JUNE 2012 - The General Aesthete

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Pulp Lamps by Enrique Romero de la Llana

Spanish designer Enrique Romero de la Llana recycles newspaper by first turning it into a textural, wet pulp, and then shaping that preparation over inflatable molds to dry: resulting in his Pulp series of lighting. Each fixture is unique and carefully handmade, with subtleties in color, shape, and presence; especially interesting is the varied thickness of the paper, creating transparency through which light may pass.

The lamps read as modern, but their organic shapes and the material used suggest natural form, such as that of a paper wasp nest.

Pulp lamps (just over $600) are available for worldwide shipping through Folklore.

Balloon Shakers by Masayuki Kurokawa

Designed by Masayuki Kurokawa, and Hand-blown by Shotoku Glass, a Japanese company that originally produced lightbulbs, these very thin, yet durable glass balloon shakers are the perfect home for salt and pepper, but look especially beautiful filled with the rich pigments of exotic spices.

Available at: Merchant No. 4, $68 (Set of 2)

Tree Series by Myoung Ho Lee

In his evocative series Tree, South Korean photographer Myoung Ho Lee separates a solitary, naturally existing tree from its native environment by placing a large canvas behind it for photographing.

To install the background, spanning up to 60 feet, a production crew and crane are required. When photographed, the natural space around the canvas is allowed to fill the frame, offering contextual insight. This process, which the photographer describes as a “photography-act,” an abstract variation of performance art, not only beautifully illustrates the natural form of these trees, but plays with reality, scale, and environment, while also referencing conventional photography and painting techniques. Being a few years old, the series encourages the concept of memorializing the trees and respective seasons photographed.

The photographer explains his choice of subject: “I chose a tree because you can see it every day, but people forget it’s there.”

More images at: Yossi Milo Gallery

A limited number of prints at: Lens Culture

Brad Biophotonic Skincare

Brad Hunter originally began formulating his namesake line of BRAD skin care products to counteract the harsh effects of air travel to the skin. Having a history with such major names in the industry as Estée Lauder, La Prairie, and Lancôme, Hunter knew what worked, and combining that experience with his interest and knowledge of the science behind skin care, resulted in a pared-down, to the point line of effective products.

Using a combination of natural components and advanced-light science, referred to as biophotonics, BRAD’s potent solutions implement bio-fermentation, as well as self-stimulating rays of violet light. By taking advantage of the known healing and regenerating powers of these ingredients, this scientific approach restores vitality to the skin via stimulation of the dermal cells, activating collagen and elastin networks.

The unisex line is sleekly packaged in special density Miron glass, which blocks the spectrum of visible light, allowing only violet rays that both protect and improve the quality of the solutions. Bio-fermentation increases the natural value of the ingredients, and allows them to be more readily absorbed and, in turn, more effective.

Scientific jargon aside, most products with this sort of aim come with wildly inflated claims and promises, but I’ve been nothing but impressed by the BRAD products I’ve used; and during a recent visit to Woodley and Bunny in Brooklyn, employees were raving about the line and subsequent miracles it induced. I am especially a fan of the Anti-Fatigue Mist ($65), a concentrated wake up for the face with ingredients such as colloidal silver, geranium, and camu camu berry. Also worth noting are the clinical strength Ultra Elastin ($195) and Ultra Elastin Lift ($210), both of which produce near-immediate restorative results. Because there is no heavy perfume or old-fashioned fillers, the products are both corrective and preventive, without feeling mis-prescribed for a person just starting to show early signs of aging, but shudders at the thought of heavy creams or wrinkle reducers.

BRAD products are available online, as well as at the BRAD Studio in Los Angeles.

Above: Sea Minerals Purify, $45; Universal Cleansing Gel, $55; Ultra Peel, $175