January 12, 2014 Comments Off
Louis Vuitton has released the first images of its Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign featuring Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, known primarily for his roles in Bullhead” and “Rust and Bone.” For the campaign, the French luxury brand asked its “gentleman traveler” to pose in the great outdoors of the American Southwest, specifically Page, Arizona at the edge of the Glen Canyon Dam. Seen here with the handsome Nomade Damier Oversize Cabas North-South, shot by photographer Mikael Jansson. The entire campaign will be seen in magazines worldwide this February.
Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection is pretty much a travel themed affair -a road trip imagined from American East coast to West coast.The Men’s Bag Collection in turn features a distinctly on-the-road feel this season. A soft, roomy, luggage construction predominates, hybridized between the suitcase and the rucksack. A perforated take on the classic Damier pattern appears mainly in Caramel Nomade leather -a color theme that is (a personal favorite) transposed to key items in the outerwear collection.
Nomade Damier Oversize Cabas North-South from Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection, Measures 13.4″ x 16.9″ x 5.1″, The Nomade Damier Oversize collection features oversized bags with large laser cut rice-grain perforations on leather that gives it a see-through effect. Detailed features include top handles, removable shoulder strap, metallic hardware and suede inner lining and inner pocket. Also available in East-West edition. Bags that will surely delight connoisseurs seeking both exceptional materials and great functionality. Love.
Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Studio and Style Director Kim Jones explained the thinking behind his Spring/Summer 2014 collection this way “The collection is really about the freedom of the road and that freedom itself being luxurious. The clothing should have that do-what-you-want attitude. It’s a road trip drawing on elements of classic American culture from clothes, music to souvenirs. It’s the changing environment from city to forest to desert; that journey in a day from snow-covered mountains to cacti in the desert that you can only really seem to have in America. Like the radio you listen to as you travel through the states.”
September 7, 2013 Comments Off
Frank LLoyd Wright, Meyer May House, 1908, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Photo Courtesy of Steelcase,
Frank Lloyd Wright has long been renowned for his work in the decorative arts as well as in architecture. For Wright, the two were inseparable. Furniture, fabrics, tiles, glass and even tableware were all integral contributors to a building’s design. While the entire building as a work of art was a widely shared ideal among arts and crafts and modernist architects, few were as prolific as Wright in a spectrum of media or as enduring in their pursuit of innovation in the decorative arts. This was a commitment that would leave a lasting impact on the avant-garde in the decades following World War I as well. Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of the nation’s great centers for the design and production of furniture during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is a fitting location to gain fresh insight on Wright’s remarkable output in the decorative arts during this year’s conference, ‘Wright on the Inside’, October 16-20, 2013. In addition to daily speaker presentations, the conference will feature tours of at least nine Wright structures, including the beautifully restored Meyer May House in Grand Rapids.
In a phenomenal career lasting from 1887 to 1959 -seventy-two years- Frank Lloyd Wright completed some five hundred buildings as well as an equal number of unbuilt projects. His legacy includes world-famous designs from Fallingwater to the Guggenheim Museum plus hundreds of houses that grace the often-modest streets on which they stand. Presenting the best-loved interiors from all of Wright’s prodigious architectural achievements, 50 Favorite Rooms by Frank Lloyd Wright by Diane Maddex focuses on what he viewed as the most important: their rooms inside.
These spectacular rooms show Wright’s trademarks, the techniques he devised to revolutionize architecture. Here, in more than fifty dramatic color photographs, are buildings that grow naturally from their sites, that rely on natural materials used as nature intended, that feature open plans to increase their sense of spaciousness. Wright simplified room arrangements with built-in furniture and created furnishings totally in harmony with the architecture. He made the hearth the center of family life, integrated all ornament, and tied everything together with a powerful mastery of geometric forms. His instantly recognizable art glass windows and doors brought nature right inside.
July 9, 2013 Comments Off
Connecting The Dots
Join like-minded individuals in New York City, for the 2nd Annual Sustainable Fashion, Health & Beauty Symposium at the Fashion Institute of Technology, July 10-12, 2013, to learn how designers and manufacturers are taking the idea of conscious design into account as they progress into sustainability and the challenges they all face on fashion’s newest frontier, as the fashion, beauty, and health industries strive to make a positive impact on people’s lifestyles, the environment, and the economy.
