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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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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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.

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Pedro

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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.

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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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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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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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Troels’ magic

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Danish designer Troels Flensted first appeared on the scene of design when he was selected to represent Danish design in 2016 at the prestigious trade fair Maison et Objet in Paris. He was named Talent of the Year and it was the start of a very promising career.

 

His signature collection POURED COLLECTION consists of trays, bowls & plates, is precisely the result of 2 years of experimentation and research. the product itself is a combination of mineral powder, water-based acrylics, and pigments mixed together producing a texture ready to be molded. the different patterns are determined by the quantity of pigment added to the mixture and by the way, the mixture is poured into the mold. the final pattern appears as the different ingredients are combined, which is the hardest part to master.

Troels’ professional journey moves at an impressive speed. He was awarded Talent of the year 2017 at Design Awards in Denmark and his work has been exhibited at some of the most respected design fairs across Europe.

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His Poured Collection is available on http://www.yadcheri.com. He is a new designer to follow and YAD CHERI is following closely.

 

 

 

The Skilled One

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an adventurous spirit and a creative mind would be how to define Thomasine Barnekow.

Born in Sweden, she later graduated from the prestigious Dutch Design Academy of Eindhoven, travels extensively and finally put her suitcase down in Paris, where she currently lives, works and creates.

in 2011, Thomasine launches her brand Thomasine Gloves. Quietly but meticulously, she branches out into couture designing gloves that have textile and shape woven together. She collaborates with fashion designers, Paris National Opera, glove houses, Luc Besson & private customers. It’s her dynamic understanding of how to balance function with embellishment that really sets her apart.

Learn more about Thomasine and discover her beautiful gloves on yadcheri.com

 

 

 

The Skilled One

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Every month, YAD CHERI.COM features a creator they collaborate with. This post is called THE SKILLED ONE and offers an insight on one of the many talents the online concept store works with. This month we learn about Megan Burke a talented artist who just recently launched her own brand.

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YAD CHERI – Le Concept Store de la Main

Looking for an eclectic, fun and international selection of gifts ?  The YAD CHERI online Concept Store has a carefully curated selection of  products dedicated to the hand.

YAD CHERI’s fascination with hands was the starting point of this new concept. You will find a selection spanning Lifestyle, Beauty, Art, Jewelry & Gift.

Whether handmade, hand-shaped or for the use of the hand YAD CHERI choice is unique.  They collaborate with established brands & introduce new emerging talents eager to be discovered.

Check it out – http://www.yadcheri.com

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Yad Cheri – new online boutique to be launched

Soon to be launched in October, a new online Concept Store dedicated to the Hand covering various lines such as Lifestyle, Beauty, Jewelry, Gift & Art.

Keep Posted, Stay Tuned for official launch date  – WATCH OUT FOR THE HAND !

FOLLOW them on Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/yadcheri

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Y A D C H E R I

YAD : \ˈyād\ noun, Hebrew: יד‎‎, literally “hand”

CHÉRI : \ʃe.ʁi\ noun, adjective, French, darling
CHERI : χέρι • (chéri) noun, Greek, the hand

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