Dark tones dominate “Mourning cloak”, the latest collection by Winde Rienstra – the fourth presented at Amsterdam Fashion Week. More deep and mysterious than all of her previous collections. After a hiatus to reflect on sudden changes in life, the Dutch designer produces a body of work that is visually inspired by the Mexican Día de los Muertos and by the ancient Japanese culture of the samurai and the geisha.
A fresh breeze that brings with it new ideas from the North. It comes from the peak of Europe, from Finnish Aalto University and from the works of 26 of its students on display at exhibition “Norther”, in Zona Ventura Lambrate in Milan.
Aalto University exists only since 2010, from the fusion of 3 faculties in the city of Helsinki, and for Milan’s Salone event it brought with it a representative selection of the future of Finnish design in various fields: furniture, ceramics, glass, textiles, fashion and apparel. The keywords? Simplicity in concepts and experimentation with construction techniques and traditional materials.
The grandniece of architect Sergio Bernardes won’t even need keys to get into Cara Varanda, a sober parallelepiped in glass and steel, at the edges of the Brazilian rainforest, in Barra de Tijuca near Rio de Janeiro.
It’s here that in just 15 days the latest villa designed by Carla Juaçaba was built, reducing the environmental impact of the construction site to a minimum with the use of few materials, all ecological.
Dense and vaporous, the oil-painted clouds that stand out in the photographic collages of Claire Falkenberg are like ambiguous but familiar bodies, presences that impose a pause, calmness and detachment from spaces that are at the same time wild and polluted, inhabited and abandoned.
Trees, trash, heaps of snow, lampposts: these are the images that are barely visible on the background of “Threshold”, visual anchors on which our gazes are fixed. Claire photographs them like rejects of landscapes we see every day, often without even looking into the viewfinder of her Yashica T4.