The event is a forward-thinking three-day symposium for sustainable designers, entrepreneurs, industry workers, and students, that includes workshops, demonstrations, panels, an eco-fashion show, and a sustainable fashion tour around Manhattan. Milan-based Giusy Bettoni, co-founder of C.L.A.S.S., an international eco-platform that promotes environmentally friendly products and Livia Firth’s -Creative Director of EcoAge, co-collaborator on the Green Carpet Challenge, will provide the keynote address entitled, “Welcome to the Third Dimension, Where Design and Innovation Meet Responsibility.”
January 15, 2013 Comments Off
The Museum of Arts and Design in New York presents The Art of Scent 1889-2012, on view through 24 February, 2013. The first museum exhibition dedicated to exploring the design and aesthetics of olfactory art through twelve pivotal fragrances, dating from 1889 to the present, which profoundly impacted the course of the medium. The exhibition examines major stylistic developments in the evolution and design of fragrance, and provides insight into the creative visions and intricate processes of the artists responsible for crafting the featured works. Each scent is experienced individually in a special installation designed by the internationally acclaimed architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro that emphasizes the distinct combination of artistry and raw materials used in their creation. In addition to allowing visitors to experience the twelve works of olfactory art, an interactive salon illustrates the importance of design in creating these works.
Installation View of The Art of Scent 1889-2012 Exhibition at MAD, New York, 2013. The exhibition focuses on twelve works made between 1889 and 2012, which includes Jicky, created by Aimé Guerlain in 1889; Ernest Beaux’s Chanel N° 5 from 1921; Jean-Claude Ellena’s Osmanthe Yunnan from 2006; and Daniela Andrier’s Untitled, created in 2010. Organized by MAD’s Curator of Olfactory Art, Chandler Burr, The Art of Scent explores the progression of olfactory art, highlighting the artistic and cultural movements as well as the social and political occurrences that influenced each scent artist in the creation of their work. The exhibition examines scent from the beginning of the late nineteenth century -when the introduction of synthetic molecules freed scent artists from the constraints of using all-natural materials, making scent a true artistic medium- through the present day.
Installation View of The Art of Scent 1889-2012 Exhibition at MAD, New York, 2013. Presented in MAD’s fourth floor galleries, the exhibition facilitates a focused olfactory experience through the near-complete removal of visual indicators, such as logos and marketing materials, encouraging visitors to focus exclusively on their sense of smell. The scent machines disperse the scents in minutely focused streams of air, thus allowing for a more concentrated scent experience. Opening with the work of Aimé Guerlain, who was among the first to introduce synthetic molecules alongside natural materials with the design of Jicky (1889), The Art of Scent then leads visitors through an olfactory experience that showcases some of the most significant scents created during the 20th and early 21st centuries, ending with Daniela Andrier’s neo-brutalist fragrance Untitled (2010). The exhibition also provides visitors with a unique glimpse into the labor intensive artistic process of creating perfume by showcasing the stages of development for one fragrance, Trésor by Sophia Grojsman, from the initial written brief to the first iteration and through the layering and modification of scent required to reach the final desired work of olfactory art.
Installation View of The Art of Scent 1889-2012 Exhibition at MAD, New York, 2013. Visitors can then add their ‘smelling notes’ to the online database projected onto a nearby wall to build up a vocabulary of scent criticism. Recognizing the social aspect of selecting and experiencing perfumes, The Art of Scent culminates in a space where visitors may converse and compare the featured works of olfactory art, and provide feedback about the exhibition. The shared responses and personal insights become part of the exhibition’s record, underscoring that the individual experience of fragrance is the concluding factor in the works’ artistry and design.
The Art of Scent 1889-2012, by Chandler Burr, 2012, Limited Edition Coffret Box, 11.5″ x 9″, Each of the eleven scents are contained in printed glass vials and accompanied by a soft cover book of eleven essays which places each of the scents in historical context. The catalogue is written by exhibition curator Chandler Burr. This limited numbered edition catalogue is available exclusively at the MAD Store and online.
The Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) explores the blur zone between art, design, and craft today, focusing on contemporary creativity and the ways in which artists and designers from around the world transform materials through processes ranging from the artisanal to the digital.
December 9, 2012 Comments Off
Patti Smith’s Ideal Bookshelf featured in the My Ideal Bookshelf book, Jane Mount illustration, 2012.
