Monday, 16 February 2015


I am into new materials and craft these days, one I came across some time ago is Bois2. Made with recycled wood and acetate, the wood powder comes from timber factories and the frames are completely recyclable.

The inclusions in the material create beautiful patterns and they remind me of these Botanica creations by Formafantasma.

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Monday, 9 February 2015

Graceful Marble

I am addicted to Nowness. Every morning when I switch on my computer I have to watch a new video. You can see famous architects and artists showing you around the intimacy of their homes, Marina Abramović on getting old...and marble quarries (of course!).

This particular video, shows a quarry boss as he guides his men through the extraction process, using a silent language of gesture and sign. He can move gigantic marble blocks using enormous excavators, but his own movements are light, precise and determined.

I see similarities with Mykita / Damir Doma's marble collection, the tension between light and incredibly heavy; these beautiful patterns look like they should way a ton!

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Personal Handwriting

Finding a totally new approach to eyewear design is rare, yet I was not surprised to find it in a Japanese designer; Tokyo's Masahiro Maruyama does just that, with essential simplicity. He creates beautiful incomplete forms, based on the outline of his hand sketches. I bow.

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Monday, 2 February 2015

Retirement Renaissance

This year Selfridges decided to turn their "Bright Young Things" project on its head and showcase "Bright Old Things" instead. The idea was to do away with an outdated idea of age and present 14 men and women who followed a new vocation in later life.

Selfridges collaborated with illustrator and photographer Todd Selby to show and illustrated creative in they'r space. One of them is Robert Roope of Black Eyewear; a former optician, now designer.

Photo - Todd Selby

Robert sees "timeless style in eyewear as styling that embraces the fundamental structures of the face; it is styling that creates resonance and harmony with our face structure . It can be elusive, but we recognise it when we see it. It fits somehow; it belongs to the long history of the face."

Illustration - Todd Selby

Black Eyewear

We see career paths skewed towards the young, fashion brands are poised on celebrating youth yet Celine's recent advertising campaign has possibly made us realise that no one now young will look as cool as 80 year old writer Joan Didion. Old age is cool!

I know who is inspiring my future old age style, who inspires yours?

photo - The Sartorialist

photo - The Sartorialist

gallerist Rossana Orlandi

photo - The Sartorialist

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