Friday, January 29, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I am not a fool Sony Ericsson, I can see that you're using American Apparel's branding

Am I the only one reading through the lines? I am sure that Sony Ericsson took inspiration from American Apparel's branding for this ad and product. I also believe that the brand is trying to compete with Apple and is therefore trying to target fashionistas. Really clever.

Is it working with you?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Pringle of Scotland: Tilda Swinton is beautiful

For the second time, Pringle of Scotland has chosen the beautiful and intelligent Tilda Swinton to represent their ad campaign. Ryan Mc Ginley has shot it near Nairn, the city where Tilda was born. The below film was also specifically made for the campaign and takes its inspiration from the movie Notes sur le Cinematographe from movie Director Robert Bresson.

Pringle of Scotland has definitely become more creative since Claire Wight Keller took the artistic direction in 2005 and its first catwalk show in Milan in 2006 ! The video is also beautiful. I am emotionally involved with Scotland - for personal reasons - and I love Tilda Swinton's talent and beauty...

Alexander McQueen S/S 2010 : Raquel Zimmermann by Nick Knight

Alexander McQueen S/S 2010 : Raquel Zimmermann by Nick Knight

‘Plato’s Atlantis‘ by Alexander McQueen, was by far was the best show of the 2010 collections. Now the ad campaign has been revealed and it's amazing. Raquel Zimmermann was shot by UK fashion photographer Nick Knight and the result is beautiful ! Well done !

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

LEVI'S + JPG = weird partnership

I can only see one reason behind the collaboration between Jean Paul Gaultier and Levi's: the need for financial support on one side and the publicity on the other site. I remember Christian Lacroix's numerous partnerships with Larousse, and SNCF (the French national railway company) which were always publicly defended as "ways for the designer to express himself", later on would I realize that I was right in thinking, at the time, that these were only ways for the Fashion House to survive. I must admit that I find this one a bit strange...

Would the crisis have hit Jean Paul Gaultier so hard that he needs to explore cross-branding? I am not sure I really like the results though... What do you think?

Andy Warhol Japanese TDK Ad

Patti Smith and Steven Sebring: Objects of Life in NYC

Steven Sebring, "Patti Portrait Detroit" (1995). Gelatin silver print, ed. 1/5, 16 x 20 inches, 40.6 x 50.8 cm.
NEW YORK - The exhibition "Patti Smith and Steven Sebring: Objects of Life," is on view at Robert Miller Gallery through Feb. 13, and has opened last week. The opening reception was
full of celebrities, I hear, Zac Posen, Michael Stipe, and Mary Ellen Mark were there. I wish I was there too...too bad but I had had the chance to meet with Patti Smith in London at Alison Jacques back during Frieze.

The sprawling exhibition is a collaboration between Patti Smith and Steven Sebring, and is meant as a celebration of the 11 years he spent filming her for his documentary Patti Smith: Dream of Life. Like the film, the exhibition is an "impressionistic portrait of the artist," represented in the form of her drawings, screen prints, poetry, and memorabilia, as well as photographs taken by Sebring. These range from intimate Polaroid prints to large-format, documentary color images of such Smith belongings as her trademark boots, a cherished childhood dress, a necklace Mapplethorpe gave her, and a tiny urn holding some of his ashes.

This show is apparently made of 80 works and in the same way as the Mapplethorpe' show in London, acts as a memorial to the artist. One can feel a bit moved by so much emotion conveyed by the drawings, poems, videos, photographs, silkscreen prints, installations etc.

What did you think of this show?

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MONUMENTA 2010: Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski, one of the key figures of French contemporary art, was born in Paris in 1944 and is now spanning an international career, which started in the 1970s. Individual memory and time are recurring themes in the work of Christian Boltanski, who has created “Personnes” especially for the MONUMENTA exhibition at the Grand Palais.
In this installation combining visual impact and sound, he tackles the question of destiny and the ineluctability of death and follows the steps of Anselm Kiefer in 2007, and Richard Serra in 2008.

MONUMENTA is an outstanding, ambitious artistic encounter. Each year, a leading international contemporary artist is invited by the Ministry of Culture and Communication to create an exceptional new work for the 13,500 m² Nave of the Grand Palais, in the heart of Paris.

