Covering September’s new drops, restocks, and promising auctions, Something Curated has compiled a list of ten of the most coveted items available for purchase this month, spanning art, fashion, home and more.
Dali Atomicus & Magnum Contact Sheets, 1948/2011 || Philippe Halsman
In this limited edition set, get an inside look into the photographic process behind Philippe Halsman’s iconic ‘Dali Atomicus’ (1948). Envisioned as an image of “weightlessness,” ‘Dali Atomicus’ is composed of a jumping Salvador Dali, a bucket of water and three cats in mid-air, and an already floating chair and canvas. It took the artists almost 30 attempts to achieve the perfect shot. Here, a contact sheet reveals 10 of these attempts while the accompanying book provides insight into the steps involved in creating an iconic photographic work. Available at Paddle8.
Turtle Floats, 2017 || Derrick Adams
Through the mediums of collage, video, sculpture and drawing, Brooklyn-based artist Derrick Adams explores the way mass media affects identity, particularly in the context of African Americans in contemporary culture. In his collage works mimicking television screens, Adams takes his source imagery from screen captures of old clips from YouTube, which he then uses as reference. In rendering these reference images with blocks of colour, Adams confronts the media’s deconstruction of reality. Available at Phillips.
Multi-Gem & Gold Ring || Darlene De Sedle
This beautifully crafted hammered 22 karat gold ring is adorned with a reverse-set rose-cut diamond, various gemstones and cultured pearl. Darlene de Sedle’s pieces use precious and semi-precious gems, diamonds, and gold to create lavish jewellery. Her work is inspired by nature and her father’s archaeology digs for pre-Columbian gold in South America and Egypt, which gave her an early eye for colour and design. Her sumptuous creations range from ultra-vibrant combinations of colours to palettes of subtle, same-toned stones. Available at Christie’s.
Black Slip Tote || Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta’s new creative director, Daniel Lee, previously of Céline, premiered his first catwalk show for the Italian label at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year. A new signature of the designer is the intrecciato-woven tote featuring cut-out carry handles at top, here created in buffed black calfskin. The bag comprises silver-tone hardware, an embossed logo, zippered pocket, and two patch pockets at interior with a suede interior in brown and contrast stitching in white. Available at Ssense.
Logo-Strap Technical Ski Trousers || Raf Simons x Templa
These white ski trousers are part of Raf Simons’s collaboration with outdoor aficionado Templa. They’re precision-crafted from durable technical shell and shaped with an adjustable mid-rise waist and wide legs that are equipped with multiple zipped and Velcro pockets, then finished with side ankle zips and a directional logo strap noting the collection at the back. Available at MATCHESFASHION.
Archive Drawstring Dress, 2000’s || Versace
Over the decades, Versace has become synonymous with Italian glamour and unapologetic extravagance. Relatively subdued, designed in black, this super sleek drawstring dress comes straight from the 00’s. It features a stand up collar, an invisible back zip fastening, sleeveless design, slim fit, knee length, drawstring hem and diagonal welt pockets. Available at Farfetch.
Magnolia Tree Teapot & Cover || Feng Guilin
Dating back to China’s Republic Period, spanning 1907-1945, this striking teapot and cover set by celebrated ceramicist Feng Guilin beautifully mimics the texture of a magnolia tree’s bark. The earthenware’s dark brown colour furthers the trompe l’oeil illusion, appearing remarkably like a woody surface. Available at Sotheby’s.
2 Bed Mews House, Holland Park
This stylish two bedroom, Grade II listed mews house situated on Holland Park Mews features a contemporary style throughout, with high ceilings (3.93m at its highest) and exposed brickwork. Boasting a stripped back interior and airy living spaces, it has access from both the ground and first floors and benefits from an integral garage and a balcony. Available at Knight Frank.
All-American Ads Of The 90s || Steven Heller & Jim Heimann
Revisit the 1990s in a massive compendium of advertising gems that sold Generation X and baby boomers everything from Game Boys to Boyz II Men. Featuring six chapters spanning food, fashion, entertainment, and cars, page after page of ads remind us how sex and blockbusters led the way to a decade’s worth of ironic, cool, and classic visuals, which closed one century and took us to the next. Available at Taschen.
Uninhabited London || Jon Savage
In 1977 Jon Savage photographed streets around North Kensington in West London, which, like much of the inner city, had remained derelict since the area was bombed in the Second World War. These served as a visual backdrop for collages in the punk fanzine London’s Outrage, which he edited. He said punk music “seemed to point towards this idea of empty urban space.” Rediscover Savage’s work in this new volume. Available at Tenderbooks.
Selected by Keshav Anand | Feature image: All-American Ads Of The 90s, Steven Heller & Jim Heimann (via Taschen)