Lexus, the high-end car company, who believe that design is a fundamental part of the Lexus brand, created the Lexus Design award. The competition was first launched in 2013 as an international platform to support upcoming designers and creatives. This year’s theme was based on the concept of ‘yet’, fusing together incompatible elements that harmonise to create the unexpected.
Four out of the twelve finalists will get the chance to build prototypes of their designs, which will be featured as part of the Lexus exhibition at this year’s Milan design week. There will also be presentation boards introducing the other eight’s finalist’s designs. The winners will be announced during Milan design week, which runs from the 4th until the 9th of April. The judges will assess the prototypes by the four panellists and announce this year’s winner thus concluding the competition. Here are the 12 finalist’s designs:
PIXEL by Japan’s, Hiroto Yoshizoe is a structure that allows you to experience the existence of both light and shadow.
Player’s Pflute by, Jia Wu, is a vegetable yet a musical instrument that provides a fun learning experience.
Buoyant Measuring Spoon for the Blind, by Eunjin Park, is a measuring spoon with unseen yet visualised tactile gradations for the blind.
The Landscape of Paper, by Kuniko Maeda, is a disposable yet up-cycled material using traditional and modern technology.
Mass Production to Unique Items, by Takehanake-Bungorogama, are mass-produced yet one-of-a-kind ceramics, created using a portable kiln.
Paper Kettle, by Ryo Katayama, is a combustible yet fire-resistant paper kettle.
Platanaceae, by Paula Cermeño, is a banana leaf bandage that outperform synthetic types. Yet, at the same time, they are biodegradable and soothing.
POD, by MODlab, is a temporary shelter for displaced populations, homeless yet home.
Retrospection Project/Timetune Radio, by Takuro Sanda, is a hi-tech yet retro radio that tunes in programmes from past and present.
Traffic Light System, by Evgeny Arinin, is a simple yet sophisticated traffic light.
Structural Color-Static Yet Changing, by Jessica Fügler is a static yet changeable structure dependent on one’s viewpoint.
Having nothing and yet possessing everything by, Ahran Won, is a capsule for mobile living – having nothing yet everything.]]>
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A few hundred years on and it was another family member who took the decision to add fragrance to the house. It was Alain Boucheron who set out on the journey to expand the business into fragrance in 1988 when the first scent was launched. Since that day, they have delved deep into the secrets of perfumery with the help of professional perfumers such as Dominique Ropion to create scents true to their heritage.
Once of the new trends in perfume is to have perfume collections and being on the cusp of this trend are Boucheron. Their newly launched collection consists of six scents: Tubereuse de Madras, Oud de Carthage, Ambre d’Alexandrie, Iris de Syracuse, Neroli d’Ispahan and Vanille de Zanzibar.
Each created by distinct perfumiers, it is made up of a harvest of the best exotic scents from all around the world and represents Boucheron’s tradition for hunting the best raw ingredients. The scents that all derive from different parts of the world are diverse and authentic, as is the history of Boucheron. They are interconnected through different crystals and diamonds which is what first attracted the Boucheron family to world travel.
The bottles represent the golden double gadroons that Maison Boucheron is so known for and the transparent glass reveals the coloured liquids. The scents are collated by expert perfumers including Nathalie Lorson, Christophe Raynaud, Fabrice Pellegrin, Jean-Christophe Herault, Dominique Ropion.
The brand has always had strong ties to India that still prevail today; the Maharaja of Patiala visited the Boucheron shop in 1928 to inquire about custom made jewellery. Their travels to countries such as India have inspired their scents through the memories from these exotic trips. That is why scents such as Tubereuse De Madras feel so authentic and take us to another place.
Tubereuse De Madras – Christophe Raynaud
In the top notes, petals of Orange Blossom, Violet Leaf, and tangy Passion Fruit.
In the middle Ylang Ylang, Frangipani Flower, with Tuberose Infusion.
The base Vanilla with Tuberose Absolute.
It comes from the Eastern Indian city of Madras where the Boucheron explorers first found the sacred flower. It is reminiscent of the misty air and mystique of Madras. The creator Christophe Raynaud has a deep personal interest in architecture, which Madras excels at and the most important aspect of creating perfumes for him is maintaining harmony.
Oud de Carthage – Dominique Ropion
Top notes of Incense and Honey.
Middle notes of Labdanum Absolute and Tonka Bean.
