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The Designer’s Collaboration with the Danish Design House Captured in a Painterly Film
Filmmaker Justin Anderson follows a water jug, metallic bowl and candleholder through a choreographed series of daily rituals in this whimsical short showcasing the new Ilse Collection by Georg Jensen. British designer Ilse Crawford is behind the namesake collection, which looks to transform everyday objects into beautiful, experiential items that add elegance to routine. “I like taking very normal things and making them special, so those moments that you begin or end the day with are in some way given shape and materiality,” explains Crawford, the tastemaker behind the launch of British Elle Decoration in 1989. Known for her warm aesthetic, Crawford has designed an extensive roster of interiors and products through her firm Studioilse, including the New York outpost of Nick Jones' Soho House Group and their luxury country spa retreat, Babington House. Key to the Ilse Collection was the Danish word “hygge,” a term that has no direct translation, but relays comfort and humanity. Acknowledging the rich legacy of Georg Jensen, known for its silver hollowware and jewelry, Crawford cast her designs in sensual materials like solid copper, brass and black glass, in addition to using the sleek and elegant polished steel that is the famed Danish design house’s signature. “Georg Jensen’s designs embody Scandinavian minimalism and sophistication,” says the half-Danish Crawford. “To me it was about trying to create designs that amplify and accentuate the way we do things.”
The New York-Based Producer Falls For a Black Widow in His Neon-Tinged Video
Night riding motorcycle lover Blood Orange, AKA Devonté Hynes, succumbs to a femme fatale in director Abteen Bagheri's pop promo for "I'm Sorry We Lied." First surfacing in UK dance-punk trio Test Icicles, the Essex-raised Hynes moved to New York five years ago and garnered critical acclaim for his alt-folk Lightspeed Champion solo project. While writing and producing for the likes of Florence Welch and Solange Knowles, Hynes pieced together the distinctive retro-infused R&B of Blood Orange, releasing the Coastal Grooves album last summer. "I'm obsessed with the obsession with the 50s and 60s that people had in the 80s," explains Hynes. "Grease, Billy Idol, Happy Days. It might have been the last time people were cool." Having worked previously on the video for breakout Harlem rapper ASAP Rocky's "Peso," Bagheri shot "I'm Sorry We Lied" over two days along the one-mile Main Street strip of the small desert town of Barstow, California. The young filmmaker drew inspiration from classic 80s noirs like Near Dark, The Wraith, and the Coen Brothers’ debut, Blood Simple, and even used footage of American Ninja 4, which was fortuitously playing on the motel television while filming. "There was something inherently cinematic about it," says Bagheri on first hearing Hynes’s track. "It was like an updated, demented 80s pop soundtrack, dark with catchy melodies."