worth dying for
Panteón Nube is tomb designed by Clavel Arquitectos. This is the second tomb that I post on today and tomorrow and it’s quite different than this family chapel. The facade can only be opened in a certain way, you have to know the right order to open the doors. Thanks to the translucent onyx on the backside, there’s enough daylight inside the tomb. It’s definitely not the saddest place I’ve...
young, russian and rich
The German photographer Anna Skladmann’s work in Russia has resulted in several striking bodies of work, including a series of portraits of market vendors with their wares and a study of the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. For her new book, “Little Adults,” Skladmann takes a look at the children of wealthy Russians. Read more...
bruce weber debut / miumiu
Legendary photographer Bruce Weber makes his photographic debut for Miu Miu with this fall’s campaign, which stars model Hailee Steinfeld. from www.racked.com / images @ www.miumiu.com
world exclusive - tinker tailor
The world exclusive premiere - the trailer for Let The Right One In’s director Thomas Alfredson’s adaption of this famous work. Due for release on September 16. watch it here; http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/video/2011/jun/30/tinker-tailor-soldier-spy-traiker from www.theguardian.co.uk
the peacock room
The Peacock Room is a dining room decorated by James McNeill Whistler for his patron Frederick Leyland in 1876-77. When the men came to a disagreement over the job’s worth, Whistler—a “bad-boy darling of high society”—painted a satirical mural representing the men as warring peacocks. “The Leyland bird is pompous and hectoring, with a breast of gold and platinum coins, windmilling wings, and...
helmut newton / polaroids
Who? Helmut Newton (1920 – 2004), one of the most influential photographers of all time. What? The German-Australian image-maker rose to the height of fame in 1970s with his provocative and erotically charged fashion photographs. Principally working for French Vogue, over time Newton’s imagery became a mainstay in numerous high fashion magazines and top publications. As his work still...
split screen - a love story
James W Griffiths and director of photography Christopher Moon have made this very clever piece entitled ’ Split Screen - A Love Story’ . They filmed the whole thing using a Nokia N8 cellphone, as part of a promotional contest ( which they won.) It’s pretty special. watch it here ; http://vimeo.com/25451551 An interview with Griffiths from www.nokia.com : Why are...
the kitchen / the view from a volcano
Last year, Marina Abramovic held court at MoMA to blockbuster crowds, but when the Kitchen first opened its doors in SoHo, back in 1971, video and experimental performance were still considered outlaw mediums with no real place to play in New York City. Woody and Steina Vasulka’s “art collective” was aptly named, connoting an atmosphere of intimacy and experimentation for which the space would...
ngahuia williams by damien nikora
New Zealand photographer Damien Nikora and model/ new agency owner Ngahuia Williams. A match made in heaven . www.damiennikora.co.nz www.nmodelmanagement.com
brothers and sisters
Gorgeous - an old image, relived. This one’s for my brother. Posted at www.pinterest.com by www.youcancallmeaweirdo.tumblr.com
hedi slimane shoots phoenix
Revealed at www.colt-rane.com are these beautiful images, and more, shot by Hedi Slimane and featuring Phoenix - ” four Parisian boys with brotherly love” according to the band’s gorgeous blog @ www.wearephoenix.com .
i love ugly
Auckland store Superette are hosting an exhibition featuring the work of Valentin Ozich from I Love Ugly, who has recently collaborated with kiwi booze co Stolen Rum on a run of limited edition, customized bottles. images @ www.superette-store.blogspot.com, www.sideroom.com
On occasion, the editors of Sight Unseen spot a story about creativity told from a viewpoint that’s not unlike our own. In this case, it wasn’t a single story but rather a whole new blog: Work.Place, a sort of hyperlocal version of Sight Unseen that peeks inside the studios of Portland, Oregon’s best and brightest creative talents. The site is the solo effort of talented local photographer Carlie...
monster children / malls across america
Later this week you will be able to get your mits on Issue 31 of Monster Children. Inside this issue (spoiler alert) is a little feature on photography by Michael Galinsky from 1989, throughout many malls across America. Around about this time Billy Ray Cyrus was just about to come on the scene and there is a direct correlation between this and the proliferation of mullets. Usually we keep our...
A new exhibition at the Museo Picasso Málaga sees the 115 photographs taken by photojournalist David Douglas Duncan of Pablo Picasso go on show. Apparently the two first met when Duncan arrived at Villa La Californie, the Cannes residence of the artist, with a ring especially made for Picasso, who greatly appreciated the gesture and invited him into his home, studio, and life. The...
In this social network driven world of ‘friends, likes and fans’ it is both refreshing and endearing to discover the type of fans New Zealand designer Karen Walker has attracted in Japan in particular. So fervent are these followers that they regularly send Karen beautifully crafted hand-made presents as a token of their appreciation for her designs and the label in general. ...
from here on
Found at www.manystuff.org
An American not for profit group, who are dedicated to protecting gun rights, chose to shoot up a fancy car as a fundraising effort. Shit cause, awesome effect. article at www.notcot.org
break out your shell toes for jamel shabazz
Jamel Shabazz got a moment in the spotlight at BAM this Sunday, thanks to a loving documentary from Charlie Ahearn (also known as the man who made Wild Style). If you don’t know Shabazz, he’s roughly the Scott Schuman of hip-hop culture in 80s New York. The book he’s famous for is Back in the Days, which just got a deluxe reissue, but we’ve rounded up some of the best snaps here. Time to break out...
american suburb x
This site was recently referred to as ’ the site you wish to God you’d known about sooner ’ in an article I read .. and I agree. Go get lost in it. Founded in 2008, AMERICAN SUBURB X is an ever-growing archive and fiercely edited look at photography’s massively relevant past, dramatically shifting present and always unfolding future. Our mission is to provide and...
the wright conversion
Elmo Swart Architects have created “Wright Conversion”, an unusually shaped house in Durban, South Africa, which uses a modern form and structure to both blend in and contrast with the surrounding picturesque landscape. Initially, the building was a three-bedroom cottage, but another bedroom, two studies, an entertainment space, and an art gallery were added, with the art gallery...
nanna van blaarderen
Last week the Amsterdam based textile designer Nanna van Blaaderen opened an exhibition at Droog. Amazing textile designs, wonderful sculptural knits, as gentle to the skin as they are to the environment she develops textiles that integrate comfort, elegance, quality and sustainability. “The potential of this discipline to create textures, structures and shapes in various materials, seems...
when herzog rescued phoenix
An imaginative animation reenacting the bizarre story of when Werner Herzog rescued Joaquin Phoenix from a car crash. Animated by Sascha Ciezata, using audio from an interview by Herzog himself. watch it here; http://www.thecitrusreport.com/2011/headlines/when-herzog-rescued-phoenix/
Circus Museum in the Netherlands is not clowning around. Although its all Dutch to me, this is the most extensive visual archive of circus graphics I’ve ever encountered. It includes posters, banners, flags and press sheets with all the great circus cliches and many more you’ve never seen before (unless you were born on the midway). Page after web page of thematic vintage work awaits...
Creative Review have gifted us a great insight into the 125 year old history of Coca Cola. In the new issue of CR, they talk to Coca-Cola archivist, Ted Ryan, about the history of the brand’s identity, explored in a new show at the Design Museum. One of the highlights of the display is a book documenting the design and build of their first neon sign for Piccadilly Circus, in 1954. Images...
damien hirst at gow langsford
Believe it. Write up @ www.gowlangsfordgallery.co.nz image @ www.slamxhype.com 2010 The Dead and The Souls 20 July - 13 August 2011 Preview: Tuesday 19 July, 5 - 7 pm Infamous for his wealth, celebrity and his record-breaking, bank-breaking auction prices, Damien Hirst has become somewhat the poster boy for British Art of this era. Rarely shown in this country, Auckland audiences will...
These are images from the July issue of W magazine - shot by Max Vadukul, the series features ten designers and the musicians who inspire them most. So here’s Proenza Schouler with Yoko Ono, Christopher Bailey with George Craig and Karl Lagerfeld with Janalle Monae. Beautiful. found @ www.becauseimaddicted.net
pretty vacant property
Pretty Vacant Properties is a vacation rental site in Joshua Tree, California. One at a time, we are building a new kind of desert modern architecture that offers you a chance to re-frame and re-create your own world … if only for a weekend. The single most valuable thing we offer, that even the most deluxe hotels can only pretend to, is authentic architecture and a truly unique place. ...
things previously unsaid
If there is such a thing as a desert island site, then www.prisonphotography.wordpress.com would be mine. Not just because of the rip-your-breath-away images ( like these ones below), but because it holds an immeasurable and deeply valuable list of articles, links, book reviews, photoblogs and other references that centre on topics of social justice . The site’s manifesto says it all,...
echolilia - sometimes i wonder
Also in Time’s sensational look at photographic art is the work of Timothy Archibald, whose son Elijah suffers from a disease called Echolilia. More at www.time.com or www.timothyarchibald.com.
the disappearance of the borscht belt hotels
Time.com have presented a jaw-dropping selection of work in progress from various artists around the world. Below is the work of Heidi Warner and is just one of the projects featured. www.time.com Heidi Warner Card room of the Pines Hotel, 2010 The Borscht Belt hotels and Catskills resorts in upstate New York defined an era for many Jewish-Americans during the 1950s and 1960s. Heidi...
