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â€˜How boring is the art in the Museum, with these walls so white.. with these audience so quiet and the people moving so slowly. If Art could talk, it would ask for another context...â€™ GG
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Beautiful people, Every time the team at Schön! finishes a new issue, I realise that I love it even more than the last one. I see this latest edition, our ninth, as a celebration of new friendships and how far the magazine has come since we first started just a bit over a year ago. We have a supermodel on our front cover, which can’t be anything but a good sign, and the combination of unknown talent with elite creativity that separates us from the rest. It has always been my mission to fill the pages of Schön! with beauty and creativity. Our editorials are not ‘attractive’ in any ordinary sense, but we are not an ordinary magazine. Are our images intriguing? Yes. Exciting and inspiring? I hope so. If you flick through the pages, it’s very dark, isn’t it? We’ve been watching the shadows. But it is winter, you know, and maybe next time we’ll be in a sunnier mood. For now give yourself over to the dark side. But if you’re craving warmth, then let yourself be seduced by the smouldering Tony Ward, exuding strength and masculinity over twenty-four pages of beautiful photography. I hope you all love this issue of Schön! as much as I do, and that at least one thing in here leaves you feeling inspired. But finally I just must send my love to Jannis, Dimitris, Zohra and my team at Schön! who make every issue even better and more exciting. Love as always - be kind and Schön!
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MASTORI * MOTWARY NUPTIALIS
MASTORI*MOTWARY STUDIO is an Athens based designer duo. Maria Mostari and Filep Motwary follow their heart and their instinct in everything they do. This is not only a strong professional collaboration but a deep friendship between two artists who share the same attitude towards life. *You are two designers working as one. Is your relationship rather harmonically symbiotic or do you also know how to fight with each other? We work together by choice and due to our mutual respect for each other our relationship indeed is “harmonically symbiotic”. There are moments with arguments, days of opposite opinions and hours of silence, but our problems are always solved through conversation. *Filep, you are a fashion designer, a blogger, an illustrator, a photographer and a journalist. What else, did I forget anything? There are plenty of other things I am capable of, which are not yet revealed (laughs). I enjoy all aspects of fashion, I really do. The truth is that without blogging none of this “creativity” would have become known to the outside world. Sometimes people ask me: “How can you be a designer and report on someone else’s work at the same time?” Of course I can, why not? I have been studying history and reading magazines for as long as I remember and there is always a pen in my right hand and a notebook in my left. My library is rich with hundreds of books. I know the industry very well. And it’s not like I baptized myself a photographer or a journalist. I have interviewed some of the most important pioneers of the industry and I get hired to shoot for fashion magazines or do portraits from time to time. I never studied any of the above, I just do them by instinct. The only thing I am not talented at is selling my work. I can sell others, but not me. *Maria, you have always been a strong collaborator with other artists and designers. How important is mutual support in the competitive fashion business? I think both Filep and me are the least competitive humans on this planet. We take each other’s projects very seriously, no matter if it is our own work or in collaboration with third parties. Working with others helped me to discover the depth of my own creativity and aspects of my own personal signature. This way I conquered my past, revisited “unfinished” ideas and even perfected them. I see my limits and fears within collaborations. And I step on them. *MASTORI*MOTWARY STUDIO is based in Athens. How would you define the Greek mentality/spirit of fashion? This is a very hard question to answer. In the past we were more involved with the Athenian fashion scene. These days we keep ourselves in our studio, like an unborn baby safe in its mother’s belly. We breathe the news through internet or phone calls. We try not to get influenced by trends, what people consider popular in magazines or what the buyers want to promote in boutiques for their own business success. We like it this way. It makes us feel safe. Our work is about “inner research”, a body of work which evolves out of itself.
*Have you already found your own artistic identity within the Greek fashion scenery? If yes, how would you describe it? We feel real enthusiasm when someone comments on our work. On the other hand, as time passes, it gets more difficult for us to justify what we do by using words. It is best for someone else to decide whether we have an identity or not. The work is there for everyone to see, wear or judge. *You present your collections in fashion films. What is the background of showcasing your work in this kind of audio-visual projects? We donâ€™t have any background in filming. Cinema is one of our passions. Both of our films came out because of a longing to communicate our clothes and jewellery together in a five minute conversation of moving images. Nevertheless, since some people have offered their platforms for us to step on and showcase these films (ASVOFF, Dazed Digital, Vogue Italia, Pop) we feel that even though there was no goal behind them, a goal was created and achieved in the end. Maybe we have other films coming up, maybe not. Certainly we work with the finest people every time we film. The greatest team of fashion professionals in Greece supports us. *Your collectionsâ€™ themes do not necessarily match with each other, each season is different. Is your work all about reinvention? We like creating parallel stories. Something like the Krzysztof Kieslowski movies where the heroine is transferred from one city to another, keeping her inner identity, disguised in different clothes and jewellery. *Heart or instinct? What is more important? Both! One cannot do without the other. Instinct helps to decide and make the right manoeuvres when danger is ahead, the danger of losing your true goal. The heart gives life to something cold. You cannot separate them. In addition, logic, instinct and heart bring out a balanced result. A language that is comprehensible even internationally. *I consider myself an artist. I am ready to start off my own creative journey. What is your recommendation? An artist is like GOD. An artist takes something from darkness, the abyss of sea and brings it out to life. You cannot entitle yourself an artist before your own work does it for you. There is no method to become an artist and no school can help you if you are not born as one. We would like to thank Maria Mastori and Filep Motwary for sharing their experience and their thoughts with us. Filep also feeds your design urges on a daily basis on his blog @ unnouveauideal.typepad.com .
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‘To discover beauty where you least expect it … An extraordinary Wabi-Sabi tube experience with Leonard Koren’
It was one of those mornings when you feel totally calm and down to earth. As I entered the tube, this most silent space of public transport, my senses focused on the people around me: a student with big earphones, highly concentrated on the minimal beats he was listening to, an office lady turning the e-pages of her digital “Guide To Effective Communication” and then, my eyes got stuck on an old man’s hand. He was holding a book, but this one was different. The cover was beige-brown and its texture was somehow in line with his roughly wrinkled hand. “What kind of book is this?” I asked him. He smiled at me, gently, and revealed the title page: “Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers”. “What is Wabi-Sabi,” I asked him. His blue eyes sparkled like diamonds and he said in broken English: “It is humility, the appreciation of imperfection and the acceptance of transience.” The old man disappeared at the next stop, his last words echoing through the tube tunnel: “Go, get it!”
Leonard Koren, the author of the book, is a trained UCLA architect, but despite an eclectic Japanese tea house he claims he “never built anything” . Which is not quite true, of course: after he had created an avant-garde magazine called “WET: the Magazine of Gourmet Bathing” in the 1970s, his creative journey brought him to Tokyo to produce Music Videos for Japanese television. Since the early 1980s he has written books about design. Thereby, he found his very own definition of Wabi-Sabi:
“Wabi-Sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional.”
