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BAUHAUS 100th ANNIVERSARY & LIONLION

To celebrate Bauhaus’ 100th anniversaty Formidable Mag  joins indie pop/rock band Lionlion and their series of videos shot in some of the most iconic spaces designed under  the school’s principles. Lionlion videos share the reduced and minimalistic design vocabulary of

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BAUHAUS 100th ANNIVERSARY & LIONLION

To celebrate Bauhaus’ 100th anniversaty Formidable Mag  joins indie pop/rock band Lionlion and their series of videos shot in some of the most iconic spaces designed under  the school’s principles. Lionlion videos share the reduced and minimalistic design vocabulary of

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THE BEATLES – EVEREST

Beatles fans and music lovers in general, often fantasize about what the group might have produced had they stayed together and continued making music into the ‘70s. Well, the truth is, They did. There is the last Beatles album published

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THE BEATLES – EVEREST

Beatles fans and music lovers in general, often fantasize about what the group might have produced had they stayed together and continued making music into the ‘70s. Well, the truth is, They did. There is the last Beatles album published

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LOTUS ÉLAN

Lotus Élan. Lotus was just a decade old when the Elan launched. The marque had not yet earned its first Formula 1 championship or Indy 500 win, and its first production street car, the fiberglass-monocoque Elite (1957–1963), was a costly

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LOTUS ÉLAN

Lotus Élan. Lotus was just a decade old when the Elan launched. The marque had not yet earned its first Formula 1 championship or Indy 500 win, and its first production street car, the fiberglass-monocoque Elite (1957–1963), was a costly

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THE HIPPIE TRAIL

The hippie trail was a 6,000 mile route through Europe and the Middle East into Central and Southern Asia. Inspired by the beat generation, Kerouac, Ginsberg… and The Beatles 1967 trip to Rishikesh in India to take part in a

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THE HIPPIE TRAIL

The hippie trail was a 6,000 mile route through Europe and the Middle East into Central and Southern Asia. Inspired by the beat generation, Kerouac, Ginsberg… and The Beatles 1967 trip to Rishikesh in India to take part in a

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SACRED GEOMETRY

Sacred Geometry. We asked Abstract Geometry master, Enrique Salamanca, to open his studio for our end of summer editorial. Photography by BARTE. Patchwork pants by Desigüal. Big flower and moon pattern blouses by Liu Jo. Denim jumpsuit and flare jeans

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SACRED GEOMETRY

Sacred Geometry. We asked Abstract Geometry master, Enrique Salamanca, to open his studio for our end of summer editorial. Photography by BARTE. Patchwork pants by Desigüal. Big flower and moon pattern blouses by Liu Jo. Denim jumpsuit and flare jeans

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TORRES BLANCAS, MADRID

Torres Blancas apartment building in Madrid is an extraordinary fusion of the Brutalist and Organic styles built in 1968 by the architect Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza in conjunction with the forward thinking construction firm of Juan Huarte. In the

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TORRES BLANCAS, MADRID

Torres Blancas apartment building in Madrid is an extraordinary fusion of the Brutalist and Organic styles built in 1968 by the architect Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza in conjunction with the forward thinking construction firm of Juan Huarte. In the

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FRANCOIS-XAVIER & CLAUDE LALANNE

The Lalanne signature, husband and wife artists François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne have charmed the art world with their whimsical, sensual sculptures. François-Xavier’s famous bronze-and-wool sheep and donkey or rhinoceros desks, and Claude’s botanical-inspired furniture and flatware, are elegantly oblivious of

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FRANCOIS-XAVIER & CLAUDE LALANNE

The Lalanne signature, husband and wife artists François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne have charmed the art world with their whimsical, sensual sculptures. François-Xavier’s famous bronze-and-wool sheep and donkey or rhinoceros desks, and Claude’s botanical-inspired furniture and flatware, are elegantly oblivious of

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CACHAITO

Orlando Cachaito Lopez, was born in Havana in 1933, Mr. López hailed from a family of at least 30 bass players, including his uncle, the well-known Israel Cachao López. Mr. López’s nickname translates to “Little Cachao.” His father, Orestes, played

