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Sunday, August 31, 2008
A stunning campaign of the Australian clothing company, Insight, divided into two inspired and highly original photo/film projects: the Surf and the Skate
Each of Dustin Humphrey's deftly-composed photographs are bisected into different worlds. In one a surfer floats by in the top half while an eerie scene is constructed beneath the waves. What lies beneath are rich, dark visual spectacles including "beatnik graveyards, uba scuba canoes, and motor-cycle riding femme fatales."
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He takes his inspiration from nature and the way he manipulates water is truly outstanding such as his vortex fountains.
Although he makes smaller versions, the largest one has got to be his masterpiece. The fountain is called Charybdis and is located in Seaham Hall in Sunderland, UK.
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EME Fusion Hotel, in the heart of old town Sevilla, just across the way from the ancient Giralda cathedral.
The “fusion,” one imagines, is the mix of ornate arabesque patterns, a reference to the cathedral’s Moorish heritage, with the modern minimalist stone and wood interiors of this sixty-room boutique hotel.
Like any Spanish hotel worth its salt, the EME is a soothing shelter from the light and heat of the day, but with a terrace that’s open to the cool night air after the sun goes down. Some rooms overlook the cathedral itself, and the better ones come with Jacuzzis; not entirely necessary, though, given the views from the rooftop pool deck.
Finally the inspiration behind the design of the Perspective Chair was the relationship between a man and a woman, and here is what Pharrell has to say about this : “I had often wondered what it’s like to truly be in love, not lust for once.. So I decided not to ask what it was like in someone else’s shoes or what it was like to sit in their seat.. I decided to sketch out my own experiment; the perspective chair.”
by Aqua Creations Design Studio
Designer Ayala Serfaty and photographer Albi Serfaty founded Aqua Creations Design Studio in 1994. Ayala Serfaty is known as an innovator of sophisticated original design concepts. Her biomorphic shapes and highly stylized objects emphasize life’s beauty and harmony.
Ayala Serfaty is a world accredited designer whose works have been exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe and the US. Serfaty’s latest SOMA light sculptures will be showcased in a solo exhibition at The Tel Aviv Museum of Arts, opening November 2008.
Albi Serfaty is an acclaimed photographer who has been producing Aqua Creations’ artworks over the years. His images express to the best extent the essence of Aqua Creations’ appeal and are used in numerous publications all over the world.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Le grand hall
As soon as you step off the rue de Rivoli, you will be enthralled by our lobby’s innovative and enigmatic works of art. A frosted frame, a conversation seat, a dolphin chair, a crystal chandelier… and that’s just the beginning!
Silver and white are interwoven to create a refined décor of pure materials. The restaurant, with it’s combination of 3-star cuisine, Yannick Alleno’s innovative concept of tableware, and various special features including a champagne bar, an open wine cellar and the Chef’s table, provides a unique dining atmosphere. One thing’s for sure: you certainly won’t get bored…
You will be able to settle yourself comfortably and admire the centerpiece of the Stark project, a gigantic canvas measuring 145 sqm, whose hues of gold and ochre will transport you to another world. The dream continues with Yannick Alleno’s new culinary concept, designed around a menu that is FREE OF and 100%. And if this is not enough to convince you, a few unconventional details are there to remind you that this is Le Meurice: a Daliesque seat with feet in the form of lady’s shoes, a lamp with drawers and a lobster on a telephone!
‘‘I wanted Le Meurice to move to a different beat, a warmer, more welcoming, more glamorous heart. I see Le Meurice as the most French of places, where everyone must feel at home. I want to shake it up, to make it a new destination where people will come to enjoy time out, lunch, a drink, or be transported by gastronomy. I asked Philippe Starck to imagine a new atmosphere, to create a mood that would enhance and respect the beauty and proportions of this magnificent palace. His response is what I had secretly dreamed of.
This is not the first time Le Meurice has been modernised and renovated over the course of its history, yet never before has such a transformation so creatively anchored it in a new millennium. The new decoration of its public areas brings the hotel’s true dimensions to the fore, exalts its historic decor with subtle surrealist touches and brings its full brilliance to light.
It took Philippe Starck and his team barely ten months to recreate a 500 square-metre decor, imagine more than 600 different items of furniture and give a more creative dimension to the grand foyer, Le Dalí , Le 228 and the le Meurice gastronomic restaurant, building a bridge between past and present.
Ara Starck hangs a monumental canvas under the restaurant’s glass dome, in perfect harmony with the surroundings. Gold evokes the very history of Le Meurice, red epitomises all that is human and white is for dreams. Red and gold curtains are swept aside to reveal four scenes on a white background. Even the extravagant dimensions - 145 square meters – are a reminder of the room’s surrealist past.
Philippe Starck constantly seeks ways to bring love and happiness into our lives with objects and environments that light up the everyday. For more than 30 years, this polymorphous and unconventional designer who dreamed of being an astrophysicist or a composer has poured the same enthusiasm into caring for his tribe and «making poetic products and places» so that we, his family and his friends can enjoy a little bit of fantasy in our lives.
As a child, he spent hours under his father’s drawing-board, sawing, cutting, gluing, sanding, dismantling toys, bikes, motorbikes and various other objects. Hours spent taking apart and putting together, reinventing the world around him. His father, an inventor of airplanes, gave him the desire to create. His mother gave him a poetic vision of the world, an elegant approach to life that he calls panache. Indeed, it was on his mother’s advice that he studied design at Nissim de Camondo in Paris.
Several years and several prototypes later, leading Italian firms were entrusting him with our furniture. François Mitterand asked him to change his life at the Elysée, Café Costes became the café. He made the Royalton in New York and the Delano in Miami, to name but two, the first classics of a new idea of hotels.