According to Koren, Wabi-Sabi has its roots in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and even early Japanese publications of the early 20th century used similar sentences to explain the meaning of it. Shinichi Maruyama, a New York City-based artist, was born in Nagano, Japan. As a high school boy he was into mountain climbing and started photography due to his longing to preserve the beauty of the landscape. “I’ve focused, with great depth and concentration, on the values of all the aspects of Zen and not just limited Wabi-Sabi,” Maruyama says. “In turn, with this study, I hope, that it will awaken my inner sense of art and help me to discover how to lead a better life.” The aesthetic sensibility of Wabi-Sabi influences not only Japanese designers like Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons) or Masataka Matsumura (Giuliano Fujiwara) but also Western arts and art concepts of design and fashion; designer and multimedia artist Hussein Chalayan is said to be inspired by the movement. Wabi-Sabi challenges us to redefine our hitherto perspectives on beauty and to enhance its deepness within the details of nature’s artistry. Koren first got in touch with Wabi-Sabi in the late 1960s and used it to find his way out of an “artistic dilemma about how to create beautiful things without getting caught up in the dispiriting materialism that usually surrounds such creative acts.”
Still, through his book Koren made the concept accessible to Western people who could normally not gain insight into this perception of Japanese aesthetic. And we can learn from it. We can widen our horizons. It enables us to question what beauty is, where and how it becomes not only visible but also sensible. Beauty might be hidden behind a onedimensional cognition of what we were taught is “beautiful”. Even though Koren admits that Wabi-Sabi might not be to everyone’s liking, he suggests it should still be in everyone’s interest to prevent Wabi-Sabi from disappearing.
It seems to be somewhat like a combination of fragmented pieces of the approach towards and the perception of life: an aesthetic concept of beauty, a state of mind, which can become even a way of life. As Koren states, it is the core concept of Japanese culture. However, since in Japan there are no books or professionals who translate the concept of Wabi-Sabi rationally, it is quite difficult for most Japanese to explain the concept to foreigners.
So the purpose and sense of what is called Wabi-Sabi, not only for artists but for all human beings, might be observed even in a crowded tube wagon: where a student sits next to an office lady, where an old man shares his reading with a young woman, and every stop holds the mystery of both, becoming and transience.
“Wabi-Sabi did not exist as a coherent concept until I synthesized it and created the paradigm and the definition,” says Koren, who published his book in 1994. “The Wabi-Sabi sensibility I constructed, elucidated, and fleshed out provides a succinct and attractive antithesis to the classical notion of beauty as something perfect, monumental, and enduring.” For Shinichi Maruyama, “the feeling of Wabi-Sabi is difficult to express.”
To acknowledge the importance of cultural diversity, as Koren states, “especially in opposition to the accelerating trend toward the uniform digitalization of all sensory experience, wherein an electronic “reader” stands between experience and observation, and all manifestation is encoded identically” might exactly be the reason, why reading a book about Wabi-Sabi makes total sense for … all of us.
And he points out that as many words as there are in both English and Japanese these words “can’t and shouldn’t be used to describe this most delicate of Japanese aesthetics. And yet, if there is anyone (who) sees Wabi-Sabi in my art work, it is because I have tried to represent a sense of fragility and an incompleteness that permeates the world throughout my work.”
For further reading about Wabi-Sabi see Which “Aesthetics” Do You Mean?: Ten Definitions by Leonard Koren, where he explains the epiphany that led to his construction of the Wabi-Sabi paradigm. Text / Saskia Reis Photography / Shinichi Maruyama
Information about Leonard Koren as found on his website leonardkoren.com. Excerpts are with permission quoted from his book “Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers”
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The White Cosmonaut
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Designing video games may not seem like the mostly likely entry to the lifestyle of a painter, but for Jeremy Geddes, that is exactly how his journey began.
The Melbourne-based artist only started painting full-time in 2003, and has since gone on to exhibit his work in Hong Kong and won multiple prizes including the Spectrum Gold Awards for his work entitled ‘Doomed’. Although an unconventional entry to the profession, you can definitely see how Geddes’ background in video gaming has influenced his work. His paintings are very photorealistic and exceptionally cinematic, which makes the viewer almost believe that they are truly entering this new world that faces them. Geddes is especially known for his ‘Cosmonaut’ collection, a melancholic construction of astronauts exploring the Earth as if it was a new planet. They focus on architecture, landscaping and objects that would be usually found in cosmopolitan areas, suggesting that we, as humans, are alienated from our own environment. This is definitely art that makes you think and question your ability to be able to help sustain our world for future generations. Each painting appears to tell a story and convey a message through the use of a subdued palate and dark, atmospheric scenery, thus giving the impression of gloom and fragmentary desolation.
The empty landscapes in the paintings seem to be the source of the pessimism â€“ a setting created to engulf the cosmonaut as well as the spectators. The specific method of creating these artworks takes Geddes months to complete. He first starts with the composition and colour tone: setting the scene is pivotal for the overall look. Next, the actual painting is drawn before it gets glazed and tonally altered to add depth to the shade and texture. These realistic images are fairly theatrical, and some may even say overwhelming due to the scale and proportions of everything involved in the piece. Everything looks authentic to the extent that it becomes hard to believe that this is some sort of alternative universe, as ultimately, each image appears more sincere than the last. His other pieces of work are similarly dark and brooding, showing classic horror with a sci-fi twist. The main theme appears to be somewhat overshadowed by the lyrical, moody tones of the paintings, yet when looking through the images in succession, it is the first emotion to overcome the viewer: loneliness. The image always shows a physical dislocation between the subject and its residence, with common factors
being empty spaces and dramatic view-pointing. Geddes is perhaps suggesting that we are in no way connected to our surroundings anymore. As we continue along this path of digitalism and come across new scientific discoveries, we no longer rely on the environment as much as human beings have done in the past. This lack of communication between the inhabitants of the world and the Earth itself is palpable, and Geddes profoundly shares this point of view through his original paintings. Jeremy Geddes had once stated that he wanted to uncover a new world, and that is exactly what he has achieved with his â€˜Cosmonautsâ€™ compilation. For his second exhibition in Hong Kong, the artist is extending this collection and it will be shown to the general public from November 2010 onwards.
Artwork / Jeremy Geddes Words / Sarah Fox
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OP N ONATED Can You Say Dior, Baby? There is a swarm of new haute couture hitting our streets daily: the sizes may be smaller than zero, but prices are skyrocketing. Don’t worry, the designers haven’t invented yet skinnier women. It is simply the latest baby haute couture and everyone wants a piece of it. I was wondering when this high fashion for babies would hit us hard. If there is a large market for pricey goodies for adults, it is only logical to assume these consumers will treat their children to the same things. I remember how, while I was growing up and out of clothes, my mom would thoughtfully rewash them, pack them, and give them away to her friends’ young ones. When it came to babies 20 years ago, it wasn’t much about fashion; clothing was more of a practicality. My mom was a fashion designer, so I had some very cute outfits. She still talks of a suit and a trench coat identical to hers that she made me when I was three. It must have been cute indeed, but even as a baby I was suited up. The good thing about having a fashion conscious mom is that I didn’t walk around dressed up in pink from head to toe - because twenty years ago that was the whole idea of fashion for kids. Boys wore blue, girls wore pink. The snazzier the better! I’ve heard rumors that parents in America still do it, but for all I know it’s just hearsay. Today, things are quite different. Baby lines have become a very lucrative business strategy, for who wouldn’t do or buy anything for their child? But let’s be honest here: when you buy Prada for your baby, you’re not really buying it for your baby, now are you? Three year olds can barely pronounce Burberry, let alone know what it stands for. In actual fact, you’re buying it for yourself. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it is impossible to avoid baby fashion nowadays. You want your kid to look cute; you want everyone to tell you how adorable they are. I don’t even consider it that much of a vanity. It’s completely understandable that all parents with unlived dreams (which must make for about 99% of the population) will want their children to live those dreams. I want my kid to be just like me, only more successful. Effectively, it’s my second chance.
