Wildly sensual this lamp of the MaMo Nouchies collection, is called Kokoro. There is in Kokoro, the red blood of a heart to browse. An organic concrete, material and symbolic form. It moves me sincerely.
Nouchies refers to the master sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi.
About names: the collection is also called MaMo because it was developed by Maurer, Ma, along with Dagmar Mombacher, Mo. The combination is MaMo !
In total, MaMo Nouchies, is the result of a true artisan know-how, where each piece is unique.
The bending and shaping of the lampshade are manufactured according to a patented process and inspired by the traditional techniques of the work of Japanese paper.
Ingo Maurer loves paper as the perfect filter and light diffuser. Kokoro, table lamp, has this great and sensual lampshade 90 cm high.
With the blood-red paper that takes magical forms and changing, and it takes the perfect form, through a continuous movement of bending waves and also wrinkles, Kokoro becomes magic in your eyes.
Kokoro knows, and so there is also a mirror mirror in the shape of heart.
Kokoro is a floor lamp – Shade: Paper – Base and stem: stainless steel – Internal diffuser: glass
Dimensions: W 15 cm x H 75 cm – Base: 11 cm x 11 cm
Halogen bulb (not included): 1 x 50W GY6.35 max – electronic cursor – Mobile Mirror – It is not adapted to the premises with high humidity mirror in the shape of heart
The same applies to the other lamps, which I find all sexy and exciting. So we can see and enjoy:
Cloud has struck our fancy with its lightweight feel and complex.
Honeycomb structures are hollow clouds are internally illuminated by LEDs.
Cloud is available in “daylight white” or “white hot”. The “daylight” is a very neutral white, not blue like some daytime running lights too “white” can be. The “warm white” has a subtle warmth of gold for the shades of white. Cloud is dimmable and when attenuated downwards, creates a stormy when at full brightness cloud provides a sweet quality of light that is suitable for work, read, eat and live with when the number of pieces is scaled to the size of the room or area to be illuminated. The honeycomb structure of the cloud also provides sound absorption, helping to reduce the reflected sounds in a space.
Also Urchin softlight is available in “daylight white” or “warm white”. We are interested in a lot of these pure forms, simple and complex.
I am back again… Today I will introduce you to the new RL work of a known SL artist and designer: Irena Morris, aka in SL as Eshi Otawara… We spoke already about Irena in one of our older posts, about her art and her inspirations… Today her inspiration has become a dress, a black dress (of course), fully handmade and made of an intriguing material…
INTERVIEW WITH IRENA MORRIS
Tell us a bit about the history of the >”garbage dress”…
Sometime at the beginning on 2012 I’ve googled art organizations in the Milwaukee area in order to find some kind of a community I could possibly take part in and I came across Milwaukee Red Line. On the front page of their website they had an open call for dress designers for a competition called Re-purposed Runway whose mission was to create celebrity icon inspired wearable items out of materials that could be recycled in unexpected ways but unfortunately end up in landfills. They required a short portfolio of previous works on actual fashion garments based on which they would select 24 to compete. I did not have anything to show as far as “real life” work except a toga style dress I’ve done in college and, of course, my Second Life dress design portfolio so I’ve submitted the application with a lengthy explanation of Second Life and I’ve asked them to consider me because I myself was beyond curious to see what I could come up with in this challenge. So, after I got a notice of being accepted into the competition I’ve procrastinated for months trying to figure out what I would create. It was quite unnerving because I have never before created anything like this – the challenge was huge for me as I am not a dress designer but more of a fashion illustrator. Finally, I’ve come up with a shirt I wanted to recycle and I decided to weave in strips of garbage bags in order to get volume and texture. Cheap materials, no sewing – perfect! I spent about 200 hours and 300 garbage bags cut into 4 x 12 inch strips and I’ve woven then into the shirt and into long torn up bed sheet pieces in order to create the skirt. The dress took shape above any expectations and I’ve topped it off by blow-torching the plastic in order to give it more volume. The entire creation process was like meditation because I had to weave in some 5000 garbage bag strips into the dress so this painstakingly repetitive action eventually turned into a form of meditation. It became so automated to weave that hours would go by without me noticing time. I like when that happens in my art process. It pulls me in and that’s when magic happens.
Eventually we had several shows at the Wisconsin State Fair to promote Red Line organization and the final competition in September. All designers came up with some pretty amazing work. It was a mixed contestant crowd, from a couple teens to several professional fashion designers. It was a great experience all together!
Why the name “garbage”?, what´s the inspiration behind?
The inspiration for my dress was Georgia O’Keeffe. She was born in Wisconsin and I’ve wanted to honor someone from this state that has been my home for the past 4 years. O’Keeffe very often appears in photographs wearing black or dark clothing, she painted high contrasts and she painted wonderful architectural pieces as well as flowers. The name of my piece is not really “garbage bag dress” it is Black Dahlia. Funny as it is, I did not think of the notorious murder at the time of giving this piece the name – so in choosing the name Black Dahlia my aim was to honor O’Keeffe paintings.
