The Love Life of Plants I HATTIE NEWMAN

plant Hattie Newman is a set and image designer, specialized in bold paper sculptures and crafts. From her studio in East London, she has created multiple intricate and playful installations, and worked on advertisements, magazines and books for clients including Louis Vuitton, The Guardian, Cadbury, Google …  Two and three dimensional elements are combined, creating bright settings filled with quirky little details.

The Love Life of Plants is a personal project and the title is pretty self-explanatory: a cuddling cactus and a kissing carnivorous show us plants not only need water, but also a crave a little bit of love.

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Fashion Fun | CRAIG & KARL

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New York was the place to be. Invited by Milk Studios, graphic designers Craig & Karl celebrated NYFW
in their own way. Each day they made an illustration, putting their geometric, colourful spin on their
favorite outfit of the day.
In order of appearance: Ostwald Helgason, Ohne Titel, Chromat, Public School, Sophie Theallet
and Jeremy Scott.

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Inspired by nature | WOUTERS & HENDRIX

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In celebration of their thirtieth birthday, Belgian jewelry brand Wouters & Hendrix took a dive into their extensive archive. The result of this search can now be seen in a series of 5 unique time capsules, synthesizing all major influences that served as inspiration for their creations throughout the years. Each capsule represents one specific theme,  from surrealism to romance and contrast to trompe l’oeil. Each capsule is accompanied by a film, in which Frederik Heyman digitally visualizes the W&H universe.

Nature has always been a big influence on the jewelry collections. The perfection of nature and the beauty of the human body is something that must be cherished and celebrated, seeing that life itself is the most precious jewel one can have. The use of natural elements and references to the human body – skin, veins, coral, bones … – remind us of the beauty of life and of the gratitude towards nature.

Likewise, we also turned to nature for inspiration for these images, looking for a way to let the capsule stand out. Inspired by water and wind, we created a backdrop made with natural elements, and made by the human body. Blowing bubbles – and bubbles being blown away, as you can see in the video below – refers to the dreamy, playful side of W&H, while black and white form a suitable backdrop for sparkly silver and glittering gold.

Congratulations Wouters & Hendrix. On to the next thirty years.

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From head to toe | CORNAËRT

4 Clara Cornaërt is a young fashion designer who graduated from La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Over the past few years, she was trained alongside famous fashion designers such as Isabel Marant, Maison Martin Margiela or Andrea Crews Collective as an assistant designer. This year, she decided to launch her own brand, Cornaërt, specializing on a certain aspect of fashion that we sometimes tend to forget about: socks.

Each pair of socks is made in France, named after a specific city and is accompanied by its own postcard, inviting the wearers to step outside and travel around the world. Stripes, pastels and bold colors characterize this first collection to suit everyone’s taste and dress up from head to toe.
You can find Cornaërt retailers in France and Copenhagen or purchase online on the website.

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Textile Landscapes I HANNA DALROT

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Time is ticking | DELANY BOUTKAN

Present_Turn_3 Delany Boutkan is a conceptual designer, whose main goal is to break through habits and expectations, encouraging people to think about and rediscover their daily surroundings and almost mindless activities. Why objects are they way the are is a constant question in her work.

Delany graduated in June 2014 from Willem De Kooning in Rotterdam, and her graduation project is the exploration of the meaning of time in our world today. She makes the audience experience time in a new, different way, confronting them with how fleeting the notion of time has become. Due to rapidly evolving technology, numeral time has become increasingly important. People are fixated on the ticking of the clock. The objects she designed take the audience back to the now, back to the more intuitive approach of time where the world can be experienced without any pressure, without constantly thinking about what will happen next and without hurry.

Based on research – she asked people how they felt about the passing of time, how they felt time was passing by and when they felt most conscious of time – she distilled several objects that contemplate our vision on time. One example is Cadence. Felt earplugs refer to relaxation and taking a break. By using earplugs, you’re able to hear your own heartbeat and that rhythm or cadence can bring you to a state of relaxation. Same goes for listing to the ‘sound of the sea’ in porcelain shells, which really is just the remaining sound of filtered background noise.
Another object is Turn, a book about the actions you do while reading. Reading is an activity that lets people stand still for a while and that plays with the notion of time constantly. Turn questions how books and their designs contribute to our idea of the passing of time.

Not only is Delany a very promising designer, she’s also one of the contributors for the Baroness O.-blog. Always a plus.

