Satu Maaranen [Helsinki]
Finnish designer Satu Maaranen competed against nine other designers in the South of France, to be crowned winner of the 2013 Hyères Festival for Fashion and Photography. Her winning collection, entitled Garment Landscape, is a bold display of colour and extreme structured shapes. Inspired by the Land Art movement and 1960s haute couture, Garment Landscape is a collection of contrasts, where nature meets innovative fashion design. Satu's experimental use of colour and dimension, is what makes her sculptural tailoring and distinctive creative vision, a truly winning enterprise.
Natalie Capell [Barcelona]
Since the creation of her first dress at age 14, Natalie Capell has been dedicated to creating exceptional women’s clothing as a means of expression. She returned to her Catalan roots after graduating from Shenkar College of Design in Tel Aviv and established her brand in Barcelona in 2002. The brand embodies gentleness and strength at the same time, comfort and elegance, a reflection of the way of life of today's woman. Along with her studio team, she is dedicated to developing clothes that offer an alternative interpretation of modern femininity. After years of experience and research, gem-like pieces are created, noted for their interplay of transparencies and manual embroidery work. The boutique is an intimate space which hides a workshop round back, reminiscent of turn of the century ateliers in Paris. It is a place hidden in an alley of the old city, whose secret is spread by word of mouth since more than a decade ago…
Dorothee Schumacher [Berlin]
Dorothee Schumacher combines artisan couture with a modern lifestyle, which strongly expressed also in this collection: elegant clothes suitable for everyday met extraordinary detail and high quality materials. To design "favorite pieces" for the most sophisticated wardrobes in the world, is the passionate desire of the designer. And she has succeeded with this collection for sure! All that remains is to wait until the collection will be represented in more than 600 international fashion houses in over 40 countries.
2006, Schumacher was on the costumes for the Hollywood movie The Devil Wears Prada where Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep were equipped accordingly.
Canadian designer Steven Tai is a 2011 graduate of Central Saint Martins. He has worked at companies such as Bless, Viktor & Rolf and Stella McCartney. In 2012 he was invited to Hyeres where he won the prestigious Chloe prize. His work has already been featured in Vogue, Elle, Dazed and Confused and websites including We Are The Market and This is Paper. He draws inspiration from the mundane aspects of daily life that, in large urban cities are frequently overlooked.
BARBARA í GONGINI
A Faroese brand based in Denmark. The aim of the company is to create Nordic clothing based on a conceptual approach to the process, where experiments with forms provide the setting for the visual motive in the design. Barbara í Gongini creates clothing, which is at the leading edge of the trade. Barbara í Gongini furthermore participates very actively in the artistic debate in the Nordic countries. During the work, interdisciplinary co-operation with other artists within music, photography, film, etc, is emphasised and this co-operation nourishes inspiration during the design process itself.
Jean Pierre Braganza
Born in Canada. Having graduated from Central Saint Martins, Jean-Pierre worked with Roland Mouret before setting up his own label. SIGNATURES: “Constructed tailoring." IDEAL CLIENT: “Strong and confident with good taste. She’s not afraid to embrace the dark side of life.”
Alisa Moussaieff [London]
Moussaieff Jewellers Ltd. has two London stores and a shop at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneve in Switzerland. Most customers desire gems worth more than £1 million (US$1.6 million). Moussaieff's clients have included government figures such as Imelda Marcos and Princess Ashraf and Princess Shams of Iran, and celebrities Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Stavros Niarchos, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Joan Collins, Bob Cummings, Shirley MacLaine, George Raft, Peter Sellers, and Frank Sinatra. Moussaieff owns rare stones worth millions of dollars, such as the Moussaieff Blue Diamond, a flawless 6.04 carat stone that Alisa purchased at a 2007 Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong for $7.98 million, setting a world record in price per carat, with a final bid of $1.32 million per carat. The Moussaieff Red Diamond, a trilliant cut, 5.11 carat red diamond purchased in 2001 or 2002, is the world's largest known red diamond.
Otto Jacob [Germany]
At 17 years old Otto Jakob began to teach himself to make jewelry. Inspired by the magic and artistic power of Etruscan, Celtic and Hellenic masterpieces, he learned their complex techniques using treatises by Pliny and Cellini. Between 1977 and 1980 he studied painting with Georg Baselitz. Since 1980 he has devoted himself exclusively to the creation of jewelry. The earliest collectors of his work were important artists and art dealers. The dealer Hans Neuendorf acquired the majority of his early pieces created between 1981 and 1986. Otto Jakob has collectors in Europe and the United States. He exhibits at the Daniel Blau Gallery in Munich, Colnaghi in London and at TEFAF in Maastricht.
