Sunday, 20 August 2017

bepure | beautiful hair - hair oil

The "beautiful hair" hair oil by bepure is an intense hair oil with natural oils from the highest quality.
It is based on avocado oil and prickly pear seed oil that smooths and repairs the hair and the lavender, bergamot and swiss stone pine essential oils do not only create a wonderful natural and fresh scent but are also very beneficial for the hair by purifying, detoxifying and calming it.
A little goes a long way and the hair oil is very light and doesn't put any weight on the hair.
The scent is absolutely wonderful and it lingers on the hair without being too intense.
Also we can feel that the hair oil immediately nourishes and hydrates the hair, leaving it soft and with a natural shine, the hair-ends are smoothened and look and feel healthier after using the hair oil a few times.
Of all the hair oils we have tried so far, the "beautiful hair" hair oil is our favourite.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Charlotte Meentzen | flower day cream with uv protection

The Charlotte Meentzen flower day cream with uv protection is a moisturizing day cream that balances the skin and protects it against UV radiation.
It has a very soft texture and soaks into the skin quickly, leaving it smooth, nourished and hydrated.
After using it the skin feels incredibly soft and cared for.
The scent is very tender, a bit floral and very fresh.
We think it is a perfect product for the hot summer days as it cares for the skin very gently and due to the light texture it feels very comfortable on the skin on hot days, the UV protection being another benefit for the skin.
The flower day cream contains lime blossom extract and many more highest quality natural ingredients and is vegan.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

How to reduce waste - in cooperation with LUSH Switzerland

This year, LUSH Switzerland has started many different projects to reduce waste and to make people more aware of the subject of waste.
We have also decided to give it a try and start a zero waste week.
There are many different ways to reduce the waste we produce, one of the easiest way is to stop buying plastic bags at stores and bring your own bags from home.
Another easy way, is to use reusable bottles and bring your drinks from home, that way you won't have to buy drinks in plastic bottles and you can make your own favourite drink and have it with you all the time. Also if you bring your own bottle or tumbler you get a discount at many coffee places for take away drinks.
Something that always produces a lot of waste is cosmetics and personal hygiene.
Fortunately LUSH offers a wide range of products that don't produce any waste.
During this week we have tried to use only these products and replace as many of our regular products as possible with the zero waste products. The five products we have found to be most useful  and effective are these:

(from left to right)

Outback Mate
This wonderful soap has a wonderfully refreshing and uplifting scent of eucalyptus and peppermint it leaves the skin soft, cleansed and refreshed.

Seanik is one of the shampoo bars, it cleanses the hair gently and thoroughly and leaves the hair shiny, soft and voluminous. The fresh scent of lemon oil in combination with the floral scent of jasmine and mimosa create a wonderfully fresh and tender scent we like a lot. Also we have realized that it reduces frizz and detangles the hair even without a conditioner.

We were always rather skeptical towards solid deodorants but the aromaco really is very effective. Without any harmful ingredients, it works great and doesn't smell too strong.
It contains witch hazel, chamomile vinegar and patchouli.

Fresh Farmacy
This mild facial soap cleanses the skin very gently and has a soothing and balancing effect on the skin. It reduces irritations and we love how purified, nourished and soft the skin feels after using it and how it has a calming effect on the skin.
It contains chamomile blue oil, lavender oil and rose absolute which creates a tender and slightly floral scent we like a lot.

Full of Grace
Full of Grace is a deeply moisturizing facial serum on solid form that will nourish the skin deeply and leaves it soft and gently cared for.
Just like the fresh farmacy it contains calamine powder and chamomile blue oil, it protects and nourishes the skin without leaving it greasy or heavy.
After using it for a while, the skin feels very healthy, soft and soothed.
Just like Fresh Farmacy it also lasts forever.

