Monthly Archives: October 2011

carry each other…

Wanted to post about the work of Ekaterina Craftsova, she was one of the UNIDEE residents i worked with this year. This is her film “carry each other” about older people and their carers in Biella which she made during her 4 month stint with us. It is absolutely beautiful…

Carry each other from Ekaterina Craftsova on Vimeo.

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florence miscellany…

street sign interventions by French artist Clet Abraham

personalised shoe moulds at the Ferragamo museum

love italian style in front of the Ponte Vecchio

sunset on the Ponte Vecchio

shoes, shoes, SHOES!!!


Still in Florence and in another corporate museum, this time the one of Salvatore Ferragamo. Pretty much all shoes, beautiful prototypes form the ’30’s and ’40’s all placed in dusty little perspex boxes. Again no photos…arghhhh however a special group of “shoe tourists” were visiting with permission to photograph, so i did my best to look like a shoe tourist and snapped away…

Carmen Miranda’s platform sandals!

fish skin from the 1940’s – believe it or not!!

Shoe prototypes from the ’30’s and ’40’s, click on thumbnails:

non classical florence…

Back in Italy, i go to Florence with a friend in search of non classical “culture”. Having co-designed a corporate museum for Ermenegildo Zegna, am always interested to see how others have done it. We visit the recently inaugurated Gucci Museum housed in the Palazzo di Mercanzia in the Piazza della Signoria.

A history of all objects Gucci through the ages, from the sublime to the downright ridiculous…Tediously, no photography is allowed so i go into clandestine (not so great) photo taking mode…

Yes that is a lamp made from gucci riding boots and an ashtray from a gucci watch motif…classy!

bordeaux miscellany…

Place Stalingrad, Bordeaux the “lion bleu” by Xavier Veilhan,
dimensions: 50 x 30 x 85 m
material : Polystyrene, structure in metal and polyester resin,
there since 2005.

Crocodile (2009) by Guillaume Renou, in the jardins de la Mairie, The Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux.

a most excellent skirt!

A great way to start your day, breakfast of canelé – little cakes indigenous to Bordeaux, a thin, caramelised shell with a slightly “puddingy/custardy” middle…

La Ville en Commun – a workshop/installation of modular architecture by Castello di Rivoli, inspired by Michelangelo Pistoletto’s concept of The Third Paradise.