This week everything seems white.  Always a fascinating color .

It is both sharp and yet has no edge. From the snows this week in Milano that
added magic to nature, the new designs of Tom Dixon in marble and the
solo exhibit of Paolo Roversi in London , the soft luminescence of
white moves over the days this week carrying us into

the whitest February in 27 years.

This is Milano today, sunny and snow covering one of the secret enchanted gardens hidden in the courtyards here that few get to see.
There are many hidden places like this in Milano and it is a pity one cannot know them all but it would take a lifetime simply to find them!

The size of Wapping is so big that it not only has a famous restaurant, but also several exhibition spaces in the rear rooms where the water tanks were kept.
Here is the exhibition of Edgar Martins, the Portuguese Photographer who grew up in Macau, China and now lives and works in UK.
His photographs  of the abandoned homes, hotels and other buildings in US project a show to great advantage in this space.
His impressive interpretation of the collapse of the housing market give the name to the exhibition, “This is not a House”.

Jules Wright is the visionary behind the Wapping Project.
In 2009, she not only  transformed the power station into a center of the arts but built this surprising bookshop in the middle of the garden in a greenhouse.

After Paolo’s opening Wapping hosted a wonderful dinner in this unusual building in East London.  Built in 1890, this immense hydraulic power station has been converted to galleries and a restaurant the serious “foodies” are now traveling to.

It is a privilege to be near beauty when fashion design and photography meet as they do in Paolo Roversi’s photographs.  Known for working with the “intelligent designers” the strength of style in these portraits of women represent the best beauty and magic of this white season.  Somehow you see the edge but it is also seamless.

Now at Wapping and not to be missed if in London.

Just before going to London to see the new Roversi exhibition, I happened to find this picture of Paolo and Azzedine given to me a few years ago.
They look like two brothers in their Chinese jackets. Both captured in time in the unmistakable Roversi  atmosphere.

Going to Wapping brings back the memory of last March when the Yohji Yamamoto exhibition celebrated his white wedding dress installed in the Wapping Project.
The dress was suspended from metal rods above a huge tank of water in the old boiler room. Its reflections in the dark tank and the lights inside created great drama.

 

Tom Dixon showed his first home accessories line at Maison & Object for everyday wares.  Eclectic, the name of his collection uses many of the same materials he has always favored.  Liking the organic, he blends copper, wood and marble to make bowls, serving trays and candleholders that creates a maze of lights

adding magic to any place.

Posted on: Sunday, February 5th, 2012

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