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Stanislas de Quercize
The story begins as most fairy tales end with a heaven sent wedding between Estelle Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef. Estelle is the daughter of a precious stone wholesaler and the sister of expert gemmologists. Alfred is the son of a diamond merchant from Amsterdam. The year is 1896, the die is cast, their adventure will be enriched over the year by fidelity, feminity, glamour and excellence. Today, the spirit of the family is alive: creativity and craftsmanship are pillars of the Van Cleef & Arpels soul expressed through the technical mastery with the Mystery Setting or the expertise in the art of transformations.
LALAOUNIS MUSEUM Joanna Lalaounis
"A piece of jewelry carries a message, has a story to tell . . . It is jewelry with a soul". Ilias Lalaounis, a fourth generation jeweler, has become renowned for creating luxurious gold jewelry steeped in history. Lalaounis creations represent a synthesis of past and present, a unique interpretation of ancient civilisation or culture translated into a modern idiom. Influences as diverse as the Neolithic age, Mycenaean art, the Byzantine era, pre-Columbian architecture as well as science and nature, have all inspired the Lalaounis collections.
"Philip Rylands, Peggy Guggenheim Venice
Located on Venice’s Grand Canal, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is one of Europe’s premier museums devoted to modern art. With masterpieces ranging in style from Cubism and Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism, the collection has become one of the most respected and visited cultural attractions in Venice.
Shen Shaomin (born China 1956) has connected art and life, craft and the mechanical, in major sculptural installations covering themes of war, futuristic crisis, scientific abomination and the manipulation of nature. One of the most critically and socially aware of contemporary Chinese artists, his works use ancient Chinese culture to comment on contemporary ecological issues, politics and technology. In the early 2000s, Shen created a series of imaginary, 'extinct', monstrous creatures made from bone. In 2010 Shen has presented a hypothetical meeting of the most significant communist leaders in history whose life-sized bodies rest in crystal coffins."
"Hans Hollein [Vienna]
Hans Hollein studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna, Masterclass for Architecture Prof. C. Holzmeister, Diploma 1956; at IIT, Chicago (1958-59) Architecture and City Planning and at the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) 1960. Hans Hollein was professor for Architecture at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf 1967 - 1976, he was professor for Design from 1976 to 1986 and professor for Architecture from 1976 until 2002 at the University of Applied Art in Vienna where he also acted as Dean of the Architecture Department from 1995 to 1999. He was guest professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, at the Yale University in New Haven and at the Ohio State University in Columbus.
David Elliott (1949-) is a British-born art gallery and museum curator. After studying history at the University of Durham, and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art Elliott worked as an exhibitions officer at the Arts Council of Great Britain, after which he served as director of the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford from 1976 to 1996. Elliott's programme at Oxford included exhibitions of art from Latin America, Asia, South Africa, Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Elliott was then Director of the Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art) in Stockholm from 1996 to 2001. From 1998 to 2004 he was President of CIMAM [the International Committee of ICOM for Museums of Modern and Contemporary Art]. In the 90's he curated a big exhibition 'Art and Power" exploring the relationship of Art with the totalitarian regimes in Europe in the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition was shown in various museums across the world. Between 2001 and 2006 Elliott was the director of Tokyo's Mori Art Museum, a large privately-endowed museum devoted to contemporary - particularly Asian - art, architecture and design. He was recently appointed Director of Istanbul Modern starting January 2007, a post which he resigned from on October 16th, 2007. Elliott is Artistic Director for the 17th Biennale of Sydney, 'THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age'"
Jean-David Cahn Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities
Jean-David Cahn AG was founded in 1999 and continues a proud family tradition which reaches back for almost 150 years. The first catalogues of the Münzhandlung Cahn appeared in 1863 in Frankfurt am Main. After Hitler ascended to power, the company was forcefully arianised. The family emigrated to Basel and refounded the company. It was succeeded by Münzen und Medaillen in 1941. In 1988 Herbert A. Cahn, Honorary Professor of Numismatics at the Universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg im Breisgau, spun off the antiquities department and founded H.A.C. Kunst der Antike. Following Herbert A. Cahn’s retirement, the company was dissolved in 1998. Subsequently, a new company, Jean-David Cahn AG, was formed by his son. Jean-David Cahn retained his father’s specialisation in ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian art. In addition to this, he endeavoured to create a dialogue with other forms of art. This lead to interdisciplinary exhibitions such as „Apollon und Dionysos“ (1999) and „Augenblick und Ewigkeit“ (2004) with the renowned dealer in old master paintings, Konrad Bernheimer. Jean-David Cahn studied Classical Archaeology in Basle. In 1988 he worked for the Antikenmuseum Basle und Sammlung Ludwig, whose collection of arms and armour he published. He also contributed to the catalogue of the exhibition „Glories of the Past: Ancient Art from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Collection“ which was shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 1990. Jean-David Cahn joined Sir John Boardman in Oxford to prepare his doctorate on decorated arms and armour in 1989. He was Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College from 1990-1996. Furthermore, he is a founding member of the IADAA (International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art) and a sought-after expert in questions on the art trade. He has, for instance, advised the Council of Europe. He is currently preparing a publication on the arms and armour in The Sackler Museums, Harvard University, and directs various Vetting Committees on ancient art, for instance that of TEFAF Maastricht. He is also a Board Member of IADAA, VSAK (Verband Schweizerischer Antiquare und Kunsthändler) and TEFAF.
