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Posted on May 6, 2013 by admin

We know this can sound pretty kinky for a niche CUT THE RIBBON but Queen Margherita of Savoy deserves one! The reason is that she ate the very first, modern pizza! Pizza used to be considered a peasant’s meal in the past. For centuries, food historians agree that pizza like dishes were eaten by many peoples in the Mediterranean including the Greeks and Egyptians. However, the modern pizza has been attributed to baker Raffaele Esposito of Naples. In 1889, Esposito who owned a restaurant called the Pizzeria di Pietro baked what he called “pizza” especially for the visit of Italian King Umberto I and Queen Margherita. Boasting the three colors of the Italian flag, red (tomatoes), white (mozzarella cheese) and green (basil), the pizza was thus invented. The pizza`s birthday was due to a celebration and a parade that local aristocrats had organized for Queen Margherita’s arrival. Escorted in a coach, she had started a tour at the San Carlo opera house and snaked through the narrow streets of the old Spanish Quarter, stopped briefly in Pizza Plebiscito, next to the royal palace, and then ended up in front of the pizzeria, where the `Margherita` was invented. The Queen’s pleasure over the peasant dish was so high that a national delightful italian flavour was born. Since then, billions of people eat pizza. Wasn’t it a pleasent cut the ribbon? Hurray for Queen Margherita!



Posted on May 3, 2013 by admin

Another photo by young photographer Simone Stanislai.



Posted on April 30, 2013 by admin

Manet, Return to Venice is the name of an exhibition currently on display at Doge’s Palace born with the collaboration of  Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. Untill 18th August 2013, along its monumental rooms, you can admire 80 paintings, drawings and prints edited with the special collaboration of the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, which possesses the largest number of masterpieces by this extraordinary painter. Édouard Manet was born in Paris on 23th January 1832  and was one of the first 19th-century artists to approach modern and postmodern-life subjects . He was a crucial figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. Inspired by Italian Renaissance and Spanish paintings, the French artists always had a special relationship with Venice. You can notice this in  the exhibition layout, which guides the visitor past great masterpieces, such as Le fifre (1866), La lecture (1865-73), Le balcon (1869), Portrait de Mallarmé (ca. 1876) drawn from his entire artistic life, opens with a series of free interpretations of Old Masters, frescos and sculptures, which Manet saw during his first two journeys to Italy in 1853 and 1857. 

This exibithion is curated by Stéphane Guégan, with the scientific direction of Guy Cogeval and Gabriella Belli.


Posted on April 29, 2013 by admin

A flapper, a cliché, a person with more heart than brain (is this a crime?). Many things have been said about Betty Boop but let us tell you, and this is a Cut The Ribbon, that she was “only” the first sex symbol ever existed. Yes, the very first woman to be desired by masses, and she was a cartoon created by the genius mind of Max Fleischer and Grim Natwick. Fleischer wanted to create a new character to insert in his “Talkartoons”, a starlette  supposed to dance that was designed on the image of the then famous singer Helen Kane. Natwick, in the beginning, designed a french poddle with the head of a woman but then floppy eared mutated in hoop earrings and the black poddle nose into a girl’s button like perfect nose. Betty was born and she appeared as a supporting character before making her way as a solo star. Her debut is dated 9 August 1930: she soon become “The Queen of the Animated Screen”, the symbol of the depression era and a reminder of the previous, hilarious, jazz era. She was a modern teenager, officially aged 16.  The first fully defined woman in a cartoon and the very first who wore a short black dress, high heels and a garter. Her head was designed like a baby head but her body, her body was a bomb. She was the sexy combination between girlishness and maturity. Ever thought the sweetheart Betty was a record holder? Well, like it or not, she was first in many things. Tolerant, happy and goodhearted, Betty is still one of the enduring brightest star of Hollywood.

Photo: Boop, Bimbo and a friend.