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CACHAITO

Orlando Cachaito Lopez, was born in Havana in 1933, Mr. López hailed from a family of at least 30 bass players, including his uncle, the well-known Israel Cachao López. Mr. López’s nickname translates to “Little Cachao.” His father, Orestes, played

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PETER VETSCH

Peter Vetsch earth house  are based on an environmentally conscious, ecological and progressive architecture. They stand out due to their closeness to nature and allow an experience beyond the usual four walls and their right angles. The earth house is

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PETER VETSCH

Peter Vetsch earth house  are based on an environmentally conscious, ecological and progressive architecture. They stand out due to their closeness to nature and allow an experience beyond the usual four walls and their right angles. The earth house is

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JIMI HENDRIX-HAWAII

Jimi Hendix landed in the States in 1968 for his firs american tour. Photographer Ron Raffaelli was his official tour photographer. Raffaelli tell us in his own words. “An art director had told me that this British rock star was

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JIMI HENDRIX-HAWAII

Jimi Hendix landed in the States in 1968 for his firs american tour. Photographer Ron Raffaelli was his official tour photographer. Raffaelli tell us in his own words. “An art director had told me that this British rock star was

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CARLO SCARPA

Carlo Scarpa fundamental ideas in his work regarding light, colour and material that are the basis of architecture itself.   Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978), Brion Family Tomb and Sanctuary, San Vito di Antivole, Italy, a zen garden, where water, concrete walls,

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CARLO SCARPA

Carlo Scarpa fundamental ideas in his work regarding light, colour and material that are the basis of architecture itself.   Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978), Brion Family Tomb and Sanctuary, San Vito di Antivole, Italy, a zen garden, where water, concrete walls,

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STASH DE ROLA

Stash De Rola, actually, Prince Stanislaus Klossowski de Rola – friend of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Syd Barrett, played percussion in Vince Taylor’s band, exotic dandy and lover, actor, musician, aristocrat and son of the controversial artist Balthus

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STASH DE ROLA

Stash De Rola, actually, Prince Stanislaus Klossowski de Rola – friend of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Syd Barrett, played percussion in Vince Taylor’s band, exotic dandy and lover, actor, musician, aristocrat and son of the controversial artist Balthus

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SOLEDAD MIRANDA

Soledad Miranda, more than 35 years after her tragic death on a car accident, she’s still not forgotten, as her work in Jesus Franco’s films of the late ’60s/early ’70s achived cult status. Born on July 9, 1943, in Seville,

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SOLEDAD MIRANDA

Soledad Miranda, more than 35 years after her tragic death on a car accident, she’s still not forgotten, as her work in Jesus Franco’s films of the late ’60s/early ’70s achived cult status. Born on July 9, 1943, in Seville,

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TAYLOR CAMP

Taylor Camp. In 1969, Howard Taylor, brother of Hollywood star Elizabeth, bailed out a rag-tag band of 13 young Mainlanders jailed on Kauai for vagrancy and invited them to camp on his oceanfront land in Haena, Hawaii. The camp was

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TAYLOR CAMP

Taylor Camp. In 1969, Howard Taylor, brother of Hollywood star Elizabeth, bailed out a rag-tag band of 13 young Mainlanders jailed on Kauai for vagrancy and invited them to camp on his oceanfront land in Haena, Hawaii. The camp was

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ALVAR AALTO

Alvar Aalto designs are a superb example of the uncompromising spirit that has managed to overcome the barriers of style and taste, fashion and social class. Many of his creations are in greater demand now than ever before. Alvar, was

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ALVAR AALTO

Alvar Aalto designs are a superb example of the uncompromising spirit that has managed to overcome the barriers of style and taste, fashion and social class. Many of his creations are in greater demand now than ever before. Alvar, was

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PIERRE CARDIN

Pierre Cardin’s pioneering, futuristic clothes had a profound influence on 1960s fashion design. “My name is more important than myself.” -Pierre Cardin. Cardin brought high fashion to the street; he invented the bubble dress and launched the use of cartridge

