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What Watch

What Watch

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What Watch

 

Composed of a diverse international cast of designers and entrepreneurs, the brand WHAT? was launched in Brooklyn in 2015. WHAT? Watch is focused on rethinking traditional timekeeping. Its aim is to create products that are distinctive and interesting. Providing both great value for the money and truly meaningful emotional benefits, these watches combine digital and analog, technology and style, in distinctive and original ways. From Tokyo to Helsinki, Zurich to New York, the global design perspective serves to reshape the way how WHAT? Watch wearers perceive and interact with time.

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Notabag

Notabag

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Notabag

 

Notabag is a smart combination of a bag and a backpack. With a single pull on the straps, it transforms itself from a sleek eco-friendly bag to an easy-to-carry backpack. Inside of the bag, there is an attached pocket where you can keep your wallet or your keys. When the bag is not in use, it can be folded into that pocket, which becomes a hand-sized pouch and can be easily carried around.

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MEDUSA Jewellery and Taboos

MEDUSA Jewellery and Taboos

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MEDUSA Jewellery and Taboos
Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
From 19 May to 5 November 2017

 

The Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris presents MEDUSA, an exhibition taking a contemporary and unprecedented look at jewellery, unveiling a number of taboos. Just like the face of Medusa in Greek mythology, a piece of jewellery attracts and troubles the person who designs it, looks at it or wears it. While it is one of the most ancient and universal forms of human expression, jewellery has an ambiguous status, mid-way between fashion and sculpture, and is rarely considered to be a work of art. Indeed, it is often perceived as too close to the body, too feminine, precious, ornamental or primitive. But it is thanks to avant-garde artists and contemporary designers that it has been reinvented, transformed and detached from its own traditions.

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Present Imperfect: Disorderly Apparel Reconfigured

Present Imperfect: Disorderly Apparel ReconfiguredImage courtesy of Fashion space gallery

Present Imperfect: Disorderly Apparel Reconfigured
12 May – 4 August 2017
Fashion space gallery

 

Disorderly apparel describes garments that are badly damaged, utterly worn-out or made from textiles that have perished over time. The items exhibited in Present Imperfect are prized for these very qualities. However, similar apparel can be overlooked or suppressed, left to lie dormant or languish in museum stores. Selected apparel includes a pair of Victorian kid leather gloves that are burned, forever contorted in corporeal gesture.

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The World of Anna Sui

The World of Anna Sui

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The World of Anna Sui
Fashion and Textile Museum, London
From 26 May to 1 October 2017

 

The World of Anna Sui – the first-ever retrospective of an American fashion designer to be held in the UK. With over 125 full looks ‘The World of Anna Sui’ explores the glamorous and eclectic world of one of New York’s most beloved and accomplished designers. Since her first catwalk show in 1991, Sui has become known for creating fabulously original clothing inspired by spectacular amounts of research into vintage fashion and popular culture.

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Maddalena Bearzi Jewelry

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Maddalena Bearzi Jewelry

 

Maddalena Bearzi is an Italian jewelry artist, marine biologist, writer and President of the non-profit organization Ocean Conservation Society. Born in Verona, Italy into an artistic family, she has traveled extensively studying wild animals and learning new ways to express herself. She began to pursue her passion for jewelry craftsmanship on her own, and later studied metalsmithing at the University of California, Los Angeles. Maddalena has learned techniques from master silversmith and jeweler Gordon Wainwright and from world-recognized jewelry artist Harold O’Connor. Her jewelry draws from her experiences in other artistic media such as paint and textiles. Maddalena’s work has been exhibited in galleries and art shows.

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Mastery of an Art: Van Cleef & Arpels – High Jewelry and Japanese Crafts

Mastery of an Art: Van Cleef & Arpels - High Jewelry and Japanese CraftsImage courtesy of The National Museum of Modern Art 

Mastery of an Art: Van Cleef & Arpels – High Jewelry and Japanese Crafts
April 29 – August 6, 2017
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

 

Van Cleef & Arpels is world-renowned as a maker of high jewelry. This exhibition, focusing on fine Japanese and French craftsmanship, showcases beautiful works that are products of artistic mastery and also provide insight into the two countries’ cultures. The first section surveys currents in jewelry within the context of Van Cleef & Arpels’ history, from the company’s founding to the present day. This is followed by a comparison between high jewelry and highly accomplished Japanese works from the Meiji Period. 

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