Suddenly, all of our 1990s heroes are old enough and are having kids. Not only do they name them after vegetables or serial killers, but they also dress them in the cutest outfits you have ever seen. Now, whilst Dior Baby on Avenue Montaigne will, one day, be the main reason for me having a child at all, certain things that I don’t like about baby fashion have come to my attention. Have you heard of high heels for babies? They are not ‘heelarious’; they are despicable, bringing to mind an image of Little Miss America. Give children a break! Dressing them up is cute, dressing them up and judging them is not cute. When I hear things, such as heels for kids, I have a red light flashing in my head: “dumb mommy around”. I blame celebrities for the fact that baby fashion has reached all corners of the rich and privileged world. They promote baby fashion. Suddenly, all of our 1990s heroes are old enough and are having kids. Not only do they name them after vegetables or serial killers, but they also dress them in the cutest outfits you have ever seen. I’ll bet you Suri (what does that name mean again?) has a bigger closet than I do living space. Angelina, on the other hand, is obviously very socially conscious. She keeps adopting babies so she can recycle clothes. If that isn’t kind-heartedness... Unfortunately some celebrities go so far as to release their own baby lines. Yes, yes they really do, but celebrities and their fashion lines are a whole another story. The fact remains that children grow fast, and therefore grow out of their clothes before they’ve barely been worn. This may come as a shock, but your baby won’t think twice about puking on the ridiculously expensive Dior jacket you just bought them, but I suspect that you, the buyer, will.
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Internationally in-demand young brand OBSCUR is based on a pure, strippeddown aesthetic. Starting from a minimal yet not straightforward viewpoint, creative director Richard Söderberg attempts to tear apart traditional concepts of the garment, reinventing them as a balancing act between structure and volume. Söderberg may have used shades of black on black throughout the entire autumn/winter collection, but rich textures (including wool, cashmere, cotton and raw leather) break up the layers of onyx for a more complex take on monochrome. Based in Helsingborg, Sweden, Söderberg sees the Scandinavian influence on his aesthetic in terms of his childhood confinement to a small town, which drew him “to the wide open spaces, deafening silence and raw nature.” As a designer he translates these images into a state of delicate decomposition where edges are often left unfinished to highlight the craftsmanship behind OBSCUR’s drapery. Striking and austere, his embellishments are confined to the most subtle of sartorial details such as a long-line zip or elaborate leather folds.
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OBSCUR’s distinctive, shadowy silhouette has earned it an international following with stockists across Europe, Asia and the US, not to mention a regular spot at Paris Fashion Week. But for all its global recognition, the label is inexplicably undervalued at home in Sweden. Despite a growing clamour from Scandinavian customers, the market hasn’t quite caught up with the highend aspirations of OBSCUR just yet. The label has a certain intimacy to it: Söderberg describes OBSCUR as “[his] personal retrospective brainchild” and his nonconformist aesthetic is evident in the play on structure and fluidity or in the removable collars and cuffs. This season, he found inspiration in the decadently dark work of Austrian artist Gunter Brüs as well as in the bleak Scandinavian countryside, dark music and a desire to refine classic silhouettes. For spring we can expect double-faced leather and more experiments with layering, but Söderberg remains consistent in his philosophy of design where “a garment’s true value can only be fully recognized when it is being worn.” www.obscur.se
Madrid-born Eduardo Rivera launched his line just two years ago as a response to what he felt was an absence of fashion-forward tailoring in modern menswear. Designing for men who are “well-travelled with a busy lifestyle”, he mixes classic shapes (shirts, blazers, knits) with drop-crotch or straight-legged trousers and patterned scarves for a signature that’s smart but not stuffy. Thoughtful details (military medals pinned to lapels or coloured stitching on a jacket) mark Eduardo Rivera’s position somewhere between directional and classic. His flirtation with colour and silhouette has earned him commercial success at home in Spain as well as a place at the hugely influential Tranoi trade show in Paris. Stocked in boutiques across Europe, his current collection reinvents traditional pieces in electric shades of purple, teal and cobalt blue. As unafraid of unconventional textures as he is a bold burst of colour, Rivera uses laidback fabrics like jersey or linen in his tailoring to offer a fresh take on blazers and suit jackets. Despite beginning his career in international finance, creativity clearly comes naturally. However, he is a traditionalist when it comes to the perfect fit, citing his attention to detail as a quality he inherited from his mother. Elisa Rivera, founder of her own designer boutique and partner in Eduardo’s first foray into fashion design (a line of ready-to-wear for women, which is still going strong), instilled in her son “a belief that, while design is a creative process, success comes from hard work.” Rivera’s elegant but youthful menswear is poised on the edge of global triumph. With growing interest from overseas buyers, Tranoi is only the beginning. On his international reception Rivera says, “Probably being Spanish doesn’t carry the same cache as being French or Italian in the world of fashion, but on the other hand I think wherever you’re from you’re judged on your designs rather than your nationality.” In that case, Rivera can certainly look forward to a warm reception from the rest of the world. www.eduardorivera.es
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Launched in 2006, Christian Westphal’s eponymous line of Renaissanceinspired menswear has gone from strength to strength. This autumn/winter, exaggerated scoop-neck vests worn over preppy collared shirts update timeless tailoring. Paired with dramatically voluminous scarves and classic coats belted at the waist, balloon-shaped trousers reference heritage but are strikingly current. Throughout the collection classic black is shot through with rich shades of teal, navy and racing green. Born in Copenhagen, Westphal studied at both the College of Danish Design and the legendary Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, before going on to work with John Galliano at Christian Dior Couture, at the Atelier Flou of Emanuel Ungaro and as an assistant to Delphine Murat. The influence of his time in haute couture creeps into his unconventional approach to tailoring with the touch of avant-garde showing in his choice of shapes. Westphal adopts a refined aesthetic within his elaborate silhouette, stripping back unnecessary details to concentrate on texture. Velvet, fur, merino wool and leather are the perfect foil to the simplicity of his classic collared shirts and heavy winter coats. Protective layers this season reference defensive armour, but worn with some nonchalance his pieces are casually, effortlessly elegant. Designed to be layered, Westphal’s take on urbane luxury is surmised by his light mink jacket worn over hooded jersey. For spring and summer collections Westphal extends his repertoire to include lighter, brighter colour palettes, new jacket lengths and smartly tailored shorts but his signatures – architectural shapes and a curious mix of the old and new – remain. Season-specific pieces, like his woven boleros or striped ties, retain his modern sensibility. Westphal has shown his designs in Paris, Shanghai, Copenhagen, London and Tokyo, and they are now available in exclusive boutiques across Europe, Asia and the USA. Still flying somewhat under the radar, but with a growing reputation for modern luxury, Christian Westphal is a talent on the rise. www.christianwestphal.com
The charcoal millefeuile of Katerina Levina’s autumn/winter designs envelope and protect the wearer in a cashmere cocoon of sharp tailoring and deepcut lapels. Working largely in shades of slate and soot, this young Russian designer draws from her own ideas of human nature and its fragility, creating architectural layers of monochrome garments. Her background reads like a fashion week schedule: after studying in SaintPetersburg and at Central Saint-Martins she kicked off her career at Hussein Chalayan, Vivienne Westwood, Peter Jensen and Emilio de la Morena. Even though her own line is still in its inception, having only been launched in the summer of 2009, it is already available in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and London. Levina considers herself an international rather than Russian designer, balancing the demands of an overseas market. At home, the unisex line of jersey ready-to-wear pieces is most popular, while in the UK her mainline Katerina Levina collection is preferred.
