Kate Moss Rolls In to Book Launch
It was hard to move at a party for Kate Moss’ new book without coming nose-to-nose with a glass of Veuve Clicquot — or a famous face. Florence Welch, Boy George, Noel Gallagher, Bob Geldof, Alison Mosshart, Donna Karan, Riccardo Tisci, Annabelle Neilson, Kristen McMenamy and Luella Bartley were all in high spirits to toast the launch of the book of photographs featuring the model: “Kate: The Kate Moss Book.”
The American Museum of Natural History Gala.
Lorne Michaels holds some sort of sway over most of Manhattan’s funniest folk. He’s also a perennial booster of the American Museum of Natural History. So with more than 700 attendees turning up to the Upper West Side institution Thursday night for its annual gala, sponsored by Graff Diamonds, the comic quotient was ample with both current and former “Saturday Night Live” cast members — many directly from the set.
Fashion Group International Hosts Night of Stars Gala
If Fashion Group International had a prize for comic relief, it would no doubt go to Neiman Marcus Group’s Karen Katz this year. (Sorry, Simon Doonan, the Night of Stars’ longtime court jester who nonetheless gets points for setting up Katz.)
Colin Heaney Casa Blu in Byron Bay
Catherine Baba: stylist on a bicycle
Catherine loves to make bold statements and has developed an unmistakable style which has its own place in the contemporary fashion world. She dresses with a sort of 20s and 30s Hollywood glamour and feminine allure, displaying a love of rich fabrics and fantasy clothes that frequently have a surreal twist. She has worked for Chanel, Givenchy, Balmain and Ungaro and is a freelance stylist and consultant for a number of fashion houses and designers. She has also worked for Dazed and international editions of Vogue…an other Australian fashion Icon abroad.
The cutting-edge British designer talks about thinking small while building big, re-creating the London bus, and why every project should feel like a new invention.
Thomas Heatherwick doesn’t do ordinary. Commissioned to design a pedestrian bridge in his home city of London, he built a structure that rolls into a wheel to make way for passing boats. For a Longchamp boutique in New York, he fashioned a curvaceous 55-ton staircase with fabric-like glass balustrades. And amid the dizzying array of pavilions at Shanghai’s Expo 2010, his Seed Cathedral stole the show—its bristling 60,000 seed-tipped optical rods gently swaying in the wind. Already known as an innovator in the design world, the 42-year-old Royal College of Art graduate is due to reach even greater heights this spring. http://www.architecturaldigest.com/architecture/2012-04/thomas-heatherwick-interview-article
Monaco Adds Art to Its Seaside Allure
ACROSS from the grand entrance at Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum is a monumental cabinet of curiosities. Filled with items ranging from marine specimens to a polar bear to a replica of the world’s first diving suit, the 33-by-60-foot wood, glass and steel structure seems at home in this stunning building that houses an aquarium once overseen by Jacques Cousteau. The cabinet, though, is not part of the museum’s scientific exhibitions. It is a permanent installation by the American artist Mark Dion.
Happy Birthday Lou Reed
The American rock icon turns 70 years old today
If you look at him well, if you start studying his face, you see it. In that sunken face, like the tracks of a vinyl that has been listened to for too long, you see it.The history of music, we mean. If you look at a portrait of Lou Reed you see it there, nestled near the mouth, in the eyes contour, over the lips. An engraved encyclopedia, which turns 70 years old today. Reed’s face talks about Warhol’s factory, about the visionary of the 70s, about eating, or better, about devouring life.
That guitar, those few arrangements, those few genial and psychedelic intuitions.
The hypnotic Heroin, The Petrarchan park of A Perfect Day and then a friend, take a walk on the wild side. 70 years that fly away between the lost friends’ sorrow, drown in the music, and the love for women (since 2008 he has a relationship with the talented poli-instrumental artist Laurie Anderson), the experimental projects (the Metal Machine Trio) and the more or less successful collaborations (the latter, with Metallica is still being discussed).
Happy birthday to Lou Reed then, which told us all the music. And we still want more.
