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MIART 2014 ART FAIR

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Editorial Staff

 

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


Miart 2014 , 28 – 30 March 2014

CUT THE RIBBON, XAVIER ROBERTS

Posted on March 20, 2014 by Editorial Staff

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

LUXURY NATURE SOAPS : GIANNA ROSE ATELIER

Posted on March 19, 2014 by Editorial Staff

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

www.giannarose.com

NUD NOB, SARAH LUCAS

Posted on March 17, 2014 by Editorial Staff

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

 

At Gladstone New York until 27th April.

CUT THE RIBBON, WILLIAM EGGLESTON

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Editorial Staff

william eggleston photographer

So who invented color photography? It’s William Eggleston, off course. Joking. Not that he invented anything, even if we really think that in a way he did, but this brilliant photographer born in Menphis in 1939, is widely credited with increasing recognition for color photography as a legitimate artistic medium to display in art galleries. And that’s not a small thing in a world where shooting in  black and withe was the only way for an artist to find his pictures exhibited in a gallery or a museum. Eggleston and his amazing colors, his democratic eye, his everyday life and objects: an ode to the “out of the blue” an example for hundreds of photographers that came after him. Eggleston’s work was exhibited for the first time at Washington  D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery and later at New York’s MoMA in 1976.  This exhibition came more or less 10 years  after MoMA had exhibited color photographs by Ernst Haas, but the tale that the Eggleston exhibition was MoMA’s first exhibition of color photography is frequently repeated and the 1976 show is regarded as a watershed moment in the history of photography, by marking “the acceptance of color photography by the highest validating institution”. Still alive and kicking, Eggleston is a Cut The Ribbon from his first photographs (in black and white) to his latest.

SPARKLING OR… FLAT? MARNI!

Posted on March 11, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Sharp and short and… flat flat flat! I said down to earth, down from heels, down to easiness and comfort. There’s a huge wealth of options for this next spring or summer. Masculine classics get revised with a feminine spin, light colors, candy palette, ideal for sweet tomboys. I got my eye on this flamboyant fringing leather ones. It’s country, it’s classic, I feel it super chic. It’s Marni, it’s golf time, it’s sandal days and the grass is so green!

www.marni.com

JUGGLING WORKOUTS? SWEATY BETTY

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Running, one of the best forms of aerobic exercise, it improves the body and stamina levels.On the top of it, it  strengthen muscles and burns fat. The best way of doing it is: having a good will, the right pair of trainers  and comfy clothes. Sweaty Betty is a stylish yet design-led sport company.
 It is absolutely fashion-conscious and has a vast online fitness emporium. Shoes, accessories, color-panelled bras, neon run jackets or vests. A great place where you can shop and browse. Spring is coming, put your shoes on and begin with your park sessions!

http://www.sweatybetty.com/

CUT THE RIBBON, JULIUS SäMANN

Posted on March 6, 2014 by Editorial Staff

 This story begins in the US. In 1952, a milk truck driver in Watertown, New York, USA, complains to a local chemist about the smell of spilled milk. That chemist is Julius “Jules” Sämann, who spent several years deep in the Canadian forests studying essential oils in evergreen trees and learning how to extract those oils from pine needles. After some research, Jules discovers a special formulation of fragrance which, when put on specialty material, is highly effective in killing unwanted odors and filling the air with fresh fragrance. Jules recognizes a great commercial opportunity. At this time, there are many air fresheners for the home, but not for cars and trucks. A small, unobtrusive hanging air freshener is exactly the right solution for vehicles.  Julius Sämann was a perfumist and chemist. He was mostly known for inventing many everyday items, but surely his great invention was that pine-tree-shaped air freshener. Known as WUNDER-BAUM® in Switzerland, the tree, with its special shape and peculiar scents started having different names all over the world. The brand has nowadays achieved “cult status” and the tree appears in many films, advertisements and TV shows. 

