FEBRUARY 2014 - The General Aesthete

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Volume Lamp by GamFratesi

Volume Lamp by GamFratesi


Volume Lamp by GamFratesi

Recalling stereo dials of the 1980s, GamFratesi’s Volume table lamp is controlled by rotating its palm-sized shade to increase or decrease light output. The die-cast aluminum and acrylic design, manufactured by Danish company Lightyears, underlines the fact that clever and intuitive design is best left perfectly understated.

More at: Lightyears

La Corbeille by Cédric Canaud

The first design from Cédric Canaud’s new collection, Mimetisme, is La Corbeille, a construct-it-yourself multifunctional piece that can serve as anything from a minimalist sculpture, to fruit bowl, or even a laundry bin. The material is sharply cut laminated paper, a lightweight imitation of plywood; this visual likeness being the intention of the Mimetisme collection, which explores material imitations, with references to sculpture and institutional design.

Available in two sizes, at: Cédric Canaud

Silver Series by Minimalux

With their Silver series of vases, London-based Minimalux has updated classic laboratory forms by metalisizing hand-blown borosilicate glass with sterling silver. The fluid layering is then hand-polished to a mirror sheen, making for an elegant object that sits perfectly at the line of industrial and fragile.

Each style is produced in a limited edition of six. More at: Minimalux

Minimod by MAPA Architects

MINIMOD is an intelligent and sustainable prefab unit designed by MAPA Architects of Brazil. The benefits of this type of factory-built dwelling can, in many ways, trump the hassle of building onsite, from decreased waste and less impact to the immediate landscape, to predetermined costs and construction time. The MINIMOD’s size, at 32 feet in length, is similar to that of a shipping container, meaning it can be easily transported using standardized trucks and lorries.

The lightweight steel frame is enclosed by walls of marine-grade plywood and glass; MAPA partner Silvio Machado envisions MINIMOD in many formats: a compact retreat, portable showroom, or even components of a modular hotel.

With an interior of just 290 square feet, no space is wasted in the single-wall layout: a central kitchen and living area, sleeping area at one end, bathroom at the other. Glass walls are at each end, and an innovative folding shutter system can also serve as a canopy above the sliding glass door.

MINIMOD’s eco-friendly design includes LED lighting, the use of intelligent materials, and a living green roof (accessible by a mobile exterior staircase), that not only insulates and provides additional recreation space, but employs a rainwater harvesting system.

MAPA is planning to make MINIMOD available this year, with a price estimated around $45,000.

More at: MAPA Architects
Photos by: Leonardo Finotti

Photography by Lena C. Emery

Over the past few years, we’ve seen some amazing, though often repetitious hyperrealistic art that deceives the viewer into believing they’re looking at a photograph; Lena Emery is a photographer that, to some degree, works in the opposite direction. Emery’s work spans several fields of photography; from fashion to product-shots, she has a quietly captivating style, but it is her collection of food still lifes for London’s Black Isle Bakery that is especially remarkable; the careful compositions and color choices make for a “that-can’t-be-real” effect that avoids the novelty art category.

More at: Lena C. Emery


The latest from Sweden’s iamamiwhoami: not only a first-rate song, but stunning visuals.

Directed by WAVE, the collective of Jonna Lee, John Strandh, and Agustin Moreaux.

Viktor & Rolf Monsieur FW14

In the city, sometimes the least expected but practical clothing combinations can make the most sense sartorially. Take for instance the chic, carefreeness of a suited man off-the-clock, perhaps just leaving the gym, still donning his tailored trousers cuffed over sneakers, and with a perfectly fitting sweatshirt on top; it can work very well. This amalgamation can also go terribly wrong: a full suit with a baseball cap, women on the train in stockings and their “comfortable” sport shoes, etc., business-meets-sport it isn’t an easy game to play. The good news is, Viktor Horsting and Ralf Snoeren know exactly what they are doing.

The two have made it clear that they love grey flannel; it has been a staple in past collections, and after decking their new Saint-Honoré store in the material from head-to-toe, they use it as a canvas for a major portion of their Fall 2014 menswear collection. Forgoing soft-spoken, ultra-traditional suiting, the material has been reinterpreted with an infusion of sport. The athletic theme could easily read as excessively playful, something Viktor & Rolf have a reputation for siding with, but this is restrained in all the right places: athletic tape seals seams, sweatshirt material find its way into suiting, and sneakers that err on the side of sport, not fashion, look smart.

Their continued collaboration with fellow Dutch artist, and founder of the hip street label Rockwell, Piet Parra, has resulted in a successful execution of a fashion formula that isn’t entirely new, but rethought. The collection certainly is not old-fashioned office or evening wear, but we know that isn’t the target. These are pieces for the creative gentleman that is allowed a little experimentation in the wardrobe department; nothing dusty here.

More at: Viktor & Rolf