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15 May


Walter Hugo for Paul Smith

May 15, 2015 | By |

Paul-Smith-Red-Ear-Fall-2013-1-630x371Born and raised in London, Walter Hugo has centered his work on using scientific processes to pioneer the modern development of early photographic techniques. Hugo’s creations are wonderfully laboured, capturing the life of the subject in an unparalleled way and engaging with the history of photography in an entirely contemporary manner.

For the 2013 winter collection of Paul Smith Hugo photographed using a giant pinhole camera. With Walter using a 19th century brass lens, the subjects had to sit incredibly still as the camera had a four second exposure. The developing chemicals were on site for immediate processing and there were no negatives, each image being completely unique. Paul worked with Walter on the final edit and the options not selected were destroyed to leave final eight portraits.

After the photographs were dry, Paul and Walter worked on the colour palette for hand colouring. Walter subsequently painted the portraits to highlight certain tones. The treatment was particularly popular in Japan, where hand colouring was a finely practiced art form.

Walter Hugo Beak Street 1

11 May


Congrats Coco-Mat

May 11, 2015 | By |


Congratulations Coco-Mat on your 12-year anniversary.

12 years – 12 days – 12% discount.

Sleeping on nature in style with one of our chandeliers!

11 May


The secret possessions of Frida

May 11, 2015 | By |

341992Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe and world is brought to life in Ishiuchi Miyako’s photographs, first seen in AnOther Magazine S/S15.

“If I met her, I wouldn’t ask any questions. I would only want to stare at her and touch her body.” Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako is talking about Frida Kahlo, the subject of her latest body of work. Self-taught Ishiuchi Miyako has been creating powerful and beautiful collections of photographs since the late 1970s, many of them concerned with the passing of time, and last year received the prestigious Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. In her series Mother’s (2000-05), she photographed the personal articles of her late mother, and in 2007, documented the clothing and personal items of victims of the devastating atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Her training in textile design means that she is appreciative of the delicate subtleties of the forms, structures, colours and fibres of the garments she photographs, and also manages to delicately handle the cultural and personal stories woven into them. “She is not somebody who makes decorative pictures,” says gallerist Michael Hoppen, who is hosting an exhibition of her Frida series at his eponymous London gallery, opening in May. “She’s somebody who really does live and breathe her particular stance on life.”

Source: Another Mag

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11 May


Gorgeous Birds

May 11, 2015 | By |


Thomas Lohr is a Bavaria-born fashion, portrait and still-life photographer. His solid portfolio includes fashion’s biggest names, from Dior to Hermès, Lanvin and Kenzo. Despite his frantic work schedule, Lohr still manages to carve out time for personal projects, the latest of which is the lustrous Birds. Printed on Japanese paper and bound in a white, velvety cover, the book invites us to reflect, close up, on the beauty of feathers and plumage, Lohr’s masterfully-lit shots providing an artful and enigmatic study. Here the photographer discusses abstraction and traveling into the unknown.

On his fascination with birds…
“Birds are inspiring creatures, but with this project I wanted to abstract things and look closer at something kind of surreal that I see when looking at birds’ feathers in real detail.”

On the inspiration behind the project…
“The initial idea behind the book was a study on textures and colors. What I wanted to do was to show the beauty of birds while approaching it from a different point of view.”

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Birds is out now

Source: Another Mag

20 Mar


Spring is coming!

March 20, 2015 | By |


Check out our collection!

19 Mar


The Fabric of India

March 19, 2015 | By |

8_muslim_borderFrom October 3rd 2015 – January 10th, 2016 the V&A’s “The Fabric of India” will be the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India from the 3rd to the 21st century.

Showcasing the best of the V&A’s world-renowned collection together with masterpieces from international partners, the exhibition will feature over 200 objects ranging from the 3rd to the 21st century. Objects on display for the first time will be shown alongside renowned masterworks and the very latest in Indian contemporary design. The astonishing skills and variety evident in this incomparably rich tradition will surprise and inform even those with prior knowledge of the subject, and is sure to delight visitors.

Check also the blog of the V&A with many fascinating stories about Indian fabrics.


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10 Mar


1980s Moscow Olympics

March 10, 2015 | By |

Anastasia_Tsayder_Olympic_Game_80-1For St. Petersburg born photographer Anastasia Tsayder, moving to Moscow came as a shock. Accustomed to the classical architecture of the 19th century, she was surprised to now be surrounded by Soviet style buildings of the late 70’s. She took an interest in the history of the urban development of her new city and found that many of the structures were built for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Around the time Tsayder moved to Moscow, the country was in full swing preparing for the Sochi 2014 winter games. Interested in legacy of the 1980 Olympic games, she sought out to photograph these now defunct buildings for her series Summer Olympics, as it may serve as an example for the fate of these single use venues in the future.

Shot on a twin-lens Rolleiflex, Tsayder’s intention was to get inside these often forgotten buildings to discover and document their current use, more than thirty years after they were built. Many of the original functions of these sports venues are lost.

Source: Feature Shoot



10 Mar


The Vanishing Indigenous

March 10, 2015 | By |


The Goroka, Papua New Guinea

Some more Jimmy Nelson today…

Putting aside a successful career, British photographer Jimmy Nelson embarked on a treacherous, lengthy journey to document the last remaining indigenous people of the world. From the thick, wet Amazon rain forests of Ecuador to the frigid tundras of Siberia, Nelson sought out and spent significant time with each native culture, grasping a genuine understanding of their lives and traditions.

Before They Pass Away is a poignant chronicle of heritage and humanity that threatens to be lost forever. Reed the full Featureshoot interview wit Nelson about his work.

© Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

The Rabari, India

The Mursi, Ethiopia

The Kalam, Papua New Guinea

The Maori, New Zealand

23 Feb


Lost & Found: Sherlock Holmes

February 23, 2015 | By |

A long-lost Sherlock Holmes story has been rediscovered more than a hundred years after it was first published. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the story, titled Sherlock Homes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar, in 1904 to raise money for a bridge in Selkirk, Scotland.

It was unearthed by town resident Walter Elliot, 80, who discovered it under a pile of books in his attic. He believes it may have lain there for almost 50 years. The 1,300-word tale was printed in a 48-page book of short stories, Book o’ the Brig. It was put together by locals to raise money to replace a bridge over the Ettrick river that had been destroyed by floods in 1902. Conan Doyle, who was a regular visitor to the area, agreed to contribute a story.

Mr Elliot, a retired woodcutter, found the pamphlet tied up with string while he was clearing out his attic. He says he cannot remember buying the book and thinks he must have got it from a friend.


Source: BBC

{Sherlock Holmes, cover designed by David Pearson, White’s Books. White’s Books is a small, London-based publishing house of clothbound books featuring wrap-around cover designs. David Pearson is a former Penguin book designer.}

22 Feb


Sunday inspiration: Petite Meller

February 22, 2015 | By |

petite-meller-picturePioneering her own self-titled genre, “Le Nouveau Jazzy Pop”, Petite Meller provokes nostalgia, thought and intrigue through the music she creates.


According to The Wild Magazine she “is the New Lolita of Franco-Pop”. We surely enjoyed her music and video this Sunday afternoon. Read the full Wild Magazine interview.


Having caught the media eye with her first foray into the pop-sphere, “Backpack” garnered her global attention. Directed by A.T.Mann, Napoleon Habeica and styled by Nao Koyabu, the video offers a plethora of subverted French references whilst recalling Meller’s childhood summers spent in the French Riviera.