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Quote of the week by Tom Ford (yes again)

"I stay this way [nude] pretty much 24 hours a day. Richard [Buckley, Ford's boyfriend] is very funny. He is usually completely dressed. He does not like to be naked. So he is in the house; we are having dinner. I am sitting there naked; he is sitting there completely dressed." Tom Ford on his private life.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Exclusive interview with Janet Morais, Brand Director of the design company Boca do Lobo

I recently came across the furnitures of the Portuguese company called Boca do Lobo and thought I would interview with the Brand Director, Janet Morais. She kindly agreed to answer my questions and here are the very interesting answers. I love this design, it's beautiful, precious and it rocks ! On top of that, it's made in Portugal, the creative country I come from. 

Can you introduce Boca do Lobo and introduce yourself please?
Boca do Lobo’s furniture is designed to evoke emotion in its admirers! The sensational collections of furniture pass on uniqueness and exclusivity. They never cease to surprise, and surely never go unnoticed. Each piece is handcrafted in Portugal with the finest materials by a team of talented artisans who have a passion to deliver only the highest quality furnishings. All of the items are fully customizable and the designer always loves a challenge!
As you know, my name is Janet Morais-I am an interior designer in the US and the owner of the international design firm DeMorais & Associates. I also own DeMorais International, a furniture import company through which I travel the world to bring new and exciting design products to the US. I came across Boca do Lobo in the summer of 2008, when I first encountered BL I was amazed by the emotions which its pieces awakened in me, they were feelings rarely evoked by furniture-fascination, inspiration, desire and euphoria. My initial reaction to the collection was a strong sense of desire. Today this feeling rises in me each time I see a BL work of art and as the new Brand Director it is my mission to share the emotional seduction of the BL world with all who wish to experience it!

When was the brand born and what's the philosophy behind it?
After five years of practicing interior design and analyzing the design market and its many facets, space for a distinctive product was seen-with this perspective Boca do Lobo appeared. Its ideal name wishes it luck as it follows its quest to explore and share the best Portugal has to offer: the knowledge of its people who design and create furniture art, the tradition of working with the noble material of wood, and the artisans and joiners who create the pieces with their years of wisdom and experience and their love and dedication to the art that they perform.

Our brand was created to bring excellence in furniture design. Since 2005 we have been working to present our admirers with the best designs and quality art pieces for the home. We are currently present in every corner of the world and have received recognition from many.

Our mission is to understand the past and interpret it through technology and contemporary design. We use this knowledge to transfer our entire artisan’s wisdom into our design. The latest technological methods are combined with traditional manufacturing techniques allowing our pieces to transform into timeless objects. In this way, we are able to offer the finest examples of this art.

How many designers work for Boca do Lobo?
There are currently 8 designers working for BL.

Where can we find you?
US: Exclusively through DeMorais International,, 001.703.369.3324,
London: Decoratum located at 13-25 Church St., Marylebone, London NW8 8DT,, +44 (0) 20 7724 6969,
Europe and rest of world: Direct from Boca do Lobo, Rio Tinto, Portugal,, +351 224 881 669,

Does the brand takes its inspiration in Portuguese Culture?
Yes our brand is rooted in the desire to understand traditional Portuguese furniture crafting methods and other manufacturing techniques through the wisdom of our artisan’s and to combine this knowledge with the latest technology and contemporary design.

Do you take part in design fairs?
Yes, we participate in design fairs throughout the world. We were at Tent London this past September and we will be at Maison & Objet in Scènes D’Intérieur the end of January, Architectural Digest Home Design Show (New York City) in March, Milan Design Week at Salon Internazionale del Mobile’s Zona Tortona in April and possibly back to New York for the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in May. We have also exhibited at shows in Angola, Barcelona, and Lisbon.

How many collections do you have?
We have three collections, Soho Collection, Coolors and LE-Large Emotion/Limited Edition. To view the collection catalogs please download the links below.

Soho Collection
Coolors Collection
LE-Large Emotion/Limited Edition Collection

When is the next collection coming up?
We are unveiling our newest design, Time Goes By, at Maison et Objet and we will be coming out with more new pieces in Milan in April.

To finish with, what would you wish to this blog?
We wish you and your blog the best and continued success recognizing and sharing good design!!

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Beautiful artwork by Sir Peter Blake, sold at London Art Fair, Paul Stolper Gallery

Peter Blake

Diamond Dust Warhol, 2009
Inkjet on Somerset Satin Enhanced 330gsm, Diamond Dust
Signed and numbered by the artist
Image size: 35.6 x35.6cm
Paper size: 52 x 50.8cm
Paul Stolper
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