27.5.16

Aesop Brera



The first Italian signature store, Aesop Brera, is a contemporary insertion into the fabric of Milan’s history. Occupying a corner tenancy, the 60-square metre space is located in a nineteenth-century building on the Piazza del Carmine, next to the fifteenth-century Chiesa Santa Maria del Carmine. The neighbourhood, traditionally home to artists and ateliers, is now one of the main centres of Milan’s annual furniture fair, Salon del Mobile. A collaboration with local studio Vincenzo de Cotiis Architects, the contemplative design gives a subtle nod to its previous incarnation as a salumeria.

24.5.16

LOCKED OFF


Rave culture is one of Britain's great cultural exports, but after its first wave in the late 1980s and early 1990s it was forced into the underground by stringent new laws and the rise of licensed super clubs. 

Fast forward 25 years into the midst of a nationwide purge on the UK's nightlife, where nearly half of all British clubs have shut down in the last decade, and a new kind of scene has emerged: a 21st century version of rave, where young people break into disused spaces with the help of bolt-cutters and complicated squatting laws, to suck on balloons and go hard into the early morning. 

But with the police using increasingly extreme tactics to clamp down on these parties, and more than one fatality causing a nationwide media panic, can the scene survive? 

via vice

The unreleased Kanye West beat tape from 1997

Sunspel Berlin store

British heritage brand Sunspel opened a new store in the city of Berlin.
Located in the trendy Mitte district, the new flag aims to be a platform for artists next to the man and woman collections. The interior was furnished with english ash wood and german oak in reference to a symbiosis of native-ness and vicinity, underlining the natural character of the brand and its products.





Sunspel 
Alte Schönhauser Straße, 41 
Berlin 10119

15.5.16

Chiharu Shiota: The Key in the Hand

Chiharu Shiota born in Osaka, Japan and lives and works in Berlin, Germany for the past two decades. The Key in the Hand is an elaborate weft of red wood and keys that dangle above two old-aged rustic boats for Japan Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition Venice Art Biennale. Chiharu Shiota explains “In this installation I would like to use keys provided by the general public that are imbued with various recollections and memories that have accumulated over a long period of daily use. as I create the work in the space, the memories of everyone who provides me with their keys will overlap with my own memories for the first time. these overlapping memories will in turn combine with those of the people from all over the world who come to see the biennale, giving them a chance to communicate in a new way and better understand each other’s feelings.”

10.5.16

Biotherm Homme x David Beckham



David Beckham and Biotherm join forces to develop a new skincare that fight dry skin, combat sun damage and signs of aging and help to build stronger, healthier skin. The Sexiest Man Alive” voted by People magazine, said “I’ve been thinking about developing a skincare range for a long time and it wasn’t until I started speaking with Biotherm that it all came together.” 
David Beckham x Biotherm Homme range will be launched in 2017.

8.5.16

Saturday, Monday - Pilgrim (feat. Brolin)

Filmed in a Swedish refugee camp and follow a 17 year old refugee (who wished to remain nameless, scared of persecution), the video is a powerful portrait and a timepiece demonstrating that Saturday, Monday is a musician interested in creating holistic work that interrogates the world we live in.


5.5.16

CHANEL Cruise 2016/17

The fashion show is part of the month of French culture in Cuba and took place in the historic Paseo del Prado in Cuba.


Colors for Fondation Louis Vuitton





Daniel Buren, a  French conceptual artist, embossed the 3,600 pieces of glass of Fondation Louis Vuitton with a multicolored filters. The colors of The Observatory of Light, name of the installation, change depending on the position of the sun and transforming the the museum into a giant-sized kaleidoscope, making each moment a unique experience. 
According to Bernard Arnault, president of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, “Daniel Buren has designed a grandiose project, pertinent and enchanting, the result of real dialogue with Frank Gehry and his building. His work responds magnificently to the architecture, in line with his approach, going back to the 1970s, that sees a coming together of colors, transparency and light.”

Observatory of Light will begin on 11th May
Fondation Louis Vuitton 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
Paris 75116

2.5.16

Apple Campus 2

The futuristic headquarters of Apple in Cupertino, California started in 2013 with a completion date set for late 2016. The new Spaceship campus is a  2.8  million square feet structure to house around 13,000 employees, with an underground auditorium for hosting events, a fitness center, a cafe, and a visitor's center, complete with more than 7,000 trees and places for Apple employees to roam.  Apple Campus 2 was designed by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in partnership with Norman Foster.




