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



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


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.


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.


the sounds of ARMENIA


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


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.


Rihanna - Kiss It Better


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?"