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SOME/ARCHITECTURE : 'SOLO PEZO' SPAIN / PEZO VON ELLRICHSHAUSEN ARCHITECTS FROM SOLO HOUSES PROJECT

The Casa Pezo is one of twelve holiday houses appointed to a repertoire of architects scrupulously curated by French developer Christian Bourdais. The Solo Houses project has been in motion as early as 2010 and; in a similar fashion to John Entenza’s Case Study House Program of the mid-1900s; are an examination into an over-arching architectural postulation that finding sociopolitical loci, commentary and (perhaps) change is an occurrence found first and foremost in the residential. 

In the case of Solo Houses, the abodes are situated on craggy terrain of the Spanish canton of Matarraña. Although somewhat isolated from dense urban society (2 hours from Barcelona), the houses nonetheless engage in social commentary, which is expounded and experienced purely through architectural language (and perhaps most notably in the situated distance from dense urban society itself). Whilst Entenza’s line-up involved prominent architects of the mid-1900s from Saarinen to Koenig, Solo Houses is an immanent celebration of our contemporary architectural circumstance; with the variegated line-up of architects ranging from the conceptual whimsicality of Sou Fujimoto to the august  


material articulation and sheer craftsmanship of Studio Mumbai. 
Although propounded to the public as a carte blanche for the architects in question, it is perhaps more pertinently explicated as an opportunity for the purity of an architectural concept to retain potency from ideation to reification; with the only parameters directing the project being primarily economical and geographical. Perhaps most notably what the situation has allowed for is a pervading localisation within the architecture; a consistent and thorough language, given an opportunity to resound throughout the said architecture as a sustained, unwavering leitmotif. 


Casa Pezo by the Chile-based Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects is a structure that emphatically levitates amongst the surrounding greenery, incisively piercing the sloping datum line. Access to the house is guided by a bifurcated monolithic staircase in cast concrete, with each diverging path leading to the same convergent space. Formally, the sober language of the house is found in its disciplined rectilinearity. A quadrilateral plinth is perched atop a singular column as a central structural gesture biomimetically analogous to a tree trunk. Floating views are offered from an open yet interstitial space encircling a central sky well akin to the Japanese houses found in the world

of the same name. Distinguishing the sky well is the presence of a pool carved from the centre of the space. A material favorite of Barragán - and arguably immortalized in our modern tradition by Mies’ Barcelona Pavilion; water is used in a highly material sense; reflecting the encompassing symmetry and adding; as Barragán would call it; a ’serenity’ to the space. The fluidity and transparency of the material serve as a direct counterpoint to the linear language of the volume and additionally offer a sonic tranquility to resound against the the solid concrete walls bearing traces of the local timber formwork.

Casa Pezo by Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects from SOLO HOUSES PROJECT

Photography by James Cheng Tan & Text by Kien Van-Young | S/TUDIO

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SOME/FASHION : VSP CHALAYAN SPRING/SUMMER 2015 SHOWROOM

vsp chalayan showroom photography by natalia kuznetsova | S/TUDIO

vsp chalayan showroom photography by natalia kuznetsova | S/TUDIO

vsp chalayan showroom photography by natalia kuznetsova | S/TUDIO

vsp chalayan showroom photography by natalia kuznetsova | S/TUDIO

vsp chalayan showroom photography by natalia kuznetsova | S/TUDIO

VSP Chalayan's showroom during Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Photography by Natalia Kuznetsova | S/TUDIO

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SOME/WHERE : 'CITE RADIEUSE' MARSEILLE, FRANCE / LE CORBUSIER

cite radieuse photography by elise toïdé | S/TUDIO

cite radieuse photography by elise toïdé | S/TUDIO

The story is set in Marseille between 1947 and 1951, when Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (best known as Le Corbusier) could progressively watch - being erected from the surface of this dry soil - the old-fashioned human scaled vision of what he would conceptualize a "Habitat System". Affectionately nicknamed "La Maison du Fada" (The House of the Crackpot) by south of France locals, it fully seizes Le Corbu's inheritage for international architecture. Seen through the lense of photographer Elise Toïde, is an aesthetical reinterpretation filled with sci-fi minimalism. A composite piece of art based on this grayish concrete structure containing 337 apartments of 23 different types.