Throughout this week we have done some research and we have found out that there are many examples online of people who live like this their whole live and don't produce any trash at all or as little as possible. We find it hard to produce zero trash, but very easy to reduce the amount of trash. If all of us would just be a little more conscious about trash and try to use as many re-usable products as possible it would already make a big difference. There is an endless amount of tips online on how to reduce waste and also there are more and more zero-waste grocery stores, where you can purchase food, cosmetics and much more without packaging and simply bring your own container to fill with the things you would like to purchase. That way you can also avoid purchasing too much and just buy as much as you will be able to use before it goes to waste.

our short list of some easy ways to reduce trash in your every day life without much effort:
- use fabric bags instead of paper or plastic bags
- bring your own drinks from home
- try to make drinks you like yourself instead of purchasing them at a store, for example smoothies or lemonade - it is not only more environmentally friendly but also less expensive and healthier
- bring your own bottle or tupperware for take away drinks or food
- never use disposable tableware
- use cosmetics without unnecessary packaging
- if possible always choose the unpacked option (for example fruit, vegetables, bread etc.)

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Basel Tattoo 2017 | feel the beat

Feel the beat, the Basel Tattoo 2017 has more than 1000 participants from all over the world.
Feel the Beat is a musical world tour and the different formations guide the audience through their countries from Switzerland, to Italy, Russia, America, New Zealand and many more in an entertaining, touching and breathtaking way.

The Igor Moiseyev State Academic Ensemble from Russia presented us their incredible choreography, it is only the second time ever they dance somewhere else than on their usual stage and it was absolutely breathtaking,

The Musique des Sapeurs-Pompiers de Paris from France usually play at ceremonies of the firefighters and other military celebrations, their show is musically on a very high level, they played many modern songs and it was very catchy, it is diverse and very entertaining.

The Massed Pipes and Drums is a formation consisting of more than 200 bagpipers and drummers from groups from all over the world, their playing was incredibly impressive and very powerful.

The band of recruits from the Swiss army presented us a fantastic show with wonderful music that made us laugh and brought a certain "Swissness" to the show.

It was once again wonderful to see the courtyard of the Kaserne (barrack) in Basel get turned into a scene of formations from all four continents, with amazing choreographies, breathtaking music and a unity of people from all over the world.

Monday, 3 July 2017

THE ONE Grand Show

For "THE ONE" Parisian fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier has designed over 500 costumes for the more than 100 performers.
The show featuring live music, dance, special effects and acrobatics does not have an explicit narrative structure but represents the dream of a young man who is looking for his one true love. The opening scene is an underground party in an old shut down theater (for which the designer was inspired by several visits at the club Berghain in Berlin) and the show then takes the young man from one place to another.
The show is incredibly complex and the special effects with the lights, waterfalls of gold dust or rain on stage were incredible. The acrobats were breathtaking and for us one of the highlights of the show is the incredibly long girl's row.
THE ONE Grand Show at the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin is very colourful and artistic, we absolutely loved the diversity of the costumes and the song of the opening scene and the finale is very catchy and hard to forget.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

L:A Bruket | Tvål body wash No. 104 Bergamot / Patchouli

Basis of the philosophy of the Swedish brand L:A BRUKET is to take care not only for the body and the skin but also for nature and the environment. The products are created to nourish, protect, soften and heal the skin worn by the sea, the coast and the salt, or any other environmental influences. The ingredients come from the sea and from land and the products are as organic and environmentally friendly as possible.
The L:A Bruket Tvål No. 104 Bergamot / Patchouli is a highly moisturizing body wash that gently cleanses and soothes the skin while nourishing it with highest quality natural and organic ingredients.
The essential oils from bergamot and patchouli create a wonderful fresh scent that is stimulating and refreshing.
The body wash creates a very gentle foam on the skin and a little goes a long way, it leaves the skin soft, purified and nourished. We like how the refreshing scent lingers on the skin for quite a while after using the body wash.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Art Basel 2017 | looking back

Blum & Poe
Sam Durant
They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds(2016)

The art week in Basel has gone by so quickly and once again we are looking back on a very inspirational, critical, creative, political and colourful week.

Art Basel Artworks:
These are some of the artworks that caught our eyes in the galleries at the Art Basel.

We always love the Art Unlimited, with the huge installations. Every artwork is unique and has its own message. These are some of the works at this years Art Unlimited

We have so many impressions, not only from the art Basel but also from the parallel fairs taking place at the same week.