Sebastian + Barquet Gallery was established in New York in 2005 with the intention of providing collectors with access to the finest available examples of 20th Century Design. Sebastian + Barquet has two locations in New York’s Chelsea design district and maintains a presence at the principal design fairs worldwide. With a focus on masterworks of American and European design of the 1940’s -1980’s, the gallery is dedicated to presenting well-curated, museum-quality exhibitions that celebrate the works of established masters while simultaneously showcasing the work of lesser-known designers. The gallery’s exhibited artists include international designers who have left an indelible mark on the design landscape, such as Buckminster Fuller, Vladimir Kagan, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, Gio Ponti and Jean Prouvé.
Ecole de Paris from the 50´sSince its creation, Applicat´s vocation has always been to exhibit and support the Paris School of the 50s and more especially the Abstract, Cobra and Surrealist movements. Due to its action outside the Parisian gallery, it has contributed towards reviving unquestionably new ideas, but that the last two decades had unfortunately forgotten. Today, that period of the history of Art has rightfully found its place: an essential place. Bernard Prazan, an art-collector of long standing, founded his first gallery in 1989. Specialized since its inception in top quality paintings by the principal Artists of the Post-War School of Paris, Applicat-Prazan settled down in 1993 at 16 rue de Seine, on the Left Bank in Paris in the very heart of the art gallery district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The end of 2010 saw the opening of a second address on the Right Bank at 14 avenue Matignon. Since 2004 Franck Prazan has been running the gallery: Before succeeding his Father, he was formerly Managing Director of Christie’s in France. As such, he oversaw its development from a simple representative office to a fully fledged auction house, moving the company to the Avenue Matignon in Paris.."
Patrik Hoffmann - CEO
Swiss Watch Manufacturer Ulysse Nardin was founded in 1846. Ulysse Nardin has been dedicated to excellence for over 165 years in manufacturing mechanical watches. Among the most reliable ever made, Ulysse Nardin's marine chronometers are still sought by collectors around the world. Ulysse Nardin continues to be in the forefront of watchmaking technology by pioneering new materials in manufacturing high precision movement components and most innovative timepieces.
Mate Rimac - CEO/Designer
“Croatia has no auto industry,” says Mate Rimac, a 23-year-old entrepreneur and automotive designer. “But that is about to change.”
“It is an electric supercar,” Mr. Rimac said. “It makes 1,088 horsepower, 3,800 newton-meters of torque (2,803 pound-feet) and is capable of going more than 300 kilometers per hour.” For now, he says that the top speed is being electronically limited.
Montegrappa is an elite Italian brand, mastered in manufacturing writing instruments. Celebrating its centenary in 2012, world renowned authors from Ernest Hemingway to Paulo Coelho penned their famous works using Montegrappa instruments.
Eric Giroud created his own design studio in 1998 and mainly focuses on the design and development of some of the most original timepieces for Harry Winston, MB&F and others. He considers his job an interface between man and industry. His method of work is mainly based on human exchanges and research, both stylistic and technical."
Mauro Colagreco "Mirazur" [Monaco]
Only after the tragic death of Bernard Loiseau in February 2003 did Mauro decide to move to Paris to work at Arpege, the legendary restaurant run by Alain Passard. He would stay there a year and a half working with this true craftsman of the kitchen, which would allow him the chance to develop his own sense of creativity, his attention to detail and his imagination. In 2004 he carried on his journey, curious to learn about cooking in a luxury hotel, and had the opportunity to work in Alain Ducasse’s restaurant in the Plaza Athenée. This experience taught him the idea of perfection, refinement and rigour. At the end of his stay in Paris he spent a year at the Grand Véfour. Working with Guy Martin allowed him to develop his own personal style as chef. Early 2009 The Mirazur is chosen as the 35th best restaurant in the world according to the San Pellegrino classification.
