Walk like an Egyptian

With the stunning ancient Egyptian temple at NY’s Metropolitan Museum as a backdrop, Chanel’s catwalk took the audience by storm. Karl Lagerfeld presented Chanel’s Egyptian themed collection, featuring glittered tweeds, golden garments and bold jewelry.

Gold, sparkles, animal skin patterns and facial makeup detailed the looks of the models presenting the spectacular collection. The show was an opportunity to highlight craftsmanship and notably the work of embroiderers, goldsmiths, pleaters and milliners.

Coïnciding with a time where the renewal of archeological finds in Egypt is booming,   the French luxury brand’s collection is an elegant homage to the style and fashion flair  of this once-powerful ancient civilization.

source : the guardian and dezeen

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It’s that time of year ……

It’s that time of year when inspiration needs a little push. So here I am with a couple of suggestions. Hope this little wish list will help out.

 

 

Cushion: Elitis, Candle: Candle Hand, Lamp: Flyte, Miniature Chair: Vitra, Nespresso Machine: Giobagnara, Pendant Light: Windy Chien, Ashtray: Ginger & Jagger,  Table Lamp: Fontana Arte, Earplugs:  Plus D, Book: Find your Good Luck by Ellen Weinstein.

Candle Hand, Nespresso Machine and Good Luck Book, also available upon email request on yadcheri.com

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Shake it, Shake it Baby

 

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Who doesn’t feel like a small kid again when they pick up a snow globe, shake it and watch the tiny snowflakes slowly settle ? It’s mesmerizing. It makes you smile.

That is exactly the feeling Marie-José van den Ende captures with her enchanting snow globe brand Shake it Baby.

After working for several years as a men’s fashion buyer and later as a magazine photographer, Marie-José accidentally branched out into her current occupation.What started out as helping out a friend quickly transformed into the production and launch of a brand.

Marie-José explains : “Some years ago, a friend was opening an eclectic concept store in Amsterdam and was on the look out for distinctive products. I thought it would be fun to make people smile with an inspiring quote and beautiful illustration inside an XL snow globe. It would be an original gift. They directly sold out in his shop, so I designed new ones and soon there was a waiting list. This led to the idea of launching a brand”.

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Living and working in Amsterdam contributes immensely to Marie-José’s creativity. The rich cultural and historical heritage of this beautiful city with its intersecting canals, innovative lifestyle and open-mindedness makes it unique. Shake it Baby’s offices and ateliers are located in the heart of Amsterdam close to the Herengracht, one of the oldest city canals.

Read more about yadcheri.com’s designer of the month on https://www.yadcheri.com/mariejos-van-den-ende

May the Rose be with you

As the dull and dreary days of November begin to fall on us, I thought it would be nice to browse through some divine floral creations to cheer us up.

Here are a few of my favorites.

From the rose covered Sanderson swing chair, wedding planner Preston Bailey’s over the top floral centerpieces and Bureau Betak’s divine Christian Dior runway walled creations to the simple English rose garden, how can you not be inspired by such “blooming” talent.

May the rose be with you.

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Le Musée de la Main, Lausanne

Latest post from Yadcheri.com’s blog TALK TO THE HAND –

The hand is one of the most important parts of the human body; it allows us to complete tasks that are unique to our species and separates us from animals. Hands are overworked and unappreciated by many, however, there is a place in Switzerland that honors the hand. Located in the heart of Lausanne, Le Musée de la Main (literally translated to “Hand Museum”) was founded by Professor Claude Verdan in 1997. Le Musée de la Main celebrates the hand in its entirety.

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Professor Claude Edouard Verdan (1909-2006) was an innovator in the reconstructive hand surgery community. He graduated from medical school as a doctor in 1933 in Lausanne, followed by a number of postgraduate courses from Geneva and Zurich.

After becoming an FMH specialist, Pr. Verdan began a career at the University of Lausanne as the director of Surgery at the Polyclinic . During this time, Pr. Claude Verdan focused mostly on the after-effects of serious hand trauma. In 1946, he founded the Surgical Clinic and Permanence de Longeraie and was responsible for emergency situations. For 30 years, Pr. Verdan innovated new techniques, published multiple articles and books on hand surgery and was a part of the Congress of Specialists.