Directional but wearable, the drama of Levina’s sculptural silhouettes is heightened by an almost entire absence of colour. This season her minimal aesthetic has been taken to its most stark; with no embellishment whatsoever save a line of sombre buttons, the cut of her coats, shirts and trousers speaks for itself. As well as her prêt-à-porter lines Levina has flirted with footwear and accessories since launching her label, developing striking pieces such as worker-style boots in either oyster or mousy grey leather and skinny black belts with talon-like fasteners. On these new projects she says, “I find it very exciting to learn and develop. I am trying to make something different each season.” With this goal in mind, Katerina confirms her status as a young designer to watch. www.katerinalevina.org
KATERINA LEVINA /
Despite having ventured into womenswear, she now focuses on menswear, admitting that she finds it “much more challenging. In womenswear you, as a designer, can do whatever you want: you design any type of crazy thing and there will always be people who will admire it. Menswear is far more complicated as the edge between what can and cannot be admitted is much thinner.”
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by João Paulo Nunes
The Work of the Talented Mr Yahïa Ouled-Moussa
Ceci N’est Pas Une Chaise
When a manifestation of design questions the forms and shapes it generates, as well as its own creative status, one undoubtedly encounters a most wondrous creation. If said manifestation simultaneously translates into an intelligent questioning and repositioning of the history of the object it informs, then the result can be even more spectacular. It is hard not to feel attracted to the work of the designer Yahïa OuledMoussa. On initial perception, his furniture range may be interpreted as a collection of mere pieces of design in its strict sense: fixtures for which creativity is put to use to improve their function as objects used in daily life. However, the more one looks closely at them, the more one realises the difficulty in separating the perception of their inventive design development from a parallel artistic process, as the pieces cleverly question their own materials, heritage, and purpose. Born in Algiers and currently based in Paris, Yahïa Ouled-Moussa works from the Yoming Gallery, a small treasure trove in the 17eme arrondissement where he sells his own furniture, bags and clothes. The designer has confessed that he carried forward from his childhood the memory of school classroom seats and the instructions to sit down that created a social hierarchy between people as well as between users and objects. The appropriation of the space and process of sitting via a language of authority is self-evident in his most successful artefacts, where belts and military fabrics simultaneously serve as inspirations and provide the media to the objects they construe. With this in mind, pieces with names like ‘Strap Band Chair’ or ‘Tank Chair’ are reinterpretations of classic objects of desire (such as Bentwood chairs) whose heritage is deconstructed and made personal via the use of fabric that makes sense to the designer and speaks volumes to the user. If chairs are supposedly designed to provide respite and comfort, the personal metaphorical process of restraint is intelligently engineered in OuledMoussa’s furniture through the usage of unseemly materials.
Belts and fabrics, and their connotations of authority, become in themselves functionally contained by providing the opposite of what they were intended to. At the same time, by establishing this polarity of contrast in design, Ouled-Moussa also brings the dynamic imagery of roaming in the external world into static objects of internal space. The military bag fabrics and belts used outdoors are tamed in order to create pieces for the domestic realm. In other words, the medium becomes function at the service of design and art through an intelligent, creative process of constructing control of space and usage. Ouled-Moussa’s furniture also becomes the embodiment of the appropriation and questioning of design when mastering the object so as to understand its intrinsic history. This is best achieved in a piece like ‘Get the Louis’ where the tradition of luxurious furniture-making is purposefully deconstructed by using military bags as upholstery. The end result is a breath-taking piece that establishes an interesting interpretative dialogue between itself and its user while questioning the value of high design. In the end, and while sitting down to admire the world, Ouled-Moussa gets the last smile, as it is owing to his creative elaboration that the dialectic relationship between function and form enriches the object and its user. A chair that is not a chair is in fact a chair, and design is born from comfort that inspires restraint that becomes comfort.
Words / João Paulo Nunes
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Liu Fei's work is unmistakeable. Since making his debut on the contemporary Asian art scene he's cultivated an avant-garde signature of shaved crowns and stained lips, dark eyes and defined eyebrows.
Globally exhibited, especially across Asia, Liu Fei’s art is confronting and disarming the traditional movements within contemporary Chinese art, refusing to exist within the boundaries of political pop art, cynical realism or Gaudi art.
Born in Nanjing, Fei has been recognised with a number of solo shows and made an impact with his idiosyncratic style. The bald women he depicts are circumscribed in student uniforms from 1930’s China, but smile and laugh in every picture. They are joyous and uncomfortable, approachable but antagonistic. A graduate from the Nanjing Academy of Fine Arts, Fei uses a monochrome palette to dramatically accentuate his models’ vividly coloured lips. A comparison to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa might seem unlikely but Fei captures the same mysterious qualities in a smile, albeit in a more discomforting form. These are not portraits of carefully poised women modelling for the artist. Fei catches them in carefree moments, mid-laugh or casually tilting their head, almost always making direct eye contact with their audience. More than just a casual nod to feminism, Liu Fei’s work explicitly concerns itself with woman’s place in contemporary China. His paintings are a provocative betrayal of traditional Asian femininity, eschewing innocence and grace in favour of something more daring.
In his Women With Guns exhibition the neatly tied white shirts were accessorised with guns casually pointed straight ahead. But throughout his career the very directness of the women Fei paints has signified their modernity, school uniforms aside. They are unafraid of eye contact; they search for it constantly. Their hair is not so much missing as it is a statement of conventional beauty’s absence. Fei rejects classic ideas and courts the modern. The disparity between his subjects’ dress and demeanour is overwhelming. Despite all their physical similarities, each woman couldn’t appear more individual. Regardless of the conformity proposed by their appearance, they are commanding, compelling and dangerous. Liu Fei’s paintings are available at Opera Gallery London. Sebastien Plantin and Jean-David Malat can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at +44(0)207 491 2999. Images courtesy of Opera Gallery Ltd.
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Paul Heilig introduces....
nina hagen She is 55. Yet eternally young. Nina Hagen. Phenomenon, punk and couture icon, spiritual globetrotter. She has published hundreds of songs but again and again Nina cuts a dash. Her eccentric performances are as legendary as her wardrobe. For some she is divine, for others she is barmy. Born in East Berlin, Nina moved to West Germany and got her inspirations in London, Paris, California and in an Indian ashram. She married 17-year-old London punk ‘Iroquis’ on the island of Ibiza, only to be separated a week later. She has sung on stage while carrying little daughter Cosma in her arms. Designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier and Pierre et Gilles fashioned her way. This year Nina Hagen published her autobiography ‘Bekenntnisse’ (‘Confessions’) and a new album, ‘Personal Jesus’. In between, the diva had time for a date with Schön!’s columnist Paul Heilig.
