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WOLFGANG LAIB, THE ARTIST WHO SIFTS POLLEN GRAINS

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Luisa Fazio

While his works takeS shape he, crouched for a long time, becomes an extension by HIS work. His name is Wolfgang Laib, German, born in 1950. He collected with meticulous care, for decades, pollen grains from pine trees, dandelions and kernels. The soft dust of flowers anthers, natural “gold”,  so yellow, bright and evanescent as sun it’s not only spreaded by wind with such mastery. The artist sprinkles it on the floor with a sieve, drawing large parallelograms and small domes of great simplicity but of intense conceptual meaning. “The pollen is not what I have created, and therefore it is more than what I could ever do,” says Laib, praising the pollen as pure art, as carrier of single energetic force. It’s  an example of “Divine art”. Animated by an aura of preciousness and brilliance, his zen and minimal creations surround every area of life with radiance and luminosity. The artist of simple materials dazzles us enormously, without abusing and without ever confuse our view! Fiat lux! As God said.

 

JJ

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander aka JJ is a band who realeses music through the Gotheburg – based indipendent label Sincerely Yours. The Swedish pop duo has unveiled “All White Everything”, the latest track from its upcoming album, ‘ V’ due out August 19th via Secretly Canadian.

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AMAZONLIFE

Posted on July 21, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Every year something like 16.000 square kilometers of Amazonian forest are destroyed. Besides losing a rich patrimony of biodiversity, this “crime” also influences the climatic system of our planet. Amazon is one of the most important wedges on the global climatic mosaic: it regulates damp, it mitigates thermal excursions and stores CO2.
Amazonlife is a brand produced by Italian “Braccialini” that uses impact zero raw materials and sustains WWF Italia by creating a small collection of accessories that are high in functionality and multipurpose. Created with cotton, flax, juta, coconuts, straws derived from military camp beds and soldier’s gummed ponchos, every piece is made with the contribution of Indios: Amazonlife represents an economic alternative for the local populations, contributing to the diffusion of their culture and safeguard of the last great green lung of the Planet.

http://www.amazonlife.it


TIAAN

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

Australian born L.A.- based singer Tiaan and her sound can only be described as sexy. Blame her intimate, intense and hypnotic music or perhaps it’s the slow, sparse R&B beats, the deep, deep bass or the subject matter of some of her songs: passion-fueled affairs and the all-encompassing emotion they  evoke.  Mostly though, the steamy atmosphere derives from the Sydney-born singer’s sensuous vocals, infused with longing and delivering lyrics like secrets being shared.
Listen her amazing  debut EP  on Soundcloud.

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PEACEROCKS

Posted on July 14, 2014 by Editorial Staff

On his 74th birthday, Ringo Starr becomes a model for the Fall 2014 advertising campaign of John Varvatos. This launch kicks off an initiative to support The Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund. Starr, a pioneer of transcendental meditation who has been communicating the peace and love message for over 40 years, is fresh off the heels of accepting the 2014 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of The Beatles. #PEACEROCKS is a fully integrated program that raises awareness for the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund which helps implement scientifically proven stress-reducing modalities for at-risk populations suffering from epidemic levels of chronic stress and stress-related disorders that fuel violence, crime and soaring health costs. This call-to-action encourages participants to share photos of themselves flashing the peace sign via Instagram, Twitter, Vine, and Facebook, in an effort to raise funds while raising awareness. For each #PEACEROCKS tagged photo, $1 will be donated to the charity through the end of 2014.

more on: http://www.johnvarvatos.com/

ALLEGRO MA NON TROPPO!

Posted on July 14, 2014 by admin

The first time was during a ‘catwalk-concert’ event. We have been told, it was love at first sight. A microscope of positive, unexpected energy.

Then Summer arrived. Sarambade decided it was the right time to create along with friend Clotilde, a capsule collection of swimming suites. They gathered thinking about composers, colors and finally created a glittering patchwork. Clotilde, in the meanwhile, with wise and expert hands, got thrilled by the challenge of this crazy experiment.

Four models, four composers: Amadeus, Ludwig, Franz and George. Amadeus (W.A. Mozart) A prodigious young man born from music itself and surrounded by delicate, esoteric fantasies:  an alien born on the Earth by mistake, pushed to the Olympus of the gods at the speed of light, W.A. Mozart drops pages of colorful beauty from the top of the mountain where he resides. 

Ludwig (L. Van Beethoven) Always struggling with himself and with the world, fighting his father’s alcoholism and his own solitude and deafness, what a bitter trick for a musician. Always scared of not being up to his muse, he spends hours playing the piano and composing music every single day of his life.

