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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.…

THE WORLD OF MIHARA YASUHIRO


We spoke to the esteemed Japanese designer Mihara Yasuhiro about his design secrets, and how to pull off his effortlessly cool signature aesthetic this season. Would you say that distinctive ‘lived-in’ look is integral to your pieces? ‘Yes, it is intentional. I intend to design time. And what are the other signature elements of a Mihara Yasuhiro…

Life is Great by Blair Chivers, curated by Each x Other


Blair Chivers is a Canadian artist whose work explores power; particularly the power of the mind and emotion. In his myriad projects, Chivers situates his work within the tradition of conceptual art, embracing the art his- torical theme of identity and engaging with a form of critique in reframing, redefining and disrupting traditional expectations about…

From Paris, With Vinyl: Courrèges, Space Age Pioneer, Flies Again


“I have to give them credit, they moved it forward,” said Linda Fargo, the senior vice president of Bergdorf’s, at a party to celebrate the return of the landmark French label Courrèges in New York last week. Mr. Vaillant, 26, and his partner, Sébastien Meyer, 27, the artistic directors of Courrèges have inherited one of the great labels of…

How Abasi Rosborough Is Reimagining the Men’s Suit


“When you’re starting a brand, you have to be a product of your own experiences,” says the designer Greg Rosborough. “You can’t fake being something else.” Along with his co-founder, Abdul Abasi, Rosborough has created Abasi Rosborough — a three-year-old men’s wear brand that is, in many ways, a product of both of their pasts.…

60 Seconds With Omer Asim


You’d be hard pushed to find a designer as multi-disciplined as Omer Asim. Born and raised in Sudan, he moved to London for university, where he graduated from The Bartlett School of Architecture, before completing a postgraduate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He then trained as a psychoanalyst with the United…

JUUN.J SPRING SUMMER 2016 CAMPAIGN


Korean menswear designer Juun.J has released a photo Campaign for his Spring Summer 2016 collection. Modeled by Bradley Phillips and photographed by Hong Jang Hyun under the production of Sasha Park and Carine Idy Perotin, this season’s collection also sees Juun.J collaborating with illustrator Andreas Preis on a series of printed sweats and T-shirts. Juun.J is exclusive to 4. Shop the collection here.

Vetements Releases Its First Official Men’s Collection


The Vetements hype is hard to dismiss at the moment and the first Balenciaga collection by the brand’s founder and designer Demna Gvasalia has also been one of the most applauded this past Paris Fashion Week. While Vetements has been worn by both men and women, it has always been a women’s collection for the most part…

Études Studio Present “Stop Time” Editorial


With the Spring Summer 2016 season well underway, we linked with Études Studio and photographer-slash-stylist Thomas Landry to highlight a selection of the Parisian designer label’s collection. Shot in Valence, France, the shoot spotlights various minimalist-yet-modern pieces from the brand, stylishly finished off with shoelace belts and adidas x Raf Simons sneakers. Études Studio are…

International Architects Take On The Bus:Stop Project


We’ve got something as a soft spot for bus stops at 4 – as this post from 2013 illustrates – so we were intrigued to hear of the tiny Austrian village that has invited seven international architects to design bus stops in exchange for a holiday there. The village of Krumbach in the the Bregenzerwald district has a population of around 1,000…

SEBASTIAN MEUNIER: TO BE MYSELF


A little over two years ago Ann Demeulemeester announced her retirement from her signature label. After the initial shock subsided, the question of succession inevitably came up. That’s when Sebastian Meunier, a Parisian designer who has had a long tenure at Margiela before joining Ann Demeulemeester, stepped out of the shadows. His taking over the brand…