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PIERRE CARDIN

Pierre Cardin’s pioneering, futuristic clothes had a profound influence on 1960s fashion design. “My name is more important than myself.” -Pierre Cardin. Cardin brought high fashion to the street; he invented the bubble dress and launched the use of cartridge

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BEATLES’ LAST PHOTO SESSION

Beatles’ last shooting took place on Friday, August 22, 1969 at John and Yoko’s home in Tittenhurst Park two days after their last recording session together. The photographers were Ethan Russell and Monte Fresco, with additional pictures taken by The Beatles’

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BEATLES’ LAST PHOTO SESSION

Beatles’ last shooting took place on Friday, August 22, 1969 at John and Yoko’s home in Tittenhurst Park two days after their last recording session together. The photographers were Ethan Russell and Monte Fresco, with additional pictures taken by The Beatles’

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DONYALE LUNA

Donyale Luna  was discovered by photographer David McCabe in downtown Detroit, who marvelled at her tall, willowy body and Nefertiti-like face.  She was the first black model who really began to change things; to enable more diverse beauty paradigms to break

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DONYALE LUNA

Donyale Luna  was discovered by photographer David McCabe in downtown Detroit, who marvelled at her tall, willowy body and Nefertiti-like face.  She was the first black model who really began to change things; to enable more diverse beauty paradigms to break

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USCHI OBERMAIER

Uschi Obermaier was a key figure of the sexual revolution, even influencing John Lennon and Yoko Ono with her credo of free love. She is known to have had affairs with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Jimi Hendrix. She epitomized

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USCHI OBERMAIER

Uschi Obermaier was a key figure of the sexual revolution, even influencing John Lennon and Yoko Ono with her credo of free love. She is known to have had affairs with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Jimi Hendrix. She epitomized

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BLOW-UP

Blow-Up, it was high time we review one of FORMIDABLE MAGAZINE all time favorite films. Blow-up became an instant cult film. The photographic seduction session with Verushka, the three-way romp with Jane Birkin on the purple photographer’s backdrop, the footage

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BLOW-UP

Blow-Up, it was high time we review one of FORMIDABLE MAGAZINE all time favorite films. Blow-up became an instant cult film. The photographic seduction session with Verushka, the three-way romp with Jane Birkin on the purple photographer’s backdrop, the footage

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OPERACION IMPALA

Operacion Impala (Operation Impala) was the dream of five Spaniards to cross Africa on a motorcycle. In 1961 they covered 20,000 kilometers (12,500 miles) in 100 days across Africa from south to north in three prototypes of Montesa Impala and a

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OPERACION IMPALA

Operacion Impala (Operation Impala) was the dream of five Spaniards to cross Africa on a motorcycle. In 1961 they covered 20,000 kilometers (12,500 miles) in 100 days across Africa from south to north in three prototypes of Montesa Impala and a

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MARIANNE FAITHFUL

Marianne Faithfull has always been a personification of her time. Pure ingénue at the beginning of the ’60s, the hippie chick by the end, then the heroin girl at the beginning of ’70s. Since the age of 11, when she

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MARIANNE FAITHFUL

Marianne Faithfull has always been a personification of her time. Pure ingénue at the beginning of the ’60s, the hippie chick by the end, then the heroin girl at the beginning of ’70s. Since the age of 11, when she

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BEAT GENERATION

The Beat generation started off as a literary phenomenon but soon progressed to a life-changing attitude. It embraced originality and individuality in the way people thought and acted, throwing out the rules of literature, music, sex and religion. It was

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BEAT GENERATION

The Beat generation started off as a literary phenomenon but soon progressed to a life-changing attitude. It embraced originality and individuality in the way people thought and acted, throwing out the rules of literature, music, sex and religion. It was

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CHARLES MINGUS

Charles Mingus a world-class jazz double bassist, composer and band leader, is one of the most important figures in jazz. He was not only the most powerfully original bassist in jazz history, but along with Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington and

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CHARLES MINGUS

Charles Mingus a world-class jazz double bassist, composer and band leader, is one of the most important figures in jazz. He was not only the most powerfully original bassist in jazz history, but along with Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington and

