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NEW BALANCE
selected: objects of the day


august 2017
 

New Balance Logo

If you go to any major sneaker retailer, it is always guaranteed to see the sneaker variety of New Balance on the numerous shelves of the stores. Their retro runner style objects look super stylish on every guy, no matter if you´re tall, short, junior or senior. 

New Balance x LE MILE Studios

NEW BALANCE CT300 white/green

New Balance is designed to cater to the endless days that always characterize the modern lifestyle. Multi-layer mesh replaces leather to give the shoe a much more active functionality and its sole is so stable and soft at the same time that it offers plently of ventilation without feeling unstable at all. Your New Balance sneakers are just like some good pair of blue jeans - the sole breaks in with its time and you start loving them more and more with each wear. New Balance is a sneaker made to be lived in with comfort, love and hundred miles of walk.

New Balance Sneakers x LE MILE Studios 2

NEW BALANCE MS574 AB black

New Balance Sneakers x LE MILE Studios

NEW BALANCE U420 PKB black

New Balance Sneakers x LE MILE Studios

NEW BALANCE WRL247 FC silver

New Balance Sneakers x LE MILE Studios

NEW BALANCE MRL996 JV black/grey

 

CREDIT INFORMATION | LE MILE Studios
www.newbalance.com

 

Acne Studios 2017 Kordale N Kaleb


Acne Studios 2017 Kordale N Kaleb


 

 

 ACNE STUDIOS
Kordale N Kaleb
 


august 2017
press
 

“I have been thinking about families for a long time. Since Acne Studios started as a collective, we would see each other as a family back in the days. I therefore wanted to portray households of today, in all constellations—this is how we found Kordale and Kaleb. How does the face motif fit into all of this? Well it’s just an ordinary Swedish citizen. Not too happy, not too sad, but somewhere in between. Lagom in Swedish. Like me.”

– Jonny Johansson, Creative Director

 

 

 
Acne Studios introduce a new collection dedicated to the brand’s face motif, featuring Kordale N Kaleb
 

In recognition of how emoticons are able to transcend language, Acne Studios celebrates the spirit of inclusivity in the new campaign dedicated to the face motif collection. Featuring the Atlanta-based couple Kordale Lewis and Kaleb Anthony and their four children, Desmiray (10 years old), Maliyah (9), Kordale Jr (8) and Kaleb Jr (6 months). Inez and Vinoodh photographed the family on location in the New York City hotel room they were staying in during a holiday weekend.

Kordale and Kaleb first came to popular awareness as the result of a 2014 Instagram post when they photographed the start of a typical day in their household, writing: @kordalenkaleb Being fathers is getting our daughters up at 5:30am making breakfast getting them dressed for school and putting them on the bus by 6:30. This is a typical day in our household. It’s not easy but we enjoy every moment and every minute of #fatherhood. #proudfathers #blackfathers #prouddads #gaydads

Acne Studios Collection Kordale N Kaleb

The couple subsequently found themselves the subject of global media attention. The collection will be available in Acne Studios stores and on acnestudios.com from 17 August. The campaign will appear outdoors in New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Milan, San Francisco, Berlin and Hamburg.

A limited edition, free publication designed by M/M (Paris) featuring an in-depth interview with Kordale and Kaleb will be available in selected Acne Studios stores worldwide from mid-August and featured on acnestudios.com.

 

A Modern View on Timesless


A Modern View on Timesless


 

 

A MODERN VIEW ON
"Timeless"


august 2017

written JULIA AHTIJAINEN

TIMELESS /ˈtʌɪmləs/ (adj) - not affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion. 

 

Italy is one of the crown jewels of Old Europe, a country that is unique and diverse from both a geographical and cultural point of view. One must live it to understand it right, to understand the way the time has passed the places, the streets, the way the time has shaped the forms, the values and the attitudes, the way the traditions have remained the same and on the other side, the way it all has stood the test of time. 

In today’s online world it’s becoming more and more difficult to recognize the origin of an object, to evaluate the quality and to understand the style. This fact creates a solid ground for the feeling of nostalgia to grow and develop. The word “nostalgia” comes from two Greek roots: νόστος, nóstos (“return home”) and ἄλγος, álgos (“longing”). Professor Svetlana Boym of Harvard University defines it as a longing for a home that no longer exists or has never existed. Nostalgia is a senti- ment of loss and displacement, but it is also a romance with one‘s own fantasy. In her works one can see that the feeling of nostalgia is not only backward-looking, but that nostalgia can be also forward-looking, prognosing. After reading Boym’s works and writing my own Bachelor’s about menswear and nostalgia, I would have never thought that years later, my hypothesis of nostalgia would reappear in my life not only within the texts and images, but also in a real and very original way. So, one day... 

