Inside Rolls-Royce

Rolls Royce BespokeI recently visited the Inside Rolls-Royce exhibition at Saatchi Gallery here in London where the luxury car brand took center stage in order to highlight their use of exquisite materials, superior craftsmanship, customization and high-tech specs.

Audience interaction with an emphasis on innovative technology were the main focus points of the multi-sensory exhibition. Digital installations were featured, one of which could transform you into the iconic kneeling lady statuette that adorns every Rolls-Royce motor car. You could also race the luxury cars albeit only through video games.

Rolls-Royce EngineA motto to live by: ‘look for the best and make it better, and if it doesn’t exist, design it’ as it says on the Rolls-Royce website.

Rolls-Royce Car InteriorSo what model would I choose? Even though I’m not a bad ass rapper or a mafia boss, we have the same taste for champagne, expensive jewelry and luxury cars so I’d probably choose a model with tinted, bullet-proof windows from their timeless Phantom family like my man 50 cent. What would you choose?

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Image-Makers at 21_21

Image-Makers 21_21 Design SightIn 21_21 Design Sight’s latest exhibition イメージメーカー展 (Image-makers), strong, theatrical images by image-makers from diverse fields of creativity from both Japan and abroad gather to create a world of fantasy and entertainment under the direction of Hélène Kelmachter. The fabulous exhibition includes works by Jean-Paul Gaude, Noritaka Tatehana, David Lynch and Photographer Hal to name just a few.

Linnea Nilsson Image-MakersA very fun addition to the exhibition was the interactive section where exhibition attendees could try on Noritaka Tatehana’s sculptural shoes. Walking in the heelless shoes proved to be a bit of a balancing act but channeling the likes of Lady Gaga, Daphne Guinness and my inner diva certainly made it easier.

Image-Makers 21_21 Design SightHeelless Shoes, Noritaka Tatehana, 2012-2014.

These fierce shoes wouldn’t exactly be the best choice for long leisurely strolls but could make for a dazzling pair of party shoe. My favorite pair would have to be probably have to be the red (officially dyed pink but dusted with gold to make it look red, though they mysteriously change color depending on the angle) hand painted shoes that have a bit of a renaissance feel to them. They’re also what I imagine the chopines worn in Venice might have looked like during the Renaissance. In second place come the dramatic sparkly studded heels seen in the background.

Image-makers 21_21 Design SightNoritaka Tatehana.

21_21 Design Sight

Image-Makers 21_21 Design Sight

PinQ & Pomco, Zatsuran #6, 2012Zatsuran #06, PinQ & Pomco, Photographer Hal, 2012.

Photographer Hal’s images in Gallery 1 shows couples tightly confined inside sealed vacuum packaging and although very interesting I can’t help but feel a little claustrophobic by just looking at them.

Image-Makers Exhibition 21_21 Design SightThe Floating World, Noritaka Tatehana, 2014.

These exotic shoes were inspired by the distinctively tall footwear worn by oiran (high-ranking courtesans) during the feudal period in Japan yet look more like stunning ornament or sculpture than shoes that are made for walking.

Image-Makers Exhibition 21_21 Design Sight One Spinning Automaton, Jean-Paul Goude.

Image-Makers Exhibition 21_21 Design SightThree Muses, Jean-Paul Goude.

I find Goude’s photographs of model turned pop singer Grace Jones absolutely stunning. She looks as sharp and beautiful as a panther in the bold images. ♫ Link -This is life ♫

Image-Makers Exhibition 21_21 Design SightDavid Lynch lithographs.

Image-Makers 21_21 Design SightIf you find yourself in Tokyo at the moment then this is an absolute must-see exhibition so make sure you find the time to stop by and check it out!

Barbie The Eternal Fashion Icon

Barbie ExhibitionBarbie The Eternal Fashion Icon exhibition held at Tokyo’s Seibu department store is a decadent display tracking the development of an icon from its start as the German fashion doll Bild Lilli in 1955 to Mattel’s refined Barbie doll. Throughout her journey she has been a reflection of the times with plenty of style and fashion hits but also with a few misses just like the rest of us.

モード オブ バービー展

Barbie ExhibitionTo see the many extravagantly chic outfits and accessories meticulously made in miniature for dressing Barbie and the different personas that she assumes through them was incredible. I’m tempted to bust out a selection of my wardrobe’s finest and get fully dolled up in vail, fur and jewels but the sweltering Tokyo heat forces me to be a bit more sensible unfortunately.

モード オブ バービー展Afternoon suit Barbie 2012, Walking suit Barbie 2012.

Barbie The Eternal Fashion Icon ExhibitionEvening Splendor 1959.

Barbie The Eternal Fashion Icon ExhibitionSilver Serenade 1971, Ken and Go-go 1966.

Barbie Exhibition Seibu TokyoLisette Barbie 2001.

Barbie The Eternal Fashion Icon ExhibitionMermaid gown Barbie 2013.

The First Georgians at The Queen’s Gallery

The First Georgians Exhibition The Queen's Gallery Buckingham PalaceThe Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace is currently exhibiting The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714-1760. Now I’m not sure if it’s baby George that’s causing a bit of a Georgian hype/revival with several exhibitions and a BBC tv mini-series with Lucy Worsley entitled The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain recently aired. Regardless, my lust after fine paintings, etchings, sculpture, porcelain and furniture drew me out.