Posted on April 26, 2013 by admin

Promoted and organized by Ilaria Venturini Fendi and curated by Antonella Fornai, known expert of gardens, FloraCult is an event created to help bringing nature back to the center of culture, in an integration process which today is unthinkable. From today till April the 28th, FloraCult will host three days of nature, plants, gardening, bio ethics, ideas. With a school for re-inventors which proposes the idea of the garden as contemporary contemplative realm to live most of the time. An open air class surrounded by an orientalist garden. A school that will teach how to draw plants, to read and catalog them. In collaboration with artists and  botanical illustrators, photographers, orientalists who celebrate the tea ceremony, but also with young inventors of new codes of the contemporary. Go green!



Posted on April 26, 2013 by admin

For the next four weeks, The Harlow will host Simone Stanislai’s photography. When asked a few lines of bio, Simone answered: 

I was born in Volterra in 1982. I’ve tried to become an archaeologist but I got lost. One day I decided to transform photography in a profession, keeping all the spontaneity and the emotive approach of when it was just a passion. Now I “dig” into reality with my Nikon camera, searching for fragments and little stories with a sense and a essence. And I feel better.

Top image title:  “Miriam courtesy of the artist.




Posted on April 23, 2013 by admin

Loving design, means loving shapes, ideas, creations. We love when it happens in juxtaposing materials, textures and colors, we love it when different combinations of ideas become just beautiful pieces of art work. We like clean lines, the careful design, the craftsmanship that shapes wood or other natural materials. The Madrid-based design studio Micomoler combines the tradition and the contemporary creating crafty objects. Everything is versatile and what seems a storage or a light solution is actually just a beautiful piece of work. Many are the awards that they have achieved and many are the claps of our hands in front of their design. Bravo!

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Posted on April 22, 2013 by admin

Porfirio, the ruthless, the chief at cutting ribbons. The gorgeous man, the diplomat, the playboy, the polo player, the car racer. Born in the Dominican Republic, he later became a diplomat being the Chief of the Dominican Embassy to Paris. Rubirosa was married five times, but never had any children. His wives were: Flor de Oro Trujillo, Danielle Darrieux, Doris Duke, Barbara Hutton, Odile Rodin.  Even the rumors of his sexual prowess, inspired Parisian waiters to name gigantic pepper mills “Rubirosas”. What else could a woman want? After World War II, Rubirosa became engaged in two major passions, polo and car racing, both expensive sports that would be supported in years to come by his American wives. Much has been written, speculated and whispered about this man, but one thing is sure, he led a life that few can imagine and let alone rivals. His life was better and more interesting than fiction. He was a tireless presence at chic nightspots, a keen race driver and polo player, a friend to the rich and infamous, a relentless pursuer of women with huge bank accounts. In the last few years it has been rumored that a movie will be released on his life starring Antonio Banderas. But the real Porfirio worked hard at having fun.  In the 50s when meeting  Sammy Davis he would introduce himself by saying : “Your profession is being an entertainer, mine is being a playboy.”*In fact He bedded thousands of women, including legendary beauties as Ava Gardner, Jayne Mansfield, Eva Peron and Zsa Zsa Gabor.In the Forties and Fifties no high-society party or jet-set gathering was complete without him. He never did a proper day’s work in his life yet his success with women enabled him to mix with royalty and film stars. His mesmerising charm ended in 1965,at the Parisian Bois de Boulogne. After drinking all night at the nightclub Jimmy’s in celebration of a polo win. Rubi, as friends would call him drove home at 7am and crashed his Ferrari into a tree. He was 56. He had lived and died fast.


Posted on April 22, 2013 by admin

How nice is  the Gallery Weekend in Berlin. The City get magical, the streets are crowded, art is exploding. Everyone is invited to attend and get inspired by the 51 Galleries participating and attend the  51 openings. The past edition recorded the great success in its history with collectors traveled from Russia, Usa and even China to attend the event and with Art Forum defining it the biggest selling event in the art market, well there is no doubt. Gallery Weekend is a collector unmissable destination . From 26th till 28th April, get lost in the city and don’t forget to bring your most comfortable shoes. It’s an art “marathon”!



Posted on April 19, 2013 by admin

Title: Passato Prossimo#24, 2010

From the multimedia project Passato Prossimo presented at Fondazione Credito Valtellinese in Sondrio in 2011. Courtesy of the artist, Montrasio Arte, Monza and Milan and Fondazione Credito Valtellinese, Sondrio.