Caraceni Sartoria Atelier

Caraceni Sartoria Atelier

One day I met by chance a Japanese guy, Kensuke Takehara. Ken has been living in Milan for the past 7 years, and he has worked as a tailor in one of the oldest and most respected tailor houses of Italy – Sartoria A. Caraceni. The guy knows probably more about Italian suit aesthetics and speaks better Italian than an average local. Why? He says that he had a strong vision and a very good teacher – Francesco Severgnini, one of the few gentlemen who still wears and is true to traditional Milanese style. The question is still “why”?
Wearing a proper suit is “forma di rispetto”– a certain form of respect. It is a gesture showing respect towards the occasion, the place and the people, and is most certainly, a bow towards the art of Italian tailoring. Francesco is in a class of his own, always dressed in his own – Severgnini Milano, with perfectly picked color combinations, one can inspect the best of masculine elegance in every detail of his look.

While catching up with Kensuke, he reproves his student for combining modern pieces like Supreme, Converse and Knickerbocker Mfg. Co. with a classic suit by De Petrillo Napoli. “Napoli!? I’m from Napoli! From the same place where this suit originates from!” says our photographer, Davide Annibale. Davide has been travelling the world to capture the nostalgia and the real essence of the streets of Paris, New York, Chicago and Milan. But he has never lost his Neapolitan identity. He says that growing up in Naples was the best school one could ever have and that it made him extremely aware of the people around him in every sense. “Naples is the place where you understand what it means to be smart, ‘italian smart’, and the place where you simply appreciate the history, because it’s still there very strongly,” he explains. That fact can be seen also in his works as his visual stories are ageless. Just as with a classical sartorial piece, either it’s sewn today or 70 years ago – it is timeless. 

Kensuke Takehara

Kensuke Takehara

Francesco Severgnini

Francesco Severgnini

Timeless like the creations of Sartoria A. Caraceni tailoring house. “Nothing has changed since we started. All the styles, the fabrics, the linings, the cuts and the stitches – everything is still made by hand by the best tailors of Milan, out of the best Italian and English fabrics,” tells Carlo Andreacchio Caraceni, accompanied
with a warm smile while continuing his work. He adds that though all the styles have remained the same since the very beginning, he himself is not a nostalgic person. He is rather positive and lives in the present moment: “Every day I make jackets, for me this is life, this is what I like to do and this is the present and the most important.” Speaking of importancy, the house of Caraceni has been responsible for the looks of internationally well-known actors, statesmen, counts and other significant personalities who have shaped the culture and the society. Having tons of stories to tell that happened in and outside of the tailoring house, from particular Japanese clients to tailoring a frac for the Nobel Prize winner, Italian poet Eugenio Montale, Mr Caraceni could go on with the stories and we could make an outstanding book of or a movie scenario. When I asked him, whether a gentlemen with an incredible life path like his believes in a chance or in a fact that everything happens for a reason, he says that he believes that everything happens for a reason. “Everything has a motif and I’m very sure of that,” he adds with a mysterious look and for a ‘dolce’ gives a tour in the tailoring house that feels like a squareshaped mini labyrinth. 

M. Carlo Andreacchio and Massimiliano Andreacchio Caraceni are the men behind a family-run tailoring house Sartoria A. Caraceni, that has been handed down over 70 years, since its establishment in 1946. The house that has been famous for cutting techniques and has an expertise of one unique technique in particular that is passed on to only one person per generation. Speaking of uniqueness, Alessandro Squarzi might be one of the few Italians who has the most unique col- lection of vintage menswear, not to mention the fact that his own wardrobe is a size of 500 square meters. Recently named as number one best dressing man in the world by Esquire magazine, vintage pieces and timeless style are his passion for life. “I am out of fashion,” says the man, “and I am very nostalgic, I love old military and leather jackets, I love old denim.” He says that it’s easy to wear a modern piece, but to mix ageless pieces with modern requires a good taste and a character to wear it. Clothing style is simply a self-expression. A significant part of Alessandro’s style and how a gentleman could be recognized is because of his White Pant Credo. “I come from Rimini, a beach city where a pair of white pants is a must. And I like to wear my white pants like denim, I like them to look warn, to show the history of a wearer, to be timeless,” says Alessandro and shows his soon-to-be-opened store in Porta Venezia – Fortela. “Fortela is timeless, has no seasons and all the models are the same,” describes Mr Squarzi. In Fortela he will enliven the traditional style of a shop, where you have a tailor always present upstairs and warm timelessness greeting everyone who will enter the store that feels more like a familiar home rather than a shop. 

