JUST A CUP OF TEA ???

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The numbers say that tea is the most popular drink in the world, even more coffee. So if you do not want to settle for the classic sachet immerse in boiling water and want to try to “build” your infused with real crushed leaves, squeezing the eye to creativity and design, then this selection of original infusoria is perfect. From Shark fin mannikin that floats, from the Titanic to the lollipop, here thirty ideas to enjoy a good hot cup and play with fantasy……

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PANTONE HOTEL, A SHADE FOR EVERY MOOD

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Travel to a colorific world

The PANTONE HOTELTM invites you to experience the city of Brussels through a lens of color and a spectrum of comforts. From the moment you arrive, our “hotel of colors” will awaken your senses to an array of delights and playful surprises.

Impeccably designed by Michel Penneman and Olivier Hannaert, The PANTONE HOTELTM, Brussels showcases the color of emotion with a distinctive hue on each colorous guest floor. From vivid to subdued, for business or leisure, our unique boutique design hotel perfectly suits your savvy palette and colorful imagination.

From a design perspective, The PANTONE HOTELTM, Brussels is built on an exceptional use of contrast; a white canvas provides clean space for saturated colors to pop. Guest rooms feature unique photography by esteemed Belgian photographer Victor Levy.

Welcome to the center of the color universe.

AFRICA TO WEAR

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From the expanses of savannah to the catwalks of the world. Today, the fashion made in Africa and inspired by the traditions, completely ethical and sustainable, it is increasingly fashionable. And it is a source of inspiration for music and photography here is how:

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Where trends are born? This is the question that people who work in fashion arises daily. There are those who favors big cities, those who think they are born directly in the studio, or those who speak of “alchemy against the grain”, leading the way and the common people as the true origin of trends and fashions. Not only that. Thanks to globalization, and the ability to reach virtually the other side of the world in an instant, even those countries currently excluded from the creative process because they are too far away or tied in a difficult socio-political situation, have proved a source of inspiration ever original, and topping the charts there is no doubt Africa.

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A huge continent of over 30 million square kilometers, multi-faceted, with a history often difficult and dramatic; a mysterious place, and therefore irresistible. And now it is here that creative people are left.

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WATCH THE TREND

One of the first designers to bring the catwalk a collection inspired by the Dark Continent was Lamine Badian Kouyaté, better known by its brand name, Xuly Bet, which in Wolof, the Senegalese language, means “keep an open mind.” After living in Paris and studying at the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture in Strasbourg in 1989 launched his own collection, very “open minded” and innovative: its ability to recycle fabrics found in flea markets and in turn colorful patchwork is winning. He is inspired by the great couturiers such as Azzedine Alaia and Yves Saint Laurent, combining materials and colors of contemporary Africa, not to mention the seventies punk rock and funk. The result is a mini-dresses with colorful wax fabric and leather, hand embroidery and volumes emphasized. Everything, for the first time, is developed and produced in an ethical and sustainable embroidery on jackets and painted fabrics, for example, are commissioned to African women in exchange for a fair wage and decent working conditions. No one before him had done.

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It is this sensitivity to certain customs that came back to get noticed on the runway, pushed by his growing success in music and photography: shooting Koen Hauser in “The Hommage a l’Art” (2013), for example, are a celebration of African fashion, and have been around the world. They were created to celebrate one of the leading manufacturers of fabrics wax in the industry, Vlisco has always been committed to supporting African designers: to do so regularly organizes courses in tailoring for women Ghanaian, Nigerian finance the most talented designers and the sponsor of two of the most important events of the style “Made in Africa”: the Nairobi Fashion Week and the Lagos Fashion and Design Week (the latter was also a guest of Pitti Immagine W in 2012). At the same time there is also the work of songwriters such as folk artist Imany, now popular all over the world, who in the show never abandons his turban typical of the Comoros islands.

