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Refettorio Felix _ London _ Massimo Bottura


There’s a powerful synergy to Refettorio Felix: the energy and drive of chef Massimo Bottura, the empathy of designer Ilse Crawford, and the tireless conviction of The Felix Project. But, as with most powerful ideas, the end result adds up to even more than its individual components. As Bottura puts it: “London is a city full of challenges and inequalities. Food waste is rampant. There are growing concerns about food poverty and social isolation. Refettorio Felix is not just a place where people come to eat a meal. It is a place for inclusion, engagement, and sharing, where everyone can feel welcomed and be inspired.”

Bottura’s idea to serve food to those in need using surplus ingredients is one of those accidents which turned into a powerful doctrine for life. In 2015, the celebrated Italian chef put his three Michelin stars to radical use by opening a temporary soup kitchen in Milan called Refettorio Ambrosiano. The idea was to highlight food surplus and waste, while feeding the vulnerable. The only thing that’s changed about the project’s mantra is that it’s no longer temporary, and it has taken off worldwide. Bottura says that the moment he realised that he’d created something unstoppable was when one of his chef friends visited the Refettorio Ambrosiano. “René Rezdepi came to cook in Milan, and he said: ‘You know Massimo, this is for life.’ And yes, he was right.” Bottura and his wife Lara founded Food for Soul with the aim of taking their vision of good food, cooked well, and set about fighting food waste and feeding the hungry anywhere in the world that wanted their help. “In 2016, we built Refettorio Gastromotiva in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics. Soup kitchens were closed to hide the so-called ‘ugly’ side of the city from the spotlight of such an important occasion. So, we decided to open our community kitchen.” It’s a typical Bottura gesture – those in charge wanted to hide poverty and deprivation, he wanted to highlight it.

Refettorio Felix opened at St Cuthbert’s in Kensington, London this year, serving lunch to around 100 people a day. First, the space had to be transformed from what had been a functional, slightly dismal community space. This is where designer and creative director Ilse Crawford of Studioilse came in. She worked pro bono, and persuaded furniture and design companies to donate their chairs, tables, furnishings, cutlery, and glasses. St Cuthbert’s now has that uncanny air of a place that looks familiar, yet entirely different. The walls are a darker, more calming shade, the lighting more soothing, the plants plentiful.

Crawford, revered by many in her profession, doesn’t talk like any designer I’ve ever met. In her opinion, it isn’t about how a design looks, but rather about what it does. “Design is not an aesthetic,” she argues. “It’s a methodology that allows you to find the right answer. Staying the same is never the right answer.” It’s a powerful mantra, and one which fits Bottura’s vision entirely. As Crawford says: “If you have the energy of Massimo and our team, it’s like a kind of magic. Our interest is to make spaces that make people happy.” Crawford, who’s also head of the Man and Wellbeing design course at Eindhoven University, has created a mind map of provocative words for her students, which uses phrases such as ‘the fight to be human’, ‘things that last’, ‘make the normal special’, ‘together through food’, and ‘we are the system’, all of which, perhaps not surprisingly, suit Refettorio Felix perfectly. She also, against expectations, likes the idea that people might appropriate her ideas. “You have to be prepared to be copied if you want to make an impact,” she says. “We have to let go of the idea that we are the only people that can do it. It’s about creating the framework. We often try to do too much, but if you create a frame, people can fill it. There’s no shortage of people who want to help, if the system is there. I’m optimistic and pragmatic. Someone has to do it, start it – Massimo has started the thing. He’s doing it in a viral way, and he wants
people to copy him.”

The third, vital part of Refettorio Felix is, of course, Felix himself. Felix Byam Shaw was only 14 years old when he died suddenly from meningitis in 2014. He was a remarkable boy whom his friends and family adored. Ask anyone who knew him, and they all say the same thing: he was full of kindness and compassion for others. The Felix Project was founded to celebrate those qualities, and now a fleet of Felix vans, driven by volunteers, collects surplus food from supermarkets each morning and delivers it to centres for the homeless and vulnerable. Refettorio Felix is one of those places.

If there’s one gesture that embodies everything that Bottura, Crawford, and The Felix Project try to do, it’s that those who eat at Refettorio Felix have their food brought to them at the table. Bottura puts it like this: “Our guests include both the homeless, and individuals and families in situations of food poverty, food insecurity, and social vulnerability. By using quality tableware and restaurant style service, we want to make each guest feel valued and bring a sense of dignity back to the table.” His conviction that people should not have to queue for their food, but rather be served, came to him when he opened the original refettorio in Milan. “I still remember the very first nights there, when people were silently sitting at the table and eating their meals. A couple of guests barely spoke to each other. But a few weeks later, every night was a huge party; guests, volunteers, and chefs were sharing the same table and the same meal. We knew each other by name. Hospitality can lead to social inclusion through the simple gesture of serving meals at the table and saying, ‘Hi, how was the soup?’”

