sabato 4 aprile 2015

Deco style meets Islamic art.

The Art Deco Society of New York

Always designers are fascinated by the phenomenon of taste that affected the early decades of the twentieth century that is called 'Art Deco and involving the decorative arts visual arts, the 'architecture and fashion.
Creativity at every level of expression, found in optimistic twenties the right way to develop outside of the academic tradition, looking for a modern and innovative spirit.


Jade Elephants Cartier Earrings 1921

The Jewels of Art Deco objects were special and unmistakable: bold, processed, fresh and joyful; polychrome of bright colors.

And big names had its creators: Lalique, Cartier, Van Cleef, Mauboussin, Boucheron, Tiffany, Lacloche, Fouquet, Mellerio who realized creations of unsurpassed quality, scientific rigor and spectacle.

Our collections "ARABESQUE CIRCLE" and "ARABESQUE SQUARE" born of this huge passion for this modern style where they meet quality materials like coral and pearls with jade carved and hand-carved mother of pearl.

The new collections are inspired by Islamic art deco and ornamental decorations typical of Arab culture. Geometric shapes that convey a pleasant feeling of serenity and beauty.

"Arabesque Circle", graphic design and realization of the pendant.

"Arabesque Circle", ring.

 The Arabesque is an ornamental style composed of calligraphic elements and / or geometric patterns that decorate mosques, palaces and domes of the Islamic world: almost a form of writing that becomes pure decoration .This meticulous attention to ornament comes from strict religious rules that prohibit the human figure.

"Arabesque Circle", bracelet.

Discover our collections at the following link:


Images © Modula Gioielli

sabato 28 febbraio 2015

Preservation – When a photographer is covering his models with dripping honey

Preservation, an amazing series of American photographer and artist Blake Little, who is covering his models with honey and capturing them into dripping portraits, frozen in this golden sugar as in amber. A fascinating project published in the book Preservation.

Images © Blake Little

We invite you to look at a selection of photos in our Pinterest page:

mercoledì 18 febbraio 2015

Sevan Bıçakçı - The lord of the Rings

Rings of Sevan

Majestic mosques, exotic bazaars full of fragrant spices,  imposing minarets and  sultans. Istanbul, the only city in the world which has reigned as capital of three different empires. And just this fairytale city is without a doubt the greatest muse for Sevan Bicakci, known in the fine jewelry world as “Lord of the Rings.”

Sevan in his laboratory.

Born and raised in Turkey, as a youth he worked here and there in odd jobs, dropping out of school in the fifth grade and becoming an apprentice to a relative who was a goldsmith. At 18, he opened his own workshop. Now 42, Mr. Bicakci is known internationally thanks to pieces like his Haghia Sophia rings.

Brooke Shields and Sevan in 2010.
Sevan Bicakci is the recipient of a string of prestigious awards, including the “Tanzanite Foundation Award” for “Best Independent Designer of 2007”. Sevan has also won the
Town & Country Couture Awards over the last  years including the 2008 Town & Country Couture Gemstone Award.
Some of Sevan’s well-known wearers and collectors include Brooke Shields, Catherine Zeta Jones, Elizabeth Hurley, Liv Tyler, Kim Raver, Halle Berry, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Angie Harmon, Michelle Monaghan, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Tory Burch.

"Octopus" ring-bracelet made of gold and silver, with more than 3,000 diamonds multicolored hand-set, 164 pearls and a baroque pearl "South Sea" of 24 carats.

 However, Biçakçi is not a typical superstar: he still has his factory shop in the district of the Grand Bazaar of his home city Istanbul (in fact he doesn’t own any stores in any of the large western capital cities), he doesn’t often appear in the media nor does he speak English; in fact, Biçakçi is much more of an artist and a craftsman than a media figure and although he’s pursued by international success, he doesn’t appear to be too interested in finding it.

A series of rings Sevan.

Currently, on the two upper levels of his factory shop located in the vicinity of the Grand Bazaar, a team of 95 people among metal smiths who specialize in working with silver and gold, master setters, painters, and a sculptor, have all been carefully selected by Biçakçi to produce his dream creations. According to the calculations of the jeweller himself, the meticulous work of this talented team produces around 350 pieces a year; an understandable figure, knowing that each piece is elaborated completely by hand and take several months to complete.

Original two-finger ring.

 According to Biçakçi, the workshop is an exciting place that’s inhabited by “magicians”, individuals who are extremely talented and able to combine their specialties to achieve a unique end result; a true creative vortex in where you’ll find the eye of Sevan Biçakç, the true gravitational centre which unites and brings everything into order. Without doubt, one of the main reasons why the Turkish master’s jewellery is so attractive is down to the use of highly specialized techniques of which many remain a total secret and were developed by Biçakçi and his team after extremely long and exhaustive processes of trial and error.

