luni, 30 septembrie 2013

Silvio Giardina Spring/Summer 2014

Sylvio Giardina’s Spring-Summer 2014 collection embraces the technical craftsmanship and the technology know-how, thus allowing talent and creativity to fully express themselves. A world of contaminations skillfully assembled by experienced and crafty hands, in a color and fabric synaesthesia that gives life to a “polyphonic” composition: tweeds are vibrations, denims are solid sounds, tulles are harmonic scales, which, like the sonorities of a DJ on the fly, produce new and unexpected volumes, contrasts and silhouettes, with an ever increasing flow of new discoveries, such as in the interweave of cotton, silk and metallic threads simulating tweed or in the grating designs in tulle suggesting a tattoo on the body. Colors are like contemporary sounds: powder blue, light pink and white are crystalline sounds, mixing with the powerful sounds of black and blue jeans, that briefly give way to the tropical sensuality of lime green.

Every dress is a one-of-a-kind composition, an Artificialia, a collector’s item, in which the sartorial and Haute Couture history combines with the most advanced treatments, in a never-ending contamination between different styles and eras: menswear fabrics mix with sports elements, infused of romantic tulle, unveiling the body or creating full skirts. Contrasting yet well-proportioned mixtures: cocktail dresses are matched with a see-through and subtle bomber jacket.

Sylvio Giardina’s Spring-Summer 2014 collection is a contemporary resonant vision that can be freely mixed to create your own personal sound.
















Photography: Martina Scorcucchi

Stylist: Maurizio Gentile

Model: Mayya Skripchenko

Make-up: Mary Cesardi

Hair: Simone for Toni&Guy Roma

Info and images courtesy of Sylvio Giardina

Read our exclusive interview with designer Sylvio Giardina, here.

Silvio Giardina Spring/Summer 2014

Science of the senses by Alchemy

Alchemy is a Romanian avant-garde high end fashion label, based in Bucharest. The edgy cuts and unique design give a new perspective to men’s apparel. All the elements create a powerful sophisticated image.

“Science of the senses” is a pre-fall collection that centers on this way of discovering reality. The designers tapped into their senses and rediscovered textures, shapes and layers, just in time to create 20 ready to wear outfits. The textures used for the collection are natural fibers, lime, cotton, jersey, eco leather with metal garments and the dominant color is black.

For this season they suggest that you leave the common perception behind and join them in a game of textures, shapes and layers, and create that edgy cuts and daring shapes that will give you a primal and yet sophisticated look. And as the senses combine and add up layer by layer in creating your image of reality, they allowed each of their creations to sit on top of each other, creating the possibility of a multilayered styling – perfect for those who have an avant-garde approach on life.















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Info and images courtesy of Alchemy

Science of the senses by Alchemy

House IV by De Bever Architecten

The house is situated on a corner lot in the typical 30’s district ‘de Elzent’ against the natural landscape of the Dommel valley, in the center of Eindhoven. The existing main house is relatively small in structure, however, the lot size is sufficient enough to resist an carefully threaded extension. An extension where extra comfort is added to the existing house.

The transparent addition to the house is a continuation of an earlier exterior expansion with thin floating concrete eaves. These overhangs give a balanced picture, allowing the spaces seamlessly to blend, and gives the garden an intimate enclosed character.

The sightlines are important, creating separate spaces as a study niche, a lowered seating area with wide windowsills and a hanging fireplace. The roof connects the spaces seamlessly into each other.

Much attention is paid to careful detailing. Positioning of roof lights, (curved) walls, steps, niches which store the curtains, floor heating and cooling ceiling, acoustic panels and lighting are seamlessly concealed and determine the appearance and character of the area.

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House IV by De Bever Architecten

duminică, 29 septembrie 2013

In Residence: Ruth and Richard Rogers

Ruth Rogers jokes that her husband, whose accomplishments include Centre Pompidou, Lloyds of London and The Millennium Dome, took a house and turned it into a barn. Yet extraordinarily, the exterior of the building is an archetypal Georgian terrace; a resplendent facade in London brick with uniform windows and smart stucco. From the street there is no hint of the vertiginous staircase that zigzags through the air of the dramatic living space inside. “A room is the beginning of a city,” says Rogers and there are plenty of nods towards his architectural preoccupations. An industrial palette of natural light and acid-bright color is everywhere. Even the window-box geraniums are a signature pink. A column of Mao Zedong portraits courtesy of Andy Warhol, works by Cy Twombly and a fine collection of Philip Gustons are displayed alongside Mexican craft art and clusters of elegant ceramic vessels made by Richard’s mother. That the Rogers refer to the living space as a “piazza” is significant; the communal spirit of Italy, and in particular Florence where Richard was born, is an enduring influence on them both.

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In Residence: Ruth and Richard Rogers

vineri, 27 septembrie 2013

secretprojectrevolution by Madonna

secretprojectrevolution is a 17-minute film directed by Madonna and Steven Klein. The film launches Art For Freedom, a global initiative to further freedom of expression, created by Madonna, curated by VICE, and distributed by BitTorrent.