Franz (Franz Liszt) An educated, charming Hungarian, Liszt lives with no regrets. He loves women and life, dense and complex music that is impossible to play. Surrounded by luxury, he leaves this world in the clothes of an abbot, but of course, just for a matter of convenience.

Last but not least George (G. Gershwin), an American Mozart. They live the same number of years and they share the same prolific creativity. Well settled in the New York society, he lives between glamorous luxury and city parties. He loves the city and everything that is modern and futuristic. His mind always open to changes, he is not scared of following his inspirations, even when the result is perceived as weird.

Defined atmospheres, sparks of creative happiness mixed with great torments. Allegro ma non troppo. A slightly ambiguous indication of time that is often hard to interpret unless the key is made of simple and rigorous, yet always sensual and feminine lines. Tops to wear at night as well as on the beach, coulotte with a retro flavor and one-piece swimming costumes underline hips and waist. Wide, round bath robe complete the look in a versatile way by turning into skirts, light mantels and mini dresses according to the need and respecting Clotilde’s  traditional transformation which is not just a fashion style, but a real life style. All over stamped runner shorts and tops dedicated to the face of one’s favorite genius complete the collection.  Everything is stamped on eco system sensitive lycra.

PHOTORECORD NR. 8, BEAUTIFUL SON/20 YEARS IN THE DAKOTA/OLD AGE

Posted on July 11, 2014 by Teresa Cannata'

Released in April 1993 on the Berlin-based record label City Slang, Beautiful Son is the 4th single of the American band Hole, which included frontwoman Courtney Love, drummer Patty Schemel, bassist Leslie Hardy (at the time of the release she had just left the band) and guitarist Eric Erlandson. The cd and 12” formats also contain 20 Years in the Dakota (a song about post-Lennon Yoko Ono) and Old Age

“You look good in my dress,” sang Love in Beautiful Son, referring to her own husband Kurt Cobain, who liked crossdressing since he was a child. The picture of 7-year-old Cobain, wearing a blue turtleneck, mischievous look in his eyes, is on the cover, surrounded by a number of gift bows, a girly touch personally designed by Love.

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BLEU CHANEL

Posted on July 9, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Launched in 2010, Bleu by Chanel is becoming one of my favorite fragrances. I do remember when I first smell it, I tough it was nothing special and I never ever smell it again until they gave me a sample last week. I have been using every single drop of that sample, every single day, and finally decided that  “Bleu” is definitely a good perfume, a new classic and I run to the counter. Bleu is just magic. I add it to the podium of my best perfumes list because it’s a quite, serene fragrance that never impress or cause shock. It’s sweet and masculine, never out of place. The sillage is absolutely in harmony with what I’m today and hope to be tomorrow. Also the blue bottle, banal in 2010, it’s now having a deep sense to me: it’s a pleasure to have it on my cabinet.  Jaques Polge, creator of Chanel’s perfumes since 1972 said:  ” Chanel doesn’t create fashion perfumes but epic perfumes that last” and what a better way to confirm this theory I had. They can be banal in the beginning, but once you fall in love, you are taken. Second chance sometimes it’s a better chance. 

Notes: Pink peppercorn, Citrus, Peppermint, Nutmeg, Vetiver, Grapefruit, Cedar, Labdanum, Jasmine, Incense, Patchouli, Ginger, Sandalwood

 

 

KIII J

Posted on July 9, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

The invasion of Scandinavian music continues with the mysterious duo from Denmark   KIII J  and their most intense and moving track to date. Listen the new single ‘You are another lover’   and follow them on Soundcloud

SWELL, MATEUSZ SARELLO

Posted on July 7, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

In a mid summer night I opened and browsed what days before had arrived as a parcel. In touching it, a pleasant silky feeling coming from the canvas of the black coated-in-cloth cover.

In the first half of the book, the following:

Road.Winter.Void.


Void of everything that is important. I am trying to think about the “road.” I cannot. I am completely exhausted. 
All in all, I am going only because of the weather. The prospect of wind, snow, and my flashes on the beach did not let me sleep. 
Besides, I am afraid of the few days of thinking only about her, and this way I will have the Baltic Sea.
My Baltic Sea. 
Instead of.