Posted on April 17, 2013 by admin

Once upon a time trees in the south Italian countryside used to come alive and move from the forest into the village to celebrate the yearly fusion of man and earth. Immersing visitors in the sound and imagery of rustling foliage, the cinematic installation, Alberi (ital. trees), takes them on a cyclic journey through reveries of mystic appearances. Alberi is based on the ancient ritual of the Basilicata region centered on the character of the Romito, a treelike man who, according to the myth, has rejected the idea of migration and planted his roots in his own land. After having been enacted by villagers for centuries the Romito has disappeared and, today, only lives in people’s memories. In his films Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino (b.1968) uses cinema’s unparalleled ability to make all things, animate and inanimate, equally compelling before the camera and infuse them with a life and soul. His widely celebrated, “Le Quattro Volte” (2010) evokes unions between humanity and nature and feelings of belonging to the cosmos. By presenting Alberi as an installation Frammartino takes the theme of eternal transformation and reincarnation a step further. Cyclical time becomes spatially conceivable through an endlessly running loop. In its images Alberi contemplates the disappearance of mythological customs, like the tree-ritual, from contemporary culture. On a deeper level, however, the work conjures cinema’s mystic and ritualistic powers on the eve of the medium’s own extinction.

Michelangelo Frammartino: Alberi

On view April 18—April 27, 2013

Moma PS1, NYC


Posted on April 17, 2013 by admin

Tate Modern’s new underground spaces “The Tanks” play host to an evening of immersive and interactive audio and visual presentations put together by multi-disciplinary record label VASE and creative studio TRUSST.  The presentations are part of Tate’s Hyperlink Festival, and will feature musical performances  curated by VASE founders Jacques Greene and Joe Coghill. Performances by Evian Christ, Dorian Concept and Jacques Greene will be accompanied by a series of digital installations created specially for South Tank in response to the festival’s theme of ‘six degrees of separation’. Physical computing, projection mapping, interactive wearables and electronic soundscapes will come together to create an immersive 360 degree responsive environment. Get together.





Posted on April 16, 2013 by admin

The made in Rome Hibou is consolidating as one of the best artisanal, and made in Italy, accessories brands. The two years old company is now increasing production adding to its wide collection new gourmand items like the perpetually sold out bow bracelets and the Baloon Taupe (see photo above). For those who don’t know, Hibou was founded in 2011 by Rachele and Maila with the intent of creating a fresh line of accessories rich in details and made with refined materials. Bon toned and bold, the Spring Summer 2013 collection has all the happiness you need to start a great season of fun, holidays and sun (at very lovely prices).


Posted on April 15, 2013 by admin

How to be a baby during the World War, loose  your father  and take care of your mother. How to live in Milan during post war years and give up University studies because there is no money. Grazia Neri had no choice but a job that wasn’t too boring and started as a factotum in an Agency called News Blitz where she used to write pictures captions and translate from English and French. Young Neri was a literature devourer and never thought her life would end with a passion for photography. In 1966 Grazia and a friend , a former light bulb seller, opened her historical agency in Milan. Grazia Neri became in few year the most famous Italian Aagency all over the world. The agency was founded with the intent of favoring photographers leaving them ownership of images and a correct remuneration, pursuing photographic services of quality. Grazia Neri, during the years,  accumulated a patrimony of 15 million images in analogical and of six million in digital. Robert Doisneau, Douglas Kirkland, Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, James Nachtwey were few of  the photographer she represented and syndacation with other famous agencies like Afp, Polaris, Black Star, Contact Press Images, Rapho and VU. The advertising crisis started in the second semester of 2008  and of the general decrease of application for quality photojournalism replaced by images from internet or low quality ones lead to the clousure of the agency in 2009. But Grazia was still alive and kicking and maybe she was one of the most expert people on photography and photo journalism. Her memoir ” La Mia Fotografia”  published by Feltrinelli is a masterpiece for photo lovers. The history of a self made woman, the touching portrait of a girl that finds in photography the way to follow her passion for reading. Is it perhaps true that behind every great photo a great history hides behind? If you’re now Twitting or Face booking or Pinning some old vintage pictures, you are probably using a photo that once was edited, curated, wanted and loved by this “Signora” Milanese.


