17 September 2009

Design And Product


Designs by Alexandra Zaharova & Ilya Plotnikov
L'Officiel Magazine
July/August 2009

Whilst fashion is undeniably an art in its own right, I have always been fascinated by the creations one happens to find where the lines begin to blur. Just as painting may on some occasions seek the fluidity of sketching, fashion may often seek the structure of architecture and sculpture. Where one art ends and another begins is most often down to individual interpretation. A dress may be sculpted like a beautiful marble statue of the human form, in both cases carefully following the curves and contours of the body. Similarly just as a building is constructed from its foundations and frame, the bodice to a garment must be boned, creating that skeletal form of structure.

The assembly of an artistic creation is a beautiful thing to behold, whether it be the patterns of a dress cut and sewn together or the parts of a car engine carefully given life in a complex mechanical unison. I often myself watching documentaries about the industrial processes involved in the design and creation of ostensibly insignificant objects such as tube lights, rubber tires, radiators, steam valves - the list is quite honestly endless. There is a sense of beauty in the machines that make the objects, in the individual stages of production, in the carefully drawn out lines of mechanical and hand production, and most importantly the finished objects themselves. Some may see the majority of everyday objects as somewhat less than inspiring, and yet design is always something on my mind. I can find myself in awe of the design of a latch mechanism, just as I may find myself in awe of the design of a jacket or piece of furniture.

What I find so wonderful about the editorial above is not simply the artistic nature of the outfits created from card, but the very bends and curves of the card and paper itself. Looking at the neat lines and gentle curves, I can not help but imagine the production of such designs. By looks I suppose comparisons to architecture are inevitable, with sculpture made for wearing resembling sculpture made for living in. Indeed I thought I would share some of the designs shortlisted for the 2008 House of the Year Award, if only for the appreciation of their beauty.

Trifurcation, Kanagawa, Japan
Shigeru Kuwahara Architects

IJburg House, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Marc Koehler Architects

Buisson Residence, Lake Anna, Virginia, US
Robert M. Gurney

Boukyo, Sapporo, Japan
Nakayama Architects

46 comments:

  1. Wow. Those are all incredible photos. Thanks for sharing those with us. I hope you are having a good day.

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  2. wow, I am so intrigued! These are absolutely stunning!

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  3. Good design is good design. Period. And they make me so happy.

    The fashion editorials are simply breathtaking. And I'd love to live in any of those beautiful homes...

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  4. This is amazing!
    I can't believe the model looks so natural in it!

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  5. The editorial looks fantastic. The boxed in designs remind me of polly pockets where you have to click on their clothes.

    Love the Japanese house, the play of light is so beautiful!

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  6. wow! I reallky like those dresses, but even more I like those houses adn appartements..!!! I would so almost anything if I oculd live in one of those... *I´ll keep on dreaming* :P
    xxx

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  7. uber chic!!! they are amazingggg!!!

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  8. what a great comparison....these garments do evoke an architectural feeling!

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  9. great photos. love the architectural bowtie. :)

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  10. omg! the designs by Alexandra Zaharova & Ilya Plotnikov are fantastic!!!! uber chic

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  11. Gorgeous photos! It kind of makes me want to wear a fabulous paper dress. :)
    It's awesome the kind of materials designers can use these days to create fashion. I went to a fashion show last year where designers created outfits made of candy wrappers, garbage bags, potato sacks, tires, etc. All sorts of cool things!
    And I love eclectic modern houses too. :)

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  12. what a wonderful post ... xoxo

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  14. love d designs by Alexandra Zaharova & Ilya Plotnikov :o]

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  15. Interesting constructions on both accounts. Love the interiors though.

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  16. such clean lines..unike my room.

    Thanks for the note..guess I wanted there to be a hint of suspense there. Perhaps.

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  17. These were great! So interesting.

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  18. Geometric Architecture meets the Fashion Circuit.

    SO COOL =)

    PS: The necklace is a borrowed piece from, who else? My Grandmother. ;)




    x, thanks!!

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  19. So in love with this post! I really love the photos!

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  20. dude love the fashion photographs and the house! thats exactly how i imagine my future house to be like. and i cant believe youre listening to kid cudi right now cause so am i. i absolutely love him. i neva heard of that song but im in love with soundtrack 2 my life. fooorreals

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  21. FABULOUS
    i might even say this is way more attention grabbing than a lot of clothing!!! the structure, omg and the volume, the sculpture of each outfit is so seamless!! way too good! do you know if officiel magazine is available in the US? I really want to get my hands on a copy of this!
    xxx


    AlphaBetaChic.blogspot.com

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  22. Thank you dear... or Syed =)
    Oh the first pictures are so freakin cool !
    Have a great friday

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  23. Love the white with black accents collection at the start and all that architecture is AMAZING!! Especially love the 1st interior... if only...! And do you know if the designs by Alexandra Zaharova & Ilya Plotnikov are actually made out of material or is it more like "sculpture as clothing"? if you get where I'm coming from. Whatever the case it's all fantastic

    Thanks for sharing DK
    xxx

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  24. Are those collections made of paper or cardboard ?? They so so creative and amazing !!

    Plus I want to live in the last house up for the awards/ All the natural light coming in,beautiful !

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  25. YOU DID NOT JUST DO THAT TO ME!!!
    I THINK JUST DIED AND WENT TO HEAVEN.......... amazing!

    these pieces are so gorgeous!!

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  26. i love editorials where fashion is treated as art .

    some people look at something like this and would be like who would wear this ? its so odd. ? these people dont see that fashion is an artform .

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  27. the homes look so nice and the picture are pretty and beautiful i like the one with the bow it sort remind me of tim burton ( i know i'm lame!)

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  28. Lovely, the lines are just stunning.

    I think that's part of what makes fashion so fascinating. It is one of the only art forms that can be considered art but is also functional and accessible.

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  29. Fantastic post DK, love the spaces, forms & all goodness...
    xo*

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  30. woah these are so weird, but in a good way. i love them.

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  31. Fabulous pixs.. its amazing how art can take so many forms and create such beautiful pieces. It never fails to blow me away. thanks for sharing them!

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  32. That editorial is unreal! I cannot fathom the hours of construction of those pieces. Amazing.

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  33. I love how geometric these are! Blurring the lines between disciplines is always good in my book.

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  34. Hiya !
    All the photos are fabulous and i loved the architectural part ...

    jollieeess:-)

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  35. Wow, these dresses are absolutely amazing. I can only imagine the process of creating them! The interaction between fashion, architecture and other forms of art is such an interesting subject...


    Xx
    RAWR

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  36. Wow, these dresses are absolutely amazing. I can only imagine the process of creating them! The interaction between fashion, architecture and other forms of art is such an interesting subject...


    Xx
    RAWR

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  37. now I've realised how hard it was for model that shooting ^.^
    kisses

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  38. oh wow, what a genius mind of him
    to design and create this collection!
    incredible!

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  39. Very nice indeed! Love it all - so sleek and futuristic!

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