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
Of course super excited for my dear friend Ivan. Siked to party with the homies. We always have such fun together. Here’s to having an extra arm, another ear, or quite possibly to be able to breather under water! 🙂
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As though David Bowie wasn’t a fucking G in this movie. And for the record, I’m kinda tight at my bro since he has the VHS on lock! Really need to add this to the extensive list of DVD’s at the crib.
By far this was one of my favorite movies growing up. Having it on VHS and watching this shit over and over on lazy chill days. Also just David Bowie in those tights and boots, and all that crazy hair. Def a classic! 🙂
So while in Amsterdam last May/April I had the pleasure to be in the city while the Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy) was going on, which in its 93 editions has never played host to the city of Amsterdam. The Giro d’Italia is a famous European bike race that has been in existence since 1909. Similar to the more famous (to American standards) Tour de France. The trail of the bike race passed the renowned Museumplein, which houses the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijks Museum.
Everything is pink. The ads, the fliers, and most importantly the jersey. Dubbed ‘the pink jersey’ the maglia rosa which is its official name, is a crucial part of the race. Everyday of the tour the biker with the fastest overall time, up until that point has the honor of wearing the maglia rosa. This means that the person wearing it may change everyday, depending on how well they have done. This is similar to what happens with the Tour de France bike race, and its famous green jersey.
Being in the city while all this was going on in addition to Queens Day, which is not really comparable to any famous day expect maybe Independence Day in the states, was pretty awesome (my new word of the moment is awesome -by the way- anything hot or cool is awesome right now!). The thing with Queens Day, is that the entire country turns up and out in celebration; food, music, parties, art, buying, selling, creating, opening, closing, dancing, singing, jamming.
I was about to start posting for PPT4. People, Places, Things, which I have blogged a few times now. Generally giving way to things that interest me. Some how while looking at photos for the next installment, I wanted to get a photo of Medusa. This naturally led into looking at mythical photos, particularly of women, and perhaps with an interest towards the mythology of the ancient civilizations.
A few photos below…
The Egyptian goddess Hathor. She is generally seen to personify love, motherhood, beauty and music. Depictions of her are said to be in the tombs of royalty and common people alike, guiding them through the journey to the afterlife.
Andromeda, a princess from Greek mythology, she was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster.
Hindu Goddess, Kali, she represents the “dark mother” and the female power. She is often seen as a ferocious goddess who kills everything in her path. With her many arms, she holds knives, swords, and the head of a demon. She is often depicted with 3 eyes, which represent the present, past, and future.
Mayan Goddess, Ixchel, pronounced ‘ee shell’ said to be a goddess of waters, the earth and the moon. Her temple still stands in Cozumel, Mexico. Her darker side is said to represent a crone, an evil ugly looking older woman who deals with the cycles of life and death, by pouring water from a jug, that produces rainstorms and floods, that destroy land to give way to rebirth.
Roman Goddess, Minerva. Seen as a goddess of wisdom and science, she is said to have been Jupiter’s only daughter and sprung from his brain fully grown and armed. Created from his brain because man did not invent useful arts and science, they were instead created by the fountain of all wisdom. She was armed because with wisdom and virtue, man would be invincible.
I think the most interesting part of this post, has been skimming the surface of these ancient myths. there honestly things I havent thought about or explored since high school, when entire semesters were dedicated to the subject. But to re-visit these ideas, and stories however briefly, is very interesting indeed.