Left: a chandelier made from glass, brass and paper, designed by Sophie Dries and produced by Kaia, installed in Schloss Hollenegg’s Red Room. Right: a chair molded from mycelium, designed by Jonas Edvard.
Each year, the curator Alice Stori Liechtenstein invites a group of young designers to live and work for one to three weeks at Schloss Hollenegg, her husband’s family’s 12th-century castle in rural Austria. The participants end up creating an object for the castle’s grand spaces or grounds in an effort to bring contemporary urban culture to the isolated countryside. While this year’s public exhibition of the installations has been cancelled, Stori Liechtenstein instead organised an online show.
“Ombrosa” by Evalie Wagner “Cosimo was in the oak. The branches were waving, high bridges over the earth. A light wind was blowing; it was […] Cosimo looked the world from the tree: everything was different seen from up there, and that was already an entertainment.” from The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino Plants are the protagonists of the installation, but their narratives reach beyond botanical connotations. Shifting between aesthetics and experiment, Ombrosa tells the story of Schloss Hollenegg as a former summer residence. As a 19th century watercolor in the castle testifies, at that time the courtyard hosted citrus trees, palms, and agaves, which were then housed in the orangery in winter. A possibility that could become reality again as a consequence of climate change. A wild and rampant Mediterranean garden serves as an idyll, blurring the boundaries to dystopia. Thus, Ombrosa is both the place where Italo Calvino’s Baron of the Trees takes place and a realm where uncommon ideas are welcome and utopia can be invented: la selvatichezza ci salverà. Designed by @evaliewagner Curated by @alicestori for @schlosshollenegg
To address the theme of Walden — a nod to the Henry David Thoreau work and to the German word for forest — Stori Liechtenstein asked the participants to think about the “uncomfortable aspects of nature,” she told me. The French designer Marlene Huissoud crafted a hand-knotted wool rug inspired by swarms of insects; the Danish product designer Jonas Edvard created a chair made from mycelium; and the Brooklyn-based studio Charlap Hyman & Herrero collaborated with the wallpaper company Calico to create a lush if violent print that depicts entangled vines, as well as insects copulating and biting each other’s heads off, that covers the ceiling of Schloss Hollenegg’s tapestry room. Adam Charlap Hyman and Andre Herrero designed it before the coronavirus took hold, but, Charlap Hyman said, “there’s an underlying darkness to it that we are feeling now.” — Gisela Williams
Courtesy of Fenty Beauty
Fenty Beauty’s summer collection includes a sheer cream blush and bronzer that feels weightless on the skin.
When it comes to hot weather makeup — an all-year-round experience in Singapore — less is definitely more. Fenty Beauty’s summer offerings, the Cheeks Out Cream Bronzer and Cream Blush, are the kind of easy-to-apply products that are designed for the makeup averse and those with limited skill. The collection consists of 10 cream blusher shades and seven cream bronzers with a lightweight, balm-like texture that simply melts into the skin for a natural, sheer finish. Priscilla Ono, the global makeup artist for Fenty Beauty, and personal makeup artist to Rihanna, shares that she uses the brand’s Face Shaping Brush 125 to put a light amount on the apples of the cheeks before blending it towards the hairline for a natural look. “One of my favourite Cream Blush shades is the soft baby-pink Petal Poppin. It’s perfect for an everyday, subtle flush of colour,” says Ono.
The multitasking product can also double as a lip colour in certain shades. “Another great thing about Cream Blush is that you can actually apply it to your lips. I take the shade Summertime Wine with my finger and pat it on to the centre of my lips. Then I coat the lips with Gloss Bomb to amp up the shine,” she says. When selecting a bronzer, Ono advises matching your shade first to your skin tone — be it fair, medium or deep — and picking from the two or so choices available for each complexion. Ono herself uses two shades, one to create dimension and the other as a traditional bronzer to bring warmth to the skin. And while the Cream Bronzer gives a more natural finish as compared to the powder version, if you have oily skin, Ono recommends setting it with the brand’s Invisimatte Blotting Powder after application for a more long-lasting effect. — Renée Batchelor
Fenty Beauty’s summer offerings are available at Sephora, sephora.sg.
Courtesy of MyTheresa
At a time when most of us are thinking about everything and anything but getting dressed, I’ve found myself wondering if clothing really matters to me at all anymore. If I’m being honest, I barely make it out of my (at this point threadbare) pyjamas every day. What I’ve settled on, at least for now, is that wearing something soft, well-made and maybe a little bit indulgent is as good a way of lifting one’s spirits as a roughly shaken margarita, a pan of gooey brownies or a brisk walk outside. To that end, the Row has created a capsule collection with the German shopping website MyTheresa, which recently donated 10 per cent of its profits from the month of March (350,000 euros) to the Red Cross’s Covid-19 relief efforts. As investment pieces that are made to offer comfort this summer and for many to come, the seven separates come in all shades of cream, and include a few shirt dresses, a cosy fishnet-knit sweater, some stretchy ’70s-style flared trousers and a really lovely silk and cashmere ribbed twin set. It’s available now, right in time after you’re officially allowed to wear white pants out (or in). — Alexa Brazilian
The Row’s MyTheresa-exclusive capsule collection is launched on 3 June and is available online, MyTheresa.com.
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