“There is no new wave, only the sea” ― Claude Chabrol

HIDDEN GEMS #02 / SEP 2016 / BY DIMITRIS PANAGIOTIDIS

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“The waves broke and spread their waters swiftly over the shore. One after another they massed themselves and fell; the spray tossed itself back with the energy of their fall. The waves were steeped deep-blue save for a pattern of diamond-pointed light on their backs which rippled as the backs of great horses ripple with muscles as they move. The waves fell; withdrew and fell again, like the thud of a great beast stamping.” ― Virginia Woolf, The Waves.

RACO

MASQUESPACIO
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RACO. San Salvador 9. CP 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat Barcelona, Spain / raco-ambient.com
Designed by Masquespacio. Photo by Masquespacio / masquespacio.com

Masquespacio just finished its last strategic brand and product redesign for RACO, a Barcelona decorative lighting brand with 30 years of existence. For this project of rebranding and product redesign RACO contacted Masquespacio with the aim to make their clients fall in love with them again through a new actual product line that mixes trendy products with authentic author designs. Thereby Masquespacio in first case realized a market study with the purpose of redesigning RACO’s existing products with new materials, textures and colours. A total of 4 products were reinvented and presented in a campaign that seeks to represent each product in real environments with a touch of fantasy and a completely different style. The more colourful style form the creative consultancy is recognizable, but also a more romantic aesthetic and contemporary set-ups, perfect for the Spanish lighting brand’s most modern lamps. Regarding the rebranding of the identity it has been the aim to showcase the fusion between a contemporary aesthetic and craftsmanship as a relevant value of RACO’s production. The graphic image thereby is created from the different components of a lamp, that at the same time are used continuously for the several brand applications.

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RACO. San Salvador 9. CP 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat Barcelona, Spain / raco-ambient.com
Designed by Masquespacio. Photo by Luis Beltran / masquespacio.com

Masquespacio is an award winning creative consultancy created in 2010 by Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse. Combining the 2 disciplines of their founders, interior design and marketing, the Spanish design agency creates branding and interior projects through a unique approach that results in fresh and innovative concepts rewarded with a continued international recognition by media specialized in design, fashion and lifestyle trends. They have worked on projects in several countries like Norway, USA, Germany and Spain. Actually they are working on different projects as Art Directors and Branding Consultants, above several interior design projects in Spain and Germany.

Quand on Aime Tout est

MOLLY HATCH, TODD MERRIL STUDIO
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Molly Hatch, Quand on Aime Tout est. Plaisir: After Fragonard, USA, 2013 / toddmerrillstudio.com
Todd Merrill Studio in TriBeCa gallery. 80 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013, USA.

Inspired by the 18th century paintings by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Quand On Aime Tout Est Plaisir was exhibited as part of the New Blue and White at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (2013). The exhibition’s curator, Emily Zilber, writes: “The widespread dissemination of blue and white was reliant on the ability to print on clay. Hatch takes this one step further, treating ceramic plates as surfaces on which to translate images of swinging lovers from the 18th-century paintings of Fragonard—which themselves would have been spread through prints. Hatch uses Mishima, a Japanese slip inlay technique; its blue lines create a cross-hatched image that can only be read in its entirety when viewing the whole installation. Individually, each plate provides a second frame for Hatch’s drawing. This allows for both figural and abstract representation, and speaks to moments of invention inherent in the translation between the printed image and its source.“

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Molly Hatch, Quand on Aime Tout est. Plaisir: After Fragonard, USA, 2013 / toddmerrillstudio.com
Todd Merrill Studio in TriBeCa gallery. 80 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013, USA.

Hatch’s work has been widely collected, commissioned, and exhibited at art fairs nationally and internationally. In 2013, Hatch had a solo museum exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance and was included in New Blue and White, a contemporary decorative arts exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In the spring of 2014 Physic Garden, a monumental 456-plate painting, was installed at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and in 2015 Chronicle Books of San Francisco published a book of her work. In 2016, the Clayarch Gimhae Museum in Korea exhibited a selection of wall installations by the artist. As the artist works on a commission basis, custom works can be created through Todd Merrill Studio.