Q. Nina, in one of your earlier songs the line ‘God is dead’ is mentioned and in your new book ‘Confessions’ you confess to God. When and how did you find him? A. I found Jesus when I was 17 years old. It happened during a near-death experience and I was saved by His love, which is more real and bigger than we can ever imagine. You can say that I have belonged to and followed Jesus for a very long time. In the 1990s I became attracted to a guru from India, who claimed that all religions are equal and that we must follow the religion of our heart. So I went there and declared myself a Christian and was welcomed in this group as such. However, I soon found out that this guru had an evil agenda. He is a very clever liar and betrayer. He calls himself “The Yogi-Christ of India” and wants to be worshipped by his devotees as God, or as the Father. I am writing about my experiences in his ashram in my book. I distanced myself from this self-proclaimed God and then I finally got baptised. Q. You did a ‘God test’ once. How does that work? A. I was 12 years old and wanted to have proof. I was longing for truth and real faith like my auntie, who was praying for and with me. So I tested God. Q. Fans gave you the title ‘Godmother of Punk’. Is this a kind of honour for you? A. They call me ‘The Mother of Punk’ and I love it! But ‘Godmother’? That is not the title that Punks gave me. I think that was an idea of the press. Q. You created your own fashion line with the label ‘Mother of Punk’. Are you still in the business? A. It was a fun adventure for a while, but the company does not exist anymore. We are only into t-shirts now and market and sell them through my online shop.
Q. Regarding your astonishing outfits, it seems that you love corsets, tutus and those enormous bows... A. I enjoy the freedom of choice in dressing up. And, no, I do not wear corsets when I am singing. I could not sing in such a thing! I was always into ballet as a child, so I love dance outfits, tutus, the whole Pippi-Longstocking-FreedomFun-Clothing.... Q. Did you start your love for fashion during your London period? A. No, it all started when I was in East Berlin. Q. What does fashion mean to you? A. Dressing up is a beautiful way to express freedom, in the same way as rejoicing, singing and dancing! Q. You met and worked with Jean-Paul Gaultier and Pierre et Gilles in the 1980s. How did this alliance of music, fashion and muse arise? A. I was invited to a party by JeanPaul and we became friends. I also met the father of my son Otis at his studios, so I will always thank God for meeting and working with Jean-Paul Gaultier. I also put Azzedine Alaia and Paco Rabanne on that same appreciation level. I love their artistic, stunning, beautiful and fun fashion! Q. Do you still see them? A. Oh yeah! I love them and very much enjoy being with them each time we meet. Q. What is your favourite piece of clothing? And who are your favourite designers? A. I like my Prada skirt a lot. That and my tops, which were presents from some of my fans. I also love Vivienne Westwood and all the designers that I mentioned earlier. Q. Buttons with political statements seem to be typical Nina accessories. Which is your favourite button slogan? A. ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ by Mahatma Gandhi.
Q. For many people, you are the ultimate style icon. Is this something that pleases you? A. No. But to love and being loved pleases me. Not because of outside stunts, but because of love itself... Q. What is your inspiration? A. My beloved Jesus!
Q. ‘Surprise’ seems to be a kind of Nina trademark. An example of that is your invention of a yoga programme for vocal chords. How does that work? A. It just entails singing a lot. You should start during childhood and keep on singing every day; playing guitar and singing, singing, singing. The voice wants to be used. It’s good training... Q. Is there anything else that you want to invent in the future? A. No new inventions are necessary. What we need is to appreciate what we have: World peace and justice, fair trade and respectful coexistence, and the abolishment of all nukes worldwide. Q. Your demonstrations of social kindness are admirable. You give your money, voice and love for Brazilian street children, a hospice in Germany, the protection of animals, children’s hospitals in India and Chernobyl... A. I support far too many charities than would fit in your article... Jesus told me in the Holy Bible not to brag about my charities! Q. So, is there a lack of commitment in this world? A. Yes there is. And we all know it. Q. You have travelled literally and figuratively everywhere: The Bohéme and the Nina Hagen Band in Germany, punk in the UK, fashion in Paris, the ashram in India, fast life in Los Angeles, guest performances in Berlin and all over the world. Where do you feel at home? A. I am at home in the homeland of the soul. Jesus is my home and so is this beautiful planet, which I love and cherish and help to protect and sustain!
Q. Is it true that you live in celibacy? A. God blessed me with two wonderful children. Now that they are grown, I am on the road again singing and in the studio recording. I have been betrayed by Thomas, my first big love and he died very young. I tried to find true love many times since but it gets embarrassing and painful to always end up with a broken heart. Jesus has healed me completely from missing anything in my life. Everything that is good, God gives to me, and my celibacy is a great gift! I do not miss anything or anybody! I am complete just the way I am. Q. So, no more vices in Nina’s life? A. But what are vices? Q. If you were to be queen of the world for one day, what would you immediately change? A. I think that I will always be a queen because my Jesus is the King of Kings. Q. What is the biggest misconception about you? A. I have no clue. What is it? You tell me! Q. If you look back on your life, how would you define it? A. Love never fails! Q. Let’s talk about Schön! (the German word for ‘beautiful’). What does “schön” mean to you? A. Schön means life, creation, nature, children, people with love in their hearts and souls, animals, love, love, love! Das ist alles sehr schöööööööööön!!!
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DAWN MELLOR Call it kitsch, call it repugnant, but at the very least call Dawn Mellor a genius.
Shane Briant by Dawn Mellor
Isabelle Huppert by Dawn Mellor
At first glance Mellor’s colourful, ambiguous paintings are not the type you’d want hanging proudly above your bed. The perfectly sculptured, yet gruesomely-gored faces of the rich and famous are, quite frankly, terrifying. Originally from Manchester, she studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London before graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1996. For the past decade Mellor has been presenting (or rather misrepresenting) portraits of celebrities – be it film stars, world leaders or singers - and she has managed to change the features of these
In her 2007 exhibition, Vile Affections,
However, even though most of Mellor’s
Mellor not only painted popular singers
portraits portray gruesome, diseased and
such as Michael Jackson and Britney
provocative themes, some are merely there
Spears, she moved on to depicting
for fun. One particular piece in her Vile
political figures such as Barack Obama
Affections collection is a perfect example
and Margaret Thatcher, as well as fashion
of this, as Tony Blair proudly faces the
mogul Anna Wintour. Mellor clearly takes no prisoners, managing to hit each and every area of popular culture, leaving no room to escape her intimidating portraits. This type of performance art can clearly be noted in her images of ‘Dorothy’, the fictional character from The Wizard of Oz, using Judy Garland as the protagonist who
audience with his trademark grin, ready as ever for a political debate…except for the bright purple “Barney” key ring piercing the end of his nose and dangling past his chin. It’s the harmless pieces like this that really make Dawn Mellor stand out from the crowd, because not only is she able to make fun of other people, she is also capable to
well-known individuals into a story of
ironically pushes along carts filled with
horror and gore. Much of her work focuses
yellow bricks, and is shown mutilated by
on aggressive or sexual imagery, making
a sign bearing the words ‘There’s no place
Mellor’s portraits can be seen as a little
her portraits only suitable for the strong-
like home’. In these cases, her portraits
convoluted, freakish and weird; yet her use
not only show the death of a character or
of spoof, wit, surrealism and reality make
public figure, but also a death of what they
her one of the pioneering artists of the
represent: idealism. Mellor goes against the
Despite this, I find myself inwardly praising the artist rather than feeling utterly disturbed by the Tarantino-esque spouts of blood erupting from Gwyneth Paltrow’s shoulder and the blurred reflection of a bald
traditional Hollywood ending of happilyever-after and instead shows a satirical conclusion to the character’s world.
laughing at herself through her artwork.