Ring with the Hagia Sophia of Instambul.

A prime example of this is the intaglio sculpting process which is a technique of “inverse sculpture” that allows the characteristic “drawings” that fill the interior of the large stones of the Turkish jewellers’ rings. This method was developed from the need to decorate and give depth to these large-sized stones in shapes that were designed to emulate the domes of Istanbul such as Hagia Sophia; and they became the perfect way to tell a story through the actual ring.

Rings with birds carved and painted in stone.

Ring "All over Istanbul" with micro-mosaic.
Another impressive technique he uses is the micro mosaic, and one of the most incredible examples of the skill that he achieves with this method is the “All over Istanbul” ring, with more than 7000 miniscule tiles that took more than a year and a half to place (in fact, the process was so laborious that Sevan didn’t want to sell the ring).

Besides these and other more traditional jewellery procedures, Biçakçi incorporates Arab handwriting, paintings, sculptures and engravings to his creations as well as a series of details that enrich and give narrative depth to the piece, emphasizing the unique character of each one of them. If there’s something that particularly characterizes Sevan Biçakçi’s jewels, it’s his complexity that consists of both physical and metaphorical multiple layers; pieces that are made in such a way that the end result is a visual wealth that goes beyond simple beauty and boldly enters the complex territory of art.

We invite you to look at a selection of rings in our Pinterest page:

venerdì 13 febbraio 2015

Kinetic ‘Insecta’ Lamps by U-Ram Choe

Silver Insecta Lamp, 2013. Metallic material, machinery, electronic device (cpu board, motor, led), resin, magnet. 16 1/2 × 9 1/10 × 14 3/5 in. Courtesy of the artist and GALLERY HYUNDAI, Seoul.

Gold Insecta Lamp, 2013. Metallic material, machinery, electronic device (cpu board, motor, led), resin, magnet. 16 1/2 × 9 1/10 × 14 3/5 in. Courtesy of the artist and GALLERY HYUNDAI, Seoul.

Korean sculptor U-Ram Choe  builds kinetic sculptures embedded with CPUs, motors, and LEDs that appear to be equal parts organism and artwork. Seen here are two of his smallest works to date, a pair of insect-like lamps aptly titled Silver Insecta Lamp and Gold Insecta Lamp. When switched on, the lamps reveal an ornate set of five wing-like appendages that cycle through a gentle flapping motion. You can see how they work in the video above. All photos courtesy Gallery Hyundai. (via Artsy)

giovedì 12 febbraio 2015

Famous Photographers Pose With Their Most Iconic Images

Unless you’re a photography buff, you probably have no idea what the people behind some of the most famous photos in the world actual look like. US photographer Tim Mantoani, however, aims to fix all that with his epic “Behind Photographs” series.
It all started in 2006, when Mantoani rented a 20×24 Polaroid camera (itself an extraordinary rarity) to shoot portraits of Jim Marshall and Michael Zagaris. Since then, he has photographed more than 150 other photographers and the photos that made them famous. Their photos have been viewed by millions, and some shots have become true icons of famous historical events or famous people. The portrait series is available in book form on Amazon.
The Polaroid 20×24 Mantoani used is an instant camera that produces plates of 20 inches by 24 (appr. 50cm x 60cm). The camera weighs 235 pounds (106kg) and has its own custom wheeled tripod.

Steve McCurry – Girl In Afghanistan

Steve McCurry: Peshawar, Pakistan 1984. Ho cercato questa ragazza per 17 anni e finalmente la trovai nel 2002. Il suo nome è Sharbat Gula.

Jeff Widener – Beijing 1989

Jeff Widener – Beijing 1989

Harry Benson – The Beatles

 Harry Benson: Brian Epstein – Beatles Manager – had just told them they were number one in America – and I was coming with them to New York. 1964

Lyle Owerko – 9/11

  Lyle Owerko: No one knew such beautiful warm day would serve as the backdrop to one of the most painful and confusing events to the heart of mankind. This picture is one small part of such a huge event that ties the threads of thousands of stories and millions of people together. Written words will never convey the whole scope of the event, nor summarize the sounds, the smells or even voices that are frozen in my memory bank from that day. I did the best job I could in photographing the 9/11 so that future generations would have the idea of the scope of what happened, to have the evidence how innocence can so easily be snatched away in a razor’s edged moment in time. My hope is that in time the wounds and pain will heal and that wisdom and peace will prevail among the darkness of this event, so that humanity could move forward into a time of grace and understanding.