Prada gets mobile
One of the year’s most exciting gadgets—at least, in our opinion—has to be Prada’s new LG 3.0 mobile phone. Not only does it come with a 1.0GHz Dual Core processor, 8-megapixel camera, and bold, bright 4.3-inch display, it also knocks the most minimal-chic cell phone competitors out of its path with the perfect Prada sleekness we’ve come to expect and know. Each phone comes decked out with Prada’s signature Saffiano pattern on the back, with unique black, white, and gray menu and icons. Through their interface, they provide all the basic benefits of Android’s Gingerbread operating system, with a planned upgrade to Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich.
If this all sounds like science (or dessert) to you, one need only point out that the price tag still remains a well-kept secret—and that the phone is only available this month in Europe and Asia—to get any technophile’s tongue to hang out.
Imagine Lady Gaga, her slender figure so elongated that she would cover half the width of a road, as measured by her image on the cover of a giant magazine…Of all the performer’s covers, this Visionaire production, with its photograph of a slinky, shimmering mermaid Gaga with a tar-covered fish tail, has to be the most flamboyant. The magazine is two meters high and 1.5 meters wide, or 6 feet high and 4.8 feet wide — so large that it has just entered history in the Guinness Book of World Records.
A magazine? Aren’t those paper productions supposed to be going the way of the dodo, an endangered species in the era of the Internet?
Cecilia Dean, one of the three founders of Visionaire back in 1991, has reason to rejoice that the art/fashion combo is celebrating its 20th birthday in such good shape.
“Everyone keeps asking ‘Is print dead?’ It’s been the question of the moment for last five years,” Ms. Dean said. “Print is not dead. But it has to evolve. The challenge for a magazine is to create real physical experience for their audience. Visionaire makes more sense now than it did before.”
read the full article:http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/fashion/22iht-fmagazine22.html?_r=1&ref=fashion
World record Auction price of 4.3 millions for this photograph…
On November 9th, 2011 a new world record price of $4.3 million was paid for a photograph during a Christie’sNew York auction. The total price for the Christie’s Auction was $4,338,500 for the “Rhein II” a photograph of a German river that was created in 1999. The photograph is signed by Andreas Gursky and face-mounted on Plexiglas…
he Belgian designer Martin Margiela, known more for his fashion collections than interiors, has completed work on his first foray into hospitality design: 17 rooms and the public spaces at the Maison Champs Elysées in Paris.
Margiela, an enigmatic figure who is rarely photographed and declines face-to-face interviews, has distanced himself from the day-to-day operations of his eponymous fashion line, instead choosing to focus on “special projects.” If this is an example of the outre oeuvre that he is pursuing now, all the better. Sometimes the staid hospitality industry needs a good kick in the pants.
A new take on Greed
In our post–Bernie Madoff, post-Enron world, the plot of the upcoming action comedy Tower Heist (Universal), in theaters November 4, sounds like it could have been ripped straight from today’s headlines. Ben Stiller leads an all-star cast in this story of disgruntled workers at a luxury Central Park condominium seeking revenge against Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda), a corrupt Wall Street billionaire who bilked them out of their retirement savings. With the help of a petty crook played by Eddie Murphy, they concoct a plan to steal a cool $20 million from Shaw’s penthouse apartment, where he is under house arrest for embezzling $2 billion from investors.
Production designer Kristi Zea and set decorator Diane Lederman—collaborators on the sets for last year’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps—devised Shaw’s opulent, art-laden residence. Zea toured some of Manhattan’s most prestigious luxury hotels and condominiums and found her muse on the top floor of the Trump Tower International Hotel & Tower on Columbus Circle. “The inspiration was an empty apartment that was half a floor and had a staggering 180-degree view of Manhattan,” says the Oscar-nominated designer, who explains that while the Trump Tower served as a location for exterior shots, the massive apartment was actually a set built on a soundstage in Brooklyn. “We were able to match up the walls of the building, and then what we did on the inside was all up to us.” They even created a rooftop swimming pool lined with a giant image of $100 bill.
