Azzedine Alaïa’s magic touch

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THE TUNISIAN-BORN COUTURIER AZZEDINE ALAÏA ENJOYED HIS ROLE AS AN OUTSIDER IN THE WORLD OF FASHION.

ALWAYS DRESSED IN A UNIFORM OF BLACK, HE IGNORED THE STRICT FASHION CALENDAR OF SEASONAL COLLECTIONS WHILE TIRELESSLY UPHOLDING THE TRADITIONS OF HAUTE COUTURE. FROM HIS FIRST SHOW IN THE LATE 1970’S TO THE LAST ONE JUST BEFORE HIS DEATH IN 2017, ALAÏA’S WORK HAS ALWAYS GENERATED EXCITEMENT AND RESPECT.

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SENSUOUS, BODY-HUGGING FORMS, DESCRIBED AS « SECOND-SKIN DRESSING », ARE ALAÏA’S ENDURING INFLUENCE. EXPERIMENTING WITH THE LATEST STRETCH MATERIALS AND PRECISELY TAILORED LEATHERS, HE WORKED IN THE TRADITION OF THE GREAT COUTURIERS HE ADMIRED AND STUDIED.

ALAÏA THOUGHT WITH HIS HANDS. HE GAVE HIS IDEAS FORM BY DRAPING, CUTTING AND PINNING FABRIC DIRECTLY ONTO THE STATUESQUE MODELS WITH WHOM HE LOVED TO WORK. HE COMBINED HIS RIGOROUS TECHNICAL SKILLS WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW WOMEN WANT TO FEEL. HE ONCE REMARKED « I MAKE CLOTHES, WOMEN MAKE FASHION ». AND MANY WOMEN HAVE WORN HIS ELEGANT AND SENSUAL DESIGNS, FROM GRETA GARBO, GRACE JONES AND TINA TURNER TO NAOMI CAMPBELL, LADY GAGA AND RIHANNA.

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CURRENTLY AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM IN LONDON TILL OCTOBER 7TH 2018, A WONDERFUL EXHIBIT IS TAKING PLACE ENTITLED :« AZZEDINE ALAÏA, THE COUTURIER » SHOWCASING SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DRESSES HE CREATED.

HIS WORK IS EXCEPTIONAL AND ONE CAN ADMIRE THE INTRICACIES OF EACH OF THESE HANDCRAFTED WORKS OF ART THAT ARE HIS DRESSES. A LITTLE MAN WITH GIGANTIC TALENT.

HIS PASSING IS A GREAT LOSS TO FASHION.

Source : https://www.yadcheri.com/talk-to-the-hand-blog-yad-cheri/azzedine-alaias-magical-touch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanging Lawn

In Porto Feliz, a Municipality in the state of Sao Paolo, the brilliant Brazilian Studio MK27 has completed a dwelling that the practice describes a “radical exercice in horizontality”.

The residence is inserted at the plot’s highest point and topped with a green roof that mimics the surrounding lawn.

I may be repeating myself but Studio MK27 and more specifically Marcio Kogan,  is by far my favourite architect today. We see with each project he and his team produce, elegance, originality and wonderful examples of interaction between indoors and outdoors, between nature and man-made constructions.

With this particular house, living rooms can be completely opened or closed by sliding glass doors located at each end of the property. With the doors opened,  the house is transformed into a generously proportioned terrace surrounded by nature.

The architects carefully integrated solar panels and skylights withing the canopy on the green roof mimicking the surrounding lawn.

A new version of the hanging garden of Babylon – simply divine !