 
Alessandro Squarzi

Alessandro Squarzi

 

Italians say often “la casa mia e la casa tua” meaning my house is your house. That is probably one of the best saying to summarize Italian way of doing things. Once you’re invited, you’re part of the family. And Milan, out of all the fashion capitals, is most certainly one of the most welcoming. This international city still holds its traditions strong, takes care of the styles and heritage, and passes the stories and secrets from one generation to another. From one persona to another. People you meet here all carry and care about the heritage, the knowledge and the experiences shared. Italian mystery could be solved by viewing the traditional menswear and the simple belief that everything happens for a reason. The essence of timelessness has been caught and the proof lies in its history. 

 

CREDIT INFORMATION
CREDIT INFORMATION | © Davide Annibale
www.davideannibale.com

 

KODAK


KODAK


 

 

SHWEDAGON PAGODA 360°
LE MILE STUDIOS x KODAK PIXPRO


august 2017

 
 

 

In the past few years, there´s been big steps taken on the action camera scene. The movie-makers are now getting more and more of a shake-up from the virtual-reality action camera producers. The VR action camera can capture a 360 degree scene, actually everything that is happening around you. 

 

Camera KODAK Pixpro
See a list of browsers that support 360°.

Kodak PixPro´s SP360 4K VR action camera hasn´t just a very long and out of the ordinary name but it also is one of a kind in its field of 360 degree cameras. Two cameras are bolted together so both lenses are pointing away from each other and capture every moment and detail in your surrounding. Its significant resolution and spherical immersion makes the new 360 degree camera so preferably to its forerunner.

Camera KODAK PixPro SP360 4K Still Image Collage (two 360° images)

Camera KODAK PixPro SP360 4K
Still Image Collage (two 360° images)

Nowadays, you can get a pair of VR glasses for a very low price, (even google sells VR glasses), so anyone can watch and produce VR clips and films. But the challenge for LE MILE Studios was to create a virtual reality that doesn´t try to be close to the reality, but instead create a vision of surreal reality, a fantasy. To do so, we have choosen one of Buddhism's most sacred sites:  the Golden Shwedagon Pagoda with its 27 metric tons of gold leaf, along with thousands of diamonds is believed to enshrine 8 hairs of the Gautama Buddha as well as relicts of three former Buddhas. The elegant Pagoda is Yangon´s most famous landmark. The massive 99 meter high Pagoda dominates not only the small hill on which he is located at but it is also visible from most parts of the city. With our Kodak Pixpro 360 degree camera, we were able to capture in moving and in still images the Pagoda´s impressive appearance by night and the mystical atmosphere that it creates while being enlightened by spotlights.

Camera KODAK PixPro SP360 (360° in 16:9 format)

We´re glad we were there and had Kodak Pixpro with us... Kodak Pixpro, thanks for capturing moments with us, too


The latest model of KODAK Pixpro in one smart package will be out by September ´17. more infos

www.kodakpixpro.com
www.lemilestudios.com

 

FOAM: 20 International Young Artists


FOAM: 20 International Young Artists


 

 

20 International Young Artists
FOAM TALENT


august 2017
Press Release
1 September – 12 November 2017

Foam is proud to present the work of twenty new Foam Talents. The annual Talent Call is an international search for exceptionally talented photographers under the age of 35. The submissions form an intriguing barometer of current developments in contemporary photography. The Foam Talent programme is a career building platform that helps launch aspiring image-makers into the international photography industry, giving them global acclaim and recognition. Many artists once selected as Foam Talent are now established names in photography. From 1 September until 12 November 2017 Foam presents the work of the twenty selected artists in the museum in Amsterdam, after which the exhibition will travel internationally.

