In the turquoise blue… of Venice

In the turquoise blue… of Venice, Johan Creten’s ‘La Laguna’ illustrates the passage of time. Submerged in translucent wax, a bronze Venus reveals herself as the candle burns… as the hours pass. Aesthetes and explorers of all stripes can purchase ‘La Laguna’, a limited-edition work of art created for Diptyque’s Le Grand Tour to mark the Maison’s 60th birthday.

Curious, open, sensitive to the beauty and cultures of the whole world: such were Desmond Knox-Leet, Yves Coueslant and Christiane Montadre, the three amateur aesthetes at the origin of diptych. Perpetuating the philosophy of the founding trio, diptych’s view of the world has continued to be enriched by multiple collaborations. In 2021, for its sixty years, the House demonstrates this by inviting five internationally renowned artists to imagine an original creation as part of the Grand Tour, the penultimate part of this extraordinary year. A journey in 5 stopovers, 5 artists and 5 exclusive editions to discover from September 2021 in an exhibition in Paris and pop-ups around the world. Art and diptych are definitely linked.

From different cultures, disciplines and sensibilities, the artists on the Grand Tour map share a common interest in the other and what surrounds them. Their techniques and practices are plural, just like the destinations they have been invited to sublimate. How do they perceive them? And according to what contours? The answer in five artistic proposals to perfumes from elsewhere.

One of the artist is one of the greatest contemporary sculptors, a pioneer in his innovative use of ceramics and the first artist of Belgian origin to have had the honors of the Louvre Museum, in 2005: Johan Creten. The choice to entrust him with Venice, a city appreciated and often visited by the founders of diptych, was obvious. Also famous for his large allegorical bronzes, the artist based in Paris is a lover of nature, the art of perfume and Venetian bronzes, which he collects with passion. “Venice is the city of all fantasies, a mirage, a ghost, a mermaid, a city of brutal and vivid beauty, decadent and delusional. It is a territory of crossroads, multiple artistic influences but also the reality of a dense and complex economic world, of dynamism and decline”.

For diptych, he imagined a bronze sculpture, La Laguna, immersed in a candle 4 wicks of 1.5 kg in blue tinted glass, whose wax of a translucent green blue, reminiscent of the menacing Venetian waters of the acqua alta recently become clear, reveals the female icon. By burning, the candle with the perfume worked by Cécile Matton evoking the freshness of a vegetable garden with accentuated marine notes, releases the sculpture.

To the initial idea of the Venice vegetable garden, the artist wanted to add “the smell of the sea, the note of iodine, a light, indefinable, fresh smell like the wind that floats above the water when you pass ‘Torcello’ in ‘vaporetto’ and smell the kitchen and gardens. Seeming gradually to emerge from the waters, La Laguna symbolizes for the artist ‘the passage of time, the fragility of this ecosystem, the mystery’. A candle ‘memento mori par excellence’ that leaves, once used, the vivid trace of its passage via a limited edition printed in 24 copies to keep for a long time, a small object with an independent ‘life’, which makes you dream and calls out”.

Diptique’s La Laguna is available in 24 numbered editions at their website. Come into the beautiful world of Diptyque.

Christian Dior Designer of Dreams

Photos © Here and Now Agency

At French Maison Christian Dior, art meets fashion for the finest causes. Take an immersive tour through the ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ exhibition running at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, until February 20, 2022. This marks the fifth international stop for the landmark retrospective, with its original record-breaking iteration in Paris.

Curated by Florance Müller in collaboration with Matthew Yokobosky, the museum’s Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture, the exhibition explores the whole history of the House, and the story of the founding couturier himself, from the revolutionary New Look collection of 1947 through the work of each of his successors up to Maria Grazia Chiuri today.

Divided into thematic sections such as gardens, Versailles, color and the ateliers, it also focuses on the influence exerted by the United States and especially New York, to which Monsieur Dior sailed several months after his debut, and where he would establish a subsidiary the following year.

