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Maximilian Missoni on his life as Head of Design at Polestar
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Maximilian Missoni on his life as Head of Design at Polestar

Design This weekend Polestar, the electric performance car brand from Sweden, opens its first three Polestar Spaces in the Netherlands. In these retail environments in Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Leidschendam, the Dutch public can meet Polestar 2 for the first time. The fourth Space will open later this year near Amsterdam. Polestar is moving forward towards a more sustainable future and believes electric vehicles are a crucial step on this journey.   These ‘physical’ Spaces are designed to match the minimalist and innovative design philosophy of the brand. Customers can discover the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 in many different ways; through interactive displays with touchscreens or with Varjo virtual reality that matches the resolution of the human eye. For questions they can always contact Polestar Specialists that, interestingly, do not work on commission basis.    The Polestar 2, which will debut in the Netherlands this weekend, is a fully electric performance fastback. It is also the first car in the world with an integrated Android infotainment system, which means access to Google services such as Google Maps and voice recognition. As Polestar is working towards a sustainable future, the brand created it’s interior out of recycled and vegan materials.      Maximilian Missoni is the Head of Design at Polestar. Maximilian Missoni studied Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art in London then started his career at the Volkswagen Group. In 2018 he became Head of Design for Polestar.     Being Head of Design of a progressive super design brand we are extremely curious: What does a day in the life of Maximilian Missoni look like?   It’s probably more down to earth than you’d imagine. We work on many future car models simultaneously and the development process of such complex technological products – especially when aiming at a mass production volume can be very tedious at times. I spend probably two thirds of my days in dark rooms with life size projections or virtual reality rigs where we assess proposals and designs, implementing improvements. I also spend a lot of time in intense discussions with engineering about how to get to the desired results. The remaining third would split into team development, management meetings and strategic tasks. It feels like there is never enough time to just roam and find inspiration.   How do you keep inspired when handling a brand like Polestar?   The biggest task when setting up the design language for a new brand as a team is to distill philosophy and values into three dimensional objects and ultimately products that people want to live with. I see it as my main task to identify great ideas that emerge within the design team and develop them into a stage where we can present them and convince the rest of the management team to support this vision. I have handpicked the guys and girls in my team and have done so because I believe in their individual talent and unique styles. So, they are actually the ones who often inspire me. Coming into work every morning, knowing there is a bunch of highly skilled and creative people who are all keen to shape the future is probably my biggest privilege. On top of that I immerse myself whenever I can into contemporary art and design. And I try to keep learning – lately everything about electric propulsion and the challenges and opportunities of sustainability or even circularity – our next frontier.   What's your home like? Do you practice what you preach?   I try to surround myself with furniture design classics and art that inspires me. Would I like to expand this collection? Absolutely. The one object which probably reflects my design ethos the most - besides the cars of our own brands which I drive - is my boat, designed by a Swedish boat designer and friend of mine, who I studied with back in the days. Its clever, Scandinavian, minimalistic solutions make me happy time and time again.   3,5 We just have to ask… are you perhaps related to the (fashion) Missoni dynasty?   The name Missoni is generally not very common, and the origins of the wider family tree are in northern Italy, but I wouldn’t go further than that.      This weekend Polestar, the electric performance car brand from Sweden, opens its first three Polestar Spaces in the Netherlands. In these retail environments in Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Leidschendam, the Dutch public can meet Polestar 2 for the first time. The fourth Space will open later this year near Amsterdam. Polestar is moving forward towards a more sustainable future and believes electric vehicles are a crucial step on this journey.   These ‘physical’ Spaces are designed to match the minimalist and innovative design philosophy of the brand. Customers can discover the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 in many different ways; through interactive displays with touchscreens or with Varjo virtual reality that matches the resolution of the human eye. For questions they can always contact Polestar Specialists that, interestingly, do not work on commission basis.    The Polestar 2, which will debut in the Netherlands this weekend, is a fully electric performance fastback. It is also the first car in the world with an integrated Android infotainment system, which means access to Google services such as Google Maps and voice recognition. As Polestar is working towards a sustainable future, the brand created it’s interior out of recycled and vegan materials.      Maximilian Missoni is the Head of Design at Polestar. Maximilian Missoni studied Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art in London then started his career at the Volkswagen Group. In 2018 he became Head of Design for Polestar.     Being Head of Design of a progressive super design brand we are extremely curious: What does a day in the life of Maximilian Missoni look like?   It’s probably more down to earth than you’d imagine. We work on many future car models simultaneously and the development process of such complex technological products – especially when aiming at a mass production volume can be very tedious at times. I spend probably two thirds of my days in dark rooms with life size projections or virtual reality rigs where we assess proposals and designs, implementing improvements. I also spend a lot of time in intense discussions with engineering about how to get to the desired results. The remaining third would split into team development, management meetings and strategic tasks. It feels like there is never enough time to just roam and find inspiration.   How do you keep inspired when handling a brand like Polestar?   The biggest task when setting up the design language for a new brand as a team is to distill philosophy and values into three dimensional objects and ultimately products that people want to live with. I see it as my main task to identify great ideas that emerge within the design team and develop them into a stage where we can present them and convince the rest of the management team to support this vision. I have handpicked the guys and girls in my team and have done so because I believe in their individual talent and unique styles. So, they are actually the ones who often inspire me. Coming into work every morning, knowing there is a bunch of highly skilled and creative people who are all keen to shape the future is probably my biggest privilege. On top of that I immerse myself whenever I can into contemporary art and design. And I try to keep learning – lately everything about electric propulsion and the challenges and opportunities of sustainability or even circularity – our next frontier.   What's your home like? Do you practice what you preach?   I try to surround myself with furniture design classics and art that inspires me. Would I like to expand this collection? Absolutely. The one object which probably reflects my design ethos the most - besides the cars of our own brands which I drive - is my boat, designed by a Swedish boat designer and friend of mine, who I studied with back in the days. Its clever, Scandinavian, minimalistic solutions make me happy time and time again.   3,5 We just have to ask… are you perhaps related to the (fashion) Missoni dynasty?   The name Missoni is generally not very common, and the origins of the wider family tree are in northern Italy, but I wouldn’t go further than that.     

Kinfill Introducing the new summer fragrance: Tilieu n°7
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Kinfill Introducing the new summer fragrance: Tilieu n°7

Lifestyle The exhilarating aroma of the linden blossom is reminiscent of summer days, when trees are in full bloom, birds are uttering about and temperatures are simmering. Redolent of bright yellow oral notes, the honey-like scent of Tilieu n°7 will enchant you with its soothing, warm medicinal bene ts.     The new Tilieu n°7 fragrance be available as: Multi Surface Spray — REFILL SET OF TWO; Glass & Mirror Spray — REFILL SET OF TWO; Tub & Tile Spray — REFILL SET OF TWO; Floor Cleaner — REFILL SET OF TWO.     EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE IN STORES AT SKINS COSMETICS FROM JULY 25 UNTIL SEPTEMBER 20TH. The exhilarating aroma of the linden blossom is reminiscent of summer days, when trees are in full bloom, birds are uttering about and temperatures are simmering. Redolent of bright yellow oral notes, the honey-like scent of Tilieu n°7 will enchant you with its soothing, warm medicinal bene ts.     The new Tilieu n°7 fragrance be available as: Multi Surface Spray — REFILL SET OF TWO; Glass & Mirror Spray — REFILL SET OF TWO; Tub & Tile Spray — REFILL SET OF TWO; Floor Cleaner — REFILL SET OF TWO.     EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE IN STORES AT SKINS COSMETICS FROM JULY 25 UNTIL SEPTEMBER 20TH.