On the day that Refettorio Felix opened, Bottura himself cooked, and fittingly, began with soup. “It was a great responsibility. We served a soup that I called ‘Soup of Everything’, because it was the result of many different vegetables enriched with a broth made from Parmigiano Reggiano cheese rinds. Then we served pasta with pesto sauce, made with humble breadcrumbs instead of pine nuts; and finally, we served an Earl-Grey-tea-and-biscuits ice cream to honour the wonderful food culture of the UK. But this meal is only one example among many others created by the chefs and the resident kitchen team following the same principles — it is healthy and nutritious; it is seasonal, thanks to the products that The Felix Project delivers to our door every morning; it is made by recovering food surplus; it is genuine and heart warming; and it is delicious.” In many ways, that first meal sums up this remarkable venture by bringing together passionate volunteers who are trying to make things better for others, whilst honouring the legacy of a boy everyone loved. It really is a ‘Soup of Everything’.

WORDS: Charlie Lee-Potter
PHOTOS: Rory Gardiner

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The Native American Artist: Charlene Holy Bear!

The Native American artist Charlene Holy Bear’s first foray into fashion came four years ago, when she made a last-minute decision to attend the annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, a pan-tribal festival also known as “North America’s largest powwow.”
“Everyone gets all dressed up in their traditional regalia,” says Holy Bear, a member of the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Tribe who is known for her intricate beadwork. “I hadn’t had any time to prepare outfits for us but I wanted my 4-year-old son Justus to look really cool. He had a new pair of slip-on Vans and I suddenly had an idea, looking at the checkerboard design.” Over the course of the three-day road trip to the festival, Holy Bear started hand-beading the kicks and the finished product—a classic skate shoe tricked out with vibrantly intricate traditional Lakota beadwork—now has a waiting list full of street style–obsessed collectors clamoring for a customized pair.
“Those Vans really reminded me of traditional moccasins,” says Holy Bear. “Once they were beaded they had this sort of urban Indian vibe so I braided my son’s hair, put on those shoes and he was the coolest little guy at the powwow.

Born into a family of artists, Holy Bear first began hand-beading traditional Plains dolls when she was just five years old, learning from her sister Rhonda Holy Bear, an accomplished artist in her own right. A few years later, she entered a doll into a youth competition at the Santa Fe Indian Market and won her first award, a second-place ribbon. She used the prize money to buy her own horse. As a teen, she was picked up by the Morning Star Gallery in Santa Fe and used the sales of her dolls to put herself through the University of New Mexico, where she studied fine arts and art history. After graduating, Holy Bear spent years on the Native American arts fair circuit, traveling from California to Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Indiana just to sell her wares. “Social media all changed that,” she says. “I started posting photos on Instagram and people started to contact me looking to buy or have pieces made instead.”

Inspired by powwow regalia, Holy Bear has spent the last few years working on neo-traditional pendants and earrings depicting florals and animals like hummingbirds and swallows made from antique Venetian seed beads. “I love working on the shoes though because it gives me such creative freedom,” she says. “I’m really into florals right now and I’ve been working on some new designs for the Vans.” Holy Bear is still a one-woman show, laying out every pattern and hand-stitching each bead using traditional methods. Each custom pair of Vans can take up to two weeks to produce; prices vary depending on the type of beads used (14-karat gold are a popular choice). “To me these Vans really represent a modern spin on native fashion,” she says.

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Surreal And Poetic World Of Justin Peters


Incredible Photos Of Celebrities Partying @ Studio 54

Getting into Studio 54 in the 1970s was a nearly impossible endeavor.
Marc Benecke, doorman for the disco club, would stand on a stepping stool and select club candidates from the crowd.
He compared this process to “mixing a salad.” Nevertheless, “54″ lured celebrities, socialites, athletes, and artists from around the globe.
Andy Warhol once said, “The key of the success of Studio 54 is that it’s a dictatorship at the door and a democracy on the dance floor.”
For the 40th anniversary of the club’s opening, giving you a peek at the lucky few (celebrities, of course) who actually made it inside.

