INDEX’S INDEX: Six (yes, six) things we really like this week

Compiled by INDEX 

14 — 20 December 2020

1.

Jeff Koons is the latest high-profile name to join the ranks of Masterclass. The online learning tool, with the world’s most famous teachers, has been regularly announcing new courses to its offering including New Zealand’s Parris Goebel teaching Creativity in Choreography and Mr Jeff Koons giving insights into art and creativity. Also not a shabby Christmas gift and one that doesn’t depend on last-minute express shipping.

2.

Fashion’s Daniel Lee continues to lead Bottega Veneta into a new phase of the brand’s lifespan. The former Maison Margiela and Balenciaga designer showed his Spring/Summer 2021 collection to a small, socially distanced crowd in London earlier in the week.

The collection is packed full of playful knits that cleverly bring the 70s and 90s together into dialled-back delights.

3.

It’s been almost 25 years since Davide Sorrenti passed away but his images are as important as ever. London-based IDEA Books have just-this-minute-released a new title filled of 160 pages of polaroids taken by Sorrenti between 1994 and 1997.

Entitled Davide Sorrenti Polaroids, it’s an exciting follow up to the now-sold-out Davide Sorrenti Monograph which was released earlier in the year.

4.

Balenciaga’s Afterworld: Age of Tomorrow collection made headlines for making its digital debut via a video game and, within the range is a line of jewellery just as future-forward.

Crafted with technology developed by Israeli designer, Shahar Livne, rings, earrings and bangles are made from a process that mixes ocean plastic retrieved by Oceanworks and calcium carbonate — a waste product from the marble industry.

The process sees Livne develop a clay-like material called lithoplast which involves mixing the materials, using heat and pressure, before shaping them by hand.

5.

Spanish masters of the luxury lighting scene, Marset, hit mood-enhancing gold once again. Designed by Christophe Mathieu, the Bicoca lamp encourages indoor/outdoor flow with it stuck-in-one-place-defying cordless technology. They’re available in a particularly nice variety of colours (think dark red, ochre, baby blue) from INDEX fave, ECC.

6.

While many of us use our trusty smartphones to keep track of appointments and the like, there’s still something really nice about having a physical calendar and flipping that page at the end of each month. Especially when the images are by incredible artists like Harley Weir, Nadine Fraczkowski and Mayan Toledano.

Better still, all the proceeds of this No Drama calendar will be donated to a queer charity of the artist’s choosing.

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