SEPTEMBER 2012 - The General Aesthete

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Anna-Wili Highfield

Though Anna-Wili Highfield’s paper animal figures have received praise from the design community, and have been exhibited worldwide, her work is just too beautiful and timeless to not revisit.

Based in Australia, Highfield worked for two years as a scenic artist for the Sydney Opera House. From the humblest of materials, she sculpts taxidermy-style animals, typically in paper, which she paints and then sews to create the form. She also makes larger scale, copper pipe-based sculpture.

The lightness and subtlety of Highfield’s work is remarkable, while the natural animal postures suggest life in every way.

Carven Menswear SS13

Guillaume Henry’s S/S 2013 collection for Carven plays with a lot of contradictions: dressed up, yet super-casual, preppy, and rock and roll, ultra-schooled, but young. Somehow, all of these converge perfectly, and the look, though sometimes on the quirky side, is very clean. Short shorts bring a tailored shirt to a new place, and the jackets, biker-style or long, fit remarkably; this is youthful style in the most sophisticated of ways. The palette and prints make for a tone that is obviously spring, and very fresh. The look of the new Carven man, er, boy doesn’t translate to any age or size, but is definitely individual, while still being wearable.

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Photos: Carven

Recycled Metal Wind Chimes by Irona

These elegant, but rustic recycled metal wind chimes are made by Irona, part of a collective of Utah-based artist families. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and rope lengths, the chimes are attractive as an addition to a garden, or simply hanging from an old tree’s branch. Each size and shape offers a different depth of ring, and with age and exposure, the metal will patinate beautifully.

Available online at the Irona Etsy Shop