‘This new approach might be too extreme for jewellery.’

Rem Koolhaas and Gaia Repossi on bringing revolution to Place Vendôme.

By Jonathan Wingfield
Portraits by Willy Vanderperre

 

Gaia Repossi has made a name for herself contravening established models of design and retail, eschewing the baroque embellishment of traditional haute joaillerie and its stores. It’s a way of working that has seen her work closely with similarly-minded creatives and businessmen, such as Adrian Joffe with installations in the equally idiosyncratic Dover Street Market to launch collections.

As the latest of these collections launches in Dover Street Market London
 this week, it seems apt to reflect on Repossi
’s revolutionary practice, among them the collaboration with architect Rem Koolhaas
, with whom she worked to redesign the brand’s flagship Paris store.

Read the conversation between Gaia Repossi, and Rem Koolhaas and OMA partner Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli in our archive.

20/02/17

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Face à face

Common thread

By Nataša Čagalj, Ports 1961

Face à face – Common thread with Nataša Čagalj, Ports 1961

Face à face – Common thread with Nataša Čagalj, Ports 1961

Trusting instincts. Thinking on your feet.
Meaningful coincidences.
The charm of the mundane.

15/02/17

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‘Do you find beauty in horror?’

Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Christian Dior Make-up, meets The Queen of Art-Gore, Cindy Sherman.

By Jerry Stafford
Photographs by Nikolas Koenig

 

Cindy Sherman’s studio, Greenwich Street, New York City.

An early Cindy Sherman contact sheet, featuring the artist’s first recorded attempt at transformation through make-up.

Cindy Sherman’s studio, Greenwich Street, New York City.

Peter Philips’ first lip brush and one of his first eyeshadow palettes, the Dior 5 Couleurs palette.

Cindy Sherman’s studio, Greenwich Street, New York City.

Pages from Peter Philips’ personal scrapbooks

Cindy Sherman’s studio, Greenwich Street, New York City.

Pages from Peter Philips’ personal scrapbooks


 
Using costumes and make-up to transform her identity, abstracting the image to such an extent that the human ‘subject’ is completely effaced, artist Cindy Sherman, is perhaps one of the most recognised names in the art world – and yet one of the least recognised faces.

With make-up as one of her primary tools, Sherman’s oeuvre is not dissimilar to the practice of make-up artist, and Creative Director of Christian Dior cosmetics, Peter Philips. System brought the two together to discuss their work, and transformative power of their preferred media.

Read the full interview in our archive.

13/02/17

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Face à face

Memory at play

By Marie Chaix

Face à face – Memory at play with Marie Chaix

An image I had on my wall as a young girl.
I remember loving the smile and the flowers.

Face à face – Memory at play with Marie Chaix

An image I produced almost 25 years later.
I always wonder about the influence your childhood memories have on the work you do as an adult – whether conscious of it or not.

08/02/17

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