Why “black” *smiles*?
Black is powerful, grounding…you cannot be indifferent to it. It pulls you in.
How is the garbage dress done? what kind of fabric did you use? How long did it take to conceive and create it?
I used one old perforated shirt, few strips of torn up bed sheet, approximately 300 garbage bags and a blow torch. I’ve worked on the piece over the time period of two months and approximate 200 hours.
How would you define your real life fashion comparing to your SL art? what´s similar, what´s different?
In RL, you have to take many things into account that in SL you do not have to worry about. Mainly the weight of the materials and how they behave. Second Life has the option to manipulate the physics and gravity and in RL you have to take the existing physics and gravity into account. You also have to manage things such as transporting the piece and making sure to do so with minimal damage to it which was quite a challenge for me because the dress I’ve created is really voluminous.
A new Irena Morris real life fashion label coming soon?
I don’t think I’ll declare a fashion brand on one dress made of garbage bags. There is still lots more to learn. Meanwhile, there is a brand of paintings people are encouraged to treat themselves with – it is all conducive to my overall capability to produce more.
If we want to buy it?
I am absolutely willing to sell the Black Dahlia dress. It’s stretchy so it can fit anyone from size 4 – 20. That’s another magical thing about it! If anyone is interested in buying it, you are welcome to make me an offer via e-mail eshi.otawara(at)gmail.com
Fendi is eponymous of luxury and exclusivity.
Sharon Stone was there, Anna Wintour was there and I was there. Sadly I couldn’t see Sharon Stone…
Fendi’s stage was a mixture between minimalism and pop: a huge very long white glossy catwalk and neon light strips in several colors at the borders, several silver big spheres hanging from the ceiling and two floors for the public: groundfloor (border catwalk) for the sitting guests and upper floor (a long balcony) for the standing guests… The effect: stilish and modern, “urban luxury”. When it comes to Luxury Fendi leads among others… the creations of this italian fashion house, known for it’s fur and leather high class clothing, are a “must have” in Anna’s Wintour wardrobe, and not just hers.
Fendi Spring 2013 collection features very simple cuts embellished with luxury fur, colors and (my favourites) simple black dresses with hig luxury shiny gold (same black and gold I have seen today at Salvatore Ferragamo’s show).
By the way.. I’ve heard a rumor that the pre-dinner of the after-Party presented by Fendi, which took place in Via Turati and where Sharon Stone got invited costed around 40.000 euro/each…
Eventually a show I really enjoyed… Krizia Spring 2013 collection stands out the crowd for elegance, style, freshness, naturalness and grace… A “New Lightness”, as the name of the collection, made of colors from ivory to acquamarine, black and whites and total black for a reserved yet very stilish and modern lady. Patterns and colors borrowed from the nature, animaliers and simplicity at the same time, the inimitable Krizia jacket embellished with sophisticated souvenir d’Afrique, seen for example in the encrustations of crocodile scales. Perfect creations for a moderate yet imperative lady to drink a cocktail in the desert, transparencies revealing elegantly naked breasts… sensual golden high cuff bracelets, pumas pythons and toucans in the patterns…
I so enjoyed this collection, symble of high italian style, that even the colored dresses seemed very appealing to me. Afterall is always about design…
The show took place yesterday, around 16,40 in the private Krizia showroom. The style of the catwalk was very simple and minimal, all in white and black. A intimate athmosphere for a intimate collection. The public applauded more than once, during the whole show. A real success I would say…
And from the pre-show…
Second day of Milan Fashion Week,yesterday… Max Mara show took place at 9,40 in the morning…
I have to admit: being into fashion doesn´t mean, for me, to be into fashion shows. I find them rather boring especially If they take place so early in the morning and the human fauna populating the event makes it more lika a vanity fair than true knowledge of style and elegance. Besides I consider the whole event “fashion show” itself, interesting. To learn and see what is behind the 10 minutes show: the work, the adreanaline… Everything happens so fast and fast fades away…
Peeking inside the backstage… Thaat´s my gift for you…
What to say about the spring 2013 Max Mara collection? Very few black clothes, just five pieces at the end of the show, some animalier mixed with flower patterns and military green for a very simple and minimalistic design. Max Mara has the tendency to always repeat itself, not my taste at all, not high art as well… I am expecting more from Sportmax which will take place today.
The Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week close it´s doors today: 13 september… In it´s last days the NYFW showed it´s best…
Marc Jacobs optical outfits came in wide stripes, black and white, brown and red, with matching purses. A contemporary fashion which mixes the conventional office attire with a post modernism and 60´s echoes… Here an interesting article on New York Times about Marc Jacobs spring 2013 collection.
Wes Gordon chooses black, lace, swarovsky, feathers and simple bright red to enhance a feminine beauty with an edge…
And what more?
