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STUDIO BYCOLOR designer: Kaori Akiyama

We found out new face who is based on Japan. Her project which dedicated to find the meaning and effects that colours have on people.  Also they distinguish ourselves by using a wide arrange of colours in designing not only goods but also effective spaces and mediums for communication.

– After graduating how did you start working ?
After graduating from the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Design of Chiba University, I started working as a designer for about 10 years at an office furniture manufacturer.
I wanted to create various designs as well as a design of furniture, and so I established a design office.  I chose this working style looking forward to meeting interesting people who have a wider range of technical knowledge.

– What were the first steps you took in the world of design?
I like making things and painting since I was a little kid, and I’ve been thinking for a long time to do work that helps someone by my design. When I was in a high school, I came to know that there was a genre of work called “commercial design”.
The first step I took to be a designer was to go up to the university where you could study the commercial design.

– Where do you find your inspiration?
I always try to make products focusing on a design concept that goes with nature. Plus, I like giving shapes to what the nature teaches me.

– What do you do to keep yourself in shape/ your style/ your idea?
I do not particularly care about keeping my style, but I do consider whether or not I should buy this product, or whether or not this is a product I want to give to my friends and family as a present.

– What does fashion/make design mean to you?
For me, design is what gives a purpose to my life and is to enjoy life.

– Which one is your favorite piece from this (your product)/ upcoming Collection and why?
It is a new product,FK:WW (For Kurashi: With Wood). This is an architectural hardware that was just presented at Salone del Mobile in Milan the other day.

– If you could live in another time and in another place, where and when would it be?
In the last decade, I go to live in Milan in April every year. Milan is a favorite city because very exciting events are held for those involved in the design industry.  Milan is also the place where a variety of interesting people gather.
I also stayed in the Netherlands for three months last year, and loved my stay there because I could have a life of a comfortable rhythm. But now,Australia is the most interesting city for me.  This is because there are a lot of people having higher consciousness to live in harmony with nature.

-Do you feel there’s a significant interest for young designers at the moment?
I think what’s important for the young people is to meet pioneers and talk to them, and think about their own ways they think they should go.


– How do you balance creativity with commerce?
It is a difficult question. I try to imagine that I am on a consumer side.  And, I think asking for advices of people your trust is also important. Hopefully, I want to focus on creative work as much as possible.


– Where do you see your career going next?
I do not know.  However, I hope to continue doing creative work which I believe in.

– Which any brand do you want to collaboration if it’s possible?
No brand in particular now.  But I want to collaborate with manufacturers and brands I can share my sense of values with when I have a chance to.

– Could you tell me your friend’s designer?
Sure, it’s Samira Boon. She is a designer based in the Netherlands. Last year, I had a chance to work in her office.  She is a cheerful and sociable person full of vitality. Her way of working, I mean, doing creative work while putting the family in the first place is very ideal.  Now, she is raising two lovely sons with a wonderful husband who is an architect.

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STUDIO BYCOLOR  +  kanaguya  :  For Kurashi  With wood

FK:WW is a collaborative project by a contemporary product designer STUDIO BYCOLOR and an artisan of interior & furniture fixtures kanaguya to create products inspired by an experiment on wood surfaces called MW:WW by STUDIO BYCOLOR which communicates the idea that wood is a living material.

FK:WW is a collection of architectural accessories which communicate a theme that ‘wood is a living material’ . This theme was originated from a project called MW:WW where designer experimented with wood by exposing pores in between annual rings to carry out the features of wood as a material.

The outer shaft of the wooden fixtures to be introduced at Ventura Hive is covered by thin metal. This design highlights the warmth of handmade methods which cannot be generated by mass production and further displays the age of wood used for the product. These fixtures will be mounted on the wall during the exhibition to create an illusional tree.Incorporated the design for the fixtures into furniture and created tables. The legs of these tables are crisscrossed wood boards of a deformed radial wood pattern generated from the table top.