Over his years of medical service, Pr. Verdan collected hundreds of items related to hands. These items included paintings, sculptures, tools, and hand-related writing. This gave Claude Verdan the idea to open a museum, thus he started his foundation in 1981. The first exhibition took place at the Musée de l’Elysée. However, the foundation struggled for over 16 years to find a permanent location for the museum. Eventually, after some help from his good friend Maurice Muller, Le Musée de la Main was established in 1997.

 

 

Read more about the Hand Museum on https://www.yadcheri.com/talk-to-the-hand-blog/musee-de-la-main

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Grand Egyptian Museum, Giza

No pyramids are more celebrated than the Great Pyramids of Giza located on the west bank of the Nile river on the outskirts of modern-day Cairo.

Built during a time when Egypt was one of the richest and most powerful civilizations in the world, the pyramids, especially the Great Pyramids of Giza, are some of the most magnificent man-made structures in history. Their massive scale reflects the unique role that the Pharaoh or King played in ancient Egyptian society.

The site for the GRAND EGYPTIAN MUSEUM is located at the edge of the first desert plateau between the pyramids and Cairo. It is defined by a 50 m level difference created as the Nile carves its way through the desert to the Mediterranean which has shaped Egypt over 3.000 years.

Designed by Heneghan Peng, an architecture firm based in Dublin and Berlin. It’s founders are Roisin Heneghan and Shih-Fu Peng.

The Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open at the end of 2018 and overlooks the pyramids of Giza. It will gather archaeological treasures close to the place where they were first unearthed. The Museum will house 100.000 artifacts of which have never been shown in public. But the attraction that will seduce most visitors is king Tutankhamun’s complete collection set to be displayed in one-third of the museum.

Around 5 000 construction workers labor around the clock to finish the 480 000square meter building by the end of the year.

When completed the colossal building will be the largest building in the world devoted to a single civilization.

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Fashion Flair

 

Anonymous beautiful faces from around the world with amazing style. Their fashion flair is undeniable. It reminds you how strongly we are inspired by them in the world of fashion.

The styles or the looks that we admire on Paris, London, NY or Milan catwalks simply interpret the fashion flair coming from these different parts of the world.

As the expression goes “The devil is in the detail ” and here the details are paramount: tattoos, patterns, paisley, ornaments, beads, feathers, shells, batik, sheepskin lining, silks, painted faces, layered fabric, mix and match, florals, stripes – the list is endless.

A style is so personal, so defining.

Each of their styles is a feast for the eyes.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Paris

Paris is always a good idea.

I was lucky enough to get away for a long weekend last week and to return to this beautiful city that I know well. Each time I come to Paris, my breath is taken away by its beauty. The alignment of the streets, the boulevards, the architecture, the monuments, the cafés, the cobbled stoned roads, the fresh flower markets are mesmerizing.

Paris early in the morning when the city is still half asleep, Paris at night with its bright city lights on and the shimmering Eiffel Tower, Paris under the rain, Paris in Autumn, Paris in Spring. The descriptions are endless but the sentiment remains the same.

This time, I took the time to visit the YVES SAINT LAURENT MUSEUM which opened exactly one year ago, fifteen years since the Haute Couture house closed. It is located at   5 Avenue Marceau in the legendary “hotel particulier” where Yves Saint Laurent spent nearly thirty years designing his collections from 1974 to 2002.  Within this space, a rotation of retrospective displays and short termed thematic exhibitions will present the Pierre Bergé-Yves St Laurent Foundation’s rich and unique collection.

The current exhibition: Yves Saint Laurent – Dreams of the Orient which takes place from October 2018 to January 2019, brings together approximately fifty haute couture designs inspired by India, China and Japan and is complemented with Asian artworks borrowed from the Musée Guimet and private collectors.

The most touching and to me the most magical moment was entering the “Studio” of Monsieur Saint Laurent, recreating the original atmosphere of the haute couture house. You enter the studio where you find the desk of YSL with his personal belongings – a pair of glasses, piles of art books, drawing pencils, a dog figurine and little things personal bits scattered on his desk, just as though he had momentarily stepped out of the room.

I am in awe of such talent. Truly one of the great names of French Haute Couture.

Definitely a must-see stop to add to your list of things to see in Paris.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent https://museeyslparis.com/en/practical-information

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The iconic Publicis Drugstore has just recently reopened its doors. Over 2000 square meters of restaurants (there are 2) and shops (there are 10), where you can seven days a week till 2.00 am, eat, buy and browse. From books and newspapers to gadgets & toys, a pharmacy, a deli, and a movie theatre, the Parisians can shop once again in the iconic 133 Avenue des Champs Elysées.

