Category Archives: Design Lectures

Design Work, Fashion Forgets Fast

Does someone even remember Christophe Decarnin’s name this season? He was the guy who brought Balmain back to the new life in 2005.
















He was the guy who re-invented dyed jeans , a jackets with wide shoulder, a sudpersexy short dress with one sleeve. He was who invented the new French-Girl Cool look.

But this  one was a rich girl, and Isabel Marant translated this image for cheaper money. Emmanuelle Alt was a good help to strengthen the new French girls image, since she was working as a stylist for both Balmain and Marant. And than came a bunch of other french designers who translated this look for even cheaper money: Iro, Sandro, Maje etc.

Decarnin is gone because he did not show up for Balmain Autumn/Winter 2011 show. I don’t know what happened to him, was referring to some heath problems. Alt bailed from the story  becoming the editor -in- chief of French Vogue. Isabel Marant still is in a good health, continues to work with French-Girl Cool  images and raises prices with every season. Must to say, the least seasons  even without Decarnin’s influence , the French girls continously  goes wild  to west or we could say, looks for $. Rodeo girls, American sport clothes, Elvis ( What will be the next Big Thing?)  But theses changes are just on the surface, in the prints, shmints. The idea and siluets are the same.

Iro, Sandro, Maje are doing well as well , opening flaship-stores in London etc.  Seems like everyone is just fine, including the French-Girl Cool.

Balmain 2008
















Marant 2013

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Design Finds, Invitation To Trend Reports

Design Travel, Peter Zumtor in Oslo

Yes, Peter Zumtor will held a lecture at AHO tomorrow :

Peter Zumthor explains his design for last year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in this movie filmed by Dezeen at the preview in Kensington Gardens, London.

for fashionistas:

The July 1997 issue of Vogue contains a 10-page swimwear feature called ‘Body Building’. Each page consists of a single photograph showing a model inside Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals baths.

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Design Finds, Prada in Hamar

Talking about my birthday present, suddenly I remembered an old blog entry on my previous blog


Check it out, it’s pretty funny:

Prada in Hamar, May 10th, 2009

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Design Finds, Institute for Marina
















OMA is good help to  one more lady : the architects are going to convert a former theatre in Upstate New York into a performance institute commissioned by Serbian artist Marina Abramovic.

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“Thinking about age all the time is the biggest prison women can make for themselves.”,

Miuccia Prada


First Looks: ‘Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations’


Design Finds, Garage for Dasha

OMA  have unveiled their designs to convert a 5400 square metre 1960s pavilion in Stalinist-era Gorky Park in Moscow into a new venue for the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, the new gallery, which will be built for gallerist Dasha Zhukova.

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Design Finds, BALENCIAGA BOUTIQUES interview with Nicolas Gresquiere and Dominoques Gonzalez-Foerster

There is a great interview with Nicolas Ghesquiere and Dominiques Gonzalez-Foerster  BALENCIAGA BOUTIQUES by Olivier Zahm in the Spring Summer 2012 issue of PURPLE FASHION magazine

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Design Finds, Refuge Tonneau by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret

Cassina has developed the first full reconstruction of the Refuge Tonneau designed by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret in 1938 in its space at the Design Village during the Salone del Mobile.

Charlotte Perriand, a great lover of the mountains, had already envisaged a prototype of a mobile mountain refuge in 1936. Two years later, together with Pierre Jeanneret, she developed a unique and advanced model of the Refuge Tonneau. Her bizarre source of inspiration was a children’s fairground ride photographed in Croatia. The idea from this light and itinerant structure was the metal frame consisting of a central pole and a top reminiscent of a large umbrella with twelve spokes.

Exterior of Refuge Tonneau :

The model by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret 1938

The framework of this compact space shuttle -shelter is made from industrial materials, such as aluminium for the panels, chosen for its lightness, which are easy to assemble and disassemble. The round ports and the volumes recall the aeronautic world. The shape is designed so as not to resist the wind. The piles provide stability even on the most uneven and steep terrain. The interior of the shelter is made from pinewood which, despite its minimalism, gives the ambience a natural and welcoming feel.

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