STUDIO SWINE - HAIR HIGHWAY
Hair Highway is a contemporary take on the ancient Silk Road. As the world’s population continues to increase, human hair has been re-imagined as an abundant and renewable material, with China being the biggest exporter of human hair.
By combining hair with a natural resin, Studio Swine has created a composite material that provides a sustainable alternative to the planet’s diminishing natural resources with an aesthetic that evokes the palettes of tortoiseshell and a grain resembling that of polished horn or exotic hardwoods. The result is a unique collection of exquisite objects inspired by the 1930’s Shanghai-deco style.
The film documents the hair trade and industry in the Shandong province of China. Following the journey of the material from the people who sell their hair through to the hair merchants, markets and factories. To finally end up in a collection of highly decorative objects created by Studio Swine.
What ever happened to the creative pick-up? I remember when I used to roll my eyes at these little gimmicky approaches, and now I would welcome them in a society so full of social avoidance and its lack lustre approach to dating. -tM
Director: Eric Rohmer | Paris Nous Apparitient
An interesting artistic compilation and understanding of life and its creative spectrum’s. You can feel the push and pull in this piece of restraint and freedom as reflected in life as in art. -tM
Toronto Designer Alessandro Munge talks about how we use space and how he designs according to our movement, our culture, and our emotional experiences. His psychology of design and process fascinates me. -tM
Do you remember these James Bond type commercials made for Cadbury chocolate? What a woman wouldn’t do for a man that would go to those extremes to get her chocolates. -tM
In Residence: Patrizia Moroso
The grand dame of design opens the doors to her personal paradise
Imposing and unexpected amidst the lush greenery of a secluded plot in Udine in northeastern Italy, the home of Patrizia Moroso reveals a vibrant vision in the forest: at once a lived-in family home and a showcase of contemporary design and art gathered from around the globe.
As the creative director of Moroso, the prolific Italian furniture manufacturer started by her parents in the 1950s, Moroso is one of the grand dames of design, known for spotting and fostering new talent as well as for working with some of the most established names in design.
For years Moroso has lived here with her Senegalese husband, the artist and designer Abdou Salam Gaye, as over the years their three children have grown up and left the enchanted abode. Moroso, however, plans to stay put, glad to be living outside the borders of hectic design hub Milan. “If you are inside a place you don’t really see what is happening. You can see things differently from the outside,” she says. “Here I feel more free to see what is happening in design, and free to make our things according to a sort of independent vision.”
People will always judge, and they will never mind their own business. The masses will always have a need to react sanctimoniously. The key is being confident enough in oneself to not give a shit. -tM
“…but friendship has something I hope love has too: respect for others’ freedom. It’s not possessive.” -Éric Rohmer
Athens-based filmmaker Thanasis Tsimpinis’s poetic portrait of two lovers—entwined with a story about a deer.
Oh for the love of my youth, for the originality of fashion in the 80’s, and for the love of Duckie. -tM
The earliest known footage of break dancing circa 1930’s. -tM
Calm, and patient, this video explores the minimalist architecture of Le Corbusier, who was one of the pioneers of urban planning and architecture. He dedicated his life to providing better living conditions for those residing in crowded cities.
I can still hear the ocean and distant highway traffic long after the picture has stopped moving. -tM
Happy Friday to all! Time to “lock the door, “ on yet another week. May you have a sexy weekend, attitude and all. -tM
Film: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Calling up nostalgia. It’s that kind of moody weekend for me. -tM
One last ride before we change gears and the time spent outdoors is exchanged for time creating indoors. Hopefully the summers energy has given us all a renewed sense of balance and has reminded us of what is truly important in life. -tM