Renewing with the Drugstore DNA of the sixties, Maurice Lévy hired two prestigious project managers. Star designer Tom Dixon for the interiors and multi-starred chef Eric Frechon for the restaurants.  Their mission was to re-invent the Drugstore as it was in the sixties.

Publicis Drugstore is back. Why change a winning team ?

https://www.publicisdrugstore.com/

 

 

Time-Capsule of Humanity- The Ethnological Museum of Geneva

There is a little gem of a museum in Geneva, Switzerland that is not very often talked about but really worth mentioning, it’s the MEG – the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève. The new building which was inaugurated in 2014 and designed by Bern based architectural firm Graber Pulver, received the European Museum of the Year award in 2017.

Shaped like a pagoda, the whole concept of the museum is based on public accessibility. With around 80.000 objects and 15.000 pictorial and auditory documents, the collection is one of the largest in Switzerland. Over a thousand objects are exposed in sleek well lit large color-coded glass showcases. In addition, the ethnomusicology department presents musical instruments from different parts of the world and acoustic samples to be listened to by means of headphones.

This amazing time-capsule of humanity is like a 3D encyclopedia inviting the visitor to explore our diversity: Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. The objects on show are like messages from across the world that convey the world’s cultures.

Curiosities, rarities, ambivalent objects picked up by missionaries, diplomatic gifts, and scientific field research artifacts are all part of the collections.

Once your visit is done,  don’t forget to stop by at the modern, airy café for a coffee or a bite to eat. On sunny days, tables are placed on the esplanade at the entrance of the museum and you find yourself enjoying the charming landscaped green oasis facing you.

A lovely way to take a break and discover something new. You also realize how connected we all are.

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Embracing the past

Archiplan Studio’s mandate was to restore a small apartment in a Renaissance Palazzo in Mantua, Italy. The apartment was filled with fragmented traces of the past including fragments of 16th-century frescoes. Not daunted by the mission, the founders of Archiplan, Diego Cisi and Stefano Gorni Silvestrini, opted to embrace the old and inject in the new. The result is spectacular. Instead of competing, the two styles complement each other in a spectacular way. The contemporary style cohabits happily with the layers of history.

The effect is sleek, restful and refined.

Photography Davide Galli

http://www.archiplanstudio.com

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The Beekman Hotel’s magical Old World Charm

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Majestically restored, The Beekman Hotel is located in lower Manhattan between the East and Hudson rivers. The landmark building dating back to 1880 was restored by architecture firm Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel and decorated by interior designer Martin Brudnizki. The dark color palette, lighting, ironwork and ingenious use of carpets throughout the 287 rooms and atrium give an amazing Victorian Old World atmosphere aligned with the spirit of Manhattan in the 19th century.

But the eye-catcher is undoubtedly the amazing use of Persian rugs on the reception counter which sets the tone.

https://www.thebeekman.com/

source – photography AD, Kenwood Travel, ahotellife.com

The Spanish Touch

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A new dimension was given to the famous design adage « Form Follows Function » when Mercedes and Elena Zubizaretta launched their handbag and travel goods line in 2012.

As experienced travelers, they knew how unpractical carrying bulky handbags or luggage could be. Finding the right sized lightweight bag was not an easy task and finding a nice looking one even harder. So Mercedes seized the opportunity to make herself the very first canvas pouch that she later gifted to her sister Elena. The girls felt there was a niche in the market for lightweight canvas bags, and the Zubi bag was born. Mercedes and Elena have never looked back since.

Born and raised in Madrid the two sisters have combined experiences in Business and in Interior Design. Virtually overnight, they launched Zubi Design which targets the active woman. They keep in mind the woman who travels, who works, who studies or raises a family.

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Learn more about this dynamic duo by clicking on the link :

https://www.yadcheri.com/mercedes-and-elena-zubizaretta

 

Queen of Neoprene

When writing a feature on a Yad Cheri partner, we always ask what in their view, does a hand symbolize? Rosanna Contadini founder of Neò is no exception and her response was spontaneous « the hand symbolizes the work done by Neò ».