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol and his stuffed bear make an appearance at Studio 54. Mr. Warhol was a frequent visitor of the nightclub, as he enjoyed the eclectic atmosphere. “People weren’t particularly interested in seeing me,” he said, “they were interested in seeing each other. They came to see who came.”

Mick Jagger

The rock n’ roll superstar having way too much fun at his sister’s birthday party.

Cher and Liza Minnelli

Best buds Cher and Liza Minnelli take on the dance floor at Studio 54. Cher still made it out that night, even though earlier that day she choked on a vitamin pill and was dragged to the hospital.

Sylvester “Rocky” Stallone

Mr. Stallone and his wife, Sasha, sharing a moment on one of the Studio’s couches.

Tina Turner

Tina Turner shares a laugh with famous fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo.

Brooke Shields and Calvin Klein

Here Brooke Shields and Calvin Klein pose for a photo with the club owner, Steve Rubell.

Stevie Wonder and Steven Stills

Mr. Wonder and Mr. Stills playing for 300 guests at a birthday party.

Woody Allen and Michael Jackson

Studio 54′s iconic disco scene naturally brought in the likes of Michael Jackson… and Woody Allen?

Grace Jones

Actress and singer Grace Jones comes fully prepared to party in a crazy purple getup.


Paintbrush Portraits by Rebecca Szeto

These works play with notions of re-forming beauty and value. I use humble, end-of-life materials inspired by my experience as a faux finisher and love for art history. The paintbrush is self-referential, acting as subject, object and action.

The slow and repetitive pace of whittling allows me time to reflect more directly on the idiosyncrasies of each individual brush. The action of whittling serves as a metaphor for reducing something to its core value or essence. These works pay homage to a sensibility and vitality found in Old Masters’ works.

My latest edition of Paintbrush Portraits highlighting lost, obscure and powerful stories of women across history and geography. These lady-like portraits are a playful strategy I use to draw the viewer into a more refined conversation about the nature of the work – in slowing down and observing the ordinary, however small, the most profound things are discovered. Rebecca Szeto

The Magic Of Paper Sculpture: Papernoodle

South Korean-born Cheong-ah Hwang makes “paper sculptures” from carefully layered cutouts that measure less than an inch deep, but appear to float within their frames.
Shadows cast by the shapes give these storybook images depth and dimension.
In Little Red Riding Hood, for instance, the jagged edges of the wolf’s teeth and fur are sharp and clear against a white ground of birch trees.

Cheong-ah Hwang lives and works in Columbus, Ohio, where she shows in galleries and leads workshops in paper arts.
She maintains an Etsy shop, where she sells original paper sculptures — with costs that reflect their time consuming process — and giclee prints of her bas relief images.



So much is known of the great painter, artist, filmmaker, sculptor, designer, writer autobiographical exponent of Surrealism, which has made this movement a vision of life and, with his great imagination, he lived his life with extravagant attitudes and choices to the limits of absurdity that attracted the attention on himself. Many were the occasions to know the style applied to the arts, through the various exhibitions that were dedicated to him. And ‘one of the artists of the twentieth century’s most famous and most celebrated.

Everyone knows those long hair, sideburns … To say nothing of his mustache waxed and upturned, perhaps the most famous in the world.

“His is an aesthetic manic, talking about his mustache, Dali says it undertook to keep them at every opportunity” sharp, imperialist, ultra-rationalists and pointed toward the sky as the vertical mysticism. ”

We want to talk about Salvador Dalì, since his art is more connected to the world of fashion, than you might think. As already mentioned, she loved dressing in an eccentric manner, provocative. Indosava often long socks and knickers .. He loved the excess and the clothes he had found a way to express it in the newspaper. This extravagant dandy believed, in fact, that dressing was a form of expression of its own I, the living manifest a subversion. The most visible manifestation of desires and most intimate dreams.

But Dalí was not only attracted the fashion he wore, but also by what he helped create with such great names of haute couture in an explosive blend of surrealist art and fashion. To make a few notable examples, famous is the collaboration between the artist and Elsa Schiaparelli, for which he created the ” white dress with a lobster print ”

and ‘the skeleton dress “, the result of a particular technique of quilted fabric that forms with its volumes ribs, spine, tibia, hips, ribcage.

Even for her designs the famous “hat-shoe” and a pink belt with lip-shaped buckle.

For Christian Dior in 1950 he created the famous “dress for 2045 years.”

As the skeleton, lips, even more, are an element that recurs almost obsessively in his art. We see them reproduced in the famous portrait of Mae West, hollywood diva, for the Americans icon and muse for Dali, struck by her for her provocative and extravagant femininity and sensuality to the limits of indecency.

