• The doors that turn your IKEA kitchen into gold

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Your IKEA kitchen can now become one of the world’s most exclusive, with gold treated doors and 24 carat gold detailing. The collection called GULDKANT is the result of a Swedish design collaboration between the kitchen company Picky Living and lottery brand Triss, which will be available for order from the beginning of March.

    Picky Living and Swedish lottery brand Triss are initiating an exclusive design collaboration by the name GULDKANT. They co-produce golden cupboard doors for IKEA’s kitchen METOD and sideboard BESTÅ. The fronts of the doors are manufactured from gold-coloured stainless steel, while the legs and handles have been plated in genuine 24 carat gold.

    The domestic familiarity in IKEA meets extravagance in the form of genuine gold. With the design collection GULDKANT, that we have initiated in collaboration with Triss, our common ambition is to create the world’s most exclusive IKEA kitchen. The result reflects the ambition: cupboard fronts that stand out whilst retaining a simple stylishness”, says Henrik Haij, CEO of Picky Living.

    The gold-coloured stainless steel plate is bent around the edges of the doors and common to both kitchen and sideboard is the choice of a black granite benchtop to balance the overall impression.

    When it suddenly happens and the lottery winning dream is realized, many Triss winners respond by saying they want to treat themselves and their home with a luxury upgrade. That’s why this collaboration feels so right; together with Picky Living, we’re putting a luxurious golden finish on the furniture that many Swedes already have in their homes”, says Johan Svensson at Svenska Spel.

    A complete kitchen – as seen in the picture – is now available for order in Sweden with prices starting at SEK 92,000. Prices can vary depending on the size and design of the kitchen, the choice of worktop and appliances, as well as the number of gold details. A complete sideboard (see picture), 184 cm long, with gold fronts, black granite top, cover sides in black MDF, together with legs and handles is available to order for approximately SEK 25,000.

    More information is available at pickyliving.se or at the Picky Living store in Stockholm.

  • CHIMI launches new collection with colorful sunglasses for colorful people

    Written by Fashion Tales

    The fashion company CHIMI's new collection NEON, has taken its expression “colorful sunglasses for colorful people ”one step further. The new collection consists of rectangular sunglasses with sharp lines available to choose from the colors pink, orange and green.

    We thought it was time to take back the best of the 80s and 90s and create a collection that really illuminates life. We would simply take colorful sunglasses to a whole new level, which we also has succeeded! ”says Charlie Lindström, co-founder of CHIMI.

    CHIMI has also abandoned its classic eyeglass case and instead delivers NEON glasses in luminous plexi boxes.

    The collection has been tagged with icons such as Ewa Fröling and Saurabh Sinha, colorful people who CHIMI wants to highlight in connection with the launch of NEON.

    It is always fun to work with people who we think reflect our collections. Therefore, both are Ewa and Saurabh a perfect fit for NEON! ”continues Charlie Lindström.

    The collection is available for purchase from February 26.

    https://chimieyewear.com/

  • Truth is Dead - Alison Jackson

    Written by Fashion Tales

    22 February – 19 May Fotografiska Stockholm

    Royals, politicians and celebrities – no one is safe from Alison Jackson's humorous photographic antics in the exhibition Truth is Dead at Fotografiska Stockholm.

    She makes work about celebrities doing scandalous things in private, using lookalikes.

    The carefully orchestrated scenarios often confirm our worst prejudices … and fears …

    This is an Artist who leaves nothing to chance. Rather, she works like a researcher – or a investigative detective. Always with a passion to find the perfect angle, the perfect casting and the perfect mask; the exact positioning of the specific props,  which are featured prominently to tell the full story.

    Stories, now opening at Fotografiska Stockholm in the exhibition Truth is Dead, that with biting humour cut through the din of the media and bring the astonished viewer to a standstill: What? Is there photographic evidence of Trump having sex with Miss Mexico? How did Jackson happen to be in the right place at the right time to capture the moment when Queen Elizabeth took a homely selfie with the family; a seemingly tipsy Angela Merkel wearing only a fur coat, fell into the arms of François Hollande, or Barack Obama sneaked outside for a smoke …

    “The truth is dead. Nothing that we're shown can be trusted, everything can be faked and nothing is authentic. What does this knowledge do to us? What does it do to our outlook and how we perceive each other? I want to highlight these issues. And to do that I use humour and the human desire to, in moderation, get a peek behind the public images of the celebrities we assign such great symbolic value,” says Alison Jackson.

    Alison Jackson is a contemporary artist who with her realistic photographs pushes the boundaries of what we experience – what is genuine and what is fantasy?

    Born in Hampshire, she now lives and works in London. She studied Fine Art Sculpture at Chelsea College of Art in London and Fine Art Photography at the Royal College of Art.