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LAND ROVER

Land Rover Defender or Series, there is nothing more iconic in the world of rugged expedition imagery.  It is estimated that 70% of the Series Land Rovers ever built are still on the road today. Photographer Peter Berard posing next

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LAND ROVER

Land Rover Defender or Series, there is nothing more iconic in the world of rugged expedition imagery.  It is estimated that 70% of the Series Land Rovers ever built are still on the road today. Photographer Peter Berard posing next

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MEGATÓN YE-YE

 Megatón Ye-Ye marked a before and after in the Spanish pop films introducing a new sensibility until then silenced. Thousands of teenagers  saw it several times and it had a great social impact. Directed in 1965 by Jesús Yagüe, script

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MEGATÓN YE-YE

 Megatón Ye-Ye marked a before and after in the Spanish pop films introducing a new sensibility until then silenced. Thousands of teenagers  saw it several times and it had a great social impact. Directed in 1965 by Jesús Yagüe, script

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VIDAL SASSOON

Vidal Sassoon with bold geometric cuts bearing equally graphic names, the Five Point, the Asymmetric, did more than upend the beauty industry: He was a pivotal figure in the 1960s style revolution. Actress Nancy Kwan had long thick hair down

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VIDAL SASSOON

Vidal Sassoon with bold geometric cuts bearing equally graphic names, the Five Point, the Asymmetric, did more than upend the beauty industry: He was a pivotal figure in the 1960s style revolution. Actress Nancy Kwan had long thick hair down

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JAVIER CARVAJAL

Javier Carvajal  was a key figure of modern architecture in Spain in the 1950s and 60s. Altos Estudios Mercantiles Business School. Barcelona, 1956-57. Corporate offices, show room and flagship store for fashion brand Loewe. Barcelona, Spain. Loewe flagship store mural,

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JAVIER CARVAJAL

Javier Carvajal  was a key figure of modern architecture in Spain in the 1950s and 60s. Altos Estudios Mercantiles Business School. Barcelona, 1956-57. Corporate offices, show room and flagship store for fashion brand Loewe. Barcelona, Spain. Loewe flagship store mural,

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THE GRADUATE

The Graduate, 1967. Dustin Hoffman earned his first Academy Award nomination as Benjamin Braddock, an overachiever seduced by Mrs. Robinson, Anne Bancroft, to the tunes of Simon & Garfunkel. The movie launched Hoffman to stardom and became an anthem for

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THE GRADUATE

The Graduate, 1967. Dustin Hoffman earned his first Academy Award nomination as Benjamin Braddock, an overachiever seduced by Mrs. Robinson, Anne Bancroft, to the tunes of Simon & Garfunkel. The movie launched Hoffman to stardom and became an anthem for

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OSSIE CLARK

Ossie Clark whimsical romantic designs of fairytale ballgowns and dresses dripping with sexuality helped set trendy London ablaze in the 1960s. His bold designs, as well as his free-spirited company, were craved and cherised by iconic 60′s figures Mick Jagger,

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OSSIE CLARK

Ossie Clark whimsical romantic designs of fairytale ballgowns and dresses dripping with sexuality helped set trendy London ablaze in the 1960s. His bold designs, as well as his free-spirited company, were craved and cherised by iconic 60′s figures Mick Jagger,

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PINK PANTHER CAR

The Pink Panther car was a model shown in the series of comedy films under the same name which began with the release of The Pink Panther (1963). Most of the films were directed by Blake Edwards, with theme music

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PINK PANTHER CAR

The Pink Panther car was a model shown in the series of comedy films under the same name which began with the release of The Pink Panther (1963). Most of the films were directed by Blake Edwards, with theme music

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MASKED BLACK & WHITE BALL

Masked Black & White Ball was the crowning event in the life of Truman Capote, an author at the peak of his talent and fame. Some may say it also was one of his greatest works ever. . Released in 1965,

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MASKED BLACK & WHITE BALL

Masked Black & White Ball was the crowning event in the life of Truman Capote, an author at the peak of his talent and fame. Some may say it also was one of his greatest works ever. . Released in 1965,