Another Architectural Spacetime
Post-WW2 was a real need for innovation - making the people dream, gathering them to live together, working with the barest materials on tough financial schemes and re-thinking the extension of the biggest cities - fully embodied by the Cité Radieuse as thought by Le Corbusier and his teams. Le Corbusier would himself declare that "a house is a machine for living" - so would the vision of this imaginary amphibious spaceship. Landed on earth early 50s, it could somehow find its way through the undulating landscape until the closest body of water before a safety ignition system would contact and have it vanishing in the cosmos.

cite radieuse photography by elise toïdé | S/TUDIO

cite radieuse photography by elise toïdé | S/TUDIO

The Manned Spacecraft & the Extra-Modulor
Dignified heir of Leonardo da Vinci - the full conceptualization is based on a system baptized Modulor - an obvious Vitruvian Man derivative enforcement. Mainly made up by the Master in a crave for universality - intending to overcome the two measurement systems that divide the planet - it is also a vow to the well-being of manhood. Modulor thus is a system calculated over the golden ratio - with scale following Fibonacci numbers adapted to human measurements. 
Obsessed by the needs of humanity, Le Corbu would arrange its interiors by precisely defining the areas of accessibility and facilitating everyday in-house actions by lowering the efforts.

would arrange its interiors by precisely defining the areas of accessibility and facilitating everyday in-house actions by lowering the efforts.

Travelling Through Present Days
Initially thought as a vertical village - filled with interior streets, a daily, a library, a hotel, a school and a nursery - the roof used to be a public area filled with a pool & playground and 360° vision over the valley. On this open Air Space is now settled the MAMO Audi talents award. Created by Ora Ito, this laboratory where science and creation meet, offer young and established talents a place of exhibition and sharing.

cite radieuse photography by elise toïdé | S/TUDIO

cite radieuse photography by elise toïdé | S/TUDIO

cite radieuse photography by elise toïdé | S/TUDIO

Le Corbusier's consideration about architecture finds its logical evolution - "You employ stone, wood and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces. That is construction. Ingenuity is at work. But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good, I am happy and I say: "This is beautiful." That is Architecture. Art enters in." - not only Art entered in, Art is now on top.

Photography by Elise Toïdé & Text by Charlotte Robert | S/TUDIO

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SOME/WHERE : 'GATEWAY TO A HOLY PLACE' JEDDAH, SAUDI-ARABIA

neighborhood in jeddah photography by salar kheradpejouh | S/TUDIO

neighborhood in jeddah photography by salar kheradpejouh | S/TUDIO

neighborhood in jeddah photography by salar kheradpejouh | S/TUDIO

neighborhood in jeddah photography by salar kheradpejouh | S/TUDIO

neighborhood in jeddah photography by salar kheradpejouh | S/TUDIO

neighborhood in jeddah photography by salar kheradpejouh | S/TUDIO

neighborhood in jeddah photography by salar kheradpejouh | S/TUDIO

Poor side of the city 'Jeddah' in Saudi-Arabia

Photography by Salar Kheradpejouh | S/TUDIO

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SOME/FASHION : BIEK VERSTAPPEN SPRING/SUMMER 2015 SHOWROOM

biek verstappen showroom photography by nicklas thrysoe | S/TUDIO

biek verstappen showroom photography by nicklas thrysoe | S/TUDIO

biek verstappen showroom photography by nicklas thrysoe | S/TUDIO

biek verstappen showroom photography by nicklas thrysoe | S/TUDIO

biek verstappen showroom photography by nicklas thrysoe | S/TUDIO

Biek Verstappen's showroom during Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Photography by Nicklas Thrysøe | S/TUDIO

