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LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

Posted on September 11, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Keep Calm and Design on! London Design Festival will open its door for the tenth time on Spt the 14th . For nine days, the City will host a vivid celebration of contemporary design. London, the creative capital of the world. Special installations, a broad programme of events, talks and workshops. The Festival will be both a cultural and a commercial event but the majority of happenings are free of charge, enabling visitors to participate, listen and learn. It is a special engagement with the London design scene. It is a special engagement and a getaway to the international creative community.

14-22 Sept 2013

http://www.londondesignfestival.com/

FORTUNIO LICETI: DE MONSTRORUM CAUSIS, NATURA ET DIFFERENTIIS

Posted on September 9, 2013 by Editorial Staff

When we discover something, we usually want to share it with The Harlow’s readers; there are treasures that cannot be kept secret. One of these, comes from Italy. The man who created it was a philosopher a mathematician a master in theoretical medicine, a scientist and an astronomer. A real fruitful and erudite man. This person was Fortunio Liceti. All thourgh his life, Liceti has been proving knowledge, curiosities,  a “wunderkammer” of  doctrines. He was a renaissance man and friend to Galileo. The Harlow gently invites you to browse and discover his masterpieces. To us, the best one is ‘De monstrorum causis, natura et differentiis’  a study and work on monsters, special creatures with fantabulous engraving and drawings. A pamphlet on humankind in all its monstrous shapes.

CUT THE RIBBON: MARIA FéLIX, LA DOñA!

Posted on September 4, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Mexican actress, icon, leading lady of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. She was commonly known, particularly in her later years, by the honorific La Doña. Strong temperament , María Félix was discovered by businessman Fernando Palacios in Mexico City while walking in the street. The Calderón Brothers, famous film makers in Mexico, led her to Hollywood. She worked in the US, Spain, France, she married three times but she had just one child. She also had several unmarried partners, including the painter Diego Rivera who in 1949, painted a portrait of her. She later classified as “muy malo” (“really bad”). In fashion, La Doña was dressed by designers like Christian Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Balenciaga. The House of Hermès designed extravagant creations just for her. She was a noted collector of fine antiques, favoring pieces like her famous collection of Second French Empire furniture. She was also a jewellery connoisseur and had an extensive jewelry collection .In 1968, she commissioned a serpent diamond necklace from Cartier Paris as she loved reptiles. The result was a completely articulated serpent made out of platinum and white gold and encrusted with 178.21 carats of diamonds. Continue Reading →

FEEL THE BEAT! MOMENTUM ON-EAR

Posted on September 3, 2013 by Editorial Staff

No summer please don’t end. We want to travel more, we want the light on! The Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear are beautiful and compact headphones. The concept of Sennheiser’s acclaimed MOMENTUM gets  lighter, smaller, refreshingly fashionable while staying true to its purist philosophy and dedication to high performance in sound and style. The Momentum uses natural products , leather ear cups and stainless steel bands. This model is available in classy colors and are precious for traveling, home kicking backs, sport. To us? An endless summer!

sennheiser.com

 

LITTLE SIPS, BIG PLEASURE: DOUGLAS LAING WHISKY SPECIALISTS

Posted on August 29, 2013 by Editorial Staff

This is an example of a little big rarity. The bottle looks almost medicinal and under certain circumstances it is. Douglas Laing’s 20 cl Old Malt Cask Whiskey comes packaged in one of the best labels we’ve seen on spirits in a long time. It replicates the sample bottles sent from stock to the distilleries. Small bottles, in small quantities, from a very small bottling, from a small family company.  Laing is a now third generation of Whisky Specialists. Quality, handcrafted selection, finest Blends, an extensive range of Single and ‘Vatted’ Malts. Laing blends and bottles all whiskies with care and devotion that they have, through the years, earned a good reputation for style and taste. Malt and Blended Scotch Whiskies have been laid down to rest and mature over many long years awaiting for our consumption….

douglaslaing.com

 

WE ARE READY, ARE YOU?

Posted on August 28, 2013 by Editorial Staff

The 70th Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, will run on Venice Lido from 28th August to 7th September 2013.
The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema. 