Source : designboom

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“I ADMIRE EVERYTHING THAT IS USELESS, FRIVOLOUS AND WHIMSICAL. I HATE FUNCTIONALISM, POST-MODERNISM AND ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE. FOR ME, THE HOUSE AND ITS OBJECTS IS SUPPOSED TO BE SOME CRAZY PLACE THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH.” – PEDRO FRIEDEBERG

PIETRO ENRICO HOFFMAN LANDESMAN (AS WAS HIS GIVEN NAME) OR AS HE WAS LATER KNOWN AS PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, WAS BORN IN ITALY IN 1936 TO GERMAN-JEWISH PARENTS. AT THE AGE OF THREE, PIETRO AND HIS RECENTLY DIVORCED MOTHER FLED ITALY AT THE ONSET OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND SETTLED IN MEXICO.

SOON AFTER ARRIVING IN THE NEW COUNTRY, PIETRO’S MOTHER REMARRIED AND WENT TO WORK AS A TRANSLATOR FOR EXPATS — SUCH AS THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONARY LEON TROTSKY AND GERMAN WRITER ANNA SEGHERS — BOTH OF WHOM HAD FLED THEIR NATIVE COUNTRIES AND SOUGHT ASYLUM IN MEXICO.

AS A UNIVERSITY STUDENT IN MEXICO CITY IN THE 50’S, HE INITIALLY STUDIED ARCHITECTURE BUT HIS FANTASTICAL DESIGNS RAN AFOUL OF HIS RATIONALIST, BAUHAUS ORIENTED TEACHERS.

BY CHANCE, HIS DRAWINGS CAME TO THE ATTENTION OF MATHIAS GOERITZ A GERMAN BORN AVANT GARDE PAINTER & SCULPTOR WHO ENCOURAGED FRIEDEBERG AND MADE HIM A PROTÉGÉ. BY 1961 HE STARTED EXHIBITING IN LOCAL GALLERIES AND ABANDONED HIS STUDIES TO FOCUS SOLELY ON HIS ART.

FROM AN EARLY AGE, FRIEDEBERG WAS SURROUNDED BY RADICAL THINKERS AND ARTISTS, WHICH UNDOUBTEDLY HAD A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON HIM. MEXICO CITY AND ITS SURROUNDINGS PROVIDED A WEALTH OF INFLUENCES FOR A YOUNG, INQUISITIVE MIND.

HE WAS ALWAYS FASCINATED BY RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE: CATHEDRALS, AZTEC PYRAMIDS, SYNAGOGUES, GURDJIEFFIAN TEMPLES AND AT AN EARLY AGE HE WAS INFLUENCED BY THEOSOPHY, CATHOLICISM, ATHEISM, EASTERN CUSTOMS AND RELIGIONS.

AS A SCULPTOR & PAINTER PEDRO FRIEDEBERG’S WORK IS RICHLY DETAILED, SURREAL & HIS ARTISTIC STYLE BLENDS INFLUENCES FROM NEOCLASSICAL ART, ESHER AND MESOAMERICAN SYMBOLISM.

SPACE AND TIME ARE IMMATERIAL; THE ANCIENT MINGLES WITH THE MODERN; HANDS AND FEET BECOME CHAIRS, ANIMALS DANCE AMONG CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE; IMAGES, SHAPES, AND LETTERS ARE REPEATED AD INFINITUM. ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN THE CRAZY WORLD OF PEDRO FRIEDEBERG. HIS IMAGINATION IS LIMITLESS.

HIS FOOT AND HAND CHAIRS, CLOCKS IN THE SHAPE OF HANDS AND TATTOOED MANNEQUINS AMONG OTHER THINGS BRING LEVITY AND WHIMSY TO ANY SPACE IT OCCUPIES.

HE IS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS HAND CHAIR, A FUNCTIONAL SCULPTURE THAT IS AN ICON OF DESIGN AS ART, CREATED IN 1961.

WITH A CAREER SPANNING MORE THAN FIVE DECADES, HE HAS DEVELOPED SOMETHING OF A CULT FOLLOWING AMONG COLLECTORS AND DESIGNERS ACROSS THE GLOBE.