Beautiful and extraordinary furniture and design at the Design Miami:

The LISTE art fair for young artists and galleries:

The scope art fair at the Clarahuus in Basel:

It was a busy week and full of impressions and we are already now looking forward to next year, when the artworld visits Basel again.

Regen Projects
Jack Pierson

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Art Basel 2017 | Artworks VI

Galerie Haas
Alfred Jensen
There Came into Being - Per IV - Penetration, 1959

Richard Gray Gallery
Andy Warhol
Jackie, 1964

Richard Gray Gallery
Francis Picabia
couple de monstres, c. 1924-1927

Kukje gallery seoul / Tina Kim Gallery New York
Lee Ufan
From Line (No. 790141), 1979

Annemarie Verna Galerie
Ree Morton
Don't worry, i'll only read you the good parts, 1975

Art Unlimited 2017 | Susan Hiller - Die Gedanken sind frei

Susan Hillers' installation Die Gedanken sind frei (thoughts are free) is a sculptural display of 100 political songs from different cultures, political movements and eras she had personally collected. In the middle of the installation stands a customized Wurlitzer "one more time" walnut juke-box that plays the songs.
The visitor can either select a song or listen to the choices of others. The walls of the room are covered with the lyrics of each song and next to the headphones there is a fully illustrated Song book filled with the lyrics, texts and images selected by the artist.
We think this is a wonderful work as music can unite people and the songs are now more relevant than ever. Sitting in her installation and listening to the music, every visitor is encouraged to think about the lyrics and the meaning it has for him or her.

Art Unlimited 2017 | Gabriel Kuri - shelter

Gabriel Kuri's shelter is one of his largest installations so far, consisting of an inventory of oversized possessions.
The themes of the installation are shelter, economics, disaster and housing, themes that are nowadays as current as ever especially in light of the ongoing international refugee crisis.
We like how this installation tells us a story and confronts us with the different aspects of possession, clothes, money, a place to sleep etc.

Art Unlimited 2017 | Marwan Rechmaoui - Blazon

In Blazon Marwan Rechmaoui was inspired by the geography and complex multicultural history of Beirut reflecting on themes of urbanization and contemporary social and behavioral demographics.
For this work he created a coat of arms and banners corresponding to each city district.
With his work, he helps the viewer to understand the city in a way that goes beyond the constructs of maps and boarders, with everything that shook and shaped the city.

Art Unlimited 2017 | Sue Williamson - Messages from the Atlantic Passage

Sue Williamson's Messages from the Atlantic Passage is a very impressive and thought-provoking installation based on accumulated records of the history of slavery from the 16th to the 19th century.
Rope fishing nets are suspended from the ceiling above pools and there is water constantly dripping from the bottles down into the pools. Each of the fishing nets is filled with glass bottles that contain traces of earth. Each bottle is hand-engraved with information about a different slave, like the name, country of origin, a ship, a plantation, an owner, a price.
Without even knowing a number the amount of bottles is huge, and while looking at it we all know that this is not even a fraction of the actual number of people affected by slavery which makes the artwork even more oppressing.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Art Basel 2017 | Artworks V

Richard Gray Gallery
Jim Dine
Dogwood Spring, 2008

Bärbel Grässlin
Albert Oehlen
Ohne Titel, 1989

Bernard Jacobson Gallery
Sam Francis
Blue Balls (SF62-128), 1962

Galerie Karsten Greve AG St. Moritz
Joan Miró
tête de femme, 1966

Julian Schnabel
Untitled, 2015

Art Unlimited 2017 | Boris Mikhailov - Yesterday's Sandwich

Yesterday's Sandwich by Boris Mikhailov was one of his first series from the 1960s-1970s.
It consists of images that are lapped over one another, presenting us the double world of Soviet drudgery, sex, beauty, war and everyday live. At the time of their making, these photographs could not be shown publicly.
We love how each of the pictures is very unique and mixes normal everyday snapshots with extraordinary elements, creating erotic, meaningful and sometimes bizarre images.

