There are few people who can claim such an imprint on our lives as our parents – for better or worse. Fashion designers, who have long sought to reimagine their experiences in cloth, find a rich repository of inspiration in their adolescence; sit down with a designer long enough and sooner or later the conversation will circle back to their mother or father, where their first memories of fashion likely began. Here, we look to five designers whose parents have had a… read more »
As poetic in conversation as he is in presentation, artist Phillip K.
“We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning,” philosopher Jean Baudrillard wrote in 1994. The suffocating, uncontrollable proliferation of digital mass media and visual consumerism, he argued, would create a society where reality and simulation could no longer be told apart – a world where the illusory excess of reality would end up killing reality itself. Fast-forward two decades, and the overpowering advent of internet culture has… read more »
A geographer by profession, Tomasz Padlo is also a photographer with an eye for capturing unusual sights and spaces.
To call Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami prolific is a gross understatement. He admits to taking his cue from the pop sensibilities of Andy Warhol and has always combined commercial enterprise with fine art practice. He has disseminated his various motifs (such as flowers, skulls and a Mickey Mouse-esque character called Mr DOB) across the world under his postmodern term ‘superflat’, which combines elements of Japanese anime, ukiyo-e (traditional Japanese… read more »
He’s well known for his awe-inspiring photographs revealing how humans and technology are altering the world we live in, so it should come as no surprise that Luca Locatelli ’s body of work about Northern Italy’s majestic marble quarries delivers a devastating blow – in the best possible way. Locatelli was recently shortlisted for an award in this year’s Sony World Photography Awards for read more » View Gallery (8 images)
Who is it? Bohinc Studio is a London-based furniture and objects brand founded by renowned industrial and jewellery designer Lara Bohinc Why do I want it? The playfulness of 1980s Postmodernism meets the form-led material appreciation of the Bauhaus Where can I find it?
Founded on the simple maxim that a good pair of shoes should be both comfortable and built to last, at 244 years old German shoemaker Birkenstock may seem incongruous to the mercurial, impulsive shifts of modern fashion. But, as an abundance of replicas on the catwalks of the last half-decade proves, there is much appeal to the orthopaedic sensibilities of a sandal which reveals that life is better in a shoe you can move in. That said, it is suprising to note that for… read more »
Photography and its ephemerality are key points of interest for Dutch artist Daniëlle van Ark . The Amsterdam-based image-maker addresses such ideas in her multifaceted work, which ranges in form across photography, collage, sculpture and installation.
Stephen Sprouse was, arguably, the great American designer who never quite happened. Fêted during his lifetime and after (the designer died in 2004), financial security could never be counted among Sprouse’s nonetheless considerable achievements – he went bust, blew up and went bust again after he opened an ambitious three-storey store in a former firehouse at 99 Wooster Street, New York (now a Victorinox store)