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The Skilled One – designer of the month on Yad Cheri

Meet Ilena & Maria Kokkou :

Siblings share an inextricable, one of a kind bond. They are close yet different, sometimes they can even read each other’s minds. Ilena & Maria Kokkou are the perfect example of this sisterly chemistry.

They took this unique connection a further step, when they joined forces to found their koku concept brand in 2011. Trust, complimentary skills and a shared creative language define this dynamic duo.

Learn more about their work on yadcheri.com

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Gold Fish

Summer Trend – Prepare for summer and decorate your table with these delightful fish themed plates and trays.

Poisson d’or for Jacques Bernardaud

Poisson for Jardin d’Ulysse

Aluminium fish dish by Paola Navone for Serax

Anouk plate fish for &Klevering

Mackerel tray by Emma von Brömissen

Formentara plate for Datcha

Bowie on Broadway

British music legend, David Bowie loved the skylines and subways of New York City. Now Spotify is reflecting that spark through the Broadway-Lafayette Station from April 17 to May 13.

The city that Bowie loved,  is showcasing the icon’s influence on music, fashion & art with this original initiative. Inside the station, visitors will encounter wall sized images and artist’s quotes that speaks to his electric relationship with New York.

Spotify takes the art installation outside the confines of museum walls where it may be appreciated unexpectedly by all. Commuters will have the opportunity to ponder on Bowie’s universe.  Source : designboom

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Pasionaria – Joana Uchôa

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An old used up shirt covered in stains belonging to her father was the spark that lit the fire to Joana Uchôa’s creativity. She went out to buy fabric paint and reveled at customizing the shirt by covering the stains.

Since that moment, joana has spent time browsing through thrift shops searching for the pieces of clothing that inspire her to develop her customized styling and hand patterns.

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, 21 year old Joana Uchôa is an artist in every sense of the word. after exploring different mediums such as drawing, painting, embroidery, sculpture & design, joana focuses her attention to fabric painting and the values of « slow fashion ». She believes in quality & longevity and the principles of  fair wages, lower carbon footprints and ideally zero waste.

When we asked Joana what made her create clothes with the hand pattern, her inspiration was very clear.

” I chose the hand as my main symbol because it portrays several things to me :  Firstly, the hand pattern represents the hands of the exploited sweat shop workers (mainly women) who despite their work are invisible to the eyes of society. I think of these workers who with blood, sweat and tears, produce clothing in terrible working conditions. By customizing an dress or shirt with the hand pattern, it is my way of honoring the work of these workers. I transform the piece into something desirable again and give the clothes a new lease of life.  Therefore the hands represent the power of transformation.

We also wanted to know her feelings about living in one of the world’s most vibrant cities and how rio influences her work.

“i believe that my city, rio de janeiro, influences me a lot in my work. not only on the collection i am presently working on which is focused on slow fashion, but on all my creations so far. rio excites me. it is an extremely beautiful place, a city full of life, with an energy that i haven’t seen anywhere else. it’s a city filled with artists. the streets are crowded with people and small bars and tables.  on the sidewalks, crammed with people and the proximity, the physical proximity it creates, allows people to talk to each other easily.  people from all walks of life mingle. this favors exchanges and people who barely know each other chat, communicate and exchange ideas throughout the night. Rio is a place where you wake up in the morning to a beautiful sunny sky, where you head to the beach for a few hours & meet up with people.

Even when you work or go to college, rio is surrounded by beautiful mountains and lush vegetation, the sun shines and the interaction with people is constant. I’m in love with this place ! ”

We were curious to find out what the meaning of Joana Uchôa’s brand name #ousejabrecho : “the hashtag #ousejabrecho means thrift stores.” She explains.  “Its a little joke that I created because I am always talking about how investing in these types of stores would be much more ethical, ecological conscious compared to financing stores that rely on the fast fashion model of consumption and production. On my instagram and youtube channel I’m always talking about these matters ! This is what I fight for!  My focus is slow fashion + feminism where you  promote by investing on thrift.”

