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ARCHITECTURE Spa House by METROPOLISDESIGN "south Africa" The building is conceived of as a hovering set of abstract sculptural elements, lightly suspended over a large waterscape, which forms an extended terrace on the mountainside. The inter-penetration of two simple forms, in combination with the staggering of the floorplane, allows a surprising amount of volumetric complexity and spatial interplay in and around the building. Transparency, an apparent lack of structural support, and the gaps between elements, dematerialize the building and create a presence in the landscape which is of nature, despite its abstraction Water as a rejuvenative element, constitutes the primary experience of the building and provides its symbolic language. The guest accommodation block hovers dramatically over the water and projects into space towards the mountain and sea. It shelters the dining area, itself submerged below water level. Pool decks are arranged as islands in a sea of water, connected by a bridge. The underwater spa with large viewing windows into the pool has a sense of stillness and mystery. The ground floor opens up entirely and entrances the experience of the building as a light platform in a vast landscape. Metropolis Metropolis was established in Cape Town in 1992. The practice carries out a broad range of residential, commercial and retail work. Our work has been widely published locally and internationally and has received multiple design awards. The principal, Jon Jacobson, qualified at the University of Witwatersrand in 1988 and currently teaches part-time at the University of Cape Town’s School of Architecture. Philosophy We draw our inspiration from the natural landscapes and the urban cultures of contemporary South Africa. People are at the center of all meaningful architecture. Our process involves a detailed investigation of our clients’ requirements and a close collaboration with them. We believe that well-adjusted architecture is a combination of conceptual clarity, imagination, rationality and paradoxically, an appreciation for the irrational and contradictory nature of everyday life. We distill and integrate all of our clients' concerns, into an unified architecture, which is simple, humane and delights the body and the spirit. Energy efficiency, the longevity of our architecture and the soundness of its construction and materials, are key sustainability concerns. The poetics of our architecture are derived from individual human experience, from a sensitivity towards natural landscape and from our response to our regional modernist culture. http://ift.tt/zHiRbP

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FOOD PIERRE MARCOLINI Haute Chocolaterie and his chocolate Easter Dolls This year Easter is getting the Maison Pierre Marcolini with an injection of feminine, pop arty and playful chocolate dolls. Eggs, rabbits, hens and other nesting Easter dolls will be lining up to make you dream. An iconic must-have that will delight kids and grown-ups. The treasure hunt has begun! shop one line at: www.marcolini.be

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SHOP THE WEBSTER MIAMI by Laure Heriard Dubreuil, A French girl in Miami....... The Webster is a 20,000 square foot luxury multi-brand boutique located in the heart of Miami Beach, in a historical Art Deco building designed in 1939 by famed architect Henry Hohauser. Since its founding in 2009, the Webster has quickly established itself at the forefront of luxury fashion through the vision and direction of Laure Heriard Dubreuil. In her role as owner and buyer, Laure is responsible for editing the Webster’s exquisite collection and developing partnerships with brands for exclusive product. The three-level boutique is devoted to fashion (men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and luxury accessories such as shoes, bags, jewelry and watches), photography and entertainment. In the former hotel lobby, you can sit and delight in a taste of Paris with famed pastries and desserts, an afternoon coffee, tea or champagne. The ground floor is dedicated to luxury sportswear and young designers. Completely renovated with high ceilings and a modernized extension of the lobby, contemporary denim and t-shirt brands coexist with a selection of luxury sportswear lines and prestigious swimsuit brands. The second floor is entirely dedicated to luxury fashion: men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, bags and shoes. With voluminous natural light and a posh private residence feel, this lofty second story includes a cozy sitting room in addition to all of fashion’s finest. On the third floor lays a gallery space and corporate offices, where rotating shows, fashion pop-up shops, and special events take place. The roof of the Webster offers a restaurant lounge setting with unobstructed views of the ocean. OWNERS Laure Heriard Dubreuil’s extensive experience in Fashion was acquired while working with some of Fashion’s most notable designers. She was part of Nicolas Ghesquiere’s merchandising team at Balenciaga for several years and later became a Merchandiser for Yves Saint Laurent Women’s Ready to Wear in Paris. Laure holds a Degree in Merchandising from FIT in New York as well as a Business and Mandarin degree from Universite de Paris Dauphine. Laure originally founded The Webster in 2009 with Milan Vukmirovic and Frederic Dechnik. As CEO of The Webster, Laure is responsible for setting and implementing the company’s strategic goals and objectives. She also oversees the store’s operations, manages personnel matters and runs the buying process. shop on line at: http://ift.tt/1Apzh0I