Come and discover this unique place if you’re around. ​Come into the beautiful world of Christian Dior. ​

Discover the new Miss Dior pop-up store and the ‘As Seen By’ exhibition in Japan

In Tokyo, the exclusive ‘As Seen By’ exhibition recently opened its doors to feature artwork and creations inspired from French Maison Christian Dior’s iconic Miss Dior fragrance.

Visitors can also discover a unique Miss Dior pop-up store, for a complete immersion in the floral universe of the new Miss Dior Eau de Parfum. Alongside a limited make-up line, the haute-couture ‘Millefiori’ dress, created by Maria Grazia Chiuri, and worn by Natalie Portman in the new Miss Dior film campaign, is also displayed in the store.

Come and discover this unique place if you’re around. ​Come into the beautiful world of Christian Dior. ​

A new Cartier photographic exhibition at Saatchi Gallery celebrates the Maison’s most enduring icons

London’s Saatchi Gallery is currently showcasing a photographic exhibition on French Maison Cartier’s world-renowned creations across watches and jewelry. Entitled, ‘Studio 7 by Cartier’, the maison’s story is told through seven of its most iconic pieces, such as the Santos, Tank, Panthère, Trinity, Love, Juste Un Clou, and Ballon Bleu. For the very first time, an incredible show of Cartier stories are told through a photographic journey, from the past to the present. Located on the ground floor of the Saatchi Gallery, the exhibition runs across four galleries.

The Santos watch. The Love bracelet. The Trinity ring. You don’t need to be a watch or jewellery aficionado to recognise these monikers as distinctly Cartier. 

A new photographic exhibition at Saatchi Gallery celebrates seven of the Maison’s most recognisable icons, including the Santos, Ballon Bleu and Panthère de Cartier watches, as well as the seminal Love bracelet, designed by Aldo Cipullo in 1969, now available in white, yellow or rose gold with or without diamonds. In 2016, it was the most Googled piece of jewellery in the world and remains a mainstay of modern bracelet stacks. In 1971 Cipullo also designed the Juste Un Clou bracelet in – a nail that wraps elegantly around the wrist, to capture the era’s rebellious spirit and unabashed glamour.

The show, coined ‘Studio 7’, spread across four rooms, is meant to highlight the enduring appeal of these creations by showcasing them on celebrities, friends of the brand and clients over the years. The first gallery is called ‘Legends’ and aptly showcases a portrait of figures, such as Andy Warhol, who is seen wearing his Tank watch. Further on and you can find Tina Turner and her Love bracelet, Jean Cocteau with his Trinity ring, along with Jacqueline Bisset, Catherine Deneuve, Alan Delon and Grace Kelly – to name just a few.

In the next space, entitled ‘Inspiration’, Cartier shows a new dimension to portraiture by highlighting modern photographers, such as Mary McCartney, who has captured the likes of actress Vanessa Kirby, who is seen wearing her Juste Un Clou bracelet, along with Stephen Jones, Emma Corrin and boxer Ramla Ali, to name a few. Photos are projected on a floor-to-ceiling screen for a dramatically immersive experience.

For the ‘Studio’ portion, users are invited into a custom photography space where they can be photographed sharing their own Cartier story. Lastly, ‘Encounters’ select portraits from the ‘Studio’ space which are displayed in a mosaic of digital screens. These photographs are also available for visitors to print for a truly memorable experience.

The exhibition delves into the Cartier archives, showcasing early sketches and models, including a 1916 Santos wristwatch. The square-cased style was originally designed in 1904 for aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, before later launching in 1978 as an instant bestseller. Most famously, it was worn by power dressing financier Gordon Gekko in the 1987 film ‘Wall Street’.

