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Fluidity

In Architecture & Fashion on November 30, 2008 at 00:15

Gareth Pugh SS09 + Dupli Casa (by J.Mayer)

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Fluid like time and light,

like freshly – poured milk.

Gareth Pugh, the Parisian debut – ant,

collides with the expected & 

introduces raw futurism to Now.

Terminator flirts with Optimus Prime*,

and the Parisian scene is ever transformed.

On the other hand, Dupli Casa (2006/7)

seems to have just came out of a mould,

fragile to touch and

sensitive as it recalls,

its previous state.

Its geometry is based on the footprint

of the house that was previously

located on the site

since 1984.

Linked with a futurama archaeology,

with the topography of Ludwigsburg

- the area that hosts the building -

 proposes a new term

for the memory of the structure.

Dupli Casa

- by Jurgen Mayer Architects -

while transforming the past,

still determines the future.

 

* The Autobot leader who comes to Earth to destroy the All Spark in order to end the war – from ‘Transformers’.

 

Sources: Style.com, Wallpaper.com, NikiOmahe.com.

 


24K

In Architecture & Fashion on November 29, 2008 at 23:31

Golden Χωλ

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Sometimes things dont make any sense at all.

But then again, you have to go beyond.

And meet Sandra @ the Golden Χωλ.

Where time stops and people shop,

kids roller-blading around.

The same people

and the same kids,

like someone ran out of stunts.

Everything keeps spinning

near

your leopard shoes

and glossy reflections

make you blink.

Architecture reaches bottom

American x-press reaches peak.

Pick a card.

Ace.

* Under the soundtrack of ‘Moonlight’, the vague decibells of his voice thru – autre – mobile & of LV charms cling-clinging in the air.

Hollywood Times

In Design on November 28, 2008 at 00:08

VIP Mirror by Habitat*

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Having drunk way tooo much champagne

at the opening of Golden Hall,

wearing my golden-leaved shoes,

im questioning luxury.

The ability to say no,

the people u know,

the friends you have,

the shoes you own.

Questionmark.

Summing up to the fact,

that luxury is

the capability to say yes,

to have your morning coffee at “Vivliothiki”

with grannies, at the next table,

eating shrimps & salad.

The smell of Soupline all over your home.

Luxury is when u ask your mirror

who is the most beautiful of all.

- And he never replies -

*Very Important Product – Kids – Mirror – Designed by Miss Piggy.

See through & on.

In Architecture & Fashion on November 25, 2008 at 20:40

Antonio Berardi (SS09) + SANAA (for Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavillion)

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SANAA’s installation in the Barcelona Pavillion*

is so discrete that someone might not notice it

at first glance.

Acrylic curtains will be forming a spline

in the center of the construction,

providing reflections and transparencies,

ephemerally changing views

of the interior space,

through and on 

the added material.

“We decided to make transparent curtains using acrylic material,

since we didn’t want the installation to interfere with

the existing space of the Barcelona Pavilion

says Kazuyo Sejima. 

SANAA consists of Azuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa

and maintain their firm since 1995.

Amongst their projects are

Dior Tokyo

O Museum

Kanazawa Museum.

While Antonio Berardi’s collection for SS09

- instead of marble and travertine -

comprised of lace and embroideries

proposes a sleek feminity

through dynamic – yet subtle – transparencies.

Sharing the same philosophy with SANAA,

the Italian cosmopolitan

who lives in London & shows in Paris,

creates an atmosphere that respects the body.

Either revealing or covering

the inner lingerie,

addresses the contemporary woman.

White, black and sheer are starkly

juxtaposed with cardinal red

reminding

the constructing materials

of a minimal, yet architectural piece of work.

 

 

* The BP was designed by Mies van der Rohe for the 1939 International Exposition in Barcelona, and hosted the German Pavillion. 

It was dismantled right after the exposition, and a replica stands on the same site from 1986.

 

Sources: designboom, dezeen, wikipedia, dictionary, style.com.

 

Lace²

In Architecture & Fashion on November 22, 2008 at 20:17

Polish Expo Pavillion 2010 (Wojciech Kakowski, Natalia Paszkowska, Marcin Mostafa) &

Lace Dresses FW2008 (Prada)

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The project team of the Expo 2010 Polish Pavillion

aimed to construct a memorable cultural ideogram,

through a theme,

a motif of folk-art paper cut-out.

 Or, more precisely, through a rendering of the motif,

a transcription of an elementary esthetic code

into the contemporary language of

architectural décor.

 

Miuccia Prada, on the other hand

experimented on couture lace

having all Switzerland

crafting metres of textiles.

‘When you are working on something simple, the surface is important.’

stated Miuccia.

While she laced her – creatives – fingers*

into those of the creators of the PP.

 

* Lace (verb) he laced his fingers into mine. entwine, intertwine, twine, entangle,interweave, link, braid, plait.

 

Sources: I-dictionary, wikipedia, style.com, polishpavillion.pl.