Meanwhile, his architectural monsters sprung up around Japan to make him the leading exponent of expressionist architecture.
He has shaken up the traditions and culture of major cities around the world, for example with the Felix restaurant in Hong Kong, the Teatron in Mexico and more recently the Lan and the Volar Club in China, and the Bon in Moscow.
End 2006 saw the opening of the Katsuya in Los Angeles, the first in a series of Japanese restaurants which the American press has already singled out as «one of the most exciting restaurants of the past ten years.» Whether the Delano in Miami, the Mondrian in Los Angeles, the Hudson in New York or the Clift in San Francisco, his hotels have brought a new dimension to the American landscape. Over in Buenos Aires, the Faena was named Hotel of the Year while the Fasano, opened in Rio in July 2007, already has the makings of a future classic. In London, the Jean-Paul Gaultier Gallery meets the Sanderson and St Martin’s Lane hotels. In Paris, he transformed what was once Marie-Laure de Noailles’ private mansion into a dazzling crystal museum and a romantic, luxurious, audacious setting for Baccarat.
When Philippe Starck designs a hotel or restaurant, he pays as much attention to what isn’t there as to what is, creating spaces which visitors, the «actors» of these places, will then inhabit and transform. These are spaces which will take the members of his «cultural tribe» out of themselves and, most importantly, towards something better. More architectural projects, currently under way in Europe, China, the Middle East, Mexico and the United States, will create new poles of attraction, pleasure and new encounters.
As well as creating living spaces, Philippe Starck develops his own brands including Starck Eyes with Alain Mikli, Starck Watches with Fossil and Starck Naked underwear with Puma. As artistic director for Virgin Galactic he is contributing to the conquest of space and to making space travel an affordable reality. This homo amphibius satisfies his love of the sea by designing boats, including a 120-metre superyacht with a revolutionary hull. Last September he unveiled his extension for Port Adriano in Palma de Majorca, as well as his Café Racer for Voxane, France’s only motorbike manufacturer.
An honest and enthusiastic citizen, Philippe Starck considers it his duty to share his subversive vision for a fairer world, where each of us must contribute to the bigger picture.
Ara Starck was born in Paris in 1978. After studying at the Ateliers de Sèvres then the École des Beaux Arts in Paris, she was accepted at Saint Martin’s School of Fine Arts in London. She continued her studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002. After a year in New York exploring and developing her style, Ara Starck returned to Paris where she lives and works.
To extend the boundaries of the canvas into a place where the imagination has no limits.’’ Through this desire to defy confinements and frameworks, applied to new technologies such as lenticular plastic, Ara gives expression to what she sees as the most complex and poetic subject, which she places at the heart of her work: mankind. Using the artist’s traditional tools of oils, brushes and turpentine, Ara Starck creates works of encounter. Her objective is to produce a third matter: an alchemy of the painting that is unique to the artist and the observer.
Ara Starck’s work for Le Meurice springs from a rich human encounter between the artist and Franka Holtmann, General Manager of Le Meurice. Seduced by an exceptional personality and by this legendary Parisian hotel, Ara wished to revive the great French tradition of incorporating a work of art into a living environment. Her ceiling-hung canvas for the most French of Parisian palace hotels follows in the tradition of Chagall and Cocteau. Man is at the heart of this exclusive and unique work, brought to life in four acts. Four imagined and imaginary places behind enigmatic curtains that open onto passing figures. A veritable game in which sienna effigies move like phantasmagoria through a world of gold, a sign of wealth and all that is sacred. White signifies the intangible, an invitation to dream.
And so Ara’s work reflects the rich life of a space redesigned by her father, Philippe Starck. Beyond this father-daughter dialogue, the spectator will be caught up in this enchanted world played out above their head, while the most perspicacious and curious will be drawn in to become part of it.
Ara has always looked beyond the usual confines in both the literal and figurative sense, and sees her preferred format of 4m x 3m canvases as a vital catalyst in her work: ‘‘To work within a framework, to detailed specifications, in search of the tiny crack that might just bring down imposed spatial limits to open up another mental space.
By Ports 1961
The Canadian collection, originally called Ports International, launched as a luxury sportswear line in 1961. When the company changed hands in the early nineties, new ownership closed down North American doors to focus on Asia. In 2003, the brand, known for its smart, artsy-chic styles designed by Tia Cibani, stepped back into the U.S. and Canada.
Comfortably sophisticated with a touch of romance.
Tia Cibani has reinvented Ports 1961 with refreshing, wearable, and stylish silhouettes that embody modern sophistication. North African –born, the Vancouver-raised Cibani’s worldly travels are reflected in her mature designs. Having worked under brothers Dean and Dan Caten, who headed the design team at Ports during the nineties (they later founded D Squared2), Cibani was appointed creative director and moved to China where she cultivated an eclectic design aesthetic. She credits her associations with the multicultural artistic and creative community as influential in her seasonal collections. The urban, cosmopolitan landscape of her current residence in New York City fused with her lengthy stay abroad makes for a unique vision. Progressive and alluring, a new identity and market for the Ports brand is evolving.
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Thursday, August 28, 2008
all photos by Matteo Piazza
Established in 1982, Lazzarini Pickering Architetti is a design oriented practice headed by Italian Claudio Lazzarini and Australian Carl Pickering, based in Rome, Italy.
Lazzarini Pickering Architetti has developed an international reputation for continuously innovative design concepts in many areas from architecture, retail and restaurant design to interior architecture, nautical, furniture and graphic design. The studio prides itself on its multi-disciplinary nature and on the very diverse designs achieved through a confident but elastic approach to understanding and designing for complex realities.
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