Cartier has always been ahead of the curve in creating luxurious, modern pieces that can be worn every day. While designs have been subtly tinkered with over the years – the Juste Un Clou was redesigned in 2012, while the Panthère de Cartier was relaunched for women in 2017 – each one remains a lasting talisman, restyled by a new generation. This new exhibition is the perfect way to experience that first hand.

‘Studio 7 by Cartier’ is a free exhibition which runs from Friday 23rd July to Sunday 8th August 2021 at Saatchi Gallery in London. To reserve tickets, follow the link here. Come into the beautiful world of Saatchi Gallery.

Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York’s HQ,
King’s Rd,
London SW3 4RY,
United Kingdom

Loewe and Sotheby’s for Loewe Weaves project

Spanish luxury house Loewe has teamed with Sotheby’s auction house to showcase its commitment to craft through the Loewe Weaves project. The objects presented include artisan-embellished Galician chestnut roasters, bags and accessories for a unique collection that resonates with artisanal craftsmanship.

“Craft is one of my main interests: one that I’ve made central to Loewe’s identity,” says Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of the Spanish luxury house. Each project at Loewe is a way to explore a different aspect of craft. LOEWE Weaves explores the art of weaving, which can be employed as decoration or to build a structure. The main protagonist in the collection is a traditional handmade clay Chestnut roaster pot from Galicia. The holes punched – originally to allow the chestnuts to roast – have been re-appropriated by artists who experiment with different weaving techniques.

From May 1-12, Sotheby’s is exhibiting a selection of handmade pots created by master potter Antonio Pereira and reinterpreted by three artists: Arko (Japan), Min Chen (China) and Laia Arqueros (Spain). The works will enjoy an exceptional showcase in conjunction with Sotheby’s auctions of 20th and 21st century art. Loewe Weaves pieces will be sold at a fixed price on Sotheby’s Buy Now online marketplace from May 1. Loewe becomes the first major luxury fashion house to consign with the platform.

Each handmade pot becomes a canvas for international artists to explore a range of experimental weaving techniques, resulting in a collection that twists the functionality of these objects and gives the discarded materials new life.

Loewe also invited Spanish artisans Idoia Cuesta and Belen Martinez, as well as artisans from Loewe’s own ateliers, to experiment with over 80 chestnut roasters, giving free rein to their imaginations. Faithful to the myriad expressions of the art of weaving the artisans twisted and turned the function of the objects. The holes in the traditional roasters are braided or passed through with ribbons, leather strings, wool threads, straw or feathers, taking on new life. Some artists chose to glaze or paint the surface, while others left the clay untouched.

Each piece recounts a singular story, rewiring the initial function by playfully welcoming abstraction. Many of the materials that embellish the Loewe Weaves roasters are surplus from past Loewe collections. Reuse of excess materials to give them a new and vibrant life perfectly embodies the ethos of the Maison as summed up by Jonathan Anderson: “Authentic craft, for me, is sustainable.”

Loewe Weaves includes a collection of revisited iconic bags and accessories. Available from May 27 at loewe.com and selected stores, the Balloon bag is animated with a garland of flowers crafted from leather offcuts, while the Elephant bag is featured in woven raffia. “Across this whole project, I hope that what comes through is the liveliness and expansiveness of contemporary craft, as well as its playfulness. I am proud we have created singular objects that rewire function through decoration, and the other way round,” concludes Jonathan Anderson.

The main protagonist of Loewe Weaves is the chestnut roaster from Galicia: a series of handmade clay pots crafted by master potter Antonio Pereira (above).

In collaboration with Sotheby’s, selected chestnut roasters will be on display at the auction house’s New York galleries from 1– 12 May, and seven pieces will be available to purchase on the Sotheby’s Buy Now online marketplace.

The chestnut roasters are available in selected Loewe stores worldwide from 27 May. Come into the beautiful world of Loewe.

Espace Louis Vuitton Beijng; Alberto Giacometti

The Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing presents an exhibition dedicated to selected works by Alberto Giacometti from the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Collection.