X*mas ahead

In I on November 22, 2008 at 01:30

vogue

 

Xmas folklore consists of:

British Vogue

(with Kate Moss on the cover)

Bauli Panettone

(Plain Italian cake)

Candies from Barsos in Kifissia

(Melomakarona & Kourampiedes wrapped in cult packages)

Golden Ornaments

(This year from MOMA)

Party frocks

(DIY)

Best friends around

 

With the soundtrack of

‘Edo lilipoupoli’

the music of my early youth,

having aunts singing to me

while building houses

with the sofa pillows

somewhere

between 

happiness and

ignorance.

 

‘Όλος ο κόσμος μια λιλιπούπολη’

 

* ORIGIN representing the initial chi of Greek Khristos Christ.’

 

 

 

 

constructive |kənˈstrəktiv|

In Art & Fashion on November 20, 2008 at 22:18

Mary Katrantzou (Μαίρη Κατράντζου) + Kazimir Malevich (Казимир Северинович Малевич)adjective

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The latter (1878 – 1935) was the pioneer of geometric abstract art

& the originator of the Avant – garde Suprematist movement.

The first (1980 – ) is a Greek born designer,

recently graduated from St. Martins Fashion college

and is being launched as ‘a name to remember’.

I always feel a bit itchy when facing

new – born talents in the fashion industry but when it comes

to an undefiable, unresistable clarity

of a new identity,

a new fashion specie

all i can do is raise my hands up.

(smiling)

Between constructivism and de-constructivism

Russian Avant-garde and Suprematism,

with marvellous colourful pallettes,

flirting with the Biba era and Furstenberg prints

 ‘Mary Katrantzou’ 

is not a name to remember,

but one, rather constructive*

to learn by heart.

 

 

serving a useful purpose *tending to build up constructive criticism.

Law derived by inferenceimplied by operation of law; not obvious or explicit constructive liability.

Mathematics relating tobased on, or denoting mathematical proofs that show how an entity may in principle be constructed or arrived at in a finite number of steps

 

Sources: Wikipedia, Dictionary, Mary Katrantzou.

 



The surface of the skin.

In Architecture & Fashion on November 18, 2008 at 23:29

If one has loved the surface of things for a long time,one will finally look for sth more. This ‘more’, however, is already present in the surface one wants to go beyond.

- Citation from M. Seuphor in Mondrian’s notebooks -


 

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1, Sionna cape dress (by Milene Birger)

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2, ‘Flare’ is a modular system to create a dynamic hull for facades or any building or wall surface.

It acts like a living skin, allowing a building to express, communicate and interact with its environment.

 

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3, Petal trimmed dress (by Fendi)

 

 

 


resort |riˈzôrt|

In Architecture & Fashion on November 17, 2008 at 00:59

Mathias Klotz (Casa 11 Mujeres) + Lanvin Resort (SS09)

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Casa 11 Mujeres 

(Eleven Women House)

.. was named like that because it was designed

for a family with 11 daughters

ages four to twenty.

Divided in three floors,

is built with bare concrete

wood floors, glass, and steel,

on a 45 degree slope

looking down Cachagua beach

(87 miles north of Santiago de Chile).

The bottom floor contains shared spaces,

 the top floor has the master bedroom +

kitchen, living room, dining room,

while the second level has the daughters bedrooms

—all overlooking the sea—

What if the 11 daughters

dressed up

in Lanvin Resort 2009;

Then everything would resort*

to ‘perfection’.

 

Resort:

noun

a place that is a popular destination for vacations or recreation, or which is frequented for a particular purpose a seaside resort a health resort.• archaic the tendency of a place to be frequented by many people :places of public resort.

the action of turning to and adopting a strategy or course of action, esp. a disagreeable or undesirable one, so as to resolve a difficultsituation Germany and Italy tried to resolve their economic and social failures by resort to fascism.• [in sing. a strategy or course of action that may be adopted in a difficult situation her only resort is surgery herself tomorrow now.

 

* ORIGIN late Middle English (denoting something one can turn to for assistance): from Old French resortir, from re- ‘again’ sortir ‘come or go out.’ The sense [place frequently visited] dates from the mid 18thcent.

Sources: Dezeen, Style.com, Dictionary.


 

 

 

 


Now or then;

In Fashion on November 16, 2008 at 23:20

‘The future influences the present just as much as the past’

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

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Between now & then, is the future


Whilst a sunday keeps leaving its trace

im living sunday nites without

having towake up @ dawn

as well kept treasured secrets.

 

The Queen of fashion back in the very early 1900

meets the alexander mc Queen’s of the very late 2008,

and the term ‘contemporary’ seeks its definition again.

 

White hosiery wakes memories from my ballet years

(five years from the age of five)

and the idea of layered dresses, 

covering & uncovering

eras,

a sneaky fondness from the future.

 

Slept in the Bogart way,

smoke was all around me,

hearing the Billie Holidays 

in my sleep.

 

Friends were over.

And i wore me out.


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