He Made She Made has invited 21 Artists & Designers to reinvent 21 Masks for the 21st Century. Participants were given the brief to create bespoke masks that must be wearable and fit on a human head. The result is a diverse range of conceptual approaches currently being exhibited as part of the Masked Intentions exhibition…
I’ve been following the work of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio for quite some time. This young design duo continues to impress me time after time with beautifully resolved product and little elements of surprise. Seeing their work pop up during the recent New York Design Week as part of NoHo Design District, reminded me exactly how much I love them…
Although I don’t usually blog about fashion, and I certainly don’t consider myself to be an expert on the topic, I couldn’t help falling in love with the beauty of Dion Lee’s 2013 capsule collection. Dion was named an Australian winner of the prestigious International Woolmark Competition for which he designed this collection inspired by contemporary Australian identity. He uses sculptural, millinery shapes integrated into outerwear, referencing Australian Akubra style hats. Lee also drew inspiration from Jørn Utzon’s iconic Sydney Opera House, experimenting with construction of garments that echoed its sail-like architecture….
When I saw Alpha60 Autumn/ Winter 2013 collection, I was instantly compelled to turn a few of my favourite looks into ‘reverse mood-boards’. My eyes were immediately drawn to the beautiful colours – deep plums, royal blues, forest greens, pale creams and blacks. I was also really taken by the garments’ clean architectural shapes with a twist. So I began my process of gathering the images and channelling the Alpha60 vibe. The result is a series of mood boards that reinterpret Alpha60 signature aesthetic, and extend it to a complete design lifestyle – from architecture, interiors, furniture, lighting, graphics, art, even cars… Just like the name suggests – this is what it looks like when Alpha60 hangs out with Yellowtrace!
Mike Friton is a freelance shoemaker, weaver, paper sculptor whose innovations are responsible for many elements of athletic footwear that people wear today.