Musee’ Maillol: Pompei, un art de vivre
If the public monuments of the Roman Empire, theaters, amphitheaters, baths, temples, are numerous and often well-preserved, private homes, apart from those found buried by Vesuvius in AD 79 in Campania are rare, and never found elsewhere in their integrity. A Pompeiana domus , a house Pompeii is evoked in his most famous and traditional: the atrium , thetriclinium and Culina , the peristyle around the garden, the balneum the venereum . Two hundred works from Pompeii and other sites and Vesuvius will be presented. Running from September 21 2011 to February 12 2012
Musee Maillol 61, rue de Grenelle, PARIS
Beautiful, soulful and talented: Lianne La Havas
live at The Slaughtered Lamb, filmed on June 13th 2011
’7 Electric chairs’ by Robert Wilson
When it comes to celebrating a round-numbered birthday, most people send out the invitations, arrange for a DJ and blow out a few candles in celebration. ButRobert Wilson, the American director, stage designer and former Wallpaper* Guest Editor had something else in mind for his big 7-0. Why not make seven sculpture chairs from transparent polycarbonate, one for every decade?
I am 70 years old, seven decades, seven deadly sins and there are many more (seven) references in philosophy and mathematics,’ Wilson explains. ‘Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” contains the seven ages of man, there are seven dwarfs in “Snow White” and there is the soft drink 7up. Seven has always been a number that interests me.’
And so, it appears, do chairs. Though he’s a director and set designer, Wilson is also a prolific furniture designer and a major chair collector: his personal collection exceeds 800 pieces, many of which are found in his Watermill Center in Long Island. For this very personal project, Wilson partnered with Kartell to realise the collection, which he has titled ’7 Electric chairs… As you like it’.
Each unique design features 20mm polycarbonate slabs with a surface inlaid with squiggling neon lights. Kartell’s Claudio Luti, who first met Wilson when Gianni Versace (his former business partner) did costumes for one of Wilson’s plays, continues to be impressed by the range of Wilson’s talent. ‘He’s a genius in every area – directing, lights, costumes, sets, furniture,’ says Luti. ‘He showed me this giant book of his sketches and it was just unbelievably beautiful.’
Wilson installed the chairs among the antiquities in the upstairs gilded hall of Milan’s La Scala theatre: a fitting location, given that his production of ‘Ulysses’, for which he did the staging, set and lights, debuted the night before in the same location.
By J.J. Martin for wallpaper
Tehching Hsieh: inside looking out
“He has made the most radical performances in the world, and nobody has done it longer or better than he has,” says Marina Abramovic of her hero, Tehching Hsieh. “Because of the speed of life, young audiences have been trained to have a minimal attention span. His pace is an inspiration to them.” In speaking of Hsieh, Abramovic quite correctly lionizes an individual who has created work that beautifully articulates the limitless capacity for intellectual, emotional, and creative freedom that all human beings possess. The Taiwanese-born artist, who came to his current home of New York in 1974 as an illegal immigrant, is best known for the performance pieces of extreme duration that he began creating in the late ’70s. His first work, One Year Performance 1978–1979 (Cage Piece), consisted, infamously, of the artist enclosing himself in a cage in his Tribeca studio for one full year. For Hsieh, it was a situation indistinct from ordinary living, filled with the same raw emotions. In this case, however, those emotions remained contained within his eleven-by-nine-foot cell. “The joy I’ve had from doing art is not based on masochism, but on the transformation in which one turns his or her plight in a difficult situation to a positive state,” says Hsieh. “I haven’t denied my happiness and freedom. Instead, my work is based on free will and free choice.”
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land of milk and vuitton
Urban beekeeping isn’t only environmentally sustainable, it’s cool — just ask the Melbourne Rooftop Honey collective… or Louis Vuitton. In 2009 the luxury brand installed a trio of beehives on the roof of its headquarters in Paris. Since then, the nesting site has been home to some 200 000 bees. Now, the first fruits of LV’s labour are available in the form of Miel la Belle Jardiniere (that’s French for ‘The Beautiful Gardiner’). The haute honey comes in a hexagonal box that features some of LV’s signature symbols and the validating tag line, ‘Produit a Paris par Louis Vuitton‘ (Produced in Paris by Louis Vuitton). But don’t think you’ll be spreading the sweet stuff on your frozen pop-tarts anytime soon — the couture condiment is available in limited quantities and will be distributed as gifts to high-society friends of the house.
