MARK HAVENS: VIVA LA DECADENCE

More than a year ago we spoke about Mark Havens and his magnetic eye for the holiday decadent architecture; the American neon and plastic cheesy-kitsch was as familiar (hello Spanish coast) as picturesque. His scenery was Wildwood, but it could’ve very easily been Benidorm.

Life works in mysterious ways, they say. The gods of corny resorts listened to our prayers and now Havens is back, in a book. “Out of Season: The Vanishing Architecture of the Wildwoods” focuses on the walks of this Philadelphia artist around the New Jersey island; 50s and 60s architecture landscapes mixed with the uneasy feeling of a place that should be full of life, but it’s not. We hope Mark does very well so he can come and portray the Spanish building boom; he’d have enough material for a trilogy.

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SEBASTIAN WEISS: THE CORNER

Sebastian Weiss makes me wonder that the world of paraphilias is more extense than you would think of. There’s something in his photography that is so unique, so perfect and so precise that makes something even sensual out of concrete. This German photographer fascinated with architecture defies logical reasons; in the same way that planes fly, his buildings seem light, attractive and free of context.
Parts of sky and structures are what, basically, fill up Weiss’s work in such an harmonic way they seem to be alive. If there was a Playboy of buildings, it would be Sebastian’s. And I would probably end up like those people that married national monuments and objects.
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MATTHIAS HEIDERICH: WHO LIVES THERE?

It’s annoying when people can make something outstanding from everyday objects; that girl that just using felt, surimi, erasers or whatever she finds on her way makes a live scale Sixtine Chapel reproduction or that dude that invents a new type of fuel out of human sweat (if you do exist, indeed, you are annoying).

Matthias Heiderich is a little bit annoying, what can we say. There were you pass with your head down low, thinking in your, well, thoughts, he can actually look around and build amazing images and compositions capturing architecture, colour, materials and, incredibly, static movement. And he makes you feel a bit like a procrastinator, like someone who loses her time instead of making Art. Matthias says no to studios, his place is the streets, as many gangsters would say.

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PEBE AND HIS STORE: WE LIKE THE PARTY

Warning: I’m gonna get sentimental here. Seven years ago I moved to Barcelona like another graphic-designer-to-be, without a clue of basically anything and hungry for new experiences, amongst other things. 84 months, thousands of problems, millions of good times and billions of parties after (you know, welcome to Spain), we bring you PeBe (Pablo Benito), former classmate and partymate. In fact, we’re going to talk about going out, because PeBe re-draws this clubs and joints you so eagerly attend and turn them into divine illustrations to hung up on your living rooms; if you turn the music on, there’s no need to go out even. From my beloved Apolo club to Razzmatazz, Berghain or Fabric, you can buy them, all of them, in his online store. If, on the other hand, your body is not up for partying, you can also find prints of historical buildings of touristic destinations to which we would go right now. Desk pride; congratulations Pablo, this is ace.

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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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