The first collection including furniture and interior fixture will be available to the market after its preview in Milano Salone 2014. We are looking forward to showing our collection that inherits the signature of kanaguya that adds its taste as it ages in the theme of MM:WW this year at VENTURA HIVE.

CULTURE CHANEL

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CULTURE CHANEL exhibition has been taken place for a month in Seoul.
Since 2007, this has taken the form of series of exhibitions curated by Jean-Louis Froment,
that offer an exploration of Gabrielle Chanel’s very singular life and her creative journey.

In the 2001 Fall/Winter Ready-to-Wear collection, a reference to Roy Lichtenstein,
Karl Lagerfeld paid tribute to Pop Art and N°5. The “Just a drop of N°5” used the famous line
by Marilyn Monroe revealing her intimate relationship with N°5. Top of the list of American
Pop Art culture, Andy Warhol took CHANEL N°5 and produced a series of screen-prints
firmly anchoring N°5 in contemporary culture.

MKH – Maria Kristiana Helana

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MKH  – Maria Kristiana Helana, who is based in Bergen,  a beautiful city surrounded with 7 mountains. Here she is doing master degree in fine art at Bergen Academy of the Arts & Design.
All started when she did an art project where she worked with a found table that only had 3 legs and the 4th was missing. She decided to replace the missing one with a prosthesis which then led her to create tableware series Hansel & Gretel. It´s started with cups where she played around with parts from dolls casted in porcelain. They are combined with pinewood that she collected in the mountains which now work as a little plate for the porcelain cups. The combination of wood and porcelain is an interesting mix of hard and soft material. She continued her series with porcelain plates, and eggcups that has a two way function for drinking coffee or tea and eating an egg. It comes as a breakfast set. At the moment she is developing salt & pepper to expand the series.

She has left a comment at the end : “When I create my work I like to leave a sense of that they are hand crafted, which means that none of them look exactly the same. I also want to create a type of feeling when you see my work. I want it to appeal to various of people; men, women and children.”

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Milan Fashion Week SS15 Schedule

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Wednesday, 17th September, 2014
09:00 / Chicca Lualdi Beequeen

10:00 / Angelos Bratis
11:00 / Byblos Milano
12:00 / Stella Jean
13:00 / Andrea Incontri
14:00 / Gucci
15:00 / I’m Isola Marras
16:00 / Fay
17:00 / Alberta Ferretti
18:00 / N°21
19:00 / Fausto Puglisi
20:00 / Francesco Scognamiglio
20:30 / Nicholas K.

Thursday, 18th September, 2014
09:00 / Max Mara

10:00 / Emporio Armani
11:00 / Cristiano Burani
12:00 / Fendi
13:00 / Uma Wang
14:00 / Just Cavalli
15:00 / Dsquared2
16:00 / Costume National
17:00 / Blugirl
18:00 / Prada
18:00 / Daniela Gregis
19:00 / Ports 1961
20:00 / Moschino

Friday, 19th September, 2014
09:00 / Sportmax

10:00 / Blumarine
11:00 / Ermanno Scervino
12:00 / Giamba
13:00 / Marco De Vincenzo
14:00 / Etro
15:00 / Missoni
16:00 / Iceberg
17:00 / Les Copains
18:00 / Tod’s
19:00 / Aigner
20:00 / Versace
21:00 / Philipp Plein

Saturday, 20th September, 2014
09:00 / Bottega Veneta

10:00 / Giorgio Armani
11:00 / Assegnato
12:00 / Roberto Cavalli
13:00 / Genny 
14:00 / Antonio Marras
15:00 / Jil Sander
16:00 / Cividini
17:00 / Gabriele Colangelo
18:00 / Aquilano.Rimondi
19:00 / Emilio Pucci
20:00 / Musso

Sunday, 21th September, 2014
09:00 / Massimo Rebecchi

10:00 / Marni
11:00 / Salvatore Ferragamo
12:00 / Laura Biagiotti
13:00 / John Richmond
15:00 / Au Jour Le Jour
16:00 / Trussardi
17:00 / Luisa Beccaria
18:00 / Roccobarocco
19:00 / MSGM
20:00 / Anteprima