Born in Switzerland in 1901, Alberto Giacometti moved to Paris in 1922 where he stayed until his death in 1966. Despite the almost instant recognition of his work, Giacometti quickly turned away from the surreal objects that brought him recognition in the 1920s, to focus on the model. As the bodies he sculpted became thinner, and with a sense of lingering failure over his inability to reproduce his models as he perceived them, he achieved extreme simplification of the forms, reducing them to the essential lines of their precarious existence.

Grande Femme II
Femme de Venise III
Buste d’Homme Assis

This exclusive display gathers eight key masterpieces of Giacometti’s oeuvre, that belong to the Collection: Tête sur tige [Head on a rod] (1947), Trois hommes qui marchent [Three men walking] (1948), Homme qui chavire [Man who capsizes] (1950), Femme de Venise III [Woman of Venice III] (1956), Grande Femme II [Tall Woman II] (1960) and Têtes d’homme [Heads of a man] (Lotar I), (Lotar II) and (Lotar III) (1964-65). These selected works pay tribute to the virtuosity of this iconic Swiss artist. Photo credits: Fondation Louis Vuitton/Marc Domage.

Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing
China World Shopping Mall South Zone W. Bldg.
1 Jianguomenwai Ave. 
Beijing, China
Open from April 4th – September 26th, 2021

Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.

MSCHF Releases World’s Most Expensive Axe Body Spray

MSCHF, a company that runs on ‘structured chaos’ is going viral and selling out products in minutes, from Jesus shoes to toaster-shaped bath bombs. Their latest offering takes two iconic scents from different ends of the spectrum for one unique fragrance. No. 5 Axe blends Chanel No.5 with Axe body spray.

Picture Chanel No. 5 in your mind’s eye and you may see a certain golden color, perhaps conjured alongside generic images of Marion Cotillard or Brad Pitt. But think of Axe and you feel that acrid burn in the deepest recesses of your sinuses; you remember vividly the sun slanting through a high window to cast striped shadows through the half-open metal door of a school locker. You can taste it floating on the air–that brutal tactless scent–struggling valiantly to mask its wearer’s particular pubescent musk and failing, ever failing, creating a nasal cocktail of unrivaled pungency.

Ordinarily, pouring an Axe perfume inside an iconic Chanel No.5 flacon would be a cruel prank but Brooklyn Based creative label MSCHF converts pranks into pennies by doing just that. There is a skinny line between creativity and travesty which is effortlessly unseen by MSCHF, and we have a new perfume that marries the two ends of the social spectrum- Axe and Chanel No.5 perfumes.

The Chanel x Axe ‘collaboration’ is the latest gag from MSCHF, the same label that annihilated $122,500 worth of genuine Hermès Birkin bags to create Birkenstock sandals. They’ve taken the commonplace Axe Body Spray and poured it into the iconic Chanel No.5 flacons, revealing a bright green, coolant-colored, liquid perfume, and were kind enough to slap on a new label. MSCHF stated, ‘Iconic’ is in no way synonymous with ‘good,’ and in the fragrance world, Axe deserves the label as much as Chanel. At the end of the day, where icons are concerned, there is no good or bad; It is merely visible and invisible.

We’re guessing it’s the latter recollection of high school that many will most likely associate this with. Priced at a staggering $400 USD, the lime-green iconic bottle of liquid gold sold out in just 20 minutes, which marks MSCHF’s 41st successful drop.

Come into the beautiful world of MSCHF.

Amour de Paris by Frank E. Hollywood

Dutch artist Frank E. Hollywood always knows how to suprise. Based in Amsterdam His works explore the tensions between the past, present and future. Not interested in simply reimagining the past, Frank draws on a collective visual memory of the past, to present us with something truly new and exceptional. Not limited to one specific medium or technique, his body of works range from oil paintings to marble sculptures.