Angela Hartnett "Murano" [London]
In recent years, Angela Hartnett has emerged as one of Britain's most successful, best-loved and busiest chefs. In 2002 with Gordon Ramsay she opened Menu Restaurant at the Connaught hotel; the first woman ever to run the kitchen there. Her efforts were formally recognized in 2004 with the award of her first Michelin Star. In January 2007 Angela was awarded an MBE for her service to the hospitality industry. After 5 successful years at the Connaught and with the hotel undergoing a massive refurbishment, Angela and Gordon Ramsay opened Murano in Mayfair in August 2008. Murano serves modern cuisine with an Italian accent, reflecting Angela's family roots. Not long after opening, the sublime Murano was awarded its first Michelin star in Jan 2009
Brett Graham The Ledbury** [London]
Chef "Rising Star" Brett Graham is one of the most respected chefs in London. The only Australian currently to hold three Michelin stars is No.14 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards list. Graham was brought up just outside Newcastle, NSW, and during his three-year stint at Banc in Sydney he won the Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year Award, which allowed him to travel to London, where he was taken on at The Square in Mayfair, a two-starred fine-diner. In 2002 Graham won his next Young Chef of the Year Award, while working at The Square. “In the 20-odd years of running The Square there are maybe half a dozen chefs who have really stood out,” says The Square’s chef and co-owner, Phil Howard. “Brett was the cream of this elite crop – hugely inquisitive, immensely energetic, extraordinarily gifted, but most importantly, just a great cook.”
Christophe Cussac "Joel Robuchon"*** [Monaco]
Joël Robuchon, offers a Mediterranean-accented, sophisticated and accessible cuisine, executed by Head Chef Christophe Cussac, in which the emphasis is on the produce. The open Teppanyaki-style kitchen creates a special relationship between the Chef and the guests. Executive Chef Christophe Cussac had worked for several years with Joël Robuchon before he became the Executive Chef of Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo with the two Michelin starred restaurant Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo and the one Michelin starred Yoshi. Christophe Cussac is a true expert in the Mediterranean and Provence cuisine and spent six years as the Executive Chef for the two Michelin starred La Réserve de Beaulieu before he returned to work with Joël Robuchon.
The “Nemo Observatory” is captivating in a way that is simultaneously disconcerting and hypnotic. Lawrence Malstaf (Belgium) utilizes five fans and a walk-though PVC cylinder to create a localized cyclone. Thousands of bits of polystyrene fly about through the air, with the observer situated right in the middle of it all—literally in the eye of the storm. Regardless of whether he/she focuses on particles whirling all about or looks past the flurry of material off into the distance, the tempestuous circumstances seem to exert an extraordinarily calming effect. This high-energy spectacle suddenly becomes a uniform, almost spellbinding sensory impression. With his “Nemo Observatory,” Lawrence Malstaf has succeeded in producing a high-impact allegory—an apt symbolic representation of our ever-more-rapidly changing world and our attempt to maintain our composure amidst the storm. The Golden Nica in INTERACTIVE ART goes to “Nemo Observatory.”
Administration & Communications Coordinator at Experimenta Media Arts Melbourne Area, Australia | Fine Art Sunday Lights presents a conversation with the curator of Experimenta Media Arts, Amy Barclay. Experimenta is a Melbourne based arts festival focussing on new or innovative forms. Barclay was previously a curator of International Art Exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria.
David Eliott (born UK 1949) Artistic director of the 17th Biennale of Sydney. He is a cultural historian whose main interests concern contemporary art, Russian avant-garde and the visual cultures of central and Eastern Europe, Asia and the non-western world from the late nineteenth century. Beginning in the early 1980s, he formulated a series of pioneering exhibitions in one of the first programs to integrate non-western culture with contemporary art. He has published a large number of books, articles and catalogues on these subjects and has curated many exhibitions. He has also written extensively about the present-day role and function of museums and contemporary art.
Hiroshi Ishiguro is a director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, Japan. A notable development of the laboratory is the actroid, a humanoid robot with lifelike appearance and visible behaviour such as facial movements. Ishiguro has made an android that resembles himself. Ishiguro's recent creations look like normal people. Robots, according to Ishiguro are poised to move from factories into daily life. The hope is that robots will one day help people with a multitude of tasks.