Ready or not?!

labiennale.org

 

CUT THE RIBBON, MISSY-MATHILDE DE MORNY

Posted on August 28, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Colette used to write her letters , lots of letters. “My Beloved Velvet” she wrote at the beginning of every single of it  but Velvet was also known as Missy, or Monsieur le Marquis, or Le Chevalière, or Oncle Max. She was born  Mathilde de Morny in 1863 and she was the last daughter of Duc de Morny, brother of Napoleon the third. She was a rebel, she needed to change her name and body for her entire life. In the beginning Mathilde tried hard to be “normal” and married Jaques Godart, le Marquis Belbeuf, in 1881,  but it didn’t succeed (she divorced few years later). At that time, a woman in love with another woman, was no surprise and was quite well accepted. It was fashionable, it was really “Belle Epoque”. But Missy, Missy she was wearing a business suit, short hair and she was a cigar chain smoker . Missy underwent  an  hysterectomy and removed her breast. Missy was  viril, strong  and rich and served as  Pygmalion to many women in Paris including her love-friend Colette for which she bought Villas, produced comedies and made folies. Missy, beloved Missy, she was everything but common. Missy that  tried to be a sculptor, a writer and a painter. Missy, that in 1907 , under the anagram of Yssim, acted with Colette in a Pantomime called Rêve d’Égypte” at the Moulin Rouge. Missy, never frightened, never scared, always ready to be herself. Missy that in the end of May 1944 tried to commit hara-kiri but was saved. Missy, her wealthy was gone and she dyed on June 29, 1944 by putting her head in the gas stove oven. Did she cut some ribbons? She cut boundaries not only ribbons. She lived wild and proud. She was Missy.

FROM AMASSED TO COLLECTED, PUB MANIA!

Posted on August 27, 2013 by Editorial Staff

We have time until october the 6th! Pub Mania,  an exhibition in Paris at the Decorative Arts Museum, brings together collectables produced since 1870 for advertising purposes, from fans by Bally and Cordon Rouge from the 1920s and 30s to illustrations in the style of Benjamin Rabier, who produced the original Vache Qui Rit design. Who has never kept a beautiful biscuit tin, or a publicity fan, jug or ashtray? Since the late 19th century, advertising has generated a host of easily collectable objects and is still using them as a sales tool, including in the form of collector editions. These usually mundane objects are amassed into amusing, surprising, heterogeneous collections. The collector has the joy of the rare find and the pleasures of accumulating, exchanging and specialising. This exhibition draws on Les Arts Décoratifs’ extensive advertising collection to explore this phenomenon and the psychology of collectors. Can’t miss it!

http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr

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TASTY? SALTY BAG!

Posted on August 22, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Have you ever been to Corfu? A magical island. A place where the sea meets the sky and the colors of the earth meets the green of the many trees, olive branches, cinnamon rocks. Corfu is a delightful place to spend vacations, to rest, to travel, to sail. Kerkyra, the capital has a magnificent historical center, with ancient traditional buildings and fancy cafes and shops. Salty bag was born in Corfu. Salty bag is the story of a friendship and of a good idea. Three Corfiots and an Athenian met over a sailing seminar in Corfu in January 2013. By that time the Corfiots had been making bags for close to a year. After a few ideas and a few drinks they decided to form Salty Bag P.C in March 2013. The idea was to form the first Greek upcycling company focused on making exquisite bags from decomissioned sails while bequeathing to the sails’ future owner it’s history and travels. Salty bag is about retired sails, about use and recycle, it’s about design.  Each piece is handcrafted, unique and it carries a small booklet with the sail story. Salty Bag? A sea of love!

www.saltybag.com

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CUT THE RIBBON, ARCHIBALD J. CRONIN

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Scottish novelist, an accomplished storyteller, A. J. Cronin practised as a doctor over a decade before devoting himself entirely to writing. Cronin gained his fame initially with ‘Hatter’s Castle’ (1931), and later produced several bestsellers drawing from his experiences as a doctor. Archibald Joseph Cronin was born in Cardross, and spent  a shadowed childhood by the death of his father and poverty. His mother tried to struggle forward alone but in 1914 he entered the Glasgow University Medical School and graduated as a doctor. During World War I Cronin served as a surgeon in the Royal Navy, becoming a sub-lieutenant and after the war he worked as a ship’s surgeon on a liner bound for India, and then served in various hospitals. Cronin continued to write until he was in his eightieth year. In 1921 he married his early love, Agnes Mary Gibson, left Scotland and moved with his wife, who was also a doctor, to a small mining town in South Wales. There the couple spent three years. Cronin was awarded his D.Ph. in 1923 and the next year, appointed Medical Inspector of Mines. At this time, he continued his studies, researching occupational diseases in the coal industry. These experiences formed the basis of the novels and bestsellers   and The Citadel (1937), which made Cronin famous. It is in fact thanks to these novels that a basis of the English National Health Service was created. The Stars Look Down was a socially charged novel, which examined injustices in a North England mining community. A very important cut of the ribbon.  

