Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Colouring the Caribbean Night

"He opened up his eyes and, and as his senses slowly woke up to the warmth of a Trinidad mellow dawn, he knew that this would be the beginning of more than another new day."

Monday, 19 October 2015

Sunday, 18 October 2015

A window to the world

"My house, like the intended emotions from my feeble heart, must have a window big enough to welcome the world and all its jilted lovers."

Monday, 7 September 2015

British Vogue celebrates 100 years with major London exhibition

British Vogue magazine has today announced that it will mark its 100th anniversary with a major exhibition of fashion, beauty and portrait photography at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Linda Evangelista by Patrick Demarchelier, 1991

Opening to the public on 11 February 2016, Vogue 100: A Century of Style will bring together for the first time over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world. The exhibition will feature work by leading photographers of the last century, including Cecil Beaton, Baron de Meyer, Lee Miller, Irving Penn, Lord Snowdon, David Bailey, Corinne Day, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Tim Walker and Albert Watson.

Founded in 1916, when the First World War made transatlantic shipments of American Vogue impossible, British Vogue became a publishing success. For ten decades of uninterrupted publication, the magazine continuously mirrored its times and put fashion in the context of the wider world, depicting the austerity and optimism that followed the two world wars, the ‘Swinging London’ scene in the 1960s, the socially radical 1970s, and the image-conscious 1980s.

Kate Moss at the Master Shipwright's House, Deptford by Mario Testino, 2008

David Hockney, Peter Schlesinger and Maudie James by Cecil Beaton, 1968

The exhibition will be designed by theatre and opera set designer Patrick Kinmonth, and is curated by Robin Muir, a contributing editor to British Vogue who has also written the texts for the exhibition’s accompanying hardback and paperback books. After closing in London on 22 May, Vogue 100: A Century of Style will go on display at the Manchester Art Gallery from 24 June to 30 October 2016.

All images courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Moreau Kusunoki Architectes win Guggenheim Helsinki design competition

Moreau Kusunoki Architectes has today been announced as the winner of the design competition for the Guggenheim museum outpost in Helsinki. With expected construction costs of approximately €130 million (or £92.5 million), the building will be located in the South Harbour area of the Finnish capital, and will occupy a floor area of around 12,100 square metres, of which 4,000 will be for exhibition spaces.

The proposal by the French architecture practice was selected from a shortlist of six, which were whittled down from 1,715 entries in an anonymous international design competition.

The competition’s jury described the scheme as “a collection of linked pavilions, each orientated to respect the city grid, and anchored by a lookout tower” and found the design “deeply respectful of the site and setting, creating a fragmented, non-hierarchical, horizontal campus of linked pavilions where art and society could meet and inter-mingle. The connections between the pavilions have been well considered to permit a continuous gallery experience, if required.”

Images courtesy of the Guggenheim Foundation

Monday, 22 June 2015

Chips that grow human cells win top design award

London’s Design Museum has today announced that ‘Human Organs-on-Chips’, designed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, have won the 2015 Design of the Year Award.

Human Organs-on-Chips by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh

Developed as microdevices lined with living human cells that mimic the tissue structures, functions and mechanical motions of whole human organs, the Human Organs-on-Chips represent a major breakthrough in medicine. Utilised to their full potential, the chips can represent a promising advance towards developing new cures for diseases while potentially decreasing costs.

The winner was chosen from over 70 nominated designs across six categories, including architecture, digital, graphics, fashion, product and transport design. This is the first time in the eight years of the annual design competition that a product from the field of medicine has won the top prize. 

Human Organs-on-Chips by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh

Images courtesy of the Design Museum

Monday, 4 May 2015

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, by Piero Lissoni

Italian designer Piero Lissoni has recently unveiled the first images for ‘The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach’, his first architectural project in the USA. Developed for Lionheart Capita and located at 4701 North Meridian Avenue in Miami Beach, Florida, the development comprises 111 condominium residences and 15 two-to five-bedroom single-family villas with price tags ranging between $2 million and $40 million USD.

The residences will be offered in 60 different optional floor plans with custom-designed interiors, and will have two attended lobbies with 24-hour personalized concierge services and valet parking. In addition, the complex will feature a fitness centre and a spa, as well as and ample gardens, pools, and entertainment spaces, including a club room with a bar, a private cinema, a library, conference rooms, and a kindergarten.

All images courtesy of Lissoni Associati / The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Balmain opens first London store

French fashion brand Balmain has inaugurated its first flagship store in London. Located on South Audley Street, the store was designed by architect Joseph Dirand, who had also overseen the refurbishment of the Paris flagship in 2009. 

Set amongst architectural examples of the Queen Anne Revival style typical of Mayfair, the new 220-square-meter boutique features a sober stone exterior, with both the large front window and glass entry framed in black lacquer and gold leaf. Inside, the floor reveals geometric designs made from beige thalas and grey hainaut stone, furniture inspired by Pierre Balmain’s favourite mid-century French designers André Arbus and Jean Royère, and antique brass and polished stainless steel fixtures similar to the ones that Dirand designed for the Paris flagship.

Photographs courtesy of Balmain

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Versace Spring/Summer 2015 menswear campaign

Fashion brand Versace has unveiled the campaign to promote its Spring/Summer 2015 menswear collection. Photographed in New York by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and styled by David Bradshaw under direction of Giovanni Bianco, the advertising campaign features models Filip Hrivnak, Alessio Pozzi and Miroslav Chech. 

Photographs courtesy of Versace

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie launches inaugural men’s footwear collection

Canadian travel and accessories brand WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie has today launched its inaugural men’s footwear collection.

Guided by the intention “to engineer footwear that provides a perfect blend of form, function and value”, the brand’s co-founders Byron and Dexter Peart are starting the new line with an offering of two styles for Spring/Summer 2015: the Montoro (a classic derby updated with a bias cut and gold and silver finishes) and the Lennon (an oxford-style sneaker with a contemporary shape). New models, including sandals, are expected to become available later in the year.

Photographs courtesy of WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie