Maison Martin Margiela

Perhaps it’s my current infatuation with white after having to choose the exact shade for my own house recently (if you haven’t explored the fabulous world of interior white paint finishes, that joy remains ahead) (my choice is Whisper White Dulux for the record).

However I loved this installation by Maison Martin Margiela from last year exploring materiality and texture in their evocative and stylish way. They are environments that are more like still lifes than actual spaces.

http://www.yatzer.com/1648_%E2%80%98mat,_satine,_brillant%E2%80%99_by_maison_martin_margiela

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[NYC] Armani Fifth Avenue – Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas

The sexiest stair I’ve encountered in a while – it just makes you want to keep walking up and up and up. While it opend last year a friend only recently sent me images from his last trip.

This is an interior that encapsulates the fluidity and sculptural qualities of the zeitgeist. It’s wonderful to see how technology is allowing the fabrication of these kinds of spaces with more and more accuracy. The dynamic form of the staircase is made from steel encased in plastic, which Armani has called a ‘skeletal dinosaur’.

See,

http://www.pushpullbar.com/forums/showthread.php?12370-NYC-Armani-Fifth-Avenue-Massimiliano-Fuksas

http://www.dezeen.com/2009/02/23/armani-5th-avenue-by-massimiliano-doriana-fuksas-architects/

This is great for seeing the models of the staircase and how it relates to the shell of the space

http://www.archdaily.com/16094/armani-fifth-ave/

http://vmsd.com/content/armani-new-york

Passion and Performance

I keep going back over Alexander Mcqueen videos at the moment – the ultimate in performance, technology and fashion.

McQueen’s shows were always rigorously constructed atmospheres, instense performative productions that defined the new

in fashion.  His impact was extraodinary across diverse design fields so spend some time viewing his creations and be inspired.

Skin + Bones

This exhibition explores the common visual and intellectual principles that underlie both fashion and architecture. Both disciplines start with the human body and expand on ideas of space and movement, serving as outward expressions of personal, political, and cultural identity. Architects and fashion designers produce environments defined through spatial awareness—the structures they create are based on volume, function, proportion, and material. Presenting the work of international fashion designers and architects, the exhibition examines themes such as shelter, identity, tectonic strategies, creative process, and parallel stylistic tendencies including deconstruction and minimalism. The exhibition is curated by MOCA Curator of Architecture & Design Brooke Hodge and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

from http://www.moca.org

download the program here

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Architects and Designers in the Exhibition:
Shigeru Ban
Hussein Chalayan
Preston Scott Cohen
Comme des Garçons
Neil M. Denari Architects
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Winka Dubbeldam / Archi-Tectonics
Eisenman Architects
Alber Elbaz for Lanvin
Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue / EMBT
Foreign Office Architects
Future Systems
Frank Gehry
Tess Giberson
Zaha Hadid Architects
Herzog & de Meuron
Yoshiki Hishinuma
Toyo Ito
Greg Lynn FORM
Jakob + MacFarlane
Elena Manferdini
Maison Martin Margiela
Alexander McQueen
Miyake Issey
Morphosis
Narciso Rodriguez
Neutelings Riedijk Architecten
Jean Nouvel
Office dA
OMA / Rem Koolhaas
Ralph Rucci
Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
Nanni Strada
Yeohlee Teng
Testa & Weiser
Olivier Theyskens for Rochas
Isabel Toledo
Bernard Tschumi
Dries Van Noten
Viktor & Rolf
Junya Watanabe
Vivienne Westwood
Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Yohji Yamamoto
J. Meejin Yoon / MY Studio

This was a great exhibition I had the opportunity of seeing a few years ago in london. It brought out a book that would be of interest to many of you seeing the creative possibilities of cross overs into Fashion – I’m thinking of setting up some projects with the fashion program next semester, any interest?

http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/skinbones/skinbones/