GO WASH YOUR MOUTH! PHEBO COSMETICS, BRAZIL

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Editorial Staff

In 1930, Portuguese cousins Antonio and Mario Santiago founded Phebo in Belém, a city in the heart of the Amazon region. With the dream of creating a Brazilian soap of the finest international quality, the cousins delved deep into Brazils natural essences and created the perfect formula. Phebos famous oval, transparent, dark soap quickly became a staple in the homes of millions of Brazilians. The Santiago cousins created striking, original products that elevated Phebo to a nationally successful brand, cherished by generations. Today the Perfumery, with its wide range of sophisticated and innovative fragrances, is synonymous with luxury, glamour and fashion. The preciousness of their eaux de cologne is extraordinary. Eau de Citron is, for instance, a real embrace of agrumance and smoothness. Phebo’s eaux are perfect for every season and feeling. It is one of Brazil’s most venerable perfumery brands and it’s extremely rare to find outside SouthAmerica. 

http://www.phebo.com.br/

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ADORABLE UNION: DI FRANCO AND DE SIMONE

Posted on August 20, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Italy, boot of Europe; its shape, its fantastic creations, its rare uniqueness. Sicily, the island. A place where the sun always shines, where the land is rough and taste is rooted in tradition and craftmanship. Ceramiche De Simone is an exclusive brand for one of a kind ceramics, particular pieces created by masters of ceramics. Giuliana di Franco is master of sicilian jewels. Her precious creations are unbelievable. Some time ago, Di Franco and De Simone met. Their encounter ended with the creation of SICILIANISSIMA collection. The pleasure to wear a beautiful jewel that talks about Sicily and the Mediterranean Sea, the pleasure to wear something special. 

giulianadifranco.com

ceramichedesimone.com

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SVENSKA SOUNDS? THE GoTEBORG SUMMER FESTIVAL

Posted on July 17, 2013 by Editorial Staff

For over 100 years, Slottsskogen has been a park where the people of Gothenburg have gone to relax and for exercise and recreation. The extensive grassed areas for picnics and playing, the only zoo in Sweden that has free admission, jogging tracks and activities for visitors of all ages. Summertime in Sweden is a special time of the year. The light is out till late and people are ready for the sound of music. If you haven’t done it yet, northen Europe is the best place for summer festivals. Gothenburgh’s festival from august the 8th till the 10th will host one of the richest and best list of artists and music makers. Fancy a ride?We’re going!

 

GRANADA, LIMITED EDITION FOUNTAIN PEN BY OMAS

Posted on July 15, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Writing, the fabulous language in textual medium, the use of sign, of set,of symbols. The pen, the writing implement used to apply ink to the surface. Omas, the Italian leading brand for writing is proud to unveil its first 2013 limited edition and second of le città collection: Granada. A tribute to Granada which, with its famous Alhambra palace, encapsulates the essence and history of the whole Andalusia, the region which marked the Spanish history, is a tribute to centuries of multi-cultural influence. Handcrafted in vermeil sterling silver, enamels and cotton resin, the Granada barrel features an exact reproduction of an azulejo design from the Alhambra in Moorish-style colors with an Arabic arch-shaped knob. MUST HAVE!

