Louis Vuitton’s Stunning ‘Volez Voguez Voyagez’ Exhibition Opens in NYC

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After being vacant for almost ten years, the former American Stock Exchange building in Manhattan’s Financial District has just been brought back to life for Louis Vuitton’s stunning three-floor exhibition Volez, Voguez, Voyagez. Curated by Oliver Saillard, it traces LV’s iconic journey from 1854 to the present day through ten thematic chapters, each in their own strikingly imagined space.

The show opens with the most symbolic object of the House: an antique trunk from 1906. It continues through the detailed makings of their classic trunks, revealing how the designs evolved and informed style during the rise of travel – at a time when expeditions, yachting, the automobile, aviation and trains has all captured the zeitgeist in their own way. While navigating through Volez, Voguez, Voyagez, you’ll find yourself beachside one moment, on the road less traveled the next, inside a cabin car of the Orient Express, gliding through the open skies, and then suddenly on the Oscars red carpet. (And indeed, the brand’s red carpet celeb fans turned out in force for the opening, including Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith, Lea Seydoux and Alexander Saarsgaard.)

The Vanderbilts. The Rockfellers. Mary Pickford. Lauren Bacall. Ernest Hemingway. And today’s a-listers the likes of Ruth Nega, Nicole Kidman and Michelle Williams are all on display to attest to LV’s ceaseless star power. Marc Jacobs fans will swoon to the look back at the time when he was Creative Director of the House. And then there’s the Jeff Koons room, reminding us of just how much Louis Vuitton has influenced the look and style of travel for more than a century-and-a-half…and will surely continue to do so.

Louis Vuitton’s Volez, Voguez, Voyagez is on view at 86 Trinity Place, NYC, in the former American Stock Exchange building, though January 8. Admission is free to the public.

 

 

HOPE Stockholm Co-Founder Ann Ringstrand Launches New Brand in NYC

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Last night in Soho, the co-founder of iconic Swedish brand HOPE Stockholm, Ann Ringstrand, launched her eponymous new collection to raves. The line features three exquisite blends of scents she developed with her Paris team and gemstone jewelry which marries 60s Scandinavian style with native mala beading.

From black tourmaline to white howlite to dark red jasper, each energetically charged piece was locally sourced and hand cut into uneven beads by artisans in Brazil. The fragrances and oils are meant to compliment the jewelry, with scents designed to linger on the gemstones and keep you connected to yourself while you navigate the rigors of the modern urban world.

“The story is that I have always created designs and concepts that reflect the time we live in,” she told us. “My path has travelled through the field of fashion towards this lifestyle concept that touches our senses. During my 25 years as a designer, I have constantly lived my life in the fast lane, focusing on the future. The now has never been on my agenda. Neither have goals been described as feelings.”

But with these new projects, she explained how she is attempting to slow things down, to be more reflective and inward-looking.

“I finally came to a point where I was missing the feeling of present life,” she revealed. “I started searching for tools to support my need to be in the moment. I discovered that a fantastic way to get in contact with myself was to include my senses. My new brand actually carries both native wisdom from the world of spirituality and a design for urban life that matches my aesthetic style.”

For the opening event, she collaborated with her former Lower East Side studio mate, sculptor Maria Moyer, to create one-of-a-kind sculptures and fragrance diffusers inspired by – and made specifically for – the new brand.  All were exhibited in the showroom of their third studio partner, lighting designer Lindsey Adelman. Together they created an atmosphere that eloquently exuded the ultimate essence of Ann Ringstrand.

 

 

 

Nine Must-See Works at Frieze New York 2017

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Flocks of art-curious New Yorkers are heading to Randall’s Island Park this weekend for 6th iteration of the influential Frieze Art Fair. This global celebration of contemporary art (which opened Thursday and runs through May 7th) flaunts more than 200 galleries from over 30 countries.

This year boasts a canvas of neon, intriguing text-based works, mixed materials, contemporary masters like Anish Kapoor, 20th Century masters including Barbara Chase-Riboud and emerging artists like Charlie Ahearn.  Here’s what most caught our fancy.

Isabel van den Eynde’s “Focus.”  Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.

Charlie Ahearn’s “Dota Rock (Bam Grey). Courtesy of artist and P.P.O.W

Eva LeWitt’s “Parted Plastic.” Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze

Gavin Brown’s “Enterprise.” Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.