UGO MULAS, CIRCUS CALDER

Posted on March 4, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Merano Arte, in collaboration with Ugo Mulas Archive, presents an exhibition with a selection of 36 original images, dated between 1963 and 1964, made by Italian photographer Ugo Mulas. “Circus” is a juvenile work of the great American sculptor Alexander Calder. This amazing work was a small circus made of simple sculptures, human figures, little animals. Built with metallic thread and other recovery material, this work is performance, poetry, visual art and much more. Maybe an example of Arte Povera. Calder Circus is actually preserved at the Witheny Museum in New York. The history of Ugo Mulas and Alexander Calder,  is a history of great friendship. A meeting point, an homage by Mulas to the great  American sculptor. Through his lenses, Mulas gave a fundamental key of interpretation of one of  XX century greatest artists. A must see.

http://www.kunstmeranoarte.org/index.php

JUNIPER SLING

Posted on March 3, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Inspired by the most iconic and atmospheric of spirits: London Dry Gin. This fragrance is dedicated to enigmatic boys and girls. It’s a crisp cocktail with the freshness of juniper, cool measures of angelica and brandy and a beating libertine heart of black pepper, cardamom, soft leather and orris. A gourmand base of brown sugar, black cherry and amber. It is unique and it meets with the aromatic and very dry gin. From start to finish Juniper Sling projects a classic pre-prohibition era cocktail quality and it’s amazingly great to wear. Wanna have a shot? 

CUT THE RIBBON, SUSAN SEIDELMAN

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Editorial Staff

One of the brightest female independent film makers in the American cinema of the 80ies, if the not the sole. A director that spoke to her generation describing virtues and hysteria of the modern woman putting together different characters, make them fight, make them friends. The rich bored with her life, the independent and free girl. The beautiful successful against the ugly normal. Contrasts, every Susan Seidelman  film is a meeting of differences and a war between social classes that are supposed to not exist anymore. Born in 1952 in Philadelphia, Seidelman is maybe the only director to have the guts to cast a beautiful fresh, and almost unknown, Madonna. The success of Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) is something that goes behind expectations and set Madonna to stardom while Seidelman, who never had a commercial success before, continued working as an independent girl. And still she is, in her own way. After being the director of Sex And The City pilot, she focused on the aging of her 80ies beautiful women. Latest Seidelman’s projects are on them so check out link below.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0782384/

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PORSCHE 911

Posted on February 25, 2014 by Editorial Staff

50th birthday of the most successful racing car of all times. Beautiful Porsche 911, always on the run. It’s 1964 and some 1959 sketches by  Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche were taken out from archives and served as basic inspiration for the Porsche 901 that made it’s public debut at Frankfurt Motor Show. Peugeot, that got exclusivity in naming cars with 3 numbers, protested and in Stuttgart they decided to name their new car 911. Throughout its lifetime, the 911 has been customized by private teams and by Porsche itself for racing almost all forms forms of competition. In the mid-1970s, naturally aspirated 911 Carrera RSRs won major world championship sports car races such as Targa Florio, Daytona, Sebring, Nürburgring and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Multi awarded and much loved: 911 was also voted Number 2 on  Automobile Magazine’s list of the “100 Coolest Cars Ever”. 

http://www.porsche.com

 

 

