Friday, 30 March 2012

Making a grand bridal entrance

The Italian underwear brand Intimissimi has launched its new spring collection with a splash: it has unveiled its first bridal series, rightfully titled Spring 2012 Bridal Collection.

Known for its campaigns with beautiful supermodels like the angels Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrósio, Intimissimi now introduces the Russian model Tatiana Mityushina as the new face of the brand, starring the bridal collection’s debut campaign and video (have a peek below).
The capsule collection is looking pristine and very tempting, all in white. The slips, petticoats, nightgowns and lucky garter belts are delicate but sexy, all made from embroidered silk. The delicate blue ribbon on the garter bridal line will ensure the “something blue” is covered on your trousseau.

This collection is a great addition to the brand and fits perfectly with its sister spring collection Postcard from Tuscany. In stores now.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

An ever-evolving Heineken

After launching a campaign in 2011 to select artists for a brand new project – as read here in August – Heineken is about to unveil the chosen 19 experts taken on board of the Heineken Open Design Explorations Edition 1: The Club. This is an exciting project, which will be open to the public during next month’s Milan Design Week (between 17 and 22 April).

Stemming from their ongoing concern with the brand’s design, creating a fresh and consistent identity around the world, Heineken thought it was about time to rethink nightclubs, tailoring them to their clients’ needs. Therefore they decided to gather masterminds from different backgrounds, from fashion to interiors to motion design, and came up with the theme of “changing perspectives” for this conceptual nightclub. The pop-up space during Design Week will work as a sort of test drive for the club, when Heineken will be open to feedback from the visitors.

The world-class experts come from Milan, New York, São Paulo and Tokyo, and have done research for almost one year, taking into consideration questions sent by over 100 clubbers from all over the world and using them as a starting point to develop the project. All questions were thought aiming to provide a memorable, safe and social night out, and ranged from how to leave the club safely to how to create an exciting atmosphere.

All concepts applied to the making of this pop-up bar were thought to encourage full participation of the guests and suggest responsible consumption of the beverage.

The interactive bar, placed next to the dance floor, will have a flexible sofa with an origami-influenced structure, and the lighting all around will change the look of Heineken’s bottles (depending on the angle), as well as react with responsive surfaces and spaces in the venue.

Mark van Iterson, Global Head of Design at Heineken, thinks highly of the contributors and of the final project: “What’s more exciting than enabling our most creative minds to be inspired to innovate? Heineken drinkers are open-minded and want products designed to excite through outstanding and high quality design solutions. This is our opportunity to create a platform for designers who can do exactly that; create stimulating, progressive experiences at one of the most important events in the global design calendar.”                       

If you are in Milan during Design Week, make sure to pay a visit to this concept nightclub and see for yourself how these geniuses of design worked together to improve our night out. Meanwhile, check out the video below giving us a little hint on how the project will end up like.          

Heineken Open Design Explorations Edition 1: The Club 
At Milan Design Week 2012
Via Privata Gaspare Bugatti 3
Zona Tortona, Milan

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Family and friends welcome

For contemporary art lovers, some good news: there’s a new show in town. Rove gallery on Hoxton Square is hosting the exhibition Friends & Family, curated by Adrian, Kai and Kenny Schachter. If you’re not familiar with any of these names, Kenny Schachter is an American art dealer, who has been in London long enough to assemble a considerable collection of British art pieces at home, to own Rove gallery, to write for the Telegraph and GQ (where he has a regular column) and to take part in a project with Zaha Hadid, due to open next year. Adrian and Kai are two of his fours sons.
Damien Hirst Sexy Love
So why of this exhibition? Fifteen-year old Adrian and 14-year old Kai thought it was the right time to curate a show. As Adrian puts it, “I grew up constantly surrounded by [art], both my parents were involved in it and, ironically enough, a large number of my friends are also very involved in art”. Kai gives us a brief insight of the family’s dynamic: “What we are trying to do with this exhibit is to show that art is a huge part of our everyday lives, and being brought up in a family obsessed with art, this has really helped me put this into perspective.”
The focus of this show is family and friendship, and how these fundamental elements of their lives helped the curators gather the art pieces on display, either by providing them or influencing their artistic taste. The choice of works was made to question mainstream exhibitions: there are artworks by George Condo and Joe Bradley next to a mixed media creation of Gabriel Schachter, Adrian and Kai’s younger brother. Would you be able to spot the difference between the work of an established artist and one of a child’s?
George Condo Orgy Composition, Joe Bradley Untitled, Gabriel Schachter Untitled
A good insight given by this exhibit is the importance of art in their household. From an upbringing with no particular focus on art and studying to become a lawyer, Kenny Schachter one day walked into the estate sale of Andy Warhol. Seeing the art up for grabs made him realise that art didn’t go straight from studios to museums and galleries: there was a middle player and that player was the dealer.
Between giving up on law and becoming an art lecturer, Kenny bagged his first artwork: a Cy Twombly print purchased with a bank loan. He then began teaching himself about art. Like he says, “anyone can become expert in post-war art in six months if they bother to read”. Many deals and exhibitions later, the Schachter’s house in South Kensington is filled with art pieces, in what Kenny describes as being a result of business gone wrong, “by making more mistakes than I'd care to mention”, he quips.
Kai Schachter Vampire Weekend
Some of the art spread around the house ended up in this exhibition, like Maria Pergay's Bracelet Pouf and Ribbon Pouf sculptures. Other well-known artists on display include Zaha Hadid, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, as well as artists from the younger generation who had this as their first show.
This welcome initiative is worth being visited. What will you make of it?
Ollie Wink Untitled, oil on canvas