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BEST MUSEUMS AROUND THE WORLD

NATIONAL GALLERY - WASHINGTON - USA
NATIONAL GALLERY – WASHINGTON – USA
NATIONAL GALLERY - WASHINGTON - USA
NATIONAL GALLERY – WASHINGTON – USA
NATIONAL WAR WAR II MUSEUM - NEW ORLEANS - USA
NATIONAL WAR WAR II MUSEUM – NEW ORLEANS – USA
NATIONAL WAR WAR II MUSEUM - NEW ORLEANS - USA
NATIONAL WAR WAR II MUSEUM – NEW ORLEANS – USA
MUSEO DEL PRADO - MADRID - SPAIN
MUSEO DEL PRADO – MADRID – SPAIN
MUSEO DEL PRADO - MADRID - SPAIN
MUSEO DEL PRADO – MADRID – SPAIN
TE PAPA MUSEUM - WELLINGTON - NEW ZEALAND
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TE PAPA MUSEUM - WELLINGTON - NEW ZEALAND
TE PAPA MUSEUM – WELLINGTON – NEW ZEALAND
THE RIJKSMUSEUM - AMSTERDAM - HOLLAND
THE RIJKSMUSEUM – AMSTERDAM – HOLLAND
THE RIJKSMUSEUM - AMSTERDAM - HOLLAND
THE RIJKSMUSEUM – AMSTERDAM – HOLLAND
UFFIZI GALLERY - FLORENCE - ITALY ( my hometown )
UFFIZI GALLERY – FLORENCE – ITALY ( my hometown )
UFFIZI GALLERY - FLORENCE - ITALY ( my hometown )
UFFIZI GALLERY – FLORENCE – ITALY ( my hometown )
UFFIZI GALLERY - FLORENCE - ITALY ( my hometown )
UFFIZI GALLERY – FLORENCE – ITALY ( my hometown )
VASA MUSEUM - STOCKHOLM - SWEDEN
VASA MUSEUM – STOCKHOLM – SWEDEN
VASA MUSEUM - STOCKHOLM - SWEDEN
VASA MUSEUM – STOCKHOLM – SWEDEN
WINTER PALACE AND THE HERMITAGE - SAINT PETERSBURG - RUSSIA
WINTER PALACE AND THE HERMITAGE – SAINT PETERSBURG – RUSSIA
WINTER PALACE AND THE HERMITAGE - SAINT PETERSBURG - RUSSIA
WINTER PALACE AND THE HERMITAGE – SAINT PETERSBURG – RUSSIA
YAD VASHEM - JERUSALEM - ISRAEL
YAD VASHEM – JERUSALEM – ISRAEL
YAD VASHEM - JERUSALEM - ISRAEL
YAD VASHEM – JERUSALEM – ISRAEL
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC - USA
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC – USA
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC - USA
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC – USA
ART INSTITUTE - CHICAGO - USA
ART INSTITUTE – CHICAGO – USA
ART INSTITUTE - CHICAGO - USA
ART INSTITUTE – CHICAGO – USA
BRITISH MUSEUM - LONDON - ENGLAND
BRITISH MUSEUM – LONDON – ENGLAND
BRITISH MUSEUM - LONDON - ENGLAND
BRITISH MUSEUM – LONDON – ENGLAND
ACCADEMIA GALLERY - FLORENCE - ITALY (my Hometown )
ACCADEMIA GALLERY – FLORENCE – ITALY (my Hometown )
ACCADEMIA GALLERY - FLORENCE - ITALY (my Hometown )
ACCADEMIA GALLERY – FLORENCE – ITALY (my Hometown )
BORGHESE GALLERY - ROME - ITALY
BORGHESE GALLERY – ROME – ITALY
BORGHESE GALLERY - ROME - ITALY
BORGHESE GALLERY – ROME – ITALY
GETTY CENTRE - LOS ANGELES - USA
GETTY CENTRE – LOS ANGELES – USA
GETTY CENTRE - LOS ANGELES - USA
GETTY CENTRE – LOS ANGELES – USA
ACROPOLIS MUSEUM  - ATHENS - GREECE
ACROPOLIS MUSEUM – ATHENS – GREECE
ACROPOLIS MUSEUM  - ATHENS - GREECE
ACROPOLIS MUSEUM – ATHENS – GREECE
HAGIA SOPHIA - ISTANBUL - TURKEY
HAGIA SOPHIA – ISTANBUL – TURKEY
HAGIA SOPHIA - ISTANBUL - TURKEY
HAGIA SOPHIA – ISTANBUL – TURKEY
RICARDO BRENNAND INSTITUTE - RECIFE - BRAZIL
RICARDO BRENNAND INSTITUTE – RECIFE – BRAZIL
RICARDO BRENNAND INSTITUTE - RECIFE - BRAZIL
RICARDO BRENNAND INSTITUTE – RECIFE – BRAZIL
NATIONAL GALLERY -  LONDON - ENGLAND
NATIONAL GALLERY – LONDON – ENGLAND
NATIONAL GALLERY -  LONDON - ENGLAND
NATIONAL GALLERY – LONDON – ENGLAND
MET - METROPOLITAN MUSEUM - NEW YORK CITY - USA
MET – METROPOLITAN MUSEUM – NEW YORK CITY – USA
MET - METROPOLITAN MUSEUM - NEW YORK CITY - USA
MET – METROPOLITAN MUSEUM – NEW YORK CITY – USA
MEXICO ANTROPHOLOGY MUSEUM - MEXICO CITY - MEXICO
MEXICO ANTROPHOLOGY MUSEUM – MEXICO CITY – MEXICO
MEXICO ANTROPHOLOGY MUSEUM - MEXICO CITY - MEXICO
MEXICO ANTROPHOLOGY MUSEUM – MEXICO CITY – MEXICO
MUSEE D'ORSAY - PARIS - FRANCE
MUSEE D’ORSAY – PARIS – FRANCE
MUSEE D'ORSAY - PARIS - FRANCE
MUSEE D’ORSAY – PARIS – FRANCE
LOUVRE - PARIS - FRANCE
LOUVRE – PARIS – FRANCE
LOUVRE - PARIS - FRANCE
LOUVRE – PARIS – FRANCE
MUSEO DE ORO - BOGOTA- COLUMBIA
MUSEO DE ORO – BOGOTA- COLUMBIA
MUSEO DE ORO - BOGOTA- COLUMBIA
MUSEO DE ORO – BOGOTA- COLUMBIA