A little over 10 years ago Rosanna discovered Neoprene, a lightweight plastic fiber in a hardware store and intrigued by the texture, challenged herself into knitting the yarn which thus produced her first item, a handbag.

Neoprene, commonly used for gaskets or competitive swimming wetsuits, was to become her signature material. Waterproof and corrosion resistant yet velvety, smooth and soft to the touch, Rosanna transforms the yarn into an elegant and contemporary home and women’s accessories collection entirely made in Italy.

Sourcing the best Italian material, Neò produces high-end baskets, handbags, cushions, and jewelry which are knitted, crocheted, woven or plaited.

The Neoprene Queen explains that for her,  the ultimate expression of creativity is the hand.  Her production is handcrafted by a team of women based in Rome. « We have a group of women hand knitters and knotters who turn the yarn into decorative accessories. These women work from their homes. »

Read more https://www.yadcheri.com/rosanna-contadini

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Ergon Mykonos

I came across this divine little shop while staying in Mykonos this summer. Ergon Mykonos offers an elegant and contemporary selection of home accessories, fashion, and art as any concept store should. The selection takes its inspiration from the tales of Greek mythology combined with contemporary aesthetics. Founded 5 years ago by Marietta Karpathiou, Ergon Mykonos showcases a refined selection which spans from kaftans, espadrilles, pillows and beach towels to sculptures and jewelry.  Each item is original and successfully blends Greek heritage and pop style. Don’t miss dropping by this little gem of a shop. It is a feast for the eyes.

http://www.ergonmykonos.com

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Madonna at 60

Whether the NY Times, Vogue or the Coolhunter, Madonna is celebrated today on her birthday. Fearless, defiant, innovative, taboo breaker, singer, dancer, iconic, provocateur, discoqueen, the symbol of empowerment – her contribution is impressive and she remains as cool as ever ! Happy Birthday M.

Gitano

Gitano, NYC – an amazing seasonal Mexican bar & restaurant in a lush greenery setting located in the heart of Soho. They bring the Tulum Jungle to the Concrete Jungle with a back drop of NYC skyline.

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Paradiso, Ibiza

 

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The Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel opened last month on the Balearic island’s northwest coast, not far from the infamous nightlife in the resort of San Antonio.

The Memphis-meets-Miami Modern inspired design, is reminiscent of Miami Beach deco.

Designed by Spanish studio Ilmiodesign, the hotel’s stark white exterior and simple shapes are enhanced by coloured lighting.

Two rectangular swimming pools can be found on either side of the circular bar which is topped with a 1920’s inspired typeface spelling out Paradiso.

Cabanas and loungers are placed around the pool.

source : Dezeen

 

Murano – Venetian handcrafting

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Glass blowing artisans may use modernized tools today, but the essence of working with glass remains an ancient art. The technique can be traced back to 3500 BC in Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq). The basic raw materials are sand, sodium carbonate and sodium nitrate which are mixed together then fused in a very hot kiln.

 

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Molten red-hot liquid glass transformed into a lasting artifact is an act that requires a creative mind, dexterous handwork, and stamina. Physically draining, glassblowing is one of the earliest forms of handcrafting.

Throughout history, the basic knowledge and techniques of glass blowing have been highly coveted, and at times, held sacred by only a select few. This information was handed down secretively from glass blower to apprentice for thousands of years.

In the past, glass blowers were literally held hostage for fear of their knowledge being leaked. During the 1st Century A.D., Phoenician glassworkers were forbidden from traveling, although those who escaped spread the art form into present-day Switzerland, France, and Belgium. Similarly, for Venetian glassblowers leaving the island of Murano was a crime, punishable by death.

By the 15th century, Venice was the principle glass producer of Europe with a concentration of 3000 glassblowers in a single location, the island of Murano.

 

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The term Millefiori comes from Italian. It is a combination of the words

Mille (thousand) and Fiori (flowers). The millefiori technique involves the production of glass canes or rods, known as murrine with multicolored patterns which are viewable only from the cut ends of the cane. A murine rod is heated in a furnace and pulled until thin while still maintaining the cross section’s design. It is then cut into beads or discs then cooled.

The murrine is then cleaned up and arranged in a desired pattern within a special heat-resistant mold to give the product the necessary shape. The mold containing the murrine pattern is placed into the special furnace. These furnaces are the cornerstone of the glassmaking craft, as the artisans use them to heat up the glass mixture and work it while it’s in a liquid state. Once murrine start bonding with each other inside the furnace, the mold is removed and its contents are pressed upon to create a continuous Millefiori surface with no gaps. The final product is shaped once out of the furnace.

