Truth Be Told: Jean Cocteau

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Yohji Yamamoto : Back to Black

If you haven’t seen the new screening of “This is my dream”, you still have a chance this fall in various cities: London, Berlin, Milan, Dubai and Tel Aviv. One of the very few designers that continues to astound with his mix of dystopian poetry and grace, Yohji Yamamoto reveals his inner soul and approach to his travails. In our new series, DESIGN MANIFESTO, we will explore the idiosyncratic methods and ethos behind notable creatives.
Here is a snippet of the film. Amazing. More info here: “This is my Dream”

YOHJI YAMAMOTO: THIS IS MY DREAM from Huge Conglomerate on Vimeo.

The Horrors: “Still Life”

With the launching of their new album “Skying”, the Horrors come back with an evolved sound that is a fusion of 80’s and 90’s influences. I find it easy on the ears and since I am a fan of New Psychedelica, I thought I should include it here. The effects are as mesmerizing as the music. Will see them tonight in concert as well. Enjoy.

Internet: Circa 1969 A brave new world.

How our imaginations must have been stretched at the thought of such sci-fi communication and convenience. We simply don’t realize what a strain normal life must have been like (kidding of course). Here is an excerpt from a flight-of-fancy documentary. It’s pretty accurate! Watching this video on our new fangled computers is all very back to the future…

Urban Chaos by Carl Hammoud

If your desk is an entry into your soul, then certainly these vignettes hold the key to something rather dark. Hailing from Sweden, Carl Hammoud focuses on tumultuous settings but in very calming and appealing color. Great draftsmanship as well… Perhaps one above my desk might make me feel more at home.
See more of his work here: Carl Hammoud


Air Conditioned Clothing “Kuchofuku” a rage in Japan

Not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing garment around, it is nevertheless a HUGE hit this summer as the Japanese avoid air conditioning and other mod cons amid power shortages in Japan after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Two electric fans in the jacket can be controlled to draw air in at different speeds, giving the garment a puffed-up look. But this has not deterred those happy to be cool rather than “hot” when it comes to fashion.The fans in the Kuchofuku jacket are connected to a lithium-ion battery pack that lasts for 11 hours on a single charge, consuming only a fraction of the power used by conventional air-conditioning.A standard air-conditioned jacket sells for around 11,000 yen ($140).