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[July 31 2015] : Love

A Summer Party To Remember
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A Summer Party To Remember

Summer pool parties are all the rage here in L.A. from Beverly Hills all the way up to Malibu. If you are not invited, no biggie as you will see it all on the Internet within seconds. “We are having a wonderful time and you are NOT here,” will be the message.

Back in the day, during the seventies, 1977 to be exact, I went to two or three pool parties every weekend. One warm summer day, my friend John Rockwell invited me to a party at this amazing mansion on Benidict Canyon in Beverly Hills. The mansion sat right directly behind The Beverly Hills Hotel.

There were all these people there who looked like there were... Read More

Text and photo Brad Elterman

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— Travel F/W 2014 issue 1

Eileen Gray’s e.1027 house, 1929 _ (before renovation) _ Roquebrune- Cap-Martin _ France

text by PETER LYLE
photography by OLIVIER AMSELLEM


The great Irish designer and architect Eileen Gray spent her life creating for the now; when she died in 1976 at the age of 98, she was enthusiastically working on a new kind of table. From first to last, Gray had been concerned with making beautiful and useful things for real people, rather than constructing monuments to her own excellence. She’d devoted her working days to mastering difficult materials and rarefied techniques, such as Japanese urushi lacquering. But Gray’s lack of interest in promoting her reputation during her lifetime almost led to her work and life disappearing from view after her death. For years, she was remembered only by a select group of design aficionados. That all changed when one of her Dragon Chairs sold for €21 million at a 2009 auction of Yves Saint Laurent’s personal collection, a record for a piece of 20th-century decorative art.

Other things take longer to turn around, though. Ninety years have passed since Gray began work on e.1027, the house she designed and built on a beautiful stretch of the rocky cliffs of Cap Martin, near the town of Roquebrune, between Menton and Monaco. The name and design were a coded tribute to her then-partner, the architectural journalist Jean Badovici, to whom she gave the house after they split (Badovici was just one of several influential lovers, male and female, who shaped Gray’s life and designs). Badovici died young, and his friend Le Corbusier, who loved the house, moved in, first painting the walls with his murals, then building his own structures all around it. In the process, he totally changed the delicate, subtle relationship that e.1027’s design had with the natural landscape and the shifting light of each day. Le Corbusier died on the beach below the house, and the condition of e.1027 only got worse in the years that followed.

But for more than a decade now, Eileen Gray acolytes have been gradually restoring her house, and recently, the furniture retailer Zeev Aram donated Gray-approved replicas of her designs to the house for the filming of a new biopic, The Price of Desire. The day when design pilgrims can visit this concise architectural classic finally seems near. Until then, we should perhaps just be grateful that the destination didn’t disappear altogether from our dreams and our world.


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[July 30 2015] : Fashion

Exclusive: Kirsten Owen at her house in 2001 in Surrey, England
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Exclusive: Kirsten Owen at her house in 2001 in Surrey, England

In 2001 I did a personal unpublished project with model and friend Kirsten Owen at her house in Surrey, documenting her wearing every bit of ‘free’ clothing she had ever been given. Whether from a designer as a gift and payment for doing a show, from friends such as Stella Tennant, or from her mother who weaves and makes clothes, she had been given so much that it formed the basis of her style. Kirsten always dressed the same, then and now, very Kirsten, a unique art and crafts style combined with highly covetable vintage pieces from Helmut Lang and Marc Jacobs and Yohji Yamamoto, to name a few. I guess in a way this is a biographical fashion story.

Text and photo Paulo Sutch

[July 30 2015] : Art

Douglas Gordon and Tobias Rehberger’s show “After the After” is now on view at MACE, Ibiza

Douglas Gordon and Tobias Rehberger’s show “After the After” is now on view at MACE, Ibiza

Douglas Gordon and Tobias Rehberger’s  Study for “Sébastien Lifshitz, Presque Rien, 2000, (2015) on show at the “After the After” exhibition on view until October 4th at the Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa (MACE), Ibiza.

[July 29 2015] : Sex

Alexandra Marzella in New York
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Alexandra Marzella in New York

Photo Natalia Mantini and style Miyako Bellizzi

Purple News

You can now donate to Chloë Sevigny’s new film Slow Machine, a screwball thriller about performance and surveillance, on Kickstarter. Click here to find out more