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Coralie Prévert’s silk scarves

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Like her famous namesake, the French poet Jacques Prévert, Coralie shares a love of languages.

Coralie Prévert moves from Paris to Parma in Italy as a student, where she adds Italian to her skills. Her goal at that point was to become a translator. Gradually, her 12-month stay in Italy turns into 12 years. Her goal changes and a new career option surfaces.

After graduating from the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan in Textile Design. Coralie joins Versace and later Roberto Cavalli, Working for major brands was not only a challenging and an enriching experience but was also an opportunity to meet amazing creatives.

But the need to experiment and to express herself without commercial constraints became more and more impelling and she decides to return to Paris and to begin something new.

Once back she designs her own scarves and by 2015 the Coralie Prévertbrand was launched. She has not stopped working since. The following year she adds a selection of beautiful printed kimonos. Just recently, in January 2018, a new wallpaper and fabric collection were introduced to her collection which she launched at the prestigious Maison & Objet Paris fair.

Not wanting to restrict herself to fashion, Coralie Prévert now enjoys exploring the world of home decor and hopes to collaborate in the near future not only with rug companies but also with tiling manufacturers and design home textile creators. The sky is the limit.

Read more about Yad Cheri’s partner of the month on YADCHERI.COM

https://www.yadcheri.com/coralie-prevert

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Azzedine Alaïa’s magic touch

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THE TUNISIAN-BORN COUTURIER AZZEDINE ALAÏA ENJOYED HIS ROLE AS AN OUTSIDER IN THE WORLD OF FASHION.

ALWAYS DRESSED IN A UNIFORM OF BLACK, HE IGNORED THE STRICT FASHION CALENDAR OF SEASONAL COLLECTIONS WHILE TIRELESSLY UPHOLDING THE TRADITIONS OF HAUTE COUTURE. FROM HIS FIRST SHOW IN THE LATE 1970’S TO THE LAST ONE JUST BEFORE HIS DEATH IN 2017, ALAÏA’S WORK HAS ALWAYS GENERATED EXCITEMENT AND RESPECT.

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SENSUOUS, BODY-HUGGING FORMS, DESCRIBED AS « SECOND-SKIN DRESSING », ARE ALAÏA’S ENDURING INFLUENCE. EXPERIMENTING WITH THE LATEST STRETCH MATERIALS AND PRECISELY TAILORED LEATHERS, HE WORKED IN THE TRADITION OF THE GREAT COUTURIERS HE ADMIRED AND STUDIED.

ALAÏA THOUGHT WITH HIS HANDS. HE GAVE HIS IDEAS FORM BY DRAPING, CUTTING AND PINNING FABRIC DIRECTLY ONTO THE STATUESQUE MODELS WITH WHOM HE LOVED TO WORK. HE COMBINED HIS RIGOROUS TECHNICAL SKILLS WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW WOMEN WANT TO FEEL. HE ONCE REMARKED « I MAKE CLOTHES, WOMEN MAKE FASHION ». AND MANY WOMEN HAVE WORN HIS ELEGANT AND SENSUAL DESIGNS, FROM GRETA GARBO, GRACE JONES AND TINA TURNER TO NAOMI CAMPBELL, LADY GAGA AND RIHANNA.

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CURRENTLY AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM IN LONDON TILL OCTOBER 7TH 2018, A WONDERFUL EXHIBIT IS TAKING PLACE ENTITLED :« AZZEDINE ALAÏA, THE COUTURIER » SHOWCASING SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DRESSES HE CREATED.

HIS WORK IS EXCEPTIONAL AND ONE CAN ADMIRE THE INTRICACIES OF EACH OF THESE HANDCRAFTED WORKS OF ART THAT ARE HIS DRESSES. A LITTLE MAN WITH GIGANTIC TALENT.

HIS PASSING IS A GREAT LOSS TO FASHION.

Source : https://www.yadcheri.com/talk-to-the-hand-blog-yad-cheri/azzedine-alaias-magical-touch

 

Hanging Lawn

In Porto Feliz, a Municipality in the state of Sao Paolo, the brilliant Brazilian Studio MK27 has completed a dwelling that the practice describes a “radical exercice in horizontality”.