CUT THE RIBBON, JOHANN LUDWIG BURCKHARDT

Posted on February 20, 2014 by Editorial Staff

He was a Swiss orientalist, a traveler a disguised Muslim. He was  Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Known for discovering the ruins of the city of Petra in Jordan. After studying in Leipzig, he visited England in the summer of 1806, carrying a letter of introduction from the naturalist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach to Sir Joseph Banks, who, with the other members of the African Association, accepted his offer to launch an expedition to discover the source of the River Niger. Burckhardt planned to study Arabic, in the belief that his journey to Africa would be facilitated if he was accepted as a Muslim. As preparation he briefly studied Arabic and prepared for his rigorous career as an explorer. Burckhardt needed to explain his desire to continue via a roundabout route through Wadi Musa, rather than the more direct route that avoided it and went through Aquaba. He used with his guides the excuse that he had made a vow to sacrifice a goat at the tomb of Aaron, on a nearby hill. Although his guide became suspicious, the explorer managed to make it by entring at the Siq, rock-cut tombs and theatre. The date was 22 August, 1812. Burckhardt was 27. What is perhaps most remarkable is that Burckhardt seems to have been aware of Petra from his knowledge of classical literature. He recognised the city simply from a description of its location. After completing this journey, he based himself in Cairo at the end of 1812. Burckhardt finally felt prepared to begin his expedition to the Niger. But just eleven  days later he was dead from dysentery at the age of 32. He was buried in a tomb in Cairo under the name Sheikh Ibrahim. 

OFF TO ACAPULCO

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Editorial Staff

The iconic Mexican chair is again en vogue. Almost every terrace in Mexico has an one towering between luxuriant plants.  Invented in the 50ies by a mysterious French man on holiday in Acapulco because it was hot and he was perspiring too much on a normal chair, this sitting become  a constant presence in and outside Mexico . Outdoor, indoor, it doesn’t matter how far you spot one, you will immediately recognize it. The Acapulco is unique and looks good on everything  It’s simple, it’s an artisan product of Mexico, it’s handmade, it’s made out of high quality PVC and a steel base covered with powder coating. If you are thinking about good season and you want to renovate your terrace-garden, consider the Acapulco chair. In Europe it’s still a not common item as it’s in Mexico and everybody, believe us, would love to sit on it and relax. Yes it’s very comfortable. Contraindication: don’t sit if you are naked to avoid an almost instant Zebra effect.

MUG SHOTS, CHARLOTTA JANSSEN

Posted on February 18, 2014 by Editorial Staff

German American artist, Charlotta Janssen, to visually thank participants of the Civil Rights Movement for their work and dedication that made this victory possible. In her exhibition, FREEDOM RIDERS & BUS BOYCOTTERS: Threads of a Story, Janssen specifically honors Freedom Riders from 1961 and their predecessors the Montgomery Bus Boycotters from 1956. Inspired by the mug shots of these heroes that confront the injustice of the legal system, Janssen uses the immediate medium of painting and collage to educate and commemorate this incredible feat of history led by the young people of America. 

Ph. Lucretia Collins Profile, 2011

http://charlottajanssen.com/


CUT THE RIBBON, NERONE

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Editorial Staff

So when was it really? When did a human married, for the first time, a same sex human? Mesopotamia, that was the gayest place on earth but also in the ancient Assyrian society there were no problems with homosexual love and unions. Here at the Harlow, we were wondering, who did, really, celebrated the first gay marriage and we came across Svetonio’s memoir.  It was 10 A.D. and yes,  it was in Rome. How hilarious is that? One of the last countries to resist same sex marriage was the most tolerant long ago. Hilarious. But let’s go back to the cut of the ribbon:  it was Nerone that, deeply madly in love, married a beautiful boy named Sporo who, until marriage lasted, never left him and  followed him anywhere. Big love,  romantic trips, good time around Empire’s markets and shops.  Nerone, in public, was so tender with his soul mate that used to cover him with kisses. Then another cute guy named Doriforo came along and the marriage was broken. Some years later Emperors Costanzo and Costante stopped the game of same sex marriage with a law and suddenly the party was over for at least 1900 years. Nerone the modern, not only a pyromaniac. And cut!

FùTBAL: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Soccer (or fútbol) has always been considered a legendary sport. “Fútbol: The Beautiful Game,” is an exhibition presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA, and explores the significance and impact of soccer around the world. The exhibit includes works of art by approximately 30 artists from around the world. The diverse media featured includes video, photography, painting, and sculpture. “Samuel Ento“ is a painting by Kehinde Wiley, and it will be on display. But  how are art and sports connected? The exhibition features  portraits depicting “intense heroes”, sport heroes.  Sports are an extension of art, take dance for instance: It’s highly athletic but is also very artistic. Sport is a body issue, it is the real connection between action and reaction.   The exhibition looks at issues of nationalism, identity, globalism, and mass spectacle as well as the shared human experience between spectators from a multitude of cultures. Pass me that ball!