John Lautner Turns 100
Iconic, cinematic, and utterly sexy, John Lautner’s designs embody the mid-century mien of Southern California. It’s hard to imagine a Los Angeles without the futuristic and photogenic Chemosphere Residence (1960), which pops up villainously in a number of Hollywood films. Or the Silvertop Residence (1963-67), where the panoramic view begs for an afternoon libation. See…
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A private residence designed for a couple and their two dogs, Arc House is the latest offering from East Hampton-based practice Maziar Behrooz Architecture. See more of the exterior and interior of the Arc House Its signature feature, the striking curved roof, was a result of the combination of practicality and aesthetics. The plot, located under the flight path of the…read more: Wallpaper.com
Tulum, Mexico: Nico and Francesca residence. Friends with a purpose of style
TOMMY’S PREP HOUSE
NYC May 5, 2011. Last night, PAPER headed down to the launch party for Tommy Hilfiger’s new “Prep World” pop-up shop on Gansevoort street in the Meatpacking district. The space, which was built to look like an adorable little New England beach house (complete with a mailbox), was brimming with fashion world big-wigs including Elle’s Joe Zee and Robbie Myers, celebs John Legend, Krysten Ritter, Jessica Stam, Jessica Szohr and Lisa Birnbach, author of The Official Preppy Handbook and True Prep: It’s a Whole New Old World. The pop-up, which is open until May 8th and will travel around the world, houses Hilfiger’s Prep World capsule collection, featuring a mix of the brand’s classic heritage looks and beachy, vintage pieces. Swing by and start gearing up for summer.
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SALONE DI MILANO
Wallpaper* identify the 5 neighbourhoods of the Milan furniture fair and in partnership with Crane.tv bring you zone-by-zone video guides to the greatest design gig on earth First off, Wallpaper* editor-in-chief Tony Chambers, along with Industrial Designer Konstantin Grcic and Nina Yashar, owner the Nilufar gallery, take you around the buzzing Golden Triangle …
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CHARLOTTE PERRIAND: Paris at your feet.
There’s been many a show of modernist master Charlotte Perriand‘s work but none that taps into her mind quite like the Petit Palais’ current offering in Paris. Focusing on the part photography played in the making of her work, it takes us right to the source of her designs, placing inspiration shots and realised products side by side. See more from the Charlotte Perriand…
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The Days: Design and the Modern Interior
Despite being married for almost 70 years and sharing the same distinctively modernist aesthetic, British postwar designers Robin and Lucienne Day always maintained that they worked separately. At their home in Chelsea’s Cheyne Walk from the 1950s to the 1980s, they had separate studios and worked for different clients; Lucienne for the likes of Heal’s and Rosenthal, Robin…
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I find translating my artwork into textiles to be one of the most rewarding aspects of my work. (caracol 2006)
Interiors della Versace follow one basic principle—the same one, in fact, that guides the label’s ready-to-wear. “Versace is all about glamour and sexiness, and so my interior design is based on the same vision,” Donatella Versace explained to Style.com today, on the eve of presenting her new Versace Home collection at Milan’s Salone del Mobile. “I want to create spaces that make you feel sexy and glamorous. And comfortable. It’s really that simple.”
Aiding and abetting that sexy feel: plenty of metal (the material of the season, according to Donatella); pop colors; shining lacquered treatments; and the return of the house’s iconic Baroque print, a throwback to the Versace of Gianni himself. Above, your exclusive first look at the line’s new Bubble cocktail tables (complete with interior lighting system) and Moon chair, coming soon to an non-minimalist manse near you.
Berlinscapes by Tuca Vieira at 1500 Gallery
Berlin architecture captured by a Brazilian photographer, exhibited in a New York gallery. It may sound a strange equation but this very dislocation lends Tuca Vieira’s Berlinscapes series, on show at 1500 Gallery, its curios allure. See more of the São Paolo photographer who recently scooped the 2010 Premio Porto Seguro: Brazil’s most important annual photography…
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Without a doubt one of the most stunning stores today…
Hermes by RDAI, Paris
Rena Dumas discovered architecture as an adolescent, observing her brother studying architecture at the polytechnic in Athens. Graduating in Paris, she continued her education in Greece and the United States before being appointed director of Robert Anxionnat’s Paris practice. She went on to open her office, Rena Dumas Architecture Intérieure (RDAI), and began her collaboration with Hermès in 1976, of whom her business is still the principal design architect.
Whilst Ms Dumas passed in 2009, her firm has gone on to outfit the now iconic Hermès store on Rue du Rennes, once home to the Lutetia Hotel’s swimming pool. As well as Hermès boutiques in Dubai, Tokyo, New York, Seoul, Nuremberg and Kuala Lumpur.he