Jewelry designer

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Jewelry designer, Elena Votsi / elenavotsi.com

Elena Votsi says “The Greek oil, the thick salt from Hydra and the fresh vegetables from the neighborhood’s grocery are my favorite ingredients to cook with. The food is a chance to get together with friends and family around the table. So it is worth that outside the appropriate ingredients, to fill it with love… My personal favorite food memory is “Achinoi” in Hydra, by the sea, the company of Nicolas (my son) and his friends.”

The island of Hydra, her birthplace, has always been a source of inspiration for her. The spheres she moulds hold the radiance and strength of the Greek sun. The perfect lines she draws, like arrows that carry her love for the sea, for the Greek sky, for life itself. A love that becomes manifest in the hearts she forms, the love she holds for her son, her husband and those small moments of happiness, as when walking the family dog through the picturesque backstreets of the island. A sense of playfulness pervades each piece – it’s no wonder the designer herself refers to her own fine jewelry as her “toys”. Endlessly elegant yet impossible to not notice, each handmade statement piece is an instant heirloom. Elena Votsi was, as a young girl, drawn towards the gold rings her mother adorned. As travelled the world with her parents, her passion for jewelry became evident. She trained at the Athens School of Fine Arts and continued her studies at the Royal College of Art in London. Since opening her first store on her native island of Hydra, she has collaborated with everyone from the Acropolis Museum to high-end brands such as Gucci and Ralph Lauren. Her work made modern history with the redesign of the Olympic medals for the 2004 games in Athens, and her current designs’ precise lines and geometric shapes have an equally heroic feel.

TIMION & Harmonian

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TIMION, Organic extra virgin olive oil / timion.gr ― Flower of sea salt by Harmonian / harmonian.cc
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TIMION, Organic extra virgin olive oil

Lefteris Xanthakis and Virginia Vizantiou in the peak of the crisis left the frantic life of Athens behind, got inspired and joined forces to create an honest agriculture product. Going back to the traditional values and principals of Greek nature, they made a leap forward and re-discovered the forgotten Greek wealth. Their aim is to bring the best Greek nature has to offer, in the most simple and sincere way. They created TIMION, an organic extra virgin olive oil, totally based on ethical-organic cultivation respecting the environment and the consumer. Their philosophy is to return to the fundamental principles of traditional Greek products: purity, quality, simplicity and honesty. TIMION was born in South-East Peloponnese, near Sparta. The rich flora of mount Taygetos has blessed this land with natural aromas and flavours. The traditional, privately held and operated olive grove is the core of the TIMION brand. TIMION extra virgin olive oil is of the Koroneiki variety, famous for its rich taste and low acidity levels. It has a robust, fruity aroma and peppery after-taste.

Harmonian, Flower of sea salt

Perhaps the most precious goods of contemporary human history, even the one ingredient that any kitchen is not in lack of, is met in the harmonian collection in its purest, unrefined form. Flower – its name refers to the exclusive collection of salt from the available, upper layer only. Specialized craftsmen focus on flower’s collection by hand from Mani’s rocky coastline in Laconia. Its crystal formed secured in glass packaging preserve its attributes and seawater aroma.

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee

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The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Rembrandt. Oil on canvas, 1633. Dimensions: 160 cm × 128 cm (62.99 in × 50.39 in).
Whereabouts unknown since the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft in 1990.

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee is a painting from 1633 by the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt van Rijn that was in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston, Massachusetts, United States, prior to being stolen in 1990. The painting depicts the miracle of Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee, as depicted in the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Mark in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is Rembrandt’s only seascape.

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) never left his homeland of the Netherlands but in his massive body of painting, drawing, and etching, he changed the course of Western art. His prolific oeuvre encompasses religious, historical, and secular scenes, as well as one of the most extraordinary series of portraits and self-portraits in history. Rembrandt’s work foregrounds texture, light, and acute observation. Like sudden, startling apparitions in a shadowy street, his subjects are illuminated against deep, dark backgrounds and rendered with immense physical as well as psychological scrutiny. Whether biblical or mythological figures, powerful patrons, or fellow citizens, each subject is bestowed not only with meticulous facial features but also with the intrigue of thoughts and feelings so that even age-old narratives such as the bible story of David and Bathsheba finds a new level of human drama. Rembrandt also left one of the most extensive series of self-portraits of any artist, chronicling his own face from his youth to the year of his death.