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TRAVEL "Mexico" Escapade to DOWNTOWN MEXICO HOTEL The Downtown Mexico boutique hotel located near ‘ El Zocalo’, right in the heart of the old city where the Aztecs first settled and afterwards the Spaniards built churches and palaces using the existing stones that were part of the Aztec pyramids. “Downtown” is settled on a magnificent palace, witness of the XVII century architecture. Known as the “Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle”, the red volcanic rock walls, the multiple doors, window quarry frames and the handmade cement tiles, along with the glorious patios and a spectacular stone-forge staircase provide the building the unique flavor of the Mexican vice regal style. The intervention preserved the original façades and the main walls, and although we took advantage of the general distribution of the space, a new order with a contemporary look was proposed, attributing a new identity and character to the building. The architectural program is original and innovative, with a combination of boutique hotel and hostel within the same building. Both concepts are spatially separated working as two different elements. The access floor welcomes the visitor into an interior patio of triple height, a clear representation of the important colonial heritage. The ground floor has two other inner courtyards, which separate the spaces and surround the corridors resembling a Hacienda. The patios are the main distributors of space, allowing natural light and ventilation into the hotel and consequently decreasing the use of energy, artificial light and air conditioning. The guest rooms are located in the first and second level and are attractively designed in neutral tones, spiced up with retro lamps and custom designed furniture. The traditional red brick is protagonist through the interiors. By taking advantage of the nobility of this material, we designed a lattice which is constant in the rooms, furniture and walls. The rooftop is equipped with a restaurant and pool, offering panoramic views of the city and crowning the project. http://ift.tt/18wozZv

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SOCIETY Is it still fashionable to be young in 2015? Photographed by Juergen Teller, the 80-year-old novelist, JOAN DIDION is the new face of Céline Spring 2015 campaign...... 71-year-old singer JONI MITCHELL is the new face of St Laurent 64- year-old JESSICA LANGE for Marc Jacob, the fabulous IRIS APFEL 90- year-old for Mac, 77-year-old JANE FONDA & 70-year old HELEN MIREN for Loreal, 68-year-old CHARLOTTE RAMPLING for Nars, 81-year-old CARMEN DELL OREFICE for Rolex....... The question remains open.........

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ARCHITECTURE A Farmhouse Converted into an incredible, Yet Bohemian Chalet in the French Alps Belgian decorator LIONEL JADOT was commissioned to transform a former farmhouse into a spectacular chalet. Located near Megève, a major tourist resort in the French Alps, the project features two levels, the first of which accommodates the bedrooms. Above, there is an impressive open-plan living area, with a ceiling height of 12 meters. This particular interior is the focal point of the entire cabin. The abundance of wood and the colorful decorations give away a feeling of coziness, while the generously-sized windows flood the room in natural light. The perfect image of a room surrounded by extensive mountain views is completed in this case by a traditional fireplace, located right in the middle. A lovely mix of vintage and traditional defines the interiors of the chalet; the designer chose to add personality to his project, by embedding various furniture and pieces belonging to different cultures from Africa, Asia and Europe.

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Harry Bertoia an Italian Genius (1915 - 1978) Unfortunately we have just missed the magnificent exhibition dedicated to Harry Bertoia at the "Wright" auction house in New York, ...... But we can always appreciate his incredible work.