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FEIST, THE METTLE TOUR

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Canadian Indie Rock singer Leslie Fiest is playing a very short run of intimate gigs this April.

https://www.listentofeist.com/

SPENCER FINCH

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Editorial Staff

He is one of our favorites. His work can be seen in some of the greatest galleries around the world: James Cohan, Rhona Offman, Lisson, Yvon Lambert and Nordenhacke. Finch produces his works  in a wide variety of mediums including watercolor, photography, glass, electronics, video and fluorescent lights. But it’s in those “strange” neon lights that we feel like breathtaking and all this candid simplicity, is not only spectacular but also very intimate. These light sculptures  can’t pass unnoticed, whatever is a museum, a gallery or an art fair. Finch produces this light installations after measuring with a colorimeter the natural light in a specific time and place and reconstruct it exactly as it is with hundreds shades of neon. The moment and its light: fixed and taken into another time and space. Like a minimalistic kind of radiating photography, like a memory. So the Sun of Sahara can be found in a Gallery in New York or in any other places far, very far, from it’s original place. And the romanticism in it, it’s overflowing.

Spencer Finch is born in 1962 in New Heaven. He is a graduated of Hamilton College and and M.F.A. in sculpture at the Rhode Island School Of Design.

Photo from internet. “Sun Over Sahara Desert 01/02/2011”

http://www.spencerfinch.com/

JARDAN

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Australia’s furniture brand Jardan has, for more than three decades, owned and run business based on selection of finest design furniture. Melbourne based, Jardan takes inspiration from Australia’s lifestyle and preciousness of materials. The result of this restless work are amazing sofas, linear armchairs, versatile tables, desks, detailed beds. “Each piece of furniture lasts because it’s made by hand with care and precision, so when clients select a Jardan piece, there’s an inherent understanding it’s an investment for a lifetime.”

http://www.jardan.com.au/

Photo: Bay chairs

CUT THE RIBBON, FLUORESCENT COLORS

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Pink, blue, green, orange, yellow. Vivid tones,  psychedelic colors. The subversive 80’s fashion, used and reused till nowadays. Fluorescent colors exist naturally with certain minerals, but it wasn’t until the 40s that those colors were developed so that they could be seen as vividly during the day as they could under an ultraviolet light. Ready to cut the ribbon? In 1656 Nicolas Monarde, a Spanish physician and botanist, published the Historia Medicinal de las cosas que se traen de nuestras Indias in which he describes the bluish opalescence of the water infusion from the wood of a small Mexican Tree. In 1612 Galileo Galilei desciberd the emission of light (phosphorescence) from a famous Bolognian stone. And so on and on and on. Bob and Joe Switzer, two brothers born in Montana and raised in California, experimented with fluorescent dyes and hot alcohol in the 1930s until they created what we now know as “Day-Glo” colors. Initially created to aid with magic tricks and other illusions, the new tints were quickly adopted by the military in World War II to send signals to airplanes from the ground, in lifeboats to promote visibility and for aircraft carrier crews to aid in landings. After that, the colors took off in all forms. When fluorescent materials are involved, the effect of color and fluorescence is not so straightforward. The reason fluorescent colors are so bright is that they are fluorescent. In other words they absorb light from one part of the spectrum and emit it at a higher wavelength. 