The base distinction with two accords: Oud and Leather.
Oud de Carthage is all about the travels to Tunisia and the brown sandy landscapes, constantly changing through gusts of wind. It is a scent named after Carthage, an ancient empire with a history in trading Oud Wood, gemstones, incense and spices. The scent of Oud is a representation of the fascination with the orient and is powerfully captivating. Created by Dominique Ropion who has always understood the world around him through olfactory experiences, the scent gets an added layer of intellect.
Ambre d’Alexandrie. - Jean-Christophe Hérault
Top notes Creamy Vanilla and Benzoin with Narguile accord.
Middle notes of Cistus resin, and Amber.
Base notes a bed of Ambergris with carnal Musk.
The dramatic, spicy and hot sunsets of the ancient Egyptian city of Alexandria inspired Ambre d’Alexandrie. Amber, a stone with a strong character that originates from this ancient city, brings hypnotising spices into the set of fragrances. The drama of the scent may also derive from the background of its creator Jean-Christophe Herault, who has a passion for literature and art and explores their link to perfumery constantly.
Iris De Syracuse – Nathalie Lorson
A floral iris, vibrant and elegant.
The top notes tangy Mandarin, juicy and crunchy Pear with a spicy touch of Black Pepper.
The middle note Iris Concrete Jasmine Petals, almond blossom embodied by Heliotrope.
The base note Patchouli veil, Vanilla White Musks bring infinite softness to this base.
Iris De Syracuse derives from the sunny, sweeping cliffs of Sicily in Italy. Its focus is on the violet amethyst and the opening up of the flower, releasing all the scents that it has to offer. Even though it’s a delicate nectar, the fragrance enhances its best qualities. Nathalie Lorson’s sensibility as a perfumer lends well to this delicate scent as well as her passion for creating scents that can feel intimate to the wearer.
Neroli d’Ispahan - Fabrice Pellegrin
Top notes of Green Cardamom and Ginger, accentuated by the fresh and peppery facets of Elemi.
Followed by Neroli, and Pink Peppercorn.
Base notes bring White Musks, together with woody and warm Patchouli Essence.
Neroli d’Ispahan is an homage to the intricate architecture of the city of Isfahan and the flower it derives from. The Persian city was at the crossroads of the silk and spice trade but is also the home of precious stones. The desert sun and greenery is the perfect roaming ground for orange trees, where Neroli derives from and the scent represents this contrasting environment. With Fabrice Pellegrin’s roots in Grasse on the French Riviera, he can appreciate the power of the sun in enhancing olfactory experiences.
Vanille de Zanzibar – Nathalie Lorson
Top Notes – Mandarin, Jasmine, Pear
Heart Notes – Bourbon Vanilla, Balsam of Peru, Heliotrope
Base Notes – White Musks, Sandalwood and Patchouli
Vanille de Zanzibar derives from the wild, uncontrollable sea waves of Africa, touching on the shores of the continent. The scent has a sense of escapism, as does the city on Zanzibar with its tropical seaside charm. Here it is mixed with a whole array of other milky aspects such as honey, tobacco and amber, making it a warm comforting scent. Nathalie Lorson’s perfectionist nature gave the perfume its unique touch and a exotic addition to the collection.
A delightful collection of six intoxicating fragrances tied together by a love of travel and a love of scent…]]>
A brand synonymous with the term wellness is ESPA. One of the pioneering brands created specifically for spa treatments, it was founded by Sue Harmsworth who started out in the spa business in the 80′s. This was a time of rebirth, as the idea of leisure pursuits like exercise for relaxation and spa treatments began the resurgence we see today. She realised there were no specific products to be utilised so she filled the gap in the market and created ESPA. Utilising essential oils, plant and marine extracts and the know-how of skin experts, ESPA is heralding the way for wellness in beauty. With their heritage in spa expertise, they are certainly leaders in taking a holistic full body and mind approach to health and wellness.
With over 450 of some of the finest spas in 50 countries, each offering luxury wellness for the mind and body, the company has over 3,500 highly trained therapists administering over 3 million treatments in order to experience first-hand what works for every age and skin type. If you cannot personally visit one of the spas, there is also a skin consultation tool that will analyse your skin type in order to understand which of their products will bring out your best assets.