CUT THE RIBBON, ARTORIA GIBBONS

Posted on July 15, 2013 by Editorial Staff

What a ribbon! A Tattoo attraction that worked for 35 years in circus and carnival sideshows! Artoria Gibbons was the stage name for Mrs. Anne Gibbons. Born in Wisconsin from poor parents, by the age of 14 she decided to leave home and while hanging around a local carnival sideshow she met Red Gibbons, tattoo artist and joined him in his ramblings. Artoria’s tattoos were amazing: magnificent reproductions of paintings by Raphael and Michelangelo and a few patriotic designs. Charles “Red” Gibbons was one of the best tattooists of his generation and there was no better example of his skill than his beautiful wife Anne (who used the stage name Artoria). Carrying on in the grand tradition that goes back to the 1800’s, a tattooist would tattoo his wife thus making her “his calling card” for his tattooing ability. The tattoo art on Artoria’s body was so beautiful and she was such a looker  to receive a lot of attention in sideshows. Red Gibbons died on June 18, 1964, Artoria in 1985. Their daughter Charlene is now in the process of writing a book about her famous parents, a tribute to the ‘finest in tattooing’ and show-business life. In fact, little has been written on the lives and careers of many tattooists and tattooed attractions of the past. 

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FROM EAST WITH LOVE, MIYAZAKI CHAIR FACTORY

Posted on July 9, 2013 by Editorial Staff

No no no, not the Miyazaki you can think of..but the other Miyazaki, yes the Masahiro one! Fabulous, luxurious, pieces of furniture of the Miyazaki Chair Factory. Materials that have quality and a captivating Japanese design. Lines are simple but impressively craftworked. The best quality of timbers are used to be bent and twisted in curves. The wood characteristics are respected, improved with special waxes and a profound knowledge of design and structure. The factory is a real everyday workshop where artisans share their knowledge in order to create unique pieces. If you surf the webpage you’ll discover a sea of pieces with whom you will surely fall in love. Sit and stare, the adventure has just begun!

 

CUT THE RIBBON, ISABELLA ROSSELLINI

Posted on July 8, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Isabella is a cut the ribbon for many reasons.For being a model with a different attitude and a normal body. For being the best, and long lived, cosmetic ambassador. For being a famous surname that established her personality no matter what they had been saying. For being loyal with her roots and history. For being involved in so many good causes, from animals to sexual education. For being the image of a different Italian in New York and for loving,truly loving, photography. For this picture by photographer James Balog that she commented in her book “Looking At Me” . “In the pictures Balog wanted to do a photographic essay on the differences and similarities between man (me) and our closest relative, the chimpanzee…Yet in these photographs I seem to come across as a contemporary woman. I wonder how that was possible when I was naked and wearing no make up. I really don’t know what betrays my attempt to be timeless – maybe it’s just that stupid haircut”.

 

AUTUMN WITH DESIGN? VIENNA DESIGN WEEK!

Posted on July 4, 2013 by Editorial Staff

The aim of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK is to show and enable people to experience the many-faceted creative work in the fields of product, furniture and industrial design as well as experimental design. After six successful festivals yet another exquisite and colourful programme of events will be awaiting the visitors in October 2013. Design has been and is an important field in the production of culture: it shapes our material culture, our everyday life and our consumer world, it influences our lifestyles and fashions and most fundamentally our aesthetic sense and judgements. This wide-ranging impact is a reason both to celebrate design and to examine it critically, and VIENNA DESIGN WEEK has made both of these its mission.

http://www.viennadesignweek.at/

 

ROMA CAPUT DIVINA!

Posted on July 4, 2013 by Editorial Staff

A.I., Artisanal Intelligence, (curated ever since by Alessio de Navasques and Clara Tosi Pamphili),  is a platform which aims to unite Art, Craftmanship and Fashion in the name of Made in Italy. The new realities of Italian Craftmanship promoted by Altaroma combine to create an archive that will be continually updated. With an itinerary that will unfold among galleries, places of art and fashion houses, the city will unveil its strength with manual skills. A.I. Fair and A.I. Gallery will thus be a living wunderkammer that celebrates the mind and spirit between craftmanship and modern art. This season’edition, A.I. Racconta will show the creativity that Roma has always inspired, as part of a Fellinian film. Artists and fashionmakers will be capable of evoking subconscious worlds with solid cultural archetypes. Rome’s Fashion is daughter of performance and spectacle, and has always been closer to the cinema than to the catwalk: a Neocouture of unique pieces, bespoke works of art, inspired by the millennial culture, from the palaces and the churches and the sound of the fountains. Roma Caput Divina celebrates this new creativity, and A.I.Fair and A.I. Gallery will exhibit a selection of Artists and FashionMakers that have elaborated the same concept: a sort of Company of Knights that have gathered to open up new ways to solve the crisis. Fashion Collections and contemporary accessories, created by young people capable to express a search for content and materials, mixed with the work of artists that create images and products: the ability to demonstrate the power of the breaking down the walls of creative confinement.  

A.I.Fair and A.I.Gallery ROMA CAPUT DIVINA 8th and 9th of July 2013

above picture by Mustafa Sabbagh

CUT THE RIBBON GUNPEI YOKOI

Posted on July 1, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Gunpei Yokoi began working at Nintendo in 1965, right after he graduated from Doshisha University with a degree in electronics. Yokoi spent many years developing toys and once the company shifted its focus to video-games development, he was asked to develop new ideas for the market. After seeing a businessman playing with his calculator, Yokoi conceived the Game and Watch handheld concept. The Game & Watch product line went on to feature 59 different titles, including classics like Mario Bros or Donkey Kong. Ever since he has been known as a legendary and highly influential figure not just in Nintendo history, but in the history of the video games industry as a whole.

His, was a life dedicated to inventions,his most famous one was the revolutionary Game Boy, a portable video game station. People who worked with him would describe him as an astonishing personality of humble origins, pioneer in inventions that changed the face of the video game industry. At Nintendo, Gunpei Yokoi was one of the company’s most beloved and respected employees. A jovial, easy-going guy who loved British cars. He died of a car crash in 1997 in an unfortunate accident just outside the Nintendo headquarters.

APHRODITE AWARDS

Posted on June 25, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty and sexual rapture. The beauty that Homer calls daughter of Zeus and Dione. Aphrodite, the woman, the diva. Rome will tonight celebrate the 13th edition of The Aphrodite Awards, a soirée, entirely dedicated to the figure of females in performing arts, in particular film, fictions, theatre and culture. Women in their total artistic creativity. The prizes will be awarded in the splendid MòMò Republic Building. Ready for the carpet and those blinking dressed? Time to get ready.

Aphrodite Awards, june the 25th Rome, Momò Republic

CUT THE RIBBON, GRACE MIRABELLA

Posted on June 24, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Not true that normal gets you nowhere. Grace Mirabella served as editor in chief at Vogue between 1971 and 1988 after the reign of Diana Vreeland. The magazine was not going well at that time , her predecessor was misfire and loosing appeal and years were changing, budgets were reduced. Opulence was out of fashion, the country was living a recession, women were hitting the streets to protest against Vietnam or for feminist causes. Women’s “dream” fashion magazine needed to follow up its readers and Mirabella was simply the right person. Born from parents of Italian descent, father was a gambler addict while mother was a feminist, Mirabella entered Conde Nast in 1950.  At that time, Vogue headquarters were not a democratic nor equal place, it was  a crawl for unpaid wealthy girls only but  as a young assistant coming from a lower class, Mirabella cut off for her strong and witty attitude and made a career adopting the less is more philosophy: she were convinced that people were tired of “fashion” and needed clothes. For that reason, she is responsible for creating the image of a generation of women called “business women” as she saw fashion as a way to show evidence that a woman can rise in power. There weren’t so many ribbons in what Mirabella was featuring in Vogue during those years as editor in chief, but if you pay attention to what she did during her short period there , you will see she cut many, literally. And still, in a way, she is what fashion needed in those time and maybe needs now. As the pendulum come and goes, sometimes it’s better to be grounded. And that’s where the genius of Mirabella was.

WHAT A PITTI! PITTI84 SHOTS

Posted on June 20, 2013 by Editorial Staff

It was way too hot and way too cool!

All images by Luca Andriani

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FUTURE AND NATURE, THE NESTLE CHAIR

Posted on June 18, 2013 by Editorial Staff

“I played with birch strips in different thicknesses and hurled them around the supporting structure. In order not to divert attention from the nest of birch strips, I have chosen to make a very anonymous upholstered cushion in a dusty chocolate brown which plays beautifully with the pale birch. It was natural for me that the chair had a soft center to create references to the bird’s nest, that are typically lined with down, to form a confident frame for eggs and chicks!”