Her combination of brutal, sadistic (yet imaginative and compelling) caricatures can be seen as empathy towards her subjects, as if a pathway into their secret
Natalie Portman. The images appear to
I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Mellor
carry a protruding sense of black-humour
glorifies death – that can be left to design
apprehensions and frets.
and satire that addresses today’s obsession
houses such as Alexander McQueen, whose
with celebrity culture.
famous scull-print scarves fly off the shelves
Mellor’s next solo exhibition will be held at
Mellor, now based in London, puts herself in the frame of mind of a fixated fan whose fascination has turned into delusional stalking. She first paints the face in its entirety, before performing a decaying technique to make the subject appear deconstructed, grotesque and inhuman.
without so much as a smirk of horror – she simply uses it as a way of showing how
the Team Gallery in New York, debuting in Spring 2011. Shall we expect more horror stories? Or perhaps a series of humorous
our celebrity-obsessed culture is literally
celebrity encounters? For all we know, she
rotting along with its stars.
could be mummifying her victims at this
In an interview with The Guardian last year,
Mellor said ‘I think celebrity concentration
When it’s Dawn Mellor we’re talking about,
camp is the next low we can realistically
anything can happen.
expect, televised of course’. This cynical statement accurately shows the bitterness that Mellor has for reality television shows and gossip bloggers such as Perez Hilton.
Artwork / Dawn Mellor Words / Sarah Fox
Mia Farrow by Dawn Mellor
Here at Schön! we like to pick the best talents from every corner of the world, be it photographers, illustrators, architects or designers: only the crème de la crème will suffice. Now it feels like it’s time to put some more interest across the continents and discover the hubs of talent so that all can see the true beauty of our world’s hidden treasure troves. Be it the glistening mountains of Switzerland or the shimmering beaches of Bali, designhotels.com aim to cater for the whims of each and every guest. With over 140 hotels located in over 100 destinations in 42 countries within Europe, Asia, Africa, America and the Middle East; there is definitely something for everybody. Designhotels.com cherry-pick the most distinctive, stylish and sensational boutique hotels, taking into account architecture, design, technology and local influences. We have selected an array of what we believe to be a fair example of what designhotels.com have to offer.
design’ed’ hotels found by Sarah Fox
City chic or tropical tranquility – Asia has the works. If it’s a cultural abundance you’re looking for, then let the waters of the Indian Ocean wash away your worries as you head off to explore The Great Wall of China, shop till you drop on Orchard Road in Singapore, or achieve ultimate relaxation and melt into the sands of Bali. If opulence is your main requirement, The Waterhouse in Shanghai provides a concrete definition of the term. Built in the 1930s and recently modernised by Neri & Hu Design and Research Office, the building has maintained its outward appearance and original features whilst hiding an extravagant interior of 19 charming guest rooms, restaurant, events room and rooftop bar with incredible views of the Pudong skyline. Should you prefer less shopping and more sunbathing, then Bali offers the perfect salvation from reality; and no hotel so much as The Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bukit. The parade of villas, terraces, pools and gardens sat on the brink of the Indian Ocean is nothing short of breath-taking. If guests were ever tempted to leave their sanctuaries of bliss, by means of a private, one-bedroom, two-bedroom or cliff-side villa, then there is also an on-site spa, restaurant, fifty-meter pool, fitness centre, library, cigar bar, event centre, wedding pavilion, garden, concierge day-planning services and an even larger list of activities from scuba diving to bike riding through Balinese rice fields – absolute excellence.
The Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bukit
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The Waterhouse in Shanghai
africa & the middle east
Africa and the Middle-East have long been associated with mystic kingdoms and bustling souks, and designhotels.com prove that you can live like the royalty you read about whilst being moments away from the hectic market stalls and rustic scenery. At The Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem, you can experience a panoramic view over the Old City walls, just a stone’s throw away from the contemporary shopping strip and majestic variety of restaurants. Designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the hotel is said to mirror the modern essence felt throughout this fresh, vibrant city. Alternatively, head to the heart of Morocco and experience the Souk Medina, with traditional mezes and ancient mosques - and why not stay somewhere as invigorating as your surroundings? Hotel La Renaissance in Marrakech lives up to its name, positively oozing the sophistication, elegance and extravagance that one would expect from the former elitist hotel, recently restored to beyond its original glory. It boats 35 rooms, 10 suites, 2 cocktail lounges and a couple of high-class restaurants. As the Hotel La Renaissance is the tallest building in Marrakech, guests also get the best view of the entire city.
Above:The Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem Left: Hotel La Renaissance in Marrakech
Bustling with resorts in the snowy Alps of Austria and hosting stunning views from the Amalfi Coast, Europe is always a popular holiday destination.
Designhotels.com have uncovered a precious gem on the Spanish island of Mallorca: Puro Hotel. This is not your typical Spanish villa or spa: Puro is an oasis of calm and serenity. A restored eighteenth century palace, the combination of grandeur and urban-cool makes it like nothing else in the region. With 50 rooms and suites consisting of spa-like bathrooms, an Asian restaurant and roof-top terrace, this resort captures the essence of traditional Spanish charm with a contemporary twist. From the sweltering sun to the acute Alps – Copperhill Mountain Lodge in Jämtland province, Sweden, is practically post-card perfection. With welcoming views that could easily adorn Christmas greetings cards, surely this is the true meaning of ‘Winter Wonderland’? This ski-resort town is Sweden’s most popular due to its warm, rustic charm and state-of-the-art facilities. Each of the 112 rooms come complete with LCD TV, heated flooring, kitchenette with dishwasher, microwave and fridge, and, of course, stunning views of the snowcapped mountains and frosted forest. The hotel even has a Fireside Lounge, gourmet restaurant, inn, Spa and a sprinkling of local charm, making it the perfect winter get-away.
Copperhill Mountain Lodge in Sweden
The Puro Hotel in Mallorca
America, for some, may consist of California dreaming and New York’s city lights, but designhotels.com have much more to offer than that. Our picks stem from Mexico, as the continent has everything for suave urban living or a lazy beach retreat. Be Tulum falls into the latter. Suspended on the edge of the Mayan Caribbean, this secluded spot, consisting of only 20 rooms, is nonchalant ambiance. The complex is designed with local limestone, Brazilian wood and Bisazza mosaic tiles, giving it a minimalist feel throughout. Some suites have private pools and terraces whilst others are equipped with Jacuzzis and balconies. Why not go to the extreme and book one of the private penthouses, which come with their own terrace pool and magnificent views of Sian Ka’an – ‘the birthplace of the sky’. Alternatively, if it’s contemporary-cool you’re looking for, then your search can end with Habita in Monterrey. Surrounded by mountains, desserts and canyons, the hotel has 28 rooms, 10 suites and 1 penthouse, 2 rooftop pools, a fitness centre, steam room, sauna and a rooftop bar with a 360-degree view over Sierra Madre. With furniture designed by Rick Owens, the interior by Joseph Dirand, and shops on your doorstep, why look anywhere else?