Monday, 22th September, 2014
10:00 / Mila Schon

11:00 / N-U-D-E: New Upcoming Designers
12:00 / Heohwan Simulation
13:00 / Grinko
14:00 / Paola Frani
15:00 / N-U-D-E: New Upcoming Designers

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London Fashion Week SS15 Schedule

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Friday, Sep 12, 2014
10:00  / J. JS Lee
10:30 / Faustine Steinmetz
11:00 / Bora Aksu
11:30 / Teatum Jones
13:00 / Daks
14:00  / Eudon Choi
14:30 / Trager Delaney
15:00 / Jean-Pierre Braganza
15:30 / Amanda Wakeley
16:30 / Shrimps
17:30  / FYODOR GOLAN
17:30 / Paul Costelloe
18:00 /  FELDER FELDER
19:00 / Chrisopher Raeburn

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014
9:00 / Barbara Casasola
9:30 / Orla Kiely
10:00 / Jasper Conran
10:30 / Lulu & Co
11:00 / Emilia Wickstead
11:30 / Antipodium
12:00 / Julien Macdonald
12:3 / Markus Lupfer
13:00 / Sibling
13:30 / Danielle Romeril
14:00 / Hunter Original
15:00 / Holly Fulton
16:00 / J.W. Anderson
16:30 /  1205
17:00 / Joseph
17:30 / Nasir Mazhar
18:00 / Whistles
18:30 / House of Holland
19:30 / Lucas Nascimento
20:00 / Marchesa
21:00 / KTZ

Sunday, Sep 14, 2014
09:00 / Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
09:30 / Mulberry
10:00 / Margaret Howell
10:30  / Sophia Webster
11:00 / Richard Nicoll
12:00  / Marios Schwab
12:30 / palmer // harding (Women’s)
13:00 / Matthew Williamson
14:00  / Temperley London
14:30  / Toga
15:00 / Topshop Unique
15:15  / Ashley Williams
16:00 / Paul Smith
17:00  / Vivienne Westwood Red Label
18:00 / Mary Katrantzou
18:30  / Belstaff
19:00  / David Koma
20:00  / Jonathan Saunders
20:30  / Pringle of Scotland

Monday, Sep 15, 2014
09:00 / Antonio Berardi
09:30 / Mulberry
09:30 / Mother of Pearl
10:00  / Roksanda
11:00 / Erdem
12:00  / Michael van der Ham
13:00 / Burberry Prorsum
14:00 / Issa
15:00  / Christopher Kane
15:30  / Huishan Zhang
16:00 / Thomas Tait
17:00  / Peter Pilotto
18:00 / GILES
19:00  / TOM FORD

Tueday, Sep 16, 2014
09:00 / OSMAN
10:00 / Anya Hindmarch
11:00 / Simone Rocha
12:00  / Marques’Almeida
12:30 / Ryan Lo
13:00  / Fashion East
13:30 / Tata Naka
14:00 / Emilio de la Morena
15:00  / Ashish
16:00  / Meadham Kirchhoff
16:30 / Isa Arfen
17:00  / H by Hakaan Yildirim

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NALLIK

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NALLIK is a jewelry brand containing mainly of raw semi precious stones which was founded first in New York and then in 2011 was moved to Berlin. New York was great to develop the brand, logo, brand name, overall design. I made a lot of connections that I still work with. The first big order was 2000 pieces for Anthropologie, which was huge for a small brand.

In Berlin It was opened first store in Mitte in 2013 which was followed by a temporary second store in BIKINI BERLIN in the west in 2014. The store in Mitte also is the workshop, and they make a lot to order lately i.e. stones that people have had forever as a talisman or memory of someone and want to have set in the typical NALLIK design.

They do have the organic line which consists of stones that are a bit easier to get and a limited edition of pieces, sometimes only one from a collector or so. Also they are currently working on a fine jewelry line which will have gold and silver instead of brass, and raw stones.

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