Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Latest from Italian Furniture Maker Driade


from top: Rikka easy chair by Maurizio Galante / Sereno coffee table by Fredrikson Stallard / Megara sofa by Gordon Guillaumier
[all photos courtesy of Driade]

Since Driade's launch of a New York branch in 2013, the Iconic Italian furnishings brand has been on a mission to expand its presence stateside. As of last week, Miami showroom Anima Domus helped to pave the way by launching a partnership with Driade and serving as the line's exclusive South Florida retailer.

Of course, it wouldn't be a launch without a party, and in addition to mingling with Driade designer Gordon Guillaumier and Italy's consul general, party-goers had a chance to check out Driade's latest collection. Pieces on display included the hand-woven Rikka armchair, the modern-classic Serrano coffee table and Guillaumier's sleek Megara sofa (all above), but you can see more from the playful collection below...

Monday, February 23, 2015

'New Couture by Iris van Herpen' at Design Museum Holon

New Couture by Iris van Herpen at Design Museum Holon
New Couture by Iris van Herpen at Design Museum Holon
New Couture by Iris van Herpen at Design Museum Holon
all photos by Sharon Derhy, © Iris van Herpen & Groninger Museum [via Design Museum Holon]

Out of town visitors are the perfect excuse to play tourist in your own city, and thanks to my parents' Tel Aviv stay last week, I finally made my way to the Holon Design Museum. The museum itself was surprisingly small but well worth the trip to catch New Couture by Iris van Herpen, an extensive solo exhibit of the Dutch fashion designer's work.

Having trained under Alexander McQueen, Van Herpen certainly shares the Brit's flair for the dramatic, with sculptural garments that serve more as fine art than functional fashion. Heavily influenced by 3D printing technology, Van Herpen combines traditional craftsmanship with innovative techniques and incorporates such unconventional materials as synthetic boat rigging and umbrella whale bones. The results are at once futuristic and organic, highly unwearable and totally covetable.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

'Midnight Modern' by Tom Blachford Debuts at Palm Springs Modernism Week

Midnight Modern architecture photography by Tom Blachford at Palm Spring Modernism Week
Midnight Modern architecture photography by Tom Blachford at Palm Spring Modernism Week
Midnight Modern architecture photography by Tom Blachford at Palm Spring Modernism Week
all photos by Tom Blachford

Set against the backdrop of Palm Springs Modernism Week, Australian photographer Tom Blachford is presenting Midnight Modern this Friday, a moody series shot over three separate trips to the California desert town. While the 10th annual Modernism Week celebrates Palm Springs' bevy of midcentury architectural gems by day, Blachford's images explore the relationship between the forms of the houses, the surrounding mountains and the moonlight.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Livestreaming from New York Fashion Week


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has taken over New York (as if you didn't already know!), and I'm streaming the Fall/Winter 2015 shows right here on The Well-Appointed Catwalk for fashion fans near and far. So, grab some popcorn and a comfy seat, and watch it all go down live at Lincoln Center.

*Rebroadcasts play between live shows.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Garage Magazine Issue No. 8:
CGI Covers featuring Joan, Cara, Lara, Kendall & Binx

[images courtesy of Garage Magazine]

Garage Magazine Issue No. 8 hits newsstands tomorrow with five distinct covers featuring Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, Joan Smalls, Lara Stone and Binx Walton. But, since the idea of multiple covers is now about as revolutionary as skinny jeans and nail art, a team of creative minds took things way, way further.

Conceptualized by make-up artist Pat McGrath and Garage Fashion Director Charlotte Stockdale, the latest cover images evolve from a simple powder and lipstick beauty shoot into a fully CGI animated and aural narrative shot by Phil Poynter at The Mill Studios. Looking to add a musical component, Garage approached Beats by Dre to help complete the visual transformation, and each cover comes with an exclusive track produced by London's Alex Da Kid.

The creative for the covers have been inspired by iconic Pat McGrath beauty looks and the color ways in the Beats by Dre Royals Color Collection.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Laverstoke Mill by Thomas Heatherwick + 'Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio'

Laverstoke Mill by Thomas Heatherwick + 'Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio'
Laverstoke Mill by Thomas Heatherwick + 'Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio'
Laverstoke Mill by Thomas Heatherwick + 'Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio'
[images courtesy of Bombay Sapphire]

Located on the site of a once-abandoned paper mill, Bombay Sapphire's distillery and visitor center at Laverstoke Mill is the latest project completed by Thomas Heatherwick and his London design studio. The restoration is just one of many projects to be included in Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.

Running at UCLA's Hammer Museum from February 20 through May 24, Provocations will be the first U.S. exhibition of Heatherwick's work. Through prototypes, large-scale models, objects, photographs and video, the exhibit will include Heatherwick's redesign of London's double decker buses, his molded "Spun" chairs, the U.K. Pavillion at the 2010 World Expo and a contemporary art museum created inside a grain silo among others.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Get the Look: Marble & Brass

Last week, I posted 14 glamorous interiors in marble and brass, and I promised you a way to get the look without undertaking a major renovation. Well, here you have it: loads of marble and brass products to adorn both your home and your body in just about every price range. Click on the arrows above to scroll through them all.