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Manhattan Part I | TRAVEL STORIES

SLEEP | HOTEL AMERICANO
Hôtel Americano is situated in the West Chelsea District, surrounded by art galleries and the likes and right next to the greenery of the High Line Park.
The 10-story building was designed by New York-based Mexican architect Enrique Norten (who also won the first Mies van der Rohe Award for Latin American Architecture). The interior design was done by MCH, the people behind Colette in Paris. All rooms have the same calm, relaxing vibe. Wooden beds, white walls and stunning views topped off with alpaca throws, wool slippers, Turkish towels and Aesop products: your stay at Hôtel Americano will surely treat you well. And let’s not forget the guest bicycles, in-house coffee shop and rooftop pool!

DO | WHITNEY MUSEUM
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney opened the Whitney Museum in 1931 as a place dedicated to living American artists. Today, the  permanent collection includes twentieth-century and contemporary artworks by big names like Alexander Calder, Jasper Johns, Edward Hopper, Claes Oldenburg …
But the Whitney is also very good in temporary exhibitions. In even-numbered years, the Whitney Biennial always proves to be a prestigious and somewhat controversial collection of contemporary art. At the moment – and until October 19th, so hurry – the Jeff Koons retrospective gives a very complete view on his iconic, controversial works.
But it’s not only what’s inside what makes the Whitney worth the while. The concrete-clad building, designed by Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer, was completed in 1966 and definitely makes a statement in the area. Surrounded by brownstones and brick walls, the museum is a unique piece of art in itself. At the moment, the Whitney is constructing a new building, set to open in the spring of 2015. The new location, right between the High Line and the Hudson River, was designed by Renzo Piano and will greatly increase the exhibition space, making even more space for top-notch art exhibitions.

EAT | MILLER’S NEAR AND FAR
Miller’s Near and Far is a new American restaurant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan that uses high quality, responsibly sourced, seasonal ingredients.
Run by Christopher Miller – who already had others restaurants in TriBeCa – Miller’s is the place he chose to bring his eclectic New York­‐inspired menu to the Lower East Side. The diversity of New York’s culinary scene served as inspiration, bringing in Italian, Chinese and other flavours.
Miller also has a background in art which shows in the design of the restaurant that has a sort of spacy feeling to it. The bar seating and open kitchen have the vibe of a classic boxcar, inifinity mirrors from floor to ceiling and overhead lights make the room look bigger. And in the bathroom, there’s no regular mirror to check your make-up, but your reflection is shown in a television screen.

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Typographical Things | GRATUITOUS TYPE

number3 Gratuitous Type is a magazine for the typographic buff. A celebration of all things typography, carefully designed, edited and published by Elana Schenkler, a graphic designer and art director hailing from Brooklyn.
Each number is filled to the brim with gorgeous, surprising details: a die-cut cover, silkscreened inserts, colourful images, …
But the inspiration also comes from a non-visual side, as each publication consists of interviews with and pieces about expert designers in the field. The combination of aesthetically pleasing visuals and insightful, enriching texts make these magazines the perfect means for a bucket load of graphical inspiration.

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Two-faced Furniture | NORELL/RODHE

5 Located in the city of Liepaja in western Latvia, Karosta – which translates as War Port or Navy Harbor – used to be a secret military town for the Russian Empire and later on for the Soviets. After regaining independence in 1991, the population dropped and the city consequently fell into a state of partial decay.

Today however, Karosta’s area remains quite contradictory: characterful Czar-era palace-like buildings sit right next to Soviet-era blockhouses, which makes up the strange yet remarkable identity of the former USSR naval base and continues to draw in tourism as well as a dynamic art community.
In order to revitalize the city, Homemade Dessert, in cooperation with Liepaja City Council and a number of local artists, organized a series of competitions. They invited designers to rethink Karosta’s urban furniture (bus stops, benches, playgrounds …) as part of the third international architecture vision competition on Karosta, Latvia: War town Microtecture.

Stockholm-based architecture studio Norell/Rodhe won the second prize with their entry “Peekaboo”. They designed a series of  clever “spatial conundrums” using the existing housing blocks to conceive new smaller community spaces and to form a framework for cultural interaction. Each piece is displayed across the city and sets up a spatial relation between furniture and sight, as well as furniture-to-furniture.

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Unexpected places I DANIELLE KROLL

DKroll_UnexpectedPlaces_01 Imagine yourself flipping through an old book and suddenly seeing a funky rainbow snake slithering down a hill or two giant swans in a sea bay? These are the magical and wacky creations of Danielle Kroll, a Brooklyn based artist and designer.
It’s hard not to smile when viewing Danielle Kroll’s illustrations. They are full of color and she has a very playful style.
She uses books she bought at thrift shops and old dusty bookstores or saved from the trash. By using these in her paintings, she gives these forgotten books a chance to be seen again. Instead of boring old books they become something magical, with hidden little treasures inside.