INTRODUCING THE SECOND CHAPTER OF #ACCIDENTALINFLUENCER – THE DIGITAL PROJECT DEDICATED TO THE GUCCI TENNIS 1977
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INTRODUCING THE SECOND CHAPTER OF #ACCIDENTALINFLUENCER – THE DIGITAL PROJECT DEDICATED TO THE GUCCI TENNIS 1977

Fashion Gucci announces the second chapter of its digital project #AccidentalInfluencer, the intriguing and playful take on the idea of imitation and replication, seen through the lenses of London based artist, photographer and director Max Siedentopf – which debuted last February.     The focus is once again on the range of Gucci Tennis 1977 sneakers, this time enriched by the recently introduced styles from the Gucci Off The Grid collection, designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele with motifs of the House and constructed with recycled, organic, bio-based and sustainably sourced materials – including ECONYL®, a regenerated nylon made from nylon offcuts and pre- and post-consumer waste.     For this new chapter, Siedentopf leads us through the every-day life of these eclectic characters accidentally matching furniture pieces and objects in their homes. The result is an array of hypnotical and haunting scenes, where individuals seem to suggest improbable visual coincidences between their looks and settings.     The campaign will be launched on Gucci’s social media platforms, and will also include bespoke videos for TikTok, dedicated clips for Instagram Stories, and a section on the Gucci App that allows customers to virtually “try on” the Gucci Tennis 1977, using the pioneering augmented reality technology the House has introduced in June 2019.     #accidentalinfluencer Gucci announces the second chapter of its digital project #AccidentalInfluencer, the intriguing and playful take on the idea of imitation and replication, seen through the lenses of London based artist, photographer and director Max Siedentopf – which debuted last February.     The focus is once again on the range of Gucci Tennis 1977 sneakers, this time enriched by the recently introduced styles from the Gucci Off The Grid collection, designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele with motifs of the House and constructed with recycled, organic, bio-based and sustainably sourced materials – including ECONYL®, a regenerated nylon made from nylon offcuts and pre- and post-consumer waste.     For this new chapter, Siedentopf leads us through the every-day life of these eclectic characters accidentally matching furniture pieces and objects in their homes. The result is an array of hypnotical and haunting scenes, where individuals seem to suggest improbable visual coincidences between their looks and settings.     The campaign will be launched on Gucci’s social media platforms, and will also include bespoke videos for TikTok, dedicated clips for Instagram Stories, and a section on the Gucci App that allows customers to virtually “try on” the Gucci Tennis 1977, using the pioneering augmented reality technology the House has introduced in June 2019.     #accidentalinfluencer

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Beauty of the Chanel Haute Couture Collection for Fall & Winter
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Beauty of the Chanel Haute Couture Collection for Fall & Winter

Beauty “Romantic punk with a sophisticated twist. A playfulness paired with a chic sense of assurance. We maintained a punk attitude to the makeup going from a bold eyeliner to deep dark sophisticated lips, through a defined yet subtle use of pink. Very strong and deep, defined browny red lips, a very thin elongated eyeliner going across the top of the eye, a very transparent and luminous skin with accents of balmy highlight on the top of the lid and high on the cheekbones give yet another twist to the same inspiration.” Lucia Pica “Romantic punk with a sophisticated twist. A playfulness paired with a chic sense of assurance. We maintained a punk attitude to the makeup going from a bold eyeliner to deep dark sophisticated lips, through a defined yet subtle use of pink. Very strong and deep, defined browny red lips, a very thin elongated eyeliner going across the top of the eye, a very transparent and luminous skin with accents of balmy highlight on the top of the lid and high on the cheekbones give yet another twist to the same inspiration.” Lucia Pica

At home with Casil McArthur
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At home with Casil McArthur