Eykyn Maclean. Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.

Pace Gallery. Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.

Giosetta Fioroni’s “Tribute to II Teatro Delle Mostre” (1968/2017). Photograph by Mark Blower. Courtesy of Mark Blower/Frieze.

Anish Kapoor’s “Glisten Blue”

Barbara Chase – Riboud’s “Bathers.”  Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York

Inside ‘Rick Owens: Furniture’ at MOCA Pacific Design Center

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You know him as the overlord of modern gothic fashion. But the much anticipated exhibition Rick Owens: Furniture at West Hollywood’s MOCA Pacific Design Center looks at his creations not meant for the body. The work presented include recent furniture, a new group of large scale sculptures, video and installations – alongside a selection of works by the late artist and musician Steven Parrino, whom the Paris-based American designer admired.

Owens launched his eponymous clothing label in Los Angeles in 1994, and has consistently drawn influence for both his fashion collections and his sculptural furniture from a vast array of art historical sources, which span modernist design, brutalist architecture, monochrome painting, minimal art, and avant-garde dance. His radical and spectacular runway shows function as a form of performance art, and often call into question preconceived and culturally constructed notions of beauty promoted by the very fashion industry in which he works.

But since 2007 Owens has applied a punk and anarchist sensibility to furniture design as well, creating stark and elegant forms out of marble, alabaster, bronze, ox bone, leather and plywood. And in addition to displaying works in Owens’ signature materials, the exhibition showcases the artist’s first foray into foam, rock crystal and concrete.

The show is produced by Michèle Lamy, Owens’ wife, muse “fairy witch” inspiration.

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An Insider’s Guide To Eating & Drinking in Athens

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Elad Yifrach has made it his life work to bring his inspired travels into the home with his lifestyle brand L’Objet. Having traversed the world in search of unique beauty and localized culture, He has built a global following with his artisan eye and gorgeous collections.

 

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With a passport filled to the brim, Elad nevertheless keeps coming back to his one of his great loves: The Mediterranean.  He is constantly enamored with Its people, its lifestyle, its art, its way of life and of course, its food. When it comes to Athens, for him, the restaurant and cocktail scene couldn’t be any better. Here are his top picks for the very best in the Greek capital.

 

La Maison Du Grece

Situated in the suburb of Kifissia, this casual yet refined café is a spot for true design lovers. Patterned mosaic tiles pay homage to traditional Greek architecture, whilst the mismatched chairs give it a fun, modern vibe. The produce is organic and regionally sourced, making it popular with the locals. The perfect spot for a chill and relaxed breakfast.

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Zonars

Originally created by a local chocolatier, Zonars is one of the hottest addresses in town. Located by Syntagma Square, this Athenian legend was an artist’s hangout and a hot spot in the 40s, with many of its historical elements incorporated into the current design. The ambiance, music, and food + drink are all carefully considered…including decadent ice cream sundae desserts and expertly prepared cocktails.

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Cycladic Cafe

This recently remodeled café is located in Kolonaki and was inspired by traditional Cycladic art – evident in the namesake museum building’s classical structure. Exquisitely designed, the giant sun roof allows for plenty of natural light to beam through the sculptural ceiling, whilst the wall of dense vegetation reaches all the way to the top. A seasonal menu of fresh, local cuisine is served up in the in a serene setting.

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The Zillers Roof Garden

Situated on the rooftop of the trendy boutique hotel of the same name, its on a small street near the Cathedral Square, For obvious reasons, it’s the perfect spot for a sunset drink in a lively atmosphere, with an epic view of the Acropolis and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens.

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Capanna

Capanna is great for its fresh and delicious pizza paired with authentic Greek produce. It might sound like a weird combination, but it truly works. Set in the vibrant neighborhood of Kolonaki, It has a cosy, chic and intimate setting, and this fusion of Greek and Italian culture can also be seen in restaurant décor itself.

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O Kostas

For simple and delicious street food, head to O Kostas, which has been a landmark in Athens since the 1950s, and is still a truly authentic experience. No frills, just get your sandwich at the counter and enjoy the explosion of flavors…like the Souvlaki, a traditional Greek dish made from cooked veal or pork, in a pita with yogurt, fresh cut tomato, parsley and onions.