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TRAVEL "New York" First BACCARAT HOTEL BY GILLES & BOISSIER STUDIO Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York is a contemporary Manhattan take on a classically elegant Parisian hôtel particulier. It blends influences past and present to create sumptuous spaces, both grand and intimate that inspire wonder with their enchanting surprises and carefully considered details. Sought after Paris-based design duo Gilles & Boissier created nearly every piece of furniture for the hotel’s soaring salon-style public spaces, as well as the 114 light-filled rooms and suites of the hotel. Weaving artisanal Baccarat crystal elements throughout, they lavished attention on each surface, be it a sparkling mica-covered vaulted ceiling, silver-leafed wood paneling, pleated-silk walls or a monumental marble table. New York design masters Tony Ingrao and Stephen Sills, respectively, handled the 60 residences and the ground-level contemporary French restaurant, Chevalier. The skyline-shaping international architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, meanwhile, designed the soaring state-of-the-art tower itself, creating a prismatic glass façade — directly across the street from the Museum of Modern Art — that recalls the radiance of Baccarat crystal and subtly reflects and refracts light up and down its 50 stories. A PRIVATE ART COLLECTION Parisian art connoisseur, Frédéric Chambre spent eighteen months gathering extraordinary pieces from auction houses across Paris to curate artwork for Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York. The resulting private collection is uniquely suited to Baccarat, spanning from the 18th century to today and featuring photographers, painters and more. THE HARCOURT VITRINES Beyond the exceptional artwork collected for the hotel by Frédéric Chambre, Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York also partnered with the talented curator to commission new work from twelve extraordinary artists. Each artist or team of artists was given 11 Baccarat Harcourt glasses — one of the most iconic pieces of the brand’s stemware — and asked to create works of art based on them. These radiant pieces now stand on display in dramatically lit glass vitrines in the hotel’s hallways, one unique artwork in front of every single guestroom or suite. BACCARAT NEW YORK 20 West 53rd Street, New York, New York 10019 Reservations: 1-844-294-1764

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CULTURE - Photo Like in a dream, we fell in love with the series MIDNIGHT MODERN Classic Palm Springs mid-century architecture, shot under the light of a full moon by Tom Blachford's Tom Blachford's photography has a way of connecting the familiar with the surreal, rendering functional, man-made structures into a strange and beautiful dream. Based in Melbourne, Australia his fascination with texture and shape, both contributing factors to the graphic style and considered composition of his work, made for a natural transition into the world of architectural photography. At 27 years old Blachford's work has been featured in Domus, Wired, AnOther, iD, Yatzer, Curbed, Dwell, The New York Times and Australian Vogue. shop on line at: http://ift.tt/1zXziXq

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BEAUTY "Italy" THE MERCHANT OF VENICE a new line of perfumes celebrates Venice............. The Merchant of Venice is a brand that has its conceptual origins in the Venetian soul; it involves different product lines based on the perfumery tradition of the Republic of Venice, its expertise in craftsmanship, and its century old trade with the Orient. The strength of the line is represented by the Murano Collection, a range of six Eau de Parfum contained in bottles specifically based on the designs of the ancient creations by the Master glass-blowers of Murano; The line also involves a large assortment of body care and the line also includes an ancillary range and accessories collection. The first Flagship store is located in San Fantin and housed in a historic and magnificent former chemist shop near the famous La Fenice Theatre; the shop has been restored to its ancient splendour. The other points of sale in Venice are located in the Museum Shop at Palazzo Mocenigo, where in October 2013 has been inaugurated the first Perfume Department in collaboration between Mavive and Fondazioni Musei Civici of Venice, in the Spezieria all'Ercole d'Oro to Santa Fosca in Venice, and in the two Duty Free: Marco Polo Airport of Venice and Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport of Fiumicino.