To her, that he loved so much, in 1935 dedicated a portrait that is a room, which became one of the symbols of surrealist art! “Your face is a dream turn into a living” “complete with a sofa in the shape of lips and other items of furniture which, in ‘together, reproduce the very face.”

This portrait was installed at the center of the lips sofa-West, an element that returns obsessively Dali surrealist art

and that we find reproduced in the series of lipsticks

and jewelry that the artist himself in later years has created.

The jewelry collection is inspired by natural elements and anthropomorphic and fleeting by definition, set out in the act of transformation.



The 160 emojis are based on the iconic artist, her works and writings about her tumultuous life.

An Instagram project that previously brought the likes of Andy Warhol and Yayoi Kusama into the contemporary realm of emojis has brought out a full set of FridaMojis – inspired by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Kahlo created 55 self-portraits in her lifetime, so why not take inspiration from her soul-baring works to bring her art into the digital age.

“Frida was just perfect for the project,” Sam Cantor, of the LA-based Canter Fine Art gallery and designer of the Fridamoji told Artsy. “She conveyed her emotions so honestly and openly in her work. What better artist to translate into emoji, which we use to express emotion today?”

Cantor said that when he created the first Instagram project, he took suggestons from the public: this led him to immortalise Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Vincent Van Gogh and more in emoji form. He said that his Kahlo creation was “the most successful”.

The gallerist engaged with the Frida Kahlo Corporation to keep the vision informed and true to the artist. What was important, he related, was creating images that go beyond identifying Kahlo by her unibrow and floral headwear. Cantor travelled to Mexico City to study some of her paintings in real life, including Las Dos Fridas (1939), her double portrait created after her relationship ended with Diego Rivera. “The intensity of the emotions on their faces, and how many ways they could be read or stretched to tell different stories, really struck me,” he said. “That was a turning point.”

Of the 400 emojis made, 160 were chosen. These include one based on Kahlo dressed as a man with her hair cut in Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair (1940) and Self-Portrait with Monkeys (1943).

FridaMoji is now available on the App Store.

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Theater of Life

Theater of Life is the documentary about the Refettorio Ambrosiano, an extraordinary soup kitchen conceived by renowned chef Massimo Bottura in a socio-culinary experiment conducted during the Milan 2015 World’s Fair and designed to answer one simple question: “What if food waste could feed the hungry?”

The adventures behind Bottura’s experimental pop up kitchen are chronicled by film director Peter Svatek and the journey he took last year, along with 60 of his peers and colleagues from around the world, including the likes of René Redzepi, Daniel Humm, Gastón Acurio, Alain Ducasse and Virgilio Martinez. All took leave of their world class restaurants to join the visionary chef of Osteria Francescana, the best restaurant in the world, and support him in his quest to cook meals for refugees and the homeless of Milan using waste food from the world EXPO.

The film takes its name from the soup kitchen venue, an abandoned theatre in Greco, Milan, where the stage became the kitchen for some of the best chefs in the world and the auditorium the dining room for refugees and the homeless to be served gourmet food made from waste.

The documentary has already been screened in Spain and Canada and comes to Australia in November in collaboration with the charity OzHarvest, an Australian food aid charity. In keeping with the philanthropic intention of the original kitchen, each ticket sold will provide 14 meals to those in need around Australia as well as supporting a nutrition education program NEST and hospitality training course for less fortunate youth in Nourish.

“Massimo Bottura’s global star status within the food industry brings much-needed focus on the issue of eliminating hunger and food waste,” says Kahn. “This film showcases Massimo’s extraordinary leadership on global issues which we hope will inspire chefs as well as home cooks to take meaningful action on the social challenges that we face today,” reported

Here’s Massimo offering up some tips on how to save producing waste food at home, including taking just 20 minutes out of your day every few days to shop locally.

The refettoria has since unfolded in Brazil, with its next stop planned for The Bronx, New York in 2017 with Robert de Niro.



Konsta Punkka is a wildlife photographer from Finland who captures the everyday lives of some of Earth’s most skittish forest creatures.
Armed with a camera, a calm demeanor, and a pocket full of peanuts, Punkka takes to the woods in search of grazing fawn, foraging squirrels, curious foxes and more. Aided by his patience and finesse, the portraits that Punkka captures of these majestic creatures are absolutely breathtaking.

“The feeding thing in my photographs is more like a thing I want to show to the people, that the animals trust me and they allow me to get really close to them. I don’t feed these guys much, just a few peanuts to get them stay close to me to take the shots,” said Punkka in an interview.


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