Swell is a tale of the untold, a beating documentary of a boy and his heart, a story of survival and attempt to surviving. It’s the portrait of a lone adventurer in the dark real world, where feelings hurt as much as memories. A tale of the unplanned, a story of love reconstruction, of metamortphosis. Swell is a love story where the author’ s third eye is constantly fulfilled by a great regenerating presence: the Baltic Sea. Its giant waves and cold turboleance mirror the photographer’s state of mind and thoughts, in a harmony of forces. Pictures are simple, out-of-common dash of poetry.

 “Swell” by Mateusz Sarello, is a squared little masterpiece, a chicken soup for the heart, an invincible summer, in the midst of winter. 
http://mateuszsarello.com
 

 

MY JIL SANDER BLUE BAG

Posted on July 7, 2014 by Clara G

Blue is much more than just another color for me. In my mind, blue is lapis lazuli and the ancient Egypt with Queen Nefertiti wearing her tall blue crown. Her bust is made of limestone but seems to breath when she is looking at me through 3.300 years and the protection screen, with her damaged left eye. The beauty that came from the mountains, my first icon, is here in Berlin, close to me.

Blue is also the Babylonian Ishtar Gate. It is forbidden to touch its blue glazed bricks. I wish I could not only touch the Gate but get through it and go back in time (2.580 years) and space (from Berlin, where the Gate is right now to the south of Baghdad where Babylon was built), appearing in the Processional Way, the Gate on my back, the Tour of Babel in my front, walking through the streets, would I feel as lost in translation as the Bible says or maybe is there were I really belong… to that place now destroyed after the last Iraq war.

Blue is also Yves Klein, the first contemporary artist to touch my soul and change my perception with his ultramarine monochrome paintings. Blue is the small crown that his wife Rotraut wore in her head when they got married in 1962. The beautiful Rotraut is German, of course.

And blue and German is my new bag from the most German of the designers, Jil Sander. It’s so essential and minimal, nearly unknown, although the label she created is global. I am glad that this time she has stayed as creative director enough time to create this bag before leaving again, for the third time, in a very smooth way as she always does.

Maybe I unconsciously moved here to Germany to be closer to this marvellous colour, the blue.

PHOTORECORD NR. 7, MELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS

Posted on July 4, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Released  on October 24, 1995 on Virgin Records, “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” is the third album by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. In explaining what he wanted for this album cover Billy Corgan said : “ This is psychedelic music by a heavy metal band from the 1920s.” The illustrations, typography, and papers used for the artwork all reflect this 20’ies mood. Designed by Frank Olinsky’s Design Firm, art directed by  Billy Corgan and Olinsky himself, with illustrations  by John Carig and photos by Andrea Giacobbe, this is one of the best Album Covers we ever seen. It was just ahead, many years ahead. And last but not least, we adore typefaces used: Gill Sans, Glorietta and Le Petit Trottin were used. Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, literally the spec of an entire generation.

 

 

 

THE FAGIOLO

Posted on July 3, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Symmertry and asimmetry in wooden structures have been at the centre of Roberto Lazzeroni’s design. His latest piece, the “fagiolo” which means “bean” in Italian, is a minimal, yet symmetrical structure, a table, available in different colors and finishes with a double-decker walnut solid frame and marble or glass tops.

www.ceccotticollezioni.it

 

FKA TWIGS

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Maxim Deluxe

The London based artist Tahliah Barnett aka know as FKA TWIGS is ‘ the next big thing’ on the music scene. After the past impressive extended plays Ep1 and Ep2 , FKA Twigs’ debut album , LP1, will be released on Young Turks On August 12.

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ACE&TATE

Posted on July 1, 2014 by Marco Maggetto

Are you searching for the perfect pair of prescription/sun glasses and you can’t find anything really appealing? Please browse Northern Europe, Holland, Amsterdam home of great designers and brand Ace&Tate . If you live far no worries, of course you can  buy online. But before buying, you can try on 5 pairs of beautiful glasses and decide the one you look great in. It’s called the “Home Try-On” system: all you have to do is choose between frames sent straight to your door. Transportation fees, back and forth, is courtesy of Ace&Tate. This is a deluxe service that has enchanted us, but not only. The product itself, I mean their glasses, are really well done and fantastic in design. Plus they have a fair price. Ace&Tate is designer, producer and seller, no third-fourth parts are involved in the process. Jumping the license holder and the retailer permits them to sell great quality great design shades at a smart price. Ace&Tate is also involved in charity programs and its “Black Is The New Green” collection is made of a 100% bio-degradable acetate. 70% of its compounds are from natural sources. Harlow’s favorite model is “Charlie” in Bio Black off course.

http://www.aceandtate.com/