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DESIGN & MUSIC A must Have : MARSHAL Acton - Woburn - Stanmore or Hanwell Speakers THE ACTON – A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH With a well balanced audio boasting a clear midrange and extended highs, the Acton gives an experience that is both articulate and pronounced. Its powerful deep bass seems to defy the laws of nature for it’s small size. It is these hifi qualities packed into a classically designed and compact frame that set the Acton apart, positioned to take on even the largest of competitors. Acton’s custom control 3 analogue interaction knobs allows you to fine tune it to the exact sound you desire. A nimble and versatile workhorse, it joins the Marshall family with vengeance, carrying on a long standing tradition of loud. When it come to looks, the Acton has inherited all the family traits, boasting the classical and durable vintage design, and iconic script logo that is so distinctly Marshall. The Acton is right at home with the rest of your Marshall collection. WOBURN NO EXPENSE SPARED The Woburn is designed with loud in mind and you’ll quickly hear by its performance that it holds true to the Marshall name. This loudspeaker hits high trebles cleanly, handles low bass with ease and has a clear, lifelike mid range. The analogue treble, bass and volume knobs give you custom control of your sound. With unique sound design and quality components, it’s made to deliver accurate response throughout the frequency range. The Woburn is literally built to thrill. STANMORE SMALL IN SIZE, BUT NOT SUBTLE IN SOUND The Stanmore is a compact active stereo speaker that yields clean and precise sound even at high levels. Stanmore’s classic design is a throwback to the golden days of rock’n’roll, and its analogue interaction knobs give you custom control of your music. With a vintage-looking front fret, brass details, and iconic script logo, the Stanmore is right at home with the rest of your Marshall collection. Hook it up wirelessly via the latest version of Bluetooth®, featuring aptX technology®, use the RCA input to plug in your record player, or simply connect the coil cord that’s included to your phone using the 3.5mm auxiliary input. The Stanmore is also compatible with devices with optical output, like Apple TV. The Stanmore comes with two standby modes, powersaver and standard, to minimize your speaker’s environmental impact when not actively in use. HANWELL THE HANWELL EMBODIES MARSHALL’S LEGACY OF LOUD Hailing from a line of 50th anniversary products, the Hanwell moves Marshall’s heritage of big stage performance out of the arena and into your personal space. Delivering a sound that resonates with the presence and power of live music, the Hanwell is a carefully crafted machine, designed to attain that trademark Marshall tone. Its dual long-throw woofers produce super lows and hi-fi tweeters yield extended highs that render the sound sharp and clear, like sitting front row. The Hanwell is housed in wooden cabinet, clad in black vinyl and features an analog power switch and controls for volume, bass and treble. the fret cloth and gold logo on the front is borrowed from vintage Marshall amplifiers, and the body is outlined with gold piping for a celebratory effect. As a tribute to Marshall’s 50-year legacy, each Hanwell is branded with a numbered anniversary edition commemorative badge. shop on line at: http://ift.tt/OTb1Pm

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DESIGN "Singapore" The Singapore Design Week (SDW) brings together a collection of local and international design activities in Singapore. Held annually, the SDW is organised by the DesignSingapore Council. 10-22 March 2015 Open to the design community, businesses, design students and the general public, the SDW aims to raise awareness of good design, deepen the appreciation and understanding of design innovation and encourage the use of design for innovation and productivity. Through this platform, the DesignSingapore Council also hopes to enhance the synergy among our design partners, and in turn boost Singapore’s profile and attractiveness as a global city for design. SDW features local and international design trade shows, conferences, showcases, exhibitions and workshops that span various design disciplines. Many of the activities will take place at the National Design Centre, the hub of SDW. These activities will also provide opportunities for business, international collaboration and knowledge exchange. The anchor event of SDW is SingaPlural 2015, a dedicated platform to celebrate Singapore’s design talents across creative industries which includes the Singapore Design Business Summit and the Singapore Good Design Mark Exhibition. Other design events that are part of the SDW include the International Furniture Fair Singapore 2015, Maison&Objet Asia 2015 and Design Trails. photos from left to right: Singapore Struck is inspired by a childhood memory of a tree struck by lightning. Commissioned by the Singapore Furniture Industries Council and supported by the National Parks Board, Struck is showcased as part of “30 LifeStories- Remembering Parks” as a public installation for SingaPlural – the anchor event of Singapore Design Week 2014. Maison & Objet Asia A reflection of quality from Karim Rashid Atelier d'Art de france

