The Summer in Venice 2017/L’estate a Venezia 2017

The Summer in Venice 2017/L’estate a Venezia 2017

Mrs and Mrs J. went to Venice, Italy last week and took some pictures for us: The visits to these exhibitions at the biennale was part of their 2017 summer in Venice/Era parte della loro estate di 2017 a Venezia.

Thank You Mr & Mrs J.!

(All Images by Mrs & Mrs J. taken at:) Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi: Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable by Damien Hirst. At the Intuition exhibition at  Palazzo Fortuny. The Glass: Ettore Sottsass the exhibition at Le Stanze del Vetro. Some pictures were taken at a Pavillion but they can’t remember which one…..

view images taken at Venice Beach, USA here on mimi berlin’s blog

Olivetti Valentine

Olivetti Valentine

The Valentine typewriter is designed by Ettore Sottsass designed (with Perry A. King) for Olivetti in 1969. It is a portable (very small for it’s time) colorful and all-round friendly typing machine. Its was probably as cute as today’s latest Apple device…Hail to Italian design!
Just that!
Have a nice day! xoxo Mimi

Fashion Fall 2014: Postmodern Prints

Fashion Fall 2014: Postmodern Prints. Alchemia and Memphis are back in fashion-land at Chloé and Kenzo’s runway shows for Fall 2014. At Kenzo the combination of prints definitely shows the influence of the Italian interior designs of the eighties, done very tastefully and modern (NOW). Chloé’s designer Claire Waight Keller made use of the same squiggly-macaroni-abstract-little-postmodern-shapes, both in full-color an bi-color for allover prints. Less clear at Michael van der Ham’s show but we can see some post modern influences for sure, with thanks to the cuts at the hemline of the skirt! It’s just what we, at Mimi Berlin noticed, and amongst all the other loud grafitti-bomber-zipper-eighties retro fashion on the runways, we find these translations of the 1980s to be like a breath of fresh air. (if we could stay clear of our daily smokes that is)


(all runway photo’s via style.com)postmodern adidas sneakers
Nothing new we hear you say? No, of course not! These Adidas sneakers were released around 2005 by Oki-Ni, Also inspired by the postmodern eighties, but executed in a different way than today on the catwalk

Ultrafragola

Ultrafragola is a mirror desgned by Ettore Sottsass in 1970. Suddenly we are in love with this mirror. It has a neon light in pink and it’s made from plastic and it’s Large. What else do you need to spice up a room? Right: Nothing. Auch Haben!

Description: Ultrafragola; Mirrored glass with vacuum-formed opaline
acrylic with pink neon light. Produced by Poltronova, Italy. Both in its name and in its sinuous shape, this evocative and erotic ‘vanitas’ is a homage to Ettore Sottsass’s obsession for women. It was realised in materials that were unashamedly new: wavy vacuum-formed acrylic sheet and coloured neon light as opposed to the more traditional mirror made from gilded, carved wood. For Sottsass “Life is perceived by the senses before the intellect, and sexuality belongs to that sensorial vocabulary.” He intended this piece to carry deep meaning and yet carry a modern simplicity. In the home the object would assume a ritual value, as if it had sprung from the ancient oriental cultures in to the present. This was the only production piece from the Mobili Grigi collection that Sottsass designed for Poltronova in 1970 yet still looks as fresh today. (text via centrostudipoltronova)