The Queen's Gallery Buckingham Palace

William Hogarth

The exhibition explores the taste and royal patronage of George I and George II in a period of dramatic change across Britain. Satirist William Hogarth’s moralizing art print series including  A Harlot’s Progress, 1734 and Marriage à-la-Mode, 1745 tell cautionary stories.

The First Georgians Exhibition Buckingham Palace

 

Chelsea PlatesChelsea plate, soft-paste porcelain, c.1755.

Botanical Illustration

The First Georgians ExhibitionMeissen porcelain tea and coffee service, c.1730.

Georgian English Furniture

The First Georgians Exhibition Buckingham PalaceThis would make a suitably fierce, regal throne/desk chair to help me make those tough decisions from while writing my dissertation. Though I’m not entirely convinced over its comfort in the long run.

Georgian Furniture

Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum

Bond in Motion Aston Martin DB5Aston Martin DB5 as seen in Golden Eye, 1995.

Now who doesn’t love an evening spent watching good James Bond films? When I saw that the London Film Museum in Covent Garden was putting on a James Bond exhibition or more accurately Bond in Motion exhibition – ‘the largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles’ I reveled. It’s a terrific exhibition that displays the high performance luxury machinery tweaked with a few unique add-ons (courtesy of Q) that are central to the iconic chases and pursuits of the oh so suave James Bond.

James Bond Exhibition London Film MuseumThe essential Bond accessories consist of a gun, cash, a black American Express card and cufflinks.

London Film Museum James Bond Exhibition

Bond in Motion London Film MuseumStunning vehicles such as the Aston Martin DB5 and DBS, Rolls-Royce Phantom III and Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II are on display along with a selection of more creative action vehicles such as the submersible Lotus Esprit S1 and the crocodile submarine. A variety of aircrafts, motorcycles and boats are also on display and despite what the name suggests the exhibition also includes a few other props used in the film franchise.

Bond in Motion London Film Museum

Bond in Motion London Film MuseumFilming car scene for Quantum of Solace, 2008.

Bond in Motion London Film MuseumAston Martin DBS as seen in Quantum of Solace, 2008 along with the bumps, scratches and damaged windshield following the stunts.

Linnea Nilsson at Bond In Motion - London Film MuseumYours truly enthusiastically got dressed up in a tux with bow tie to have an impromptu Bond themed photo shoot. Lights, camera, action!

London Film Museum James Bond Exhibition

London Film Museum James Bond ExhibitionExterior MI building model. Michael Lamont. The World is Not Enough.

London Film Museum James Bond ExhibitionExamples of elaborate storyboards that look like proper comics such as this for The World Is Not Enough shows a visual layout of events as they are to be seen through the camera lens and demonstrates the creative process of the production company’s art department.

Bond in Motion Rolls-Royce Phantom III

Rolls-Royce Phantom III as seen in Goldfinger, 1964.

Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Eternal

Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Eternal Mori Art Museum TokyoWith the Mori Art Museum exhibition Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Eternal, pop art enthusiasts will revel in the opportunity to see a ‘comprehensive retrospective of nearly 700 Warhol’s work and archives from the start of his career as an artist to his final years’.

Andy Warhol Art Car BMWHighlights include Warhol’s celebs of the world with portraits of Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, and Mohammad Ali to name just a few, his iconic Campbell’s soup cans, and a recreation of his legendary studio “The Factory” at near to true scale. Other highlights also include a selection of Warhol’s illustrations for top fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour and the BMW Art Car designed by Warhol in 1979 (as seen above).

Andy Warhol Mori Art Museum Tokyo

Andy Warhol Silver Clouds Tokyo Mori Art MuseumMy favorite bit from the exhibition included the Silver Clouds installation displayed with a spectacular night view over Tokyo. The shiny silver helium balloons slowly bopping around picked up the light and glow of the illuminated night life of the Tokyo cityscape beautifully.

Roppongi Hills TokyoRoppongi Hills which houses Mori Art Museum.

Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Eternal Tokyo Mori Art Museum

The Aristocratic Palace and the Collection of the Nobleman

Bunkamura: The Aristocratic Palace and its Beauty Milano the Magnificent Collection of the Nobleman -Collection of Museo Poldi Pezzoli

A collection from Museo Poldi Pezzoli is currently on display at the Bunkamura Museum in Shibuya, Tokyo showing the stunning exhibition The Aristocratic Palace and its Beauty -Milano, the Magnificent Collection of the Nobleman. Gilt gold frames enclose dramatic portrait masterpieces and those with religious iconography, intricate tapestry, and further ornate objects help give insight into the lavish taste of prominent Milanese nobleman Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli.

Bunkamura Museum: Collection of Museo Poldi Pezzoli : The Aristocratic Palace and its Beauty Milano the Magnificent Collection of the NoblemanThe idea of bringing a few pieces home with me was tempting especially in order to compliment my own collection, but alas I had to make do with some beautiful postcards and  Italian snacks (Sacucci Horocci with flavors of milk, strawberry and tiramisu) from the exhibition gift shop.