Copenhagen based designer Nina Bruun, has created this futuristic Nestle chair with a simple supporting structure consisting  of a bottom, a seat and four stabilizing legs. The seat obviously reminds of a bird’s nest and leaves the viewer with a sense of cozy feeling. The pale birch, in contrast with the chocolate brown of the cushion creates a playful situation and a natural sense of confidence. The idea and its impulse into a piece of furniture are here characterized by clean aesthetics. It seems as if particular priority on the raw material and its quality is given to functional properties. Nina Bruun ability to convey a sense of identity and beauty is astonishing.

http://www.ninabruun.com

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CUT THE RIBBON, HOWARD LUCK GOSSAGE

Posted on June 17, 2013 by Editorial Staff

He was one of advertising’s masters. He was a true original and unique creative mind. His Agency operated in San Francisco from late fifties till sixties. He was a rule breaker used to work with big industry names and huge budgets, but despite that, he never did a TV commercial and was famous for turning down clients in order to keep his business small and ethic. He made a silent revolution creating adverts that were never repetitive but unique and entertaining where potential clients were considered everything but passive subjects. Howard Luck Gossage is also credited to be the first person on earth to be using the word “interactive”. 

The real fact of the matter is that nobody reads ads. People read what interest them, and sometimes it’s an ad”.

 

PUT YOUR HANDS UP…SONIA RENTSCH

Posted on June 13, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Sonia Rentsch is a Melbourne-based designer, art director and still life stylist, an expert in crafting concepts. Graduated from Australia’s RMIT University in industrial design in 2002, she has worked for such clients as Christian Dior and L’Oreal. With an eye for composition, she strives to find beauty in everything. In her Harm Less series Rentsch defuses the powers of modern weaponry by constructing guns, grenades and bullets completely from organic objects, and flowers. The shape and form are really convincing. Rentsch work looks influenced by Sarah Illenberger’s work, with whom she had the opportunity to work with in Berlin. Take a deep dive into her extensive portfolio of work, it’s amazing!

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PITTI UOMO 84

Posted on June 12, 2013 by Editorial Staff

Pitti Uomo 84 is redrawing the map of contemporary menswear and of the fair itself, focusing even more on the products and looks that are leading today’s markets. From the brands featured in the Main Pavilion, through the collections at Futuro Maschile, Touch! and L’Altro Uomo to I Play, the newest addition to the roster, men’s fashions find their most perfect, innovative and market-oriented showcase in Florence. This international scope is also reflected in the buyers: of the more than 30,000 visitors who attended the last summer edition of the fair, nearly 18,000 were buyers representing the world’s major large and small retailers. Are you sure you want to miss it? From june the 18th til the 21st Fortezza da Basso, Florence, come join us.

http://www.pittimmagine.com

1983-2013, 30 YEARS OF G-SHOCK!

Posted on June 10, 2013 by admin

The Casio G-Shock is the case of a digital innovative clock that marked the 80’s trend but remains today as fashionable as the first day. By celebrating  its 30th birthday, Maison Martin Margiela has created a special watch in a limited edition of 3000 pieces. G-Shock by Maison Martin Margiela has a removable mirrored silver leather wristband and transparent face. It’s maybe one of the best looking and unique G-Shock ever seen. Super want. Super recommended.

CUT THE RIBBON, ESTHER JANE WILLIAMS

Posted on June 10, 2013 by admin

She really did cut a watery ribbon! Esther Jane Williams, the million dollar star, the competitive swimmer and movie actress. Known for her beauty, class and swimming records, she was queen of acqua musicals, featuring in many elaborate performances of synchronized swimming and diving. Williams was enthusiastic about swimming in her youth and when she became an actress, elaborate aquatic sets were in fact built for her. Williams’s fame and her scant clothing, led her to see the machinery of Hollywood sharply, the lust, the greed, the vanity. Named “The Mermaid” by Clarke Gable, she was also known for being the queen of Hollywood’s gossip. Her 1999 memoir, The Million Dollar Mermaid, she dished the dirt as few others had, by being shameless, and shamelessly funny. We will all miss her badly. She is survived by her family and by us all, a sparkling star of the real Golden Hollywood era.

“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t in a swimsuit.  There were all those hours and weeks and years of competitive swimming-and magic movie swimming” Esther 

THE QUINTESSENCE OF CHIC: DE GOURNAY

Posted on June 7, 2013 by admin

“Our aim is to bring happiness into people’s lives by creating for them light, bright, vibrant and happy interiors where they can find refuge from the busy world of markets and events. Each of our interiors is a work of art hand-painted to meet the needs of discerning clients.”