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CULTURE JEANNE LANVIN EXHIBITION From March 8th to August 23rd, 2015 at the "Palais Galliera" in Paris The Palais Galliera, in close collaboration with Alber Elbaz, artistic director of Lanvin, is honouring the oldest French fashion house still in business. This first Paris exhibition devoted to Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946) features over a hundred models from the amazing collections of the Palais Galliera and the Lanvin Heritage. Mademoiselle Jeanne began her career as a milliner in 1885. In 1889, she opened a shop “Lanvin (Melle Jeanne) Modes” at 16 Rue Boissy d’Anglas, then in 1893 acquired her premises at 22 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. In 1897, she gave birth to her only daughter, Marguerite, who became her primary source of inspiration. In 1908, Jeanne Lanvin hit upon the new idea of children’s clothes. The following year, she opened the Young Ladies’ and Women’s department. That same year, she joined the Syndicat de la Couture, the designers’ union, and entered the closed world of French Fashion Houses. There followed a brides’ department, departments for lingerie and furs and, in the early 1920s, interior decoration and sport. In 1926, the entrepreneurial designer launched into men’s fashion. She also opened shops in Deauville, Biarritz, Barcelona, Buenos-Aires, Cannes, and Le Touquet… Inspired by the intense blue in frescoes by Fra Angelico, that same quattrocento blue became her favourite colour… In 1927, she celebrated her daughter Marguerite’s thirtieth birthday with the creation of the legendary perfume Arpège. The famous logo designed by Paul Iribe, depicting the couturière with Marguerite, is displayed on the round bottle created by Armand Rateau. The same logo is still featured on Lanvin creations to this day. Jeanne Lanvin used travel diaries, swatches of ethnic fabrics and a vast library of art books to feed her curiosity and inspire her to create fabrics, patterns and exclusive colours. Jeanne Lanvin represents artistry in materials, embroidery, topstitches, twists, spirals, cut-outs – all the virtuosity of the couturière’s craft. It is classical French perfection, with very 18th century style dresses – slender bust, low waist, ample skirt – contrasting with the tubular line of Art Deco with its black and white geometrical patterns, the profusion of ribbons, cristals, beads, and silk tassels. A capacity for hard work and an intuitive understanding of the modern world only partly explain the extraordinary success of this discreet woman. Alber Elbaz and the Palais Galliera invite you to an encounter with this great lady of haute couture, Jeanne Lanvin. Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris 10, Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, 75116 Paris Tél : 01 56 5 86 00