Among some of ESPA’s most pivotal products are their face, body and hair products for both women and men, all created at their spas by expert biochemists. They express the power of nature first and foremost and want to bring out the natural beauty of each individual. The key ingredients of Argan Oil, Summer Snowflake Bulb, Inca Inchi Oil Yucca Extract and Rose Oil represent how the focus of ESPA is ingredients purely extracted from nature. They are also known to not using synthetic colour or fragrance, parabens, silicone or mineral oil as these are known to have unwanted effects on the skin or derive from unnatural sources that have pure alternatives. Some of their products have even become widely recognised as cult classics in the beauty world, such as their Pink Hair & Scalp Mud mask.
With this in mind, ESPA has rebranded their company to reflect how their ethos fits into modern life and to further visually emphasise the clean, natural and simple products that they offer. The goal is to reiterate the holistic approach of the brand, delivering a spa experience, the impact of our health on beauty and their work with aromatherapists.
So the news is that ESPA is launching a limited edition Restorative Balm which is all about the wellbeing of our mind and a Tri-Active Advanced Night Booster, that seeks to revitalise tired skin. The Restorative Balm’s mix of Rose, Lavender, Orange, Palmarosa, Myrrh and Niaouli aim to destress, brighten up, soothe and clear up your mind by being applied to wrists and temples. What sounds better than a natural, quick remedy for a stress ridden life?
Also there is the Night Booster, on the other hand, focuses on defying age by intensively boosting skin cell regeneration while you sleep. Consisting of Flower and Caffeine, Bidens Pilosa, Winged Kelp, Canola Oil and an Essential Oil blend, the blend protects, strengthens and intensifies the skin’s renewal cycle.
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Obscure and yet light… that may sound like a strange set of words to put together but this is what the Italian word Chiaroscuro derives from. The term has traditionally been used to describe an oil painting technique that rely on the contrasts between light and dark to emulate three-dimensional forms. – Steve Bicknell
Originating from the Renaissance, the most famous artists to have used this method are Giovanni Baglione (1566-1643), Caravaggio, (1573-1610) and Rembrandt (1606-1669). Mystery and depth have long since been conveyed through the manipulation of dark and light, especially in art, where painters darkened backgrounds and lit the forefront to create atmosphere. This method has successfully been adapted into film, creating the most iconic and recognisable imagery of cinematic history, think film noir.
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For men, there are two models offering a new take on the Ceramica, which are limited to just 701 pieces. This model stands out through its velvety matte finish, but also through the creative use of typography on the dial. For women, there are several models to choose from in this collection, including two diamond-studded pieces in a choice of either glossy black or white high-tech ceramic.
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Over the past 15 years the label Dave Howell has been curating, 130701, has put out some of the biggest names and most important releases in the genre – working with pianist / composers Max Richter, Johann Johannsson, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka. Whilst their own output has been far from prolific, they’ve seen the area grow from just a handful of isolated artists, a small number of promoters and supporters at press and radio, to become – over the past four or five years – a burgeoning force of significant cultural impact.
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Starting out, like so many of his contemporaries, having a large collection of records meant he was the one asked to DJ at people’s parties. From there he moved on to DJ in some of London’s best nightclubs and best parties. Once there he launched the now lauded Lost parties and started his own record label…well several including lost and cosmic.
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Sun Ra was not born on earth but he comes from outer space, more specifically Saturn, so he tells all. Tracks named, ‘Love in Outer Space’, ‘Plutonian Nights’ and ‘Dance of the Cosmo Aliens’, are all in tune with his otherworldly persona. The Sun Ra Arkestra, first established in 1956 Chicago, established by Herman Boole Blount (Sun Ra), is a vibrant musical anomaly, still performing today, inspiring listeners and contemporary performers all over the world. The group creates music outside of conventional styles and clearly takes influences not from history but the futuristic unknown. Sun Ra himself is not just deemed the founder of Avant-Garde Jazz, but a poet and philosopher. His influences drew from science fiction, cosmology, and futuristic concepts, (due to his not being born on earth of course).
Arkestra is now Marshall Allen from 2007 and continues Sun Ra’s vision of embracing and fusing multiple influences, such as Egyptology and space age fashion, to create an eclectic and mystical contemporary performance. The formless unruly structures of jazz performed by musicians adorned in sparkling, gemstone coloured coats and headdresses, combine to make the experience a theatrical and musical delight.
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