Culture At home with Casil McArthur, captured by Antonio Eugenio.       Who are you and what is your profession? I am Casil, a man who loves pretty things and who is trying to change what masculinity means to people. My profession is modeling, and as a trans man, I feel very lucky to be given this type of platform to be able to bring my world into the homes and sight of people who may not think too much on trans experience.    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?  Obviously because photoshoots and runway shows always involve a lot of crew/people working close together to create something, I think the epidemic has effected the industry on every level.  It'll be a long time before things can go "back to normal" so the best thing fashion can do is be as innovative with its creative process as possible, video call and zoom shoots it is for now!      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? Being creative in quarantine is very easy with all the free time. I've spent my time drawing, writing songs and playing video games. But I do believe my fashion creativity has been lacking, for now I am okay with not focusing on outfits and style all the time.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid -19 effect that? I was in London when the travel ban was about to take place, luckily I got home before I ended up spending the duration of quarantine in a different country.  I had a few plans to travel for work this year which is no longer possible for an undetermined but probably very long amount of time, I think this coming fashion week in September won't play out as usual which is sad. But I'm excited to see how the industry handles these hurdles.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without? Nothing too special, I've finally gotten my skin to balance out so skin care has gotten super easy (I suffered from very bad cystic acne for a while due to hormone imbalances, I found out its not great too forget to take my testosterone for a month.... oops.) I wash my face every night before I go to sleep, and then I use pure vitamin E oil to keep my skin hydrated and to help with any lasting scarring and fine lines I massage my skin with small circles gently using my ring fingers. I spend maybe 15 minutes for my whole routine. I just ran put of this product, but I was using Elysian finishing treatment after the vitamin e oil and that left my skin incredible looking/feeling. I cant live without it, I have to get more!     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? I learned how to hitch a car onto a towing trailer, to help my friend. Trial, error, and then FINALLY, YouTube! A good lesson for life!           Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume. I really miss being a barista and working at the cute coffee shop in my town. I love coffee and teas, I love creating drinks for people to enjoy. It's a relaxing job even on the most hectic of days and the constant flow of regular and new faces is always a joy.      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there? I haven't really thought of that, maybe on a road trip with friends? I've always wanted to see Zion national park, I hope I can go there soon one day.      What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?  Agostina by Puscifer, I just really really really love the guitar and bass towards the end. It gives me goosebumps. So good.  I don't really have a playlist because I don't use music apps. I like CDs, I prefer listening to full albums, my favorites are from Tool, all of their albums are episodic.        What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? I like to make a cup of tea and check my animal crossing in the morning(a very cute video game I love.) Before bed I like to watch what Trevor Noah and Markiplier have uploaded for the day on YT, then I do a meditation to help me sleep.       What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you? I don't really care for working out. I know that I should and I'll have to become serious with it as I get older but for now, I just like doing exercises that involve laying or sitting down on the floor. I've been walking a ton recently.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?  I'm not sure I could name a single painting, I like tons of art but I never remember the names of them. I own a few prints of anthropomorphic goat paintings from an artist who is local to my state named Dusty Ray, I /LOVE/ their artwork. I also commissioned a goat art piece from @Jhuisk on Instagram, they're also local to Colorado and I'm so so so excited to meet with them to receive it once it's safe! ♡     What does Pride mean to you?  To uplift the amazing black and brown trans women of our community. We can't forget to thank who came before us, and why we even have pride to begin with.  There would be no pride without Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, we would have no pride without black trans women.  We have to make sure trans women of color are supported, protected, loved, hired, paid, encouraged, thanked, and that should be year round.      Tell us about your activism activities for the Trans community.  Right now my activism has been going to protests in my state for Black lives matter, fighting against police brutality, and racism. Black people are dying at a higher rate from covid and because of systemic racism many do not have the privilege to have been able to quarantine. These marches are more important than staying in quarantine especially when so many simply cannot do that even if they desperately need and want too. We all need to be focusing, and keep going to these protests.   In the words of my friends Jame and Camille.  "This doesn't end until our officials, recognize the grievances of a people and the potency of a moment to radically redress their communities. Too demand of our congress, our house, our nation, a full and comprehensive reparations program. Until they will demand Healthcare as a human right and cut its ties from one's market exploitation. Until they will guarantee dignity and the means to live to all of our citizens. Until they will do what they were put there to do and actualize what the only legitimate role of a government is: to secure the freedom of individuals within a collective to self determine their own lives and allow our finest human capacities to flourish."   We must not allow those who wish to see this moment pass, to hijack the now. We need to defund the police and I personally believe we must fight to abolish them. Abolish ICE, predatory social work, the military, and landlords.    Create autonomous zones. Keep marching.  At home with Casil McArthur, captured by Antonio Eugenio.       Who are you and what is your profession? I am Casil, a man who loves pretty things and who is trying to change what masculinity means to people. My profession is modeling, and as a trans man, I feel very lucky to be given this type of platform to be able to bring my world into the homes and sight of people who may not think too much on trans experience.    How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?  Obviously because photoshoots and runway shows always involve a lot of crew/people working close together to create something, I think the epidemic has effected the industry on every level.  It'll be a long time before things can go "back to normal" so the best thing fashion can do is be as innovative with its creative process as possible, video call and zoom shoots it is for now!      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? Being creative in quarantine is very easy with all the free time. I've spent my time drawing, writing songs and playing video games. But I do believe my fashion creativity has been lacking, for now I am okay with not focusing on outfits and style all the time.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid -19 effect that? I was in London when the travel ban was about to take place, luckily I got home before I ended up spending the duration of quarantine in a different country.  I had a few plans to travel for work this year which is no longer possible for an undetermined but probably very long amount of time, I think this coming fashion week in September won't play out as usual which is sad. But I'm excited to see how the industry handles these hurdles.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without? Nothing too special, I've finally gotten my skin to balance out so skin care has gotten super easy (I suffered from very bad cystic acne for a while due to hormone imbalances, I found out its not great too forget to take my testosterone for a month.... oops.) I wash my face every night before I go to sleep, and then I use pure vitamin E oil to keep my skin hydrated and to help with any lasting scarring and fine lines I massage my skin with small circles gently using my ring fingers. I spend maybe 15 minutes for my whole routine. I just ran put of this product, but I was using Elysian finishing treatment after the vitamin e oil and that left my skin incredible looking/feeling. I cant live without it, I have to get more!     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it? I learned how to hitch a car onto a towing trailer, to help my friend. Trial, error, and then FINALLY, YouTube! A good lesson for life!           Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume. I really miss being a barista and working at the cute coffee shop in my town. I love coffee and teas, I love creating drinks for people to enjoy. It's a relaxing job even on the most hectic of days and the constant flow of regular and new faces is always a joy.      What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there? I haven't really thought of that, maybe on a road trip with friends? I've always wanted to see Zion national park, I hope I can go there soon one day.      What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?  Agostina by Puscifer, I just really really really love the guitar and bass towards the end. It gives me goosebumps. So good.  I don't really have a playlist because I don't use music apps. I like CDs, I prefer listening to full albums, my favorites are from Tool, all of their albums are episodic.        What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? I like to make a cup of tea and check my animal crossing in the morning(a very cute video game I love.) Before bed I like to watch what Trevor Noah and Markiplier have uploaded for the day on YT, then I do a meditation to help me sleep.       What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you? I don't really care for working out. I know that I should and I'll have to become serious with it as I get older but for now, I just like doing exercises that involve laying or sitting down on the floor. I've been walking a ton recently.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?  I'm not sure I could name a single painting, I like tons of art but I never remember the names of them. I own a few prints of anthropomorphic goat paintings from an artist who is local to my state named Dusty Ray, I /LOVE/ their artwork. I also commissioned a goat art piece from @Jhuisk on Instagram, they're also local to Colorado and I'm so so so excited to meet with them to receive it once it's safe! ♡     What does Pride mean to you?  To uplift the amazing black and brown trans women of our community. We can't forget to thank who came before us, and why we even have pride to begin with.  There would be no pride without Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, we would have no pride without black trans women.  We have to make sure trans women of color are supported, protected, loved, hired, paid, encouraged, thanked, and that should be year round.      Tell us about your activism activities for the Trans community.  Right now my activism has been going to protests in my state for Black lives matter, fighting against police brutality, and racism. Black people are dying at a higher rate from covid and because of systemic racism many do not have the privilege to have been able to quarantine. These marches are more important than staying in quarantine especially when so many simply cannot do that even if they desperately need and want too. We all need to be focusing, and keep going to these protests.   In the words of my friends Jame and Camille.  "This doesn't end until our officials, recognize the grievances of a people and the potency of a moment to radically redress their communities. Too demand of our congress, our house, our nation, a full and comprehensive reparations program. Until they will demand Healthcare as a human right and cut its ties from one's market exploitation. Until they will guarantee dignity and the means to live to all of our citizens. Until they will do what they were put there to do and actualize what the only legitimate role of a government is: to secure the freedom of individuals within a collective to self determine their own lives and allow our finest human capacities to flourish."   We must not allow those who wish to see this moment pass, to hijack the now. We need to defund the police and I personally believe we must fight to abolish them. Abolish ICE, predatory social work, the military, and landlords.    Create autonomous zones. Keep marching. 