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Visual Artist Stef Halmos’ Insider Guide To NYC’s Chinatown

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Stef Halmos is on the rise in New York’s visual art scene. Her signature plaster series “The Squishes” have been posting up like wild fire across social media and are being heavily collected by fashion darlings like Lisa Mayock of Monogram and Mckenzie Raley of Land of Women.

After attending art school in San Francisco, Halmos set up her studio in New York City where she continued her studies and since explored the process of molding winterstone with fibrous materials. With her newest show now up at Canal Street Market, Stef shares her insider tips on Chinatown’s classic gems.

T&T Plasticland is among my favorite stores in all of New York. Everything they sell is made of plastic, from gorgeous 6″ thick sheets to strange little bits and pieces. They also do fabrication work, and some of their sample projects are strewn about with no particular order. It’s oddly simple and comforting.
The fruit market at the corner of Mulberry & Canal is a magical, psychotic little place comprised of about 12 vendors…all with multicolor beach umbrella stands. Here you can be sure to find an assortment of magnificent fruit, all year round. The vendors and signs are all in Chinese. Sometimes I go and just take a wild stab at trying something strange I’ve never seen before.
Nam Wah Tea Parlor is the classic Chinatown spot for dim sum and overall wonderful food. It feels like an antique Chinese diner inside and the service is so fast it’ll make your head spin.
Mmuseumm is a tiny little hole in the wall museum that exhibits the “overlooked, dismissed, or ignored”. I think it is inside an old elevator shaft or something thereof. It only fits three people at a time and keeps strange hours. If you can catch it when it’s open, it is well worth a visit.
Canal Lighting & Parts has every kind of light bulb you can ever imagine. They’re all blended alongside kooky fixtures and bright neon tubes. It’s the filament equivalent of T&T Plasticland! I’m desperate to buy a ton of giant bulbs (some are up to 3 feet long) and create new work with them.
Stef Halmos displays her newest work beginning this Thursday, December 1st, through December 10th at The Canal Street Market, located at 265 Canal Street between Broadway and Lafayette, Open 11AM-8PM, 7 Days a week.

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Six New Fragrances to Awe Your Senses This Autumn

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Your personal scent is so much more than a piece of your personal branding; it’s a sensory element of your first impression and, if all goes well, a key factor in your lasting impression. Fragrances are the key to unlocking memories and evoking feelings of love, lust and nostalgia.

The scent that surrounds you can change your mood in an instant, lead you from one direction to another, and completely manipulate your emotions. It’s remarkable, really, how powerfully influential one bottle of fragrance can be. That’s why choosing your ideal scent is important to the impression you’ll be leaving on the world around you this aututmn.

 

The Revenge of Lady Blanche by Penhaligon’s

British fragrance house Penhaligon’s introduces their newest collection, Portraits, which hits stores this month. Based off fictional characters in the British aristocracy, there are four new scents that represent different members of the Portraits family. Lady Blanche, the matriarch, is refined and delicate without ever being bland. Her scent is a narcotic green floral with notes of Powdery orris, Narcissus flower and Hyacinth. Shamelessly opulent.

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Apostate by Material Lust x Libertine Fragrance

Josh Smith, who founded Libertine Fragrance, is one of the rising tide of indie perfumers bored of what the big houses have to offer. Manhattan artist/designers Material Lust were enlisted to collaborate, and combining their ideals of rebellion, originality and equality – Apostate was born. The unisex scent, for body and home, is a blend of Moroccan rose, star anise, oak moss and soft black leather. Perfect for your inner Dennis Hopper, Grace Jones, Jim Morrison or Katherine Hepburn.

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India Ink by Heretic Parfum

Heretic is a natural, artisanal, fragrance brand that develops scents based upon the mysterious, sensual and feral aspects of nature. The term “heretic” refers to one who betrays the accepted thinking to follow their own path. By using natural ingredients, Heretic scents bend and bond with your skin for a totally individual experience; and India Ink will help you capture the essence of fall and the coming winter with a blend sacred resins, woods and spices like clove, frankincense, amyris and agarwood.

