Home Decor For The Body – Mary Katrantzou Spring 2011 Collection

Athens born designer Mary Katrantzou, whose first collection I previously shared with you here has ‘decorated’ the female form with her stunning Spring 2011 RTW collection [ all the pieces of which are shown later in the post]. Caning as ruffles, lampshade-like skirts, trains reminiscent of curtains, candelabras as jewelry and textiles printed with photos from ’60s and ’70s issues of Architectural Digest have turned her fashions into wearable home decor.

Incredible detailing using dangling crystals, beading, sequins, pleating, tapestry and embroidery adorn her dresses, skirts and jackets. Materials like raffia, fringe and chair caning become integral design and decorative elements in the line.

The handiwork is breathtaking and the strong graphic prints are surprising flattering to the female form.

The Mary Kantrantzou Spring 2011 Ready To Wear collection:

The Jewelery
The jewelry is amazing. She designs it herself and the necklaces are made to emulate candelabras and chandeliers. The bent and twisted candle holders and chunky crystals on collars are art pieces in themselves but perfectly compliment the unusual dresses.

The Shoes
The shoes are like espadrilles on steroids, Combining braided raffia with colored suede, they are simultaneously summery and sophisticated.

images courtesy of Vogue.com and go runway

Mary Kantrantzou

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How The Oscar Statuettes Are Made & Other Fun Facts About The Academy’s Golden Man.

how oscar is made 2011

Each year around the day of the Oscars, I run this post about how Oscar is made – albeit slightly updated. (speaking of updated, the Oscar Statuette is now made with the use of 3D Printing technology and If It’s Hip, It’s Here brings you each step of the process here) Read more

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Erotic Chess Set Stimulates The Body As Well As The Mind With Sex Toys As Pieces.

Erotic Chess Set

Design and product consultants Aruliden teamed up with intimate luxury brand Kiki De Montparnasse to create a line of high-end private label sex toys. One of which is this $7,000 erotic chess set whose pieces are fully functioning sex toys, making it the perfect game for the cerebral, sensual and wealthy. Read more

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Capturing Toy Soldiers With Mini Blue Helmets All Over The World.

The engaging interactive Miniscule Blue Helmets on a Massive Quest was spearheaded by designer Pierre Derks, a project which has also spawned a new book. Read more

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Echoism, Your Left Side Vs. Your Right Side.

Above: one of the subjects in Wolkenstein’s photography study of facial asymmetry

Do you have a good side? Most people do. Rarely are faces symmetrical and more often than not, features are misaligned and various facial characteristics make one side of your face appear very different from the other.

I first introduced you to the work of Julian Wolkenstein three years ago. Echoism, a recent project of his, plays with the notion of your own identity as expressed through your features. What do you look like? What are the things that make you look like you? If you are made symmetrical, do you consider yourself more beautiful, less so, or is it just weird? Or is it you at all? Do you have a best side? What is to be said of left and right brain dominance?

The process is a face-to-camera portrait, after which the image is split into a left and a right section, then one side is horizontally flipped and placed against that same side to make up two separate portraits of the right side and left side of a human face.

In photographer Julian Wolkenstein’s initial project, the subjects were specifically cast for their individual facial features. They were photographed front to camera and in the same position. They were asked not to express emotions or character.

Below are images from the study:

Echoism is now available for you to try via an online website or with an app you can buy in the itunes app store. If you’ve got a built in camera on your computer, you can visit the website, have your image immediately taken and upload it to the site.

Echoism.org is a project by artist and photographer Julian Wolkenstein.
via Trendland via Notcot

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Sculpted Chanel Bags & Bipolaroids: 21st Century Worry Beads By Lindsey de Ovies

above: Chanel’s iconic handbag sculpted and cast in bronze by Lindsey de Ovies

Modern sculptor Lindsey de Ovies approaches her artwork from a dual perspective. An American born artist, living in Paris, she uses her diverse cultural experiences and surroundings as a bifocal vantage point for her material.

Her work questions all things conventional, from life stages to cultural icons and stereotypes.

At present, she is working on these wonderful and hilarious 21st Century Worry Beads she calls Bipolaroids. The two-sided handmade stamped bead bracelets feature ecstasy-like pills with imprints of icons and words that we affiliate with contemporary concerns and cultural trends.

Also worth noting are her “Hi Concept” fun bronze and marble cast quilted Chanel bags:

above: sculptor Lindsey de Ovies

These are only a small sampling of her wonderful sculptural work, be sure to see more of it at her website here.

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Willem Dafoe Ponders Life Choices In A New Anthem Spot for Jim Beam.

“Bold Choices,” a new anthem spot beautifully shot by director Dante Ariola for Jim Beam, features actor Willem Dafoe as he ponders ‘what might have been.’ The 1:30 second spot from Strawberry Frog is meant to imply that the choices you make, make you.

above: Dafoe ponders his future; Milwaukee or New York?

