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November 2017



This is not a fashion pictorial. It is about being the light in a crowd. Fashion is not something that reflects in clothes only – it is the light. Fashion can empower you, fashion is trust, it is a statement …



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Merz b. Schwanen | The Expression of Gratitude for the Good Moments in Life


Quality, Character, Tradition, Authenticity define a style that in the past 20 years has shaped an established niche in the fashion industry. Sustainable textiles and materials, traditional manufacturing techniques, a close cultural and geographical link between design and production, passion and love for the process and the people involved, are principles that stand behind the philosophy this niche promotes.

And Merz b. Schwanen is a well-known name in this industry.

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[People & Objects] ANDA ROMAN | Flag Halyard Lounge Chair by Hans Wegner


Why did you choose the Flag Halyard lounge chair designed by Hans Wegner?

I chose the Flag Halyard lounge chair designed by Hans Wegner because it is my favourite object. It was love at first sight when I saw it in Copenhagen two and a half years ago. Keep Reading

[Interview] CARMEN CASIUC | Nicodim Gallery, Bucharest


What does an artistic director of an art gallery do? What are your duties and responsibilities?

I started working at Nicodim Gallery four months ago, when Mihai Nicodim proposed this collaboration having in mind to increase awareness of the gallery’s activities within the local and international art scene. It was already a known fact that Mihai has an eccentric taste and the irreverence to show artists and curatorial projects which exuberantly question the contemporary cultural and political status quo. Now we want to become even more uncomfortable and capture within the gallery space the complex dynamics of contemporary life. And that’s one of my duties: to seize new collaborations with artists of the younger generation, curators and galleries from Europe who would articulate our gallery’s discourse on contemporary art and its role today. At present, we are working on the publication of two exhibition books for The Basilisk and The Hierophant, curated by Aaron Moulton – a pseudo-scientific exercise in participative anthropology –, for which I contributed a text on self-fulfilling prophecies in our present landscape. For Ecaterina Vrana’ solo show, I wrote the exhibition text, installed the show and communicated the event. So, I ensure that our fantasies invade the reality and experiment with the challenges it brings along each day – I’ll come back with an experience journal on my first work anniversary. Keep Reading



Why MÀ?

“Mà” means “hand” in Catalan. The quest for finding the right name started from the word “hand-hands” and its forms in different languages of the world. And there it was, the most simple and poetical shape. Why “hand”? Because everything at Mà is somehow hand-related, from the crafted wood pieces or the walls, to the food itself. Later on, we found out that “mà” means also “us” in Persian. And everything at Mà is us-related.


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When it comes to art and design and their evolution, Belgium has a rich and interesting history. Many revolutionary designers were born in and inspired by this small country. Dealer Lenz Vermeulen has a passion for design and art, its history and the story behind it. At his online shop and gallery, he has been selling furniture, lighting and decorative items for over 16 years. He was one of the first dealers with his own online shop and over the years, he has built up a great reputation in his field, both nationally and internationally. Lenz has a great design collection and a phenomenal knowledge of the pieces he sells, and he likes to share the story behind each item with his clients. We asked him to select some Belgian pieces that particularly appeal to him. He chose designers such as Emiel Veranneman and Pieter De Bruyne, and artist Guy Vandenbranden and is happy to enlighten us. Keep Reading


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Interiors is about an interior space that is both physical – i.e. my studio -, and psychic –the artist’s inner space, in general. Hence, the plural. (Arantxa Etcheverria)

Arantxa Etcheverria’s Interiors invite to a subtle and metaphorical journey into the space of her studio itself and the metaphysical realm of the artist’s self alike. Room by room, the itinerant structure of the exhibition unveils and deconstructs the stylistic rapport between Etcheverria and space and spatiality. She graduated from the department of scenography and history of costumes at the National Theatre of Strasbourg after she had previously completed her studies in visual arts at the famous Villa Arson in Nice. Etcheverria had worked as a set-designer in France before she moved to Romania 11 years ago. To accustom herself to Bucharest, she started documenting its architectural details photographically building personal archives while wandering the city streets and neighbourhoods. The old doors and window grills in modernist style exerted a special fascination. This perpetual exercise of framing the reality led to a particular interest in frames – which became a recurrent motif in her artworks. Keep Reading



We no longer travel because it is “the thing” to go abroad. Just at present, as a matter of fact, it is more fashionable to stay at home. But – means permitting – we must travel, and this is for the following reasons:

for health
for education
to get away from things
to realize the limitation of our own views.
to be able to improve  conditions at home
to appreciate the various kinds of beauty in the world
to find our level internationally
to have something to talk about it
to have something to look back upon.
and last, but not least, in order
… to appreciate home.


[LIFE: NOTES, etc.] Holiday | Life Abridged (in 7 days)


As I was lying on a beach in Thassos, I noticed a lovely couple – aged about 55-60 years old – preparing to go out at sea in an inflatable boat with motor. They were vacationing with their caravan, camped nearby on the edge of the beach. At the same time, same beach, another couple – approximately similar of age, loaded with everything but the kitchen sink -, were wandering here and there, far from relaxed, she following him who was holding a beer can. Keep Reading

TUSCOOKANY | Travel & Learn to Cook


TUSCOOKANY is a great concept that combines two of the most sought after human pleasures: travelling and food. Here, it is more precisely about learning to cook, as well – authentic Italian dishes from the savviest and most passionate of local chefs: Paola Baccetti, Franco Palandra, and Laura Giusti. In some of the most scenic venues that la bella Toscana abounds in stand the three villas – Casa Ombuto, Torre del Tartufo, Bellorcia -, where you can experience a delightfully multifaceted vacation during which, while you enjoy the splendid natural surroundings, explore towns and areas boasting history, culture, art, gastronomy, you also learn how to cook Italian-style in well-equipped kitchens, make your own pizzas al forno, savour delish, earthy meals in cantinas or marvellous table settings outdoors. Each of the locations has its unique, distinct features that coagulate around traditional design and style, which adds to the authenticity of the entire experience. Everything is designed to give you that feeling of being in an Italian family, where sharing meals and conviviality are of utmost importance and, as stated in the title of the essay below, form the very pillar of the legendary Italian sociability. A splendid cookbook – collecting 80 traditional recipes and the entire energy of Tuscany in illustrative photographs – was recently published. The last paragraph of its introduction sums up what this special cuisine is all about: “Tuscan cuisine can be simple and refined, or aristocratic and rustic, but it is always genuine and tasty, and that also applies to its delicious sweets, where memories of the past often echo, of those Middle Ages when Florence and Tuscany really were at the center of world affairs.”

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