Posted on April 12, 2013 by admin

Passato Prossimo#7, 2011

From the multimedia project Passato Prossimo presented at Fondazione Credito Valtellinese in Sondrio in 2011. Courtesy of the artist, Montrasio Arte, Monza and Milan and Fondazione Credito Valtellinese, Sondrio.





Posted on April 11, 2013 by admin

Is it easy to reinterpretate the way of using tables? No to squares, no to circle surfaces. Otto Table designed by Italian Paolo Cappello is a table with a base in oiled heart beech and clear tempered glass top. The organic shape of the tempered glass top creates an object that can be both used as dining table or office desk: a wide surface to work, design, dine, cook on. Particular is the effect “basketwork leg”. Otto is built on environmentally friendly and fully recyclable materials. Miniforms was born in Italy in the first 1970s as evolution of Inveta (Industria Veneta small tables), a company founded in year 1962 and producer of small tables and furnishing accessories. In its creations, forms and colors are essential, clean and primary. Materials used range from solid wood to sheet steel, glass and aluminum, using environment compatible materials. Otto is a combination of intricate materials and the beautiful transparent glass top, allows the base to be seen in all its glory.

Darling, wouldn’t it be perfect in our living room?

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Posted on April 10, 2013 by admin

(Above image by Olivia Lavergne)

From April the 11th til May the 3rd 2013
The Exhibition « Circulation(s) vu par » at Central DUPON Images, Paris

Vernissage thursday the 11th of april 

Central DUPON Images
74 rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018 Paris.

Brossard Olivier
Brod Nolwenn
Koe Sabine
Lavergne Olivia
Machu Laureen
Rebetez Virginie
Vermeil Valentine
Pozzoli Susanna




Posted on April 9, 2013 by admin

Today  I’d like to think about travels and adventures. About the breaking, the changing of horrible routine. Of embracing the adventure and forgetting the comfortable boring lives we are living. I love routine and being bored (it’s the ultimate lux) but I also love to break the cycle and go somewhere else and miss my routine from there. As I always arrive at check-ins with an anonymous bag and have to compile those horrible plastic luggage tags, I have decided to buy these by Noble Mcmillan of London. Their leather finish is very useful and confortable for traveling. Actually all their travel accessories are stylish and chic, have a trip on their webpage and you’ll discover a world of…essential.



Posted on April 9, 2013 by admin

Call ‘em Icons, call ‘em slippers or loafers or pennys, as long as you call ‘em, just call ‘em!This very year, Gucci celebrates the iconic horsebit loafer’s 60th anniversary. It was 1953 when they came out for the very first time. This year’s collection for both men and women has about every color and every fabric imaginable: leather, suede, patent, python, crocodile, and velvet, camel, yellow, pink, red, blue and green. You can choose studs or raffia, animal print or flowers. The process of making leather shoes at Gucci is a beautiful one and held in high regard for an obvious reason. The craftspeople in Florence are the unique combination of experience, technology and a historical skill. What more could one want in an icon?

È primavera… svegliatevi bambine, alle cascine, messere Aprile fa il rubacuor. E a tarda sera, madonne fiorentine, quante forcine si troveranno sui prati in fior.(MATTINATA FIORENTINA- Rabbagliati 1941)

It’s spring … Wake up girls, to farms, sir April is a heart stealer. And late in the evening, Florentine Madonnas, how many hairpins will be found in blooming meadows…(FLORENTINE MORNING – Rabbagliati 1941)

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Posted on April 8, 2013 by admin