Art lovers and history will not be left high and dry this winter. Here is a list of major museums around the world to visit during the winter season. Whether you start a weekend or a month, the destinations are for all tastes: from Italy to the United States, passing through Russia, a map to navigate the beauties to be discovered scattered around the globe.

MARY KATRANTZOU’S ADIDAS COLLECTION

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After partnering with greats like Yohji Yamamoto, Raf Simons, Rick Owens, and, more recently, Pharrell Williams, you would think that Adidas has had its fill of out-of-the-box collaborations. Not so. Here, a first look at Originals by Mary Katrantzou, a Technicolor-printed offering in stores November 15.

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Track shoes worn by medal winners in the 1970s and 1980s were the starting points for Katrantzou, who reworked Adidas’ iconic looks to wild effect—consider the gold hardware on a hot pink, purple, and green sneaker. But the fun doesn’t stop there: Body-hugging zip-up dresses and pullovers in neoprene and print mesh feature abstract florals, stripes, and laces. Looks like the high-end athleisure trend isn t going anywhere anytime soon.

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THE COLORS OF THE FLAG

I’ve always been fascinated by the colors of the flags. Here’s an article that talks about the universal flag that could unite all peoples.

Article Source: Brandpowder.com

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Globalization has been so fast and out of control that, in the end, no one thought of a global flag, an emblem for all of us, representing the planet as a whole. To be honest, a world flag already exists. It is called  the One World Flag (pictured below). It was designed by David Bartholomew in 2006. In his blog, you read that “the One World Flag is an international symbol of diversity, Honoring the Talents, Abilities and Uniqueness in Each of Us, as Strengths that can Benefit All of Us” for whatever that means.

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This flag is very inspiring, and perfect for a summer campsite but, in our humble opinion, it has got three little problems: first, being the output from a single person, and not from a congregation of people representing different countries, it is perhaps a bit solipsistic;  second, it has been conceived as a free gift to the world, but then the project had to find a way to make a profit in order to finance its ideals. We have nothing against it, of course, we’d like to think it as free for everybody to use. Last but not least…the yin-yiang. What does that mean for an Aboriginal, an Inuit or a Maori? This is in fact a symbol based on a local culture which doesn’t represent everybody’s values. It’s revealing more of the creator’s beliefs than of a worldwide sentiment. Our considerations are limited, of course, to constructive criticism. Following emblems’ etiquette, we highly respect this flag as any other flag of the world.

Nevertheless, the Brandpowder Team, few year ago, started to focus on the subject with a more structured approach, trying to find a universal code that could work for everyone, independently from race, language, culture or religion. After sending a letter to several Governments and other worldwide organizations, asking their point of view (and getting no answer) we rolled up our sleeves. The first step for the worldwide flag project was to put together a worldwide team.