 

The selected photographers are: Sushant Chhabria (India), David De Beyter (France), Mark Dorf (USA), Alinka Echeverría (Mexico/UK), Weronika Gęsicka (Poland), Wang Juyan (China), Thomas Kuijpers (The Netherlands), Quentin Lacombe (France), Clément Lambelet (Switzerland), Namsa Leuba (Switzerland/Guinea), Erik Madigan Heck (USA), Alix Marie (France), Martin Errichiello & Filippo Menichetti (Italy), Wang Nan (China), Kai Oh (South Korea), Viacheslav Poliakov (Ukraine), Ben Schonberger (USA), Sadegh Souri (Iran), Harit Srikhao (Thailand) and Vasantha Yogananthan (France).

BAROMETER
The submissions constitute a cross section of the various ways in which contemporary photographers approach the ever-evolving photographic medium and reveal a series of growing trends and tendencies. Many of the featured artists express socio-political concerns in their work. Hari Srikhao comments on the divine status of the monarchy in his homeland Thailand, while Thomas Kuipers researches how online imagery feeds a collective fear of terrorism.

From the series Mt Meru © Harit Shikhao

From the series Mt Meru © Harit Shikhao

Questions of identity and representation remain important themes for a new generation of photographers. This becomes apparent in the vulnerable and at times grotesque visualization of the body by Alix Marie. As well as in the radiant studio portraits of Namsa Leuba, who draws on her Guinese origin. 

This year a striking number of long term projects were included, that acquired greater depth of meaning over time. Vasantha Yogananthan travelled the length of India, tracing the footsteps of the Hindu deity Rama. The monumental Chinese landscapes by Wang Juyan are constructed from aerial photographs he made over the course of several years.

Sermon YT © Thomas Kuijpers

Sermon YT © Thomas Kuijpers

Equally striking is that today’s emerging photographers embrace a wide range of media in their practice, and rarely confine themselves to the camera alone. Examples are the extensive car wreck installations of David de Beyter and the photo sculptures by Mark Dorf. Through a myriad of subjects and techniques, this new generation of inspiring photographers reflects on the nature, history and development of the photographic medium.

PREMIÈRE AND INTERNATIONAL TOUR
In recent years the Foam Talent exhibition, based on the annual Foam Magazine Talent Issue, travelled internationally to cities such as Paris, Brussels, New York and London. This year, the work of the selected photographers will tour again, starting with an exhibition at Foam.

OFFICIAL OPENING: From 1 September, the first Foam Talent exhibition will be on view at the museum in Amsterdam, running until 12 November 2017.

 

CREDIT INFORMATION |  ©Harit Shikhao + ©Thomas Kuijpers

www.foam.org

 

Belmond Governor´s Residence


Belmond Governor´s Residence


 

 

BELMOND GOVERNOR´S RESIDENCE
Yangon
*contemporary culture


august 2017
written ALBAN E. SMAJLI
 

The Victorian luxury hotel Belmond Governor‘s Residence is located in the Embassy Quarter of Yangon and has the reputation of being the city‘s most charming hotel. The elegant two-story teak mansion from the 1920s has served as the official home of the governors of the British Crown Colony of Burma. 

 

 
Belmond Governors Residence Yangon LE MILE Magazine

Photographer ZAW MIN YU

 

Late in the noon, we arrive at the hotel and are offered refreshing local tea. Before we are taken to our room, we were welcomed with powerful chimes by an antique gong of bronze, whose voluminous sound rings through the entire terrain and serves as a signaling instrument to let all guests know about our arrival. The Residence is beautifully laid out, with rambling gardens and a pool that gives you the impression of entering an architectural island that seems to rest in the bygone era of colonial Burma. Eventhough the luxury hotel is situated in the heart of a metropole, all you experience is a sigh of decompression walking through the Residence, with the peaceful sound of peacocks and cicadas and the unique scent of the tropic. With its 49 spacious rooms, the residence gives an exclusive feeling and airs an absolute relaxation for the mind and the soul. A letter in the room welcomes us with the aim to „hark back to the elegance and simplicity of an earlier time.“ Our room is beautifully presented with wooden floor and hand-carved comfortable furniture. 

