Meet the FvF Contributors: Claire Cottrell from Los AngelesLos Angeles-based Claire Cottrell’s first involvement with Freunde von Freunden was as a guest and very naturally evolved into contributing stories for FvF as writer and photographer.
She introduced us to LA personalities that include artist Lauren Spencer King and couple Lili Cuzor and Elijah Pointer, and journeyed with us throughout Venice Beach and The Mojave Desert.
We find out about some of Claire’s current projects while she reveals her simple daily pleasures on Freunde von Freunden.

Meet the FvF Contributors: Claire Cottrell from Los Angeles

Los Angeles-based Claire Cottrells first involvement with Freunde von Freunden was as a guest and very naturally evolved into contributing stories for FvF as writer and photographer.

She introduced us to LA personalities that include artist Lauren Spencer King and couple Lili Cuzor and Elijah Pointer, and journeyed with us throughout Venice Beach and The Mojave Desert.

We find out about some of Claire’s current projects while she reveals her simple daily pleasures on Freunde von Freunden.

Spotlight on: Artist & Designer Birgit Severin
During our recent visit to the Ampelhaus in Oranienbaum, we got acquainted with the work of Birgit Severin, a designer with a background in psychology, currently based in Berlin.
Besides her rubber coated ceramics, we are huge fans of Birgit’s Ashes project – a series of unique, handcrafted vases in different stages of ‘withering’ that acknowledge both the beauty and transience of life. For the series, the artist utilised 3D printing, rubber rotation casting and freehand modeling.Birgit is represented by Gallery Bensimon in Paris, who also represents designers as Max Lamb, Forma Fantasma and Ontwerpduo just to name a few.

Spotlight on: Artist & Designer Birgit Severin

During our recent visit to the Ampelhaus in Oranienbaum, we got acquainted with the work of Birgit Severin, a designer with a background in psychology, currently based in Berlin.

Besides her rubber coated ceramics, we are huge fans of Birgit’s Ashes project – a series of unique, handcrafted vases in different stages of ‘withering’ that acknowledge both the beauty and transience of life. For the series, the artist utilised 3D printing, rubber rotation casting and freehand modeling.

Birgit is represented by Gallery Bensimon in Paris, who also represents designers as Max Lamb, Forma Fantasma and Ontwerpduo just to name a few.

Visualizing Information
Dillon Marsh is a South-African photographer whose work taps on environmental issues and our relationship to our planet’s natural resources.
In a series called ‘For What it’s Worth’, he’s photographed five copper mines around the Namaqualand region and added a computer-generated visualization of the amount of copper extracted from each location in the form of spheres.
The spheres sit imposingly in each mining site as their pristine surface accentuates the contrast between the man-made and the rawness of the landscape.

Visualizing Information

Dillon Marsh is a South-African photographer whose work taps on environmental issues and our relationship to our planet’s natural resources.

In a series called ‘For What it’s Worth’, he’s photographed five copper mines around the Namaqualand region and added a computer-generated visualization of the amount of copper extracted from each location in the form of spheres.

The spheres sit imposingly in each mining site as their pristine surface accentuates the contrast between the man-made and the rawness of the landscape.

Opening Tonight - Exhibition by Thomas Hirschhorn at Schinkel Pavilion
We’ve been looking out for this one: Schinkel Pavillon presents the first institutional solo exhibition by Thomas Hirschhorn (*1957 in Bern) in Berlin. 
Over the past twenty years the Swiss installation artist has created a critical oeuvre questioning the concept of art, proposing a critical body and involving non-exclusive audiences. ’Höhere Gewalt'continues the artist’s practice to transform the white cube into large-scale installations, deconstructing the entire space.
Ahead of the opening Schinkel Pavillon will host a conversation between Thomas Hirschhorn and Prof. Dr. Michael Diers at 6.30 pm. The exhibition runs until 28th of September.

Opening Tonight - Exhibition by Thomas Hirschhorn at Schinkel Pavilion

We’ve been looking out for this one: Schinkel Pavillon presents the first institutional solo exhibition by Thomas Hirschhorn (*1957 in Bern) in Berlin. 

Over the past twenty years the Swiss installation artist has created a critical oeuvre questioning the concept of art, proposing a critical body and involving non-exclusive audiences. Höhere Gewalt'continues the artist’s practice to transform the white cube into large-scale installations, deconstructing the entire space.

Ahead of the opening Schinkel Pavillon will host a conversation between Thomas Hirschhorn and Prof. Dr. Michael Diers at 6.30 pm. The exhibition runs until 28th of September.