Above:Habita in Monterrey Left: Tulum in Mexico For bookings, visit www.designhotels.com / Images courtesy of DesignHotels™
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P h o t o g r a p h y Controversy has always been a way of boosting sales. Throw in a Facebook censorship scandal and some erotic photography and you’re on to a winner. This has certainly worked for The Dualism Photography Art Book, which has courted extreme reactions to its sexually charged images. Created by an anonymous artist, the images in The Dualism are not for the faint hearted: this is definitely not a sedate coffee table book you are going to find in the suburbs. The content is unrepentantly graphic, with provocative images of abortion, masturbation and mutilation that challenge us to confront our innermost desires and self knowledge. Yearning, denial and the frailty of the human condition form the core of the work. “My inspiration is the fact that nothing seems to be,” says the artist. “It is all about the struggle with the self and the duality between mind and matter and mind and body. I am looking at moral dualities and dilemmas.” Whether intentionally or not, one of the dilemmas that has arisen from the book has concerned the validity and social function of art. Published earlier this year, all was going well on a Facebook page that had gained over 35,000 fans until the social networking site decided to remove images that were featured in the book. Persistent requests for an explanation by the artist have gone ignored, leading to the inevitable accusations of censorship of art.
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This is a path well worn by the likes of Robert Mapplethorpe and Joel Peter Witkin, whose sexually transgressive work caused varying degrees of public outrage. If the Facebook debacle has increased the interest in the work, it has also prompted us to consider the restrictions of art, and perhaps more importantly, at what stage censorship becomes repression and what qualifies a body to responsibly execute it. “Facebook’s policy prohibits nudity,” explains the artist, “however, this is vague as they do not set standards for what is considered nudity. The other issue is that Facebook is global. This has implications. For example, in some cultures a woman showing an ankle is considered nudity, while in France something might be considered nudity only if there is an erection. Globalisation doesn’t mean crossing cultural borders and Facebook has to adjust their policy.”
The Dualism Vol. I can be ordered at: www.thedualism.com
One of the purposes of art is to instigate debate and thereby encourage freedom of expression. Facebook’s failure to even enter into a dialogue about their actions effectively inhibits the democratic function of art. They have the power to provoke a lively debate surrounding the legitimate boundaries of nudity, pornography and obscenity, but have instead chosen to shut down communication. With social networking becoming one of the most popular modes of interaction today, many would argue that this is very dangerous © Images / The Dualism Photography Ltd Words and Interview / Alex Hopkins
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TONY WARD interviewed... As an international supermodel Tony Ward rocketed to success, working with A-list photographers and designers since he began modelling almost thirty years ago. Our twenty-four page editorial is testament to his talent: still in demand all over the world, he just keeps getting better. But now, in an exclusive interview with Schön! Magazine, we’ve discovered the photographer, painter, writer and father behind the face.
What has been your most strenuous artistic venture? Honestly...actually sitting down to paint these days has proven to be most difficult, I haven’t had a second to breathe lately, too busy modelling my stupid face off. Painting and creating in whatever medium I choose is really such a pleasure, I don’t find it strenuous at all! I love the challenge of trying new, foreign mediums...I want to make 50 foot sculptures of myself in erotic poses ejaculating fluorescent Jell-O! Check it!!
With art being a very spontaneous and instinctual process, under what conditions do you find you do your best work? Under the pressure of a ridiculous deadline! Heart attack mode is my best temperature!
You’re known for being a model, actor, writer, and artist. Are there any other creative avenues you haven’t explored that you would perhaps like to? Directing one epic film...if I made one perfectly magical masterpiece I would be happy!
Do you ever get a creative mental block? What do you do to tackle this? I am not afraid of a block...that is impossible for me, I have way too many crazy ass ideas stored up in my head, to BURSTING! Believe me! It’s just about giving myself time to do them! I try to be Action Man always!
Would you ever consider giving lectures to other artists about your experiences? What advice would you give other budding artists? Yes! I love the idea of teaching, sharing and most of all learning during the process of artistic discourse! When it comes to creativity I’m super inspired when minds come together...I don’t have all the best ideas packed away in the vault of my mind…I believe the best come from inspiration, from others’ crazy shit in their heads! I love to share thoughts!
Does your status as a celebrity affect your credibility as an artist? How hard has it been to get your artistic work taken seriously? First, I am NO celebrity!! And I could give a fvck less what people think of my art... the pleasure is in the doing, after that I am perplexed as to what to even do with it! It just seems to pile up against walls in our studio... hehaw! If someone likes the art that’s cool I guess... much better if they really like it so much they wanna hang it on their wall and live with it... somehow I don’t feel I even own it after I do it (paintings that is). It’s a regurgitation process of my view of the world... my world I live in... is that serious celebrity bullshit or what?!
What other hobbies do you enjoy when you’re not working or creating? What did you do on your last quiet night in? Take a bath with my girl and kisses on the tummy...my new conceived baby’s home! And a movie marathon...I’m obsessed with film these days...research for a new film I’m working on...
How would you like to be remembered? Is there a favourite piece of your work that defines Tony Ward? No…yes…maybe. Everything I’ve ever had the pleasure to take part in as a creator. Uhm…It’s a 10 by 4 ft painting of a splayed out and broken body with both sexual body parts, kind of an all-being with its head exploding. You can see a bad image of it on my website (tony-ward.com) in the artist section... the perfect self portrait! Also read the writing on the same artist page...I love writing and I will do more! Peace out to all you Monkey Heads!!! Mr.Fvckheadward
He might not consider himself a celebrity, but as far as Schön! is concerned, Tony Ward is a star. Whether in front of the camera or brandishing a paintbrush, he’s a force not to be ignored.
Having worked on several TV networks before turning to fashion photography, experimental photographer Celebi brings a cinematic eye to his
Christopher Dodson London based designer, Christopher Dodson graduated in
Fulvio Maiani A frequent contributor to Schön!
Jannis Tsipoulanis Veteran contributor to Schön! Magazine, Paris-based conceptual photographer Jannis
João Paulo Nunes
Josh Beech Model and musician Josh Beech was first spotted at a festival three years ago, and shot straight to the top when
Louise Goodwin recently graduated from Bath School of Art and Design with a degree in graphic communication and has been interning since. She
aims to continue interning and working in the fashion editorial business and hopes the experiences gained from working on this issue of Schön! will help her land her dream career.
worked with Mario Testino, Corrine Day, Kate Moss and Adriana Lima, and had the results published in Vogue Homme, GQ, ID and Dazed and Confused. We’re thrilled to add Schön! Magazine to that list.
the dark side for this issue of Schön! in their ‘Obscurité’ editorial. Laurence Edney and Wolfgang Mustain might not be real siblings, but their creative collaboration is completely in sync. Between them they’ve
Jeremy Geddes The Australian photorealistic artist uses his background in video-game design to create awe-inspiring images of desolate backdrops and solitary figures. His latest work is currently on exhibition in Hong Kong. The LaRoache Brothers Vivacious and flamboyant, the LaRoache Brothers have created an iconic signature aesthetic, which they’ve taken to
Burberry booked him for his first job. Now he models for high street giants ASOS and H&M as well as A-list designers, and recently left London to pursue modelling jobs from his new base in New York.
politics of life, style, fashion, art, and everything that moves you.”
