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.
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
The Passing Now the Taking Director:Nicole X. Featuring my avatar Soraya Vaher (the lady in the center) and Nicole`s avatars (the two dancing girls) all dressed Violator.
Music:”Human” by Falling You
I have already introduced you to the World of virtual reality and “Second Life“. In SL I am known as Soraya Vaher, fashion designer and owner of the very known fashion haute couture brand “Violator“.
In SL I am known as Soraya Vaher, fashion designer and owner of the trend-setting, well-known haute couture fashion brand “Violator“.
SL is a virtual yet very real World where users can create and build up true businesses, make virtual art, create fashion and much, much more. For some SL is just a nice way to spend some time meeting and chatting and experiencing and networking with other users coming from all over the World, enjoying the high graphic qualities and all the advantages this kind of medium can offer them. For some others SL is a true business, a way to make a living out of what they create virtually. You can read some of my previous blog posts about that here… and here. Read SL in Wikipedia
The huge variety and true experience this World can offer is not easy to explain if you have never explored it, I can just say that for me, it has been a fundamental part of my life for the last four years. SL has its own active art scene, its own fashion industry, its own fashion designers and celebrities, its own super-models, its own fashion magazines, its own fans and its own costumers.
The scene of film making, better know as “machinima” is, in Sl, a very huge industry as well and often overlaps with art and fashion. To create a good quality video in SL requires advanced technical skills, a challenge which is not for everyone…Videos cover a huge variety of content. They can be like real movies, with a storyline and actors, art videos, commercial videos, recording of fashion shows and much more.
Today I will show you the work of a very talented filmmaker, NicoleX Moonwall. The ability of NicoleX is to syncronize a very strong artistic aesthetic with highly developed technique. Nicole has produced countless videos and movies featuring the work of some known haute couture fashion designers, including Violator…
In her movies a dreamy atmosphere is often contrasted with darker shades, violence and romanticism are interown with style and motion.…
Demon by Nicole X.Featuring Violator…
Music: Kalimayantra / “hands upon black earth” by hands upon black earth
How old is your avatar is SL?
I guess over 3 yrs old..
Why did you join SL?
To see if it was an advantage in creating art and also for an edge, something new and avant garde. I liked the freedom it gives artists, and all the different adventures I can go on with just a simple click.
Besides becoming a successful filmmaker did you have other kind of jobs in SL?
I looked at many angles and ways to make use of art in SL, and everything that would crossover between SL and real life. The other real reason I went into video was the ease of transferring it out of SL .. basically I am recording the art of SL.I am handicapped in SL because of starting on dial up connection, and now using a satellite. This was a medium that the disadvantages of the connection actually has, because of the challenge it presented, enhanced my art. I have become one of the best machinima artists in the world, not just SL. I have one of the biggest libraries of work, and have created a unique style and the ability to transcend the avatar world with images that reflect and impact real life.
Can you explain us, with few words, what kind of tecnic is required to produce quality videos in SL?
I developed my own software that I call ShoDo based on ancient Japanese calligraphy. I use proprietary techniques and information that I don’t share, things that you don’t see on the screen but that I see as I try to improve my craft.
You are a very talented and creative filmmaker, where do you get your inspiration?
Through my mind, I see things. I dream, and SL gives me the chance to expand my dreams. I feel them. I get inspired by others’ art, and look to mix and enhance the art of others, whether in builds or clothes, etc. I stay away from choppy video that breaks things up, I try to enhance the art by long shots that focus on the art as I see it thru my eyes.
What kind of SL fashion fits better to your taste and why?
I use a mix between cyber punk and high cyber/contemporary fashion. I blend different styles together – that is an art in itself.. I mix and make high end things work with other things I find.. to create my own look.
Your movies are often very dark, with a violent meaning and aesthetic, yet some very romantic as well. Is there a reason for this dualism or do you think darkness and romanticism go hand in hand?
Very – do I bite? Yes.
how much are you into darkness?
You have to have a balance.. as I said above. I need light after a period shooting darkness, and vice versa, so I balance out my feelings with my work.
how much do you like black and how much you dislike it?
I love black. Black is my baseline that I build off of.
You have the ability to choose always very fitting and charming soundtracks, how do you pick them?
I listen a lot to music, hundreds of minutes and hours. I set up at a site with music tied into to the filming. I don’t add music – I have it going as I film so that the whole film is like an emo, not a set thing, a feeling, based on having studied the site and finding the the half dozen or so musical pieces I feel will work, then I test the shot. I exclusively use Magnatunes.
Violator Wired by Nicole X
Music: Tin of Drum by Rapoon
You have produced many videos for Violator. Tell us a bit about your feelings and inspiration while directing this videos and what you wanted to express….
It’s a dominant dark side that I pull out of Violator. I feel it represents the highest level of avantgarde fashion and allows me to express myself. it is a crisp, explicit level of dominance and quality. You can feel the pain. The movement in the fashion and the flexing of the outfits is very important in my films. I do not use mesh. Flex is the important part in any fashions I use. Design, color and impact is all important. In my filming and photographs. I do not use Photoshop or image edits. I show what I see as it is presented.. not something contrived after the fact.
You have recently made a new video on Eshi Otawara and her creations… tell us a bit more….
It’s fitting into a story I am writing right now called “the Blender”. Her works are more like a flower, a flower that is beautiful but has an edginess that can be deadly. The story is about a group from another plane that has landed in our universe. I am using her works along with others that fit the story about how people from another plane have arrived via a microwave beam, little white data rays.. that are moving through you constantly and eventually taking over your mind, using social media etc., taking over the world with airborne data and “waves”.
Blenders, Cherubic Hymn by Nicole X. Featuring Violator designs
Music: “Hymns” by Adina Spire
credits: all videos and pictures are courtesy of NicoleX Moonwall