Art Unlimited 2017 | Mac Adams - the bathroom

Mac Adams' the bathroom immediately makes you wonder what happened in this bathroom. A bathroom is an absolutely normal everyday life place, but in this bathroom there is nothing normal, it is abandoned, things are scattered across the floor and the bathtub is full but the water is still running.
The scent of fragrance in the air is as unsettling as the almost empty wine glass, because it implies that someone must have been in the room just a moment ago.
Mac Adams likes to play with fictional environments which involve a crime or at least the assumption that a crime might have happened there.
We think this is a very impressive installation because it also triggers a primal fear, to have something terrible happen to you in your familiar environment, in your own personal safe space.

Art Unlimited 2017 | Cild Meireles - Amerikkka

Cildo Meireles' work Amerikkka was conceived for a quincentennial exhibition on the discovery of America by Columbus in 1942. Viewers are invited to walk across the installation, if they do so they walk over 20000 white wooden eggs set into a red floor, with 40000 hollow golden bullets above their heads.
The kkk in the name of the installation stands for the Ku Klux Klan that espouses white supremacy and the use of extreme violence.
The installation is narrower on one ending than on the other, therefore depending on from which side the viewer enters it may seem to be closing or opening up.
For us the installation has something very vulnerable to it, as eggs represent something very delicate and the beginning of something and the bullets something violent and destruction.

Art Unlimited 2017 | Phyllida Barlow - untitled: 100 banners2015

Phyllida Barlow's untitled: 100 banners2015 is an installation of brightly coloured fabric banners that are placed so close to one another that it is impossible to pass through and even hard to see through.
The banners, that are usually used in context of wars or demonstrations, are here left completely unadorned. The mere number of banners may be intimidating on the viewer, but at the same time due to the different and bright colours the installation has something very alive, peaceful and almost happy to it. The sandbags on the other hand add some heaviness to the installation, reminding us of the original purpose of the banners.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Art Basel 2017 | Artworks IV

Li Songsong
Knife play, 2016

Edward Tyler Nahem
Tom Wesselmann
Drawing for nude on a couch, 1971

Stephen Friedman Gallery
Luiz Zerbini
Corifa Japonesa, 2016

Vera Munro
Janis Avotins
Dancing girl I, 2017

Matt Saunders
Ratlos / Indomitable, 2017

Art Unlimited 2017 | Markus Schinwald - Maschine

Markus Schinwald's Maschine is an installation of six different machines utilizing the mechanics found in historical clockwork. Each of the machines is placed inside a rectangle that functions as a frame.
The machines inside are triggered by the movement of visitors to the installation and respond to a specific pace and sound.
Therefore there is a strong contrast between the moving machines on the inside and the still frame surrounding the machines.
Schinwald's work reconfigures the relations between objects and bodies, movements and stillness.

Art Unlimited 2017 | Paolo Icaro - Foresta metallica / metallic forest

Paolo Icaro's work Foresta metallica / metallic forest from 1967 was created in his studio on the sixth floor of an industrial building at 53 Greene Street in SoHo.
He likes to work with large, empty spaces and transform them into sculpture, therefore the boarders between life and work and the place of labor and the place of the work are blurred.
Through his work foresta metallica he conquers the space, creating a mixture of sculpture and architecture that both occupies and dematerializes space.
We like the contrast of the bright and light acid-green colour and the heavy steel, as we think it gives the work a certain lightness and heaviness at the same time.

Art Unlimited 2017 | Anicka Yi - Skype Sweater

In the center of Anicka Yi's installation Skype Sweater from 2010-2017 there is a military parachute filled with air, that not only stands for passage but also as a metaphor for forced displacement and human trafficking, in this piece specifically for Sister Ping and her notorious smuggling of Fujianese immigrants into New York's chinatown in the 80s and 90s.
Inside the transparent Longchamp bag is a literal cow stomach in hair gel, a reference to digestion and her fascination for the metabolic system.
Yi has always sought to explore effects of passage and transformation and we think Skype Sweater unites these subjects in every way.