Hiša Franko, Slovenia
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Hiša Franko, Slovenia

Food Alpine skiing prodigy and graduate of diplomacy, the spokesman of Slovenian gastronomy, Ana Roš is a self-taught cook. She met her business partner and ex life partner Valter Kramar while studying in Gorizia in northeastern Italy. His parents owned Hiša Franko, an already established restaurant near the Italian border, and the couple decided to take it over. He worked as a sommelier, she as a waitress, eventually stepping into the kitchen when the chef left. With help from Valter’s mother and a family friend she experimented with updating traditional recipes from the upper Soča valley and by 2010 had started gaining an international reputation, crowned Best Female Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and being the subject of an episode of Chef’s Table in 2017.  #38, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, 2019.   The restaurant just recently in June 2020 received two Michelin stars.   In 2017 you have received "The World's Best Female Chef award". What does this award mean to you? It means a lot. I am self-taught and come from a small country that not many people know has a quite a nice culinary tradition. To come where I am now took a lot of personal and business sacrifice. So acknowledgements like this prove that I am on the right path and keep pushing me, my family and the community around us forward. But – it did come as a big surprise. I was pretty silent for the first week. I find it a huge responsibility. It also gives me a platform to talk about certain issues in the restaurants and kitchens like sex balance, age balance and so on.     How did you get involved with cooking? I never attended culinary school. Instead, I was trained as a diplomat. My parents kept pushing me since early age and have invested a lot in my education. They always believed in me, that I was going to become “someone”. So I studied international relations (and was a really good skier, too). But then I fell in love with Valter, my husband, restaurant manager & head sommelier today. Valter's parents had a restaurant, Hiša Franko, he was working in service there and that's where we met. We travelled a lot, went to restaurants, winemakers, explored the world. This type of life and exploration appealed to me a lot. Discovering new countries, new places, I realized that living by the rules can feel very restrictive. It's freedom that defines you. The crucial moment came when Valter's father decided to retire and it was obvious that Valter was going to take over Hiša Franko. So I decided to risk all and work as a chef there. At that moment, I had the opportunity to work in diplomacy in Brussels. But I turned it down for Valter and for our relationship. In the kitchen, I knew how to make pasta but that didn't mean I knew how to cook. I taught everything they teach students in culinary school by talking to people who had the knowledge, by questioning what I do and myself. That's how everything started! The first few years were really hard but we pushed a lot, working and developing ourselves. Fifteen years later, I received and award for Best Female Chef, which obviously means that we did things right. Success doesn't come fast or cheap.     Any restaurant that impressed you at early age? Yes! Valter and I went to La Subida one day, just across the border from Slovenia in Italy. The cuisine there really inspired and opened my eyes. That's when I started experimenting at Hiša Franko, which brought me where I am today. There was a lot of hits and misses in the beginning but that's normal, too.       Explore the menu: https://www.hisafranko.com/en/menu   Alpine skiing prodigy and graduate of diplomacy, the spokesman of Slovenian gastronomy, Ana Roš is a self-taught cook. She met her business partner and ex life partner Valter Kramar while studying in Gorizia in northeastern Italy. His parents owned Hiša Franko, an already established restaurant near the Italian border, and the couple decided to take it over. He worked as a sommelier, she as a waitress, eventually stepping into the kitchen when the chef left. With help from Valter’s mother and a family friend she experimented with updating traditional recipes from the upper Soča valley and by 2010 had started gaining an international reputation, crowned Best Female Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and being the subject of an episode of Chef’s Table in 2017.  #38, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, 2019.   The restaurant just recently in June 2020 received two Michelin stars.   In 2017 you have received "The World's Best Female Chef award". What does this award mean to you? It means a lot. I am self-taught and come from a small country that not many people know has a quite a nice culinary tradition. To come where I am now took a lot of personal and business sacrifice. So acknowledgements like this prove that I am on the right path and keep pushing me, my family and the community around us forward. But – it did come as a big surprise. I was pretty silent for the first week. I find it a huge responsibility. It also gives me a platform to talk about certain issues in the restaurants and kitchens like sex balance, age balance and so on.     How did you get involved with cooking? I never attended culinary school. Instead, I was trained as a diplomat. My parents kept pushing me since early age and have invested a lot in my education. They always believed in me, that I was going to become “someone”. So I studied international relations (and was a really good skier, too). But then I fell in love with Valter, my husband, restaurant manager & head sommelier today. Valter's parents had a restaurant, Hiša Franko, he was working in service there and that's where we met. We travelled a lot, went to restaurants, winemakers, explored the world. This type of life and exploration appealed to me a lot. Discovering new countries, new places, I realized that living by the rules can feel very restrictive. It's freedom that defines you. The crucial moment came when Valter's father decided to retire and it was obvious that Valter was going to take over Hiša Franko. So I decided to risk all and work as a chef there. At that moment, I had the opportunity to work in diplomacy in Brussels. But I turned it down for Valter and for our relationship. In the kitchen, I knew how to make pasta but that didn't mean I knew how to cook. I taught everything they teach students in culinary school by talking to people who had the knowledge, by questioning what I do and myself. That's how everything started! The first few years were really hard but we pushed a lot, working and developing ourselves. Fifteen years later, I received and award for Best Female Chef, which obviously means that we did things right. Success doesn't come fast or cheap.     Any restaurant that impressed you at early age? Yes! Valter and I went to La Subida one day, just across the border from Slovenia in Italy. The cuisine there really inspired and opened my eyes. That's when I started experimenting at Hiša Franko, which brought me where I am today. There was a lot of hits and misses in the beginning but that's normal, too.       Explore the menu: https://www.hisafranko.com/en/menu  

Strong Supplies
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Strong Supplies

Lifestyle Healthy food and a healthy lifestyle: you know it's important. You balance work, private life, sports and a drink at the weekend. But meeting your daily needs is sometimes difficult and not always achievable.     Are you an athlete? Do you have an active lifestyle? Do you have to perform daily in a stressful job? Healthy and varied nutrition is the basis. With personalized vitamins, minerals, enzymes and proteins, Strong Supplies gives you the extra boost you need to achieve all your goals. Our natural supplements have a positive effect on general health, quality of life and sports performance.     What makes Strong Supplies different?  Research-backed products: All their ingredients and formulations are based on clinical research. So you can be confident in their effectiveness.   From the best ingredients: They have selected the purest and most effective ingredients.   Tailored to your needs: They’ll recommend what’s right for you — so you can get what you need and nothing you don’t.     "It made me feel better, definitely fullfilled me with more energy each day, and helped with motivation on daily basis. Higly reccommend." Timotej Letonja     For more information visit their website: https://www.strongsupplies.com Healthy food and a healthy lifestyle: you know it's important. You balance work, private life, sports and a drink at the weekend. But meeting your daily needs is sometimes difficult and not always achievable.     Are you an athlete? Do you have an active lifestyle? Do you have to perform daily in a stressful job? Healthy and varied nutrition is the basis. With personalized vitamins, minerals, enzymes and proteins, Strong Supplies gives you the extra boost you need to achieve all your goals. Our natural supplements have a positive effect on general health, quality of life and sports performance.     What makes Strong Supplies different?  Research-backed products: All their ingredients and formulations are based on clinical research. So you can be confident in their effectiveness.   From the best ingredients: They have selected the purest and most effective ingredients.   Tailored to your needs: They’ll recommend what’s right for you — so you can get what you need and nothing you don’t.     "It made me feel better, definitely fullfilled me with more energy each day, and helped with motivation on daily basis. Higly reccommend." Timotej Letonja     For more information visit their website: https://www.strongsupplies.com