SOPHISTICATED WOOED

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Editorial Staff

I know it’s still winter and it’s still February but..do you remember that hot round ball called SUN? Well that superlative warm and rounded shape is the reason why sunglasses were invented.  Wooed, created this bold cat-eye style pair with vintage and urban chic look. The frame of which  is an edgy and elegant piece for fashionistas. Wooed is a smooth and sophisticated brand where shades are carefully handcrafted. Frames are fitted with polished stainless steel spring-mounted plunger-style hinges to ensure a comfortable and perfect fit. Sunglasses are equipped with high quality 100% UVA/B blocking polarized lenses. They are totally natural product and totally recyclable, biodegradable, non-toxic. Bamboo, in this case is fast growing, organic and biodegradable. Summer, here we come!

http://www.wooedbywood.com/

THOMAS CARD, TOKYO ADORNED

Posted on February 4, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Thomas Card’s  book “Tokyo Adorned”  is a visual exploration of Tokyo’s fashion tribes that had been recorded in 2012 just after the Tsunami when “ the country experienced an upsurge of national pride and participants in street fashion increasingly celebrated their unique placement within the Japanese culture at large.” An interesting and unique opportunity to explore a modern culture, sometimes far from us, the book, with an introduction by Simon Doonan and an analisys by Dr. Samantha Boardman, a psychiatrist and blogger, will be out on March 11.

“Tokyo Adorned started almost ten years ago when I picked up the New York Times and found an obscure article about extreme make-up styles being worn in Tokyo nightclubs. The depth of commitment in the individual make-up styles immediately struck me. Even though I was not in a position to make a body of work at that time, I never forgot. The 2011 earthquake and tsunami drew my thoughts back to Japan. I was hearing that the emotional reverberations of the catastrophe had caused a surge of self-expression in Tokyo. This series is a response to and celebration of that self-expression…”

http://www.thomascard.com/

CUT THE RIBBON, THE ZIPPER

Posted on January 29, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Zipper, or zip for people living in UK, were originally called “clap locker” and invented in 1893 by Whitcomb L.Judson. This Canadian engineer, already famous for a pneumatic street railway, was also credited for creating an interlocking system made of metallic teeth that were able to unite and make one of a two pieces. Presented at the Chicago World’s fair in the same year, this invention immediately grabbed attention and lead to “Universal Fastener”, a company located in Hoboken New Jersey that officially started mass production. With many  years of hard work, this fundamental invention improved ang got perfect also thank to genius business man Gideon Sundeck . Sensational, innovative, simple:  a non expensive item imagined to resolve big issues, to unite and separate, to close or open, to keep it together. Clothing, luggage, camping, sportswear: zipper is everywhere since the beginning of 900. It haven’t loose any importance since then and it’s sill used for low quality productions as well as “haute couture” ones. Fashion just owe a lot to Mr. Judson. Just imagine your day without zippers and you’ll understand how “Cut the Ribbon” this invention is. Imagine also an Azzedine Alaïa’s dress without it, or the fantastic leather jacked pictured above with no interlocking closures. Would it be that sexy? Just thank the Canadian Engineer, and cut.

Model Clement Chabernaud in  Balmain homme FW09 collection.

 

THREE PEAKS – NEW BALANCE

Posted on January 27, 2014 by Editorial Staff

The ‘Three Peaks Pack’ is a New Balance homage to the National Three Peaks Challenge in which participants attempt to climb the 3 largest mountains in UK in under 24 hours. New Balance, one of the finest running and lifestyle shoe brands has created this limited edition collection in three colors. Featuring three multicolored combinations of leather, suede and mesh construction this shoe is regarded by many as the quintessential NB shoe, incorporating everything : the famous C-Cap cushioning system and large N on the side, the 576 silhouette. 

BALEY’S STARDUST

Posted on January 27, 2014 by Editorial Staff

One of the most glamorous exhibition of  2014 is coming in few days. 250 shots of models, musicians, designers, filmmakers  and humanity in general personally selected and printed by master photographer David Baley, maybe the most famous and recognized English photographer ever existed. Baley, who was born in London in 1938, started his career as photographic assistant before being contracted as a fashion photographer for British Vogue magazine in 1960. Swinging London? He was one of the persons who made it and documented it: his 1964 book “”Box Of Pin Ups”, a collection of poster size images of people famous in that period, is still regarded as a masterpiece. To celebrate this 72 years old boy,  National Portrait Gallery opens his doors to a peculiar photographer that fixed so many eternal, perfect, moments. “I’ve always tried to do pictures that don’t date. I always go for simplicity.”