How can one not be inspired by the passion, the energy & the charisma of this hand loving designer with a cause.

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The Bread Collection

France is known for many things….notably the crusty baguette.

We love French designer Marie Bouillie aka Maron Bouillie’s latest quirky and charming collection of bread bags. The artist, fashion designer & photographer launched her company in 2003. Inspired by her childhood growing up in the countryside, Marie combines her skills to produce a beautiful refreshing bucolic collection.

Her photography is printed on high quality cotton which is transformed into bags, storage bags, aprons and various accessories. These “images turned into objects” are made in France and Japan with a high quality requirement.

Her past collections’ themes spanned from fruit and vegetable, to retro Paris and the flea market. Each time, the bags are colourful, quaint and refreshing.

This season’s Bread Collection is a feast for the eyes. Mouth watering baguettes and oven baked breads decorate her collection.  As you browse through her site, you feel the need to visit Paris again ! The cafés, the markets, the smell of freshly baked baguette and the sound of the accordeon , aah Paris…..

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Bring the flowers into your home

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Floral patterns are back. So, all you minimalist aficionados cover your eyes and wait for the trend to pass.  From Indian florals to Liberty style, or vintage and large floral patterns, you can your pick from an amazing selection available today. For intense or dramatic effect, a floral wallpaper is effective by covering a focal point, a wall, a niche or maybe just a corner of a room.

Wallpaper is not the only privileged choice for the floral pattern. Fine bone china plates, napkins, paperweights to name a few are some of the items that can be found decorated in this trend.

The styles vary, romantic, arts&crafts, bucolic, bohemian, oriental but the statement is clear: flower power.

 

Earhalm wallpaper DE GOURNAY

Persia wallpaper ELIZABETH HAMILTON

Rose paperweight, Iris plate JOHN DERIAN

Fabric, pillow, sewing machine LIBERTY LONDON

Pellestrina wallpaper OSBORNE & LITTLE

Boho Mood

Just to put you into the swing of things, I’ve put together a little assortment expressing my Boho Mood. Today’s first rays of Spring sunshine have boosted my morale and I long to surround myself with lovely accessories reminding me of summer bliss.

I came across some these brands while in Paris at Maison & Objet or simply browsing the net, so let me share with you these little treasures…..

 

 

 

lesantillaises.com : round 100% cotton beach towels

bazarbizar.be : shell covered cross, shell necklace on stand & rattan baskets with shell border

manasainttropez : daisy hippie basket

etincelles : j’adore woven basket with handle

indochineur.com : buffalo horn necklace

mature-hat.com : japanese paper boxed hat

 

 

Wishing you sunshine in your life !

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Mr. & Mrs. Perrin

« My motto is to keep it simple and chic ».

Charismatic Artistic Creator and General Manager Sally Perrin sets the tone. Founded in 1893, RigaudyPerrin was France’s premier purveyor of leather gloves for the major couture houses.

In 2009, the family-owned company relaunched as Perrin Paris and extended their expertise into a collection of luxury leather handbags & accessories. at that time, Michel Perrin, the French-born CEO and his American wife sally together with their daughters Chloé & Emma, relocated to southern California from Paris.

The newly launched luxury line of handbags and leather accessories revived the multigenerational family business by combining the finest quality skins with highly conceptual design. brother, Henri, oversaw the Perrin tannery in Vietnam. although Michel’s family history in the leather-glove business extends back generations, Sally & Michel Perrin opted to relaunch the brand by introducing a line of handbags to compliment the glove collection.