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CHET BAKER

Chet Baker emboided like no other jazz musician a romantic coolness whose mystique involved an alluring strain of danger. His Hollywood good looks and bad-boy reputation, made Baker the posterboy for West Coast cool jazz. Chet Baker rose to stardom in

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CHET BAKER

Chet Baker emboided like no other jazz musician a romantic coolness whose mystique involved an alluring strain of danger. His Hollywood good looks and bad-boy reputation, made Baker the posterboy for West Coast cool jazz. Chet Baker rose to stardom in

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FRANK MÜLLER

Frank Müller, architect and hipster extrordinaire, talked to Formidable about architecture and life in general. For­mi­da­ble. What was your first cre­ative drive? Frank Müller. When I was a small child I already was into building houses, with Lego and other

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FRANK MÜLLER

Frank Müller, architect and hipster extrordinaire, talked to Formidable about architecture and life in general. For­mi­da­ble. What was your first cre­ative drive? Frank Müller. When I was a small child I already was into building houses, with Lego and other

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THE YARDBIRDS

The Yardbirds introduced three of the most influential guitarists of that era: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Their innovations — a revved-up instrumental attack, controlled use of feedback, distortion and fuzz; and live, improvisational jams they called “rave

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THE YARDBIRDS

The Yardbirds introduced three of the most influential guitarists of that era: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Their innovations — a revved-up instrumental attack, controlled use of feedback, distortion and fuzz; and live, improvisational jams they called “rave

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MATHIAS GOERITZ

Mathias Goeritz painter, sculptor and teacher. In 1953, he presented hіs “Manifiesto de la Arquitectura Emocional” (Emotional Architecture Manifesto). On moving to Mexico City in 1954, he entered a richly productive period. Goeritz was instrumental in establishing abstraction and other modern trends

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MATHIAS GOERITZ

Mathias Goeritz painter, sculptor and teacher. In 1953, he presented hіs “Manifiesto de la Arquitectura Emocional” (Emotional Architecture Manifesto). On moving to Mexico City in 1954, he entered a richly productive period. Goeritz was instrumental in establishing abstraction and other modern trends

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TALITHA GETTY

Talitha Getty embodied the beautiful, carefree, and romantic spirit of the 60s, and she will forever be one of our all-time style icon. She may not have been well known by the general public, but her presence in the London

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TALITHA GETTY

Talitha Getty embodied the beautiful, carefree, and romantic spirit of the 60s, and she will forever be one of our all-time style icon. She may not have been well known by the general public, but her presence in the London

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GISELA G

Ibiza Fashion formidable Gisela G invited us to her atellier in the island of Ibiza where she creates her striking and beautiful handmade pieces. Each of her creations is one of a kind and a true art investment. All photography

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GISELA G

Ibiza Fashion formidable Gisela G invited us to her atellier in the island of Ibiza where she creates her striking and beautiful handmade pieces. Each of her creations is one of a kind and a true art investment. All photography

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LES LIASON DANGEREUSES 1960

Les Liason Dangereuses 1960 updated Choderlos de Laclos’ novel, written 177 years before that. Film director Roger Vadim, And God Created Woman, 1956 and Barbarella,1968, set the bedroom intrigue against a Parisian eve-of-the-’60s world of jazz and sexual permissiveness, cast

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LES LIASON DANGEREUSES 1960

Les Liason Dangereuses 1960 updated Choderlos de Laclos’ novel, written 177 years before that. Film director Roger Vadim, And God Created Woman, 1956 and Barbarella,1968, set the bedroom intrigue against a Parisian eve-of-the-’60s world of jazz and sexual permissiveness, cast

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VERNER PANTON

Verner Panton is considered one of the most influential 20th century furniture and interior designers. During his career, he created innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of materials, especially plastics, and in vibrant colors. By fusing the elements of

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VERNER PANTON

Verner Panton is considered one of the most influential 20th century furniture and interior designers. During his career, he created innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of materials, especially plastics, and in vibrant colors. By fusing the elements of