The residence is inserted at the plot’s highest point and topped with a green roof that mimics the surrounding lawn.

I may be repeating myself but Studio MK27 and more specifically Marcio Kogan,  is by far my favourite architect today. We see with each project he and his team produce, elegance, originality and wonderful examples of interaction between indoors and outdoors, between nature and man-made constructions.

With this particular house, living rooms can be completely opened or closed by sliding glass doors located at each end of the property. With the doors opened,  the house is transformed into a generously proportioned terrace surrounded by nature.

The architects carefully integrated solar panels and skylights withing the canopy on the green roof mimicking the surrounding lawn.

A new version of the hanging garden of Babylon – simply divine !

Source : designboom

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“I ADMIRE EVERYTHING THAT IS USELESS, FRIVOLOUS AND WHIMSICAL. I HATE FUNCTIONALISM, POST-MODERNISM AND ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE. FOR ME, THE HOUSE AND ITS OBJECTS IS SUPPOSED TO BE SOME CRAZY PLACE THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH.” – PEDRO FRIEDEBERG

PIETRO ENRICO HOFFMAN LANDESMAN (AS WAS HIS GIVEN NAME) OR AS HE WAS LATER KNOWN AS PEDRO FRIEDEBERG, WAS BORN IN ITALY IN 1936 TO GERMAN-JEWISH PARENTS. AT THE AGE OF THREE, PIETRO AND HIS RECENTLY DIVORCED MOTHER FLED ITALY AT THE ONSET OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND SETTLED IN MEXICO.

SOON AFTER ARRIVING IN THE NEW COUNTRY, PIETRO’S MOTHER REMARRIED AND WENT TO WORK AS A TRANSLATOR FOR EXPATS — SUCH AS THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONARY LEON TROTSKY AND GERMAN WRITER ANNA SEGHERS — BOTH OF WHOM HAD FLED THEIR NATIVE COUNTRIES AND SOUGHT ASYLUM IN MEXICO.

AS A UNIVERSITY STUDENT IN MEXICO CITY IN THE 50’S, HE INITIALLY STUDIED ARCHITECTURE BUT HIS FANTASTICAL DESIGNS RAN AFOUL OF HIS RATIONALIST, BAUHAUS ORIENTED TEACHERS.

BY CHANCE, HIS DRAWINGS CAME TO THE ATTENTION OF MATHIAS GOERITZ A GERMAN BORN AVANT GARDE PAINTER & SCULPTOR WHO ENCOURAGED FRIEDEBERG AND MADE HIM A PROTÉGÉ. BY 1961 HE STARTED EXHIBITING IN LOCAL GALLERIES AND ABANDONED HIS STUDIES TO FOCUS SOLELY ON HIS ART.

FROM AN EARLY AGE, FRIEDEBERG WAS SURROUNDED BY RADICAL THINKERS AND ARTISTS, WHICH UNDOUBTEDLY HAD A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON HIM. MEXICO CITY AND ITS SURROUNDINGS PROVIDED A WEALTH OF INFLUENCES FOR A YOUNG, INQUISITIVE MIND.

HE WAS ALWAYS FASCINATED BY RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE: CATHEDRALS, AZTEC PYRAMIDS, SYNAGOGUES, GURDJIEFFIAN TEMPLES AND AT AN EARLY AGE HE WAS INFLUENCED BY THEOSOPHY, CATHOLICISM, ATHEISM, EASTERN CUSTOMS AND RELIGIONS.

AS A SCULPTOR & PAINTER PEDRO FRIEDEBERG’S WORK IS RICHLY DETAILED, SURREAL & HIS ARTISTIC STYLE BLENDS INFLUENCES FROM NEOCLASSICAL ART, ESHER AND MESOAMERICAN SYMBOLISM.

SPACE AND TIME ARE IMMATERIAL; THE ANCIENT MINGLES WITH THE MODERN; HANDS AND FEET BECOME CHAIRS, ANIMALS DANCE AMONG CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE; IMAGES, SHAPES, AND LETTERS ARE REPEATED AD INFINITUM. ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE IN THE CRAZY WORLD OF PEDRO FRIEDEBERG. HIS IMAGINATION IS LIMITLESS.