Marry Ellen Mark – Ringmaster With Elephant

  Marry Ellen Mark: I am holding my photograph of Ram Prakash Singh and his beloved elephant Shyama – taken in 1990. Ram Prakash Singh was the ringmaster of “The Great Golden Circus” – this photograph was done in Ahmedabad, India – This was part of my Indian Circus Project. I love India and I love the circus, so photographing eighteen circuses all around India was an incredible experience. Unfortunately Shyama died a few months after this photograph was taken – supposedly, he succumbed to poisoned chapatti – Ram Prakash Singh was heartbroken – me also.


Thomas Mangelsen – Brown bear

  Thomas Mangelsen: Brown bear, Brooks Falls Katmai National Park, Alaska. July 1988. I pre-visualized this possibility (of an image like this) from watching documentary films about the bears at Katmai and seeing a photograph in Alaska Air Magazine of a group of bears here at the falls. At the time, I was on a flight to Anchorage working on a documentary film about Sandhill Cranes and had a week between shoots. I phoned the park headquarters from the airport in Achorage and asked about getting a campsite. They said they were all full – except for one site, that was near the bear trail and nobody wanted it. I told them I would take it. I spent a week on a small platform above the falls trying to captures this image. I would go most days before sunrise and stay until dark. During that time I shot 35 rolls of film of pretty much just head + shoulders of bears + sockeye salmon leaping the falls. Six weeks later I opened the yellow box to see this image. It was a nice surprise. I hadn’t known that I got it.

David Doubilet – Circle Of Barracuda

  David Doubilet:  Circle of Barracuda, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. The school of chevron barracudas circled the diver three times and pow they were gone into a dark afternoon sea.   The oceans of the world have no straight lines; geometry like a perfect circle is a rare thing, but these barracudas will do this as a defense.  70% of our planet is an ocean.  It is a place of infinite hidden beauty.  It is a place where light behaves in a very different manner.  Global warming/ climate change is about water.  Coral reefs where I have spent most of my life are very threatened now—not just from rising temperatures but from the change in ocean chemistry = This is a world where my partner Jennifer Hayes and I go into.  It is most of our planet.  A world without corners that may be gone by the end of the century.


May Pang – John Lennon

May Pang: Summer 1974 Long Island Sound NY. A relaxing time with his son Julian. I called this photo “Family Portrait”.

Neil Leifer – Ali vs. Liston

Neil Leifer: Ali vs. Liston – May 25, 1965, Lewiston, Maine

 Vincent Laforet – Me And My Human
Vincent Laforet: I’ve been fortunate enough to witness some pretty amazing things in my relatively young career that began twenty years ago. Many were beautiful, others were horrifying; most were important moments in history every event big or small is important. One of the interesting things that I’ve learned through aerial photography is that taking a step backwards (or in this case 1,500 feet up) ironically often forces the view to become much more intimate with the image as they study it in much greater detail, and are forced to let their imagination take over. “Me and my human” Central Park, NYC.

Bob Gruen – John Lennon

Bob Gruen: John Lennon asked me to come to his pentouse apt. on the east side of New York to take pictures for the cover of his ‘Walls + Bridges’ album. After we took a series of portraits for the record cover we took some informal shots to use for publicity. I asked him if he still had the New York City t-shirt I had given him a year earlier and he went a put it on and we made this photo.


 Elliott Erwitt – Two Dogs With Owner

  Elliott Erwitt: The picture I am holding was snapped in 1974 just across the street from my apartment in New York’s Central Park. It has been 38 years since that event and sadly I have lost track of the participants.


Lori Grinker – Mike Tyson

  Lori Grinker: Mike Tyson  – 1980, age 14. I began a project on young boxers when I was a student. The legendary Cus D’Amato told me Mike would be the next great heavy weight champion, he was right – and I continued on with him for nearly a decade. He was a trouble but sweet kid who veered off the good path he was led to with all that comes with being a celebrity in that world.


Nick Ut – Napalm Attack In Vietnam

  Nick Ut:  June 8, 1972 Trang Bang Village Kim Phuc 9 year-old girl South Vietnam drop napalm in her village.


Herman Leonard – Jazz Musicians

  Herman Leonard: It was early 1948 at the Royal Roost in New York. An afternoon rehearsal gave me a unique opportunity to photograph many giants of jazz with my trusty 4×5 Speed Graphic. What a great career! To do what you love and be entertained at the same time!


Douglas Kirkland – Marilyn Monroe

  Douglas Kirkland: This is from my Evening with Marilyn.


Carl Fischer – Muhammad Ali

 Carl Fischer: Muhammad Ali, New York, 1967


This amazing series is available as a book on Amazon.