When you think of the word “vulgar”, what comes to mind? What is taste? Good taste, bad taste? Why can the Mondrian dress be considered as vulgar? This exhibition it is not about making a judgement it is rather the opposite: it questions our perspective. While discovering extraordinary garment from famous and less famous fashion designers as well as historical pieces, you will explore different meaning of vulgarity. This is what I call intelligent fashion exhibition. To be seen at the […]
A quick line on the French brand and manufacturer “Maison Baluchon”. Simplicity. Sincerity. A bit of eccentricity. Macbook cases, handbags, … Original fabrics designed in-house. All products actually made in Chaumont, east of France, near the Swiss border. Human sized company. Impeccable customer service. My bag came with a beautiful notebook and even a typo on the thank you note. “L’erreur est humaine”. Or should I just say: […]
This exhibition is taking place at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and is on until July 19, 2015 and is worth a little detour. Why? First because this collection of over 3,000 button is unique in the world and has been classified as a Work of Major Heritage Interest by the Consultative Commission on National Treasures. Second, this collection will take you through the 18th, 19th and 20th century in a very interesting and unusual manner. Moreover, it highlights a very often […]
If you have the chance, try and view the latest exhibition at the V&A Museum in London. It is entitled “What is luxury?”. It is indeed a very good question, as this word has been used for so many things that it has become meaningless. Luxury definitely involves the mastery of a craft . But it goes further than that. Lately, we have seen so many brands putting forward a “brand heritage” to gain some legitimacy but in a way that sounds a bit dusty […]
I came across the work of a young french artisan Vincent Dionigi during Paris Design Week and thought I would share it with you, as I find it really interesting. Vincent Dionigi is a cabinetmaker, quite logically passionate with wood. He uses traditional techniques to create wooden panels. They are made of several triangular pieces assembled together to create perspective and optical illusion. My attention was caught by this cabinet. The very smooth finish of the work and the simple design of […]
Nakaniwa is a gallery based in Paris 6th arrondissement, which promotes the Honmono, a japanese concept. It is about the authenticity which rests with an object thanks to the sincerity of the work of all people involved in its creation as well as the technics and the tradition embroiled in the process. It is about the connectivity between people using the object and people creating it. I cannot imagine more delicate, meaningful concept. It is both refined and simple. In […]
As George Eliot, a leading writer in the 19th century, said: “it is never too late to be what you might have been”. Well I agree. And why not have this very wise word of advice as a desktop wallpaper for a while as a daily reminder that each day you can choose to be what you truly are rather than just follow a path that has been designed for you through the force of habit.
Tomas Kral is a young (very) talented designer born in Slovakia in 1979. He is a graduate from the famous Swiss arts and design school ECAL. He works in his product design studio “TOMAS KRAL” and exhibits in London (Libby Sellers), Paris (Kreo), Berlin (Helmrinderknecht) and Barcelona (IL-Lacion gallery) amongst others. His design is simple and yet witty and creative, which is the winning combination to me. And not surprisingly, I have fallen in love with one of his most recent creation […]
It is called L’Atelier d’Exercices. It is a designer’s studio which, according to its manifesto, “is dedicated to the creation, publishing and distribution of objects, furniture and systems.” I find their products creative, witty and visually pleasant such as this perpetual calendar. It has also produced a collection Ligne 13 designed in collaboration with the famous and über-creatively-productive Maison Martin Margiela which features revisited traditional daily objects. See below some of my favourites.