Wes Gordon spring 2013
Theyskens Theory spring 2013
Vivienne Tam spring 2013
Marc Jacobs spring 2013
while walking on the path of darkness and light it happens sometimes to meet other humans which have something in common with us, Goethe would call it an “elective affinity”… An affinity which goes far beyond “sharing a similar fashion taste” and goes more in the direction “we share a similar perspective on life and this World”, a lifestyle in a way, but more than that. Wearing black is often something more fondamental than a mere taste and becomes, for many black addicted, a very own (and strict) way to shout out their personalities, individualism and toughts.
I have the tendency to find out my similars, “dark” humans like me, and to share with them toughts and answers.
Why I always end up wearing black? Why Why Why.. A very simple yet very complex question…
While seeking for the final answer, today I introduce to you a russian friend and perfect dark lady: Augustine… Augustine lives in Moscow, she is project manager for a translation agency, loves to wear black and counts a big deal of experience in the Gothic scene…
Today Augustine will tell us why she loves black…
…So, let´s see what happens when Dark Lady meets another Dark Lady…
You dress almost always black, why?
As long as I remember myself, it was always my way to show that I was different… As I used to say: “I am the only animal of my kind.” I am a queen of my own kingdom and my kngdom is me. There is nothing else I have. There is nothing I have to prove.
As a teenager I was fascinated by the style of such gothic divas as Barbara Steele, Siouxsie Sioux and Diamanda Galas.
The women who always had their own way, their own point of view on everything and the strength to do whatever they found right.
Black is a colour of revolt. The colour of calm strength and protest.
We wear black. We do not agree with the way this world lives. We do not approve it. We do not find it either aesthetically or ethically appropriate. We will never be a part of it.
Yes. I do wear black at work all my life. My former Boss was an eccentric Asian billionaire. He was gay. And he just admired all that was non-ordinary. So he was quite happy with the fact that I was goth.
Though I’d say usually I mix/mixed retro beatnik style with military and Victorian gothic; and all that is sharp, edgy and eccentric.
Now, my colleagues just got used to the way I look.
Any other colors you indulge with from time to time?
I can put on all-red or totally multicolored, inspired by Frida Kahlo outfit sometimes, because is also looks rather aggressive and individual.
What does black represents to you? Power? Sorrow? Ambivalence? or what else?
Black is power for no doubt. But it is strictness as well. It stresses individualism. To wear black is always a challenge. It’s a color of black magic and loneliness. The color of anger and passion. Good color for those who dare to be themselves.
When did you start wearing black? Was this taste always in you or you built it up with the time?
I remember as a child I admired the stories about ghosts and all that was mysterious and scary. I think I was 3 or 4… Despite I had a lot of normal dolls, I took a piece of plastic and a couple of rags and made myself a doll. The one that I loved the most. She had navy blue hair, greyish-white pale face and her dress was a piece of black velvet. I thought she was perfect. Seriously.
So guess there was always something in my blood.
I started wearing black with rather heavy make-up when I was a teenager. Nina Hagen and Honey West were my make-up teachers. And beautiful “horror queen” Barbara Steele of course. I still think her image in Fellini’s 8 1/2 is an absolute dark perfection.
Could you tell us a bit about the dark scene in Moscow?
It was rather interesting in the late 90s… I think there were only about 60-70 goths in Moscow. And of course we all knew each other more or less. And honestly it was like a wonderful brotherhood, a family. The most interesting, special, talanted and crazy people I have ever met. And guess I will love and remember them all my life. The Old Ones.
As one of my younger friends said: “We are the aristocracy of underground”. This statement made all of us laugh. But you know, maybe we really were exactly what he said.
Nowadays, there is really nothing interesting. Just like everywhere. Parties, concerts. Too many people.
Would you consider your lifestyle “black” as well as your clothing?
It was once… There were really dark years in my life, the years I don’t like to recall.
Now, when I’m older, I am in a constant search for the truth and my real self. I’d call my life spiritual and esoteric.
If you are going out for dinner with a gentleman do you wish him to be dressed all in black like you?
He just has to be himself. The man I could find attractive should look like a king whatever he wears. He has to be a king. And one of a kind. *laughs* But of course that would be nice of he looked good in black. And he would definitely look stunning. Be sure.
You seem to have a passion for make up as well, what are your favourite colors?
Yes. It’s Art and magic and the way to create the world anew every day.
Sometimes it takes me back to the 50s or 60s. Sometimes we take a trip to the “new romantic” 80s with bright red eye-shadows and dark blue or red lips.
Sometimes my love for Recoil and the night inspires me to mix deep violet eye-shadows and lipstick with golden glitter. Sometimes it just looks like a normal usual gothic witch.
Anyways it’s always nothing but me.
The Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week which kicked off on Wednesday in New York to provide Spring 2013 collections of over 80 international designers is still going on… Eight days of non stop shows… featuring less and less seasonal dressing (As Washington Post reported) and more pieces that can be bought all year round.
Katie Gallagher Spring 2013
Prabal Gurung Spring 2013
Altazurra Spring 2013
Cushnie et Ochs Spring 2013
Alexander Wang Spring 2013
Helmut Lang Spring 2013