July 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

“Couture is a fact not an industry. It is a savoir faire, a craft, and is a complement to ready-to-wear.”

Riccardo Tisci’s haute couture collection for Givenchy reminds us how pure, romantic beauty can still be so effective and powerful. Lesage embroidery covered with beads and pearls, layers of transparencies, organzas and tulles mixed with clean but strong silhouettes and well-thought cut out details. This collection is just.. beautiful.

And these images from the Valentino and Dior Haute Couture shows:

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July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Some illustrations/collages that we found in Sketchbook Magazine. Muse: Anna Piaggi.


July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Some illustrations/collages that we found in Sketchbook Magazine. Muse: Anna Piaggi.


July 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Indigo is a deep midnight blue. We’ve been seeing more and more of the shades of this colour not only on the catwalks, but also in our homes. A wide spectrum of blues can be achieved using indigo, ranging from soft dusty blues, green-tinted blues and dazzling brights to almost black. The history of indigo is also quite interesting. India is believed to be the oldest center of indigo dyeing in the Old World. Though the word it has existed in English since the 13th century and it was Isaac Newton who first introduced indigo as a spectral colour. It also promotes deep concentration during times of introspection and meditation, helping you achieve deeper levels of consciousness.


July 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

pop.see.cul : Can you briefly describe yourself?

Hello, This is Kei Kobayashi. I am originally from Japan. I came to London to study abroad in 2006, and graduated from Central Saint Martins, BA Graphic Design course in 2010. After university, I started working as cutting assistant in Rob Ryan‘s studio.

pop.see.cul : Can you talk a little bit about your final major project at Central St Martins. What was your aim?

My final major project was a tribute to my childhood memories. The concept was ‘Nostalgia’. I created a toy, a paper puppet set, which was inspired by three books from my childhood. ‘The Three Bears’ by Tolstoy, ‘Birthday’ by Hans Fischer and ‘Caroline en Europe’, which my mum bought on their honeymoon in New Caledonia. When my mum went there, she found that book accidently. When she was a child, this book was also her favourite. When I was 3 years old, she gave it to me. The books prompted me to come over to Europe.

I was trying to make people touch the artwork using their five human senses. It is not always true that a person’s childhood toys go on to become their nostalgic treasures; but this was the case for a number of people I talked to, and it was the case for me. Some nostalgic treasures always stay with me in my daily life. Treasures take different forms for every person, however the toy, for me  is capable of fulfilling many of the requirements of a treasure. And I hope that my paper puppet will be a treasure for someone in the future.

pop.see.cul : What is the first thing you remember about your childhood? Your best or worst memories perhaps.

When I was a child, my favourite moment was when my mum told me stories every night before I went to bed. I still remember the colours of each scene and phrase. My worst memory is the day when my cat passed away.

pop.see.cul : What inspires you the most?

Not only art and design but also a trips in Europe. For example, the view from an airplane or a beautiful sunset at the seaside.

pop.see.cul : What are your plans for the future? What is your dream?

I would like to be a designer who can create quality artwork that people want to keep for their whole lives, allowing it to become a treasure.

pop.see.cul : How would you describe your style in general?

I have always described my work as ‘hand made graphic design’. It’s really difficult to explain it, because I have not only did graphic design but also fashion and product design. But all of my work was handmade. Therefore, I love to use the term ‘hand made style’

Some of Kei’s sketchbook pages :


July 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

 Latitude festival 2011

You wake up one morning and something goes wrong. You think : ‘Oh god, it’s going to be like this the whole day ‘. But you still have a bit of hope, right? Well, no! Don’t have any hope, because it’s exactly how your day is going to be. We made this conclusion on our way back from latitute festival. Things didn’t go the way we expected at all. But let’s talk about the good things.

The first group we listened to was: Seasick Steve and it was great! ( Song to listen : Burnin’ up)


Some Street chic from Vogue UK 

Alexa Chung, presenter and journalist

Suzie Bryant, project manager, at Latitude


July 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

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