dead letter office
In news that’s not very new : visit www.deadletteroffice.co.nz to remind yourself of the awesomeness that is New Zealand artist John Reynolds and his productive friendship with design guy Arch MacDonnell. This great book is featured. Certain Words Drawn brings together examples of John Reynolds recent work and practice in a 480pp + 8pp insert. Limited edition of 1500 copies...
the contributing editor
New images worth sharing . From www.thecontributingeditor.com
price latimer agah
Price Latimer Agah is a private art dealer and consultant in Los Angeles, who specializes in emerging, contemporary, and post-war art for private residences, collections and public spaces.Here’s a bit of her must-see/read write up at www.thecoveteur.com; Regardless of her precious Chanel handbags, vintage Christian Dior and Rick Owens, P.L.A. isn’t afraid to mix it up and shake...
award winning nz design - the wall
There’s some pretty impressive stuff that goes on the the innovative brains of Kiwis, especially when it comes to the Kiwis whose projects have been selected as winners at the World Summit Awards, which celebrate creativity and innovation in ICT. Eight Kiwi entries originally made it to the finals of the awards and now an international judging panel in Hong Kong has named the following...
Sloane Crosley is a young, best selling writer with a new book of essays called Where did you get this number. There’s an exceptionally interesting piece on her at www.moreintelligentlife.com. In it she shares a favourite quote - “you can lead a whore to culture, but you can’t make her think”. Part of Crosley’s charm is the way she seems both guileless and knowing. She...
if you don't give back, no one will like you.
Possibly the best catchcry for a charity, ever, if you don’t give back no one will like you defines Edward Norton’s genius online movement Crowdrise. Anybody can take part and whoever does is rewarded with short sharp updates regarding the work, and the workings, of the donation site that raised $1.2 million in its first eight weeks. The concept was to create an innovative web...
one day moko
Created and Performed by Tim Carlsen. Directed by Sophie Roberts. Meet Moko. He lives under a by-pass. His life fits in a trolley. Shunting along streets around town - he is a known sight. Eat, sleep, work, play- he’s got things to do and places to be. Even if it’s a hard road, Moko gets by. One Day Moko explores isolation, opportunity and routine - investigating how these qualities shape...
Hard Ground Photographs by Michael O’Brien Poems by Tom Waits “Other collections of lost souls (Richard Avedon’s In the American West comes to mind) are different…. We meet O’Brien’s people one on one. Their ‘otherness’ is removed. The photographs engender compassion and empathy. If that sounds simple, it is...
Lucky Peach is a new, San Fransisco-based , quarterly food mag helmed by high powered foodie David Chang and featuring ‘striking art, good writing and a deep dive into a single topic’ … high and unusual praise for this genre . www.theatlantic.com
chamber of gilt
Gilt Groupe has been called the darling of luxury-obsessed bargain hunters .. here are some images of their warehouse where the good buys are born. From an indepth article @ www.notcot.com.
New Zealander Brogan Averill’s design call is being heard far and wide. And rightly so. @ www.theimport.co.uk Brogan’s site - www.thingwebsite.com
A series of photographs of boxers - before and after their fights - by Nicolai Howalt. www.nicolaihowalt.com found through www.vectroave.com
What are super wools and what do the numbers mean ? Find out in a thoughtful piece, with historical references, at www.putthison.com
Thom Yorke and Radiohead , performing new album King of Limbs, July 1 , on BBC show From the Basement. read about it at www.thecitrusreport.com
pictures of planes and skateboards .. mostly. Rene Vaile / www.747parking.com
What a thing of beauty .. the online mag Atomica ( available in print also ) is the work of a schoolgirl. www.atomicamag.com . Discovered at www.missmoss.co.za
the way back
Still Stile reviewed this amazing film The Way Back. ‘…Think snowy mountains, ragged clothes, lots of Russian tattoos and never-ending forests and deserts. The film, based on the biographical novel written by Polish prisoner of war Slawomir Rawicz, tells the story of several escapees from a Siberian Gulag Camp. They travelled – by foot – more than 6000 kilometers, through the Gobi Desert,...
feast of the macabre
Marion Hume’s brief but brilliant write up about the Grant Museum in London. Found at www.runawaynow.com. A curled-up koala, a micro monkey with its hands up, a Victorian sweet jar filled near to the brim with preserved moles, their splayed paws and elongated noses seeming to press against the glass semaphoring “Let us out of here!” - the cabinets of curiosity at The Grant Museum, in...
Disassembly is a series by Canadian photographer Todd McLellan - his images show the makeup of fairly mundane objects like a typewriter or lawnmower. Strangely calming. www.toddmclellan.com