REALMENTE BRAVO: ART IS WITHIN HE WHO LOOKS

Australia again? No! We might be slightly obsessed with the antipodes and their creativity and, at the same time, distance may surround them in a sort of dreamy allure, but we’re also aware that, to begin with, Aussieland is the country with more horrendous animals in the world (spiders that could be dogs and stuff) and that, on the other side, we don’t need to travel that far to witness examples of visual talent.

Realmente Bravo (“Really bravo”) is Spanish product; a creative studio formed by Vik Autofocus and Paula Schmerz that shows how mixing daily objects, a lot of culture, a taste for colours, textures and composition, they can be at the same level as the big names in the Graphic Design industry. There’s Art in every corner and they know how to take advantage of that. Really, bravo!

realmente bravo creativity design still life photography

realmente bravo creativity design still life photography

realmente bravo creativity design still life photography

realmente bravo creativity design still life photography

realmente bravo creativity design still life photography

realmente bravo creativity design still life photography

realmente bravo creativity design still life photography

SÓNAR 2015: SIX MONTHS LEFT

Nearly everyone starts their year on the first of January; choking on grapes in Spain, giving midnight kisses in other countries and all wearing red underwear as a tradition. Utterly boring; we welcome you to come to our own celebration and mix all mentioned before at the Sónar festival in mid-June, date when our year really begins.

The line up for this 2015 new edition has been revealed today, a list where we can read names such as FKA Twigs, Maya Jane Coles, Duran Duran, The 2 Bears, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Henrik Schwarz, Meneo, Laurent Garnier or Die Antwoord, adding to the already confirmed Ten Walls, Kiasmos or Daniel Avery. Yeah, we know, after reading this you’re biting your nails and looking at flight tickets to come to visit us in our beloved and wonderful Barcelona. Here you are the official website with all the necessary information and, please, keep those midnight kisses safe for the 18th, 19th and 20th of June. Welcome to Barcelona, welcome to Sonar 2015.

tUnE-yArDs: colourful hurricane

A lot has been said since the organisation of the most important music festival in Spain (alongside with Sónar) revealed their new edition line-up last Wednesday.  In La Monda, we could make a deep research of the names that this Primavera Sound 2015 is bringing; about what we think of them including bands sleepier than Diazepam or about highlight the sudden fear we feel when thinking about the fanatic phenomenon that the presence of Julian Casablancas can trigger, but music magazines are already doing that.
We’re going to focus on celebrating that tUnE-yArDs is coming back to Spain with one of the best albums of 2014. In this last release (Nikki Nack, 2014), American Merrill Garbus ventures with all genres, from funk to folk, going through afro-pop and jazz; amazing display of colourful, poliritmic party. We can assure you that if this girl is already a blast in recording, just wait and watch her live; she’s an energy, good vibe and surprising hurricane. Who would say that Garbus, whose first album was self-recorded in recycled cassette tape, would end up in festivals like Primavera Sound and being a total reference name.

MONARCHY – DANCING IN THE CORNER

Beginning the day with music should be compulsory; that’s what we’ve done since we were little and you can see how healthy and sane we are now. Waking up pressing “play”, we discovered the band Monarchy. We used to sing Disintegration while we were in the shower, Dita moves included. We liked them so much that we decided to interview them when we had just released La Monda Magazine and, like every story with a happy ending, things went well.

After its premiere in Rolling Stone Italy and Spain, and Vice US, Canada and UK, we present you “Dancing In The Corner”, Monarchy’s new video that La Monda Studio (yeah, we now have the creative itch) has filmed along with our beloved PressRec.

One last thing: we have to say a big loud thank you to the whole team. Without you, none of this would’ve ever been possible and La Monda Studio would still be a dream. Thanks so much to our friends and family for standing us and thanks so much to you all for understanding us, our dear readers. Don’t you ever stop coming to our site; otherwise, we will find you and your houses and we will turn into your new and lively alarm clock. Our showers know what we’re talking about.

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monarchy dancing in the coner music clip music video lamondamagazine pressrec

monarchy dancing in the coner music clip music video lamondamagazine pressrec

monarchy dancing in the coner music clip music video lamondamagazine pressrec

BARNÉY BAKER: HE LIKES EVERYTHING ELSE

“Barnéy does not care about good coffee, your beard, 12-hour workdays, dog strollers, credit cards, white drama, Lil B, and cats (excluding kittens obviously)”. He likes everything else. That’s how Baker describes himself in his webpage and that’s why we like him.

