one of the reasons i really like new york, is that on any given day or at any moment you stumble upon something awesome with no intention. randomly walking down Lafayette the other day about to hit up puck fair for a burger, stopped into this spot displaying super-future looking bikes. ill let the photos tell it, but many of these bikes function using solar energy. the designs are super sleek, and honestly just pretty fucking cool to look at, plus make a smaller carbon foot-print. there was this really dope tree. the steel leaves had panels for conducting solar energy, which would in turn light up these bulbs on the tree. peep.
a few official ones.
Creator, Josh Hadar has designed not only with a social responsibility in mind, but his creative aesthetic must also be addressed here. The exhibit which is on display for just a few more days, entitled “The Evolution of Steel” shows how Hadar has manipulated the metal in order to create these sleek and sinuous forms. He has taken the original form of a bike and stretched that to create something more sculptural and artistic, all the while focusing on environmental needs.
In addition to the show, which was put on by The New Museum’s Festival of Ideas for the New City, New York played host for 4 days, to a creative collaboration of downtown businesses, workshops, art groups, and exhibitions. The categories ranged from architecture and urban planning, economics and sustainability, and art and design. The topics were then facilitated through means of parties, lectures, video screenings, and live performances.
Josh Hadar’s ‘The Evolution of Steel” is on view until May 27th located at 285 Lafayette Street btwn Houston and Prince. Stop by if you have a minute. Dope show.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen someones work and was so completely inspired, to work on my own shit more, developing a design aesthetic. Delettrez is a Fendi by birth. Her mother Silvia Venturini Fendi, is the accessories director at the luxury fashion house and her father, Bernard Delettrez is a french jeweler.
Its no mystery then that a sense of fashion, style and design are innate for this young lady. She is currently 24, and at the time that Delettrez showcased her jewelry for the first time in the U.S. at Opening Ceremony she was only 20. Delfina has sited her father as a huge inspiration, learning how to work with metals and stones and putting the two together. You can see when looking at her work and his side by side how much he has influenced her work. The pieces are very similar, but Delfina definitely has a style all her own.
As a given we have the large jewelry houses; Tiffany’s, Bulgari, Cartier, H. Stern and David Yurman. Then you have other brands that fall somewhere in the middle tier between fine jewelry and bijou; Giles and Brother, Ten Thousand Things, Tom Binns, and Eddie Borgo. Delfina’s work in my opinion would fall in this middle category, although elements of fine jewelry are seen throughout her collections. Her price points fall in the range of $175 to $11,000 roughly, depending on the piece and/or style. She has worked with silver and gold, and marble and enamel, along with other materials. I think its important also to note that being born into a family of fashion royalty, its no wonder that a life of privilege and influence have helped her along the way. But on her own, this young lady has a great sense of style, and an interesting way of putting different materials together in a cohesive manner.
Below are a few photos of her fathers work. Bernard Delettrez.
Bernard’s pieces all are hand-crafted in Rome. He has been dubbed “Mr. Skull” and loves the title. Saying his name will always be associated with skulls. “The dark romance of crosses, skulls, and keys – this is my passion.” – Bernard Delettrez
Below are a few photos of Delfina’s work.
For her FW2011 presentation during Paris Fashion Week, Delfina showed her pieces in a factory setting, inspired by a shoe factory in Florence. The collection entitled ‘Roll-in-Stones’ was inspired by The Wasp Factory, a novel written by the Scottish writer, Lain Banks. Each piece has an element of movement, whether rotating stones, or chains that dangle and sway.
Below are images from the collection.
Love these. I remember the very first pair of Melissa shoes I had back in high school. The entire sneaker was made of blue and clear plastic. If I wore them without socks, you could see the silhouette of my foot which was very sexy, after a fresh pedicure.
The most interesting thing about this shoe, is that the plastic discs can be cut and customized to the wearer’s liking. A few of the photos below, show some of these options…
Below are a few photos of the designer/artist and his work. Pesce is an Italian designer who has lived in New York since 1980 and has been described as one of the most independent thinkers on the international design scene today. He main works are furniture and house ware designs; chairs and ottomans, couches and vases, but to box him in would be wrong since his most famous artist work is the ‘Organic Building’ in Osaka, Japan. Some of his pieces are today part of the MoMA’s permanent collection, although many are not on view. Pesce, born in 1939, studied architecture and industrial design in Venice early in his career. The Organic Building was completed in 1993.
