light

 

PAUL BATT

Posted on October 4, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Untitled #11  2012 (from the series‘Demarcations’)  Archival Digital Print 90 x 130 cm.  

www.paulbatt.com

CUT THE RIBBON, LET THEM WEAR TOWELS!

Posted on October 3, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Many women played hard to win something, equality, respect, acceptance or just first place. This week’s cut the ribbon is not dedicated to just one person, it’s dedicated to all those women who, being  journalists, sports journalists, have fought for their place, for their rights, for equity. The courage and perseverance of women like Melissa Ludtke, Claire Smith, Lesley Visser, Christine Brennan, Lisa Olson and Robin Herman,  standing up for their rights, fighting for access and yes, entering and being allowed in men locker rooms. Women who broke down a huge professional barrier. Robin Herman, for instance, was the first female sports reported of the NY times to be allowed to access to athletes in the postgame locker room unexpectedly in 1975. 35 years ago postgame interviews were allowed only to men. This year’s documentary, LET THEM WEAR TOWELS, has been dedicated to this issue. The Harlow recommends the vision…“It was important to be bold. It was a matter of equity.”

http://espn.go.com/espnw/video/9468050/exclusive-clip-let-wear-towels

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ORDINARY AND EXTRAORDINARY, ALESSIA XOCCATO FALL 2013

Posted on October 2, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

She is a Harlow’s favourite since years. Is she an emerging?  Is she an established designer? Alessia Xoccato is none of the two. She is established in the sense that she has a very strong continuity, collection after collection, and she is emergent in terms of simplicity because she is allergic to over structures as she tries to keep it smart and conceptual. Despite years in fashion, she maintains her strong values and we are more than happy of this. In a period where emergent are desperate to create more  for their instagram followers than for their clients, enlarging their logos to 10 cm and make it as Kenzo as possible,  it’s good to see that Alessia is making it well without making a fuss. Lately, she has been presenting her collections at the International Fashion Week “Moroshka Fashion Week” that took place at the Peter and Paul Fortress from August 22 to August 25. And it was a success.  And successful, in term of press,  was also this fall collection 2013 that takes inspiration from Brancusi’s sculptures and the atmosphere of David Lynch’s  films. Xoccato designed a wardrobe for a woman that lives in the ordinary but also in the extraordinary, that is confident but open to new adventures. Alcantara, boucle’ wool, fake fur, multilayer lace and silk are the materials while the silhouette is always clean and totally modern. Made in Italy with love and for people that lives, and wear, fashion in real life.

http://www.alessiaxoccato.com/

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FRANKIE ROSE

Posted on October 2, 2013 by Maxim Deluxe

Frankie Rose is an American vocalist, songwriter, and musician living in Brooklyn, New York, United States. She was an original member of the garage rock acts Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, and the Vivian Girls. Now she is out with her new personal album ‘ Herein Wild’  via Fat Possum Records. Follow and listen her at  Miss Frankie Rose

 

DAVID REINFELD @ SOHO20

Posted on October 1, 2013 by Editorial Staff

From today until October 26, SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery will present recent the photography of David Reinfeld. The exhibition, dedicated to street abstract and composite photographs, come from a recent visit to the capital city of Oaxaca, Mexico. These series explore the beauty found in the cyclical decay of our environment. Street scenes, abstract views, graffiti. The viewer will be ‘guided’ between playfulness and poetical shots, what is man-made and what is naturally occurring in the environment. Surely interesting and to be seen.

http://soho20gallery.com