Besides, Barnéy Baker has a portfolio that includes names like Nike, Adidas, New Era or Microsoft (yeah, I know, it’s amazing), loads of awards and an impeccable taste. Moreover, he’s created what from I want to adopt as a pet; that stone with a pair of eyes so full of happiness that make me want to love. Just look at those eyes; it’s a good hearted stone. I can’t even resist. Baker is another name on our altar of Design.

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barney baker design illustration colour 3d lamondamagazine

barney baker design illustration colour 3d lamondamagazine

barney baker design illustration colour 3d lamondamagazine

barney baker design illustration colour 3d lamondamagazine

barney baker design illustration colour 3d lamondamagazine

barney baker design illustration colour 3d lamondamagazine

KENYA HARA: ARCHITECTURE FOR DOGS

We belong to that human category that, when watching a film, they cry more when the dog dies that when the actual human does. What can we do; that precious canine look stole our hearts a long time ago. We suspect the same happened to Kenya Hara. This Japanese architect, curator and animal lover had the idea of gathering together a group of architects and designers to create the “Architecture for Dogs” project. The idea consisted in building a specific living space for a certain dog breed, making it more characteristic to its needs and, even more, to the looks of each dog.

The concept behind this projects is that each dog owner can build their own structure at home, downloading the floor plans for free straight from their website. That way, your dog will be able to have a possibly nicer and cheaper place to live that the 20 square meter- no balcony – inside space that you “sleep” (“living” is a concept too wide to describe what you do there).

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architecture for dogs product design art direction lamondamagazinearchitecture for dogs product design art direction lamondamagazine

architecture for dogs product design art direction lamondamagazine

architecture for dogs product design art direction lamondamagazine

architecture for dogs product design art direction lamondamagazine

architecture for dogs product design art direction lamondamagazine

architecture for dogs product design art direction lamondamagazine

CHLOE NEWMAN: BAD VIBE LUX

August in Malaga, old ladies dressed up in pearls and bling, squeezed into sequin dresses that sparkle more than a disco ball, shrimps and cocktails scattered around the pool while Julio Iglesias sings “Pobre Diablo”. Summing it up, that would be the imagery that could describe British Chloe Newman‘s “Black Tropicana” photography series, who presents us a world of decadence, darkness and everything sickly. Pictures focused on textures and reflections that make us think that hell is not deep down, but somewhere near the Spanish coast casino-resorts.
Newman has a wide portfolio filled with images that attract and repel at the same time. A bizarre look where neons, viscous intentions and bright colours are everywhere, an artistic imagery that would astound David Lynch himself. With this work we leave all the sweet Christmas holidays behind, we put the mistletoe down, we stop singing those good vibe Christmas carols and we continue being what we were: the Grinch.

chloe newman photography still life lamondamagazine

chloe newman photography still life lamondamagazine

chloe newman photography still life lamondamagazine

chloe newman photography still life lamondamagazine

chloe newman photography still life lamondamagazine

DAVID ALTMEJD: FLUX FLOWS

Flux. If you also had to look up what that means, you probably went to Wikipedia and found ten different meanings for the word in Science, Technology, Medicine and Arts. It’s time for a wake- up call for the Wikipedians though, because Flux is also the name David Altmejd gave to one of his works; “The Flux and the Puddle”, 2014. And, moreover, the name given to Altmejd’s retrospective in the Musée d’Arts Moderne in Paris.

We can only describe what Flux looks like;a mix of shapes and organs in gestation and crystals in formation, a universe of mixed dreams and nightmares. It’s plexiglas, quartz, polystyrene, expandable foam, epoxy clay, epoxy gel, resin, synthetic hair, clothing, leather shoes, thread, mirror, plaster, acrylic paint, latex paint, metal wire, glass eyes, sequin, ceramic, synthetic flowers, synthetic branches, glue, gold, feathers, steel, coconuts, aqua resin, burlap, lighting system including fluorescent lights, Sharpie ink, wood, coffee grounds, polyurethane foam. It’s another form of beauty.

david altmejd art exhibition paris

david altmejd art exhibition paris

david altmejd art exhibition paris

david altmejd art exhibition paris

david altmejd art exhibition paris

SELF PORTRAIT: HANG CHONG’S SOLD OUT

This brand (Self-Portrait), launched by Central Saint Martins student Han Chong, is a little over a year old and it was sold out in Selfridges in three days after its release. Far from just settling with that (we’d feel bigger than David Copperfield), this Malaysian designer kept on working and thinking about collections so, so, SO amazing as the one below.

PS: Do you want more good news? Check out the prices.
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