HIS FOOT AND HAND CHAIRS, CLOCKS IN THE SHAPE OF HANDS AND TATTOOED MANNEQUINS AMONG OTHER THINGS BRING LEVITY AND WHIMSY TO ANY SPACE IT OCCUPIES.

HE IS BEST KNOWN FOR HIS HAND CHAIR, A FUNCTIONAL SCULPTURE THAT IS AN ICON OF DESIGN AS ART, CREATED IN 1961.

WITH A CAREER SPANNING MORE THAN FIVE DECADES, HE HAS DEVELOPED SOMETHING OF A CULT FOLLOWING AMONG COLLECTORS AND DESIGNERS ACROSS THE GLOBE.

https://www.yadcheri.com/talk-to-the-hand-blog/

The Skilled One – designer of the month on Yad Cheri

Meet Ilena & Maria Kokkou :

Siblings share an inextricable, one of a kind bond. They are close yet different, sometimes they can even read each other’s minds. Ilena & Maria Kokkou are the perfect example of this sisterly chemistry.

They took this unique connection a further step, when they joined forces to found their koku concept brand in 2011. Trust, complimentary skills and a shared creative language define this dynamic duo.

Learn more about their work on yadcheri.com

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Gold Fish

Summer Trend – Prepare for summer and decorate your table with these delightful fish themed plates and trays.

Poisson d’or for Jacques Bernardaud

Poisson for Jardin d’Ulysse

Aluminium fish dish by Paola Navone for Serax

Anouk plate fish for &Klevering

Mackerel tray by Emma von Brömissen

Formentara plate for Datcha

Bowie on Broadway

British music legend, David Bowie loved the skylines and subways of New York City. Now Spotify is reflecting that spark through the Broadway-Lafayette Station from April 17 to May 13.

The city that Bowie loved,  is showcasing the icon’s influence on music, fashion & art with this original initiative. Inside the station, visitors will encounter wall sized images and artist’s quotes that speaks to his electric relationship with New York.

Spotify takes the art installation outside the confines of museum walls where it may be appreciated unexpectedly by all. Commuters will have the opportunity to ponder on Bowie’s universe.  Source : designboom

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Pasionaria – Joana Uchôa

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An old used up shirt covered in stains belonging to her father was the spark that lit the fire to Joana Uchôa’s creativity. She went out to buy fabric paint and reveled at customizing the shirt by covering the stains.

Since that moment, joana has spent time browsing through thrift shops searching for the pieces of clothing that inspire her to develop her customized styling and hand patterns.

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, 21 year old Joana Uchôa is an artist in every sense of the word. after exploring different mediums such as drawing, painting, embroidery, sculpture & design, joana focuses her attention to fabric painting and the values of « slow fashion ». She believes in quality & longevity and the principles of  fair wages, lower carbon footprints and ideally zero waste.

When we asked Joana what made her create clothes with the hand pattern, her inspiration was very clear.

” I chose the hand as my main symbol because it portrays several things to me :  Firstly, the hand pattern represents the hands of the exploited sweat shop workers (mainly women) who despite their work are invisible to the eyes of society. I think of these workers who with blood, sweat and tears, produce clothing in terrible working conditions. By customizing an dress or shirt with the hand pattern, it is my way of honoring the work of these workers. I transform the piece into something desirable again and give the clothes a new lease of life.  Therefore the hands represent the power of transformation.

We also wanted to know her feelings about living in one of the world’s most vibrant cities and how rio influences her work.

“i believe that my city, rio de janeiro, influences me a lot in my work. not only on the collection i am presently working on which is focused on slow fashion, but on all my creations so far. rio excites me. it is an extremely beautiful place, a city full of life, with an energy that i haven’t seen anywhere else. it’s a city filled with artists. the streets are crowded with people and small bars and tables.  on the sidewalks, crammed with people and the proximity, the physical proximity it creates, allows people to talk to each other easily.  people from all walks of life mingle. this favors exchanges and people who barely know each other chat, communicate and exchange ideas throughout the night. Rio is a place where you wake up in the morning to a beautiful sunny sky, where you head to the beach for a few hours & meet up with people.