Stay Wild and Free: Sean Woolsey in Costa Mesa
We met artist and furniture maker Sean Woolsey inside his compact house and studio in Costa Mesa, California. Surrounded by self-made objects, he discusses his concept of living more with less and the importance of going on frequent trips outside the city, on Freunde von Freunden.
Next up, we’re going on a surfing and backpacking trip with Sean around California, from Big Sur to Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Stay tuned for our new FvF Explores adventure.
Thank you Lonnie Webb and Effie Efthymiadi.

Stay Wild and Free: Sean Woolsey in Costa Mesa

We met artist and furniture maker Sean Woolsey inside his compact house and studio in Costa Mesa, California. Surrounded by self-made objects, he discusses his concept of living more with less and the importance of going on frequent trips outside the city, on Freunde von Freunden.

Next up, we’re going on a surfing and backpacking trip with Sean around California, from Big Sur to Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Stay tuned for our new FvF Explores adventure.

Thank you Lonnie Webb and Effie Efthymiadi.

Sweaty Nights, Exotic Characters
Photojournalist Michael J. Abramson documented Chicago’s south side nightclub scene in the late 70s in a series that celebrates the sensuality of the black blues music scene.
These photographs are shown in public for the first time in an exhibition at the Columbia College Chicago Library, starting on the 2nd of September.
Find out more information here.

Sweaty Nights, Exotic Characters

Photojournalist Michael J. Abramson documented Chicago’s south side nightclub scene in the late 70s in a series that celebrates the sensuality of the black blues music scene.

These photographs are shown in public for the first time in an exhibition at the Columbia College Chicago Library, starting on the 2nd of September.

Find out more information here.

Paradise Falls: A Short Film by Fantavious Fritz

Last Saturday we announced the FvF Exclusive portrait with Toronto-based filmmaker Fantavious Fritz for the iPad magazine subscribers.

For our readers who don’t have an iPad, don’t despair, you’ll be able to see his portrait soon on the FvF website. In the meantime, check out his work ‘Paradise Falls' - a short film about two adventurous youths who explore a haunted mansion and fall in love with its ghost, deep in the heart of suburban hell. 

Just one look at the trailer should be enough to convince anyone that this film and filmmaker are something special. More on his work, on Fantavious’ website here.

A Curated Collection of Wall Art Found on FvF
Have you got a blank wall at home that begs for attention? What better way than to fill it with a medley of photographs, pieces of artwork and intriguing finds.
Allow us to inspire your very own personal gallery with our selection of walls filled with souvenirs, artworks and photographs found within our portraits in the ‘Artworks' board on Pinterest.
Follow our Pinterest account to get your daily fix of global creative spaces.

A Curated Collection of Wall Art Found on FvF

Have you got a blank wall at home that begs for attention? What better way than to fill it with a medley of photographs, pieces of artwork and intriguing finds.

Allow us to inspire your very own personal gallery with our selection of walls filled with souvenirs, artworks and photographs found within our portraits in the ‘Artworks' board on Pinterest.

Follow our Pinterest account to get your daily fix of global creative spaces.

Celebrating Mid-Century Australian Furniture Design
We all know the American, British and Danish household name designers from this era, but can you name any furniture designers from Australia in the 50′s and 60′s?
‘Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design' brings together an incredible collection of furniture, lighting, ceramics and artwork, from Grant Featherston’s iconic Contour range, to Clement Meadmore’s welded steel pieces and everything in-between. Presented as a series of mid century interiors, complete with wall and floor coverings, the exhibition runs until the 19th of October at National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne. More info here.

Celebrating Mid-Century Australian Furniture Design

We all know the American, British and Danish household name designers from this era, but can you name any furniture designers from Australia in the 50′s and 60′s?

Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design' brings together an incredible collection of furniture, lighting, ceramics and artwork, from Grant Featherston’s iconic Contour range, to Clement Meadmore’s welded steel pieces and everything in-between. 

Presented as a series of mid century interiors, complete with wall and floor coverings, the exhibition runs until the 19th of October at National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne. More info here.

The Essence of Sound by Filmmaker Susie Sie

This teaser video made by filmmaker and artist Susie Sie translates acoustic signals into visual structures.

In this unique way, it demonstrates how matter reacts to vibrations. It simply involved very fine powder in a range of colours and a subwoofer. Everything else was left to the sound – and Susie.

The result is this fascinating 60 second clip, also one of Vimeo’s Staff Pick. See more of Susie’s work here.