    The Truth is Dead exhibition features, to say the least, evocative photographs in which Jackson uses doubles for stars, celebrities and royals. These doppelgängers simulate private, sometimes intimate and exposed, situations.  With these staged photographs, Jackson explores the impact that the depicted celebrities have on our experiences and raises questions about celebrity culture and the public desire for gossip. One odd fact is that Jackson took the pictures of “Trump and Miss Mexico in the Oval Room” before the election, before Pussygate and the Mexican wall…She saw it al coming…

    Oddly enough, Jackson's experience is that it hardly makes any difference that it's obviously not the actual celebrity but a doppelgänger. Such is the need to occasionally fill the void with the kind of superficial meaningfulness that contact with stardom can offer, even if it's fake. The image is a seductive tool that manipulates us and draws us into believing what we see, even though we know that it isn't really true.  “Surface, surface, surface,” to quote Andy Warhol on our desire and fascination for the superficial.

    The search for the authentic is a powerful driving force for Jackson. This need to pore over the truth stems from a childhood characterised by two completely different realities: The public reality shown outwardly and the private reality conducted behind closed doors. The very same dramaturgy that celebrity gossip magazines live on: a public, idealised persona is built up only to then be torn down by revealing details about their private life. What is it that makes this worldwide hysteria for celebrities so pervasive? What is its actual purpose?

    “Celebrities are modern days saints – they take the role previously filled by religion and act as icons for us to worship. Today, more people read gossip magazines than go to church, and every celebrity or royal has a set attribute: Kim Kardashian is a flag flyer for body modification; Donald Trump is wearing the emperor’s new clothes; Queen Elisabeth is a dignified matriarch and Princess Diana was a glamourous independent woman (or “hysteric” from some perspective). They give us a point of reference in a confused world, but do these diversions really help us to develop our best selves?”

    This fake reality collection has given Alison Jackson great success and Jessica Jarl Exhibitions Producer at Fotografiska International, chuckles at the selected pieces.

    “Naturally, many people get upset and Facebook, which bans nipples but allows a great deal of violence, will make a fuss. But this exhibition fascinates with its successful combination of humour and the question as to how we are to relate to one another when nothing and no one can be trusted.”

    Photo: © Alison Jackson, Artist London - Trump with Miss Mexico. This is not Donald Trump.

    https://www.fotografiska.com/

  • BACK TO PARADISE MASTERPIECES OF EXPRESSIONISM

    Written by Fashion Tales

    20 February - 9 June 2019

    A comprehensive exhibition comprising 134 works, including paintings and prints by, among others, Emil Nolde, Otto Mueller and Max Pechstein.

    The exhibition Back to Paradise assembles major expressionist masterpieces from two collections, the Häuptli Collection at the Aargauer Kunsthaus in Switzerland and the collection of the Osthaus Museum Hagen in Germany. Both include outstanding works from the various stages of expressionist artistic production in Germany in the period from 1905 until 1938.  During the course of 19th-century industrialization, the size of European cities multiplied. Social mobility grew and technical development accelerated the pace of life. Tensions among disparate social classes, but also within them, resulted in various transnational reform movements. A young generation began to rebel against their fathers and pave their way towards freedom. Liberated from academic traditions, art at the dawn of World War I became the radical expression of this particular zeitgeist. The impact of these social upheavels led the artists to a search for new lifestyles. The faster the changes have been, the stronger was the yearning for a new paradise, which the artists often found in harmony with nature and in the study of foreign cultures.

    Impressionism predominantly addressed visual perception and thus was unable to permanently satisfy the seekers and restless minds. Painters like James Ensor, Paul Gauguin and Edvard Munch had already captured their subjective world experience on canvas. Although Art Nouveau had created forms without shadows and spaces without perspective, over time, the beautiful line seemed to have decayed as a trivial end in itself, but a new spark and emotionality was imminent. »Colors became charges of dynamite, they were expected to discharge light«, wrote André Derain about the Fauvists’ scandalous appearance at the Paris Salon d’Automne in 1905. With the foundation of the Dresden artist group Brücke (The Bridge) in early summer of 1905, Germany also  set the course for change. Subsequently this new and emotive painting style was aimed at not only provoking the bourgeois taste, but as a means to shake up the established concepts of beauty.

    The circle around the Neuen Künstlervereinigung München (New Artist’s Association of Munich) and the editorial department of the Munich almanac Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) set forth on a quest for a new introspection. Painting far outgrew the representational and new theoretical principles for the reconsideration of »primitive« art were established.

    Joint to the exhibition and on display is a correspondance by Carl Milles concerning the events in Germany and the art exhibited at the exhibition Entartete Kunst, in Munich 1937.

    Artists:

    Cuno Amiet,  Max Beckmann, Walther Bötticher, Conrad Felixmüller, Lyonel Feninger, Erich Heckel, Alexej von Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Liebermann, August Macke, Franz Marc, Ludwig Meidner, Gabriele Münter,  Otto Mueller, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein, Christian Rohlfs, Karl Schmidt Rottluff.

    Pictures:

    Max Pechstein, Liggande flicka, 1910. ©Pechstein Hamburg/Tökendorf

    Emil Nolde, Blomsterträdgård, Kvinna i vit klänning framifrån. ©Nolde Stiftung Seebüll

    https://www.millesgarden.se/

  • Grez-sur-Loing - Arts and Relationships

    Written by Fashion Tales

    16 februari ­- 18 augusti 2019

    This spring's big exhibition at Waldemarsudde presents the mythical artist colony Grez-sur-Loing based on the latest research. In Grez, in the late 19th century, various relationships and relationships emerged between the artists of different nationalities who lived there and the fascinating works that they created in the village and its beautiful surroundings. More than 100 works by Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon artists such as Karin and Carl Larsson, Julia Beck, Karl Nordström, Peder Severin Krøyer, Frank O'Meara, William Blair Bruce and Carolina Benedicks are shown in the exhibition.

    A large number of artists, writers and musicians from different parts of the world met in Grez at the end of the 19th century. In the village they were inspired by each other both artistically and on a personal level. Socially, Grez served as a platform for artist communities, but also for friendship and love relationships within and across national borders. The latter include, for example, the marriage between William Blair Bruce and Carolina Benedicks as well as between Francis Brooks Chadwick and Emma Löwstädt. Despite the fact that the nation-wide connections have, the Grez colony in older Swedish art history writing, and in the exhibition context at home, has been described above all as a domestic affair. In the latter research which is highlighted in this exhibition, a completely different picture is drawn of how artists from different countries lived and acted in consensus side by side in the village.

    The exhibition Grez-sur-Loing - Art and relations is the first of its kind in Sweden to describe the French village of Grez as an international meeting place for Swedish, other Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon artists. The focus of the presentation is the many interesting works of art that were created in Grez from the late 1870s to the early 1890s. The exhibition contains over 100 works in different materials and techniques with motifs from the place and its beautiful surroundings. The bridge over the river Loing, the village's stone houses and gardens, the locals at work and friend portraits. The presentation also shows drawings from festivities such as masquerade and costume bales at Hôtel Chevillon and Pension Laurent. Among the artists who are represented can eg. include Karin Bergöö (married Larsson), Carl Larsson, Julia Beck, Emma Löwstädt-Chadwick, Hugo Birger, Karl Nordström, Carolina Benedicks-Bruce, Christian Krohg, Peder Severin Krøyer, Frank O'Meara, Katherine Mac Causland, Francis Brooks Chadwick and William Blair Bruce.

    Grez-sur-Loing - Art and relations are part of Waldemarsudde's multi-year venture to highlight artist colonies as a phenomenon in the 19th century European art life. Earlier presentations at the museum have included the artist colony in Skagen in northern Jutland, the artist colony at Tyresö outside Stockholm and the Worpswede colony outside Bremen.

    “It is a great pleasure for us at Waldemarsudde to, after the autumn's critically acclaimed exhibition on the Worpswede colony, now shed light on the fascinating international artist colony in the northern French village of Grez-sur-Loing. The extensive exhibition contains works from the late 1800s by both famous and currently forgotten artists of different nationalities. The female painters' situation in Grez, the social connections between the artists and the locals, and the colonial writers, including Strindberg and Robert Louis Stevenson, are highlighted in our rich, research-based presentation. The exhibition is unique of its kind and the first ever in Sweden to highlight the Grez colony as a meeting place for Swedish, other Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon artists, writers and musicians in particular, ”says Karin Sidén, museum director and one of those responsible for the exhibition.

    The exhibition is supplemented by an extensive catalog of articles by writers from England, Ireland, the USA, Norway and Sweden.

    https://www.waldemarsudde.se/

  • The Swedish singer/songwriter Robyn drops a collection together with the Swedish sports wear brand Björn Borg under the name "RBN"

    Written by Fashion Tales

    February 15th. 
    Today, Swedish sports fashion brand Björn Borg releases their exclusive capsule collection RBN with international pop star and fashion icon Robyn. The modern unisex collection presents a mixture of edgy sportswear and street fashion.
    Björn Borg and Robyn put their heads together to create RBN. The capsule collection is developed by Robyn together with renowned stylist Naomi Itkes and Björn Borg’s design team. The limited collection consists of 23 pieces of clothing in different colourways photographed by Casper Sejersen.

    It is modern and non-gender specific; a mix of sportswear, streetwear and fashionable workwear. Inspired by some of Robyn’s favourite garments and some of the pieces in Björn Borg’s archive dating back to the 80’s, it offers full looks with fleece hoodies, tracksuits, polo shirts, underwear and socks.

    RBN reflects my love for street style and how it’s signaled in youth culture, it is inspired by my favourite garments throughout the years. I thought it would be cool to make gear that I can wear both to go out running and clubbing in”, says Robyn.

    Mija Nideborn Design Director at Björn Borg, about the collection: “The RBN collection really captures what Björn Borg is all about – a contemporary fusion of sportswear and fashion. It is Robyn’s creative vision mixed with our brand DNA, a flirt with the street fashion of today.”

    As part of the RBN launch, Robyn releases her new music video – featuring her song “Send to Robin Immediately”. The global launch is happening at Browns East in London on February 15th and is followed by an after party where Robyn and special guests will DJ.

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