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SOME/WHERE : 'THE REST PART II' SHANGHAI, CHINA

building in shanghai photography by yangyanyuan | S/TUDIO

building in shanghai photography by yangyanyuan | S/TUDIO

building in shanghai photography by yangyanyuan | S/TUDIO

building in shanghai photography by yangyanyuan | S/TUDIO

building in shanghai photography by yangyanyuan | S/TUDIO

Empty building in Shanghai, China

Photography by YANGYANYUAN | S/TUDIO 

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SOME/FASHION : KHOURIANBEER ATELIER IN BARCELONA

khourianbeer atelier by james cheng tan | S/TUDIO

khourianbeer atelier by james cheng tan | S/TUDIO

khourianbeer atelier by james cheng tan | S/TUDIO

khourianbeer atelier by james cheng tan | S/TUDIO

khourianbeer atelier by james cheng tan | S/TUDIO

khourianbeer atelier by james cheng tan | S/TUDIO

khourianbeer atelier by james cheng tan | S/TUDIO

Visiting KHOURIANBEER's Atelier in Barcelona

Photography by James Cheng TAN | S/TUDIO

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SOME/FASHION : CHEREVICHKIOTVICHKI & HARRY PONTEFRACT

cherevichkiotvichki & harry pontefract showroom photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

Poetry and self-derision lay side by side with ancestral values in both the worlds of Victoria Andrejeva (the founder designer of Cherevitchkiotvichki) and Harry Pontefract.

She, on the shoeside would play the organic Mother Nature; while he, on the women style, would elaborate a sartorial reintepretation of objects and pieces of clothes from the past. Likewise is his appearance of a wandering child in the serious costume of an astounded knight - some heroic character who could pass through time without gaining a wrinkle at least.

Altogether displaying their respective collections, offer an obvious - yet mise-en-scene - visual experience where the roughness of their creations accompany the genius feeling of an ancient British theatrical universe. 
Opening the brand to a new range of materials, Victoria would scatter her own horizons into experimenting new fields of researches. On her regular basis of development, she invited her team into another experimental process where natural stains are able to withstand the test of time. Avocado bark, nuts, black beans, blueberries or melted copper are the responses to a gradation of organically refined colours.

cherevichkiotvichki & harry pontefract showroom photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

cherevichkiotvichki & harry pontefract showroom photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

cherevichkiotvichki & harry pontefract showroom photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

But Victoria also plays a part into showing the elaborated craftmanship of Michael Moir and his spouse Helen. Lecturer of the London College of Fashion, Michael assembled along his carreer an impressive collection of shoes in the private archives of his London-based studio. Re-thinking the styles altogether with Victoria, they presented as well a small selection of their collaborations - under the auspices of this cobber, mastering the highest skills into his longstanding specialty.

The untitled first collection by Harry Pontefract is the quintessential evocation of nostalgia. Memory is a leitmotiv of the revocability of old fabrics and materials that lived many lives, thus carry per se an intense wave of souvenirs. All is precociously made by hand to render the coarse aspect of a dreamy yet comfortable wardrobe. Natural tones from light beige to marroon leather depict these neo-middle-aged inspirations.

cherevichkiotvichki & harry pontefract showroom photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

cherevichkiotvichki & harry pontefract showroom photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

cherevichkiotvichki & harry pontefract showroom photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

cherevichkiotvichki & harry pontefract showroom photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

cherevichkiotvichki & harry pontefract showroom photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

cherevichkiotvichki & harry pontefract showroom photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

Cherevichkiotvichki's & Harry Pontefract showroom during Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Photography by Floriana Castagna & Text by Charlotte Robert S/TUDIO

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SOME/IMAGE : 'CORE'

inside of a fossil photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

inside of an ancient mineral photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

inside of an ancient mineral photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

dinosaur fossil photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

inside of an ancient mineral photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

