Johanna Burai is the illustrator interpreting the G-Shock collection Black & White, as a result a divided triptych poster were created as an extension of the watch design. The Black & White collection is being launched this December and consists out of four watches with different black and white combinations. The patterns and styles are discrete yet experimental giving a modern and sporty look including the perfect 90s vibe. You can check out the watches at Caliroots in Stockholm.
For all of you who knows photography well, Guy Bourdain is a familiar name. But for those of you who doesn’t know his name or his work, we can tell you he’s a bit of an icon. As the protégé of Man Ray, what can you expect? The Parisian Guy was mostly known for his editorial work with Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. He also photographed extravagant campaigns for Chanel, Issey Miyake, Versace and many more. The aesthetics of Bourdain was at the time groundbreaking. His imagery was always surreal, radical and humours. The colours were bold and the shapes strong. Bourdain was a perfectionist and has inspired many photographers such as Sarah Moon and Inez & Vinoodh.
You will be able to see the work of Guy Bourdain at Fotografiska in Stockholm until the 21st of February.
OIDE is the title of Jörgen Axelvall’s latest art project. The work in this series has evolved over the course of many years and consists of both new and old images with varying subject matter but all are united by the unique method; how Axelvall treated them, and all images are done using Polaroid instant film.
The project and the concept came about from Axelvall’s fascination with details and his love for abstract imagery. What you see in the finished image is a mere fractional detail of the original Polaroid.
OIDE is a Japanese word and expression and translates roughly into “come closer” - as in how a mother would call to her child when she wants to share something important or when she would want to keep her child in a safe and close proximity.
OIDE, when used as the title for this project, refers to Axelvall’s attempt to bring the viewer closer into the images and see the secrets being revealed once you focus on a detail. There is nothing random about the selected detail. It has been done very carefully in order to find a visually interesting composition and the right esthetical balance. At the same time the final images remain true to the original Polaroid, without any color alterations or digital manipulation.
An important aspect of this series is Axelvall’s desire to challenge the way we look at photographs. Photography can be so much more than a depiction of reality. The word Photography literally means, “drawing with light” and some of these images can be seen as nonsensical abstract drawings where as others give you a clear hint of a face or a portrait. The “real picture” in these photographs is not important; the viewer’s own perception, feelings and fantasy are.
Jörgen Axelvall is a photographer and artist from Sweden currently based in Tokyo.
Before moving to Tokyo in 2011, Axelvall lived and worked in New York City for 15 years.
In September 2013, Axelvall was the international winner of the prestigious New Exposure Award presented by US Vogue and Bottega Veneta. The exhibition and award ceremony was held at Openhouse Gallery in Soho, New York City.
In March 2014, Jörgen Axelvall published his first monograph together with an exhibition and installation at Idol Aoyama in Tokyo, titled Instant Moments, and in June 2014, Instant Moments was shown at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo.
In October 2014, Axelvall had a solo exhibition titled Always Looking through Glass at 0fr. TOKYO Gallery.
In November 2014, Axelvall’s seven-year-long art project I was looking for Park Hyatt Tokyo materialized into an exhibition at Park Hyatt Tokyo with the simultaneous release of a limited edition photo box, designed and art directed by world-renowned book designer Satoshi Machiguchi.
On opening night it was announced I was looking for Park Hyatt Tokyo was chosen as a Jury Selection by the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival and was again shown at the National Arts Center in Tokyo in February 2015.
Today is the launch of the second edition of Rihanna’s collab with Puma. The design is a contemporary take on the Puma classic Suede shoe and the new colours are; off white, cloud pink and peacoat blue… Limited edition of course. Get em at Caliroots or Sneakersnstuff in Stockholm.
Twelve inspiring young artists from all over the world have each created their own vision of “GIF Art ”. The exhibition shows a new way to look at Graphic Interchange Format’s that feels fresh, modern and creative.
Ana Blizzard - Mexico
Emilie Mottet - Sweden
Greta Larkins - Australia
Gustavo Torres - Argentina
Juan Herrera Prado - Argentina
Luca Mainini - Italy
Magaly Ugarte - Mexico
Paolo Cerci - Croatia
Sandra Zupanic - Sweden
Sasha Katz - Russia
Thom Rugo - USA
Tyler Spangler - USA
The exhibition will be shown from 18.11.15 thru 2.12.16 at Västermalmsgallerian (Västermalms Mall) , lower level.
I was so glad when it was announced that Anna Teurnell was going to design the SS 16 collection for Marimekko. Before this she has among many other things worked for both H&M and & Other Stories.
After the show in Stockholm I asked her som quick questions about the new collection and her thoughts around it:
RH: What was your thoughts before starting to plan the new collection?
AT: I instinctively wanted a lot of dresses! Especially twin sets, because you can vary them in so many ways. Suits for men are often very well made, and I wanted to bring the same thinking into these dresses.
One of many great tings with Marimekko is that they always produce sustainable, good quality clothes. That was something I had in mind, and wanted to keep when I designed the new collection.
RH: Any stressed moments?
AT: Actually not. My design team was really strong and experienced so I gave them a lot of freedom to create their own visions. I had a really enjoyable time making this collection.
RH: You chose to have the premiere show at Paris Fashion week this year, why?
AT: We like to vary the places we show our collections in. Earlier we have shown for example in both Tokyo and New York. This year Paris felt perfect.
RH: Is there something in the new collection that especially characterises you?
AT: That is of course hard to say but maybe the modern silhouettes. They feel really here and now. Good quality and adding something unexpected such as a bright color to the garments. ’’Corny’’ but modern. Oh, and then as I earlier mentioned the masculine touches with A lines and simple, basic silhouettes.
RH: How does it feel to work with a fashion house that has its own fabric factory so nearby, just outside of Helsinki?
AT: Luxury. We also have our offices there, and we work and design the prints directly on site. For me this is a sign of good quality to be able to go and look at the freshly made prints and discuss them directly with our fabric printer Peter Juslin. Peter has been working with Marimekko for years and he truly knows the craft. We do everything ourselves, and I see this as a great advantage and privilege.