Art For Freedom encourages the world to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Join the revolution by uploading original artwork to or tagging original posts #artforfreedom.

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secretprojectrevolution by Madonna

Skyhouse by David Hotson

A unique architectural vision comes to life in a turn-of-the-century New York City skyscraper

SkyHouse is a residence constructed within a previously unoccupied penthouse structure at the summit of one of the earliest surviving skyscrapers in New York City. The height of the penthouse and the configuration of the existing steel framing supporting it, permitted four interior levels: a main level occupying the full floor at the base of the penthouse, a mezzanine of home office space overlooking the main level, a third level of bedrooms set at the base of the tapering roof, and a fourth attic level set into a triangular prism of space just beneath the truss which supports the roof ridge.

The film is a wordless spatial narrative, following dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Lily Baldwin as she moves through the spaces of the SkyHouse by David Hotson.

ENTRY/STAIRWELL - The private elevator landing opens into a tall vestibule, tapering upward to a seamless rectangular oculus which provides a view of the sculpted summit of the adjacent skyscraper. From the elevator vestibule, the floor slopes gently upward, passing under the twisting shaft of the stairwell to arrive at the main level of the penthouse. The stairwell shaft ascends through the full height of the penthouse, visually linking the entry hall with the structural glass floor of the attic four stories above. The stair itself wraps around the stairwell. The facetted surfaces of the stairwell converge on apertures, trimmed in mirror polished stainless steel, which provide views into and through the stairwell from the surrounding spaces. At the third level a structural glass bridge traverses the stairwell shaft passing through stainless-trimmed openings at either end. The original riveted steel structure –clad in intumescent paint- threads through the faceted stairwell slipping through apertures into adjacent rooms.

LIVINGROOM – The main living space occupies the entire north end of the penthouse.  Here the ceiling rises to the underside of the third level terrace and then tapers upward through the full fifty-foot height of the penthouse structure.  At the midpoint, a reading balcony is suspended on the exposed structural girders.  At the attic level the outward sloping glass wall provides a vertiginous vista down to the Living Space four levels below.  Furniture, fabrics, and finishes were designed by Ghislaine Viñas of Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design.

CENTER BEDROOM – The vault of the arched dormer window extends into the center bedroom, carving out a volume of space over the glass topped desk. In addition to providing a well-lit surface for working and a perfectly framed view of the spire of the 1914 Woolworth Building, the glass desk provides light to the dining area and stairwell below; the enclosure beneath the glass desktop folds in to create space for sitting but the open space beneath the glass extends through to the levels below, allowing light from the third level dormer window to spill into the entry and creating inexplicable views between the different levels of the penthouse. Set into the dormer at the opposite side of the bedroom, the alcove bed occupies a wedge of space extending up to the attic level oculus window.

NORTH BEDROOM – In order to provide more sources of natural light for the tall pyramidal living room, the volume of the vault of the dormer windows at the third level is extruded in through the dormer window on one side of the penthouse, across the entire width of the third level, and out the window on the opposite side. This linear volume intersects with the sloping surfaces at the pyramidal living room volume, creating voids through the light from the dormers spills in to reach both the bedroom and the living space below.  A shutter slides across the dormer volume to provide privacy when the bedroom is in use.

SLIDE - The entrance to a tubular slide, constructed from mirror-polished stainless steel, emerges through a circular hole cut in the seamless sloping glass partition at the south end of the Attic. The cylindrical helical slide flares to an ellipse which is sectioned on the angle of the inclined glass wall  resulting in a circular opening where the slide emerges through the glass.  This circular opening creates an illusion of flatness contradicted by the sideways path of the slide as it begins its descent. Visitors are invited to select a yellow cashmere blanket from the pile beside the entrance to speed their trip to the bottom. The first leg of the slide passes through the attic glass, coils around the column and over the double-height guest bedroom, then slips through a second seamless glass window and out over the stair. Windows in the slide admit natural light from the dormer windows and provide a fleeting vistas through the entire length of the penthouse. To compete with the drama of the slide as it sweeps through the space and out the window to the stair, interior designer Ghislaine Vinas installed a startling mural, inspired by Michael Jackson’s Neverland, in the only vertical wall in the room.  The saturated colors of the mural are fractured in the mirror polished facets of the slide, scatting patterns of color along the inner surface of the slide.  At the bedroom entrance a landing provides an opportunity to make a local stop at the third level or to re-enter the slide to continue down to the entrance level. The lower slide coils down through the ceiling and into the Library on the main level, suspended from a single point within the floor structure above.  As it reaches the end, the helical slide tube flares out to create a distorted rectangular mirror which forms the wall of the Library and deposits the intrepid visitor back in the Entrance Gallery at the foot of the staircase.

Architect • David Hotson

Designer • Ghislaine Viñas

Builder • SilverLining Interiors

Movie: Producer-Director-Editor • Jonathan Robinson

Director of Photography • Ben Wolf with the RED EPIC

Original Music • CurioSound

Choreographer & Figure • Lily Baldwin

Info and images ©  David Hotson

Skyhouse by David Hotson