The commercial opens with the young Dafoe at a pivotal turning point. Does he leave his small Milwaukee town for the dream of becoming an actor in the “Big City” or stay where he is and let life unfold?

above: One of Willem’s possible futures includes becoming a trapeze artist

The spot has Dafoe reflecting on the possible futures had he made different choices- factory foreman, aging punk rocker, a trapeze artist, a successful businessman, limo driver, a fashion designer, a chess champion, even a sumo wrestler – but as Dafoe notes, in the end, there is really only one choice.

“All choices lead you somewhere,” Dafoe notes. ”Bold choices take you where you’re supposed to be.”

Agency: Strawberry Frog
Chief Creative Officer: Kevin McKeon
Creative Director: Josh Greenspan and Jason Koxvold
Creative Team:
Todd Beeby
Brian Platt
Jed Cohen
Karl Haddad
Agency Producer: Sherri Levy
Director: Dante Ariola
Director of Photography: Emmanuel Lubezky
Editor: Adam Pertofsky @ Rock Paper Scissors
Visual Effects Company: The Mill, NY

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Amazing Outdoor Playhouses For Kids Inspired By Modern Architecture.

architectural playhouses

When I was a youngster, the only available “playhouses” for us kids were leftover boxes from kitchen appliances or if you were lucky enough to have a handy dad, he might actually build a rough hewn one. Worst case scenario, we draped blankets over the backs of chairs and created a fort. Years later, some of my more spoiled friends had large plastic ones, often pink with ornate gingerbread-like trim in which we had tea with our dolls. There were some that resembled barns with the split front door, but there were nothing like these awesome Architectural Playhouses. Read more

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Voodoo Queens; Facial Masks Doodled By Illustrator Nina Chakrabati.

Voodoo Queens is a series of interventionist doodles created by illustrator Nina Chakrabati for I Want You Magazine. With a rotring pen, she doodled facial ‘masks’ and superimposed them upon photographs of women:

About the artist:

above: self portrait by Nina Chakrabati

Nina was born and spent her early life in Calcutta, India. She moved to the UK in her teens carrying her stamp collection under her arm and little else. She studied illustration at Central St. Martins, and many years later, at The Royal College of Art.

Her work is often concerned with collections and the composition of objects. She works using Rotring pens, felt tips, biros, pencils, inks and the Apple Macintosh. She enjoys using different technologies and mediums and collaborating with others when the opportunity arises.

She lives and works in London, England.

Nina Chakrabati

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The Brancusi Google Doodle Explained

You might have noticed an unusual looking Google Doodle on their homepage today. Unless you are familiar with the work of Constantin Brancusi, you’re probably left wondering what the heck those organic looking shapes are. To honor of what would have been Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s 135th birthday,the Google Doodle features some of his most well known sculptures.

above image composed by Laura Sweet

The Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, (1876-1957) was a central figure of the modern movement and a pioneer of abstraction. His sculpture is noted for its visual elegance and sensitive use of materials, combining the directness of peasant carving with the sophistication of the Parisian avant-garde. After attending the Bucharest School of Fine Arts and learning of the sculpture of August Rodin, Brancusi traveled to Paris in 1904, where he continued to reside until his death.

above portrait of Brancusi by legendary photographer Edward Steichen

A look at each of the sculptures in the Brancusi Google Doodle.

The “G” = Prometheus and Leda:

The first “o” = The Newborn:

The second “o” = Sleeping Muse:

The second “g” = Mademoiselle Pogany:

The “l” = Bird In Space:

and lastly, the “e” = The Kiss:

Brancusi created his first major work, The Kiss, in 1908. From this time his sculpture became increasingly abstract, moving from the disembodied head of Sleeping Muse to the virtually featureless Beginning of the World and from the formal figure of the legendary bird Maiastra to numerous versions of the ethereal Bird in Space.

Brancusi’s sculpture gained international notoriety at the 1913 Armory Show in New York, a city that he visited four times and where his work frequently would be exhibited. In his Paris studio at 8 Impasse Ronsin Brancusi devoted great attention to the arrangement of his sculptures, documenting individual works and their installation in an important body of photographs.

Isamu Noguchi worked as a studio assistant for Brancusi in 1927, and Brancusi taught him to carve stone and wood. In the 1930s Brancusi worked on two ambitious public sculpture projects, an unrealized temple in India for the Maharajah of Indore and the installation at Tirgu Jiu, Romania, of his Gate of the Kiss, Table of Silence and a 100-foot tall cast iron version of Endless Column. On his death Brancusi left the contents of his studio to the Museum of Art of the City of Paris, on condition that the studio be installed in the museum in its entirety.

Books, Art and more about Constantin Brancusi can be found here

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