Emma Stone Vogue Cover Debut
“This summer finds 23-year-old Emma Stone dangling from the rooftops in her blockbuster breakout as Peter Parker’s brainy blonde girlfriend in The Amazing Spider-Man—and gracing her first-ever cover of Vogue. With photos shot by Mario Testino, Stone cultivates a persona all her own, an innate, antic glamour that’s inspired as much by Diane Keaton’s Annie Hall style as Lanvin and Giambattista Valli. And in July’s profile, Nathan Heller encounters the actress at the cusp of a pivotal transformation in her young career, after earning her reputation as Hollywood’s go-to girl for strong, spunky characters bridging unreconciled worlds, going brunette for Superbad and making her move from comedy to The Help.”
Author: Nathan Heller / Photography: Mario Testino / @voguemagazine
Return of the Polaroid
In October 2008 The Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plant for integral instant film in Enschede (NL) and started to invent and produce totally new instant film materials for traditional Polaroid cameras. In 2010 Impossible saved analog instant photography from extinction by releasing various, brand new and unique instant films.
Impossible started with a small team of the very best 10 former Polaroid employees who shared our passion as well as the belief in our Impossible dream. Every single one of them has a long time of expertise in the field of instant film production - more than 500 years accumulated experience and knowledge. Without their work and support the Impossible Project would not have had the slightest chance to make the Impossible possible. The Impossible Project currently employs 25 people in the factory in Enschede.
The New Breed of Designer Hostels
Wallpaper: The new breed of designer hostels
“The lowly hostel has long since started to clean up its act. But even the most discerning budget travellers have never seen anything like these high-impact, low-overhead design-led hostels - not to mention the new wave of pod hotels that provide a more private, low-cost alternative to bunking en masse.”
Author: Lauren Ho / @wallpapermag
113 Stars in One Photo
Vanity Fair: The Paramount Picture
To celebrate its 100th birthday, Paramount Pictures assembled 116 of the greatest talents ever to work at the studio. Aw, look: it’s those cute kids from Love Story top and center! Indiana Jones and Jack Dawson must be in here somewhere … Mouse over the photo to see who’s who.
“This year marks the 100th anniversary of the storied Paramount Pictures, the only studio to still call Hollywood (the L.A. neighborhood, not the state of mind) its home. Founded in 1912 as the Famous Players Film Company, it more than lived up to its billing, claiming silent greats such as Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson, and Rudolph Valentino, not to mention Cecil B. DeMille, who made all his biblical epics for the studio. With the advent of talkies, and showing a special flair for sophisticated comedy, Paramount added another glittering array of stars to its roster, including Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Gary Cooper, the Marx Brothers, Bob Hope, and writer-director Preston Sturges. In the postwar years, directors Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, William Wyler, and Jerry Lewis applied their craft at Paramount.”
Author: Peter Biskind / Photography: Art Streiber / @VanityFair
Ferragamo at the Louvre
The Wall Street Journal: Ferragamo Mixes Fashion With Art at the Louvre
“High fashion has tangoed with art for decades as a way to boost its cachet. Yves Saint Laurent made his Mondrian dresses, Louis Vuitton had a best-selling line of bags by Takashi Murakami, and Hermès just released a line of €7,000 scarves of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Polaroids. And many houses, from Prada to Max Mara, sponsor art collections.
“Salvatore Ferragamo professes a love for art too—but unlike most of their peers, Ferragamo has a penchant for the classics. The Florentine cobbler is sponsoring the Louvre exhibition celebrating the renovation of fellow Tuscan Leonardo da Vinci’s final masterpiece, ‘The Virgin and Child With Sainte Anne.’”
Author: Christina Passariello / Phogography: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images / @wsj
Vuitton’s New Great
Vogue: Vuitton’s New Great
“Muhammad Ali is the new face of Louis Vuitton’s latest Core Values campaign, which will appear in the international press from June 15. The three-time world heavyweight boxing champion was photographed with his grandson in his Arizona home by Annie Leibovitz.
