Living this reality as an expat in France. I find myself struggling with survival French, and wondering when it will get easier. This little vid was a nice reminder that I’m not alone.
Gustav Johansson made a nice series of spots around the “life sequence” of a student expatriate. Each spot shows moments of life , from Paris to London, Bejiing and Barcelona. View the videos here :
Karim Rashid loves color and playful design, which he has brought to a series of skylight blackout shades. His playfulness extends through the entire process of this project. Through February, a competition invites individuals to name each of the designs in the eight-piece collection. The most highly voted entries will become the official names of each of the blinds. So get on over to Casa Luce with your thinking caps on!
The shades provide complete darkness when completely lowered, also providing thermal insulation for windows, generating a 33% decrease in heat flow. Love it.
Mixing Reality’s Contributor for France weighs in on Couture & Culture.
Paris menswear fashion week just concluded and the frenzy began in NYC today for women’s fashion. Be it couture, fashion, or beauty the influence permeates our lives…the way we tie a scarf, the width of our trousers, the stain of our lips. At some point, most of us take a small piece of the fashion world and make it our own.
Though couture, even the definition of it, remains out of reach for the vast majority of us, it’s allure can be undeniable. No matter our place in it, the mashup of culture can transport us there.
Duran Duran’s “Girls on Film” was recently used for a French Vogue promo, with the French Vogue 90th anniversary IPad app. Some things never go out of fashion, as the 80′s hair and fashion icons still sing to our idea of the couture culture milieu.
As Elizabeth Quinn so elegantly states: “Haute Couture is woven from dreams, gold, hard work, and excellence. It is an ode to the artisans of luxury, a willed madness, a fabulous dinosaur, and a glittering Atlantis that dazzles us twice a year, bringing reassurance that in a globalized world of robotic manufacturing, a sanctuary still remains, a place where clothes are lovingly created by hand over hundreds, even thousands of hours. The term “Haute Couture” may be legally restricted, but its poetic inspiration knows no bounds!
For the fourth year in a row , Vanessa Bruno has appealed to the talent of filmmaker and photographer Stéphanie Di Giusto, of Lou Doillon , and for the first time, Jessica Joffe. A short film of the spring-summer collection 2011. Titled “Miracle” , this mini movie recreates organic, poetic and creative Paris .
San Francisco artist Jim Campbell is a great friend, and an amazing visual artist. Working with new media long before the term was ubiquitous, Jim’s work just keeps getting more interesting, and more dynamic. His public art installation this past year in NYC’s Madison Square Park, is one I am sorry to have missed. If you are in NYC now, be sure to see his current show there till March 19th at Hosfelt Gallery.
I met Tommy Kane on StumbleUpon a number of years ago. Tommy is, among other things, an art director in New York. But the thing that Tommy really seems to love, is his drawing. He is extremely prolific, and works outside wherever he goes, and he travels a lot! This is a video he did of a recent trip to Cambodia.
I have to say, one of my favorites is when he drew East Brooklyn, a place close to his heart. And the best part is, you get to see a funky, white guy dance!
There are plenty of other moments. Here’s his YouTube Channel…go see for yourself.
As the New York Times said in 1985 : It’s not often that one sees a ballerina partnered
by a cavalier in an armless diving suit adorned with tassels. Nor, for that matter, does
one often see ballerinas made of golden wires.
Oh, but when one does!
Lots to look at over on Bernhard Wilheim’s site, but for now, suffice it to say : Spring is coming!