Since 1986 exquisite de Gournay, has revived ancient traditions, continuing techniques that began in the 17th century by employing a team of highly skilled artists to paint traditional Chinoiserie, Japanese and Korean and 19th century French Papiers wallpapers. The result is brilliant. The antique wallpapers give life to colourful flora and fauna. A family owned company, De Gournay’s products are still very much influenced by the eclectic tastes and styles of its founder, who continues to travel the world in search of inspiration. Across a wide collection of products the resulting piece of work involves many hours of intricate craftsmanship.

www.degournay.com

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BORGHESE BY LACHANCE

Posted on June 5, 2013 by admin

Oh you must visit Rome! And ah! You can’t miss the Villa Borghese! Of course you can’t miss visiting France too…and the rest of the world maybe…By the way, this is Borghese by French designers Noé Duchaufour Lawance. This is by La Chance, the French design brand. It’s a light sofa inspired by the stone pines of the Villa Borghese in Rome. The structure is in metal and reproduces the network of green branches and cushions. The ensemble creates a restful and comfortable landscape. Enjoy your home villa!

http://www.lachance.fr

CUT THE RIBBON, ISABELLA BLOW

Posted on June 3, 2013 by admin

Isabella the icon, the English magazine editor, the muse of hat designer Philip Treacy, the talent detector of Stella Tennant, Sophie Dahl, as well as Alexander McQueen. Isabella Blow, Anna Wintour’s assistant and later Andre Leon Talley’s, friend to Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat. When in 1986 she returned to London (from NYC) she became fashion director of Tatler and the Sunday Times Style magazine. Isabella and her idiosyncratic wardrobe, her styling career. Isabella’s inimitable personality and the epic legacy she left behind when in 2007 she committed suicide. Her  extensive personal collection of clothes, her love of eccentric hats, her distinctive, eclectic style  which made her become fashion’s editor and eventually fashion director at Tatler. “Isabella…made our world more vivid, trailing color with every pace she took. It is a sorrier place for her absence. When I visited her beloved clothes in a storage room in South Kensington, it seemed quite clear the collection would be of immense value to a great many people.  Daphne Guinness – best friend. What other elements do you need to call her a ribbon cutter? 

ILLESTEVA

Posted on May 30, 2013 by admin

The prodigiousness of protective eyewear! With summer’ sun bright and sunlight you can’t discomfort the eyes and you must have a visual aid. From celebrities to commons we’d love to suggest the beauty of Illesteva sunglasses. There are so many that you just have to pick one and wear it. Desire to mask? Do it..but at least be cool… especially on the beach!

 

2013 DESIGN WEEK IN BELGRADE

Posted on May 28, 2013 by admin

Three days of the most exciting global creative, business and educational BDW conference “INNOVATION2”, for the eight time in row in Belgrade, now at the iconic Museum of Yugoslav History, from June 6th until June 8th 2013.

The world’s best from the full specter of creative industries – branding, design, architecture, publishing, advertising, fashion, new media, film, entrepreneurship and culture – will explain how to create new value in a fast changing world driven by innovation! A must for every progressive person and company planning the future of their business, institution, community, region, and especially for creatives planning their own future and the future of their clients: as you read this, ideas and connections forged at BDW are blossoming around the world. This year its your turn!

http://www.belgradedesignweek.com

 

 

CUT THE RIBBON, ISTITUTO LUCE

Posted on May 27, 2013 by admin

This cut the ribbon is not dedicated to a person but to an very important Institution  that recorded and preserved some years of Italian life. A very important archive that despite it’s political intent, was a fortune for historians and students. Hours and hours of movies, news, documentaries from all parts of Italy and world, an immense and complete photo-graphical archive: the life of poor people working on fields, the new industry, the monarchy, the war as long as Hollywood stars  getting off archaic planes arriving in Rome to promote their movies.  Istituto Luce was the most ancient Italian film diffusion company and it was founded in 1924 with the intent of promoting education through illiterate people, at the time, a huge part of the population. After 90 years, the political propaganda gets irrelevant if not ridiculous and what’s more intriguing is the beauty of this black and white chronicle of a world that is not existing anymore. The way we were is still available online for everyone who’s interested in seeing and understanding that sometimes, from very bad things, something good can remain.