Mercury Seven was the group of seven astronauts selected by NASA in 1959. The agency viewed the project as an experiment to determine whether humans could survive space travel. The seven men immediately cut the ribbon, becoming national heroes compared by civilians to Columbus or Magellanus. The Mercury Seven in fact embodyied the new spirit of space exploration, determining the orbit around the Earth and investigating on man’s ability to function in space.The space flight was a totally new experience for pilots, scientists and doctors. No one knew if a person flying in the weightlessness of space could accurately read a dial, if they could push the right button or lever. Because of the small space inside the Mercury spacecraft, candidates could be no taller than 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) and weigh no more than 180 pounds (82 kg). Other requirements included an age under 40, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, 1,500 hours of flying time, and qualification to fly jets. NASA chose what were considered superb physical specimen with a genius-level IQ and the ability to function well both as part of a team and solo. The Mercury Seven, selected by the space administration also carried America’s hopes into space against the Soviet Union and what at the time was the beginning of Cold War…


“…Came Forth and Once More Saw the Stars”.

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Posted on April 5, 2013 by admin

On the Block#22, 2007. From the series On the Block. Harlem private View developed during my residency at Harlem Studio Fellowship by Montrasio Arte (2007-2009).

Courtesy of the artist and Montrasio Arte, Monza and Milan.


Posted on April 4, 2013 by admin

A new exhibition, Boulevard, by the German artist Hanno Otten is hosted at Janet Borden NY untill the 10th of Mayn.  This is Otten’s fifth exhibition at the gallery, and it continues his visual discourse on the nature of color. Pure vivid color is Otten’s language. In these photograms and photographs, Otten basically dissects color photography and uses the individual elements to create unique images. Lush bands of color comprise the Boulevard Section. These are complemented by Otten’s elegantly composed unique photograms, or Lichtbilder (Light Pictures). Otten’s new work continues to explore the abstract, with new approaches and refinements. These photographs embrace a more organic and personal approach to photography than in his previous studies. Hanno Otten was born in 1954, and lives in Cologne, Germany. His work has been exhibited worldwide, in such locations as Leipzig, Cologne, Los Angeles, and New York.


Posted on April 3, 2013 by admin

We love Sweden and we love the eccentric! While maintaining its profound respect for craftsmanship, Eton Spring summer 2013 collection looks smart and stylish. With its non-iron finish and expert tailoring, Eton of Sweden is a global leader in producing high quality business shirts. This year’s Fish print is either a well-made shirt and a cool item to have in the closet and wear in spring.  Eton is a brand that dates back to the year 1928 when Annie and David Pettersson started a new business making fine shirts. Ever since, quality and attention to detail has been the heart of everything  they do.They believe in  genuine craftsmanship combined with cutting edge weaving technology and a unique finishing process. Over the years, they have been able to grow from a small two-person operation in Gånghester, Sweden, to a company known worldwide of  superior quality.

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Posted on April 2, 2013 by admin

Speaking of mobiles, look at this one! It is an unique piece by Jkits and it’s sold on line at United Bamboo. Willing to entertain your kid, your cat, your fishes? This is a cute item also to be played outside now that the season is opening up. Meet the strong-man, green tiger jumping through a ring of fire, Dainty trapeze- girl and baby blue elephant balancing on a geo ball. Aren’t they lovely? This mobile is hand- made of papier mache, twigs, twine and water based soy prints. See the circus rolling on your heads.


Posted on April 2, 2013 by admin

Wonder what, between all humanity’s changes from the 70’s on, really improved our lives? It’s easy. The Internet of course was a revolution, but the mobile phone too, really made us different. That little object, once big and heavy, that allow us to be everywhere in every minute. For people born after 1989, which is the date of the launch of the very first mobile phone called Microtac 9800x by Motorola, this post may be strange or meaningless, but to us, (older or agés), we remember very well when we were forced to stay home all day to wait for a phone call. And that was unpleasant. The history starts with a phone call made by Martin Cooper on the 3th of April 1973. He made it with a phone that weighted more than 1 kilos. A really simple machine with no display and a battery autonomy of 30 minutes only. From that day, humanity changed. Now 6.800 millions of people have a mobile phone, nobody depends on a phone box any longer and times are faster, problems can be solved in minutes. Have you ever been  saved from a mobile call? Please remember that it hasn’t been that easy in the past and say thank you a million of times to Mr. Martin Cooper. The way we are living is really changed thanks to him.


