Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Old Concrete Factory Converted to Modern Castle Home

25 years ago, a Spanish architect, namely Ricardo Bofill, came across a deteriorating old cement factory. The site was home to rotting silos, vast and varied spaces, and unused building equipment. Where most people would see ruin, Ricardo saw potential.
Fast forward a quarter of a century, and the results of his ongoing renovation project are beyond remarkable. The complex is now home to its Gothic-influenced architect Ricardo Bofill, acting as his main residence, as well as numerous vast offices, archives, design labs and various outside patios, decks, gardens and paths. All part of an ever-evolving master plan.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Organic Relationships at Cosmic Wonder

A group exhibition with Jue and Anoa, Yuki Kimura, Anders Edström, Yukinori Maeda, Stephen Sprott, J.Parker Valentine, Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda.

February 18th - May 10th, 2011 Center for COSMIC WONDER, Osaka.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Dirk Van Saene x Delvaux

At the Delvaux HQ in Brussels, this February marked the unveiling of an exclusive collaboration between the luxury leather-goods house and Antwerpian fashion designer Dirk Van Saene.

Van Saene was approached by the Delvaux Studio to design a scarf for their ever-expanding collection, joining the ranks of Belgian names such as Hannelore Knuts & Bruno Pieters who have collaborated with the heritage brand in the past. Dirk’s realization of the challenge presents us with two visually seductive silk carrés, articulating the designer’s whimsy and encapsulating Delvaux’s iconic handbag, aptly named the “Brilliant.”
The print, a reproduction of a painting by Van Saene, exists in contrasting colourways to represent “Jour,” framed by vibrant yellow and “Nuit” by red.

This collaboration sees Van Saene take on the role of both designer and artist – through his evolving creative expression, sculpture. Dirk applied his playful craftsmanship to mould ten ceramic vessels on which to present the scarves, with each bust depicting the face of a celebrated fashion model from the 50s to the present, including Twiggy, Alek Wek and Anouck Lepere.