Marlon Brando’s private island. The Brando, Tetiaroa.

The Brando is a unique luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private island of Tetiaroa, a sparkling lagoon 30 miles northeast of Tahiti. With access to the island by private plane, the resort features 35 villas on white-sand beaches frequented by sea turtles, manta rays and exotic birds.

The resort took its name from the famous actor Marlon Brando who first came to Tetiaroa while filming Mutiny on the Bounty and was immediately fell in love by the island’s rare beauty. Enthralled by the Polynesian way of life and lady Tarita, the love of his life, he resolved to find a way to own this piece of paradise and succeeded in his goal in 1967. It was in this natural wonderland that he settled down, and finally found a home. It was the sense it gave him, of being closer to paradise..!

Brando was passionate about preserving Tetiaroa’s natural beauty, biodiversity and cultural richness and was determined to find a way in which it could be a center for research and education and a model of sustainability. This is how the vision of the world’s first and foremost resort was created, where innovative new technologies would enable a self-sustaining luxury environment. 

As far as the accommodation is concerned, each villa blend with the serenity of the surroundings, so that the guest will feel as though indoors and outdoors have merged together. Some of the villas also provide a private dining area, a kitchen,  tiered deck.

The resort was designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyles and culture and the guest will find an abundance of activities from bicycling, snorkeling and bird watching to diving and paddle boarding. In addition the resort has two restaurants with Polynesian-inspired dishes, two bars, a spa and two boutiques including a luxury pearl shop and a gift store.

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source : http://thebrando.com/

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H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection. Spring 2014.

H&M introduced the Concious Exclusive collection for the third time, a more sustainable line and it’s absolutely stunning!  The eco-friendly fashion is using eenvironmentally sustainable fabrics, totally recycled cotton, tencel, and hemp.  H&M is working in collaboration with the sustainable fashion and design think tank Ever Manifesto, which shares H&M’s commitment to a more sustainable future for fashion. The collections will star supermodel Amber Valletta, known for her interest in sustainability. Below you will find the lookbook images for  Conscious Exclusive collection by the model Andrea Diaconu.

The Conscious and Conscious Exclusive collections will be available in 150 stores and online April 10, 2014.

 

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Shoulder piece made of recycled plastic beads, $149; woven T-shirt made with 100% organic silk, $59.95; organic leather skirt, $199

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Vegetable-tanned leather bustier top, $129; Palazzo pant, $49.95

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Lace dress with T-shirt body, $549; flat organic leather shoes, $99

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Fitted vest, $69.95

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Top with pleated layers, $49.95; bonded trousers, $129

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100% organic cotton off-the-shoulder lace top, $59.95; bonded trousers, $129; embellished mules, $149

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Bohemian off-white dress made of 100% organic silk, $199; embellished mules, $149

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Headband, $17.95; fitted jumpsuit (pricing TBD); flat organic leather shoes, $99

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Ruffle-shouldered top, $49.95

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Frilled blouse, $49.95; high-waisted navy shorts, $49.95

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Organic cotton embroidered jacket with separate shoulder pieces, $399; sleeveless jumpsuit, $69.95

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Headband, $17.95; dark navy organza jacquard dress, $299; embellished mules, $149

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Lace A-line dress, $249; shoulder piece made of recycled plastic beads, $149

source : http://www.hm.com/us/consciousexclusive#path=1&transition=10&duration=500

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Product & Industrial Design made in Greece. By Athanasios Babalis.

 

Athanasios Babalis is an industrial designer based in Thessaloniki Greece.He studied product and furniture design at the London Metropolitan University and at the Royal College of Art in London, England.

His professional career started in London as a freelance designer and continued in New York where he worked for seven years for companies such as Dimensional Media Associates Inc.and Dakota Jackson Inc.. In 2003 he returned to Thessaloniki where he opened his design studio. In 2004 he founded the design team COR3 and in 2006 he became professor of  Furniture Design at the Technological Educational Institute of Larisa, at the department of Wood and Furniture Design and Technology in Karditsa, Greece.

In addition the designer, along with Constantinos Hoursoglou, both award-winning Greek designers, created the shibui line, a range of hand-crafted homeware and accessories. Shibui is a Japanese word which refers to a particular aesthetic of simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty. All the products embody the principles of shibui: effortlessly effective craftsmanship using the greatest restraint and the minimum materials. Never complicated or contrived, every detail serves a purpose. Functional and flexible, the  products are designed to complement any environment. Timeless pieces that outlast passing trends.

source: http://www.ababalis.com/

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Brandalism by Antonio Brasko.

Brandalism is a study on the influence of street art and graffiti in the fashion world. Through the use of brand marks, iconic colors, and spray cans, Brandalism seeks to reintroduce the ideology of vandalism, branding and fashion from an experimental design perspective. The exhibit took place at The Seventh Letter Gallery in Los Angeles, California and was composed of over 30 pieces, from oversized art prints to the original spray paint designs, and feature brands as diverse as Chanel, Gucci, Dior, Nike, Supreme and more.

source : theseventhletter , antoniobrasko

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Cullottes. Spring Trend 2014.

Cullottes are defined as the split or divided skirt or any garment which “hangs like a skirt, but is actually pants”  and it’s this spring absolute trend.  Cullottes are making a comeback! We’ve seen them  on runways at Victoria Beckham, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Mulberry for SS 2014 shows but also during resort 2013, when powerhouses like Céline, Acne and Louis Vuitton, included them in their collections.  Typically looking best with heels however we were inspired by street style shoots  combined with sneakers or stan smiths. Effortlessly cool, comfortable and work-appropriate, culottes are a trend worth investing in this year.

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source : harper’s bazaar, elle.co.uk

Metamorphosis, an Hermès story. By Vallée Duhamel.

A video where everything transforms into something new, leading the viewer through a ludic story of surprising scenes. The video was created for the luxury Parisian brand Hermès and subtly features some of their key products.

All scenes were shot live!

Here is the making-of!

source: Vallee Duhamel

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A Trip to the Past. Vintage photos of Milan, Italy.

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Duomo, Cathedral

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Duomo Cathedral Roof Top

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Duomo Cathedral View

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Duomo Cathedral surrounded by old houses

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The Beatles on the Roof of Duomo Cathedral

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Duomo Cathedral Traffic

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Selling Flowers

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Canal Naviglio

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II , 1880

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. around 1880

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La Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II before the closure of the canal

Naviglio di San Damiano

Naviglio di San Damiano

Piazza del Duomo 1900

Piazza del Duomo 1900

Piazza del Duomo 1995

Piazza del Duomo 1995. The fountain does not exist any more

The fountain 1934

The fountain 1934

porta Ticinise around, 1930

Porta Ticinise around, 1930

San Lorenzo 1935

San Lorenzo 1935

Via Monte Napoleone around 1950

Via Monte Napoleone around 1950

source : Foto milano sparita

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