LUXE STUDIO

The Futurist Fashion of Iris van Herpen

 

Iris van Herpen is a Dutch fashion designer who is widely recognized as one of fashion’s most talented and forward-thinking creators who continuously pushes the boundaries of fashion design. Renowned for her use of 3-D printing, van Herpen is widely considered one of contemporary fashion’s most progressive creators, and is a favored designer of style icons, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Björk, Cara Delevingne, and others. Phoenix Art Museum is the western-most destination on the North American tour of the exhibition “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” (February 24, 2018 through May 13, 2018) and the last chance to see these extraordinary collections of futuristic fashions in the USA.

 

Since her first collection in 2007, van Herpen has made a name for herself within and beyond the fashion world by combining tradition with radical innovation. Unparalleled in her multidisciplinary approach to creation, she has collaborated with artists, architects, and scientists such as Philip Beesley, Jólan van der Wiel, and Bart Hess, as well as teams at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2011, TIME Magazine included her 3-D printed dresses on its list of 50 Best Inventions.

 

Featuring 45 ensembles created from 2008 – 2015, the minimalistic installation will also include a selection of her fantastical shoe designs and runway show footage. A featured work is the dress from her 2014 collection Biopiracy, on view for the first time since it was purchased by Arizona Costume Institute to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fashion design collection and the Museum.

 

 

 

 

 

source: phxart

From the Sky of Dubai

 

Flying high above Dubai stunning architecture, Bachir Moukarzel’s drone has captured some fascinating imagery. The “hobbyist” photographer has recently earned himself some global praise, winning the urban category award in a National Geographic contest. Dubai’s skyscrapers, marina, hotels and winding roads are seen in a new light. Watch some of Bachir’s videos shown below …

 

 

 

 

 

source: Bachir Moukarzel

 

Cal-Earth – Helping people build homes with their own two hands

 

Cal-Earth develops and educates the public in self-help, environmentally sustainable building designs. Houses anyone can build with their own two hands, using locally available earth, sandbags and barbed wire – meeting modern-day standards for safety, beauty, energy efficiency, and comfort.

 

The global housing shortage currently includes some 20-40 million refugees and displaced persons, and hundreds of millions more who live in substandard or slum housing. With compounding environmental challenges and the acceleration of natural and man-made disasters, this shortage will only become more severe in the coming decades.

 

Cal-Earth’s designs have been studied by NASA, endorsed and used by the United Nations, featured in countless world media outlets, and awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Their Superadobe building system (U.S. Patent #5,934,027) integrates traditional earth architecture with contemporary global safety requirements, and has passed severe earthquake code tests in California.

 

Based in Hesperia, California, Cal-Earth trains hundreds of people each year through on-site, international, and web-based educational programs. Their alumni have helped share earth building with communities in over 40 countries across the globe, and their workshops have been held on five continents. Youth programs at Cal-Earth foster respect for the environment and an awareness of sustainability practices.

 

Cal-Earth strives to honor the late founder Nader Khalili’s vision of architecture based on the natural elements of earth, water, air, and fire. Today, they continue his mission to provide shelter for the world’s homeless and displaced persons, empower people to participate in the creation of their own homes and communities, and help preserve the planet that we all share.

 

 

 

 

source: Cal-Earth

Andy Warhol’s First Selfies Sold

 

Andy Warhol’s first selfies recently were auctioned off by Sotheby’s. In the latter part of the twentieth-century, Andy Warhol joined the ranks of Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, and Pablo Picasso to take his place amongst the most important and influential self-portraitists in the history of art. Throughout his career, he turned to his own visage to create works such as the present painting, filled with immediacy, vivacity, and sleek conceptual cool. Indeed, the present work is one of the first ten self-portraits that Warhol ever created and thus holds immense significance.

 

Warhol made Self-Portrait and the extant eight versions using images he had taken in a New York photo-booth. The use of such unconventional source material was, at this time, fiercely innovative, and added to the aura of technical invention that already surrounded this artist, who had pioneered the use of silkscreen printing in art only a couple of years previously. The lot sold for over 6 million British pounds.

 

source: Sotheby’s

“World’s Largest Picture Frame” Opens in Dubai

 

Dubai’s new monument soars almost 500 ft. tall and is the “world’s largest picture frame.” The structure represents the aspirations and achievements of the city. A decade in the making … in 2008, an international contest was organized by German elevator company Thyssen Krupp in collaboration with the International Union of Architects (UIA), which has UNESCO backing. Mexican architect Fernando Donis submitted a structure that would “embrace a void” and frame other monuments. His unique idea beat out 900 entries.

 

The glittering structure lights up at night as visitors stroll across the 305 ft. glass bottom walkway. From there, they have a sweeping panorama of the city, including a view of the iconic Burj Khalifa.

