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Tom Dixon Presents THE CHURCH

This year for Clerkenwell Design Week Tom Dixon will collaborate with Andrew Baughen, the enlightened Vicar of St James’ – a classic 17th century church on Clerkenwell Green, where he sees the potential of making his unique building available to the daytime residents of Clerkenwell – the creative workforce, and a place for the residential community to use as…

Murray Ballard Explores The World Of Cryopreservation


Worldwide, approximately 200 patients are stored permanently in liquid nitrogen, with a further 2,000 people signed up for cryonics after death. Cryopreservation – the act of freezing the body after death, with the intention of future revival of life – remains surrounded by myth, intrigue and unshakeable hope. Photographer Murray Ballard became interested in the process in 2006 while he…

VETEMENTS TO SHOW AT PARIS COUTURE WEEK


FRENCH elevated streetwear label Vetements has been granted a guest membership to show at Paris Couture Week in July, by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture – France’s governing body for the fashion industry. The luxury label – with a much-hyped parodic aesthetic – has made the cut this season alongside J Mendel, Yuima Nakazato, Francesco Scognamiglio and Iris…

Universal Fashion: Celebrating 45 Years of Issey Miyake


A major exhibition dedicated to the work and influence of the iconic Japanese designer Issey Miyake is currently on show at The National Art Centre in Tokyo. Displaying forty-five years of his work, the exhibition offers a comprehensive insight into the celebrated designer’s career and is divided across three large rooms. The first room displays his earliest work from the…

CRAIG GREEN WINS THE BFC/GQ DESIGNER MENSWEAR FUND 2016


Last night at The Boundary Hotel in London, British menswear designer and 4 favourite, Craig Green was announced as the winner of the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund 2016, beating Astrid Andersen, Christopher Raeburn, Lou Dalton and Sibling to the title. Chosen by a distinguished judging panel (including BFC CEO Caroline Rush, and GQ Editor Dylan Jones), the…

The Tragedy That Shaped Yohji Yamamoto


“Black is modest and arrogant at the same time,” Yohji yamamoto has said in the past. “Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: ‘I don’t bother you – don’t bother me.’” This is an interesting assertion from the designer – revealing a little into his affinity for its usage. Yohji…

Bicycles Built on People’s Attempts to Draw Them From Memory


In 2009 designer Gianluca Gimini started asking friends and strangers to draw a man’s bicycle from memory. Most of the participants made glaring technical errors — missing fundaments parts of the frame or chain. For Gimini this highlighted how extraordinary our imaginations can be and having amassed a collection of over 300 drawings ranging from 3 –…

Scaling The Heights In Casa Del Acantilado


Pablo Gil and Jaime Bartolome, of Gil Bartolome Architects have expounded upon the concept of extreme living with Casa Del Acantilado in Grenada, Spain. A study of juxtapositions, the unique design of its organic shapes both cause the home to stand out as well as fit into the jagged and complex landscape. Although at first glance, the way in which the…

The Overlapping Worlds Of Ferragamo, Dalì and Jun Takahashi


A new exhibition by Fondazione Ferragamo and Museo Salvatore Ferragamo will examine the long-running relationship between the creative fields of Art and Fashion. The exhibition will draw on the life of Salvatore Ferragamo, who was fascinated by 20th-century avant-gardism and collaborated with many of the biggest artists of the time. A Ferragamo pump, inspired by the work…

Martin Parr Celebrates Real Food


A new book by renowned British photographer Martin Parr entertains the simple notion that ‘we are what we eat’. Titled, Real Food, the book celebrates a kaleidoscope of foods the world over, from hot dogs to sticky buns and langoustine to lemon meringue pie. Introduced with an essay by Fergus Henderson, British chef and founder of the…

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology


An exhibition opening this May at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will examine how computer modelling, 3D printing, laser cutting and other “machine-based” fabrication methods are impacting high-end fashion. Manus x Machina aims to show how fashion designers are utilising technological advancements to create both haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear clothing. The exhibition will address the founding of haute…

25th Anniversary of 1991 Kuwaiti Oil Fires


On the 25th anniversary of the Kuwaiti Oil Fires, we look back at the photographs of Sebastião Salgado who documented the environmental disaster back in 1991. Many of these will feature in his upcoming book “Kuwait: Desert on Fire” which will be released by Taschen this coming August. Read the full post on the NY Times.

A Velvet Stroke at the Hôtel Providence, Paris


Around the corner from the theatres of Grands Boulevards and Strasbourg Saint-Denis, the Hôtel Providence stands on a forgotten square of Paris, adjacent to the whimsical Petit Saint Martin Theatre’s prop entrance. Varying in shape and size, the 18 rooms of the 1854 Haussmannien building have been individually decorated, like the rest of his establishments, by…

The Cult of Golden Goose


As the streetwear brand Golden Goose opens its first UK store in London, we look at the aesthetics behind the Italian label. Sneakers today often evoke a level of devotion that might seem excessive to the casual observer. But it was that passion that inspired Alessandro Gallo and Francesca Rinaldo, the married design duo behind Italian fashion label…

BORIS BIDJAN SABERI BARCELONA SHOP


Boris Bidjan Saberi, whose meticulously and complexly constructed menswear graces the racks of carefully picked boutiques around the world, has quietly opened his own boutique in Barcelona, his adapted hometown, some time ago. It is nestled in the industrial district of Poblenou, Barcelona’s once run-down textile industry hub that is now enjoying a renaissance and…

The 'Shit Museum' in Milan


As part of Milan Design Week, The Società d’Incoraggiamento d’Arti e Mestieri (SIAM) art school, has comprised a number of rooms filled with objects made out of a clay-composite material that uses processed cow dung. These products are exhibited alongside artworks, video installations and fossilised faeces from 200 million years ago. “We were horrified at the idea…

Fornasetti publishes first 'Tema e Variazioni' In Handcrafted Book


For Piero Fornasetti, a single idea was inspiration enough to spawn endless variations of an image and in 1952 he began work on what would become his most iconic series: Tema e Variazion (theme and variations) – a portrait of Lina Cavalieri — an opera singer who lived between the 19th and 20th centuries, considered to be ‘the most…

Lee Broom's Salone del Automobile Delivery Van


London based designer Lee Broom explains the concept behind his travelling exhibition in the back of a delivery van, which arrived in Milan on Monday for the annual Salone del Mobile. For his Salone del Automobile installation, Broom has recreated part of an Italian palazzo inside his studio’s delivery van. “Last year in Milan I went to lots…

THE RESTAURANT BY CAESARSTONE & TOM DIXON


For Milan 2016 Tom Dixon will present The Restaurant, a collaboration with Caesarstone where four futuristic kitchens and four radical Tom Dixon dining halls collide in a late baroque deconsecrated church in central Milan. Each fully functioning kitchen will serve its own Tom Dixon dining room with a different course served in each space, curated by Italian food design studio…

eL Seed Pays Homage to Cairo’s Garbage Collectors


A French-Tunisian street artist has completed a large scale anamorphic piece that spans the facade of over 50 buildings in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. The intricate mural took shape throughout March and went largely unnoticed at first, spreading across a harried quarter of Cairo where Egypt’s waste collectors live, amid overflowing bundles of the city’s rubbish.…