• GETOUTOFYOURSKIN by Caterina Ciuffoletti

    This fashion collection is a result of designer Caterina Ciuffoletti’s experimentation with the Nietzschean concept of the “Dionysian spirit,” which embodies man as he really is (man’s nature), vs. the “Apollonian spirit,” which is the idea of the social being (man’s ideal).

    “I visualized the elementary side of the human anatomy and, as its antithesis, the images of Christian iconography. I molded these features into the figure of an iconic man dressed in his humanity, wearing the trinity-skull. The result is a variety of textures and effects, hand-cut silhouettes layered and draped.” Organic bone section prints, deconstructed coats, every element is based on the number 3.

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  • The Pierre House by Olson Kundig

    The Pierre by Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects is a very interesting and beautiful juxtaposition, fusion, and integration of the natural and the artificial.

    Conceived as a secure and unexpected retreat nestled into a rock, The Pierre (French for stone) celebrates the materiality of this site. From certain angles, the house – with its rough materials, encompassing stone, green roof and surrounding foliage – almost disappears into nature.

    With the exception of a guest suite, the Pierre functions on one main level, with an open plan kitchen, dining and living space. A large pivoting steel and glass door opens for access to an outdoor terrace.

    To set the house deep into the site, portions of the rock outcropping were excavated through machine work and handwork. Excavated rock was re-used as crushed aggregate in the concrete flooring. Excavation marks were left exposed on all the stonework, a reminder of the building process.

    Throughout the house, the rock extrudes into the space, contrasting with the luxurious textures of the furnishings. Interior and exterior fireplace hearths are carved out of existing stone; leveled on top, they are otherwise left raw. Both the entry sequence and a powder room are fully carved out of the rock.

  • Vampire Cafe

    The Vampire Cafe in Ginza, Tokyo is a decadent, vampire-themed restaurant with lush gothic decor – candelabras, crucifixes, skulls, red velvet, a cobwebbed chandelier, and a coffin adorned with roses and dripping blood-red candles. The waiters are dressed as butlers and French maids. Down to every detail, this little restaurant with the curtained booths, cracked gilt mirrors, and neoclassical columns embraces its deliciously morbid theme. Even the bathroom sinks are gorgeous. What’s adorable is that the food, which seems to be an Italian/French/Japanese mix, is decorated with skulls, bats, crosses, and other motifs that are incorporated into its presentation. It seems a little bit kitschy and a lot of fun. I will definitely visit Vampire Cafe if I’m ever in Tokyo.

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