Arguably, the two most fetishized design traditions are those of Scandinavia and Japan – both cherished for their stylish minimalism, humble luxury, and utmost craftsmanship. But although far removed from one another geographically, the two countries have more shared design history than you might think – and thanks to a new exhibition, we’ve come to understand it better. “Learning from Japan,” currently on display at the Danish Design Museum, charts the specific influence of Japan on Danish artistic culture through art, design, architecture. Japan’s rich symbolic universe, including insects, patterns, and the mythical “wabi-sabi” aesthetic philosophy of imperfection have had fundamental influence on Danish modernism – in fact, constitutes one of its fundamental cornerstones. Dive into the museum’s sizable collection of Japanese art – including some seriously stunning woodcuts –as well as graphic works and ceramics. A perfect pallet-cleanser for the folkloric Nordic Christmas, in which stylishness can sometimes be hard to spot.
Working between Copenhagen and Greenland, Bibi Chemnitz has pioneered a design identity for the people of the world’s biggest island, and given a unique creative voice to a community often neglected in the mainstream political conversation. As she continues to grow her vision of political streetwear internationally, we caught up with the designer and her partner David Røgilds – discussing Arctic summers, cultural heritage, and how to make it at Paris Fashion Week.
As the year comes to a close, you drop any diet plans, and you begin your arduous journey to the rural s**t-hole of a town you grew up in, it’s a great time to reflect on the year we’ve – miraculously – survived. 2018 will probably be remembered more for the year that Trump went full psycho, massive and global climate change crises, the racist rant of Dolce & Gabbana, and a never-arriving Brexit; but even so, music has been playing throughout. Our favorite artists provide the melodic backdrop and soundtrack to all the BS we’re facing everyday – they inspire change, fun, and survival. 2018 offered sensual moments of pure pop, visionary avant-garde, hedonist fun – and, oh, CARDI B. What was playing in the DANSK offices, you’re wondering? We’ll tell you! Here, we invite you into our musical catalog as you dive even deeper into your mother’s candy supply and strategize a full-scale revolution (next year).
How does a beauty brand take over the fashion world? Contrary to what you might think, high-profile fashion week sponsorships and celebrity endorsements are not the only thing that grabs the attention of the industry– particular when its members prioritize quality, style, and aesthetic sensibility. Aesop embodies all of these elusive qualities, and in the last decade, the Australian beauty company has slowly taken over as the treasured label of the creative industry. From their lush body soaps and face serums, to their cheeky “post-poo”-drops and truly luxurious animal shampoo, Aesop is a total aesthetic solution to the maintenance of your body. Add to this an subtle design profile, a slow growth model and a long-standing love affair with next-level interior architecture, and you’ve got a real recipe of success. But how did a small beauty range launched by a Melbourne hairdresser in the late 80s become a global sensation? We sat down with Suzanne Santos, the brand’s general manager who has been overseeing its steady growth since the very beginning.
Persian rugs are so passé – as are cowhides, Berber, and Plush. In the 2019 villa of the true sartorialist, the concrete floors will be covered not in intricately crafted weaving techniques, but robes, garments and textiles. Patchwork is back, bringing with it its erratic, idiosyncratic sensibility, where old and new conjoin in surprising, amusing ways. What feels soothingly 70s is actually very eco-future: overtly recycling left-over textiles to reduce waste from the garment industry, and making a point while doing it. Ever the pioneer, it’s of course our friends at Acne Studios who most recently presented their take on medley interiors. Riffing off their own range of products that have them a stable in every Scandi’s home, their limited edition interiors line features their beloved scarves – the Kelow, the Cassiar – interconnected to form blankets and pillowcases. Already immensely popular since launching last week, the collection is almost sold out already – so hurry up if you want a slice of Acne Studios’ New World of Interiors. Worst comes to worst, you could always dust off your sewing machine and try to weave together a couple of old Zara tops at home.
Today sports and fashion brand FILA, announces their new premium line FILA Fjord under the creative direction of Danish designer Astrid Andersen. With this expansion, the Italian/Korean brand elevates their heritage and DNA to emphasize the iconic slogan – The Measure of Perfection. FILA Fjord will launch during Pitti Uomo (the single most important event for menswear worldwide) for the AW19 season in January 2019.
While the rest of the global North moves one inch closer to SAD every day, the global art elite is partying in Florida. Yes, it’s that time of the year: Miami Basel. The only time when you’ll see the world’s most famous art critics queue up in the same bar as guest stars of Keeping up with the Kardashians. An art heaven, Miami has in recent years become a treasured spot for fashion and design events, who see the point in promoting their projects on a small peninsula packed with HNWIs. What not to miss this year, beyond the art fair itself? A few tips below!
Moving fluidly and fast, Tokyo-based designer and one half of hyped jewelry brand AMBUSH®, Yoon Ahn, has designed a new collection with sportswear megalith Nike. The capsule collection is meant to investigate how movement- and sports-wear finds itself in a – in many ways – uncertain moment. In her everyday-life, Ahn travels back and forth between her main-base in Tokyo and her job in Paris. Ahn, therefore, is one to know the value of functionality is, and this clearly shines through in the collection. She shares AMBUSH® with her partner Verbal, the jewelry label built on a unbiased and matter-of-fact approach. In 2016, the duo decided to launch their very first ready-to-wear collection. The collection was described to be ‘idiosyncratic’ – meaning that it is peculiar to itself. Though that might sound a bit vapid, Ahn’s explanation is not: “The new lifestyle that a lot of us live is not so fragmented. Before, how you dressed in the morning wasn’t carried into nighttime. Now we move through space and time more fluidly.” We live in time where individualism and idiosyncrasy thrive. We want to be peculiar, and the fusion collection with Nike is merely one expression of this. Including two jackets – one reversible and one in faux-fur – a bodysuit with the Nike DRI-FIT technology, a crop top and a pair of fleece trousers, the collection brings vanguard Japanese aesthetics to western functionalism, and does so really well. With regards to footwear, Ahn has let herself inspire by the Air Max 180 silhouette, coalescing it with other classics, such as the Zoom Flight.
When we first heard of wireless headphones, we were skeptical. Aren’t those things too difficult to not lose already – why burden ourselves with small, precious earplugs that surely won’t work as seamlessly as good old wire? We resisted the new Apple headphones. Purchased that weird extension chord just to keep our old plugs. But then we met MW07. The New York City-based premium audio company Master & Dynamic has raised the level of an audio product we thought we never wanted. Now we do.
As the European fashion week scene faces its trinity days between S/S and F/W 2019 shows, a young but impactful fashion event has just taken place for the third time in Calgary, Alberta. Not only does this event present us to talented designers and new collections, it also challenges our ideas of what a fashion week is and can be. The Otahpiaaki Indigenous Beauty, Fashion and Design Week was founded three years ago at the Mount Royal University in Calgary AB, Canada. The idea came from a group of young, female fashion students, and the first show took place in the hallway of the business school. Last year the project had matured and gone from two designers in one night to fifteen designers from fifteen different nations spread over three nights of fashion. A few weeks ago, the third event was held in City Hall, Calgary, with returning artists as well as sixteen new designers. The show isn’t dictated by international fashion rules, but build on a Black Foot world view. And so Otahpiaaki is more than three days of spotlights and runway walking. A research unit of students and professors, indigenous and non-indigenous people are working together on various projects associated with the event, with the common aim to decolonize the runway. A few months ago DANSK met up with Mount Royal professor and co-founder of the event, Patricia May-Derbyshire, to learn more.