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SOME/ARCHITECTURE : SIÈGE DU PARTI COMMUNISTE / OSCAR NIEMEYER

siege du parti communiste photography by virginie khateeb | S/TUDIO

Built between 1967-1972, The national HQ for the Parti Communiste Français by Oscar Niemeyer is characterized as a monument to what are now the vestiges of the French Communist Party. The material vocabulary of the building is in that of the early 20th century modernists: a sermon of concrete, steel and glass. However, the lyrical forms poetically sculpted 
 

by Niemeyer’s sensual thought are of a different language; more so a response to the ascetic rationalism pervading architecture hitherto. Perhaps it is proper testament to Niemeyer’s ethos of a ‘form following beauty’, a beauty which he found inextricably linked with the voluptuous curves of a beloved woman and the mountainous terrain of his native Brazil.

siege du parti communiste photography by virginie khateeb | S/TUDIO

siege du parti communiste photography by virginie khateeb | S/TUDIO

siege du parti communiste photography by virginie khateeb | S/TUDIO

Formally, the edifice is composed of tortuous billows of white concrete in structures which seem to suggest a diaphanousness and litheness rather than the gravitas characteristic of concrete. As is often the case in the work of the late-centenarian, acrobatic engineering is synthesized with sensuous spatial articulation, striking a balance distinguishable as a sensitive tensility.

The showpiece of the building is a semi-subterranean white concrete dome cocooning the meeting chamber for the party’s Central Committee. Separation between wall planes and ceiling planes becomes indiscernible as white aluminium panels are suspended from the hemispherical ceiling through which a muted light percolates softly.

siege du parti communiste photography by virginie khateeb | S/TUDIO

siege du parti communiste photography by virginie khateeb | S/TUDIO

siege du parti communiste photography by virginie khateeb | S/TUDIO

siege du parti communiste photography by virginie khateeb | S/TUDIO

Photography by Virginie Khateeb & Text by Kien Van-Young | S/TUDIO

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SOME/MUSIC : 'TYCHO' LIVE AT LA GAITE LYRIQUE PARIS

tycho performing photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

In a world where Antonioni's Zabriskie Point meets Duncan Jones' Moon under the terrestrial shadows of Sofia Coppola's livelier Virgins, one shall feel invaded with thrill from the very end of the night.

Organically metallic particles of sound, high pantones psyche melodies, visionary images in motion as a landscape - the usual enthusiasm of a Parisian crowd in front of a cherished music group instigated to this band of four outsiders a generous shot of endorphins - highly discernible on the amazed expressions of Scott Hansen, Tycho's leader.

 

Performance explodes the walls of this hues close to enlarge the scopes of a shallow yet invigorating moment of grace
In a two-way relationship between artists and their public, one can particularly appreciate the quasi-perfect acoustic of a live performance allowed by choice of the Parisian venue La Gaîté Lyrique as an enveloping treasure box. Not only the music and images in motion intensify the full show - but a very neat and likeable feeling that members of the group are interacting in a total fusion of scores.  

 

tycho performing photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

tycho performing photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

Around Scott Hansen, Zac Brown (bass guitar & guitar), Joe Davencens (synthesizers & keyboards) and astonishing drummer Rory O'Connor - respectfully playing the roles of the providential shoulder - gifted, established and reliable - the humble happy genius - who always backs up and comes

 instantly with the right solution - and the young master who revolutionizes it all with a fair dose of energy.When fall is coming and chills in the air remind one that summer's gone, it feels like a right decision to be walking on the Tychoon.

tycho performing photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

tycho performing photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

tycho performing photography by floriana castagna | S/TUDIO

Tycho is currently on their international 'Awake' Tour.

Photography by Floriana Castagna & Text by Charlotte Robert | S/TUDIO
 

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SOME/EVENT : ANREALAGE INSTALLATION AT L'ECLAIREUR

anrealage installation at l'eclaireur photography by nicklas thrysoe | S/TUDIO

anrealage installation at l'eclaireur photography by nicklas thrysoe | S/TUDIO

anrealage installation at l'eclaireur photography by nicklas thrysoe | S/TUDIO

anrealage installation at l'eclaireur photography by nicklas thrysoe | S/TUDIO

anrealage installation at l'eclaireur photography by nicklas thrysoe | S/TUDIO

anrealage installation at l'eclaireur photography by nicklas thrysoe | S/TUDIO

anrealage installation at l'eclaireur photography by nicklas thrysoe | S/TUDIO

anrealage installation at l'eclaireur photography by nicklas thrysoe | S/TUDIO

ANREALAGE installation at L'Eclaireur Sévigné 

Photography by Nicklas Thrysøe | S/TUDIO

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SOME/IMAGE : 'HORIZONS DISSOLVED'

