The love affair of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and British actress Jane Birkin has become almost as famous, if not more, than their film collaborations and controversial duet “Je t’aime… moi non plus” (whose explicit lyrics and orgasmic moans caused so much fuss that the Vatican declared it offensive). Their 12 year relationship has been captured in a new book, Jane & Serge: A Family Album, featuring over 1,000 intimate photographs by Jane’s brother Andrew Birkin. From the earliest days of Jane and Serge’s romance until their split in 1980, Andrew was a frequent presence in their lives; an avid photographer, he snapped thousands of candid family photos of daily life for the couple. Read more on Taschen. All images Andrew Birkin
I love everything about Edie Karimova‘s lookbook for her Spring/Summer 2014 collection- the concrete background, crisp white shirts and pleated architectural dresses. The young Ukrainian fashion designer only started her label a year and a half ago. Since then, she has taken part in Mercedes-Benz Kiev Fashion Days and was shortlisted for Harper’s Bazaar Fashion Forward 2013. Karimova described the collection as a “combination of power and tenderness”, adding: “Clean cut and lapidary silhouette, traditional and new technologies (handcrafted shoes, 3d modeling of clothes and 3d modeled and printed bracelet) – is the underline of this collection.” Images via This Is Paper
This is the work of Los Angeles-based artist Bella Foster, who studied painting in New York City and has previously collaborated with fashion brand Kate Spade New York. Her charming drawings have also been published in the New York Times, W magazine, and Diner Journal. Check out her website here, http://bellafoster.com, and her blog Here There and Them here http://herethereandthem.blogspot.co.uk/
When I went to Berlin for the first time one of our favourite areas to hangout was the Mitte district, with it’s hipster boutiques, specialist coffee shops and arty magazine shops. So it is no surprise that skincare brand Aesop has opened its first German store on Alte Schönhauser Strasse right in the middle of Mitte. The shop, designed by local architects Weiss-heiten Design, “marries elements of historical Berlin with Bauhaus and contemporary influences”. Inspired by Gerhard Richter’s abstract canvases and the city’s industrial history, the interior features a sea-green palette and clinical aesthetic which has become Aesop’s signature. Handmade raw concrete tiles cover the walls and floor, while a countertop of oiled German oak and steel shelves provide space to display the brand’s products. The architects salvaged a sink from a 1950s farm to reference the historic building’s previous life as a dairy store in the early twentieth century. Images: Weiss Heiten You might also like a post on Aesop’s Covent Garden store, which was designed by French architect Ciguë, and features a similar shade of green. Read it …
I just discovered the work of Zurich-based artist and illustrator Iris Schwarz, who sells her prints and pieces of art under the label Paulette Edition. I love how her characters say a lot with their eyes with just a few lines of pen and ink. She says her passion is “old, vintage things”, that she loves “the beauty of imperfection” and is always “in search of simplicity”. In this case, less is definitely more. You can check out her work on her blog Paulette Edition (http://pauletteedition.blogspot.ca) and buy her work on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MaisonPaulette).
A new art gallery has recently opened right on my doorstep in Bloomsbury. Dairy Art Centre is a not-for-profit initiative by Frank Cohen and Nicolai Frahm in a 12,500 sq ft milk deposit formerly used by Express Dairies. I visited the latest exhibition Island as part of Bloomsbury festival this the weekend. Island brings together the works of over forty established and emerging international contemporary artists. It is constructed as the unfolding chapters of a novel based on Aldous Huxley’s Island of 1962, a utopian story and counterpart to the Brave New World written thirty years earlier. Inspired by some of the themes of the novel, the exhibition presents a selection of works from the collection of the centre’s founders, Frank Cohen as well as loans from the Americas, Asia and Europe, and a dozen new commissions and first-time releases. New commissions include Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury’s giant mushrooms, a clock work by John Armleder, a new wall painting by U.S. artist Ann Craven, and new works by Ursula Mayer, and Franck Leibovici & Diemo Schwarz. Stepping into …
Here’s a pick of some of the posts I enjoyed the most on my favourite blogs and design websites this week. 1. Pardon my F*****: a fun illustration project by Australia-based Vaimiti Tragin to teach us how to swear in French via Creative Boom. 2. A great playlist by Jessica Comingore, find it here. 3. A condemned Paris tower block has been redecorated by an army of urban artists, seen on We Heart. 4. A beautiful interior designer’s apartment in Brussels on SF Girl By Bay. 5. The new Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, see more on Monocle.
Louis Vuitton has been inspired by the late French designer and architect Charlotte Perriand for its latest spring/summer 2014 Icons collection. Perriand began her career in Le Corbusier’s studio in 1927, and went on to create the famous B302 swivel chair and the B306 chaise-longue. Her work aimed to create functional living spaces in the belief that better design helps in creating a better society. Aside from work, the designer also had a passion for style and after returning from a trip to Japan in the 1940s, wrote: “I had made up my wardrobe with interchangeable ‘unit’s: four long or short skirts for the bottom, and sweaters, blouses and bustiers for the top. When these were put together, I had at least 16 combinations.” With support from the Perriand archives, Vuitton’s womenswear director Julie de Libran has designed 16 looks, including a checked silk shirtdress, a floor-length dress and canvas wedge sandals. Be sure to check out the video after the images. Watch the video below: LOUIS VUITTON S/S2014 CHARLOTTE PERRIAND from tifenn aubert on Vimeo.
Here’s my pick of three things to do this week, with a slightly psychological twist… STOP What: Elmgreen & Dragset: Tomorrow Where: V&A, London When: Until January 2, 2014 Artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have transformed a series of galleries in the Victoria and Albert Museum into an apartment belonging to a fictional, elderly and disillusioned architect. The domestic setting appears like a set for an unrealised play complete with a script, written by the artists, available for visitors as a printed book. LOOK What: Daniel Silver: Dig Where: Artangel at the Odeon Site, London When: Until November 3 An abandoned, overgrown landscape in central London is the site for a new Artangel commission by sculptor Daniel Silver. A set of figures have taken over the site next to Tottenham Court Road, inspired by Sigmund Freud’s collection of sculptures, which were arranged around his desk like an ‘audience’ for his therapy sessions. LISTEN What: Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors Where: Freud Museum, London When: Until February 2, 2014 With work by Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Lucas …
Fou de Feu, set up by Belgium-based ceramist Veerle van Overloop, means ‘crazy for fire’. She has just unveiled a new collection of lighting and objects based on the shapes of a soap bubble and old forms from the textile industry. Van Overloop says she has a passion for clay: “it was passed to me by a passionate teacher at secondary school. They kindled the fire in my heart for ceramics so I could do nothing but follow that passion. My heart was full of wonder about how you can create beautiful shapes from a blog of clay. It’s plasticity has something magic”. Check out her work here: http://www.foudefeu.com/nl/werk/