At home with Allie X
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At home with Allie X

Music During these times, we had a moment to chat with Allie X about her time during lockdown. Captured by Antonio Eugenio.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   I am someone always striving to find out who I am.  I am a creative. Meaning I like to make things.  I love beauty.  I love honesty.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of music?    I can't see it not impacting the live industry and how close people stand at concerts.  I think we will see people leaving  major cities with the realization that so much can be done remotely. For me personally, this has really made me pause for thought and made me examine how I fit into the music industry.  It's given me perspective and made me want to change in some key ways. Perhaps it's affected other musicians in the same way.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I started quarantine by trying a whole bunch of new things. Learning how to edit in premiere, making different kinds of at home content, Tik Tok haha.  I've stopped doing all that though and now am fully obsessed with renovating my hallway by myself. I've learned A LOT about home improvement.  I love the creativity, the empowerment, and the manual labour aspects.  It seems to be the perfect thing for me right now.         What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It really varies depending on if I need to show my face publicly or not.  I've been "au naturel" for most of the quarantine especially since I put all my energy into DIY, because I just get covered in sawdust anyway haha. However, I am still very focused on skin and my skin has been really good lately.  Probably because I am so much less stressed and not on a plane every 2 weeks.  My current skin routine includes Yay For Earth skin balm, Retrouve Intensive Moisturizer and priming pads, Noto Facewash and Honey Girls Organic Regenerating Face Serum.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   How to build stuff like I mentioned before.         Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   Hmm I don't even have a resume... but something  a lot of people don't know is I LOVE getting a massage.       What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   Italy, Amalfi Coast.  Dreaming about that.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?    My phone wallpaper is John Singer Sargent's Madame X... for obvious reasons I think haha.        Are you working on any new music and do you have any new releases coming up?   Some remixes!       Check out Allie on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alliex/?hl=en   During these times, we had a moment to chat with Allie X about her time during lockdown. Captured by Antonio Eugenio.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   I am someone always striving to find out who I am.  I am a creative. Meaning I like to make things.  I love beauty.  I love honesty.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the music industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of music?    I can't see it not impacting the live industry and how close people stand at concerts.  I think we will see people leaving  major cities with the realization that so much can be done remotely. For me personally, this has really made me pause for thought and made me examine how I fit into the music industry.  It's given me perspective and made me want to change in some key ways. Perhaps it's affected other musicians in the same way.      How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   I started quarantine by trying a whole bunch of new things. Learning how to edit in premiere, making different kinds of at home content, Tik Tok haha.  I've stopped doing all that though and now am fully obsessed with renovating my hallway by myself. I've learned A LOT about home improvement.  I love the creativity, the empowerment, and the manual labour aspects.  It seems to be the perfect thing for me right now.         What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   It really varies depending on if I need to show my face publicly or not.  I've been "au naturel" for most of the quarantine especially since I put all my energy into DIY, because I just get covered in sawdust anyway haha. However, I am still very focused on skin and my skin has been really good lately.  Probably because I am so much less stressed and not on a plane every 2 weeks.  My current skin routine includes Yay For Earth skin balm, Retrouve Intensive Moisturizer and priming pads, Noto Facewash and Honey Girls Organic Regenerating Face Serum.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   How to build stuff like I mentioned before.         Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   Hmm I don't even have a resume... but something  a lot of people don't know is I LOVE getting a massage.       What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   Italy, Amalfi Coast.  Dreaming about that.        What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?    My phone wallpaper is John Singer Sargent's Madame X... for obvious reasons I think haha.        Are you working on any new music and do you have any new releases coming up?   Some remixes!       Check out Allie on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alliex/?hl=en  

Barcelona, Morocco & Saint Petersburg added to the Louis Vuitton travel book series
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Barcelona, Morocco & Saint Petersburg added to the Louis Vuitton travel book series

Travel THE LOUIS VUITTON TRAVEL BOOK SERIES ADDS BARCELONA, MOROCCO, AND SAINT PETERSBURG TO ITS DESTINATIONS. IN SPRING 2020, LOUIS VUITTON LAUNCHES THREE NEW TITLES WITHIN ITS TRAVEL BOOK SERIES BY ARTISTS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD. THIS YEAR, FRENCH FIGURATIVE PAINTER MARC DESGRANDCHAMPS REVEALS THE LINES OF AN EVANESCENT BARCELONA, CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY ARTIST MARCEL DZAMA MAKES MOROCCO VIBRANT WITH HIS BEWITCHING STROKE, AND AMERICAN FASHION ILLUSTRATOR KELLY BEEMAN INSTILLS FINESSE INTO A SAINT PETERSBURG FULL OF MOMENTUM.   The Louis Vuitton Travel Book series is an invitation to real and virtual voyages, enriched by intellectual stimulation and poignant moments. In its pages, the illustrations of renowned artists and promising young talents tell the stories of the cities and countries they have visited, depicting each place’s varied architecture and special light, and recording the passing days and the lives of its people.   Heirs of the Louis Vuitton Carnets de Voyage series, which for nearly twenty years captured the urban adventures of a few illustrators and watercolourists, the Travel Book offers a new, contemporary vision of travel, exploring both remote wildernesses and cities that never sleep. Each artist explores a country previously unknown to them. They confront an unfamiliar place with a viewpoint sharpened by the surprise of the unknown or stimulated by the pleasure of rediscovery.   This vision of a place as a blank, unlined page inspires incisive commentaries that may be narrative, affectionate, satirical or picturesque. Going beyond the pictorial vocation of these travel journals, the series highlights the rich aesthetic horizons of art. The creative worlds on show are highly diverse: during their travels, these artists from various corners of the world were free to choose their mode of expression and communicated their views of other places through drawing, painting, collage, contemporary art, illustration, cartoons or manga. Some of the original works born from the journeys, whether gurative or more allusive, have been acquired by Louis Vuitton and will join the collection of contemporary art being put together by the company, enriching it with the diversity of viewpoints represented.   For each new title, a limited edition of 30 copies numbered and signed by the artist will be available in selected Louis Vuitton stores. From May 2020, the new artists' video interviews are visible on louisvuitton.com and Louis Vuitton Youtube channel. Discover the rst Google Lens and Louis Vuitton collaboration in Icinori's Seoul Travel Book, a new way to bring this volume to life by connecting immersive digital content to the physical images on the pages. A veritable interactive travel experience. THE LOUIS VUITTON TRAVEL BOOK SERIES ADDS BARCELONA, MOROCCO, AND SAINT PETERSBURG TO ITS DESTINATIONS. IN SPRING 2020, LOUIS VUITTON LAUNCHES THREE NEW TITLES WITHIN ITS TRAVEL BOOK SERIES BY ARTISTS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD. THIS YEAR, FRENCH FIGURATIVE PAINTER MARC DESGRANDCHAMPS REVEALS THE LINES OF AN EVANESCENT BARCELONA, CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY ARTIST MARCEL DZAMA MAKES MOROCCO VIBRANT WITH HIS BEWITCHING STROKE, AND AMERICAN FASHION ILLUSTRATOR KELLY BEEMAN INSTILLS FINESSE INTO A SAINT PETERSBURG FULL OF MOMENTUM.   The Louis Vuitton Travel Book series is an invitation to real and virtual voyages, enriched by intellectual stimulation and poignant moments. In its pages, the illustrations of renowned artists and promising young talents tell the stories of the cities and countries they have visited, depicting each place’s varied architecture and special light, and recording the passing days and the lives of its people.   Heirs of the Louis Vuitton Carnets de Voyage series, which for nearly twenty years captured the urban adventures of a few illustrators and watercolourists, the Travel Book offers a new, contemporary vision of travel, exploring both remote wildernesses and cities that never sleep. Each artist explores a country previously unknown to them. They confront an unfamiliar place with a viewpoint sharpened by the surprise of the unknown or stimulated by the pleasure of rediscovery.   This vision of a place as a blank, unlined page inspires incisive commentaries that may be narrative, affectionate, satirical or picturesque. Going beyond the pictorial vocation of these travel journals, the series highlights the rich aesthetic horizons of art. The creative worlds on show are highly diverse: during their travels, these artists from various corners of the world were free to choose their mode of expression and communicated their views of other places through drawing, painting, collage, contemporary art, illustration, cartoons or manga. Some of the original works born from the journeys, whether gurative or more allusive, have been acquired by Louis Vuitton and will join the collection of contemporary art being put together by the company, enriching it with the diversity of viewpoints represented.   For each new title, a limited edition of 30 copies numbered and signed by the artist will be available in selected Louis Vuitton stores. From May 2020, the new artists' video interviews are visible on louisvuitton.com and Louis Vuitton Youtube channel. Discover the rst Google Lens and Louis Vuitton collaboration in Icinori's Seoul Travel Book, a new way to bring this volume to life by connecting immersive digital content to the physical images on the pages. A veritable interactive travel experience.