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TRAVEL "Sweden" Treehotel offers a unique hotel experience: treerooms with contemporary design in the middle of unspoiled nature. Here you can forget about the time constraints of everyday life, enjoy the serenity, and rejuvenate in a sophisticated yet familiar environment. Where is Treehotel? Treehotel is located in Harads, near the Lule river, about 100 kilometers from Luleå airport. The village has a population of about 600 and features a restaurant, shop and guest house. When you arrive at Treehotel, you check in at Britta’s Pensionat. Then it’s just a short stroll through the beautiful nature to your treeroom. The most striking part of Harads is its magnificent surroundings. From Treehotel’s rooms you get a fantastic view of the Lule River valley, miles of forest and the powerful river. At Treehotel in Harads you’ll have an unforgettable experience that starts with a friendly reception at Britta’s Pensionat before you’re guided to your treeroom. Each treeroom is a unique creation by Scandinavia’s leading architects. The modern design combined with the quiet of the forest creates an instant feeling of luxurious relaxation. As a guest you can enjoy all meals at Britta’s Pensionat served by your hosts Kent and Britta in a genuine 1930’s-1950’s setting. The warm and cozy atmosphere at Britta’s, combined with the treerooms’ contemporary design, creates an entirely unique dimension for you as a Treehotel guest. For guests who prefer privacy, meals can of course be delivered to your treeroom. A weekend at Treehotel offers a variety of both summer and winter activities. But many guests choose to simply enjoy the quiet, timelessness and harmony that are found in the tree and surroundings. A good book, a magical view and stylish accommodation are enough to create the feeling Treehotel is all about. Treehotel is built on the genuine experience of nature, so it’s a given that sustainability and ecological values are two pillars of our hotel operation. We build our treerooms in the natural forest while hardly affecting the surroundings. We choose material and construction techniques that make as little environmental impact as possible. We build on live trees without destroying the tree and we do not chop down any trees or damage nature while building. Mostly we use local construction companies. We have chosen an eco outdoor wood floor, which doesn´t contain any chemical substances. The wood is heated to over 200 degrees, which triggers their intrinsic resistance to protect against destruction. The treerooms all have good insulation and are warmed up by underfloor heating. The electricity is supplied locally from green hydroelectric power. And the lighting consists of low-energy LED-systems. Daily operations have minimal impact on nature as well. The treerooms have no sewage system and when cleaning, we always use eco-friendly products. Each room has a modern, environmentally friendly combustion toilet where everything is incinerated at 600 °C. The toilets are completely odourless and powered by electricity. The Mirrorcube, on the other hand, has a freezing-toilet, also electrically powered and completely odourless. In winter, it also contributes to heating. Bathrooms have water-efficient sinks with running water sufficient for washing hands, face and brushing teeth. All wastewater is collected in a container that is emptied daily. Showers are located in a separate building. We do hope that you, as our guest, appreciate our sustainability work, even if it does make your accommodation a bit simpler. While we want to have our hotel in the middle of nature, we want to do it on nature’s terms. Treehotel/Brittas Pensionat Edeforsväg 2 A 960 24 Harads Sweden