Some believe that the books we choose to read, covet, and display, communicate quite a bit about who we are, and how we view ourselves. In the new book My Ideal Bookshelf, one hundred modern-day cultural figures, including writers Malcolm Gladwell, Jennifer Egan, David Sedaris, artists Oliver Jeffers and Marilyn Minter, musicians Patti Smith and Thurston Moore, chefs and food writers Alice Waters and Mark Bittman, and designers Pamela Love and Coralie Bickford-Smith, reveal the books that are most meaningful and influential for them -their ‘favorite favorites’ from the eclectic to the classic. The ones that resonate best with their interests, dreams, and ambitions in the world, and in some cases, have changed their lives from the ‘first read’ ever forward.
Original paintings by Jane Mount -who began the Ideal Bookshelf project in 2007, showcase the selections, with colorful, artfully illustrated hand-lettered book spines and occasional objets d’art from the contributors’ personal bookshelves. The paintings are accompanied by first-person commentary drawn from interviews with editor Thessaly La Force (from the Paris Review), which touch on everything from the choice of books to becoming a writer to surprising sources of inspiration. Providing rare insight into the creative process and artistic development of some of today’s most intriguing and iconic creative writers, innovators, and visionaries.
James Franco’s Ideal Bookshelf featured in the My Ideal Bookshelf book, Jane Mount illustration, 2012.
Everything about this book is great -the lush, landscape format; the crisp, and generous white space; the thick, varnished pages; and of course the great illustrations and insightful commentary. A feast for the eyes, mind, heart, and soul. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, the end pages feature a drawing of ten book spines, so that you can add your own Ideal Bookshelf. Love this. Mount does portraits on commission and will paint your books, or you can buy archival pigment prints of her work. What a great gift for the book-lover-avid-reader-aesthetic-savvy-bibliophile-with-great-taste. Visit the Ideal Bookshelf to get yourself/send out some Book Love!
May 15, 2012 Comments Off
The iconic German camera maker Leica has teamed up with Parisian high-end designer label Hermès to create a beautiful special edition of the Leica M9-P called “Edition Hermes”. This is the third time that the two companies have collaborated, following from the success of the Leica M7 Edition Hermes in 2009 and the Leica MP Edition Hermes before that, in 2003.
Being Hermès, the finest of materials have been utilized in the modification of this camera, including Veau Swift calfskin leather, which has been carefully applied to the camera body and the shoulder strap set which comes with it. To mark its distinction, this camera features a limited-edition number inscribed alongside the unique serial number. The exclusive numbers, unique product design and premium finishing with numerous extras make this a truly special edition in every respect.
The camera will be released in two editions, the first of which is available now in an edition of 300 and features a silver-anodized Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH lens. After that, there will be a yet even more exclusive release in June of the Leica M9-P “Edition Hermes – Serie Limitee Jean-Louis Dumas”, which is a special collaboration with Jean-Louis Dumas -the former president of Hermès who died in 2010. It will be released in a super exclusive batch of just 100, and will be accompanied by three lenses -a Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/ 2 ASPH., a Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. and a Leica APO-Summicron-M 90 mm f/ 2 ASPH., all featuring a silver-anodized finish. Not surprisingly, this unique collection of photographic equipment will find a fitting home in a hand-finished Hermès camera bag -the first Leica camera bag ever to have been created by Hermès, a company world-famous for its manufacturing handbag excellence.
April 30, 2012 Comments Off
“There is an audience out there that has a deep interest in fashion that goes beyond merely shopping. They want to know about a designer’s ethos, about a designer’s philosophy; they want to know what interests designers themselves. And I think that’s been underserved.” ~Eugene Rabkin, Creative Director
Style Zeitgeist, Volume Two, Cover: Portrait of PJ Harvey in the clothes Demeulemeester designed for her Let England Shake tour, Photography by (Demeulemeester’s husband) Patrick Robyn, 2012. The new issue of StyleZeitgeist magazine, Volume Two, is available now. The 219-page issue boasts a glimpse into the friendship between fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester and the singer P.J. Harvey; a Q & A with Valerie Steele, the director of the Museum at FIT, by senior editor Cintra Wilson, along with exclusive images of the museum’s recent Daphne Guinness exhibit; a unpresedented conversation with acclaimed photographer Deborah Turbeville (in which she reveals her work to be highly influenced by Proust and Dostoyevsky) featuring photography of her NYC apartment and archive; photographic essays by Erik Madigan Heck and Arto Puolimatka, and a fashion editorial homage to German artist Joseph Beuys. Articles that highlight the fact that clothes can be part of an aesthetic universe, on par with music, painting, film, photography, and books.
Zeitgeist -originally a German word, literally meaning Spirit (Geist) of the Time (Zeit). It has come to denote an intellectual and cultural climate of an era.