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Stadt der Zukunft I MATTHIAS HEIDERICH

Stadtderzukunft Hansaviertel is a small locality within the central Mitte borough of Berlin, between Großer Tiergarten park and the river Spree. It was constructed for the 1957 International Building Exhibition and was considered a model of modern city planning. Iconic archi­tects such as Wal­ter Gropius, Alvar Aalto, Arne Jac­ob­sen and Egon Eier­mann were invited to design and build the new Hansavier­tel by stand­ards of and in the style of mod­ern architecture.

Matthias Heiderich, a self taught photographer living in Hamburg, made a series about Hansaviertel called ‘Stadt der Zukunft’, focusing on architectural elements and details. With an extraordinary eye for composition, he creates visually intriguing images emphasizing the strong lines and shadows.

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Artist in Residence | TOOGOOD

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Faye and Erica from the well-known design Studio TooGood launched their brand new fashion label Toogood this year. With their latest collection of unisex outerwear coming up for Paris Fashion Week, it would be a shame not to mention them.

One of their projects is an installation for Hostem. The mezzanine floor of this London shop was turned into an inspiring surrounding, a place that feels as if Faye and Erica have been using it as an artists atelier to work on their first collection of 10 unique coats. Each coat is inspired by a different kind of worker or craftsman, like a chemist, an oil rigger or a milkman. The installation reflects the vision of the designer coats in a very unique way, in all their hand painted, industrial, raw charm. As their own Toogood manifesto – hanging from the wall – says, they reject “the voracious cycle in which spring/summer is devoured by autumn/winter, and autumn/winter is in turn devoured by spring/summer.”, meaning their pieces cross those artificial boundaries and don’t have a best-by date.

The air around the Toogoods’ breathes something honest and pure, but experimental and daring at the same time, making their brand a beautiful new addition to the fashion world.

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Jean Genies I DAWN DENIM

tumblr_n6pmp2NHFm1tdaw2oo1_1280 You take three German friends, a shared vision and one poem by Langston Hughes. What do you get? A denim brand named DAWN. Under the title It’s a new day, their first collection was recently launched. Don’t expect an extensive wardrobe; what you’ll find is just a small range of perfectly fitting key-items like jackets and jeans. Their design concept is all about patchwork and detailing, and they have been experimenting with premium fabrics and washes to top that off. The highlight of this collection is a special kind of Japanese denim with copper coated weft threads which have gotten a subtle metal shine after washing.
But what lies beneath that splendour is equally important. The jacket linings for instance are made from traditional woven Vietnamese silk, what makes them comfortable to wear. Less is more, definitely not a bore.

These idealists might say they’re simply after fun and switching up traditions, but they mean business and take pride in showcasing intelligent, multi-beneficial creativity. They believe that responsibly produced high-quality fashion should come at an affordable price, not at a humanitarian or ecological cost. Every piece is manufactured in their own factory in Saigon, Vietnam. They practice what they preach, and work there themselves. To give back to society, they are also supporting the Vinh Son Montagnard Orphanage and the adjoining Sewing School, investing in the future of the local children and their eduction.

DAWN is not run by smart talking CEO’s, but by clever designers with the good kind of dirty hands who assure you that every piece you buy comes with transparency about the supply chain and the guarantee of humane working conditions for every person involved in the DAWN-story. Economists may call that a win-win situation, quality-seekers think of it as a showcase of beauty that comes from the inside as well as the outside.

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Pixel-like | GILES MILLER STUDIO

Untitled-2 Giles Miller Studio specializes in the creation of innovative surface and interior design projects. Both playful and experimental, the surfaces they create are composed of small identical handcrafted elements, usually made out of metal, wood or ceramic, and placed side by side at varying angles. This process results in stunning textures that react to light in distinctive ways, creating  pixelated compositions that marry architecture with beautiful interior finish. All their projects are designed in-house, manufactured in the UK and assembled at Giles Millers’ studio space in Spitalfields, London. Among their clients, some of the world’s most prestigious brands, such as British Airways, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Selfridges, Stella McCartney, The Metropolitan Hotel, or London Design Museum. A.S. Untitled-4 13-Surface-Design-Giles-Miller-Studio-yatzer Untitled-6 Untitled-5 Untitled-1

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A glimpse of what’s coming | TRAVEL STORIES


Not only our passion for travel, but mostly our curiosity to discover new things is the driving force behind our newest travel series. We’re often missing the real look and feel of the place. To truly show what a city is all about, to convey the real look and feel of a place, we proudly present our latest project: the travel report according to Baroness O.
In short day-to-night videos we want to make you feel like you’ve been there with us and like you’ve had a taste of it yourself.