“‘Muhammad Ali is the epitome of an outstanding personality - a true living legend in boxing and far beyond,’ explained Louis Vuitton ceo and chairman Yves Carcelle. ‘We are honoured that he agreed to be photographed for the Core Values campaign, and delighted with the way this beautiful portrait of the champion and his grandson captures the idea of transmission, which is of great significance to Louis Vuitton.’”
Author: Ella Alexander / Photography: Annie Leibovitz / @BritishVogue
A Mod, Mod World
Elle Decor: A Mod, Mod World
A clean, well-lighted space in a Manhattan tower gives Robert Couturier the chance to put a contemporary spin on his trademark flair for luxury.
“While the decorator is known as a master of mixing periods and styles, he was thrilled to push his work in a new direction. “Although what I usually do is very different from what she wanted, she recognized that I have a demanding eye and a knowledge of design,” he says. ‘I always love and welcome a challenge. There is nothing more boring than repeating oneself over and over again.’ Couturier drew much of his inspiration from the personal style of the client herself. ‘There is something simple yet incredibly sophisticated about her that I felt immediately at ease with and that I wanted to translate into her home,’ he explains.”
Author: Tim McKeough / Photography: Jason Schmidt / @elledecor
Linea Chair by Jeni Tu
Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles freeways inspire Jeni Tu’s curvy new Linea chair
“Few would revel in sitting in gridlock a single moment more than necessary, but Jeni Tu’s new Linea chair just might bring a little appreciation for L.A.’s freeways. Introduced recently at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, the Linea chair takes its inspiration from aerial views of L.A.’s freeway system.
“’I was interested in exploring how a continuous 2-D strip of material can become a 3-D form,’ Tu said, which then led to thoughts about how freeways curve and twist over and under themselves.”
Author: Los Angeles Times / Photography: Clint Blowers / @latimeshome
Take On Summer With Gin
The New York Times: Take On Summer With Gin From Experienced Hands
The spirits panel tasted 20 bottles of gin, mostly made by young distilleries. The lesson was clear: making gin is not for amateurs.
“Ah, gin. Brisk, peppery gin. Once, it epitomized summer elegance. It was the cool-breeze component of martinis and gimlets, rickeys and slings, fizzes and Collinses. It was the soothing tonic that helped the quinine go down. It was yardarms and pastel sunsets.
“Then the ground trembled and the sky darkened. Along came the devil, I mean vodka, and gin was forsaken in favor of — What? No flavor? No aroma? No character? Well, that’s vodka for you: a bland, neutral cipher. Gin’s cocktails became vodka’s cocktails, championed by those who ought to have known better, consumed by the masses who had no idea what a martini was, much less a yardarm.”
Author: Eric Asimov / Photography: Tony Cenicola for The New York Times / @nytimes
A Rustic Laguna Beach Retreat
Architectural Digest: A Rustic Laguna Beach Retreat
When a coveted lot in Southern California beckons, an entrepreneur and his family turn to KAA Design and Atelier AM to create an oceanfront villa with simplicity and soul.
“Well before Orange County, California, became inescapably known as the O.C.—that is, eons before reality TV discovered its telegenic virtues—the coastal landscape featured sublime beaches abutting arroyos, mesas, and vast tracts of chaparral. That geographic richness, not to mention the magnificent water views, helps explain why Delise and Blake Sartini acquired a prime slice of Laguna Beach oceanfront, where they planned to build a family getaway. The Las Vegas couple, fixtures in the Nevada entertainment-hospitality industry, hoped to replicate the sand-between-the-toes livability of the seaside villas they’d visited in Mexico, Sardinia, and elsewhere, as well as incorporate those resorts’ expressly modernist melding of inside and out. What they ended up with is all of that, plus a nod to old California ranch country seldom seen in the newer architecture of the region.”
Author: Therese Bissell / Photography: Roger Davies / @ArchDigest
Blake Lively: Savage Blonde
Marie Claire: Blake Lively: Savage Blonde
Fueled by her scorching turn in Oliver Stone’s Savages, Blake Lively unleashes on fashion, fellas, and her future.