Check out the photos below…
The artist himself.
The Organic Building. The plant pots along the exterior of the building contain 80 different species of bamboo.
Pesce’s Rock Vase, made of resin.
Pesce’s Golgotha Chair made of dacron-filled and resin coated fibreglass cloth. FYI- dacron is a type of polyester fabric.
Pesce’s chair and ottoman designed for B&B Italia, as part of his “Up” chair series. B&B Italia is a luxury modern furniture brand and manufacturing company. Divided into two main brands under the B&B umbrella, they are B&B Italia and Maxalto, with Maxalto focusing more on wood processing.
So once again, I’m turning to a topic of great interest to me. Architecture. I cannot stress enough how much I like this form of design, and its impact in a larger sense on the people and places affected by buildings.
One of Gehry’s most famous well known works is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. A beautiful and strange structure no doubt, one that makes me think of ocean waves, clouds, and anti symmetrical designs. Below are a few photos…
For his latest work Gehry won the competition back in 2003 to design a new high rise for lower Manhattan’s (below 14th street) skyline. At 76 stories high, it is currently the tallest residential building in New York City history. Made of a stainless steel panel exterior, the buildings facade changes constantly depending on your vantage point. Areas of the metal jut out, while others curve inward creating a seemingly multi-dimensional surface. We perhaps could argue, yet another building built for the rich? Young people with trust funds, and royalties, another generation of young adults that are over-indulged, and not nearly compassionate enough for the common man. But to move away from all this, the awe and beauty of this very tall structure cannot be discounted. I would say that Gehry, in his way, has served New York well. Another awesome building, that signifies some of that changes of our generation…”A Downtown Skyscraper for the Digital Age.” -via The New York Times
I posted about the architecture exhibit at the MoMA on Social Change not too long ago. I have some photos from this day. Again I think I want to talk about the fact that its important in our world, to do some kind of meaningful work, that gives you more than a paycheck, but also a sense of pride in what you have created. I’ve always felt a special affinity towards architecture, and its impact on societies. Just thinking of the process of designing something on such a large scale all the while trying to tap into the world of the people surrounding that area. What they do, where they go, how they eat, the music they listen to, and also the existing landscape in which they live, must all be taken into account. Below are some of the images…
The 3 above give statistics on the lives of people where architects have built structures. Some give the percentage of children who are illiterate, others give the number of people who now benefit from schools, apartments, and cable cars built in cities that before did not have these things.
“We as architects, could and should pay a stronger roe in the formation of living space and the habits of people. We have to come up with innovative ideas to help conserve resources and therefore help nurture a future free of crisis.”
The link above will give you more information on Francis, who began his architectural career in Berlin. For his part in the exhibit, Francis designed a primary school in his own home town, Burkina Faso, in West Africa.
“I hope that the human ability to build with nothing but the natural material just under our feet – and with our own hands – will improve and not vanish. This skill is essential now and in the future to build sustainable housing for all.”
Check this link to find out more information about Anna and the projects she is working on. For this exhibit her part included a hand-made school in Bangladesh where 80% of the children are illiterate.
Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement
Red Location Museum in South Africa
Luckily there is still work being done that if not actually changes things in the world for the better, it aims to. With that said I’m very excited to see this exhibition at the MoMA, featuring the work of architects around the world that are designing with more than just a structure in mind. From a museum in South Africa, to a metro cable in Venezuela that connects a city, to housing for fisherman in Lebanon, to a hand-made elementary school in Bangladesh. In my estimation it is important that work which is socially and humanely conscious exists and thrives.
A few weeks back my girl Gia Gutierrez hits me up. Sade! I’m doing a live body painting show tonight, come thru! Anything ‘live’ is always appealing to me. As an artist and designer myself I understand that creative process, and I love to see it happening before me. I’ve worked with Gia before. She is a very talented makeup artist and painter who did the hair and make up for my debut Luminary shoot.
Below are some of the photos from the night of body painting. P.S. look for body painted elements in Luminary’s next look book coming soon!