Opens February 6th.

http://www.npg.org.uk/

1909-1944: RECONSTRUCTING THE UNIVERSE

Posted on January 23, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Presenting over 300 works executed between 1909 and 1944, the chronological exhibition encompasses not only painting and sculpture, but also architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, free-form poetry, publications, music, theater, and performance. To convey the myriad artistic languages employed by the Futurists as they evolved over a 35-year period, the exhibition integrates multiple disciplines in each section. The first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism to be presented in the United States. Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe, will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from February 21 through September 1, 2014.

CUT THE RIBBON, KATHRINE SWITZER

Posted on January 22, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Kathrine Virginia “Kathy”, ribbon cutter and of course, runner. She has run 35 marathons, winning NYC’s 1974 edition. She is best known as the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. During her college years, she in fact,  entered and completed the race, five years before women were officially allowed to compete. She registered under the gender-neutral “K. V. Switzer”, which she later insistsed, was not done in an attempt to mislead the officials. She claimed to have long used “K. V. Switzer” to sign the articles she wrote for her college paper. Jock Semple, official,  attempted to physically remove her from the race but Switzer’s boyfriend, at that time Tom Miller, who was running with her, shoved the official aside. The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines. As a result of her run, the AAU barred women from all competition with male runners but Switzer, with other women runners, tried to convince the Boston Athletic Association to allow women to participate in the marathon. Finally, in 1972, women were welcome to run the Boston Marathon officially for the first time ever.

DRIES VAN NOTEN, LES ARTS DéCORATIFS

Posted on January 18, 2014 by Editorial Staff

From  March the 1st to August the 31th 2014 , Les Arts Décoratifs will dedicate to Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten  an exhibition, an intimate and emotional journey that will present his many and varied sources of inspiration. Dries Van Noten chose to reveal his unique creative world: photos, videos, film clips, musical references, an immediately identifiable vocabulary for those who know the artist and genius mind. The designer, famous for mixing images of the past and present cultures have always fantasized on travels, exotic places, bringing out of his imagination and borrowing from different ethnic and folk traditions places like India , China , Africa or Mexico.  This exhibition will presents the creative universe of Dries Van Noten, offering a unique and personal experience of the designer’s refines textiles. His menswear and womenswear in the collection of Les Art Décoratifs are connected to the artwork, to musical references, to films. The iconic Belgian designer studied Fashion Design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, receiving his diploma in 1981. He presented his first menswear collection in 1986 in London along with Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeleumeester, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee, the famous “Antwerp Six” collective. Since then, his name has become a synonym to Avant-Garde style, while his exotic or folklore prints are considered as representatives of contemporary “Parisian chic”.

Dries Van Notes @ Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris

1 March – 31 August 2014

GEMMA – BLine

Posted on January 18, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Gemma has a decisive character with a geometric and slightly ironic air. Conceived as a small armchair that recalls the shape of a precious stone, it has a geometric and profile providing  a comfortable seating and it’s both for indoor and outdoor. It is available in a range of colors including Hollywood fuchsia, coral red and topaz blue. Created by Karim Rashid, great communicator and trend setter, multi-award winner, Gemma is a sinuous object, a chair in polyethylene, compact and multi-faceted. Great, don’t you think?

HOLD IT WITH REGARD, SARA GARAGNI

Posted on January 17, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Second week in good company of Italian/Swedish illustrator, now living in Bologna, Sara Garagni. This piece is called “Pulsasuoni”.