StyleZeitgeist is a biannual fashion and culture magazine that aims to explore the ways in which fashion interacts with other creative disciplines. There is also an Internet forum bearing the same name started five years ago by the same creative director. With an active online community of individuals who are passionate about fashion design and the idea that fashion stands at unique crossroads of artistic and individual expression, utility, and commerce, and should be recognized as such -as being an integral part of Zeitgeist. The aim of this community is to promote an ongoing discussion about fashion, through online forums and news. And to divorce fashion from consumerism and celebrity culture.
September 4, 2011 Comments Off
“I have the feeling that I have coaxed out some of the atmosphere and the characters from my films, and even from my music. Silencio is something dear to me. I wanted to create an intimate space where all the arts could come together. There won’t be a Warhol-like guru, but it will be open to celebrated artists of all disciplines to come here to program or create what they want.” ~David Lynch
David Keith Lynch
“I’m 65 years old. They say that when men go into their 50’s they dream of building gigantic towers to prove their virility. I have directed films, composed music, made all sorts of objects, works that had a beginning and an end. Now I want to make something solid. First, I started with painting. For the last three years I have been working in a lithographic studio in Montparnasse that Picasso and Miró used, drawing on the same stones where they painted. Then I started working on Silencio, which has taken the last two years. Looking at what we have done, I feel myself almost immortal.” -David Lynch
Okay, all of my Parisian (nightlife) dreams have come true. This week, director David Lynch, with owner Arnaud Frisch, the man behind popular Parisian nightclub the Social Club and music label Savoir Faire, opened the ‘Mulholland Drive’ themed haunt called “Silencio.” A 1920s-like Parisian salon, which includes a concert hall, restaurant, library, and cinema. All reserved for an exceedingly exclusive clientele composed of an international who’s who of artistic professionals. Only members will be allowed to attend nightly events such as movie premieres, concerts, and literary conferences before Club Silencio opens its doors at midnight to a non-member, but still very elite and carefully selected Parisian crowd.
Silencio, exterior, 2011, Paris, France
David Lynch, Mulholland Drive, 2001, Film Still
The hitherto fictional night-spot was the setting for a key scene in Lynch’s 2001 masterpiece Mulholland Drive, hailed by critics as one of Lynch’s finest films. Mulholland Drive charts the adventures of a young Hollywood starlet and an amnesiac femme fatale. Their journey leads them behind the red velvet drapes at ‘Club Silencio’, where they are assured that a multitude of mysteries -the significance of the blue key, the whereabouts of Aunt Ruth- will be explained. Silencio being a liminal, occult-charged zone wherein Naomi Watts and Laura Harring’s characters learn a little something about the art of illusion from a sinister, moustachioed compere, then experience emotional release witnessing Rebecca Del Rio’s breathtaking Spanish rendition of Roy Orbison’s “Crying”, before finding the blue key that will help unlock the secret of their confused identities -well, sort of.
Part old-school cabaret, part metaphysical threshold, Silencio is a truly memorable construct. And so is the real-world incarnation in Paris where everything from the toilet bowls -black on black- to the saltiness of the nuts on the bar have been decided on by the master. Personally sculpting the interior and designing the furniture to “induce and sustain a specific state of alertness and openness to the unknown.” The space also includes a ‘Buddhist cocktail bar’,’bijoux cinema’, ‘dream forest’, and a ‘golden tunnel of mini-mandalas’. Quite Lynchian.
Furniture designed by David Lynch in collaboration with designer Raphael Navot
Furniture designed by David Lynch in collaboration with designer Raphael Navot
Silencio, interior, 2011, Paris, France
Silencio, interior, 2011, Paris, France
David Lynch is the Renaissance male of complicated American filmmaking, a multi-faceted and enormously prolific creative powerhouse, an acclaimed and at large important writer/director as well as radio producer, professor of film, painter, photographer, cartoonist, composer, musician, and striking artisan -furniture designer and the like. Walking the tightrope between the mainstream and the fashionable with conspicuous skill, Lynch brings to the shade a curious, dim and unfortunate perspective of reality, a calamity world punctuated by defining moments of impassioned violence, obscure comedy, magnified realism, and bizarre beauty. More than any alternative arthouse filmmaker of his era, he has enjoyed substantial mass acceptance and has helped to redefine blurb tastes, honing a surrealistic culture so idealist and deeply personal that the word ‘Lynchian’ was coined simply to report it.