“The first time I laid eyes on Blake Lively, she was in a skirt so tiny it could have doubled as a turban. The occasion: Chanel’s resort 2012 show in the south of France. Lively’s impossibly long legs did a great job running distraction, but the skirt flirted with disaster. Another starlet would have been eaten alive by the ‘What Was She Thinking?’ tabloid sharpshooters, but not Lively, whose ohmygod good looks—those legs! that hair! that body!—give her free reign to strut what the rest of us only dare to imagine. At 24, she is a red-hot bombshell who knows her power. Who else but she could play the shared girlfriend of two drug dealers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) in Oliver Stone’s violent new film, Savages? Lively’s gritty performance in The Town was merely a prelude to this dark thriller, sure to crown her one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies.”
Author: Nina Garcia / Photography: Txema Yeste / @marieclaire
Dwell: Finnish Lines
Design enthusiast and Alvar Aalto expert Juhani Lemmetti has transitioned his love of vintage Finnish furniture into a thriving furniture shop in Helsinki.
“I traveled extensively when I was younger, and after visiting countless museums abroad, I realized the importance of Finnish design in the larger context of history. I began collecting native Finnish 17th- through 19th-century furniture. All of those original pieces were designed very well—but they were designed by craftsmen, shaped by function and experience, not necessarily by ‘designers.’ I am a very aesthetic person. I have only a good eye and a good singing voice. The rest is destiny.”
Author: Tiffany Chu / Photography: Niclas Warius / @dwell
Cameron Hughes: Wine Négociant
The New York Times: Bypassing the Grape but Enjoying Its Fruits
“Cameron Hughes sees nothing romantic about being a winemaker. Having a rolling vineyard to call his own? Taking that first sip of a homegrown pinot noir? He can live without it, thanks — and he does, even as he has become a prominent name in the California wine industry.
“Mr. Hughes, who started by selling wine out of the back of his Volvo station wagon in 2002, is a wine négociant, or wine merchant. He does not own a vineyard or a winery. Instead, from offices in San Francisco and Calistoga, Calif., he outsources all the labor that goes into making a bottle of wine — growing the grapes, crushing and fermenting them, and other steps in the process — to others.”
Author: Nicole LaPorte / Photography: Peter DaSilva for The New York Times / @nytimes
Underground Leisure Lair
Domus: Mi5 + PKMN: Underground Leisure Lair
A new underground space seeks to revitalize and foster urban activity, while reclaiming public space in a small Spanish city. A news report from Teruel.
“Mi5 Arquitectos and PKMN Architecture have completed a new underground leisure space in a public square of Teruel, Spain, close to the location where, in 1987, the first dinosaur remains in the Iberian Peninsula were found. Teruel’s underground has since been turned into a tourist destination with thematic parks such as Dinópolis, reminding us of the lost existence of a powerful life-form. In the face of an obsolete and underused market building occupying most of the meager public space of a central square, the decision was made to introduce a new volume with space for youth leisure activities.”
Photography: Mi5 Arquitectos + PKMN Architecture, Underground Leisure Lair, Teruel, Spain / @domusweb
Aaron Sorkin Interview
Interview: Aaron Sorkin
“The Newsroom, which premieres in June, marks Sorkin’s first foray into series television since the cancellation of his last show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, in 2007, and represents his third venture into the self-reflexive waters of making a TV show set in the behind-the-scenes realms of TV. He also recently signed on to adapt Walter Isaacson’s best-selling 2011 biography of Apple guru Steve Jobs for an upcoming biopic.
“Daniels heads up an ensemble cast on The Newsroom that includes Emily Mortimer, Sam Waterston, Alison Pill, Dev Patel, John Gallagher Jr., Olivia Munn, and Thomas Sadoski amongst others. He recently spoke with the 50-year-old Sorkin in New York City.”
Author: Jeff Daniels / Photography: Grant Delin / @InterviewMag