Until 15 April
Kenny Schachter Rove Gallery
Lincoln House 33-34
Hoxton Square
N1 6NN

Words and pictures by Laura Zúñiga

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Thai Pop at Scream Gallery

Hype Mayfair gallery Scream’s latest exhibition focuses on the influence pop culture has over London-based Thai artist Pakpoom Silaphan. The exhibition, entitled Remastering the Masters, is Silaphan’s homage to the great artists he studied as a scholar of Fine Art in London, and how he sees them through the eyes of pop culture.
Silaphan unknowingly familiarised himself with pop culture when he started to collect advertising signs for Fanta, Coca-Cola, 7Up and other Western soft drinks from the streets of Bangkok, as a child. Many years later he saw them as a heart-warming reminder of his childhood spent in the rural outskirts of Thailand’s capital and as a sign of the cultural clash between his socialist upbringing and the westernised influence he grew up under.

“Gilbert & George on Coke”. 2011, Mixed media on vintage metal signs

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Layers present Melissa and Gareth Pugh shoes

The hotly anticipated range of shoes by Melissa collaborating with Gareth Pugh are now available exclusively online by Layers, curators of global avant-garde and artisinal mens and womenswear designers.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Patisserie jewellery

We love the oddball accessories on Punky Allsorts. Lady G and Katie P are also said to be Punky fans, and we think the patisserie jewellery trend is going to be big in the age of afternoon tea chic.

Put the kettle on, we fancy a brew.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The Halkin at Twenty: Pop up Chocolate Culture Lounge

The Halkin is one of London’s most chic hotels, nestled in Belgravia, a Sloane's heel from Knightsbridge and the Kings Road.  William Curley, the four-time winner of ‘Britain’s Best Chocolatier’ joins forces with The Halkin as part of the hotel’s anniversary celebrations.

Twenty years since it first opened, The Halkin gives the traditional afternoon tea a new twist by combining culture and chocolate as the newly transformed Halkin Bar becomes a pop-up ‘Culture Lounge’ styled by luxury publishers, ASSOULINE.  Browse some iconic coffee-table books in a stylish library space while enjoying afternoon tea classics with a chocolate twist created by Curley, such as the following temptations:

Chocolate Financier with Passion fruit Curd:
Moist chocolate cake centred with mango compote and topped with passion fruit curd

Orange and Chocolate Sacher: 
Layers of almond sponge, chocolate mousse and orange marmalade

Sea Salt Caramel and Raspberry Tart: Crisp hazelnut tart, filled with sea salt caramel, raspberry dacquoise and compote and topped with a rich chocolate cremeaux

Black Forest Dome:
Dark chocolate and white chocolate mousses, kirsch-soaked sponge and a cherry compote

Chocolate Macaroon: Soft chocolate macaroon filled with a Toscano chocolate ganache

Suddenly feel the need to pop to town and shop? Chocolate, books and tea: heaven. See you there.
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£37.50 per person available daily from the 22nd November between 3pm and 6pm daily. 
Champagne afternoon tea £47.50. For reservations please contact: +44 (0) 20 7333 1234.

William’s first book,Couture Chocolate is published October 2011 by Jacqui Small, RRP £30.