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TEDDY’S DARK SIDE | Toys meet a stick y end
Ordinarily, teddy bears a re cu te an d cuddly. When they’re dipped in tar? Maybe n ot so mu ch.
An Italian- bo rn ar tist who n ow resides i n L A , Mattia Biagi (left) creates blacken ed bea rs, in spired
by a local landmark, the La Brea Tar Pits. Far from being an act of destruction, however, Mattia
co nsiders the dipping of teddy bea rs in tar an ac t of transcen dent creation . “ Under the cover of ta r,
the toy doesn’t lose its charac teristic con to urs, but is in stan tly recognisable,” he says. “ It is n o lo nger
the sweet childhood memor y to hug a nd cuddle, but in stead becomes an ico n of a lost inn ocen ce.”
Visit mat tiabiagi.com.
Is it an educational building or a
sculpture? Why not both!
The n ew high scho ol by Austrian firm
Coop Himmelb(l)au is as eccentric as
the spelling of the co mpa ny’s name.
The seven -building campu s resembles
a battleship or a multifaceted gem,
depending on the an gle, an d has
been hailed as a turning point in the
revitalisation of gritty downtown L A.
“Under the cover of tar, the toy doesn’t lose its
characteristic contours, but is instantly recognisable.
It is no longer the sweet childhood memory to hug
and cuddle, but becomes an icon of a lost innocence”
The latest thing Gordon Ramsay
is mouthing off about? Hollywood
Par t of British chef-cum-hotelier
Gordon Ramsay’s eve r- ex pa nding
empire, The London West Hollywood
imbu es a more seren e mo od than
Ramsay’s o n-screen perso nality
might suggest. The lobby’s vibe is
Hollywood Regency, paying homage
to the 1930s fixation with clean lin es,
luxe fabrics and a muted palette of
black , white, gold, silver an d subtle
shades, such as mint. The rooftop
pool offers a fabulo usly preeny sce ne
an d pan o ramic views over H ollywood.
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