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Diller Scofidio + Renfro has the kind of major commissions under its belt — the High Line and the upcoming Culture Shed at Hudson Yards — that make it one of the top architecture firms in New York City. Two years ago, the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art in Greece approached them with an idea that was a little bit out of their element, if only somewhat.
Why not curate a capsule collection from the year’s accessories offerings and incorporate the items into an independent project? The result is “The Look,” a series of styled photographs shot in Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House in New Canaan, Conn. Culled in a book published by Artbook and available online through D.A.P. and in select book stores, the pictures explore youth, aging and the sweet spot between fashion and architecture.
“There’s a cycle in fashion that’s very speedy, but classic in both fashion and architecture represents the same thing,” says Elizabeth Diller, the partner who took the lead in the project. “All those things started to come together around staging a loose narrative in a midcentury modern house.” The story line she came up with revolves around Elode, a modern Jackie O-type who’s married to an older man and has a boy toy on the side. “She’s still quite beautiful, but a little worse for the wear. She’s at the apex of aging,” says Matthew Monteith, who shot the portfolio. For the shoot, Diller dispersed 10 accessories culled from runway couture and ready-to-wear collections.
She chose accessories “because they’re more likely to have a sculptural or contemporary side to them and more likely to be statement pieces.” For example, in one scene where Elode is getting ready for a party, she wears Slow and Steady Wins the Race’s pearl necklace earring that stretches from lobe to lobe. “It’s so twisted and perverted,” Diller says of the accessory. In another scene at a party, a guest wears Leg Avenue jumbo fishnets that appear to be painfully cutting off the circulation in her legs. In other words — not the kind of images you’ll see in your average fashion magazine any time soon.
“When you first glance at the book and see the images, it’s easy to see it as a kind of fashion shoot, a sort of frivolous approach,” says Monteith. “Usually in a fashion shoot, attention is directed to one item or a group of items. The more you look at these pictures, the more they break down.”
In the face of this decadence, it’s actually Johnson’s Glass House, which some say changes personality throughout the day depending on the light, that emerges as the real star. No surprise there, given the project’s provenance.
“It’s reflective and transparent,” Diller says. “The house has a role, whether it’s steamed up with condensation or perfectly clear. It’s beautiful and disconcerting. You’re very conscious of the interior lighting and being on view.”
January 30, 2015
Book Launch | Diller, Scofidio + Renfro: The Look | Swiss Institute | February 3, 6:30-8:30pm
ARTBOOK + Swiss Institute
invite you to join
Elizabeth Diller + Dennis Freedman + Matthew Monteith
in a conversation moderated by Henry Urbach
celebrating the publication of
by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Matthew Monteith
Commissioned by the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art
Tuesday, February 3
6:30 - 8:30pm
Space is limited / Please RSVP to email@example.com
Each year, the DESTE Foundation commissions an artist to curate a capsule collection comprising five to ten designs from that year’s international fashions. The artist may interpret the selected works and integrate them into an independent project. Diller Scofidio + Renfro was selected to curate the capsule collection for 2013.
Swiss Institute / CONTEMPORARY ART
18 Wooster Street
New York City
About the panelists:
Elizabeth Diller is a founding principal at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts.
Dennis Freedman is the Creative Director of Barneys New York and was formerly the Creative Director of W Magazine for 10 years.
Matthew Monteith is a photographer whose editorial work has appeared in many magazines, including GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Interview, W, and Dwell.
Henry Urbach is the Director of The Glass House, New Canaan, CT and previously served as Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).
Diller Scofidio + Renfro: The Look
Published by Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art
Photographs by Matthew Monteith
Boxed, Paperback, 12 X 18 IN. / 40 PGS / 18 Color
The Look is a narrative in eighteen scenes about youth, aging, timelessness, and identity. It is set in an ambiguous time. Dispersed throughout are ten accessories that comprise the 2013 capsule collection. These selections from runway couture and ready-to-wear collections are “assisted” classics, so highly mannered that they live in a state of the past-present. The Glass House is a key protagonist.
Distributed by ARTBOOK | D.A.P. | www.artbook.com
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Project — The Look
...As trends typically come and go, only to return again, the fast wheel of fashion sometimes falls into alignment with the slow motion of architecture. This peculiar synchrony between "fashion time" and "architecture time" is both unsettling and liberating. The Look is a narrative in eighteen scenes about youth, aging, timelessness, and identity. It is set in an ambiguous time. Dispersed throughout are ten accessories that comprise the 2013 capsule collection. These selections from runway...and ready-to-wear collections are "assisted" classics. They are so highly mannered with today's sensibilities that they live in a state of past-present. One of architecture's modernist icons, Philip Johnson's Glass House of 1949... is a key protaganist.
Project: DILLER SCOFIDIO +RENFRO
Photography: MATTHEW MONTEITH
Fashion Director: ALLEGRA COLLETTI
The Look, along with the 10 accessories which make up the 2013 capsule collection, will be presented for the first time as part of an exhibition entitled DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION: 1 to 8. The show will be open at the Benaki Museum, Pireos Street Annexe on June 25, 2014 and will be on view until October 12, 2014. For more information on the show, please click below.
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Tape Recorder Art by Ei Wada
by Ginisty Gauthier on March 24, 2014
The artist recreated the analog magic for the visitors of last month’s Media Arts Festival in his work Toki Ori Ori Nasu. With their wheels slowly turning, 4 old-fashioned recorders poured their tapes into narrow glass containers, creating ever-changing twisted shapes. Once the tapes came to an end, the spectators were in for a surprising musical treat:
Among the elaborate high-tech installations of the festival, this surprisingly simple tribute to analog media resonated well with the audience. The tape patterns mesmerized those who came near the work, and crowds rushed to the recorders as soon as the tapes rewinded. We can thank Ai Wada for showing us that after decades of use – and years of abandon – old media still has surprises in store for us.
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In an age where an increasingly vast array of interaction patterns are available to designers & developers we can't help but admire the restrained palette in use on stylist and designer Allegra Colletti's site. Transitions are punchy and utilitarian with some beautifully thought out visual details.
— Hover States
Very surprised and pleased to learn that my personal portfolio site has been featured on Hover States, a popular blog curated by Hover Studio, London, featuring new and interesting interaction design. Many thanks to Ken and Yoonjai at COMMON NAME for making me look good!
— Hover States