lunes, 14 de diciembre de 2015
martes, 8 de diciembre de 2015
Last week, at the Hotel Yurbban in Barcelona, we had the pleasure of celebrating the launch of Be Paper, a new e-commerce platform with which we hope to revolutionise the world of posters.
The event took place in an exquisite space in the hotel located on Trafalgar Street in Barcelona, a lively area in the heart of the city. Our guests were able to enjoy the exhibition, which included some of our most iconic posters, in the elegant, vintage atmosphere of the hotel, a cosy space replete with good taste where materials and colours come together to form a distinct style inspired on the 50s in every detail. Given its perfect location, the exquisite design of the space, and the value which Yurbban places on cultural initiatives, there is no doubt that it was the ideal venue for such an important event.
As a result, the exhibition was not only an unforgettable evening, but also a perfect symbiosis of two teams with the same vision.
For all your support, for allowing us the use of your marvellous space, but most importantly for believing in us and in Be Paper, we want to say “thanks a million” to all of you on the Yurbban team.
jueves, 3 de diciembre de 2015
The great Irish designer and architect Eileen Gray spent her life creating for the now; when she died in 1976 at the age of 98, she was enthusiastically working on a new kind of table. From first to last, Gray had been concerned with making beautiful and useful things for real people, rather than constructing monuments to her own excellence. She’d devoted her working days to mastering difficult materials and rarefied techniques, such as Japanese urushi lacquering. But Gray’s lack of interest in promoting her reputation during her lifetime almost led to her work and life disappearing from view after her death. For years, she was remembered only by a select group of design aficionados. That all changed when one of her Dragon Chairs sold for €21 million at a 2009 auction of Yves Saint Laurent’s personal collection, a record for a piece of 20th-century decorative art.
Other things take longer to turn around, though. Ninety years have passed since Gray began work on e.1027, the house she designed and built on a beautiful stretch of the rocky cliffs of Cap Martin, near the town of Roquebrune, between Menton and Monaco. The name and design were a coded tribute to her then-partner, the architectural journalist Jean Badovici, to whom she gave the house after they split (Badovici was just one of several influential lovers, male and female, who shaped Gray’s life and designs). Badovici died young, and his friend Le Corbusier, who loved the house, moved in, first painting the walls with his murals, then building his own structures all around it. In the process, he totally changed the delicate, subtle relationship that e.1027’s design had with the natural landscape and the shifting light of each day. Le Corbusier died on the beach below the house, and the condition of e.1027 only got worse in the years that followed.
But for more than a decade now, Eileen Gray acolytes have been gradually restoring her house, and recently, the furniture retailer Zeev Aram donated Gray-approved replicas of her designs to the house for the filming of a new biopic, The Price of Desire. The day when design pilgrims can visit this concise architectural classic finally seems near. Until then, we should perhaps just be grateful that the destination didn’t disappear altogether from our dreams and our world.
e.1027 is scheduled to reopen in August 2015, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of
Le Corbusier’s death.
Le Corbusier’s death.
Text Peter Lyle
Photo Olivier Amsellem
martes, 1 de diciembre de 2015
Photographer and writer Oliver Wainwright set up the site after he made his first trip to the hermit kingdom and found himself drawn to the Soviet-era fittings, the carefully framed symmetry so often employed in Anderson’s films and that unmistakable “Kindergarten Kitsch”, a term which I find sounds so delightful and sinister at the same time.