Find out more about the prestigious brand and the dynamic duo behind the label on Yad Cheri’s page THE SKILLED ONE on their website http://www.yadcheri.com

 

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Croisière Clutch available on http://www.yadcheri.com

 

 

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Spectacular Tianjin Binhai Library

The library was commissioned by Tianjin Binhai Municipality and is located in the cultural centre of Binhai district in Tianjin, a coastal metropolis outside Beijing, China. The library, located adjacent to a park, is one of a cluster of five cultural buildings designed by an international cadre of architects including Bernard Tschumi Architects, Bing Thom Architects, HH Design and MVRDV. All buildings are connected by a public corridor underneath a glass canopy designed by GMP. Within the GMP
masterplan MVRDV was given a strict volume within which all design was concentrated. Source : Designboom

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Palm Springs Glamour for a Guardhouse

Desert Palisades Guardhouse forms a security checkpoint for a residential area under construction in the Californian desert city. The building’s most prominent feature is a large canopy that extends 34 feet (10 meters) over the space where cars stop on their way into the neighbourhood.

 

The guardhouse includes a sitting area, mailroom and bathroom inside. Connected to the attendant area is a sunlit space with floor-to-ceiling windows, while a break room with a small kitchen and rest area make up the rest of the facilities.

This cantilevered roof designed by Studio AR+D is truly stunning.

Source : Dezeen

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Troels’ magic

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Danish designer Troels Flensted first appeared on the scene of design when he was selected to represent Danish design in 2016 at the prestigious trade fair Maison et Objet in Paris. He was named Talent of the Year and it was the start of a very promising career.

 

His signature collection POURED COLLECTION consists of trays, bowls & plates, is precisely the result of 2 years of experimentation and research. the product itself is a combination of mineral powder, water-based acrylics, and pigments mixed together producing a texture ready to be molded. the different patterns are determined by the quantity of pigment added to the mixture and by the way, the mixture is poured into the mold. the final pattern appears as the different ingredients are combined, which is the hardest part to master.

Troels’ professional journey moves at an impressive speed. He was awarded Talent of the year 2017 at Design Awards in Denmark and his work has been exhibited at some of the most respected design fairs across Europe.

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His Poured Collection is available on http://www.yadcheri.com. He is a new designer to follow and YAD CHERI is following closely.

 

 

 

Palm Springs goes Pink

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We love Kate Ballis’ Infra Realism series photographed in Palm Springs.

Kate is a former media & entertainment lawyer who decided to ditch the corporate life in favour of taking pictures. She loves to play with light and colour and focuses on landscapes. Her fine art is available on kateballis.com

Check out modernismweek.com celebrating the iconic homes of Palm Springs.

 

 

Sublime

Some of the most amazing cakes are made at a Moscow based pastry school called Annushka School. Redefining cake-making with their sleek, contemporary, minimalist look, all the cake creations from the instagram account @tortikannushka are mouth-watering. Whether for weddings, birthdays or any celebration you have planned, check out their incredible selection and be inspired.

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The Skilled One

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an adventurous spirit and a creative mind would be how to define Thomasine Barnekow.

Born in Sweden, she later graduated from the prestigious Dutch Design Academy of Eindhoven, travels extensively and finally put her suitcase down in Paris, where she currently lives, works and creates.

in 2011, Thomasine launches her brand Thomasine Gloves. Quietly but meticulously, she branches out into couture designing gloves that have textile and shape woven together. She collaborates with fashion designers, Paris National Opera, glove houses, Luc Besson & private customers. It’s her dynamic understanding of how to balance function with embellishment that really sets her apart.

Learn more about Thomasine and discover her beautiful gloves on yadcheri.com

 

 

 

YAD CHERI – Le Concept Store de la Main

Looking for an eclectic, fun and international selection of gifts ?  The YAD CHERI online Concept Store has a carefully curated selection of  products dedicated to the hand.

YAD CHERI’s fascination with hands was the starting point of this new concept. You will find a selection spanning Lifestyle, Beauty, Art, Jewelry & Gift.

Whether handmade, hand-shaped or for the use of the hand YAD CHERI choice is unique.  They collaborate with established brands & introduce new emerging talents eager to be discovered.

Check it out – http://www.yadcheri.com

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