Take a look inside the project


30.4.16

Casa Modesta

Casa Modesta is  located in the Ria Formosa Nature Park in Algarve, southern Portugal. A family house that turned a rural hotel of nine suite with private bathrooms and patios and surrounded by a olive garden.


Quatrim do Sul, 8700-128
Olhão, Algarve - Portugal

28.4.16

OLD VISVIM NEVER DIES


Whenever I get a new pair of shoes, I immediately break them in by stepping on the left shoe with my right foot, and the right shoe with my left foot. It's similar to getting a hair cut, and wanting to get over that odd, uncomfortable feeling.

 I wear them on rainy days, while washing the car, an in any situation in a carefree manner and even when they get dirty it's not a big deal to me. I'll brush the uppers from time to time or change up the laces, and before long the leather begins to soften, and naturally mold to my feet.

 The more you use something, the more you see it becoming a reflection of your own character, and you begin to feel an inexplicable fondness for the object. The fact you own something like this brings you happiness, and I am drawn to these kind of objects.

When I design products, I consider what is necessary to make something long-lasting, or what kind of things can be enjoyed for a long time. As I ponder those things I also think which materials, dyeing methods, and constructions will aid in that pursuit.

 For example, the color in denim will fade over time, but the way in which it fades is dependent upon the wearer's environment and the way the denim is worn. It's the same with vegetable-tanned leather. These materials are highly affected by climates, temperature, sunlight, and the wearer's environment, which is precisely why human character is reflected so well. That metamorphosis is beautiful.

Personally, I enjoy watching this change, and as a creator, it truly brings me joy. - Hiroki Nakamura








26.4.16

Made by Hand - Porsche 356

A documentary commissioned by Porsche in the 50s to show how the iconic model 356 was produced in Germany. The film follows the entire production line from the initial sheet metal to finished product, through the assembly of panels, painting, installation of motors and gearboxes, to the wheel alignment and final road tests. A retrospective look at the first time of one of the most famous brands of sports cars in history.


21.4.16

Jason Bourne - Official Trailer



He may now remember everything, but that doesn't mean he knows everything.

Soda Pop Capsule Collection for Smoke x Mirrors

Smoke x Mirrors has announced its first stand-alone capsule collection.
Featuring vibrant, colorful mixed material frames with symmetrical line-work and strong geometric forms and inspired by the flamboyance of disco era styling, where 50's futuristic themes and kitsch married the exotic and outlandish.







18.4.16

the sounds of ARMENIA

13.4.16

Jane Bordeaux - Ma’agalim


An amazing animated short directed by Uri Lotan. History, music and  sensitivity combined.

Marriage Market Takeover



Today, Chinese women face immense pressure to get married before they turn 27. In many Chinese cities, so called marriage markets are a common sight, where parents go to post and match personal ads. A number of brave Chinese women have finally stood up to speak their mind against society’s labels and their parents' pressures. A marriage market in Shanghai’s People’s park was taken over by personal messages from hundreds of independent women, stating that they want to control their own destiny.

Find out what these women courageously say to reconstruct the mutual respect between generations and increase society’s understanding to finally change their destiny in the film.

Game of Thrones Season 6, trailer 2

4.4.16

Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures - Official trailer



In 1989, on the floor of Congress, Senator Jesse Helms implored America to "Look at the pictures," while denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed social boundaries with their frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism -- and ignited a culture war that rages to this day. 

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures does just that, taking an unflinching, unprecedented look at Robert Mapplethorpe’s most provocative work. From acclaimed filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Inside Deep Throat; HBO’s Wishful Drinking and The Eyes of Tammy Faye), and produced by Katharina Otto-Bernstein (Absolute Wilson), it is the first feature-length documentary about the artist since his death, and the most comprehensive film on Mapplethorpe ever.

As The J. Paul Getty Museum and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art prepare landmark Mapplethorpe retrospectives (both opening in March 2016), the film goes inside the preparation for the exhibitions as a jumping-off point to tell the complete story of his life and work for the first time, and explore the interplay between his personal and professional lives. Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures reveals a controversial artist who turned contemporary photography into a fine art.

