Artists Turntable Re-Designs for Charity Auction

10 Artists, including Gavin Turk, Jake & Dinos Chapman and Jeremy Deller have been asked by Secret 7″ to design a one-off turntable for the Planar 1/1 exhibition, to be auctioned on-line with the proceeds going to the mental health charity Mind.  Each artist was given a blank Rega Planer turntable and were given free reign to add there own creation onto the turntable.  The Re-Designs follows a set of artists including Anish Kapoor who created one off record sleeves for Secret 7″ earlier this year.  
The turntables include a Gavin Turk ‘Blue Plaque’ design, referencing his Cave piece, Stuart Semple’s nod to Joy Division, including lyrics from Disorder,  The Chapman brothers colour etching and James Joyce’s Smiley faces.  The 10 Turntables will be on display at The Ace Hotel Lobby in Shoreditch until tomorrow evening when they will be auctioned, there will be a public event in the Hotel lobby on the night including a Dj set by Gavin Turk and Pete Fowler.  
More info:  Secret 7″  Ace Hotel Shoreditch 

‘B Classic’ Burberry tease from Riccardo Tisci

Following his appointment at the luxury British fashion house, the anticipation for Riccardo Tisci’s debut collection for Burberry has been one of excitement to say the least.  So with him already working on his debut collection, Tisci has released a teaser of things to come on his instagram account from the pre collection called ‘B Classic’.  The collection is a celebration of Burberry through a carefully selected edit of the iconic pieces synonymous with the brand: the trench coat, the quilted jacket the poncho and the kilt.  Of the collection Tisci said “I wanted to celebrate the beauty, heritage and legacy that I discovered when I first arrived at Burberry.  ‘B Classic’ is an edit that I’ve curated to honour the icons of the House – pieces like the trench coat, the quilted jacket, the car coat, the kilt – which sits at the heart of the SS19 pre collection designed by the fantastic Burberry design team.”  Tisci took over from Christopher Bailey in March of this year with one standout line from Burberry’s announcement notes that Tisci’s “skill in blending streetwear with high fashion is highly relevant to today’s luxury, Riccardo’s creative vision will reinforce the ambitions we have for Burberry and position the brand firmly in luxury”.  Riccardo Tisci will reveal his full collection for the brand in September 2018.  
See Riccardo’s teaser on his Instagram account Here
Riccardo Tisci – Designer

Zaha Hadid’s only private residential commission is finally completed

The only private residence commissioned to be made by the late Architect Zaha Hadid has finally been completed.  The home, dubbed ‘The Capital Hill residence’, was commissioned by the Russian businessman Vladislav Doronin and has been built on a remote plot of land in the Barvikha forest just outside Moscow.  The house’s defining feature is a master suite set atop a slender concrete stalk that raises it high above the tree canopy.  Set 22 metres above the ground, this element of the design offers Doronin complete seclusion.  According to a new video on the project, the design all started with a sketch on a napkin, as Doronin explained to Hadid; “I want to wake up in the morning and I want to just see blue sky.  I don’t want to see any neighbours and I want to feel free.”  According to Dezeen, “The lowest level contains leisure facilities, while a lounge, living room and kitchen are set alongside entertaining spaces and a swimming pool on the ground floor. The entrance, guest and children’s bedrooms, and a library are set across the first floor.”


Single Shot – Dieter Rams

Design Museum: Your phrase “less but better” was initially read as an endorsement for purity in design. But it has been adopted as an environmental message about reduction and sustainability. What does the global community need to do to address that secondary message?
Dieter Rams: We live today with a lot of chaos, and designers should concentrate on helping to lighten the chaos, including the noise. Nobody notices any more that we’re living with a lot of noise. We don’t register the chaos; sometimes, yes, when we are in the middle of traffic or running late, we discover that everything is chaotic around us. It’s London, it’s Frankfurt it’s Berlin—it’s what Corbusier used to say about New York in the ’30s: It’s a “wonderful catastrophe”. Now all our cities around the world are wonderful catastrophes. We have to think much more about what we really need: how often we need things and how many we need. If we want to stay on this planet 50 years from now then we have to take that more seriously.
Design Museum:  For many people the chaos in the environment is mirrored in their own personal spaces, in the jumble of belongings. Is clutter ever a positive thing?
Dieter Rams:  In your personal surroundings there should be places where you have some disorder, so that you find the other places that are in order. Order with disorder—the contrast—can be sometimes fascinating. You have to have the difference; otherwise, you forget the feeling for order, for the necessary things.
Read Dieter Rams Ten Principles for Good Design

Dieter Rams – Industrial Designer



Gucci Garden opens for Pitti Uomo 2018

Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele opened the newly curated Gucci Museo in Florence, Italy with the added Gucci Garden, which contains the addition of a new concept store, exclusive restaurant run by Italian Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura and the Galleria exhibition rooms curated by critic Maria Luisa Frisa.  The  façade of the building greets you with a large neon-pink illuminating eye.  The space, originally the museum opened by Gucci in 2011, will also display a wide ranging retrospective of pieces from collections dating back to the House’s Florentine origins in 1921.  The specially curated concept store will feature, as well as Gucci clothing & jewellery, the brands recent foray into the world of home decor.   Alessandro said “The garden is real, but it belongs above all to the mind, populated with plants and animals: like the snake, which slips in everywhere, and in a sense, symbolizes a perpetual beginning and a perpetual return.”  Entry to the Gucci Garden experience will cost around €10 with half of the fee donated to support restoration projects around the city of Florence.
Gucci Museo, Piazza della Signoria, 10, 50122, Firenze FL, Italy
Alessandro Michele – Creative Director Gucci



Gucci x Ignasi Monreal SS18 campaign

For Gucci’s SS18 campaign Alessandro Michele has left behind the famed photographs of long time collaborator Glen Luchford, and has produced a set of surrealist images by the Spanish artist & illustrator Ignasi Monreal.   The latest collaboration comes after Monreal led the Gucci Giving campaign and his work also being used in the last Gucci Cruise collection.  The Spanish-born fashion illustrator exploded onto the fashion scene in his early twenties with his colourful graphic illustrations.   A perfect pairing for Gucci’s whimsical palate.  The dream like images contain both fairy-tale and mythological references as well as dinosaurs and UFO’s, sitting perfectly with Alessandro’s ongoing reinvention of the Gucci brand.

Ignasi Monreal – Digital Artist


Rick Owens ‘Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman’ retrospective Milan

A Rick Owens retrospective has opened in the Triennale Design Museum , Milan, showcasing the last 20 years of the designers fashion & furniture design work as well as some of his many collaborations.  Owens, originally from California but now Paris based, has described the exhibit as a personal narrative and is the first time he has held a full retrospective across all the design elements he chooses to work with.  Owens has curated a selection of garments, accessories, furniture, graphics and publications that chart the ebbs and flows — both intimate and professional — of his prolific career. “I wanted to take what a dismissive world might mock,” Owens describes of his desire to mount this show, “and create something fine, empathetic, kind and inclusive.”  Launching in 1994, Owens quickly became known for his skate / gothic glamorous style operating from Hollywood Boulevard and moved to Paris to set up an atelier in 2003.  
Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman Triennale di Milano  Dec 15 – March 25 
Rick Owens – Designer