Kunst og arkitektur


November 2020

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Form-flattering attire for the new normal workplace It’s a cinch Our working-from-home wardrobes saw a disposition for a slouchier silhouette, but we’ve been longing for a return to more form-flattering attire. Cinched-in styles appeared in swathes on the A/W20 catwalks, with brands such as Dolce & Gabbana and Dior advocating a tailored hourglass shape. Bonus styling points are scored with the addition of a body-hugging belt, seen in graphic retro shapes at Celine and Balenciaga, where a circular buckle draws attention to your midriff. Prada and Fendi offered even more bang for your belt, cinching boardroom-ready blazers that dangle with utilitarian items or have clips that double as purses. Fendi’s metal mod cons form part of a collaboration with London-based accessories label Chaos, offering a range of glamorous gadgets – from shot…

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born again

The paths of British furniture company Very Good & Proper and Isokon Plus merged last year when VG&P founder Ed Carpenter acquired the iconic brand whose archive includes designs by Marcel Breuer, Ernest Race and Barber Osgerby. ‘We shared the same ethos,’ observes Carpenter, who has since been working closely with Isokon Plus director Mark Smith and his team. The two companies’ values align neatly: both create high-quality, long-lasting products, support an ethical use of materials, and have a solid design background. ‘One of the great things about joining forces with Mark and Isokon were the archives,’ says Carpenter. Earlier this year, Carpenter and Smith came across some blueprints for a pair of pede stal tables, originally designed by Marcel Breuer in 1937. One was made at the Bauhaus, the…

1 min.
fibre optics

In 1982, Stone Island released its first outerwear collection constructed from Tela Stella, a canvas impregnated with resin, coloured a different shade on each side, and inspired by military tarpaulin. The release saw the stirrings of a new type of fashion fan, buying not into logos or branding but experimental pieces as a result of industrial innovation. Founder Massimo Osti named Stone Island after the two words that appeared most frequently in the novels of Joseph Conrad. And now, with the release of Rizzoli’s Stone Island: Storia, the brand has established its own literary lexicon. The monograph offers an insight into the history of Stone Island, celebrating its mythic HQ or ‘kitchen’ where otherworldly materials – like thermosensitive leather and satin weave cotton faded with corrosive pastes – are masterminded.…

5 min.
urban jungle

A few kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City’s heaving centre, a building is being grown. Unlike its lifeless neighbours, the concrete structure is encased by suspended troughs sprouting tropical ferns, pandan plants and other flora native to southern Vietnam. The office, less than a year old, is the new headquarters of Vo Trong Nghia Architects, a firm celebrated for its innovative use of nature and environmentally friendly materials. Over the years, the plants will propagate and flourish, eventually wrapping the office in a thick barricade of vegetation. Peppering the green glaze are flowering vines, mango trees and lime bushes. Embedding trees, plants and flowers in architecture is a trademark of Vo Trong Nghia, who is calling for a rethink of the way that Vietnam is urbanising. ‘We destroy real jungles and…

4 min.
soft landing

Visitors to Loro Piana’s new 700 sq m Ginza flagship, designed by Japanese architect Jun Aoki, will discover a top floor dedicated entirely to Loro Piana Interiors. It’s the first time the house’s upholstery, curtains, and wall and floor coverings have been presented under the same roof as the men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collection and leather goods. Also on display is a sofa, a daybed and four armchairs, Loro Piana’s first foray into furniture design (after having supplied upholstery fabrics to select furniture makers for some time). Until now, the interiors collection has been presented in standalone showrooms in Milan and Paris, as well as in showrooms within the Decoration & Design Building in New York and the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, as the majority of business comes through…

11 min.
trail maker

It is a stiflingly hot day in August, and Sophie Calle is wearing a flowered dress and tinted eyeglasses, listening to Bob Dylan’s latest album in a loft-like space she calls ‘my church’. The house is a former chapel in the Camargue, the wild region of southern France where the artist has spent summers throughout her life. A zebra bursts from the wall above the door, part of her large taxidermy collection, each animal named after a different friend (the zebra is Daniel, as in Buren, a French artist renowned for his work with stripes). Another wall features an assortment of art pieces by Calle and others, including, framed in silver lettering, the word ‘souci’ (‘worry’), the last thing her mother said. Abandoned tombstones decorate the garden. Calle, 67, has become…