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DESIGN must have for boys & girls MYTHIC MOLE - PANO 1871 & PINK GOLD DAUPHINE LIP watches PRISCA BRIQUET, MYTHIC / 2009 With the Mythic she chose to make three dials turning under a fix hand! Lines are simple and sober because the turning dials are the center of attention. That is why only the dials are round. All other lines of the watch are straight or perpendicula PANO 1871 NUMBERED LIMITED SERIE - LIP / COMMUNE DE PARIS 1871 The name of this collection is "Courage and Liberty", Commune de Paris'value. It offers 4 itemisations of the historical Lip model Panoramic and new version of the Himalaya, designed in 1954 by Fred Lip. A refined design enhanced by their mother of pearl casings. The strap are made of thick woven nylon. In blue, red and balck of course ! A red tip at the end of the hands enlightens the khaki, more sober version, version. LIP History In 1807, the Jewish community of Besançon offered a mechanical watch (montre à gousset) to Napoleon. Sixty years later, Emmanuel Lipman and his sons founded a clockwork workshop under the name of Comptoir Lipmann. In 1893 it became the Société Anonyme d'Horlogerie Lipmann Frères (Lipmann Brothers Clock Factory). The firm launched the Lip stopwatch in 1896. Thereafter Lip became the brand of the company. They built around 2,500 pieces a year. The company launched the first electronic watch in 1952, called "Electronic" (it was not electric because of the presence of a diode). The first models were worn by Charles de Gaulle and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower; in 1948, a T18 was offered to Winston Churchill. However, in the 1960s, this highly specialized company began to have financial troubles. Fred Lipmann brought the company public in 1967, and Ebauches S.A. (subsidiary of ASUAG, a large Swiss consortium which later became Swatch) took 33% of the shares. Meanwhile, workers started organizing to improve labor conditions. This proved difficult. Charles Piaget, the son of a clockwork artisan, who had entered the factory in 1946 as a skilled worker, became a representative of the Confédération Française des Travailleurs Chrétiens (CFTC, French Confederation of Christian Workers) trade union. He later recalled that during national strikes, only 30 or 40 workers at LIP out of a total of 1200 would go on strike. Those who did strike were listed by the management and called in to explain themselves. Semi-skilled workers on the assembly line were not allowed to talk or move more than 25 centimeters (less than ten inches) during their shifts. In 1964, the CFTC became the CFDT, a secular trade union. Piaget participated in some meetings of the ACO (Action Catholique Ouvrière, Workers' Catholic Action), and then joined the Union de la gauche socialiste (UGS, Union of the Socialist Left) during the Algerian War (1954–62). The UGS later merged with other organizations to form the Unified Socialist Party (PSU), which included Pierre Mendès-France, a popular left-wing figure who had been President of the Council during the Fourth Republic. During the nationwide unrest of May 1968, the workers at LIP voted to join the general strike. Fred Lip tried to smooth down the growing discontent. He spoke to the union workers of taylorism (scientific management), and proposed to increase the number of representatives on the comité d'entreprise (works council, the workers' representation in the factory), in order to have younger representatives. Although this was illegal, the union workers agreed, and elections were organized. Although Fred Lip had believed this would allow him more control of the workers, in less than a year all the young representatives joined the CFTC.Fred Lip then submitted a proposal to the inspection du travail (government labor inspection office) which would eliminate all of the sector of the company to which most of the union workers belonged,[2] including Charles Piaget. However, he offered Piaget a promotion, naming him head of the workshop. For the next year, the workers blocked attempts to eliminate the department, opposing those who tried to move the machines out of the factory. However, Ebauches became the biggest shareholder in 1970, taking control of 43% of the stock. Ebauches then fired 1,300 workers. The next year, the board of directors forced Fred Lip to resign, replacing him with Jacques Saint-Esprit. LIP built the first French quartz watches in 1973, but had to face increasing competition from the United States and Japan. The firm was forced to start liquidation formalities on April 17, 1973, leading Jacques Saint-Esprit to resign on the same day. In the following weeks, the struggles at the LIP factory drew a national audience, thus beginning one of the emblematic social conflicts of the era after May 1968. The conflict was to last several years. shop on line at: www.lip.fr

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FASHION & ARCHITECTURE if you live in a designed house by Oscar Niemeyer you will certainly be wearing the fall 2015 KENZO or MANISH ARORA collections...... These two collections might not so easy to wear in the everyday life, but they are full of colors, fun and joy & what else do we need in winter?

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FASHION & Movies If we had to draw a parallel between a movie and a collection it would be in between THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR and the fall 2015 PRADA collection....... The Thomas Crown Affair is a 1968 film directed and produced by Norman Jewison starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning Best Original Song for Michel Legrand's "Windmills of Your Mind".

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DESIGN "Italy" OLIVETTI SHOWROOM IN ST. MARK’S SQUARE One of the wonderful creations of Carlo Scarpa in Venice: the Olivetti store in St. Mark Square. Under the arcades of St Mark’s Square you find the Olivetti Showroom, designed by Carlo Scarpa in 1957-58 it’s one of the most remarkable examples of the XX century Italian architecture. Recently restored, the Showroom has been entrusted to FAI, the Italian Environmental Foundation, which has finally opened it to the public again. In the late 1950s Carlo Scarpa was commissioned by Andrea Olivetti to create a splendid and modern showcase for the typewriters and calculators produced in the famous company of Ivrea. It resulted this jewel of architecture. In 1997 Olivetti closed its prestigious store and the following year a souvenir shop was opened here until 2011, when the FAI obtained his concession and re-opened the bulding to the public giving the opportunity to admire his beauty once again. Today, the masterpiece of Carlo Scarpa is a museum for itself. The genius of the architect is reflected in each part of the building: the use of the spaces, the attention to interior transparencies, the central stairs that seems to float in the empty space, the coloured mosaic tiles on the floor and so on. Another significant feature of the Olivetti Showroom is a large sculpture, “Nudo al Sole”by Alberto Viani, near the front entrance. To admire inside the Showroom also a precious collection of ancient typewriters and calculators which has been given to Fai by Olivetti and has permitted to restore the original function of the recognized historical building defined as ‘one of the brightest pages in twentieth-century Italian architecture’.