Art Unlimited | Sylvie Fleury - Skylark

For her work Skylar from 1992, Sylvie Fleury uses her golden Skylark (that she has used for many different works before) as the central piece. Often seen as a macho status symbol, the Skylark is transformed into a glamorous accessory in this installation. The scattered make-up on the floor reminds us of when she used her Skylark to crush make-up scattered on the floor in "Drastic Makeup" and inside the car there are a woman's belongings, sunglasses, magazines, gloves lying hazardly on the front seat.
The 1960s garage-girl-band songs that are playing create a very special atmosphere and make it seem as the woman who was driving the car has just left and will be back any moment.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Art Basel 2017 | Artworks III

Pace/Macgill Gallery
Irving Penn
Balenciaga "little great coat" (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), Paris, 1950 

Ghada Amer
The Angels, 2006

Lisson Gallery
Ulay/Marina Abramovic (b.)
Imponderabilia, 1977 / 2017

Xavier Hufkens
Tracey Emin
I became your world, 2016-2017

Alexander and Bonin
Mona Hatoum
Over my dead body, 1988-2002

Art Unlimited 2017 | Doug Aitken - underwater pavillons

In December 2016 Doug Aitken has moored three geometric mirrored sculptures to the ocean floor off Catalina Island in California.
Their environments reflect light through the mirrored kaleidoscopic interiors and on their rock-like surfaces they even harbor ocean life.
The three-screen video installation takes the viewer to the sculpture and connects him to the expanse of the ocean.
During the almost 7 minutes long video we can see how the sculptures are lowered into the sea and then observe the sculptures under water, we see a fascinating play of light, animals and divers from different perspectives.
This is an absolutely beautiful and very calm work and we really got lost while watching Aitken's underwater pavillons.

Art Unlimited 2017 | FORT - Leck

For their work Leck the Berlin based art duo FORT (Alberta Niemann and Jenny Kropp) used the complete furnishings of a branch of former German chain store Schlecker that was completely shut down in Germany in 2012. It was not only an economic but also a personal disaster as all 50'000 employees were dismissed and abandoned.
The store is completely empty and seems dead but the checkout belt runs aimlessly, creating a constant mechanical noise.
We like this critical work a lot as it is very thought-provoking and for us walking through the store was disturbing as it is something very unnatural to walk through a completely empty store.

Art Unlimited 2017 | Peter Regli - Reality Hacking No. 313

Peter Regli's Reality Hacking series is an ongoing series that places artworks in incongruous contexts and explores the poetics of banality and the sublimity of quotidian objects.
He seeks to challenge the viewer by interrupting his every-day routines with moments of surprise.
The five monumental pillars are carved from wood with a chainsaw and invite reconsiderations of each forms specific history.
The three columns are architectural elements, the bear and the phallus natural, strong and masculine elements.
Reality Hacking No. 313 is an incredibly impressive installation, especially because of the massive height and with the use of wood as a very strong and natural material. It leaves it up to every viewer to speculate on why the artist has chosen this composition of pillars.

Art Unlimited 2017 | Philippe Parreno - Fraught Times: For Eleven Months of the Year it's an Artwork and in December it's Christmas (July)

This work by Philippe Parreno is part of his series Fraught Times - 11 cast stainless steel trees in total. Each tree in the series is unique and the trees are titled after 11 months of the year, excluding December, as this is the month when the object stops being an artwork and becomes a Christmas tree.
Fraught Times plays with the fact that an object is affected by the seasons and that its meaning changes along with the seasons.
July is the largest tree of the series.
We find it interesting that outside the context of Christmas, a fully decorated Christmas tree has something almost absurd to it and may even seem inappropriate - or as the artist suggests, it can just be looked at as an artwork.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Art Basel 2017 | Artworks II

Apostolos Georgiou

Hauser & Wirth
Marcel Duchamp
Bottle Dryer (bottlerack), 1914(original, lost), 1964 (replica)

Galerie Karsten Greve AG St. Moritz
Louis Soutter
Crépuscule du gangster, 1937-1942

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Tomas Saraceno
Foam 68p/Mn, 2017

Casey Kaplan
Jordan Casteel