The luxury hotel is built in a great colonial-style with a plenty of green areas that house many tropical trees and flowers. In the morning, we enjoy the generous buffet of traditional treats, including fresh juices, curries, pastries, fruits or local noodle and fish soups.
The breakfast is being served in the main building of the Governor‘s Residence and includes fan-cooled verandahs. The pool and its sunlougers literally is the best option to cool off from the tropical temperatures during our trips in the busy streets of Yangon. The city is often portrayed as a metropole of crumbling colonial buildings that makes way for bulldozers to build up shiny and new developments. But the people rather favour conservation than absolute transformation.
Yangon‘s remarkable collection of colonial-era buildings is sorely in need of restoration to save a significant document of history. The Governor‘s Residence demonstrates the best, how conservation of architectural heritage can benefit local communities and improve one city‘s reputation. And a tranquil way to end the day at the Residence is the downstairs Mandalay Restaurant, where we either sat inside or rather prefered the cosy verandah, overlooking the swimming pool and observing the lotus ponds reflecting in the water and being broken by the waters movement. Like a moving and colorful still life painting, we will always remember this unique and burmese experience and have it always in our minds.

We’re glad we were there and... Belmond Governor‘s Residence, thanks for sleeping with us, too. 

Belmond Governors Residence Yangon LE MILE Magazine - LE MILE Studios

Photographer EX PANSEA

CREDIT INFORMATION | © BELMOND GOVERNOR´S RESIDENCE YANGON
Photographers: Ex Pansea + ZAW MIN YU
www.belmond.com

 

Irving Penn MET NYC


Irving Penn MET NYC


 

 

IRVING PENN
Earthly Bodies


august 2017

written ANDREAS HÜBNER

When asked to reveal the secrets of his portrait and studio works, Irving Penn, reckoned master of modernist photography, once responded: “I try to find a person at a very serene, true, and fairly restful moment.” 

 
Irving Penn MET NYC LE MILE Magazine published by Alban E. Smajli Picasso Portrait

Penn’s intensions, of course, were by no means altruistic. He acknowledged the ambiguous configurati- on between photographer and model, hoping to tip the balance towards his ends to overcome the particularity of the instant and the individual. Penn was determined to get past the public façade of sheer visuality, and he was fully aware of the cruelty of the photographic process that eventually deconstructed the very persona he meant to capture. For him, who the model was as
a real person was of no importance. The model was to be turned into a symbol. Indeed, any individualism had to be obscured, an anonymous, unreal quality was to be projected on the model. “As a photographer,” he frankly confessed, “the realism of the real world is something almost unbearable to me.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York now showcases a major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn to celebrate the centennial of the artist’s birth. Co-curated by Maria Morris Hambourg and Jeff L. Rosenheim, the exhibition provides a most compre- hensive perspective that starts with Penn’s early photographs of couture and then takes off to map his aesthetic development, following the overall geography of the oeuvre, so that the structure of the work, its internal coherence, stays intact and remains visible
to the audience. The retrospective includes examples of Penn’s early work in New York City, the American South, and Mexico, features his fashion and style icons 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, stages various classic photographs of Lisa Fonssagrives- Penn, and portraits of Truman Capote, Joe Louis, Picasso and others. Even more so, the Met has decided to embrace the infamous cigarette still lifes, and the travel accounts from Benin, New Guinea, and Morocco, opening Penn’s full range of artistic complexities to the audience. The exhibition will be displayed at the Met until July 30, 2017, will next travel to Paris and subsequently to Berlin and São Paulo. Irving Penn’s career was one of extraor- dinary longevity and comprehensiveness, spanning over more than seventy years, encompassing photography, painting, and drawing alike. 

Irving Penn MET NYC LE MILE Magazine published by Alban E. Smajli

Most famously recognized as a fashion photographer, Penn never restricted himself to a certain genre and ventured way beyond the limits of studio photography into the wilderness of still life, travel and documentary photography. Defining himself in the most uncomplicated mode as someone providing a useful service to industry, Penn, nonetheless, devoted a lifetime to explore the idiom of fashion and to resist forms of visual commodification in fashion photography. 