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MUSIC HOT DREAMS by the incomparable canadian band TIMBER TEMBER is the album to listen in september........ Hot Dreams caches the hollow grey tones of Timber Timbre (2009), and the angular doo-wop haunt of Polaris Music Prize Short Listed Creep On Creepin' On (2011) in smoothed, viscous tonality: new sonic admissions, chiming sensuality and caprice, neon and haze. Hot Dreams, Taylor Kirk's third full length for Arts & Crafts, is Timber Timbre from its most vivid cinematic vantage. Kirk and collaborator Simon Trottier daub vibrant colour across the band's ever-evolving palette, connecting arid western to plodding horror with the pomp of Hollywood phantasm.

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DESIGN 2 iconic objects from GAMFRATESI DESIGN STUDIO: NUBO treasure desk & FRAGA table GamFratesi’s design takes its creative drive from a fusion of tradition and renewal and in an experimental approach to their chosen materials and techniques. With their dual traditional background, Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi draw on the classic Danish furniture and craft tradition as well as the classic Italian intellectual and conceptual approach. Understanding a tradition and addressing it actively in the workshop makes it possible to expand on it. From this cross-cultural substrate they create furniture that respectfully reflects tradition while also featuring unique embedded stories, symbols and associations, often expressed in a minimalist idiom. GamFratesi aim to create furniture that illustrates the process and the techniques that created it, and which reflect a persistent exploration of the diverse border zone between harmony and disharmony. Gamfratesi studio was founded in 2006 by danish architect Stine Gam and italian architect Enrico Fratesi. the studio is based in Copenhagen, though Gam and Fratesi are continuously travelling between Italy and Denmark for development and research of new projects. Nubo manufactured by Ligne Roset // 2013 Nubo, the simple space-saving wall shelf metamorphoses into a treasure box, evocative of a suitcase with its bar of soap-like lines – like the Air France blue fabric travelling case of the 1960s: its rounded cloud shape and its luminous yet warm association of natural oak and sky blue wool fabric also fall into the same vintage Scandinavian register. Its modesty of purpose (a space-saving little occasional desk for mini laptop or tablet) is ennobled by its functional and aesthetic treatment which recalls the luxurious sea chests used for the voyages of yesteryear or the folding furniture used on military campaigns (Napoleon). Such themes as are beloved of Louis Vuitton and Hermès, for example. A decorative wall-mounted element which takes up little space (depth 14 cm), Nubo offers, when open, a functional work surface equipped with a cable slit and a retaining bar for documents. FRAGA Manufactured by Ligne Roset // 2014 Fraga is a combination of a table and a pouf, hence its unusual name. With the Fraga, we have not only made an effort to combine the functions of a table and a pouf, but also to combine soft and hard surfaces. In that way, they mirrors our different moods, because sometimes we’re relaxed and sometimes we’re more concentrated. No matter what your state of mind is, it’s possible to find use for this hybrid. The contrast in the combination of materials strengthen the intuitive sense of function, where the tray has the traditional function of a coffeetable, where to put a glas and a cup of coffee etc. The edges of the tray will protect the upholstery. The upholstered surface is indicated to use for support as well; for a computer, a mobilephone or putting up the feet - where a softer support is pleasant. The corners are rounded in a friendly shape easy to place close to the sofa. The pouf allows to be combined with various sofas by personalizing the textile. The legs are in stained wood. The tray can be removed for cleaning, as the fabric of the pouf is removable

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