http://saragaragnani.com/

CUT THE RIBBON, THE CHEWING GUM

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Editorial Staff

How many did you chew in your life? Chewing gum, can you imagine your life without it? From being a candy to be a treatment. In our days chewing gums are sugar free, they can contain substances in order to  prevent cavities or can help your health:  vitamins, herbal extract,  spices everything can be spread with  an “American gum”. Chewing  indeed had been a statement of freedom for many generations and a sign of modernity, efficiency  and coolness.  Forbidden in posh places and fancy dinners, chewing gum remains an ever green product present all around the world. But who’s the one who cut the ribbon for this invention? Basically North American Indians:  if they wouldn’t have chewed the sap from spruce trees and passed the habit along it would had been difficult for  John B. Curtis , in 1848, to make the first commercial chewing gum called the “State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum”. Two years later  Curtis improved his creation by adding some paraffin and flavors opening the road to many other inventors that added long lasting aromas  and discovered  the infamous ” Tutti-Frutti” that became the first chewing gum  to be sold in a vending machine. Bubble gum came later in 1906, while mint flavor is a 1914 invention by William Wrigley. In 1928 Walter Diemer invented the successful pink colored Double Bubble, bubble gum. POF!

 

FRANCOISE HARDY, MESSAGE PERSONNEL

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Mick Jagger declared Françoise Hardy his ‘ideal woman’, while Bob Dylan dedicated a poem to her. To celebrate Francoise Hardy turning 70, Warner Music reissues her classic album ‘Message Personnel’ 40 years after it was first released in a new deluxe edition featuring a bonus disc of live, rare and unreleased material.

Message Personnel, 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition [2CDs]. Release Date: 17th February 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h3zy113Nqg

HOLD IT WITH REGARD, SARA GARAGNI

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Sara Garagni is an  Italian/Swedish illustrator. She grew up somewhere near Bologna. She is very talented and  deserves our Hold it with regard.

“I have traveled a lot and now I live in  Bologna where I work as art director. I am an illustrator, a sketcher, a painter. I am auto didactic in the field of the visual arts. I am a reformed economist that choose a career in the communication field. I have done many things in my life. From 2010 I’m curator of “Parapera-Drammaturgie possibili” but I have dealt with set design for the theatrical show “Il bianco e il ruggine” by Ennio Ruffolo and Fabio Fiandrini and of “Difetto di fabbricazione”. I also take care of the communication of an Italian band called “La Metralli” and I have published two illustrated books for children made in collaboration with Fabio Ognibene: “La Principessa che dice le bugie (Giraldi Editore, 2009) and “L’uomo dei mulini a Vento” (Tabula Fati Editore, 2012). I have also illustrated several other cover books and I like my bicycle. I like transforming furniture and objects. I like naming things. I like drawing on walls, music, live books, dinners with friends, make surprises and loosing time. But what I like most, is when I feel free.”

www.saragaragnani.com

UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPHS, FRED CRAY

Posted on January 9, 2014 by Editorial Staff

Born 1957 in Illinois, Fread Cray is a Brooklyn based artist included in many collections ( The Museum of City of New York, Brooklyn Museum, California Museum of Photography). Surrealist, impressionist with a narrative soul, Cray travels with his mind around an imaginary world made of multiple images and layered texts. “Unique Photographs” is his current exhibition at Janet Borden New York. At the gallery you will find also two separated limited edition books called “Unique” and “Changing the Guard”. Each copy comes with three unique photographs enclosed. Stop by.

http://janetbordeninc.com/artists/fred-cray/

CUT THE RIBBON, THE MULLET

Posted on January 8, 2014 by Editorial Staff

It has never been clear who actually designed or invented the Mullet, but it was first documented around late Roman times. Most of Rome invaders, those who sacked the city, were actually outfitted with a Mullet. Roman soldiers weren’t allowed to cut their hair in this way as the hairdo, at the time it was considered unfashionable. This weird shaped haircut, with business attitude at the front and party in the back became a must in the’80s. It became popular by Canadian hockey players. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term Mullet was used to describe this hairstyle “apparently coined, and certainly popularized, by U.S. hip-hop group the Beastie Boys”, who used “Mullet” and “Mullet head” as epithets in their 1994 song “Mullet Head”. Was it Mike D who invented it then? In 1995, the Beastie Boys’ magazine Grand Royal was the first to use the term in print, but still it is known that in the sixth century, Byzantine scholar Procopius wrote that some factions of young males wore their hair long at the back and cut it short over the forehead. This non-Roman style was termed the ‘Hunnic’ look. By all this way, Mullets were sported by rock stars like David Bowie or Paul McCartney as far back as the early 1970s. We all do remember Andre Agassi too. Ever since, the Mullet has been a way of life, a state of mind. Ready for a haircut?

