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CLASKA

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CLASKA
Hotel/Cafe/Gallery
2003

東京都目黒区中央町1-3-18
T +81(0)3.3719.8121

website: www.claska.com


Interior design : INTENTIONALLIES
Furniture design : t.c.k.w
Installation art : tomato
Graphic design : TYCOON GRAPHICS





Claska, changing the shape of hotels When met with the task of refurbishing the original hotel structure, we questioned the notion of "living space." The myriad of ideas that sprung from thinking about this concept led to the birth of a hotel that has no equal: Claska. The first floor lobby operates both as a cafe-lounge and DJ event/party space. The first floor also holds the DogMan dog salon and the "essence" bookstore. The second floor gallery space delivers the newest groundbreaking trends in art and culture while the third floor operates as an open system workspace. The fourth and fifth floors house the hotel's nine rooms of which no two are alike; a room over 120 m2, one with an attached terrace, another with a view from your bathtub. We also offer three weekly and monthly hotel rooms furnished with designer amenities and twenty-three residential rooms for long-term use. The 240 m2 rooftop lounge offers stunning panoramic views of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. A composite of diverse services, it is by all accounts the creation of a hotel never before seen in Tokyo.
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The Lobby

A combined restaurant, lounge, bar and cafe featuring a wide range of fusion Asian cuisine as well as a long list of wines and spirits. Come in for a morning cup of coffee, a relaxing lunch, a romantic dinner or an exciting evening out.


The Lobby

open daily 10:00 - 28:00
T +81(0)3.5773.8620
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by another29 | 2006-11-30 22:43 | □Architecture

VISIONAIRE

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VISIONAIRE
Magazine
since 1991

11 mercer Street New York NY 10013, USA
T +1.212.274.8959
F +1.212.343.2595
E info@visionaireworld.com

website: www.visionaireworld.com



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This article is about the art and culture publication. For the software package, see Visionaire. An art and fashion publication that has come out in limited, numbered editions three times a year since Spring of 1991. Each issue has a specific format and theme around which prominent artists, designers, photographers, and others guest edit the publication. The New Yorker called it a "gallery in print" and W called it "the couture version of a magazine."Visionaire also has a monthly, wide-circulation magazine called V, edited by Stephen Gan and Christopher Bollen, the focus of which is art, culture, and fashion. Contributors include Tama Janowitz, Mario Testino, Mario Sorrenti, and Karl Lagerfeld. Interview subjects have included Joan Didion, Salman Rushdie, and Norman Mailer.

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In Fall 2003, Visionaire began publishing yet another magazine, titled Vman, which aims specifically at the male audience. Its covers feature celebrity personalities such as Ryan Gosling, Josh Hartnett, Hayden Christensen, and David Beckham. Vman magazine is published biannually.
The magazine is sold at a starting price of $175 (£120) per issue. However, collectors are said to pay up to $5000 (£3,500) for hard-to-find issues such as No. 18, which came in its own Louis Vuitton portfolio case.

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VISIONAIRE Gallery / 11 Mercer street [between Grand&Canal Streets] New York City
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by another29 | 2006-11-27 04:44 | □Grafic

UB40

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UB40
Band
since 1978 Birmingham,UK

menmbers:
# Chrissie Hynde
# Maxi Priest
# Afrika Bambaataa
# Robert Palmer
# Lady Saw
# Hunterz
# The Dhol Blasters


website:www.ub40.co.uk




The band members began as friends who knew each other from various colleges and schools across Birmingham. The name "UB40" was selected in reference to a paper form issued by the UK government's Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS) at the time of the band's formation for claiming unemployment benefit. The designation UB40 stood for Unemployment Benefit, Form 40.

d0079151_1533736.jpgBefore any of them could play their instruments, Ali Campbell and Brian Travers travelled around Birmingham promoting the band, putting up UB40 posters. The band purchased its first instruments from Woodroffe's Musical Instruments with £4,000 in compensation money that Campbell, who would become the lead singer, received after a bar fight during his 17th birthday celebration. Their first gig took place on February 9, 1979 at The Hare & Hounds Pub in Kings Heath, Birmingham for a friend's birthday party.

UB40 caught their first break when Chrissie Hynde noticed them at a pub and gave them an opportunity as a support act to her band, The Pretenders. UB40's first single, "King"/"Food for Thought" was released on Graduate Records, a local independent label run by David Virr. It reached No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart. Their first album was titled Signing Off, as the band were signing off from or closing their claim on the unemployment benefit. It was recorded in a bedsit in Birmingham and was produced by Bob Lamb. Norman Hassan said of the recording: "if you stripped my track down, you could hear the birds in the background." This is because his tracks were recorded outside in the garden. Signing Off was released on September 6, 1980, and entered the UK Albums Chart on October 2, 1980. It reached as high as No. 2 in the UK and spent 72 weeks in total on the chart. Signing Off is now a Platinum album. Despite great success in the UK, UB40's popularity in the United States was only established after they released Labour of Love, an album of cover songs, in 1983. The album reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 in the US. The album featured the song, "Red Red Wine", a cover version of a Neil Diamond song (in an arrangement similar to that of Tony Tribe's version).
Their most successful worldwide single release is the cover of the Elvis Presley ballad "(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You" which was the main title to the 1993 Sharon Stone movie Sliver and was a number one hit across Europe and in the U.S..

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by another29 | 2006-11-14 15:25 | □Music

Blek le Rat

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Blek le Rat [Xavier prou]
Artist
born 1951 Paris France

website: http://bleklerat.free.fr

Blek le Rat is the inventor of modern stencil art.
He began his quest on the streets of Paris In 1981 and many artists (most famously by Banksy) have been influenced by his unique style ever since.
Street art has evolved. Blek and filmmaker King Adz depart on a road trip through France (2006) to witness Blek's influence on street art and the modern media. The two men are friends off-screen, and Adz just lets the camera roll...


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Blek has inspired the major street art players of today, including people like Banksy to Shepard Fairey who would confess and swear by his name, and countless others, myself included, no doubt. Blek is now 53 years old, but even age cannot stop him from taking a big knife to that old Ikea box and turning it into a template of art. As a bonus, he has his photographer wife, who herself has published several books on stencil and graffiti art, and his 12 year old son going on bombing missions with him! When Blek was asked what he thought of the growing relationship between graffiti and the modern art world, this was his answer:

“The problem with galleries is that 99% of urban artists use urban art as a stepping stone into the galleries. Its a fatal error because in galleries theyre seen by 40 people, in museums theyre seen by 10 people, but in the streets theyre seen by 100,000 people. And thats the integrity of an artists work: to be seen. Not be sold or to be recognized in a museum but to be seen by the world.”

In a world where money, fame and absolute power is craved and killed for, it’s good to see that there are some people, even the Godfather of Stencil Art, has stuck to making art because of the one thing that really matters when it comes to art: the love for it.


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by another29 | 2006-11-06 03:58 | □Grafic