With complete and unprecedented access to The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the documentary draws upon archival materials and features never-before-seen photographs and footage. “Even his most shocking and forbidden images are included without blurs, without snickers -- in other words, exactly as the artist intended,” say Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Mapplethorpe himself is a strong presence, telling his story in his own words with complete honesty and often shocking candor through rediscovered audio interviews.

The film follows Mapplethorpe’s early beginnings as a young artist in New York City through his meteoric rise in the art world to his untimely death. In 1963, he enrolled at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he studied drawing, painting and sculpture, and soon met his first girlfriend, Patti Smith, one in a string of profoundly influential lovers. By the late 1960s and early 1970s he was taking Polaroid photographs of friends and acquaintances, and was determined to make it, which meant being recognized as an artist and becoming famous.

Almost all of the people from key relationships in his life are present in the film, including Sam Wagstaff, David Croland, Lisa Lyon, Marcus Leatherdale and Jack Walls. The documentary also features almost 50 original interviews with family, friends, co-workers and colleagues, including Mary Boone, Carolina Herrera, Brooke Shields, Helen and Brice Marden, Fran Lebowitz, Bob Colacello and Debbie Harry.

Rounding out this portrait are the recollections of Mapplethorpe’s older sister, Nancy, and youngest brother, Edward. An artist himself, Edward assisted his brother for many years and was responsible for much of the technical excellence of his photography.

The duality of black-and-white work reverberated in his life. He often mounted two shows simultaneously: An uptown exhibition might include society portraits and delicate flower still-lifes, while his sexually explicit photographs were on view downtown. Mapplethorpe’s most controversial work -- which he considered his most important -- chronicled the underground BDSM (bondage, dominance and submission, sadomasochism) scene of late 1970s New York City, sparking a national debate over public funding of art some deemed offensive or obscene.

Mapplethorpe was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, when the illness was still a death sentence. He spent the remainder of his life working more feverishly than ever before, not only pursuing perfection, but also striving to secure his legacy after his death. In 1988, a few months before Mapplethorpe’s passing, The Whitney Museum of American Art mounted his first major American museum retrospective.

The man who lived to be famous became even more famous after he died. Before his death, he designed one final show, The Perfect Moment, which brought images of flowers, S&M pictures and male African-American nudes together in a museum setting for the first time. As he himself predicted, the combination proved to be too much. In 1989, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. canceled The Perfect Moment after Senator Helms took aim at Mapplethorpe. In April of the following year, protests were held when the traveling exhibition arrived at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati, resulting in obscenity charges against the CAC and its director, Dennis Barrie. After a dramatic court battle, both were ultimately found not guilty.

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures is a revealing look at one of the most important artists of the 20th century, whose name remains a byword for something illicit, dangerous and dark.

HBO Documentary Films in association with Film Manufacturers Inc. presents a World of Wonder production. Directed and produced by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato; produced by Katharina Otto-Bernstein; produced by Mona Card; associate producer, Jordan Papadopoulos; edited by Langdon F. Page; co-editor, Francy Kachler; original music by David Benjamin Steinberg; directors of photography, Mario Panagiotopoulos and Huy Truong. For HBO: senior producer, Sara Bernstein; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures is in cinemas 22 April. 

via HBO

Vaccarello at YSL


The Belgian designer, Anthony Vaccarello will be the new creative director of fashion brand Yves Saint Laurent. Vaccarello will replace Hedi Slimane, whose departure was already announced by the french luxury group Kering.

2.4.16

Rihanna - Kiss It Better

IVY PARK SS16



Let's all go to Parkwood. Beyoncé released this short video, an exclusive first look at Ivy Park, the Beyoncé athleisure line with Topshop. 200 pieces in a mixture of sports bras, leggings, bodysuits, socks, jackets, and more. The collection will be sold in 50 countries at 12 different retail chains. 

"I would wake up in the morning and my Dad would come knocking on my door, telling me it's time to go running. I remember wanting to stop but I would push myself to keep going. I would think about my dreams. I would think about the sacrifices my parents made for me. I would think about my little sister and how I was her hero. I would look at the beauty around me. The sunshine through the trees. I would keep breathing. There are things I'm still afraid of. When i have to conquer those things I still go back to that park. Before hitting the stage I still go back to that park. When it was time for me to give birth I went back to that park. The park became a state of mind. The park became my strength. The park is what made me who I am. Where's your park?"  