DAVIDELFIN, DUVET COVERS

Posted on January 4, 2014 by Editorial Staff

He is famous for a particular and sleek approach towards fashion. His silhouettes and cuts are anything but tender. His collections are conceptual and revolve around to discover feelings and intimate parts of human beings. Missing, Nowdays, Katharsis, Diogenes Syndrome, Tautology to name few of them. But when it’s time to go to bed, the Spanish born designer David Delfin, he wants his nest to be a place of good cheers and dreams. He likes positive messages, hearts, animals and a lot of “cariño”.  Since he wasn’t able to find anything appropriate for his bed, Delfin decided to create a line of duvet covers and pillows some years ago. The Davidelifn signature bed accessories is now one of the best, yet unexpected, ways to adorn your bedroom and is now improved in designs, sizes and quality. Because the revolution can start from our bed as Yoko and John instructed some years ago.

http://www.davidelfin.com

JACOB HASHIMOTO

Posted on December 19, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Jacob Hashimoto uses the traditional kite-making techniques and forms to construct his three dimensional wall works. Neither sculpture nor painting, Hashimoto’s compositions delicately float before the eye, mounted on an intricate network of interlaced nylon thread suspended from the wall by a line of pegs at both top and bottom. Through a unique process Hashimoto’s works convey an ephemeral wonder, entrancing the viewer with their continuously shifting illusion of light, space, motion, and sense of flight. This eye pleasure will be on view from Jan the 3rd 2014 at Moca, LA. 

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CUT THE RIBBON, NINA SIMONE

Posted on December 18, 2013 by Editorial Staff

For unforgettable music she left us, for her civil rights battles and marches with Martin Luther King. For her two careers in one; she left it  in 1978 and disappeared. Then, due to a Chanel advertising that brought back on charts “My Baby Don’t Love Me”, she had some few more years. For her no diva approach, for her unique life made of good and bad, for concerts where she used to introduce “her music” with her own words. “Her music”, as she declared in several interviews, was the most important thing. Then there was love, not marriage of course, she was twice, but love. Born in North Carolina in 1933 under the name of Eunice Kathleen Waymon, she started singing in the local church with her two sisters. It took not much time to everybody in her small town community to understand that Eunice was gifted. She was so talented to deserve a proper course of studies in New York City. Her neighbors promoted a foundation and managed to collect money in order to make her flying. In 50ies she was paying one’s dues as a nightclub singer and changed her name in honor of actress Simone Signoret that she adored. In 1958 Simone’s debut album. In 1968, after King’s and Kennedy’s assassination she left Us and settle down in Barbados, Egypt, Holland and Switzerland. After this betrayal nobody were publishing her records any longer but she kept on composing and playing piano until the very last days of her life. Simone left not only her music but examples, not only Jazz but hope for a better life to African American. A cut the ribbon for this complex, yet genius persona, was compulsory here at The Harlow.

 

LA KISS ROOM

Posted on December 17, 2013 by Editorial Staff

10 square meters of room. It’s La Kiss Room, a project by French-Hungarian artist Mathias Kiss. It’s actually a hotel room with 1,000 mirrors, that’s open for 1,000 nights. The space-distorted installation expresses both infinity and the idea of our intimate selves. The room has no windows, it’s acoustically isolated and the only thing guests do hear is a constantly evolving ‘song’ by Nicolas Godin, from the French band Air. It doesn’t come cheap: it can only be booked one night for €750. The Kiss Room is a space where intimate and infinite get together, and even if it sounds a like macabre as an experience for couples, it sounds sexy and kissy! 

www.lakissroom.com