Posted on March 29, 2013 by admin

Italian, after studying in Paris, she takes part to several artist-in-residency: from 2007 to 2010 she lives in New York, initially invited by HSF by MA, and here she realizes On the Block. Harlem Private View. The project meets great interest and is published in 2010. Between 2010 and 2011 it is exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Lissone and Barcelona. To join Mongin Art Space she leaves for Seoul, where she focuses on the interesting environment of Korean Master Craftsman. In 2011, with the support of Fondazione Credito Valtellinese, she presents and publishes a research on her family history, called Passato Prossimo, a multimedia project. Her work was included in the exhibition Thanks to Luigi Ghirri & Italia Emerging Photography at Espace Photographique de l’hôtel de Sauroy in Paris within the Mois de la Photo 2012. The same year she is one of the winners of the Shanghai Prize and she lives, works and exposes in China. She joins Nature Humaine residency 2012-2013: the result is published by Filigranes Editions and Nature Humaine in May 2013. Her work has been exposed in many solo and group exhibitions and published in several catalogues.

In her statement she has declared:

I’m a photographer with a preference for square format (2¼x2¼ inches colour film), for long I concentrated on interiors characterized by strong stories happening there. I perceived my photos as portraits without people: the human presence remained and the trace of it was the main focus of my research. I then started to work in panoramic medium format, keeping colour film as my technical choice and including portraits. I added sound and video works to create multimedia installations. Within different situations, in my series things are just about to disappear. Changes just happened or will happen soon. The heritage from the past is central. Banal gestures, everyday sounds and scenes, one family history…. small stories to evoke deep feelings. Time and understanding are essential to accomplish my work that is usually the result of a longlasting project. Over the past few years, audio and video work took an important role in my practice while book making and installations became the goals of all process.

The Harlow is proud to feature Susanna Pozzoli’s photography for the next 4 weeks. The top image (titled Handmade) is from the series Handmade – Korean Way made during my residency at Mongin Art Space, Seoul, South Korea, 201o. Courtesy of the artist and Mongin Art Space, Seoul


Posted on March 28, 2013 by admin

Antoni Arola is nowadays one of the most outstanding figures in Spanish design. His work is characterized by its great versatility, which has allowed him to fulfill brilliantly the design either of a perfume bottle or of his renown lamps. Arola’s first experience in the lighting field was in 1994, when he designed a series of lamps. In 1997, he designed the Nimba lamp for Santa & Cole, a lamp with a shape of a light halo that received the ADI-FAD Award. Fascinated by Africa and by the extraordinary designs of satellites and spaceships, his work is pervaded with the subtle influence of shapes and icons of other cultures. Nimba is a circle of light which floats like a halo. The Nimba lamp consists of a metallic frame which is inserted a diffuser shade which stores a series of small Xenon light bulbs. This luminous circle is suspended by three copper cables. Made up of a suspended circular metal profile with the audacity of a white inner shade, it owes its name to being “like the nimbus or aureole of holy images, which may be seen, but are not there”. Designed for architectural lighting, into an extremely subtle, almost celestial indoor lamp offering an extensive, non-aggressive luminous radiation. Simply beautiful design!

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Posted on March 28, 2013 by admin

‘A Humanist Gaze’ is the very first European retrospective by Joseph Rodriguez held until the 6th of April at The Hardhitta Gallery, Cologne. Joseph Rodriguez is a documentary photographer born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He studied photography in the School of Visual Arts and in the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Program at the International Center of Photography in New York City. From prostitutes in Mexico, to jailbirds in Zambia, to pilgrims in Romania, he always present genuine extracts from his life with a poetic realism and sincere eye.

“The camera saved my life. Photography became my addiction and replaced the other one”, says Joseph Rodriguez, who was released from jail in 1960s Brooklyn for the second time at just 20 years of age. The people he photographed weren’t strangers to him.

The Hardhitta Gallery was founded in 2010 by Bene Taschen, ‘A Humanist Gaze’ is their fourth exhibition.

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Posted on March 26, 2013 by admin

The Snack, a national sport no matter where you live. We love it, we do it, we need it and  doctors say it’s good to break starve, off course it just depends on what you eat. Plenty of opportunities to gulp down something healthy. Plenty of snack bars here in Europe, but you know what, they all taste like bird seeds when the intent is to be good to your body. Just try one of the all American KIND bars and you will be conscious of the fact that in the old continent there is something missing: a great, magnificent in taste, healthy snack bar like that. Take the KIND Pomegranate Blueberry Pistacho + Antioxidants for example with its bold and delicious taste, it contains 50% of the daily intake of Vitamins A, C and E, which fight free radicals and help maintain the immune system and a fabulous skin. All KIND products are gluten free, good source of fiber, cholesterol free, low in sodium and also Kosher. Sold in American airports, supermarkets, delis, the occasion to break starve with the KIND philosophy is always easy across the ocean. We at The Harlow are just waiting for our continent to be conquered by its healthy deliciousness.



Posted on March 25, 2013 by admin

Many of you surely know how to cook and enjoy cooking. Many of us, like me by chance, hate cooking. It doesn’t mean having no taste or don’t like food. It means not liking spending time in the kitchen, preparing, cutting, mashing, boiling, etc. Technology has helped many of us with a product: the microwave oven and this Cut the Ribbon is dedicated to the man who invented it by chance. I know many readers will disagree on this invention but the microwave has been such a huge invention that we can’t help considering it positive. Mr. Percy LeBaron Spencer was an American engineer and inventor, who in 1939, he was one of the world’s leading experts in radar tube design. One day while building magnetrons, Spencer was standing in front of an active radar set when he noticed the candy bar he had in his pocket had melted. Spencer was not the first to notice this issue, but he was the first to investigate it. The experiment with food included popcorn kernels, which became the world’s first microwaved popcorn. Spencer then decided to get a kettle and cut a hole in the side, then put the whole egg in the kettle and positioned the magnetron to direct the microwaves into the hole. The result was the egg exploding in the face of one of his co-workers, who were looking in the kettle to observe. Spencer then created the first true microwave oven by attaching a high density electromagnetic field generator to an enclosed metal box. In 1947 the first commercially produced microwave oven was about 6 feet tall, weighed and cost too much. In 1967 the first relatively affordable and reasonably sized microwave oven was available for sale. Since there are hundreds of millions of microwaves in use today, it is a kitchen appliance that heats food by bombarding it with electromagnetic radiation. The Microwave oven has quickened our lives efficiently, and has helped many of us, cooking haters.

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Posted on March 22, 2013 by admin

From the serie Suddenly Last Summer –Handstand (Brian), Phoenicia, New York, 2010

Courtesy of the Artist.



Posted on March 21, 2013 by admin

From april the 27th till September the 2nd Madrid’s Reina Sofia National Museum will host the first retrospective of Dali’s work in 30 years. The Museum proposes a big re-reading of the work of Salvador Dalí, bringing together over 200 pieces from the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation, the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, the Reina Sofía itself and even works from the MoMa and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This is the first retrospective dedicated to Salvador Dalí since the one held in 1983 at the MEAC (Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art). The core of the exhibition is the artist’s Surrealist period, with a special focus on the paranoic-critical method he developed as a way to transform and subvert reality. You absolutely can’t miss it!


Posted on March 20, 2013 by admin

The Husk Chair is a beautiful and comfortable chair designed by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia.It’s a stunning piece of furniture that consists in a simple plastic shell and lots of soft cushions. The chair’s body support can be either fixed or rotating. It has soft cushions of different sizes and colors and a hard shell in Hirek. It actually is a  celebration of softness and the result of a long development process to create a versatile armchair that is both unique in its own right and able to complement even the most classic sofas. Playing on the wide range of colours and finishes of the shell, the swivel base-frame with four spokes and covers, Husk can radically change its appearance, from a single colour to an extremely bright or subtly elegant style. With this project, B&B Italia embraces the theme of ecology by using both recycled and recyclable materials. Luxury meets sustainability and the result is worth the detour, the price tag is approx. $2,700…



Posted on March 19, 2013 by admin

Here is a curious art couple that is performing since 2001.Wolfgang Prinz was born in Germany in 1969 while Michel Gholam was born in Lebanon in 1963. Two different worlds that meet in a neutral place and fuse into one concept of art, and love. The couple live in Berlin where they act in live pieces that contain meditation-like postures which are performed in complete absorption as if in denial of an audience. The artists/performers move according to a choreographed path, from one tableau to the next holding the image for few minutes, establishing a mental, emotional, and bodily rigor. With their postures rooted in painting, sculpture, dance, and film they appeal the spectator’s own archive of images. An open invitation to reflect on the modern meaning of postures, gestures, choreographs that drives public towards unexpected emotions.