Even when you work or go to college, rio is surrounded by beautiful mountains and lush vegetation, the sun shines and the interaction with people is constant. I’m in love with this place ! ”

We were curious to find out what the meaning of Joana Uchôa’s brand name #ousejabrecho : “the hashtag #ousejabrecho means thrift stores.” She explains.  “Its a little joke that I created because I am always talking about how investing in these types of stores would be much more ethical, ecological conscious compared to financing stores that rely on the fast fashion model of consumption and production. On my instagram and youtube channel I’m always talking about these matters ! This is what I fight for!  My focus is slow fashion + feminism where you  promote by investing on thrift.”

How can one not be inspired by the passion, the energy & the charisma of this hand loving designer with a cause.

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The Bread Collection

France is known for many things….notably the crusty baguette.

We love French designer Marie Bouillie aka Maron Bouillie’s latest quirky and charming collection of bread bags. The artist, fashion designer & photographer launched her company in 2003. Inspired by her childhood growing up in the countryside, Marie combines her skills to produce a beautiful refreshing bucolic collection.

Her photography is printed on high quality cotton which is transformed into bags, storage bags, aprons and various accessories. These “images turned into objects” are made in France and Japan with a high quality requirement.

Her past collections’ themes spanned from fruit and vegetable, to retro Paris and the flea market. Each time, the bags are colourful, quaint and refreshing.

This season’s Bread Collection is a feast for the eyes. Mouth watering baguettes and oven baked breads decorate her collection.  As you browse through her site, you feel the need to visit Paris again ! The cafés, the markets, the smell of freshly baked baguette and the sound of the accordeon , aah Paris…..

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Bring the flowers into your home

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Floral patterns are back. So, all you minimalist aficionados cover your eyes and wait for the trend to pass.  From Indian florals to Liberty style, or vintage and large floral patterns, you can your pick from an amazing selection available today. For intense or dramatic effect, a floral wallpaper is effective by covering a focal point, a wall, a niche or maybe just a corner of a room.

Wallpaper is not the only privileged choice for the floral pattern. Fine bone china plates, napkins, paperweights to name a few are some of the items that can be found decorated in this trend.

The styles vary, romantic, arts&crafts, bucolic, bohemian, oriental but the statement is clear: flower power.

 

Earhalm wallpaper DE GOURNAY

Persia wallpaper ELIZABETH HAMILTON

Rose paperweight, Iris plate JOHN DERIAN

Fabric, pillow, sewing machine LIBERTY LONDON

Pellestrina wallpaper OSBORNE & LITTLE

Boho Mood

Just to put you into the swing of things, I’ve put together a little assortment expressing my Boho Mood. Today’s first rays of Spring sunshine have boosted my morale and I long to surround myself with lovely accessories reminding me of summer bliss.

I came across some these brands while in Paris at Maison & Objet or simply browsing the net, so let me share with you these little treasures…..

 

 

 

lesantillaises.com : round 100% cotton beach towels

bazarbizar.be : shell covered cross, shell necklace on stand & rattan baskets with shell border

manasainttropez : daisy hippie basket

etincelles : j’adore woven basket with handle

indochineur.com : buffalo horn necklace

mature-hat.com : japanese paper boxed hat

 

 

Wishing you sunshine in your life !

xx

 

Ooho the drop of water to go

Eat the bottle after drinking the water. This amazing invention turns algae into bottles. The algae can encapsulate any beverage, be it drinking water, soft drinks, spirits and even cosmetics.

The goal of this amazing invention is to eliminate the use of plastic bottles and cups.

@oohowater

Mr. & Mrs. Perrin

« My motto is to keep it simple and chic ».

Charismatic Artistic Creator and General Manager Sally Perrin sets the tone. Founded in 1893, RigaudyPerrin was France’s premier purveyor of leather gloves for the major couture houses.

In 2009, the family-owned company relaunched as Perrin Paris and extended their expertise into a collection of luxury leather handbags & accessories. at that time, Michel Perrin, the French-born CEO and his American wife sally together with their daughters Chloé & Emma, relocated to southern California from Paris.

The newly launched luxury line of handbags and leather accessories revived the multigenerational family business by combining the finest quality skins with highly conceptual design. brother, Henri, oversaw the Perrin tannery in Vietnam. although Michel’s family history in the leather-glove business extends back generations, Sally & Michel Perrin opted to relaunch the brand by introducing a line of handbags to compliment the glove collection.

Find out more about the prestigious brand and the dynamic duo behind the label on Yad Cheri’s page THE SKILLED ONE on their website http://www.yadcheri.com

 

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