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May 2013 Archives

Exploring the World of Electronic Music: A Short Documentary

MUTEK 001.jpgMontreal is currently playing host to MUTEK, the international festival of digital creativity and electronic music. Coming from a background of classical piano, Cinq à Six intern Emily Murphy decided to explore the world of electronic music.

Two types of electronic are recognized: synthesized sound and found sound. She met with 5 artists performing at the festival and found out what electronic meant to them. 

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Andy Dixon

Roche Ovale

Audiotopie

Thierry Gauthier 

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Coup de coeur SIDIM 2013

SIDIM 081.jpgSIDIM 2013 (Montreal International Design Show) showcased the latest innovations and design trends that are shaping the homes, offices, institutions and minds of tomorrow.

Cindy Couture, the Editorial and Brand Director of Index Design, took us to her top three must-see stops at the design show.

Our first stop was with Marianne-Coquelicot Mercier, the owner and designer behind Tangible Studio. Working with post-consumer textile waste, she is transforming felt and the way we use it to create beautiful and warm space dividers and wall hangings. Her patterns and methods draw the link between the natural and manufactured world.

Our second stop brought us to Vincent Purino, the Sales and Marketing Manager at AquaOvo. Their innovative filtration system that mimics nature and their stunning design of clean lines has landed their flagship product, the Ovopur, in the Musée des Beaux Arts.

We finished our evening off with Lysanne Pepin, owner and creator of all that is Espace Pepin. Her passion and eye for design brings the city house and country cottage together in a shop that feels just like home.

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Diane von Furstenberg urges designers to monitor garment factories

dvf.jpgDiane von Furstenberg is known for giving women freedom with her easy, wearable designs.

She is perhaps most famous for her wrap dress. The design will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year.

But in the wake of the deadly garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, the grande dame of American fashion says she also feels a sense of responsibilty to the women in other countries who manufacture her clothes.

"I've always felt very responsible and we have a code of conduct in our production department that we make all the factories we work with sign. And we visit the factories," she said while in Montreal for the C2-MTL conference.

Von Furstenberg is president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Immediately after the tragedy in Bangladesh, she wrote to members to remind them to check the factories they were using and to make sure they had infomation about all levels of production. 

"I also told them that there are consulting firms that do that if they can not afford to go check the factory themselves."

Listen to her interview with Cinq à Six host Jeanette Kelly.

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First-ever Black Fashion Week in Montreal

20130516_102227.jpgBlack Fashion Week has already been held in Paris and Prague, and now it's come to Montreal.

The founder of the event, Adama Paris, says Black Fashion Week showcases designers and models who get overlooked in mainstream fashion weeks.

But a couple months ago Haitian designer Ralph Leroy made headlines by attracting Will Smith to his show during Montreal Fashion Week.

So do we need a separate Black Fashion Week?

It turns out to be a tricky question. Listen to Jeanette's interview with Adama Paris.  

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How a Montreal heiress shaped New York's skyline

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The Seagram Building is known as one of the world's great architectural masterpieces. 

And it came to be, in part, because of the vision of a young woman from Montreal.

Phyllis Lambert is the founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, a philanthropist, and a member of Montreal's storied Bronfman family.

In the 1950's, her father Samuel Bronfman, head of the Seagram company, decided to move the company's headquarters from Montreal to New York City.

Bronfman wanted to a make statement with a new skyscraper on Park Avenue.

He sent some initial drawings to his daughter Phyllis. 

What happened next not only set Phyllis Lambert on the path to adopting architecture as a career, it also led to one of the most iconic and innovative buildings of the twentieth century: the Seagram Building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. 

Phyllis Lambert has now chronicled that story in her handsome new book Building Seagram (Yale).

Listen to Jeanette Kelly's interview with Phyllis Lambert: 

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Pictured: Philip Johnson, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Phyllis Lambert in front of an image of the model for the Seagram building, New York, 1955.

Photo courtesy Fonds Phyllis LambertCanadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal.