The image of Singapore that most often comes to mind typically includes ultra-modern skyscrapers and massive landmarks designed by superstar architects, such as Zaha Hadid and Moshe Safdie. Singapore creative agency Do Not Design reminds us of the city’s architectural heritage in "Singapore’s Vanished Public Housing Estates", their forthcoming book with photographer Koh Kim Chay and Eugene Ong. Consisting of analog black-and-white photographs, the book takes a closer look at Singapore’s public housing estates and precincts — most of which were built in the '50s and have since been demolished during the economic boom. Vintage maps, eviction notices and other memorabilia provide further context to the city’s modern residential landscape. The limited-edition book will be released in June 2017, but you can pre-order your edition here.
The best part of changing seasons is finding change in something you’ve not worn in a while. What’s better is having a place for all that change. Ryo Kashiwazaki continuously works towards creating intricate curio's with incredible usability. This time he takes to an idea that juxtaposes comfort and unease by creating something ironic and practical. The Hender Scheme Home is a unique piggy-bank in the shape of a house. As home is a source of ease, for many of us, the thought of anything financially related is terrifying and Kashiwazaki convenes these two polar feelings and forces us to reckon with reality. Featuring Hender Scheme’s premium Toco cow leather, this bank features a single coin slot and is hand-stitched to finish. There’s also a convenient pocket to sneak change out of, just in case. Check it out at HAVEN.
With fame acclimating from her recent project with Gucci, Petra Collins has quickly made strides and garnered attention. Less than 10 year ago, the 24-year old Toronto native began experimenting with photography in her own teenage world. Collins’ quickly defined her style which many have come to hail as “dreamy, diary-like” and “rainbow-tinted”. While these superficial designations are correct, Collins’ reveals a deeply personal element to her photography. Her work is blatantly proud, but skirts hubris with its power to evoke emotions from both the subject and the audience. Collins’ returns home to stage her newest show, Pacifier, at the CONTACT gallery. Beginning April 29th, the show will run until June 23. Collins herself will introduce her work with a talk at 2pm on the 29th. If you’re curious on knowing more about Collins and her work visit the CONTACT gallery website.
Spring is actually here. I might not be a meteorologist, but I’m convinced we can finally pack our winter gear away. Still, the nights and morning are cool enough to warrant a light jacket. Engineered Garments presents their coated hemp linen cagoule. This oversized and almost shapeless windbreaker is the perfect layering option for spring. The hemp linen maintains durability and air flow, while the coating protects and offers water repellency. The snap buttons along the back of the jacket offer space in the front for a giant kangaroo pocket big enough for your copy of Herbert’s Dune. The minimal details are pulled together with convertible snaps at the cuffs and storm collar, as well as an adjustable hem. Check it out at HAVEN.
Kiko Kostadinov and Dazed present a new video documenting the labor-intensive process behind the Kostadinov's unique printing technique. Referencing his father's work as a carpenter and American artist Theaster Gates', the technique involves twisting and stapling shirts to a wooden frame and then hand painting them to produce a series of one of a kind patterns. Witness the process above and visit Dover Street Market New York where the shirts will be on display until May 4th.
Outdoor-centric Japanese label and wander opens the doors to their first ever flagship location in the Shibuya, Tokyo. Aptly dubbed 'MT.' the shop will offer a wide range of and wander's functional garments as well as a curated selection of hiking and camping supplies, books, and equipment. Aiming to be more than just a retail space, and wander also launched the 'and wander Hiking Club' to coincide with the opening, which will organize hiking tours, workshops and help promote outdoor pursuits. Check out the shop now if you are in Tokyo.
Masatoyogi-machi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
22F 8F TEL: 03-6407-8179
Previously made in indigo woven textiles, the Black Elk Flannel is a visvim® staple. For SS17 Hiroki Nakamura forgoes custom woven textiles in favor of an eye-catching printed check cotton flannel. Typically used as a low-cost alternative to woven fabrics, printed flannels allow for intricate patterns that will fade with use. visvim® re-interprets the technique in their signature style, with premium materials, dyes and buttons ensuring that the garment will only get better with age. Available at HAVEN.
Like most impactful art movements, Ero Guro Nansensu was fostered in a decadent incubator. Much like France in the late nineteenth century, Japan in the 1930s spurred a sensation of the deviant and bizarre, establishing a new bourgeois cultural phenomenon. It was launched as a movement with a loud voice, speaking for resistance and as a societal critique. One of the movements’ more recent and notorious artists, Toshio Saeki, has published his works for over 50 years and is still active today. Charlotte Jansen, art critic extraordinaire, writes on Saeki’s history and lasting impression. Having previously interviewed Saeki for Dazed, Jansen writes intimately of the artist and his most unassuming life. Lustrated as the Godfather of Japanese Erotica”, Saeki remains a major influence to such artists as Shintaro Kago (recently noted for his work with Flying Lotus) and Suehiro Maruo. With a gratuitous nod to the historical artistic tradition of shunga, Saeki’s works shamelessly display imaginative carnality and surreality. His images, often inexplicable, are meant to conjure any feeling from the viewer. Saeki explains. “If the reality hidden in my soul—even if it is only the smallest fragment of it—is able to evoke something in the viewer, then my intention has been achieved.” Check out the rest of Jansen’s article here.
Italian retailer Slam Jam Socialism debuts it's 'JAPAN-ISM' interview series by taking a closer look at WACKO MARIA. Speaking with founder Atsuhiko Mori, the interview explores the origins and inspirations behind the eccentric label. Find an excerpt below and read the full interview at Slam Jam.
I understand you were doing soccer at the beginning. What made you go in this new direction?
Some time after I finished with soccer, I was drinking with my partner at the time. We weren’t thinking of doing anything big in particular, but we at least wanted to do something cultural, and that’s what we started with.
You’ve successfully combined a lot of concepts into this space such as the music, the clothing store, and the coffee shop. Did you have the same interests/direction/vision?
My partner and I started with the same direction, but we’ve since gone separate ways. For myself, I’m the type that gravitates towards culture and music like what you see here.
Other than music, what else are you influenced by?
I like a lot of different things, including movies. I’m a huge fan of Italian architecture, the four Renaissance men and film directors like Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, and Bernardo Bertolucci. I also like Godard.
BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) pays tribute to the prolific composer Arthur Russell in their current Spring Season. As a fixture of the New York avant-garde music scene in the 1970s and 80s, Russell combined experimental classical, disco and folk compositions to create some of the most visionary minimalist, dance and pop music of the 20th century. At the heart of the program is an exhibition of selections from Russell’s archives, which were recently acquired by the New York Public Library. Do What I Want: Selections from the Arthur Russell Papers is the first public exhibition of Russell’s work and features never-before-heard tapes, photographs, scores and notes.
Alongside the exhibition, BAM is hosting a screening of the documentary Wild Combination on Thursday, 20 April 2017 and an Arthur Russell concert on Saturday, 22 April 2017. The dream-like film is a portrait of Russell that casts a light on his rise in the underground music scene in New York City, prior to his untimely death in 1992. The concert following is a live performance of both Russell’s experimental and pop compositions, featuring his former collaborators.
Do What I Want runs until 14 May 2017 at BAM. More information about the program can be found on their website