After a few months of preparations we’re very proud to present our very first report, New York. During our stay we dive into the underground of the city to discover the newest things.
With an inspiring city guide as a result.

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Satisfaction Guaranteed I LINA FORSGREN

IMG_6415-2_905 Lina Forsgren is a multidisciplinary graphic designer, illustrator and art director based in Stockholm. In Satisfaction Guaranteed she shows us how we created a society that is built on consumption and that most of the time we think about life through products and services.

This project consists of a film, printed fabrics, a magazine liting the 50 top selling words and several 3D objects. What we see is how our society is brainwashed with marketing strategies. It emphasizes how surrealistic our reality has actuallybecome.

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Contains pig I PIG 05049

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In Belgium the concentration of pig livestock is amongst the highest in the world. Yet we rarely see pigs because they are raised in large production units and only visible when transported to the slaughterhouse. Afterwards different parts of the pig get shipped throughout the world and become part of objects we use on a daily basis. You could say pigs have become invisible in a globalised system. Not only as a living animal but also as a part of a new processed good.

This is the reason why Dutch artist Christien Meindertsma choose a pig as her research subject. She spent three years researching all the products that can be made from one single pig. Every page of Pig 05049 contains a new product shown at their true scale with additional information placed at the bottom of the left page.  The cover of the book is made out of pigs skin with the stud worn by the pig attached to the spine.

It is remarkable to discover how many products contain parts of a pig. Some products we all know and easily recognise such as different cuts of meat, bacon, hamburgers, sausages, dog food …  Amongst some of the more unexpected results were: cosmetics, ammunition, cigarettes, paint, chewing gum, candy, wine, pudding, beer …  Pig 05049 connects one pig to producers, products and finally consumers. It illustrates the disconnection we have with the products we use.

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Monster Mash | HELL’O MONSTERS

detail-the-wheeljpg As a kid, where you afraid of monsters hiding under your bed? Jerôme Meynen, François Dieltiens and Antoine Detaille probably weren’t. Proof: their alter ego’s Hell’O Monsters. Since their first meeting in the late 1990′s, this Brussels collective has evolved from a trio of committed graffiti artists to passionate illustrators who focus on sculpture, installations and wall drawings.

Their artworks are like hand enlighted manuscripts that have been sieved through the filter of street art, resulting in a delicate and fresh visual style. What you’re looking at are intricate drawings that border between medieval fairy tales and surrealism.
Hell’O Monsters have created their own fantastic world that is populated by hybrid characters hovering between human and animal. They sprout from the well-known exquisite corpse-method that was made famous by Magritte, Dali and others: a text or drawing that is continuously written or drawn by various people, resulting in a senseless (but original) ending. The quirky figures invented by the Hell’O Monsters are literal cadavres exquises; strange beings that look like they have been assembled from various (body) parts.

Doctor Frankenstein himself surely couldn’t have done a better job. All the mesmerizing spookiness that sprouts from their pens is mixed with colourful humour, and the occasional flash of an acid smiley that is popping through. These 3 modern monks (or should we say: monksters?) could be called lovechildren of Hieronymus Bosch and Tim Burton. No wonder why that when you’re watching these strange figures performing their danse macabre, you could almost hear Camille Saint-Saëns’ music rolling out of the pictures.

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Count on your fingers | JOOOLRY

p_MG_4186-CUT-8_800_800 JoOoLRY is the – what’s in a name – jewelry line founded by Cho Hyunjung. From her studio in Stockholm, she experiments with what jewelry is and what it could be. She is driven by the interaction between the wearer and what she is wearing, how they experience and sense the connection between body and object.
One of her most wearble collections is 0,1,7,8,9. The geometric shapes and combinations all go back to one of these numbers. Stripped from context and details, what remains are minimalistic yet sturdy shapes. Their size gives them a playful touch, and makes them a perfect focal point on anyone’s fingers. 

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Soft Ceramics I BASTIEN AUBRY & DIMITRI BROQUARD

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The Swiss duo Bastien Aubry and Dimitri Broquard started their collaboration as a graphic design studio named Flag. Feeling limited in the graphic medium, they started a search for something new, which they found something in ceramics. Combining design and art, they explore the world of possibilities in ceramics. Les Cruches Molles shows a collection of clayed anthropomorphic ceramic forms. Because of their background in graphic design, they weren’t restricted by the  rules of ceramic art, allowing them to experiment without boundaries. The jugs have been sabotaged until they became dysfunctional objects of everyday life. Their work is very expressive, humorous and poetic at the same time.

Aubry and Broquard used the surface of the cups as a canvas, painting them with the traditional blue Delft color and combining classic landscapes and knights with car accidents, weird faces and other absurd scenes.

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