Fashion

August 24 2011

L.B.M. F/W 2011: The Jackets


Union Shirt by Casual Co                                              Gucci Racksack Backpack

John Ashe                                                                                           Close Up and Private Lookbook

The Face Hunter                                                                                         The Sartorialist

Forest & Bound Men's Bags                                                         Persol Steve McQueen Sunglasses

Swimwear by FB Collection                                   Kenton Sorenson Man Wallets

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Events

August 23 2011



What do you get when you combine the ultimate summer playground with a fun, cool brand that is willing to play with you? You get life-size Mini convertibles, inflatable beach toys that are as much fun for adults as they are for kids.



Most likely kids will have no chance at all to play with these toys as the Mini inflatable screams grown-up fun in an irresistible way. This is the ultimate beach accessory; too big for the ordinary pool but perfect for the warm waters and sandy beaches where the in crowds gather to see and to be seen.



Beach-goers can just grab one and play in the sand or on the water. They will be able to enjoy the sun, catch the waves, look cool, pose for some pics. These are pictures they will want to broadcast and post online because the beach Minis will not appear on every beach. People will want their friends to know where they are so that they can join the fun.



Mini Inflatables were created by Access Agency after the success unveiling of the Mini Indoor Drive-in cinema for the new Countryman in Italy.

Access’s cool car experiences for Mini include the car wraps and the recently launched Sephora's new Same Day delivery service using the Mini Clubman.



The Mini Inflatables are incredibly flexible as promotional and entertainment tools. They can be used not only at the beach over summer but in many other environments as well.

Additional uses for the beach include fun Mini rides in Mini Inflatables pulled by speedboats or jet skis.



Mini Inflatables are effective as massive “balloons” on top of actual Minis in showrooms, outdoor picnic promotions, parks, special events such as Art Basel and other large-scale festivals.



Mini Inflatables are also perfect for point-of-sale displays, as showroom props and as décor. - Bill Tikos

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Music

August 20 2011
   
   
   

 

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Amazing Places

August 18 2011

Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Fernando De Noronha - Brazil

Spirit Island, Magligne Lake, Alberta, Canada

Rice Field Terraces in Yunnan, China

Bern, Switzerland

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Rocky Village, Vernazza, Italy

Porto Katsiki, Lefkada Island, Greece

Lower Lewis River Falls - Gifford Pinchot National Forest - Washington, USA

Pangong Tso Lake in the Himalayas

Golden Eye Hotel - St. Mary, Jamaica

Golden Horn, Brac Island - Croatia

 

Soneva Fushi, Maldives

Alentejo, Portugal

Etretat, Normandy, France

The Pearl Waterfall, Jiuzhaigou Valley, China

Norway

Awa’awapuhi Trail Kauai, Hawaii

Santa Domenica nel Salento

Amazing Places To Experience Around The Globe (Part 1 - click here)

Discovered a place we should include in Part 3 of Amazing Places? - get in contact

 

Music

August 12 2011

Former jazz singer Lana Del Rey defines her genre as Hollywood pop/sad core and says she hopes her music can be the “sonic equivalent of a Vincent Gallo film”. The 24-year old New Yorker also describes herself as “gangsta Nancy Sinatra”, putting into words the surprisingly coherent mix of the classic 60s round sound, the gloomy, grown up lyrics and the strong, convincing presence. Owing to Marianne Faithfull as much as she does to Fiona Apple and Norah Jones, this promising newcomer contrasts dark references with her fresh face via a series of DIY Youtube videos.

Her yet-to-be-released album is still being produced with a little help from a very cool production team including Liam Howe, Chris Braide and Emile Haynie. The foregoing teasing Youtube offerings seem to be all instant hits despite the poor production value of the videos: this is definitely the most awaited release of this autumn (Lana has signed with Stranger Records on June 30th and Video Games and Blue Jeans will be available on October 9th).

Befriend her on Facebook and keep an eye on those updates: 14k of fans before the album release can’t be wrong! - Andreea Popa

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The Avant Garde Diaries

August 1 2011

In July, luminaries from the art, fashion, & music world descended upon Berlin to celebrate the launch of The Avant/Garde Diaries – the new digital lifestyle hub & event series from Mercedes-Benz.