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I Feel Love by Cinnamon Projects

In this time of societal division, scent purveyors Cinnamon Projects felt compelled to explore the one feeling that is ultimately unifying: love. Their new unisex fragrance oil roller, I Feel Love, captures the essence of the change in seasons with a euphoric blend of iris, amber, leather, myrrh and oud. Titled after the pivotal collaboration between Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer, it is a wearable reminder of the political, artistic and sexual freedoms we may only achieve together.
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Belle De Tanger by BYREDO

Belle de Tanger, the new fragrance from Byredo exclusively for Neiman Marcus, is evocative of fall’s more spicy and playful moments. It opens with Moroccan tangerine and zesty notes of bitter orange, with a spicy floral tone which is comprised of citrus oriental infused with piquant, bracing juniper berries then paired with the sparkling, lightly rosy tones of pink pepper. But at its heart is a rich woody tone, with earthy midnight violet,  nuances of powdery wild orris and refined saffron flower. Perfect for those who are not so much mysterious as wonderfully complex.

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Rooted Oil by Noto Botanics

Noto Botanics was founded by makeup artist Gloria Noto, who is known on Los Angeles production sets for using her hand-mixed concoctions on her celebrity clientele. And as part of her recently launched eponymous line, she brings us the rich, smokey, unisexy Rooted Oil. Subtle hints of Bergamot and cardamom give this scent layers of grounding. With a base of argan oil and fractioned coconut oil, it can also be a nourishing hair oil.

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The Five Hottest Restaurants In LA…Now

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Los Angeles has a knack for opening stylish restaurants that bring in the cool kid crowd. But how to strike that perfect balance of food, location and vibe?

With so many new spots to sort through, we’ve whittled it down to five favorites. From open air tacos in Frogtown to bahn mi in DTLA, these spots are attracting contemporary locals and a-listers alike.

Sawyer

A seafood-focused seasonal California restaurant, recently opened in Silver Lake, has quickly become a neighborhood favorite. The casual setting, which seats 90 guests both inside and outside, features an airy garden atmosphere, striking tile work, butcher block countertops and tables, modern Windsor chairs, hand-painted wall accents, flowered wallpaper, a large handmade copper door, street-facing floor to ceiling windows, and a cozy back patio with olive & birch trees and roaring fireplace.
Celeb Factor: John C. Reilly, Mandy Moore, Rachel McAdams, Mena Suvari

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Kettle Black

This rustic Italian restaurant in Silver Lake is helmed by Executive chef Sydney C. Hunter III. The 3000 square foot space, originally home to the California Bank, features a modern approach to a rustic aesthetic, for artisanal eats and cocktails. Inside, the restaurant prominently displays an original vault from when it was first built in 1922, and focal points also include original tiles and wood beams.
Celeb Factor: Zac Efron, Kate Bosworth, Kristen Wiig, Arctic Monkeys

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Winsome

A new spot opened by Marc Rose and Med Abrous,  known for The Spare Room and Genghis Cohen. The modern style diner attracts a day crowd of television writers and an evening crowd local hip kids. The menu offers all the clean flavors of Southern California, a pastry/coffee bar and full cocktail bar, all brought together in a thoughtful way.

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Salazar

One of the buzziest restaurants on the east side of Los Angeles right now. Nestled in Frog Town, between Griffith Park and the LA River, Salazar offers up elevated Mexican mesquite grilled dishes. Chef Esdras Ochoa, who grew to cult acclaim via his taco concept Mexicali, highlights true Sonoran-style BBQ. Beverage Director Aaron Melendrez concocts inventive cocktails with dynamic Mexican flavors, including a boozy horchata, as well as limited run beers from local LA breweries.
Celeb Factor: Carrie Brownstein, Kiernan Shipka, Busy Phillips

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Little Sister Downtown 

This French colonial jewel box is housed near the corner of 7th Street and Grand Avenue in the heart of Downtown. A reimagined interpretation of its Manhattan Beach counterpart with a lighter aesthetic and expanded menu options, it introduces Angelenos to the cultural and culinary influences of imperialist rule in Vietnam during the 19th century. Highlights of the 50-seat restaurant include Vietnamese-style breakfast with housemade breads, porridge (congee) and banh mi.

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London Design Festival: 10 Top Moments

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Every September 375,000 fashion forwarded design lovers from all over the world pour into London to experience The London Design Festival. The festival is timed nicely to collide with London Fashion Week and is set up to reach every corner of the city.