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NICOLAS BOUVIER

Nicolas Bouvier left his native bourgeois Switzerland in 1953 with no intention of returning. In a small, slow Fiat, he and his artist  friend Thierry Vernet, and travelled across Europe and Asia over nineteen unforgettable months, pausing in Belgrade, Istanbul,

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NICOLAS BOUVIER

Nicolas Bouvier left his native bourgeois Switzerland in 1953 with no intention of returning. In a small, slow Fiat, he and his artist  friend Thierry Vernet, and travelled across Europe and Asia over nineteen unforgettable months, pausing in Belgrade, Istanbul,

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MARY QUANT

Mary Quant creation, the miniskirt, became one of the defining fashions of the 1960s. It was developed separately by designer Andre Courrèges, and there is disagreement as to who came up with the idea first. Mary Quant named the miniskirt after

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MARY QUANT

Mary Quant creation, the miniskirt, became one of the defining fashions of the 1960s. It was developed separately by designer Andre Courrèges, and there is disagreement as to who came up with the idea first. Mary Quant named the miniskirt after

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KENNY BURRELL

Kenny Burrell, an all time favorite here at Formidable Magazine. His music is a wonderful blend of ultra cool elegance and conviction, musical inventiveness and thoughtful restraint. The owner of the original ultra cool bluesy jazz sound. Kenny Burrell initially

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KENNY BURRELL

Kenny Burrell, an all time favorite here at Formidable Magazine. His music is a wonderful blend of ultra cool elegance and conviction, musical inventiveness and thoughtful restraint. The owner of the original ultra cool bluesy jazz sound. Kenny Burrell initially

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DANGER DIABOLIK

Danger Diabolik, 1968, is Italian director Mario Bava’s stylish, psychedelic adaptation of comic book anti-hero, Diabolik. Created by sisters Angela and Luciana Giussani. The film is a lush, Technicolor feast, boasting jaw-dropping sets, real visual élan and just about the

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DANGER DIABOLIK

Danger Diabolik, 1968, is Italian director Mario Bava’s stylish, psychedelic adaptation of comic book anti-hero, Diabolik. Created by sisters Angela and Luciana Giussani. The film is a lush, Technicolor feast, boasting jaw-dropping sets, real visual élan and just about the

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ROBERT BOGARD

Robert Bogard contacted Formidable magazine after reading our article on Beatnik Ibiza. A writer, he was in all the right places at the right time. Paris in the 50s with all the jazz scene in the Quartier Latin, Edith Piaf,

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ROBERT BOGARD

Robert Bogard contacted Formidable magazine after reading our article on Beatnik Ibiza. A writer, he was in all the right places at the right time. Paris in the 50s with all the jazz scene in the Quartier Latin, Edith Piaf,

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SUMMER HOUSE

Good weather is around the corner. It’s time to get the summer house ready.

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SUMMER HOUSE

Good weather is around the corner. It’s time to get the summer house ready.

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AMANDA LEAR

Amanda Lear was Dali’s muse and lover, a disco queen in the 70’s. She dated the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones, had an affair with David Bowie, was engaged to Bryan Ferry, and in addition to being a model, she was

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AMANDA LEAR

Amanda Lear was Dali’s muse and lover, a disco queen in the 70’s. She dated the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones, had an affair with David Bowie, was engaged to Bryan Ferry, and in addition to being a model, she was

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FRANÇOISE HARDY

Fançoise Hardy boho sex appeal (straight hair, eyebrow-dusting bangs, acoustic guitar) pared-down mod aesthetic, chiseled cheekbones and intense gaze was “the very essence of chic.” Her elegant, world-weary ballads like Comment Te Dire Adieu were obligatory listening for the cool

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FRANÇOISE HARDY

Fançoise Hardy boho sex appeal (straight hair, eyebrow-dusting bangs, acoustic guitar) pared-down mod aesthetic, chiseled cheekbones and intense gaze was “the very essence of chic.” Her elegant, world-weary ballads like Comment Te Dire Adieu were obligatory listening for the cool

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