Frank E. Hollywood’s art shows a tension between the future and the past. He does not create a romanticised picture of the past. On the contrary, he draws from the collective visual history to create a truly modern image. Frank’s work shows his future ideas about art. Nostalgic images are recycled, creating something modern and unique.

Stone carving is still considered very traditional by many viewers. They see and recognise the craft and the material before they are able to see the object itself. Frank E. Hollywood’s sculptures are undoubtedly recognisable figurative. By using iconic objects as inspiration, which are carved into stone to tell new stories, he aims to blur the lines between past, present and future.

‘Amour de Paris’ is available in two versions, in Italian white Carrara Marble and black Nero Marquina Marble, each version comes in an edition of 25 unique pieces. Measurements: 31 x 20 x 10 cm.

Frank is originally from Amsterdam and has permanent representation from art galleries in Amsterdam and Barcelona. Frank has exhibited throughout Europe in major leading galleries and has shown in many prestigious art fairs.

Frank E. Hollywood is represented by: Samuel Owen Gallery (USA), Villa Del Arte (Amsterdam), Reload Gallery (UK), The Boutique Gallery (Belgium), and Gallery Wolfsen (Denmark). Come into the amazing world of Frank E. Hollywood.

Spanish fashion house meets Japanese artist Tomoko Kawao

Tomoko Kawao is a modern pioneer in the art of calligraphy, known for original works such as the Hitomoji series where she incorporates herself into the bold lettering. To mark Japan’s Kakizome tradition of writing new year’s resolutions in calligraphy, Tomoko has applied her iconic brushwork to the Loewe Anagram.

The final piece, which extends to over five meters, features a simple idiom ‘Un-Gai-So-Ten’ (Cloud / Outside / Blue / Sky) meaning: “A day will come when we see a clear sky again”. The piece will be exhibited at the Matsuya Ginza New Year pop-up from 6 January.

自身が文字の一部となるHitomojiシリーズをはじめ、書の可能性を追求し続ける書家、川尾朋子。本映像では、新しい年の幕開けにロエベの象徴であるアナグラムを力強く筆で描きます。アナグラムとともに未来への希望を込めた「雲外蒼天」の4文字が描かれた5メートルにおよぶ作品は、1月6日(水)から開催される松屋銀座のポップアップイベントにて展示されます。

Come into the beautiful world of Loewe.

His ‘Marble’ Airness

Born in 1980, in Utrecht, Dutch artist Frank E. Hollywood always knows how to suprise. Based in Amsterdam His works explore the tensions between the past, present and future. Not interested in simply reimagining the past, Frank draws on a collective visual memory of the past, to present us with something truly new and exceptional. Not limited to one specific medium or technique, his body of works range from oil paintings to marble sculptures.

Frank E. Hollywood’s art shows a tension between the future and the past. He does not create a romanticised picture of the past. On the contrary, he draws from the collective visual history to create a truly modern image. Frank’s work shows his future ideas about art. Nostalgic images are recycled, creating something modern and unique.

Stone carving is still considered very traditional by many viewers. They see and recognise the craft and the material before they are able to see the object itself. Frank E. Hollywood’s sculptures are undoubtedly recognisable figurative. By using iconic objects as inspiration, which are carved into stone to tell new stories, he aims to blur the lines between past, present and future.

‘His Airness’ is available in two versions, in Italian white Carrara Marble and black Nero Marquina Marble, each version comes in an edition of 25 unique pieces. Measurements: 27 x 11 x 16 cm.

Frank is originally from Amsterdam and has permanent representation from art galleries in Amsterdam and Barcelona. Frank has exhibited throughout Europe in major leading galleries and has shown in many prestigious art fairs.

Frank E. Hollywood is represented by: Samuel Owen Gallery (USA), Villa Del Arte (Amsterdam), Reload Gallery (UK), The Boutique Gallery (Belgium), and Gallery Wolfsen (Denmark). Come into the amazing world of Frank E. Hollywood.