In this issue he talks to innovative furniture designer Yahéa Ouled-Moussa about his designs. Currently based in London, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 2008, Nunes writes about “the
Our newly appointed Editor-at-Large is also behind the wildly successful World Man About Town lifestyle blog (worldmanabouttown.wordpress.com), which got over 20,000 hits in its first 7 months.
has graced the pages of Numero and Vogue Japan, and he has worked with Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha, Eva Herzigova and Alessandra Ambrosio to name a few.
Tsipoulanis was behind the camera for two of our editorials this issue, including an exclusive look at next year’s spring/summer menswear collections from Lanvin and Alexander McQueen. His work
images for major ad campaigns and sports brands, including D&G beachwear.
Magazine, Maiani’s work has also been featured in Grazia, Vogue, Elle, WOUND and GQ. A graduate in Photography from The European Institute of Design Milano, he also shoots sport and travel
Standard and the Independent. This issue sees his third Schön! cover; his photographs were also on the front of our fourth and fifth issue.
the man behind our full-length Tony Ward editorial, photographer Dimitrius Theocharis is constantly pushing boundaries with his work. His images have been published in the pages of Vogue, the Evening
are other areas in which he is keen to explore.
Dawn Mellor Controversial artist Dawn Mellor shares her grotesque, yet fascinating, artwork with us in this issue. De-constructing her portraits of celebrities and world leaders until they resemble the victims of a horror story, Mellor works with a unique concept which is both disturbing and intriguing. Dimitris Theocharis As
Graphic Art and Design from Leeds Metropolitan University. He is passionate about printed formats and concept led design with a penchant for international styles. Book binding and information graphics
Her passions lie mainly in typography and print, but she is also keen on digital and interactive design.
College for the Arts with First Class Honours in Graphic Design (Design for Publishing) in July 2010. Since then, she has been interning as a designer, with particular focus on editorial and book design.
Alex Hopkins Alex is a MA English graduate from the University of Sussex, and writes freelance for various publications, as well as creating his own short stories. He is also planning to write a novel in his spare time. Caitlin Leslie A 21 year old graduate from Leeds University with journalism aspirations, she currently freelances for various fashion publications in London as well as interning at Schön! Magazine. Caitlin also writes her own sartorial blog and takes on styling projects in her spare time. Carly Denham Carly graduated from Norwich University
images. Currently splitting his time between Miami, London and Istanbul, he is also the founder of both the South Florida Independent Film Group and the Collaborate! Photography Project.
Akif Hakan Celebi
Stefan Giftthaler The Stefan Milev One of our new contributors, Stefan Milev is the talented
Thanassis Krikis After beginning his career as a fashion designer in New York, Thanassis Krikis returned to Greece to Tony Ward California-born Tony Ward is a model, actor, fashion designer, painter and
Zohra Bakhsh Born in
Afghanistan and raised in Dubai, Zohra Bakhsh studied Illustration Design at the University of Hertfordshire. She began her career at Schön! Magazine as a graphic designer, but is now Assistant Editor.
of Communication in 2009 with a BA Hons in Graphic Design for Advertising, he is currently working as an editorial and web designer for Schön! Magazine.
designer born in Shanghai and has studied in London for over three years. He has always had a passion for advertising, design and learning new things. Having just graduated from the London College
1992 to present. He currently lives in L.A. with his wife and three children.
You Bin Our chilling, startlingly original ‘Exorcism’ editorial was created for Schön! courtesy of You Bin Photography. You Bin’s edgy, ambiguous aesthetic has won over a growing legion of admirers and looks set to secure success. Yvonne Renard Our regular columnist returns this month to ask “Can you say ‘Dior,’ baby?”. Paris-based Renard also flaunts her sartorial wit on a more frequent basis on her accompanying blog, ‘Opinionated Weekly.’ Zhengye Pang Zhengye Pang is a graphic
photographer. He has modelled for the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and many more high-end brands. He has also appeared in many music videos and movies from
created the striking images of Mastori*Motwary’s wares which accompany their interview in this issue.
work as a fashion editor for several European magazines and since 2005 has moved into photography. A graduate of both Parsons School of Design in New York and Central St Martins in London, he
and directional, his aesthetic has a touch of theatricality to it.
photographer who created this issue’s eerie lingerie editorial. Splitting his time between New York and Germany his work has been featured in prestigious magazines from around the world. Dark, edgy
his credentials are Italian Vanity Fair, Glamour, German and Greek Elle, and Vogue Italia, Hellas, Gioielle and Pelle.
photographer behind our exotic geisha-inspired beauty story, Giftthaler is a celebrated fashion and beauty photographer, with his work appearing in many of Europe’s most influential magazines. Among
lifestyle related film, photography, audio and text production for journalistic, artistic and commercial purposes as tools to create her Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
from Germany, studying MA Fashion Media Production at University of the Arts, London College of Fashion. With her background in painting, dancing and storytelling she now uses art, fashion and
Sara Castillo Romero When she’s not co-ordinating high-profile events for Schön! Sara Castillo Romero is Business Manager at Guerilla Galleries, an art gallery movement which aims to revolutionise the way young artists exhibit and sell their work in London. Sarah Fox Sarah has interned for various online and print publications, both in London and her home town of Leeds, after deciding to take a year out of University to explore fashion journalism. She also works as a freelance writer and blogger. Saskia Reis Saskia is a London based journalism graduate
returning contributor to Schön! and freelancer for various fashion publications including Fashion Victims, Blink and UCE. She also writes her own fashion, art and music blog, ‘On Her Majesty’s Request.’
congregate. Today, his search for new flair continues as he strives to unite all nations in the name of Fashion.
Rayan Ayash Our autumnal fashion story ‘Secret Garden’ was created by the gifted photographer Rayan Ayash, a new contributor to Schön! who brings his signature play on light and ethereal quality to the magazine. Rocio Frausto Chicago-based Rocio Frausto is a
journalists and illustrators can connect with each other across the globe. Raoul, originally from Germany, moved to London to explore his dream of creating a hub for talented artists all over the world to
Pierre Dal Corso Paris-based photographer Pierre Dal Corso is known for his bold, graphic approach to editorials, and he doesn’t disappoint with the striking, dark ‘Carbon’ story in this issue. Raoul Keil Raoul is the Editor-in-Chief of Schön! and Creative Director of Nineteen74.com – the world’s first creative networking-site, where pioneering designers, photographers,
writer Paul Heilig is a returning contributor to Schön! Magazine. He writes for magazines about fashion, culture and social issues, and especially adores interviews with people from very different genres.
Matthew Lyn Fashion photographer Matthew Lyn is a talent on the rise. In this issue of Schön! he has captured a gritty fashion story, set against the dramatic backdrop of New York City. Opera Gallery London Situated on New Bond Street, the Opera Gallery London’s permanent collections include art from Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani and Botero as well as fresh creative talent. Their staff are available to advise clients, whether experienced collectors or potential patrons. 134 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London. W1S 2TF. Paul Heilig Based in Hamburg,
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