In our office a considerable amount of data on existing flags has been collected. We went through the story of each flag, trying to work out which colors are more present, in order to get a proportion that could represent all Countries. We found out a lot had already been done on this topic. For sorting out color quantities and distribution, for instance, we found particularly helpful the crwflags database. Also wolfram‘s blog has been valuable for extra insight on color statistics, based on Mathematica software. We then shared all the collected information with every contributor to the World Flag project, letting everyone run wild with his or her proposals.

Below: the first chart shows worldwide color’s presence on a flag; the second shows what would it look like if flags were ranked according to population’s density. It’s evident, in this case, the impact of China.

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Red has always been the favorite color, representing – also today – more than 30% of total flags’ surface. The rank has gone through minor changes in the past. One hundred years ago, for example, yellow gold was more popular than green, and light blue was more widespread than ultramarine. For our case study, we obviously concentrated only on contemporary flags.

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Above: we have been intrigued by an interesting essay by Diane Guyot, who created an algorythm to get the average color from each of the 248 world’s flags. Below: the Union Jack, as it would appear after her mathematical blender.

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The challenge was to come out, in the end, with a flag that could represent, in the most accurate manner, the average values, taste and mood of 6 billion people. The first evidence of colors’ proportion on worldwide flags, and their meaning, is pictured here below:

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It is worth to mention this interpretation is simply based on an average from all contributors’ point of view, with 39 different countries representing 85% of the total population. Red, the most popular of all colors, represents not only blood, of course, but also courage, love, aggressivity, heat and pride. Blue, likewise, bears with it several symbols: freedom, independence, democracy, aspirations, moral values, ideals and peace. White stands for spiritual values, pureness, neutrality, excellence and abstraction. Green is a symbol of land and hope, but it’s worth to consider that for some countries land is expressed by yellow or black. Black, in some cultures, is linked to roots, tradition and a sense of belonging. In others it is a warning to maintain a distance from borders. In our resarch we discovered that, if all flags of the world could be re-designed from scratch, blue would be the dominant color, followed by red, white and green.

The World  Flag, according to a set of agreements voted by all contributors, must not represent a symbol, a figure, an existent or familiar shape, neither had to bear a link to dogma, language, race or political statement. The Flag of the World, which we are happy to introduce here for the first time, is a 10-color emblem based on flags of the world’ color quantity. It represents the five continents plus the five main bodies of water. The black, as tenth color, and always in proportion to worldwide’s colors, is connecting together every field in a pathway which helps readability also in very small sizes. It was not easy to choose among hundreds proposals; in the end the top flag, voted by the vast majority of participants, won by a good length. The design is by a Chinese refugee who didn’t want to reveal his identity. The anonymity of the artist, he wrote us in letter accompanying his work, is the best prerequisite for a world’s creation. For whatever that means.

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The World Flag is the result of a worldwide project that involved 39 countries. There is no copyright. Click on the flag to download it. It’s free and can be used for any purpose.

MISSONI READY TO WEAR SPRING SUMMER 2015 MILAN

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Like a breath of fresh air blown in on a warm summer breeze, the last Missoni show  reminded the rain soaked audience that this week was supposes to be all about dressing for the summer months.

It’s understandable to think that more then a few of the front row guests might have forgotten that fact, considering all the dark-hued shows and abundance of leather and suede that has shown up on the Milan catwalks this season.

Not so at Casa Missoni.

This up-beat collection, filled with feather-light knitwear in sweet rainbows of color combinations, was truly lovely in its easy nonchalant approach to fashion. Everything was fluid or voluminous and more often then not semi-sheer.  The collection was designed by Angela Missoni to lightly caress the body. Think the perfect pieces to wear during next summer’s hot and sticky heat waves.

There was also a hidden feel good element to the show. Missoni teamed up with the WFTO certified fair trade company SeeMe to create the lining for some of the Missoni dresses. They were all hand made by women who have been victims of violence in the slums of Ankara.

But as laid back as this collection was, Missoni was still able to maintain a sense of chic sophistication in her silk oversized men’s shirts, colorful short-sleeved trench coats, palazzo pants and maxi dresses. The silk scarves that bundled up the models hair with a twist only added to the show’s sense of refinement. It was too bad the thong sandals did not.

Nice show and beautiful color. Well done Missoni !!!!!