Michael Burton (born UK 1977) works on the edge of speculative design and art. He creates objects, images and films as insights into richly imagined scenarios of the future. His work explores health and climate, challenges and the choices we face in evolving as a species. Burton exhibits internationally, most notably at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He leads a collaborative practice, working with organisations and individuals including scientists, performers, choreographers, designers and architects.
New Zealand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes has rapidly established a name as an important rising star of the operatic world, with appearances in San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Washington, Munich, Hamburg, the Chatelet, Paris, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera to his credit . His opera engagements include Count Almaviva in Cincinnati and Washington, Don Giovanni for Opera Australia, Henze’s L’Upupa for Hamburg Opera, Lescaut in Leipzig, Billy Budd in both Santa Fe and Sydney and his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Peter Grimes and Antony (Barber's Antony and Cleopatra) for New York City Opera. Future engagements include Count Almaviva in Washington; Stanley in Melbourne; Escamillo in Munich and at the Metropolitan Opera; and his first Scarpia in New Zealand.
The Australian mezzo-soprano, Sally-Anne Russell, has performed in concerts, recitals and on the operatic stage in America, The Nederlands, Austria, the UK, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Japan and Canada. Most recently Sally-Anne made her Washington DC debut as Ursula in Beatrice et Benedict for Washington Concert Opera at the Kennedy Centre and a 2nd season for the Carmel Bach Festival in California. Operatic roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere de Seviglia (New Zealand), Mistress Quickly in Falstaff (UK), Lucienne in Die Tote Stadt (Spoleto, Italy), Amastris in Xerses (Oper der Stadt Köln, Germany), Suzuki in Madame Butterfly (State Opera of South Australia), Dido in Dido & Aeneas, and fifteen roles as a resident principal for the Victoria State Opera. Sally-Anne Russell also received much acclaim for her performance in the roles of Juno/Ino in Semele for Pinchgut Opera. Sally-Anne Russell appears with all the Symphony Australia Orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Bach Ensemble and at all of the major Australian Festivals.
At six years old, Burton taught himself to play marimba and vibraphone and formally studied piano when in high school. Burton has cited jazz pianist Bill Evans as a main inspiration for his approach toward the vibraphone. Burton attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the early 1960s. After being named Downbeat Magazine's Jazzman of the Year in 1968 (the youngest ever to receive the title) and winning his first Grammy award in 1972, Burton began a now 36 year-long collaboration with pianist Chick Corea, recognized for popularizing the concept of jazz duet performance. Their half dozen recordings won the pair Grammy awards in years 1979, 1981, 1997, and 1999.
When Lifschitz played a long and demanding Schubert program at the International Piano Festival at Williams College-both sets of Impromptus, the Moments Musicaux, and the Drei Klavierstuecke, the program reminded us, among other things, of how young Schubert was when he wrote some of his greatest music. He too was very old while still very young. The program lasted 2 1/2 hours before the encores started, but it passed as in a single moment. I have heard only two other all-Schubert programs of this quality-a recital in Paris, 40 years ago, when Sviatoslav Richter played the last three sonatas, and the performance of "Winterreise" by mezzo-soprano Mitsuko Shirai and pianist Hartmut Hoell in Harvard? Houghton Library a couple of years ago.Lifschitz is an altogether exceptional pianist; whatever he sees or imagines in the music he can realize without obstacle at the piano. He never looks at the instrument or the keyboard, but instead turns his head to the side. He is not courting the audience, far from it; he is as likely to turn his head in the other direction and face the back wall. The reason for this, I think, is that he wants to bring his ear into more direct connection with the sound-and his ear is extraordinary, particularly in its sensitivity to details of dynamics, articulation, and, most of all, texture.
THE AWAKENING - SCI-FI THRILLER
A priest is dispatched from the centre of the Greek Church ; the Archdiocese of Constantinople, to Melbourne Australia to retrieve a missing asset , a mysterious woman with a special ability and a 2500 year old secret.
FASHION COMEDY - THE COURT COUTURIER
Stanley Finkelsteinenberger works in his mother's kid clothing store in the tiny town of Bethlehem, Tasmania, Australia and dreams of working in the international Fashion business. He summons the courage to massages his CV and surprisingly lands a job as assistant to Australian Fashion icon - Wayne Cooper. Stanley, now Sydney London, lives the dream, but quickly realises the gilt, gold and glamour of fashion requires navigation through shark infested waters.