Born in 1917 in Plainfield, New Jersey, to a Russian Jewish immigrant family, Penn attended Olney High School in Philadelphia and afterwards joined the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Arts, now the University of the Arts. Here, while studying design from 1934 to 1938, Penn was mentored by Alexey Brodovitch, the renowned art director of Harper’s Bazaar. Brodovitch introduced him to drawing, painting, graphics, and industrial arts. 
Still a student, Penn began working for Harper’s Bazaar under the auspices of Brodovitch who employed him as an assistant on private assignments and helped him secure a position at New York’s famed department store Saks on 5th Avenue. In 1941, Penn left for Mexico to paint, traveling in South and Latin America, taking photographs along the way. After a time, he realized that he would only make a mediocre painter and returned to take a job assisting Vogue’s new art director, Alexander Liberman, in New York City. Liberman was to be credited with Penn’s personal metamorphosis into a professional fashion photographer, urging him to produce a cover for Vogue in 1943. Indeed, Penn later recalled: “So the first color photograph I ever made became a Vogue cover.” Penn’s relationship with Liberman and Vogue was to last for six decades and, freed from any financial worries, allowed him to explore the genre of photography to its full extend. In a very unique sense, that exploration also meant to reconsider the balance between subject matters and photographic materials. Penn experimented with the use of platinum, palladium and iridium metals to produce the final images and he developed new darkroom techniques that relied on processes of overexposition and bleaching of prints. Most excellently, he employed his technical and material expertise in a series of nudes, made in between 1949 and 1950, that encapsulated an alternative vision of feminity. Overexposing each print to the state of absolute blackness first, he then bleached the images, eliminated the excess chemistry and brought out the subjects again. Penn did to the material what the models had done to their bodies. He stretched physical limits, transforming a group of couture, art-school mannequins into maternal, unglamorous, yet human figures. Solely out of portraiture, Irving Penn had succeeded to produce “earthly bodies”, bodies that seemed rather bearable to him.

 

CREDIT INFORMATION | Repros from LE MILE Magazine, issue 23, p.13+15 | LE MILE STUDIOS

www.metmuseum.org

 

LE MILE Selected: European Furniture Design


LE MILE Selected: European Furniture Design


 

 

LE MILE SELECTED
European Furniture Design


july 2017

written MICHELLE HEATH

As the birthplace of various design movements, Europe has been a leader in design for many years. This also means that it is a very competitive industry with newcomers entering the field on a seemingly daily basis. From a vast array of talented designers, Le Mile has selected seven current designers that are delivering incredibly thoughtful and aesthetic designs to this ever-evolving industry.

Heavily influenced by Bauhaus design principles while providing contemporary interpretations, New Tendency design studio creates minimalist pieces without sacrificing function. The Meta side table exemplifies the Bauhaus appreciation of strength and simplicity with its powder coated steel construction and simple geometric forms. With a modern twist the two-dimensional forms used in the design combine together to create a dynamic three-dimensional piece. The table’s silhouette alters from slender profiles and thin lines to robust forms depending on the angle the piece is viewed from. Using rigid, geometric forms, New Tendency has imbued this object with movement and intrigue. VIPP is an incredible example of a familyrun business that has grown and evolved with time, and has had tremendous success while remaining true to its core identity. VIPP began in 1939 by Holder Nielsen with the design of rubbish bins. At a time when being a designer was not considered an occupation in Germany, Nielsen believed in the necessity of designing objects that functioned while also appearing visually appealing.

NEW TENDENCY Meta Side Table, Powder coated steel, 350 × 280 × 580 mm, Germany

NEW TENDENCY
Meta Side Table, Powder coated steel,
350 × 280 × 580 mm, Germany

Following his death, Nielson’s daughter and grandchildren took over the business, increased the production capabilities and expanded the company’s portfolio to include kitchen millwork and other various kitchen accessories. The VIPP922 shelf maintains a simple, streamlined form with the inclusion of thoughtful elements such as the thumbscrews for a clean installation and a silicone base that serves a very practical purpose but has been expertly incorporated into the shelf’s construction. VIPP922 is a prime example of detailed engineering and sleek design. Despite having already obtained a place in the MoMA’s permanent collection, VIPP continues to transform and build on its already incredible legacy. Tatkraft was created when founder, Süleyman Mazanli was unable to find a bed design that suited his needs and taste. With a firm belief that ‘simplicity is poetry’, Mazanli used that to design and construct his own bed. The ION bed is a simple, skeletal frame, which evokes a sense of weightlessness despite its robust steel construction. Each ION bed is handmade and can be ordered with either a black-/white-painted or uncoated finish, allowing the steel to transform in response to its environment and gradual use. Tatkraft also believes in giving back, by working to fight deforestation that plagues much of our globe. 

