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Archive for April, 2011

Gadgets and accessory hiring is catching on in Japan

When we hear about “hiring“, we think of “car-hiring”, but this word is spreading in economy under new types of business with formidable possibilities.
The idea is simple and it works well: if you cannot afford to purchase something you like, well, you might rent it for a inexpensive affordable price.
The first country in the world known to promote “gadget and accessory hiring” are the United States, but some others, as Japan, have seen a great chance of improving the life of millions of customers through this type of business.
In fact, this way, you can hire gadgets like Louis Vitton bags, bracelets from Tiffany or even clothes of important brands without paying the entire price of the goods you want.
In Italy, for instance, this market has not yet developed the diverse facets that might help to enhance the economy, as other countries have done already.
From this point of view, Japan is investing in this market and the possibilities are great. Here, I want to bring in the brilliant case of Cariru, a Japanese company, which is doing a great job for many female customers.
Through them you can hire handbags, shoes, scarves, rings, and necklaces of famous brands and be confident that whether you are at a formal working dinner, whether you are on a special dating, you will create a great impression.
Cariru is fighting back the crisis, and although the economy is facing the biggest crisis since the last century, “gadget hiring” allows everyone to show up at a meeting well dressed and in perfect order.


A soiree with CIAC, melting together Korea and Italy

Yesterday there has been the first event of 2011 promoted to develop the cultural exhcange between Korea and Italy.
The soiree, greatly organized by Michella Kim, founder of the CIAC (acronym for Corea-Italia Associazione, Arte e Cultura; in English Korea-Italy Association, Art and Culture), was set in one of the coolest location Milan nowaday can offer: at Combines XL, an art and design space in via Montevideo 9, Milan.
Korean guests who have worked in Italy for years were introduced to us at the very beginning of the party.
Visual artists, such as Sung Heun Kim, T-Yong Kim, fashion designers as Ho Bin Wang, Kiho Kim and his Japanese wife Momoko Hashigami, and the architect Hyun Seok Kim could teach us something about their beautiful country and their precious experience of life in Italy and Europe as well.
Furthermore, the party was enriched by an elegant buffet prepared by the chef, Kyu Joon Kim, who greatly managed to give us a taste of Korea trough several appetizers, and the staff was entirely composed by Korean students of art.

The happening was a precious opportunity to know better about the sophisticated culture and art of Korea.

Kwan Young Kim, the abstraction of dissolving memory

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Kwan Young Kim graduated from Metal Art and Design at Hongik University of Seul, now, in Italy, he studies at Brera where he is mastering painting.
He has not abandoned his passion for sculpture, but he could not find a laboratory where he can work with a big amount of metal, and, basically, a compliant neighbourhood that tolerates the noise Metal Design requires, is hard to find!
He shows me several drafts of wonderful abstract figures. If only this guy had the chance to have his own laboratory!
However his paintings are very interesting as his sculptures.
They bring his signature, and you can tell that the identity of the artist is clearly visible in both.
The conceptual art of Kwan Young denotes his style and Memory is the thread of his work. He explains to me when he has started his new era of art:
“As my mother started suffering from Alzheimer, I begun to think carefully about Mind and Memory. When I show her my paintings with the bright colors and the shapes I draw, I hope she will recall some memory of her life”.

Kwan Young’s sculptures and paintings are characterized by abstract shapes standing up in a fragile balance. Although they seem they are about to fall off suddenly, they stand still.
In the same way, our memory and mind make up thoughts and build reality from dreams and viceversa, Kwan Young’s art is made to turn our conception of the world upside down.
He keeps working and sturying at new artworks, and I believe we will see an exhibition of him very soon.