Soho House Amsterdam
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Soho House Amsterdam

Design Soho House Amsterdam opened in the summer of 2018, in the Bungehuis building on the Spuistraat. The canal-side House has 79 bedrooms, a rooftop pool, a floor of club space and Cecconi's restaurant & Cowshed spa on the ground floor.     The rooftop has a swimming pool and bar overlooking the city, with a geometric-pattern tiled floor, sun loungers and parasols, and chairs and tables for eating and drinking. On the 5th Floor, the main members’ space overlooks the canal, with bold fabrics, antique furniture mixed with specially designed pieces, geometric rugs and a high-gloss black floor. The wall panelling is inspired by the listed detailing in the Bungehuis, with the original blue tiling, and a bar clad in fabric inspired by the Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder ‘hidden church’ in the city. The space has comfortable seating and a big open fire, with the adjacent Library, which has its own bar and small workspace area. On the other side, House Kitchen serves food and drinks all day, with a big open kitchen and deli counter. The space is decorated in pinks and Hague blues, with banquette seating, lounge chairs and vintage tables and lamps. A rug runs down the centre of the room, with a tiled floor and timber detailing, and linen fabrics and plants, making the space feel light and open. Next door, is a DJ booth for performances and members’ events on evenings and weekends. The space has its own lounge and bar, with deep green cork flooring and acoustic soundproofing in the walls. On the 4th Floor, House Gym looks out over the canal with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, HIIT and yoga studios. The ceilings are painted in a high-gloss canal green, mirroring the view outside, and reflecting the resin cross pattern, the Amsterdam city symbol. The changing rooms feature terrazzo flooring, with marble mosaic showers and steam and sauna rooms. The Screening Room on the same floor has velvet armchairs, footstalls and vintage lamps on individual side tables. A small pre-screening bar has high gloss lacquered and velvet clad walls, mirrored tables, dark fabric sofas and armchairs, and a ribbed timber bar serving drinks and snacks.     The 79 bedrooms are across floors 1-3, ranging in size from Tiny to Extra-Large. Each of the rooms has antique pieces mixed with specially designed furniture and rugs. The bed throws and fabrics are inspired by the original windows in the grand Bungehuis staircase, with tables, poufs and sofas designed by Soho House. The first floor bedrooms are mostly Monumental Rooms, big, large and extra large with a listed corridor clad in limestone, tiles that have been meticulously restored by a specialist team, restored art deco lighting, original wall panelling and mosaic tiled floors. Each of the bedrooms retains the 1930’s timber panelling and stained glass windows, with prominent art deco sculptures. In the centre of larger rooms are specially designed pod bathrooms, clad with fabric and with freestanding copper bathtubs. Cecconi’s restaurant and Cowshed spa on the ground floor.   The Ground Floor of Soho House Amsterdam is open to the public, with Cecconi’s, a Cowshed spa, the Allis Bar and private hire rooms. Cecconi’s serves hand-made pasta, seafood, and dishes from Northern Italy, with a dining area that overlooks the canal, a comfortable lounge area with low seating, a locally-sourced wine tasting table and a large curved bar. The space has a glass retractable roof, with plants weaved into the ceiling, leather banquettes, vintage rugs, and specially made pendant lights, with the signature Cecconi’s marble striped floor in deep red.. Originating in Venice, Cecconi’s Amsterdam joins sister restaurants in London, New York, Miami, West Hollywood, Istanbul, Barcelona and Berlin. Cowshed, also on the ground floor and open to the public too, has six treatment rooms, two barber chairs and four treatment chairs offering a range of services and Cowshed products to take home. The space is decorated in soft greens, with painted wooden ceilings and floors and light linen fabrics. The Allis Bar is a lounge and bar serving light meals and cocktails, offering a slice of the House’s relaxed atmosphere to the public. The bar is open on Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 2am, making it the perfect spot for both early aperitifs and late-night drinks.     There are three private hire spaces, which have art deco design, with bold patterned fabrics and wooden floors and each has a bar with removable furniture and the spaces can accommodate anywhere between 12 to 80 guests. These spaces can be hired separately, and two can be combined with the main Allis Bar area.     The Soho House Amsterdam art collection, curated by head of collections for Soho House Kate Bryan, is made up of works by local artists; showing a contemporary take on 15th and 16th century Dutch art. The collection acknowledges the history of Dutch art; a self-portrait wall in homage to Rembrandt and Van Gogh, two of the greatest self portraitists, works dealing with landscape that reference the great golden age of Dutch landscape oil painters, and a series of still life works in Cecconi’s.     The Bungehuis was built in the 1930s as a trading office, and since the 1970’s served as the humanities building for the University of Amsterdam. The six-story building is covered in limestone and granite, with bay windows on each side, and art deco details. The interior has original architectural features in bronze, stained glass, and birch timber as well as monumental glazed tiles.           Soho House Amsterdam Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam, Netherlands www.sohohouseamsterdam.com Soho House Amsterdam opened in the summer of 2018, in the Bungehuis building on the Spuistraat. The canal-side House has 79 bedrooms, a rooftop pool, a floor of club space and Cecconi's restaurant & Cowshed spa on the ground floor.     The rooftop has a swimming pool and bar overlooking the city, with a geometric-pattern tiled floor, sun loungers and parasols, and chairs and tables for eating and drinking. On the 5th Floor, the main members’ space overlooks the canal, with bold fabrics, antique furniture mixed with specially designed pieces, geometric rugs and a high-gloss black floor. The wall panelling is inspired by the listed detailing in the Bungehuis, with the original blue tiling, and a bar clad in fabric inspired by the Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder ‘hidden church’ in the city. The space has comfortable seating and a big open fire, with the adjacent Library, which has its own bar and small workspace area. On the other side, House Kitchen serves food and drinks all day, with a big open kitchen and deli counter. The space is decorated in pinks and Hague blues, with banquette seating, lounge chairs and vintage tables and lamps. A rug runs down the centre of the room, with a tiled floor and timber detailing, and linen fabrics and plants, making the space feel light and open. Next door, is a DJ booth for performances and members’ events on evenings and weekends. The space has its own lounge and bar, with deep green cork flooring and acoustic soundproofing in the walls. On the 4th Floor, House Gym looks out over the canal with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, HIIT and yoga studios. The ceilings are painted in a high-gloss canal green, mirroring the view outside, and reflecting the resin cross pattern, the Amsterdam city symbol. The changing rooms feature terrazzo flooring, with marble mosaic showers and steam and sauna rooms. The Screening Room on the same floor has velvet armchairs, footstalls and vintage lamps on individual side tables. A small pre-screening bar has high gloss lacquered and velvet clad walls, mirrored tables, dark fabric sofas and armchairs, and a ribbed timber bar serving drinks and snacks.     The 79 bedrooms are across floors 1-3, ranging in size from Tiny to Extra-Large. Each of the rooms has antique pieces mixed with specially designed furniture and rugs. The bed throws and fabrics are inspired by the original windows in the grand Bungehuis staircase, with tables, poufs and sofas designed by Soho House. The first floor bedrooms are mostly Monumental Rooms, big, large and extra large with a listed corridor clad in limestone, tiles that have been meticulously restored by a specialist team, restored art deco lighting, original wall panelling and mosaic tiled floors. Each of the bedrooms retains the 1930’s timber panelling and stained glass windows, with prominent art deco sculptures. In the centre of larger rooms are specially designed pod bathrooms, clad with fabric and with freestanding copper bathtubs. Cecconi’s restaurant and Cowshed spa on the ground floor.   The Ground Floor of Soho House Amsterdam is open to the public, with Cecconi’s, a Cowshed spa, the Allis Bar and private hire rooms. Cecconi’s serves hand-made pasta, seafood, and dishes from Northern Italy, with a dining area that overlooks the canal, a comfortable lounge area with low seating, a locally-sourced wine tasting table and a large curved bar. The space has a glass retractable roof, with plants weaved into the ceiling, leather banquettes, vintage rugs, and specially made pendant lights, with the signature Cecconi’s marble striped floor in deep red.. Originating in Venice, Cecconi’s Amsterdam joins sister restaurants in London, New York, Miami, West Hollywood, Istanbul, Barcelona and Berlin. Cowshed, also on the ground floor and open to the public too, has six treatment rooms, two barber chairs and four treatment chairs offering a range of services and Cowshed products to take home. The space is decorated in soft greens, with painted wooden ceilings and floors and light linen fabrics. The Allis Bar is a lounge and bar serving light meals and cocktails, offering a slice of the House’s relaxed atmosphere to the public. The bar is open on Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 2am, making it the perfect spot for both early aperitifs and late-night drinks.     There are three private hire spaces, which have art deco design, with bold patterned fabrics and wooden floors and each has a bar with removable furniture and the spaces can accommodate anywhere between 12 to 80 guests. These spaces can be hired separately, and two can be combined with the main Allis Bar area.     The Soho House Amsterdam art collection, curated by head of collections for Soho House Kate Bryan, is made up of works by local artists; showing a contemporary take on 15th and 16th century Dutch art. The collection acknowledges the history of Dutch art; a self-portrait wall in homage to Rembrandt and Van Gogh, two of the greatest self portraitists, works dealing with landscape that reference the great golden age of Dutch landscape oil painters, and a series of still life works in Cecconi’s.     The Bungehuis was built in the 1930s as a trading office, and since the 1970’s served as the humanities building for the University of Amsterdam. The six-story building is covered in limestone and granite, with bay windows on each side, and art deco details. The interior has original architectural features in bronze, stained glass, and birch timber as well as monumental glazed tiles.           Soho House Amsterdam Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam, Netherlands www.sohohouseamsterdam.com

SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam exhibits with Zhuang Hong Yi
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SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam exhibits with Zhuang Hong Yi

