April 20, 2019

Les Arcanistes by Studio Pepe | Milan design week 2019

Studiopepe’s Manifesto Project for Milan Design Week 2019 took place in a beautiful former gold manufacture dating back to the 1900s. After last years small exhibition, have a look here at my impression of Club Unseen this year's exhibition was overwhelming. It was large, lots to see and discover and I must admit I skipped a few rooms.

'Les Arcanists' as the project was called were ante-litteram chemists, who held the arcane and secret knowledge of formulas able to create porcelain and to work with materials such as glass and metals. 

Studiopepe, in collaboration with their partners, designed a path through design and bespoke pieces, re-editions of historical pieces, art pieces and installation rooms in which the connection between matter, archetypes and the power of symbols is deepened. The experience of Les Arcanistes translates into a sequence of spaces: the Source of the Vibrational Water, the Materioteca, the Alchemic Laboratory and the Mantica Society. Next week more of Milan Design week! 

pictures ©vosgesparis
April 17, 2019

Openhouse event at the private home of Christian and Antonio

Just before Milan design week starts, my inbox gets overloaded with invites from different brands to come and see their new collections, special events and installations. My favourite invites though, are the events in the private homes which always gives you a perfect chance to meet people you otherwise would not have met and get a peek into their life and homes. 

'Openhouse' is a magazine printed in San Sebastian, Spain filled with beautiful photography, interesting interviews of people who open special places around the world that the reader can visit and join in with the activities. Openhouse is also a guide to their secret loved places in their towns, and some favourite recipes. 

During Milan design week, issue 11 was launched with a special event at the home of Christian Pizzinini and Antonio Scolari, their house in Puglia is featured in the new issue and for the occasion they opened up their home in Milan together with Openhouse, which was an unique occasion to meet them and see their collection of design pieces from the 20th century.

A New Take On Tradition
In issue 11, A New Take On Tradition, the Openhouse team aim to recover the past while moving forward. They spend a day with Arno Declercq and Miquel Alzueta, discuss art with Eduardo Monti, and submerge themselves in the gallery-home Palazzo dell’Elefante. They visit Casa Poli in Chile and the Sheats Goldstein Residence in Los Angeles, before travelling to India to discover the home of Pierre Jeanneret in Chandigarh. 

pictures @vosgesparis
April 15, 2019

ANTHOLOGY | Vincenzo De Cotiis | Milan design week 2019

Milan design week 2019 is over... can we do it all over again!? I had a fantastic week filled with inspiration, good food, a bit of sun and a lovely w/ Style collaboration. While being in Milan I always take some time off from the many special Milan design week projects and visit my favourite Milanese designers and showrooms.

Closed during last year's Salone, and back with a curated exhibition at his gallery this year was 
Vincenzo de Cotiis, someone who I regularly feature on my blog with his beautiful renovations and projects. 

This year Vincezo and Claudia Rose De Cotiis presented the first 'Carpenters Workshop Gallery' A curated exhibition with work by fifteen artists next to Vincenzo's own work.

De Cotiis: "The archetypal gesture of material manipulation is the guiding thread throughout this exhibition. From a brutal approach to organic contortions, passing from primitive expressions, reaching the purest conceptuality: a sculptural archive made up of elements that represent our eclectic times, establishing a dialogue among differences and consonances"

pictures ©vosgesparis
April 3, 2019

Ark Journal launch | Sørensen Leather X Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

Looking forward to the launch of the 'Ark Journal' , a new Scandinavian magazine of interiors, design, architecture and art. In Volume One Sørensen Leather and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, co founder of Norm Architects will explore fundamental themes and the enduring appeal of modernism.  

Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen: 'Anthropomorphism' originates from the Greek word ánthrōpos (ἄνθρωπος,lit. “human”) and morphē (μορφή, “form”). It attributes human characteristics to non-human entities, and in doing so helps us to understand the world around us by relating it to our own shape, size and emotions.In architecture and design, anthropomorphism (or bio-morphism) is used to create spaces or objects that are inspired by or stimulate human symmetry, scale, or structures of living nature.

pictures courtesy Norm Architects
April 1, 2019

Kangaroo Valley House by Studio Brent Lee

On Instagram I came across this amazing residence designed by Sidney based architect Brent Lee who kindly sent me the pictures of Kangaroo Valley House, a residence in  Shoalhaven, Australia. I simply love the light and serene colour scheme and wanted to show you some of the pictures on the blog today.

pictures courtesy Brent Lee