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Future Book(s) – Pia Pol / Astrid Vorstermans

The release of Future Book(s) marks the significant twentieth anniversary of Valiz, the esteemed Amsterdam-based publisher founded by Vorstermans in June 2003. It pays homage to Valiz’s prolific output over two decades, reflecting the publisher’s steadfast commitment to pushing boundaries

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Future Book(s) – Pia Pol / Astrid Vorstermans

The release of Future Book(s) marks the significant twentieth anniversary of Valiz, the esteemed Amsterdam-based publisher founded by Vorstermans in June 2003. It pays homage to Valiz’s prolific output over two decades, reflecting the publisher’s steadfast commitment to pushing boundaries

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Viaje a un Mundo Olvidado – Jordi Esteva

English text >> En su más reciente obra, Viaje a un Mundo Olvidado, Jordi Esteva nos invita a sumergirnos en una travesía introspectiva que se despliega a través de los rincones más remotos y mágicos de su geografía personal. Este

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Viaje a un Mundo Olvidado – Jordi Esteva

English text >> En su más reciente obra, Viaje a un Mundo Olvidado, Jordi Esteva nos invita a sumergirnos en una travesía introspectiva que se despliega a través de los rincones más remotos y mágicos de su geografía personal. Este

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Foucault en California – Simeon Wade

English text >> Foucault en California, sumerge a los lectores en la caleidoscópica California de la década de 1970, un lugar y un tiempo donde la intelectualidad y la contracultura interaccionan en una danza vibrante de ideas no convencionales. Cuando

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Foucault en California – Simeon Wade

English text >> Foucault en California, sumerge a los lectores en la caleidoscópica California de la década de 1970, un lugar y un tiempo donde la intelectualidad y la contracultura interaccionan en una danza vibrante de ideas no convencionales. Cuando

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Cien Hogueras (A Hundred Bonfires) – Antonio Orihuela

texto en español >> Tucked away in the margins of the most recent cultural history in Spain, the liveliness of countercultural practices in Andalusia dazzles as soon as we scratch the ashes, still smoldering, of the hundred bonfires that fueled

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Cien Hogueras (A Hundred Bonfires) – Antonio Orihuela

texto en español >> Tucked away in the margins of the most recent cultural history in Spain, the liveliness of countercultural practices in Andalusia dazzles as soon as we scratch the ashes, still smoldering, of the hundred bonfires that fueled

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BARCELONA, A CITY UNDER the GROUND

Texto en español >> If Ibiza and Formentera were destinations of the international counterculture from the first moment, and Seville gave birth to the first psychedelic music with that particular mix of flamenco and rock sounds coming from the American

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BARCELONA, A CITY UNDER the GROUND

Texto en español >> If Ibiza and Formentera were destinations of the international counterculture from the first moment, and Seville gave birth to the first psychedelic music with that particular mix of flamenco and rock sounds coming from the American

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FERNANDO HIGUERAS

Fernando Higueras, the architect, but also the visionary, the painter, the musician, and the photographer, has acquired cult status thanks to social media and his ascendancy among young architecture students. An architect with an overwhelming personality that gave rise to

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FERNANDO HIGUERAS

Fernando Higueras, the architect, but also the visionary, the painter, the musician, and the photographer, has acquired cult status thanks to social media and his ascendancy among young architecture students. An architect with an overwhelming personality that gave rise to

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LESS FILLING – SOLE KULNARONG

Less Filling is an independent clothing brand by Sole Kulnarong. established in Ibiza, Spain. All designs are timeless, limited edition series, handmade, and silkscreen printed by hand. Sustainability is the mainstay of the brand and each piece is handmade from start to finish.

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LESS FILLING – SOLE KULNARONG

Less Filling is an independent clothing brand by Sole Kulnarong. established in Ibiza, Spain. All designs are timeless, limited edition series, handmade, and silkscreen printed by hand. Sustainability is the mainstay of the brand and each piece is handmade from start to finish.

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INSTANT CITY IBIZA

The Instant City was an inflatable construction created in Ibiza, Spain, in 1971 to provide temporary accommodation for students attending the three-day 7th Congress of ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design).

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INSTANT CITY IBIZA

The Instant City was an inflatable construction created in Ibiza, Spain, in 1971 to provide temporary accommodation for students attending the three-day 7th Congress of ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design).

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DELBES IBIZA – SONIA FERRER

Delbes is a slow fashion brand set to recover the Ibizan artisan traditions to give them a new life through innovative designs and limited editions 100% hand made in the island of Ibiza.

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DELBES IBIZA – SONIA FERRER

Delbes is a slow fashion brand set to recover the Ibizan artisan traditions to give them a new life through innovative designs and limited editions 100% hand made in the island of Ibiza.

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ZAMROCK – ZAMBIA’S 70s MUSIC

Zamrock was a fuzzed-out, psychedelic rock combined with local music that emerged in Zambia during the 70s. 

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ZAMROCK – ZAMBIA’S 70s MUSIC

Zamrock was a fuzzed-out, psychedelic rock combined with local music that emerged in Zambia during the 70s. 

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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 SHOOT

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 SHOOT

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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