Skin Chairs

Studio 9191 Creates Chairs That Mimic Human Flesh

I just had to share this amazing work called A Body of Skin by Studio 9191. It reminds me a lot of a photographic work I completed ages ago in high school for my HSC. However it also reminds me of one of my favourite Japanese sweets - Mochi!

A Body of Skin is a furniture collection that explores the almost infinite subtleties and variations of the skin's surface and the different forms bodies can take. The skins are applied to the silicon chairs and stools as you can see in photos 2 and 3 below. When a viewer sits on these pieces of furniture Studio 9191 asks them to question the relationship and level of comfort they have with their own bodies and other items.

The Silicone used for the base pieces of furniture has a quality that is instantly evocative of skin. Gigi Barker says:

To fully submerge the user in the experience, I impregnated the silicon with a smell to further push the boundaries of its relationship to the user. I selected my model’s preferred aftershave in order to permeate it with pheromones so that I might be able to further prompt a response.

The leather applied over the pieces are created using classic upholstery techniques such pattern cutting, buttoning, and moulding. These leather skins visually represent our skin but also create a more subtle visual impact.

What do you think of these chairs? I love the images of them. I love the colours and textures of the work. Would you own a chair like this? Comment at the end of the post.

A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

Back View of A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

Back View of A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Baby Sitting on A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Baby Sitting on A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

Sitting on A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

Sitting on A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

Creating A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

Creating A Body of Skin by Studio 9191

A Mood Board for A Body of Skin

A Mood Board for A Body of Skin

Sketches for A Body of Skin

Sketches for A Body of Skin

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Do It Yourself Couture Street Style

I had my eye on what everyone was wearing whilst attending the Fall Couture shows at the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. I always check out street style photos - I get really inspired by what I see. I often find quite a few ideas on interesting ways to wear pieces I already own from the people I see in photographs. Let's take a look at a few shots from just recently.

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Do It Yourself! Body Corps Street Style

Christine Centenera always looks sharp when she dresses and I have picked the below shot of her to model a Do It Yourself! Outfit around because Christine is wearing items from the current Body Corps Trend. You can clearly see this trend in action on the catwalk if you look at the Balmain Autumn Winter 2014/2015 show. 

Christine Centenera, Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

Christine Centenera, Paris Fall Haute Couture Week July 2014, Street Style

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Couture's Couture

Fall 2014 Couture, Paris

In my absence the Couture shows have kicked off with a huge bang starting with the Atelier Versace show on
July 6th, 2014.

You may have seen people go instagram crazy over the orchid set for Dior’s latest couture Autumn Winter 2014-2015 show? Raf Simons created a huge white runway space that included mirrored walls entirely covered with white orchids. While I love this show and I really loved the stunning embroidered court coats that referenced the 18th century I am more in love with the Fall 2014 Ulyana Sergeenko Couture show myself.

Dior’s Autumn Winter 2014-2015 Couture, photo from stylebubble.co.uk

Dior’s Autumn Winter 2014-2015 Couture, photo from stylebubble.co.uk

Dior’s Autumn Winter 2014-2015 Couture, photo from stylebubble.co.uk

Dior’s Autumn Winter 2014-2015 Couture, photo from stylebubble.co.uk

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Sergeenko's previous few shows have been influenced by Russian fairy tales; however it was immediately obvious that this show would be different. The explosive soundtrack, the womb like red glossy opening that the models entered the runway from and the long glossy black leather coat in look 1 all confirmed this. The current situation in Ukraine and the repercussions throughout the region meant that Sergeenko looked back to another time of upheaval in the history of the region, when the czar fell and the USSR emerged.

However the show wasn't all constricting; the black leather officer's coat gave way to an amazing crystal-covered opera coat. There were many layers to the show that have become Sergeenko's signature elements such as the Russian headscarves, embroidery inspired by Russian folk art (embroidered sheaves of wheat) and the sexy moulded bustiers.

I loved the addition of the vibrant gradient-knit mohair sweaters that are inspired by constructivist artist Kazimir Malevich. I am a big fan of Malevich's work - I studied his pieces in art school. Sergeenko shows are always a perfect balance of wearable and sensible pieces and dramatic evening wear with nipped in wasp waists and high hemlines.

What are your favourite looks from the show below? And are you a Dior girl or do you like the Ulyana Sergeenko Couture show like me? Comment at the end of the post! 

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2014 Couture

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Face Planting

I have been absent from the blog for a little while because I have been supporting my family through difficult times. However tonight I needed a little relief so I decided to take to the computer and type out a few blog posts.

I discovered the below series of photos whilst researching online and they made me smile. I took them as a sign that I needed to write on the blog again. I also feel that they reflect the way I feel at the moment - emotionally drained. It seems that the artist wanted to express a slightly different idea in this series - I wasn't far off though. And this is why I can connect with this artwork.

In In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) Italian photographer Sandro Giordano captures men and women face-planting with their belongings strewn around them. Giordano reveals that "each shot tells about worn out characters who, as if a sudden black-out of mind and body took over, let themselves crash with no attempt to save themselves, unable, because of the fatigue of the everyday representation of living, oppressed by appearance instead of simply existing."

Each figure holds items that he or she has fallen to save symbolising the fact that humans are very attached to
material things.

"They reach their limit beyond which their false self cannot go. Each of them saves an object, they hold it in their hand and it symbolizes this falsification. This pretence is represented not only by the objects but also the clothes, the hairstyles and the location.’"

Each photo has been carefully composed using live models and props, manipulated and arranged into the various scenes. Good ideas are often brought to life with careful planning. The faceless pictures remind us of ourselves.

Which is your favourite? Comment at the end of the post!

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

In Extremis (Bodies With No Regret) by Sandro Giordano

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