The hipster east end neighborhood of Shoreditch offered up a fair of homewares from Norway to China, Central London’s vast Somerset House hosted the London Design Biennale (which represented commission works from six continents), the iconic Victoria and Albert Museum hosted the most Instagram worthy moments with works by Mathieu Lehanneur and in the SoHo District, Burberry set up shop with their Maker House . This exhibition paired their AW ’17 collection atop live installations with the collection The New Craftsmen. LDF does a tremendous job of celebrating London’s creativity and offering up an international platform that attracts artists, designers and fashion set attendees from over 75 countries. With over 400 events, installations, workshops, exhibitions and parties it can be a challenge to hit up everything but we managed to do it.

Here are the top ten moments.

Liquid Marble by Mathieu Lehanneur at the V&A.

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French designer Mathieu Lehanneur presents his ‘Liquid Marble’ Installation at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The black surface appears both liquid and solid, evoking the rippling waves of an ocean as Norfolk House Music promotes a meditative state for visitors.

Maker’s House by Burberry 

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In partnership with The New Craftsmen, Burberry presents an exhibition and open series of activities to celebrate the craft and inspiration behind their AW ’17 collection. The New Craftsmen have curated some of the most talented artists, designers and creators who are dedicated to producing the best of British culture, artifacts and craft methods.

Light Pollination presented by Iguzzini

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Commissioned by iGuzzini, Light Pollination consists of 20,000 LED lights embedded on the ends of fibre-optic cables. Visitors wave phones over the cables which influence the behavior of the LED lights, mimicing the phenomenon of bioluminescence in nature. The public art installation open up a conversation about how digital media is influencing how we can use lighting in cities.

Studio Martyn Thompson Rock Pool Installation 

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Photography by Martyn Thompson 
Fashion Photographer turned designer, Martyn Thompson premiered Rock Pool Installation, a collection of textiles celebrating the unknowable sea and the unending shift of ideas. Abstract shapes and shadows form to reflect the motion, rocks and waves of the ocean. These patterns are created from Martyn’s photographs and celebrate his love of the “accidental.”

Somerset House (Austria) LeveL by mischer’traxler

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Photography by Ed Reeve
Austrian design representative mischer’traxler’s kinetic light sculpture deftly balances when visitors are completely still in its vicinity. With perfect stillness, the lights are brightest, illuminating the room fully. Any disturbance made the rods tilt and LEDs dim.

Glithero presents Green Room at the V&A

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Green Room is a dramatic installation at the V&A, conceived by London design studio Glithero in partnership with luxury watch maker Panerai. The “room” is a kinetic piece comprised of 160 multicolored silicone cords that wrap around a six story stairwell on the west side of the museum.

Porta Romana‘s Cosmos presented at Focus at Design Chelsea Harbour

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The celebrated UK design studio’s post future, space punk lighting install inspired by outer space, moons and planets. The pieces were created by rolling blown glass into crushed glass for a crystalized outer shell.

Somerset House (India) Chakraview curated by Rajshree Pathy and Sumant Jayakrishnan

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Ancient myth and modern design intersect in curator Rajshree Pathy and scenographer Sumant Jayakrishnan’s stage-like spectacle, Chakraview. Visitors are immersed in circular forms, traditional textiles and ancient mythology that weave together a sense of modern India to explore the continuities between India’s past and future – myth and reality.

Voutsa Pop Up by Voutsa at Clerkenwell.

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Known for his vibrant patterns with wall coverings, clothing and homewares, New York City’s Voutsa brought his traveling pop up to Clerkenwell. This front room installation included his fashion collaboration with Paul Marlow Studio, a made-to-measure atelier which includes a repertoire of silk robes and kimonos, caftans and tunics, scarves, bandannas, and swimwear. Also on included were home accessories created from select Voutsa hand painted patterns in the form of pillows, tote bags, lampshades trays and throws.

 

The Smile by Alison Brooks

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Photography by Ed Reeve
Architect Alison Brooks’ Landmark Project for the London Design Festival could be described as an unidentified flying object. The upside down arc made entirely of tulipwood takes the shape of a smile in this grand urban pavilion. The four sided curved tube that curves upward to its two open ends, allows light to wash across its curved floor like water across a spillway. This achievement creates an immersive environment that integrates structure, surface, space and light.