Terror and Beauty

Via the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Via the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Currently on show at the AGO is over 130 works from two monumentally influential British artists — Francis Bacon and Henry Moore.

Paired together, the two seemingly disparate artists share a common aesthetic ground — the horror of the second World War and its toll on their country. Early photography from that period provides the historical backdrop for the artists’ mutated and contorted interpretations of the human form.

The collection of sculpture, drawings, paintings and sketches provides a glimpse at two artists reflecting on violence, war and a shared human condition in very different ways.

Shown alongside Bacon’s fiery, twisted figures, Moore’s sculptures take on a much different energy. In fact, we encourage anyone who has passively strolled by the large installation Henry Moore sculpture outside of the AGO to visit this show. It will undoubtedly change your perspective of that corner.

The show runs until July 20th at the AGO.

Dries Van Noten: Inspiration

Dries Van Noten Inspirations
Image via Senatus Magazine

Dries Van Noten: Inspirations Exhibition
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

Exhibit is on now and runs until August 31, 2014.

On exhibition now at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, is the first retrospective of Belgian designer, Dries Van Noten.  Titled Inspirations, Dries takes us on an intimate journey into his artistic universe, and reveals the his creative process which he illustrates with his various and numerous sources of inspiration. This exhibit is an eye opening experience, where Dries Van Noten’s men’s and women’s collections are put together with iconic pieces from the museum’s fashion and textile collection. The show also includes photographs and videos, film clips, musical references, as well as artworks by renowned artists, from public and private collections, that have triggered the designer’s imagination throughout his life and career.

We’re huge fans of the designer, and also respect him as he has managed to remain independent. Dries Van Noten has been entirely self-financed since the beginning of his career, and has always done things on his own terms.

The Belgian designer spent months rummaging through the museum’s archives (eventually finding the flower paintings that would find their way into the menswear and womenswear S/S14 collections as prints), making a selection of works of art, film and historical garments which – consciously or unconsciously – have impacted his work throughout the decades. “Sometimes it takes me years to fully realize what has influenced one of my collections”, he says. “But that’s the way it works. I’m never too literal with my inspirations; I’ll start with a painting, a colour, a thought, a perfume or a gesture and slowly turn them into something different. And, above all, into garments that will be worn for years.” To celebrate this unprecedented exhibition, AnOther magazine selected the couturier’s top five inspirations.

Sydney’s is excited to announce that we will be carry Dries Van Noten’s FW14 collection.

Read on for Dries Van Noten’s inspirations.

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Haerfest: the Capsule Backpack

 

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Haerfest’s Capsule Backpack is back for spring in a combination of matte cowhide and high density canvas. Otherwise known as “The Perfect Backpack”, it features a fully lined main compartment and front pouch that fastens with concealed double zippers. In addition, smaller interior zip pockets, an inner sleeve, and frog clip provide secure storage for personal items.

Cowhide leathers, polished brass hardware, and high-quality zippers elevate the everyday backpack to a timeless example of modern design.

The brand clearly champions a minimal aesthetic, however their designs are rarely simple — a  close inspection of any of their products reveal several thoughtful details such as their single strap + ring and stud system for easy wearability and sturdy hand-carrying.

High quality materials and thoughtful, measured design make this a timeless piece that one can enjoy for years and years. To learn more about Haerfest, be sure to check out our interview with the brand’s founders.

Dimensions
H: 43 cm L: 26 cm W: 10 cm
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Available in the shop in navy (pictured), red, and black.

Marni ‘Animal House’ at Milan Design Week 2014

Marni presented Animal House at Milan’s Design Week 2014 in the Salone de Mobile. Spazio Marni, which once housed the legendary Cafe Atlantique, was transformed into a festive caravan of seating objects and animals including: donkeys, ducks, flamingos, giraffes, ostriches and rabbits.

The development of ‘Animal House’ was captured by photographer and video maker Mauricio Rivera. In the featured video, Mauricio delivers an insightful narrative of the women who contributed to the project.

Marni Animal House. Image via Design Boom.
Marni Animal House. Image via Design Boom.

Animal House was entirely handcrafted by Colombian women who gained independence and emancipation through their work.

This is not the first time Marni has collaborated on a project outside of clothing. Last year, the Milan based fashion house presented MARNI 100 CHAIRS.  

Marni 100 Chairs. Image via Marni.com
Marni 100 Chairs. Image via Marni.com

Colombian ex-prisoners and Marni formed a partnership to produce an outdoor furniture collection of 100 chairs, consisting of 80 chairs, 10 deckchairs and 10 tables in 20 colors, 7 models and 21 variations. The project aimed to reinforce the ex-prisoners’ reintegration into social and working life. Using salvaged materials and made entirely by hand, the chair frames were made from concrete reinforced bars while colored PVC plastic pipes were woven for the seats and backrests. The patterns and colors of were all personally picked by Marni staff.

These charitable initiatives demonstrate Marni’s social conscience, with this year’s revenues from the sales of the collection going towards the Associazione Sogni Onlus, an organization helping terminally ill children.

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Marni’s spring summer collection is now available in store.

Sydney’s Paris

By popular demand, we’re introducing our city guides series. For the first of our series, we’re starting with Paris, a city that is very near and dear to our heart. It’s the city of lights and the city we feel most at home. Paris is a city with “joie de vivre,” and home to amazing cuisine, architecture, art, culture; all situated in the most beautiful and gritty landscape.

We love eating in Paris, and on short visits to the city, we ensure to stop and eat from this shortlist.

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