Posted on March 18, 2013 by admin

We never did it before. Cut The Ribbon is a colum dedicated to real people but this time Rhoda Morgernstern is a fictional character. So welcome to the land where the real gets very close to the unreal. If you never heard about “The Mary Tayler Moore Show”, you fresh and young kids, this name would totally be non sense but let me just say that it’s time to make some researches and get to who she was. She was the funniest, cleverest and “constantly on diet” girl next door and the very first iconic wise-cracking Jewish New Yorker on TV. She was the beloved “Victorious Loser” and the weekly dose of good humor and wit for a lot of Americans (and European). The Mary Tyler Moore Show lasted a decade but there was a spinoff called “Rhoda” that got 52 millions viewers tuned in to watch “The Victorious Loser’s”  marriage in 1974.  I said 52 millions, do you agree with the Harlows now if we think this is a whole Cut The Ribbon? Valerie Harper, the lovely actress who interpreted Rhoda – and clearly managed the performance in the most natural way- won 4 Emmys, got 1 Golden Globe and has a 4 decades television memorabilia few actors can be proud of. Despite all these years, the young girl working for a window dressing company in Minneapolis and then New York, is still an example of love for life and friendship. A true gold medal that is still today one of the favorite characters ever existed on TV. Get to know Rhoda on YouTube where full seasons have been posted.



Posted on March 15, 2013 by admin

From the series No Love, Ryan – Knitting, Providence 2002.

Courtesy of the artist



Posted on March 14, 2013 by admin

In 2013, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) will present the first comprehensive museum retrospective of works by the internationally acclaimed Swiss-born artist Urs Fischer. Fischer is one of today’s most important contemporary artists, who is known for using a range of media to express the transience of art and, concomitantly, the human condition. Jessica Morgan, renowned curator from the Tate Modern in London, is curating the exhibition, which will occupy a total of 65,000 square feet at both MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from April 21, 2013 to August 19, 2013. Now residing primarily in New York, Fischer is also familiar with Los Angeles where he has a home and studio. Presenting his work of the last decade the show will bring together for the first time his many iconic works from leading international collections as well as new productions. A new landscape within the two unique museum spaces will encompass Fischer’s singular sense of the banal and the fantastical.



Posted on March 13, 2013 by admin

It’s a concept so we will never know if this beautiful shiny little baby will ever be released or not . But it’s so innovative and new that we decided this must be placed among all our favorite items of 2013.  Not just devices are trying to change their looks and functions, there are also watches with a prerogative towards innovation. The Cartier Id Two is pure avant garde: ceramic made, vacuum sealed to increase energy, ADLC (Amorphus Diamond Like Carbon) covered. The ADLC clads all the elements of the movement with an elegant layer of protective black anti-usury, auto-lubricating and provides extreme resistance to bumps. The next watch era is maybe here and we have no doubts this wonderful Cartier (if)  would easily take the place of other mayor classic watches bestselling since 20 years. It’s time for a change, Sci Fi babe!

More informations google Cartier Id Two.



Posted on March 13, 2013 by admin

The three friends known as Little Daylight, who peppered 2012 with some of the year’s most infectious remixes, have finally stepped to the fore with their debut/original song “Overdose”. The song, which MTV Buzzworthy calls “A heady mix of Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira”  has taken over the blogosphere this winter with praise from the likes of Stereogum, Perez Hilton, Pigeons & Planes, & Neon Gold, to name a few. SXSW is Little Daylight’s live debut, don’t miss one of this year’s most anticipated acts!