The first event in a global series, Transmission 1 was curated by renowned fashion designer Raf Simons with the aim of showcasing emerging and innovative artists across the cultural spectrum.  Mercedes-Benz is collaborating with “cultural curaters” like Simons to create a connective tissue between the legendary carmaker and the next generation of tastemakers.

The centerpiece of the event was a showcase of the Mercedes-Benz Concept A Class screened by an Installation of glass, lighting and visual effects



British Art Director - Peter Seville, best known for his album covers for Joy Division and New Order, showcased his own 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 at the event. Peter also attended the press workshop offering fascinating comments about avant-garde and pop culture. Other artists featured at the event included Germaine Kruip, These New Puritans, Fischerspooner, and Konstantin Grcic.

The tone and structure of the event allowed for guests to form their own opinions about the festival and what is indeed avant-garde.
 

As the inventor of the automobile, Mercedes Benz has long been an innovator in the automotive field. This festival and brand direction will also see them playing a similar role in the ongoing conversation of culture, expression, and innovation.
 

We look forward to seeing what comes next in this series of events.  Stayed tuned-in and look for Transmission 2 here The Avant/Garde Diaries.

House

July 31 2011

We have offered a few special products for sale on our site before and we are now excited to continue this by bringing to you this super sexy light made of wood.
 
The American Oak veneer shade has a big presence — 40 inches (101.1 cm) in diameter and 27.5 inches (70 cm) in height — yet it seems to float serenely in the air. The shade adds a warm Scandinavian glow to you decor in any room at home, and it looks great in the office, too, over a conference table or above a seating area. Bulb and fittings are customized to your geographic location, so you should have no problem setting it up.


 
You can order it here and pay by PayPal. (for bulk orders, send us an email)

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Kids

July 29 2011

Youth Factory, Factoría Joven, in Mérida, Spain, is an example of what can be done if a regional government works with the community and local designers to meet the needs of youth that may otherwise be heading down the slippery path of street life.
 


The structure may not be a permanent monument to architecture, but it is definitely a better place than the back streets of Spanish cities. We are all for any attempt at all to provide children and youth a place to be kids, to be creative and just have some fun.


 
Factoría Joven was designed by Madrid-based Selgascano Architects, a partnership between husband and wife, José Selgas and Lucía Cano.
 
Using recycled furniture, inexpensive building materials and temporary solutions, the designers were definitely not looking to build a monument to architecture; they were much more interested in affordable ordinariness and practical possibilities.


 
Factoría Joven helps attract the restless, unemployed street youth off the streets and provides them with a place to skateboard, hip-hop dance, climb rocks, create graffiti — whatever they would otherwise do in much more sinister surroundings. There are also a computer lab and a dance studio, both 800-square-meters in size. Meeting rooms and spaces for theatre, video and music are all included.


 
This is one of several such “youth factories” in the area; recreational centers and places that are inclusive, open and safe. - Tuija Seipell

Photography by Roland Halbe.

 

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Architecture

July 25 2011

Susanne Nobis has the enviable privilege of living in this gorgeous, tranquil house in Berg by Lake Starnberg (Starnberger See), a popular southern Bavarian recreation area for the residents of the nearby city of Munich.

As both the client and the designer, engineer/architect Nobis designed the home and office for her own four-member family and for her architectural practice.

It is a beautifully minimalist, modern take on a traditional twin wooden boathouse, popular by the lake. While the boathouses are on stilts over the water, Nobis’s house is on 60-centimeter high illuminated legs.
This gives the house its wonderful, impermanent, hovering feel but it was in fact a necessity in this location where the ground water rises very high. This also meant that everything must fit in the space above ground — no basement or cellar possible.

The structure, mainly of wood and glass, includes two separate but connected houses. House one includes living, eating and cooking functions on the ground floor, and the “gallery” above it.

In the second house, two offices and guest room are on the ground floor, bedrooms and bathrooms above it.

Nobis’s goals were to provide ample views of the lake, to let as much natural light in as possible and to not interfere with the surrounding nature or old trees.



She also wanted to use materials sparingly and economically, and to reduce everything to its essential beauty, purpose and function. Shelving and stairs of metal and wood, open storage, minimal furniture — all give the house its clarity and lightness.



The structure is long and narrow, but thanks to the use of glass and wooden slats, it appears almost transparent.
Nobis says that in essence, the house is nothing more than a shelter from the climate, a space where one can move as freely as possible. We envyingly agree. - Tuija Seipell.

Photography by Roland Halbe.