Bow ties by Charles Olive: brilliant!
“The Col du Tourmalet is the most notoriously tough of all the stages of the Tour de France, taking riders up to nearly 7,000 feet above sea level in some of the steepest and most severe elevations in competitive road cycling. For this reason alone it is legendary among cycling enthusiasts and remains one of the most traversed stages of the Tour – steeped in the kind of history that provokes reverence from even the most casual cycle fan.
Enough of the bike geekery though, more relevant to us is the striking beauty of the scenery in the surrounding area and Mark Leary’s exceptional ability to capture it alongside the fervour of the crowds. A life-long Tour fan, Mark’s been looking for an excuse to photograph it for years. No big deal, loads of people have – but Mark differs from his peers in his choice of hardware, two Ebony field cameras that function using plates instead of film.
Using this antiquated technique Mark has captured the Tourmalet in its most vibrant rendering yet, using the long exposure times of the camera as an excuse to step back from the fast-paced action below and offer up striking panoramas of the Pyrenees in all their resplendent glory. This is the first time that Mark’s taken his field cameras to France, but he’s all set to return next year to track the whole Tour and celebrate its centenary. If these stunning preliminary shots are anything to go by, the results are going to be exceptional.”
“Us Brits are often contrasted unfavourably with our continental counterparts as regards our cafe culture, but illustrator Eleanor Crow has shown that east London has an eatery scene to be proud of. She has lovingly drawn the diverse array of establishments – from tea shops to snack bars – in this part of the world and imbued each with a real sense of character reflecting their individual identities. And with some great lettering on display it’s a particular treat for anyone of a design bent, as well as anyone who respects a decent cup of tea.”
“The series Plucked is an investigation into the duality of the home, urban alienation, social segregation and human relationships. This duality of the home extends further, adding layers to the series, incorporating the ethics of both social documentary and staged photography, as well as the possible cognitive dissonant experience of the viewer. This dissonance was built around notions of ambiguity and the uncanny.”
“The good folks over at Freunde von Freunden have a terrific knack for picking out some of our favourite creative talent and grilling them on their life, loves, hopes and dreams as well as offering a comprehensive look at their living quarters. It’s intoxicating stuff for anyone with an inquisitive eye or a love of the world’s artistes (yeah, that’s right, artistes).
In one of their latest profiles they get up close and personal with illustrative wünderkind Théo Gennitsakis, creator of some of the sexiest work around. We’ve had something of a crush on Théo ever since we featured his work earlier in the year, and this photographic feature just confirms our suspicions; he’s a handsome devil living in an exceptional flat. Much tidier than we expected though, if we’re honest.”
“Finding the right formula for a successful franchise
Victor Russo is an enthusiastic young Italian entrepreneur, who from early on in his life had a passion for Italian cuisine. Now he wants to start an Italian osteria franchise.
Victor Russo believes it’s time that the Netherlands becomes acquainted with the real and honest Italian cuisine from an accessible, slow-food based, osteria formula. Besides the existing shop and wholesale, the first osteria has been opened in the city centre of Leiden. But how can Russo’s, as the formula will be called, be characterized?
Russo’s is characterized by his own perky and personal style. The food as well as the wine comes from passionate, young Italian entrepreneurs. Not only the dishes are unique but also the design of the menu itself. The biggest challenge was to let the Dutch public experience this concept the way a native Italian would experience it. It’s about finding a way to communicate with the guests’ taste buds, the starting point being created by the flavors of the wines and carefully selected ingredients.
In Russo’s Osteria taste sensations are experienced and shared. Accurate imagination through visual accuracy. The flavors of the traditional products are the main characters of the story, each with their own biography. The Gorgonzola Picante, for example, a cow with snake-like traits, is the story of a local producer, told by Victor Russo and mastered by the dinner guests. The basis of the brand identity lies in the taste.
A sense of ornamental symbolism has been built into the design. The representations, using 18th-century engravings, remind us of the fruit and vegetable portraits of the 16th-century Italian painter Arcimboldo. These representations of taste are being used as key visuals for Russo’s.
The added value
The central logo affirms the representation. In the translation to the franchise formula the symbolism is consistent. In the naming of the individual trattorias an endorsement structure is developed, in which the nomenclature follows from the concept of ‘il traversare nei Gusti’, for example: ‘Di Gusti in Gusti – Osteria della Victor Russo’, ‘Stoccagio di Storia – Osteria della Victor Russo’, and so on.”
More on the project, here.