Art After Miami and Mexico City, SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam presents a new solo exhibition of Zhuang Hong Yi from July 3rd until September 5th, 2020. The gallery celebrates 10 years of collaboration with the Chinese artist. The exhibition 'In Bloom' shows a colorful selection of floral landscapes and collage paintings with prominent use of origami rice paper.     Zhuang Hong Yi is currently one of the most celebrated international Chinese artists. He experiments with medium, technique, scale and above all with color. His work is sometimes bold and expressive, at other times delicate and impressionistic. The artist mostly works three dimensional and always layered with color and meaning. The optical illusions in his illuminating use of paint make the canvas shimmer like a rising sun, while the changing colors in the 'Flowerbed' series are reminiscent of the changing of the seasons.     All elements of nature appear in the intriguing and sculptural works of Zhuang Hong Yi combined with Eastern and Western influences. The flower motif, a significant image in Chinese culture, dominates his paintings. Utilizing hand-cut and folded pieces of painted rice paper, the works  represent traditional Chinese aesthetics.     Zhuang Hong Yi (Sichuan, 1962) started his artistic education at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing and finished at Minerva Art Academy in Groningen. Since 1992 he has lived and worked between the Netherlands and Beijing. The artist has exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world. In the Netherlands at Kunsthal Rotterdam (1999), Groninger Museum (2001 and 2007) and Museum de Zwarte Tulp in Lisse (2019). In 2013 his work was selected for the Venice Biennale.      Smith Davidson Gallery, founded in 1969 and with three locations in Amsterdam, Miami and Mexico City, has represented Zhuang Hong Yi for the past ten years. David Smith and Gabriëlle Davidson presented the artist at leading art fairs such as Art Miami, Expo Chicago, PAN Amsterdam, TEFAF Maastricht and Zona Maco in Mexico City. In 2021 a solo exhibition in Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg is planned. The autonomous work of Hong Yi is held in numerous esteemed public and private collections worldwide.     www.smith-davidson.com After Miami and Mexico City, SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam presents a new solo exhibition of Zhuang Hong Yi from July 3rd until September 5th, 2020. The gallery celebrates 10 years of collaboration with the Chinese artist. The exhibition 'In Bloom' shows a colorful selection of floral landscapes and collage paintings with prominent use of origami rice paper.     Zhuang Hong Yi is currently one of the most celebrated international Chinese artists. He experiments with medium, technique, scale and above all with color. His work is sometimes bold and expressive, at other times delicate and impressionistic. The artist mostly works three dimensional and always layered with color and meaning. The optical illusions in his illuminating use of paint make the canvas shimmer like a rising sun, while the changing colors in the 'Flowerbed' series are reminiscent of the changing of the seasons.     All elements of nature appear in the intriguing and sculptural works of Zhuang Hong Yi combined with Eastern and Western influences. The flower motif, a significant image in Chinese culture, dominates his paintings. Utilizing hand-cut and folded pieces of painted rice paper, the works  represent traditional Chinese aesthetics.     Zhuang Hong Yi (Sichuan, 1962) started his artistic education at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing and finished at Minerva Art Academy in Groningen. Since 1992 he has lived and worked between the Netherlands and Beijing. The artist has exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world. In the Netherlands at Kunsthal Rotterdam (1999), Groninger Museum (2001 and 2007) and Museum de Zwarte Tulp in Lisse (2019). In 2013 his work was selected for the Venice Biennale.      Smith Davidson Gallery, founded in 1969 and with three locations in Amsterdam, Miami and Mexico City, has represented Zhuang Hong Yi for the past ten years. David Smith and Gabriëlle Davidson presented the artist at leading art fairs such as Art Miami, Expo Chicago, PAN Amsterdam, TEFAF Maastricht and Zona Maco in Mexico City. In 2021 a solo exhibition in Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg is planned. The autonomous work of Hong Yi is held in numerous esteemed public and private collections worldwide.     www.smith-davidson.com

New Dutch travel brand NORTVI starts a revolution in the travel industry
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New Dutch travel brand NORTVI starts a revolution in the travel industry

Accessories   "Why is there not yet a suitcase brand that combines design and sustainability and is also fashionable?". Introducing NORTVI: a new premium travel brand that makes the most beautiful high-end travel products from eco-friendly materials. The brand proves that sustainable can also be beautiful with their eye-catching suitcase line that can be personalized during every trip. NORTVI is committed to a total renewal of the current old-fashioned suitcase industry where design and sustainability have never gone hand in hand before.     NORTVI COLLECTION:   Unique and Groundbreaking: The NORTVI series is characterized by an exciting and aesthetic design. The products are completely designed by hand and are made as much as possible from sustainable materials; the inside of the suitcase consists of 100% recycled PET bottles and the outside is made of 30% recycled polycarbonate. In addition, NORTVI is a trendsetter in the field of durability. All suitcases in the new line are made of the strongest materials and designed to last for a lifetime.                                           Innovative and Silent: The NORTVI suitcase ensures that a suitcase finally becomes really functional. The suitcase offers extra storage space and is available in two special versions: one with a front pocket so that you can quickly and effortlessly access your laptop and most important items at the airport without opening the whole suitcase and the variant without a front pocket; for whom it is sufficient to only take your essentials with you on a trip. All suitcases in the NORTVI line are equipped with the quietest whisper wheels that ensure that you drive almost silently on any surface.   “We want to set a completely new course in the suitcase industry. An industry characterized by old giants, high margins, dull designs and without an eye for sustainability. We are making a major change and show that a suitcase is a sustainable and fashionable extension of your outfit.”   Customizable and Fun: Each suitcase can be personalized with a special suitcase strap. This way you make your suitcase instantly recognizable and made to match your own outfit. NORTVI starts with a collection of nine different straps, each with a unique color palette and design. The range is expanded in collaboration with various Amsterdam designers so that the collection remains unique at all times.   It is NORTVI’s goals to change the world’s perception of travelling. Nowadays, many people have the means to travel but tend to underestimate the environmental consequences. They believe in a new reality where sustainable and durable travel luggage that respects the environment is the new norm. Yet, they value high quality and great design and see their suitcases as a stylish extension of your outfit. It is their duty to create travel luggage that is used for a lifetime and to use as many eco-friendly materials as possible. Join their movement!     Explore their products: https://nortvi.com   "Why is there not yet a suitcase brand that combines design and sustainability and is also fashionable?". Introducing NORTVI: a new premium travel brand that makes the most beautiful high-end travel products from eco-friendly materials. The brand proves that sustainable can also be beautiful with their eye-catching suitcase line that can be personalized during every trip. NORTVI is committed to a total renewal of the current old-fashioned suitcase industry where design and sustainability have never gone hand in hand before.     NORTVI COLLECTION:   Unique and Groundbreaking: The NORTVI series is characterized by an exciting and aesthetic design. The products are completely designed by hand and are made as much as possible from sustainable materials; the inside of the suitcase consists of 100% recycled PET bottles and the outside is made of 30% recycled polycarbonate. In addition, NORTVI is a trendsetter in the field of durability. All suitcases in the new line are made of the strongest materials and designed to last for a lifetime.                                           Innovative and Silent: The NORTVI suitcase ensures that a suitcase finally becomes really functional. The suitcase offers extra storage space and is available in two special versions: one with a front pocket so that you can quickly and effortlessly access your laptop and most important items at the airport without opening the whole suitcase and the variant without a front pocket; for whom it is sufficient to only take your essentials with you on a trip. All suitcases in the NORTVI line are equipped with the quietest whisper wheels that ensure that you drive almost silently on any surface.   “We want to set a completely new course in the suitcase industry. An industry characterized by old giants, high margins, dull designs and without an eye for sustainability. We are making a major change and show that a suitcase is a sustainable and fashionable extension of your outfit.”   Customizable and Fun: Each suitcase can be personalized with a special suitcase strap. This way you make your suitcase instantly recognizable and made to match your own outfit. NORTVI starts with a collection of nine different straps, each with a unique color palette and design. The range is expanded in collaboration with various Amsterdam designers so that the collection remains unique at all times.   It is NORTVI’s goals to change the world’s perception of travelling. Nowadays, many people have the means to travel but tend to underestimate the environmental consequences. They believe in a new reality where sustainable and durable travel luggage that respects the environment is the new norm. Yet, they value high quality and great design and see their suitcases as a stylish extension of your outfit. It is their duty to create travel luggage that is used for a lifetime and to use as many eco-friendly materials as possible. Join their movement!     Explore their products: https://nortvi.com

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