horizons dissolved photography by jona sees | S/TUDIO

horizons dissolved photography by jona sees | S/TUDIO

horizons dissolved photography by jona sees | S/TUDIO

horizons dissolved photography by jona sees | S/TUDIO

'Horizons Dissolved' contains a variation of seascapes in the United States

Photography by Jona Sees | S/TUDIO

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SOME/FASHION : KOFTA SPRING/SUMMER 2015 SHOWROOM

kofta showroom photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

kofta showroom photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO 

kofta showroom photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

kofta showroom photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

kofta showroom photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

Kofta's showroom during Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Photography by Pouria Khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

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SOME/WHERE : 'THE REST PART I' CHINA

ancient chinese architecture photography by yangyanyuan| S/TUDIO

ancient chinese architecture photography by yangyanyuan | S/TUDIO

ancient chinese architecture photography by yangyanyuan | S/TUDIO

ancient chinese architecture photography by yangyanyuan | S/TUDIO

ancient chinese architecture photography by yangyanyuan| S/TUDIO

Ancient Chinese architecture in Suzhou, Hangzhou and Zhejiang 

Photography by YANGYANYUAN | S/TUDIO 

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SOME/FASHION : WHITE DYCHOTOMY | KATHARINE GRACE X KRISHNA GODHEAD HAUTE COUTURE SPRING/SUMMER 2015

white dichotomy | katharine grace x krishna godhead haute couture spring/summer 2015 photography by floriana castagna  | S/TUDIO

white dichotomy | katharine grace x krishna godhead haute couture spring/summer 2015 photography by floriana castagna  | S/TUDIO

white dichotomy | katharine grace x krishna godhead haute couture spring/summer 2015 photography by floriana castagna  | S/TUDIO

white dichotomy | katharine grace x krishna godhead haute couture spring/summer 2015 photography by floriana castagna  | S/TUDIO

white dichotomy | katharine grace x krishna godhead haute couture spring/summer 2015 photography by floriana castagna  | S/TUDIO

« Les formes moulées dans l’obscur surgissaient à la lumière vierge.

Un rayon morne lui tordait les gestes,

ainsi que furtifs,

dans une incertaine clarté,

ses multiples paraîtres se révélaient étincelants »

 

White Dichotomy with piece from Krishna Godhead's Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Text & Photography by Floriana Castagna  | S/TUDIO

Model Andrea Colombiana

Special thanks to Katharine Grace x Khrisna Godhead

 

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SOME/FASHION : TOOGOOD UNISEX OUTERWEAR SPRING/SUMMER 2015 SHOWROOM

toogood unisex outerwear showroom photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

toogood unisex outerwear showroom photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO 

toogood unisex outerwear showroom photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

toogood unisex outerwear showroom photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

toogood unisex outerwear showroom photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

toogood unisex outerwear showroom photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

toogood unisex outerwear showroom photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

toogood unisex outerwear showroom photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

toogood unisex outerwear showroom photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

toogood unisex outerwear showroom photography by pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

TOOGOOD's showroom during  Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Photography by Pouria Khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

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SOME/IMAGE : 'GUANXI'

Guanxi (n.) a network of social connections based on mutual trust and the balancing of debts by returning favours so that the relationship’s benefits are shared by all.

The balance between architecture and clothing. When individuality becomes an entirety.

Brought to each other by the perfect moment, the fleeting rightness of time and place that creates the opportune atmosphere for action, words and movement.

photography by peter pohjola & pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

photography by peter pohjola & pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

photography by peter pohjola & pouria khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

Clothing by: Yohji Yamamoto, Rick Owens and Peter Pohjola.

Photography and editing by Peter Pohjola and Pouria Khojastehpay | S/TUDIO

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