http://www.archivioluce.com/archivio/

 

 

HEREABOUT MAKE UP, LONI BAUR

Posted on May 20, 2013 by admin

How important is make up for you? Conscious that it’s art on your face to be taken around? Every woman, if well inspired, can be an artist on herself. In years of YouTube tutorials in which you can learn the most beautiful, or horrible, lessons it’s good to see new professionals emerging. They are trend setters, they are those who anticipate the palette (often is clothing adapting to new make up shades ). After years of the Pat Garth cartel, here is a hot name to keep in mind for the future. She is Loni Baur, she is from Cologne she has been working backstage for fifteen years. From the most minimal look to a complete artistic interpretation, Loni is an artist who understands the entire spectrum of beauty, art and fashion. Her technical eye has made her individual reputation in the international industry and she is currently running the Colorandcreme Academy. A high level seminars school that aims to give make -up artists a holistic training on how to master new techniques and bring their own personality into their work. Expect a Loni Baur make up line very soon.

 

CUT THE RIBBON, PEDRO FLORES

Posted on May 20, 2013 by admin

Donald F. Duncan was the co-patent genius behind the promotion the first Yo-Yo. Though Duncan was not the inventor of the yoyo. This game was considered the second oldest toy in history, the oldest being the doll. In ancient Greece it was made of wood, metal and terra cotta. Around 1800, the yoyo moved into Europe from the Orient. The British called the yoyo the bandalore, or the Prince of Wales toy. The French used the name incroyable or l’emigrette. However the name comes from Tagalog, the native language of the Philippines. It means “come back”. In the Philippines, the yoyo was used as a weapon for over 400 hundred years. The man who invented the Yoyo and cut the ribbon is actually Pedro Flores. He is the first yo-yo maker in the US. Born in Vintar, Philippines he came to the United States in 1915. While working as a bellboy, Flores read an article about a self-made millionaire who made his money by selling a ball attached to a rubber band. At this point he remembered the yo-yo, a game which has been played for hundreds of years in the Philippines. Flores thus saw a good market opportunity. Between 1928 and 1932, Flores started and ran the Yo-yo Manufacturing Company in Santa Barbara before selling the company and trademark to Duncan who continued to market and sell Flores yo-yos alongside the Duncan line. Flores never personally claimed to have invented the yo-yo, always mentioning its past history as a centuries old Philippine game. Duncan, the smart entrepreneur bought the company from Flores, acquiring not only a unique toy, but also the magic name. 

 

STOP THE WATER….AND..

Posted on May 16, 2013 by admin

How many times do I have to tell you? Stop the water while…brushing your teeth, soaping your hands or face! Water is the foundation of life and we all need it every day, so don’t waste it!  With a range of bathroom products, hand soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, hand balm and toothpaste  the brand STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME  creates cosmetics  without synthetic fragrances, colours or preservatives. No silicon, paraffin or other mineral oil-based substances. No animal testing. Only with natural essential oils. Everything is packaged in refillable bottles. Personally we love the honey-flavoured  soap, it really makes your skin soft and leaves a beautiful scent. So? What are you waiting for? Again…STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME!

http://stop-the-water-while-using-me.com/

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SNEAKER CON, SUMMER TOUR IS ON

Posted on May 14, 2013 by admin

Sneaker lovers get united at Sneaker Con. How about a Sneaker Con summer tour? After a successful launch in Chicago on the 11th of May, the premier traveling event for sneaker connoisseurs ( buy, sell and trade ) is ready to take on the Summer 2013 season with other 3 confirmed dates through the month of July. Atlanta (June 15th), Miami (June 29th), and New York City (July 13th). The best of sneaker’s culture is traveling along Us.

SUMMER HEAT, SUMMER HAT!

Posted on May 13, 2013 by admin

As freezing days are gone, and fresh lemonade days are at the door, it seems that no man or woman is complete without at least one Borsalino hat in his or her wardrobe! Garden parties, summer holidays, evening aperitifs, here we are. For SS13 Borsalino seems to have taken the prohibition era and revisited it with colors. Options are many and variety is wide. Paper and straw are natural elements and Borsalino hats are a good idea for keeping your head cool from heat and chic with that fedora style. Whatcha waiting for?