A designer who believes in bringing good design to people and in helping decrease our impact on the planet, Tatkraft proves that good design can be not only simple and strong, but also affordable  and conscious. Based in Hamburg, Olga Bielawska, uses simple geometric forms to create pieces that play with depth and space. This results in work that is dynamic and at times seemingly gravity-defying. 

Bielawska’s Circle Meets Square table is as the name suggests, composed of the two geometric shapes but crafted out of wood and steel. The result is a table, delicate and thin in profile that provides limited evidence of how the surface connects with the base. However, this delicately proportioned piece is capable of being stacked and is clearly much stronger than it appears. Bielawska’s work takes simple forms and combines them in intriguing and insightful ways.

Poland’s 366 Concept along with the support and help of the family of designer have reissued the 366 Chair. This piece was first created by Józef Chierowski Chierowski in 1962 and became widely successful throughout the country. The chair’s compact size – measuring only 72 centimetres high and 62 centimeters wide - fit well with the small apartments of financially modest Polish citizens. The 366 Chair was capable of being mass-produced without sacrificing comfort or style. With the renewed appreciation for Mid Century Design and the increasing popularity of micro apartments and other smaller homes, 366 Concept anticipates that the 366 Chair will reach a much broader audience this time around. Rooted in the ideals of Scandinavian design, Muuto creates opportunities for talented designers to work with their team to bring timeless designs to a greater audience. The name Muuto stems from the Finnish word muutos meaning ‘new perspective,’ and it is designers that embody this meaning that Muuto seeks to work with. The Fiber Armchair exemplifies this collaboration tremendously. Designed by Iskos-Berlin, the Fiber Armchair seat is constructed of a biocomposite material that consists of 25% wood fibers, rendering the chair completely recyclable. The form of the seat has a fine texture as a result of the wood fibers and is sculptural but doesn’t sacrifice comfort. The outcome of this collaboration is a chair that is aesthetically pleasing while still functional and environmentally responsible, a truly successful new perspective on Scandinavian design.

What first began as a glass wares company in the Finnish town of Iittala in 1881, has now become a major source of incredible designs that transpired from working with some of the most talented designers of the past and present. Iittala, named after the town, transformed in the 1930s and 1940s to address the need for beautiful, quality design that was accessible for people of all walks of life. Iittala has since ventured into the design of many more pieces including lighting. 

The Leimu Light designed by Magnus Pettersen is one example of Iittala’s dedication to quality, versatile design. The Leimu light has the perfect combination of cool, robust concrete and warm, delicate glass. The result is a lamp that stands with its own presence but does not overshadow. The two materials work together to create a design that is both effortless and timeless. Despite the different stories of each of the designers and the scales they work in, it is apparent that each has the same ultimate goal, to provide a wider audience with access to quality design. Each of the pieces created by these designers is crafted to the highest degree of standards with simplicity of form that allows them to adapt to any lifestyle, taste or era. It is with this versatility that these designs are capable of lasting a lifetime.

 

CREDIT INFORMATION
Photos and Collage Art: LE MILE STUDIOS

www.lemilestudios.com

 

Vladimir Karaleev S+S18


Vladimir Karaleev S+S18


 

 

VLADIMIR KARALEEV
S+S 2018

written Annika Hatje


july 2017
 

Vladimir Karaleev has been showing his collection SS18 in connection to the Berlin Fashion Week 2017, presenting an extraordinary show of interesting, well curated clothes. Exciting cut-outs, intriguing shapes and a fine selection of fabrics triggering a kind of curiosity that evolves over the whole time, the show was on.  

 
Vladimir Karaleev  S+S18
 

We see flawless layering, a variety of fabrics and textures that range from soft to coarse, infolding the body and waving smoothly within the movement’s rhythm. Fascinating is the lightness that each piece would have. One can see how much effort and knowledge has gone into this collection. Time and experience play a crucial rule: We still see Vladimir’s DNA, his characteristic seam and the color palette, but what surprised this season, was an interesting new way of how the collection was styled and an excellent minimalistic approach towards pieces that definitely had an alluring as well as a seductive character to it; It gained strength and charm, appealing to the viewers eye – it surprised and lightened up the room which in its raw condition, provided a very appropriate stage to have the clothes to be shown. 

 

Collection Vladimir Karaleev S+S 18
Shown Kaufhaus Jandorf, Berlin
Photos Stefan Kraul

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