 

 

 

source: mymodernmet

 

Voice Activated Toilet with Mood Lighting

 

In the old wild West, cowboys would have never dreamed that many years later there would be such a remarkable way to replace the outhouse. But at the recent CES show in Las Vegas, Kohler introduced that there’s a new toilet in town. Their new “Numi” toilet (running at over six thousand dollars) can warm your bottom, set mood lighting, flush and close its lid without being touched.

 

A specially designed app for iOS and Android enables both voice commands and hands-free motion control. It has a motion-activated lid and seat, a retracting bidet and air dryer, a built-in air deodorizer, a heated seat, and floor-level vents. Additionally, a touchscreen remote gives a slew of customizable options – all saved separately for each user of the household including a built-in music system and ambient lighting. An app for iOS and Android enables both voice commands and hands-free motion control.

 

source: kohler

Neon Paradise in London

 

Owned by 43-year-old artist Marcus Bracey, a studio in East London, called ‘God’s Own Junkyard’, houses the collection of four generations of his family who have made, bought and displayed neon works.

 

Marcus opened the gallery with his father Chris in 2008. Chris Bracey has been the ‘Neon Man’ for 37 years creating iconic art pieces for David la Chappelle, Martin Creed, etc. With a cult following in London and Los Angeles, Bracey has made, installed and collected signs that have appeared in countless films including Eyes Wide Shut, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Batman.

 

The earliest pieces in the showroom date back to the 1950s, when Marcus’s grandfather left his job as a miner in Wales to join a lighting company and eventually make signs for carnivals across Britain. Bracey’s new works, which take around six weeks to make with neon moulded over 800 degree burners, now sit alongside those of his 17-year-old daughter Amber, a graffiti artist and next in line to take over the family business.

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Gates Lending Leonardo da Vinci’s Writings

 

In 1994, Bill Gates bought a rare set of Leonardo da Vinci’s scientific writings, the Codex Leicester, for nearly 31 million dollars from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles at Christie’s New York. Now Gates is lending da Vinci’s work to the Uffizi galleries for an exhibition in Florence in 2018 in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death. The manuscript, which belonged for centuries to the descendants of the first Earl of Leicester, was compiled between 1504 and 1508.

 

Besides the physical manuscript, digital screens will allow visitors to flip through the pages and access transcriptions and interpretations of the texts—written in Leonardo’s characteristic back-to-front mirrored style. There will also be drawings from the same period on loan from Italian and international museum collections.

 

The manuscript drew more than 400,000 visitors when it was shown as the Hammer Codex at the city’s Palazzo Vecchio in 1982, named after its then owner, the US petroleum magnate Armand Hammer.

 

 

sources: uffizi, theartnewspaper

MCA’s Heaven and Earth

 

 

For Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art’s 50th anniversary, they are bringing together two of the most important artists in the museum’s history, as well as icons of the last 100 years. Heaven and Earth: Alexander Calder and Jeff Koons finds common ground between these seemingly disparate artists, with Alexander Calder’s weightless sculptures nominally representing “heaven” and Jeff Koons’s celebrations of the mundane and concrete as “earth.” This pairing highlights both artists’ interest in playing with balance and gravity to make compelling sculptural statements, while reveling in the contrasts between high art aspirations and mundane material choices.

 

 

Calder (American, 1898–1976) originally made a name for himself in the 1920s for inventive bent-wire portraits and later his extraordinary and performative circus sculptures. He is best known, however, for the delicate floating sculptures of metal and wire that have come to be known as “mobiles”—a term coined by Marcel Duchamp. The MCA has extensive holdings of Calder’s work that have been regularly shown for decades, and in 2010, the museum produced a major exhibition titled Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form Balance Joy.

 

 

In the early 1980s, Koons (American, b. 1954) ushered in an influential new era of art with works that borrow from liquor advertisements or posters of basketball legends, as well as over-the-top celebrations of household goods like vacuum cleaners, in order to redefine the boundaries of taste. His star power was recognized early on and the MCA organized his first museum exhibition in 1988, and revisited his work with a major survey in 2008. Thanks to many generous gifts, the MCA collection holds his work in depth.

 

 

This playful and unexpected pairing of two of the most recognized artists of the modern era have an extended presence in the MCA’s galleries and will be updated periodically with substitutions by both artists. The exhibition runs through December 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: mcachicago

Google’s Synchronized Lighting Display in Berlin

 

Google recently partnered with U.K.-based energy and data-harvesting pioneer Pavegen to make Berlin’s 2017 Festival of Lights interactive. The footsteps of visitors to the world’s largest single energy harvesting array were converted into off-grid electrical energy, enabling a synchronized lighting display. Footsteps of visitors to the record-breaking 26-square meter installation set off 176 light panels embedded in the walls of this installation. Their unique moments were then captured and shared as video GIFs and stills by a photo pod at the end of the array.

 

This is the first time that Google has exhibited at the Berlin Festival of Lights. The headline event, which attracts upwards of two million guests in the heart of Germany’s cultural capital, is a celebration of the visual arts with ambitious and dynamic light installations bringing to life the city’s most famous places.

 

 

 

 

 

source: pavegen