PLATEA

    DESIGN

    The Lovegrove DNA

    Contemporary minimalism owes its prominence to Ross Lovegrove, the visionary force behind the so-called DNA formula: Design, Nature, Art. It’s difficult to write about someone so intricately engrained in our material and intellectual culture. The rules of organic design call for omission of anything extraneous to pure functionality. What is there to know about a person, beyond the résumé?! Preparing to spend a morning with Lovegrove talking about life and

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    ART & CULTURE

    David Smith: Aesthetics, the Artist and the Audience

    The below text of a speech, given by American sculptor David Smith (1906-1965) at Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1952, is taken from “Art in Theory: 1900-2000 : An Anthology of Changing Ideas (New edition)”, ed. Charles Harrison and Paul Wood (Blackwell Publishing, 2003), 586. I wish to present my conclusions first and start my presentation backward. Time is a new dimension in sculpture, and since I don’t accent bulkmass and prefer

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    FASHION / PHOTOGRAPHY

    PLATEA FASHION PRODUCTION 01

    Fashion editorial photographed by Ruben Jacob Fees and edited by Dogukan Nesanir for PLATĒA ISSUE 03 WINTER 16/17. Styling assistant David Kele. Featuring Raf Kacunic from GIRLS CLUB Management. Hair & Make-up by Adiam Habtezion using Sisley Paris and Shu Uemura.

    MUSIC

    LAPALUX: I think about music in a very visual way

    Approximately thirty seconds into the music video for his 2013 breakout track “Without You”, you’ll realise there’s more to Lapalux’s world than making mere club sounds. The video (you’ll remember if you’ve seen it, and if you haven’t, you must) is an eerie, fetish-tinged tale of lust, tragedy and alienation, your not-so-typical love story gone wrong complete with a dancing man in a latex suit. With its rich cinematic direction

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    FASHION / PHOTOGRAPHY

    PLATEA FASHION PRODUCTION 02

    PLATEA FASHION PRODUCTION 02 photographed by Magnus Lecher and edited by Gina D. P. Pieper for our latest ISSUE 03 WINTER 16/17. Hair & Make-up by Alexander Hofmann using Chanel and Iles Formula. Photography assistance by Paul Lackner. Digital operator Michael Wong. Featuring Raphael from Wiener Models, Jan from Kultmodels, and Harjeet from TIGERS Mgmt. Creative direction by Daily Dialogue.

    ART & CULTURE / FASHION

    FASHION FOR ART

    Patronage in the art world isn’t something that just appeared a few years ago. A couple of centuries back, there were already places in Europe where wealthy and noble families funded artists and creatives. In the Italian Renaissance between the 15th and 18th centuries, rich clans such as the Medici family in Florence or the Torlonia family in Rome engaged painters, writers and architects like Michelangelo, Pico della Mirandola, Angelo

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    ART & CULTURE

    Kokoschka Revival: Pushing Theatre’s Inner Limits

    Kokoschka Revival is an acting company based in Milan who explores the theatre’s limits by provoking the tradition of the stage. As an open collective, the company rather boldly investigate the notion of control and lack of control, letting the members’ trust reach unknown reserves – in order to outdo the ephemeral insecurity of the theatre. Few years ago I got invited to crash a house party in a narrow

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    FASHION / PHOTOGRAPHY

    What Would You Do

    Fashion editorial created by photographer Magnus Lechner for PLATEA. Styling by Yvonne Wigger. Hair & Make-up by Alexander Hofmann c/o Uschi Rabe using Iles Formula and Chanel. Photography assistance by Florian Lankes. Featuring Kristin from Pars Management.                  

    FASHION

    IT’S TIME FOR A FASHION REVOLUTION

    When a clothes factory in Bangladesh collapsed in 2013, killing over a thousand workers, the fashion industry needed solutions fast. Three years on, the Fashion Revolution movement is harnessing the power of social media and academic institutions to change things from the inside. Platea spoke to its creators, Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro. Like the food industry 20 years ago, fashion has reached the point of revolt. The convenience

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    PHOTOGRAPHY

    ANNIQUE DELPHINE: ABUNDANCE

    Annique Delphine’s work explores the ins and outs of feminism, the complexity of sexuality, desirability and thus the idea of appetite and the way it works to construct female identity. Clearly playing into the discussion around feminism and the movements following, her work is extremely relevant today to the point where artistry meets pop-cultural trends and views. Her latest series ABUNDANCE consists of large scale photographs depicting floral landscapes trifled

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    ART & CULTURE / DESIGN / FASHION

    Interview with Carla Sozzani

    Carla Sozzani changed the art and fashion scene as an Italian gallerist by creating 10 Corso Como in Milan 25 years ago, the first concept store in history. After working as a fashion editor for Vogue Italy and launching the Italian Elle magazine, she quit her job to focus on the arts. She had the vision of a “living magazine”– bringing together a bookshop, a gallery, a café, an exquisite

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    MUSIC

    DOOXS – Under My Tongue

    Dutch electronic duo DOOXS releases their new EP “Under My Tongue” today via OO Records. The duo was formed only last year by singer and songwriter Djoeke and producer Aniek and has already caught the attention of music journalists and tastemakers, won the Rotterdam music prize Grote Prijs van Rotterdam 2016, and played the prestigious Eurosonic Noorderslag (Aurora, Dua Lipa, Nao, Mura Masa) as well as Metropolis Festival (Vince Staples,

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    MUSIC

    Àlden Records

    Jason and Maurice are a beguiling pair. Calm, collected, handsome and confident, they’ve been friends since kindergarten and are now collaborators with their own baby – Àlden Records. Practically brothers since playground days, they’ve found themselves playing and learning together over the decades across a melange of different environments. More often than not they’re hundreds of kilometres apart, but still adjoined creatively even after 26 years. They are very different

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    DESIGN

    Portrait of CRAY COLLECTIVE: FUNCTIONAL FAMILY

    When you are growing up, the concept of “fun” might turn into a nostalgic childhood memory, an insignificant hobby or an empty illusion. The six talented designers behind the Stockholm based Cray Collective, make a strong case against this claim. For them, “fun” is their reason for existence. Amandah Andersson, Andreas Frienholt, Amanda Karsberg, Dennis Graben, Lisa Berkert Wallard and Lotta Lampa found their creative other halves in each other

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