What you’re seeing above are stop motions of cross=sections of hardwood, burls and branches made by filmmaker Brett Foxwell using a milling machine to cut slices from 1/40 inch to 1/2,000 of an inch thick. He cleaned, polished and applied wood oil to each cross-section before capturing it with a stop-motion camera. Do yourself a favor and watch with the sound off, because the imagery is amazing.
Our first collaboration with Bergdorf Goodman, featuring the dancer Maggie Cloud interpreting some of the new designers featured on their shoe floor. Our multi-media profiles with the designers will be rolling out over the next few weeks on the Bergdorf Goodman blog, 5th at 58th.
Two people have shown me this same video this week, of Triadisches Ballett by Oskar Schlemmer. It's an amazing Bauhuas marionette masterpiece, and worth a watch for the weirdness alone.
IN HIS SEMINAL TEXT “ON THE SHORTNESS OF LIFE," THE ANCIENT ROMAN PHILOSOPHER SENECA REFLECTED UPON THE ETERNAL STRUGGLES OF HUMANITY AND CANONIZED A ROSTER OF UNCOMFORTABLE REALITIES (AS TRUE TODAY AS THEY WERE IN 50 A.D.), INCLUDING: “THEY LOST THE DAY IN EXPECTATION OF THE NIGHT AND THE NIGHT IN FEAR OF THE DAWN."
Contextualized within Seneca’s manuscript, the statement speaks to a restless fear or anticipation of the future that prevents individuals from living in the moment, thus allowing life's joys to pass sans ceremony. Contextualized alongside the sumptuous wares of Hill House Home, a modern lifestyle brand specializing in bedding, however, the declaration takes on a slightly different but still profound meaning – e.g., owners of Hill House Home’s premium quality Italian-woven, French-cut sheets spend every moment out of bed anticipating their return, and every moment in bed in dread of their exit. In the end, it’s a worthy battle of philosophies and both maxims hold strong. After all, there are few things as precious as Seneca’s wisdom and a dreamy night is one of them. To celebrate the launch of Hill House Home, Double or Nothing collaborated with the brand to create custom editorial content and also asked its founder, Nell Diamond, to curate a playlist and put together some images inspired by that covetable commodity: sleep.
More GIFs and the playlist can be viewed here.