CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE & FLORENCE LOPEZ

In/Out: Christian Liaigre Showroom Paris

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE NEW SHOWROOM PARIS

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE NEW SHOWROOM PARIS

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE NEW SHOWROOM PARIS

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE NEW SHOWROOM PARIS

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE NEW SHOWROOM PARIS

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE NEW SHOWROOM PARIS

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE NEW SHOWROOM PARIS

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE NEW SHOWROOM PARIS

 

Parisian design royalty Christian Liaigre along with Saint-Germain-des-Prés-based antiquities dealer and interior designer Florence Lopez, have theatrically co-curated part of Liaigre’s flagship showroom in the 7th arrondisement creating an exotic, sultry salon.

Awash in hand-brushed emerald greens, teals, and sea blues the lovingly furnished room is a tribute of professional respect between the classic contemporalist and the diverse design hunter of vintage objets d’art. An ongoing engagement, this will be an active evolutionary stage as furniture and accessories are sold then replenished.

Credits: Remodelista,Fashion Sphinx

Vega Cottage by Kolman Boye Architects

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Vega Cottage - Kolman Boye Architects

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Vega Cottage - Kolman Boye Architects
In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Vega Cottage - Kolman Boye Architects
In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Vega Cottage - Kolman Boye Architects
In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Vega Cottage - Kolman Boye Architects
In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Vega Cottage - Kolman Boye Architects
In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Vega Cottage - Kolman Boye Architects
In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Vega Cottage - Kolman Boye Architects
In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Vega Cottage - Kolman Boye Architects
In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Vega Cottage - Kolman Boye Architects
In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Vega Cottage - Kolman Boye Architects
In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Vega Cottage - Kolman Boye Architects

Vega Cottage, designed by Swedish architects, Kolman Boye, is dwelling acutely in tune with its sublime surroundings. Nestled on the island of Vega in the Norwegian archipelago, and based on the traditional Norwegian fishermen huts (called Naust) it is a lesson in non-invasive architecture.

Built for siblings to revisit their childhood place of solace, the interior in linseed oil painted pine and birch is a glowing den, as pure as its organic surrounds. Generous windows frame magnificently wild vistas of weather-beaten shrubs and craggy granite mountains.

With respect and restraint the landscape’s new guest does not disturb the bedrock. Instead, visitors must arrive by a natural ravine open to the elements, its dialogue never static. As the happy occupants state, “The access should be a process. Walking up to the building prepares you for the environment and adapts you to it.”

This kind of retreat is meditative to the point of religious, a simple place of worship to the most beautiful divinity, ‘Mother Nature’.

Credits: Kolman Boye

Krysta Jabczenski

In/Out: Krysta Jabczenski

In/Out: Krysta Jabczenski

In/Out: Krysta Jabczenski

In/Out: Krysta Jabczenski

In/Out: Krysta Jabczenski

In/Out: Krysta Jabczenski

In/Out: Krysta Jabczenski

In/Out: Krysta Jabczenski

Arizonian Krysta Jabczenski lookbook for Bon boutique and Desert Vintage, is a whimsical feminine daydream-scape. Colourblocked explorers in a ghost town, these ladies are curious in a ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ kind of way.

Tulle skirts, sombreros and metallic slippers colourfully parade down sun-bleached streets. Black shirted and skirted with natural rattan hats, a classic look, against vivid white and Barragán-esque style walls.

Credits: Krysta Jabczenski

Valentino Fall 2015 Menswear

In/Out: Valentino Fall 2015

In/Out: Valentino Fall 2015

In/Out: Valentino Fall 2015

In/Out: Valentino Fall 2015

In/Out: Valentino Fall 2015

In/Out: Valentino Fall 2015

In/Out: Valentino Fall 2015

In/Out: Valentino Fall 2015

In/Out: Valentino Fall 2015

In/Out: Valentino Fall 2015

In/Out: Valentino Fall 2015

In/Out: Valentino Fall 2015

Valentino’s Fall 2015 Menswear collection is a kaleidoscope of rich colour and form. Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri took their inspiration from the Parisian Ballet Russes, and the San Franciscan Beat Generation, for a bold free spirited ensemble.

Muddy deep tones of burgundy, burnt orange, both light and navy blue are punctuated by scarlet and royal blue. Geometric forms are repeated, mirrored and scaled, manipulating and enhancing the male form. Shoulders are exaggerated, chests are broader, and waists are pinched or belted with colour blocks. Chunky zippers are expressed on matching backpacks and even the runway conforms to this new brave tribal expression.

Although the spirit is a heady mix of Beat and Ballet, the geometric expression came from a chance online encounter with Melbourne-based artist Esther Stewart. When you view Stewart’s paintings the connection is immediate, strong graphic forms in solid colour with an intrinsic flair for palette combinations.

As Piccioli so succinctly puts it “Geometry is a new form of decoration”!

Credits: Style.com

OUT/ABOUT: FELIX FOREST ‘CHERNOBYL’

In/Out: OUT/ABOUT: Felix Forest 'Chernobyl'

In/Out: OUT/ABOUT: Felix Forest 'Chernobyl'

In/Out: OUT/ABOUT: Felix Forest 'Chernobyl'

In/Out: OUT/ABOUT: Felix Forest 'Chernobyl'

In/Out: OUT/ABOUT: Felix Forest 'Chernobyl'

In/Out: OUT/ABOUT: Felix Forest 'Chernobyl'

In/Out: OUT/ABOUT: Felix Forest 'Chernobyl'

In/Out: OUT/ABOUT: Felix Forest 'Chernobyl'

In/Out: OUT/ABOUT: Felix Forest 'Chernobyl'

In/Out: OUT/ABOUT: Felix Forest 'Chernobyl'

In/Out: OUT/ABOUT: Felix Forest 'Chernobyl'

In/Out: OUT/ABOUT: Felix Forest 'Chernobyl'

In/Out: OUT/ABOUT: Felix Forest 'Chernobyl'

In/Out: OUT/ABOUT: Felix Forest 'Chernobyl'

Felix Forest’s ‘Chernobyl’ is a haunting realisation of Forest’s teenage dream to visit the eroded, decayed city; built, then abandoned after the world’s worst nuclear disaster. Shot last May after a last minute opportunity arose when Forest was working in Paris, his visit was as fragile as the political situation at the time, the Ukrainian war raging on and Kiev literally up in flames.

The clarity with which Forest’s experience of ‘Chernobyl’ is documented, the delicately balanced compositions and the sense of order in the symmetry imbues the devastation with an unexpected calm. The perspective of Forest’s work is vast yet intimate, dramatic yet serene, a poetic balance when all images are viewed together. The intimacy of the almost domestic scale crops, where one feels that someone has just left the room, is complemented with the comprehension of the almost 30 year abandonment in the broader perspectives of the public spaces. There is a crisp reality, a heartbreakingly beautiful tactility, yet there is a sense of composure to the abandonment. Vivid greenery creeps in, a peripheral acknowledgment of hope. The palette of tranquil mossy greens with harsh slaps of red highlight the dichotomy of emotional experience.

Forest says, “My focus was always on taking photograph in the exclusion zones and I was so focused before I got there that I forgot about the experience side of the journey. It soon caught up with me. On our way to Chernobyl, there were a lot of militias and military road blockages and as soon as we arrived a thunderstorm started… The ambiance was so dramatic and infectious, I was the only ‘tourist’ in the zone as the political climate wouldn’t have been appealing to most people. My guide (you have to get permits through the Chernobyl agency to go there and are constantly escorted by a guide and watched by militaries) has been working in Chernobyl for 14 years, first as a worker and then as a guide. His knowledge of the zone was very extensive and we had planned our expedition as precisely as possible to minimise my exposure to radiation.”

The emotional weight of Forest’s ‘Chernobyl’ is hard to take, yet the experience of such delicate, considered beauty in the abandonment resonates deep within.

Felix Forest ‘Chernobyl’
Becker Minty
Shop 7, 81 Macleay Street
Potts Point NSW
Open 7 days 10:30am – 6pm

Credits: Images courtesy of the artist and Becker Minty

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