Todomuta are Laura Molina and Sergio Herrera - a couple in every sense of the word. Together they forge a resolute path, exploring the outer realms of disparate design and non-conformist art. It's hard to define exactly what it is they do, but the joy of their output lies in an irreverent and often random approach.
My first encounter with Lebbeus Woods was in 2004 when the confusion of 9/11 was still pervasive. His book Radical Reconstructions (1997), fell open into my hands. It was staggering. These prescient constructions revealed something that hadn’t yet happened when the book was published.
Yin & Yang
In this nicotine-stained café, once the preserve of market workers and late-night hustlers, there are black boys with pink hair talking fashion to white girls with Afros. “She’s beyond amazing,” declares a wild-eyed youth describing his latest discovery. “It’s like Lang on acid—sick and beautiful and completely NOW!” Beyond this scenario, lurking in the corner, sits legendary American photographer Annie Leibovitz—chic and understated, but surveying the room with a frosty antipathy. Paris Fashion Week is in full flow, and people are watching.
Appetite for destruction
There’s something distinctly American about Mike Amiri, a sense that anything is possible and nothing is unattainable. Channeling Jim Morrison’s nonchalant sex-appeal or Axl Rose’s defiantly messy style, Amiri’s collection is a homage to the grunge aesthetic of 1980s and 1990s Los Angeles. And while rock star glam has long inspired designers from Jean-Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld to Hedi Slimane and Marc Jacobs, Amiri’s quintessentially Californian vision is both laid back and extravagant, with a level of artisanship that has distinguished his coveted label in the luxury market.
McQueen & I
London 2010. St Paul’s Cathedral, squeezed into the city like a relegated old timer, remains to these eyes, design at its most daring. It’s a fitting location for Alexander McQueen’s memorial service: grand, awe-inspiring, immortal; but also a disturbing reminder that things have come to this. Lee—for he was Lee to me—would have hated it: the crowds, the silence, the poignant, solemn atmosphere. Yet in a wonderfully reflective way, both man and building have managed to capture the architectural zeitgeist.
From the faculty of misfits
Nicola Formichetti never met Andy Warhol—their lifespans overlapped by ten years—but refers to the American artist as his “dream teacher”. Their post-mortem union transpired when Formichetti launched the Welcome to Diesel World exhibition in Melbourne in March of 2016, where Warhol’s high-gloss albeit chilled paintings of cultural icons were hanging in a major gallery. The pair’s parallels are simple: children of working class parents whose imaginations fought to keep up with the prodigious rate of artistic output.
I’m posing questions to Dutch fashion designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren that are a little more searching than most. Instead of asking about their hit fragrance, Flowerbomb (one bottle sold every three minutes), or their private relationship (former partners, now platonic—for the record), I’m plundering sociology, anthropology, in fact, any-ology I can muster.
24 August – 3 September 2022
Curatorial+ Co. is proud to unveil a vibrant and powerful new collection of works by artist Daniel O’Toole. Inspired by the colours of the natural world, the series is the artist’s response to the pressures of climate change and human survival on a warming planet, within the confines of the digital age.
THE BRION TOMB
A garden for the dead
We will never know precisely how the architect managed to persuade Onorina to mitigate the scale of the memorial and reserve most of the site as open space. Despite being one of most influential architects of his day, Scarpa spoke little of his work and left few records to posterity. In any case, rather than occupy the space with an imposing monument, Scarpa designed the memorial as a tranquil landscape and a place of collective contemplation.
WHAT TO COLLECT
By Francesco Balzano
Francesco Balzano creates minimal, absolute and timeless furniture, objects and interiors. He seeks to uncover emotional resonance in the dialogue between shape and material and reveal the poetry in the relationship between scale, light and space. Signed, numbered and limited to an edition of 12, this daybed has been realised in Carnico black marble, Patricia green marble and felt.
By Francesco Balzano
Guided by the principal that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, Balzano's work combines noble materials, purity of lines, and hyper-detailed architectural references with everyday functionality. Signed, numbered and limited to an edition of 12, this piece has been realised in grand antique marble (or white onyx) and measures approximately 84cm (h) x 123cm (l) x 76cm (d).
Aeras Nero F115 Coffee Table
By Raphael Crespin
Raphael Crespin is a French architect and designer based in Hong Kong. His approach is often experimental t the intersection of design, art and architecture. Crespin is particularly interested in exploring the creative potential of emergent digital tools and their ability to address new ways of thinking design and architecture narratives. This piece is limited to an edition of 8 + 2AP and has been realised in portor marble with matte wax finish.
WHAT TO READ
Materials of reconstruction
Known for ‘painting without paint’, Burri would tear, stitch, burn and batter his creations into submission. In the words of the Italian critic, Emilio Vila, Burri’s works were “nourished by matter that conserves only a tragic reminiscence of painting, almost as if it were asphyxiated; a material that is devitalised, impoverished, rotted, consumed and already wasted away”.
The dream weaver
Marino—let’s call a spade a spade and anoint him with the mantle of ‘starchitect’—is a man obsessed with style. For almost fifty years this striking character has applied architectural nous to a dazzling array of commissions, including private homes for the superannuated, grand, conceptual interiors, and all manner of radical side projects.
Embedding cultural memory in contemporary architecture
When the head of the philanthropic Sancaklar Foundation, Suat Sancak, first approached Emre Arolat with a request to design a new mosque for 500 worshippers, the architect turned him down. “I told him I’m not that kind of architect,” he remembers.
WHAT TO EXPERIENCE
JOHAN VAN MULLEM
An unforgettable afternoon of art and discovery.
Just outside of Brussels in the heart of Rhode-Saint-Genèse, among the quaint European houses and large manicured gardens, is where artist Johan Van Mullem is creating artworks of an otherworldly nature. Inspired by the collective consciousness that survives from generation to generation, Van Mullem’s artwork invites you to gain a deeper understanding of the human consciousness. Join the artist in his private residence and studio for lunch and an unforgettable afternoon of art, conversation and discovery.
THE MET GALA
A world without comparison or equal
Steeped in quality, beauty and the exotic, the Met Gala represents the pinnacle of fashion, art and celebrity. A fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the event marks the highly anticipated grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibition while attracting the world’s most respected creative iconoclasts.
GIAMPIERO BODINO PRIVATE COMMISSION
Create a bespoke objet d’art
Born in Turin, Giampiero Bodino was an architecture student when he first experienced the world of design. With accommodation at the Bulgari Hotel in Milan and VIP access to a private lounge located on Monte Napoleone, this experience is for those who appreciate the profoundly moving and sculptural work of this Master Craftsman.
ON TOP OF THE WORLD
Experience the world’s most northern heli-skiing
Experience the world’s most northern helicopter skiing as you explore the Arctic Cordillera range of Baffin Island—the most dramatic mountains in the Arctic icefields with tumbling glaciers, deep fjords and the world’s tallest sheer granite walls.
WHAT TO DISCOVER
This brutal world
The exterior of Rick Owens’ Venetian apartment looks, at first glance, decidedly un-Rick Owens. Perched on the beachfront of Lido, in a quiet area south of the main tourist hub, the pistachio façade of the building gives nothing away. There is no bell, just suspicious neighbours.
“Sculpture is an exorcism,” Louise Bourgeois once told an interviewer. “When you are really depressed and have no other way out except suicide, sculpture will get you out of it.” It’s the voice of a lifelong extremist: Give me art or give me death.