31.3.16

Juvenile - A film by Jovan Todorovic



What is life like in a Serbian young offenders institution?

Being young today often seems to hold more fear than hope. This atmosphere of despondency is particularly prevalent in the largest juvenile correctional facility in the Balkans, where Jovan Todorovic and his crew filmed the lives of the minors that have been forgotten and sidelined by Serbian society. Juvenile, which we're premiering on Dazed, documents life within a correctional facility for the young adults and children who've been sent there. For these young people, who range in age from 14-23, the outside world can recede into an unfamiliar place – particularly given that the longest court sentence that can be imposed is four years, a lifetime for any restless young person who dreams of freedom.

Juvenile communicates the monotony and hopelessness of a life lived removed from the outside world whilst showing how youth is a universal concept, with the hopes and fears of the minors within the facility being no different to those who live outside of it. But for all that the subject matter might appear at first bleak – particularly given the uncompromising visuals of the post-Soviet correctional facility itself – Juvenile is a hopeful film. Watching it, you believe that there might be a positive resolution and some sort of redemption for these teenagers, many of whom hold on to religion as a way of processing the reality of their life within the centre. 

Though many of the young people portrayed in the film are likely to never fully escape a life of crime, Juvenile maintains a candid and honest approach. This is a film in which the young people are allowed to speak for themselves, given a voice without editorialising and judgement. We see them playing, telling Jesus-as-a-pothead jokes, smoking incessantly (almost all the young people seem to permanently have a cigarette in hand, which underscores the reality that much like those in adult correctional facilities, often there's not much else to do but chainsmoke and dream of the outside world). In order to achieve this closeness with the young people he depicted, Todorovic and his crew spent months living within the facility. By participating in their daily lives and not letting the stories of their past saturate their portrayal in the film, Juvenile connects with the teenagers on a more intimate level. The result is as raw as it is captivating, capturing moments of dejection as much as instances of a faith and hope that even a life within a facility can’t fully extinguish.

Directed by Jovan Todorović

Dame Zaha Hadid, 1950 - 2016


“You can't teach architecture. You can only inspire people”

29.3.16

Alice Through the Looking Glass Official Trailer 2

Been Trill X Coca-Cola




Director Pretty Puke create this 360º youth-driven aesthetic lookbook for Been Trill. Shot on the New York City Subway the video highlights new capsule collection made in collaboration with Coca-Cola.

Glas



In 1958, Dutch filmmaker Bert Haanstra created this brilliant Oscar-winning short film that compares the graceful, delicate art of glass blowing with the clunky, inefficient efficiency of bottle production machines. In the film the director used an incredible jazz sound instead of any kind of commentary or voice over.

25.3.16

Upside Down



Adam and Eden fell in love as teens despite the fact that they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Ten years after a forced separation, Adam sets out on a dangerous quest to reconnect with his love.

Directed by Juan Solanas

cast Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst, Timothy Spall, Blu Mankuma, James Kidnie, Kate Trotter

21.3.16

adidas Originals by NIGO and Stormzy



A short documentary released by the iconic brand were Stormzy and Nigo discuss how great is the combination of both for the upcoming collection.

Aganovich Fall Winter 16


69th Cannes Film Festival



In Cannes Film Festival official poster was used stills from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film, Contempt (Le Mépris), in statementy, the fest said, “It’s all there. The steps, the sea, the horizon: a man’s ascent towards his dream, in a warm Mediterranean light that turns to gold. Cinema replaces our gaze with a world in harmony with our desires.” 
The image was designed by Hervé Chigioni and graphic designer Gilles Frappier.
Cannes runs from May 11-22 with George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) presiding over the jury.

Bat For Lashes - In God's House



The Bride album is out July 1 on Parlophone.

Dover Street Market new flagship store































Comme des Garçons has relocated the London store in Haymarket. Similarly to its original location on Dover Street, the interior has been conceived by Comme des Garçons and the brands spaces were given freedom to design them as they saw fit. Brands on display include Charlotte Perriand, Comme des Garcons, Gucci, Palace, Rick Owens, Loewe, Celine, Vetements, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Nikelab, Margaret Howell, and J.W. Anderson.


"I want to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos; the mixing up and coming together of different kindred souls who all share a strong personal vision," - Rei Kawakubo


Dover Street Market
18-22 Haymarket
London