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PHILIPPINE FASHION

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The world overlooks fashion & design emerging from Southeast Asia. But no longer, it’s time to pay closer attention to the region’s creative impact. For example, fourteen years into its existence, Philippine Fashion Week is gaining international momentum and developing its own unique imprint on the industry. The event occurs twice a year (May & October), and shows collections from both independent designers and larger brands.

We caught up with Victoria Herrera – model & journalist – to briefly discuss her observations at this year’s Fashion week. As she explains, “For local designers, inspiration stemmed from traditional Filipino costumes and fabrics, to island inspired aesthetics. There were European influences and some use of trendier cuts. I also saw smaller brands pushing to match the quality of bigger global retail giants. Each year the event grows and rises to meet international standards. One of the best ways to keep up with it is through sites like ”http://philippinefashion.tumblr.com" target="_blank">Philippine Fashion. It’s a photo blog designed to shed light on the event from a very intimate perspective. The blog highlights moments otherwise missed. From rehearsals to backstage moments, you get an insider’s look." Below we have a sample of images from this year’s fashion week, but be sure to check out Philippine Fashion for the full effect.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, culture, events

RAINBOW PANORAMA

olafur eliasson rainbow panorama

Art and architecture collide to create a fantastic exhibit at Denmark’s ARoS Art Museum. Instead of exhibiting inside the museum, this unique installation sits atop the ARoS. The Rainbow Panorama by Olafur Eliasson is surreal in its application. As he describes, “I have created a space which virtually erases the boundaries between inside and outside – where people become a little uncertain as to whether they have stepped into a work or into part of the museum. This uncertainty is important to me, as it encourages people to think and sense beyond the limits within which they are accustomed to moving.” Rainbow Panorama is on display Tuesday through Sunday all through June. Don’t miss it if you’re in the area.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: architecture, art & design, museums

KAWS AT THE STANDARD

kaws at the standard

The Standard does it again. Recently they debuted their own boutique airline and now, just in time for the High Line’s expansion, they partner with the artist Kaws. Over the past year Kaws toured his Companion sculpture around the world. Its last stop was at the Aldrich Contemporary Museum and now it’s landed outside The Standard. Tons of people were drawn to the attraction as it was being set up. Arrested Motion was there to capture it all. We posted a few images below as a sample.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: hotels, art & design

STREETS IN THE ABSTRACT

Sabina Lang Daniel Baumann

Blasting unexpected areas with the most literal street art we’ve seen to date, swiss artists Sabina Lang & Daniel Baumann (also known as L/B) transform neighborhoods and towns with their massive installations. Vibrant and energetic, each project presents their abstract ideas in a new way. Whether it’s painting the quiet streets of a swiss housing development, a cross-bridge or a soccer field, Sabina and Daniel’s work dances across the ground with staggering ambition. There’s no problem thinking big in their camp. They started working together in 1991 and haven’t slowed down since. Click Read More for a closer look.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, people

NANJING SIFANG ART MUSEUM

nanjing sifang art museum

This fall we’re looking forward to the opening of the Nanjing Sifang Art Museum located in Nanjing, China. This isn’t your usual gallery space. Instead of developing something more traditional, Steven Holl Architects considered the museum’s overall curation. Knowing it would house 13th Century works, they identified ‘perspective’ as a central theme. Interestingly, the major difference between Western and Chinese paintings during this era was how each group treated the vanishing point. While western painters identified one single vanishing point, the Chinese rejected that ideal and produced landscapes with parallel perspectives. Hence, the cuts and turns found on the exterior of the Nanjing Sigang Art Museum. As Arch Daily describes, “The museum is formed by a ‘field’ of parallel perspective spaces and garden walls in black bamboo-formed concrete which a light ‘figure’ hovers.” It’s a beautiful structure. Be sure to check it out this fall. Click Read More for a closer look.

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Featured in: ARCHITECTURE / Categories: architecture, art & design

AIRPORT ON TILT

hamburg miniature airport

Tilt Shift photography is the filter de jur. Apps like TiltShifGen popularized the effect that takes real life images and makes them look like models or miniatures. The above photo looks like a tilt shifted image of a real airport, but it’s not. Much like life imitating art, imitating life, Hamburg’s Minatur Wunderland spent $5 Million to create a model airport with staggering detail. Earlier this month, the museum opened its model Knuffingen Airport to the public. Click Read More for additional information and a closer look.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, photography, museums

HAVE A SEAT

new york seating

New Role Models is an exciting urban initiative by New York based Click Boom Pow. Instead of waiting for the city to beautify their city, they took matters into their own hands by developing and distributing beautiful urban furniture throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. If you’re in the area you might see a few. The artful seating is created by bending quarter inch steel and laminating it with selected works by acclaimed designers like Chris Streger, Davla, Fawad Kahn and Milton Glaser. We hope more people are inspired by this effort and create beautiful works for their own city spaces. Click Read More to view a few photos from the project.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: art & design, innovations

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