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Designer Diary: Aganovich’s Postcard From The Venice Architecture Biennale

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Meet Nana Aganovich and Brooke Taylor, the duo behind on-the-rise Paris label Aganovich. They must have finished their Spring ’13 collection (showing in Paris on September 25) a little early, because they managed to escape to the 13th annual Venice Architecture Biennale (currently under way) and find time to send us back a few snaps from their trip. Read all about it, below.

“Nana and I just got back from this year’s Architecture Biennale, curated by British architect David Chipperfield, who (for a bit of fashion FYI) designed photographer Nick Knight’s house. Chipperfield named the exhibition Common Ground in an attempt to draw the focus away from ‘starchitecture’ and back to common resonance and purpose. Apart from the usual unsettling sensuality of the location, we were treated to a visual and intellectual feast, ranging from the poignant presentation of our beloved East London’s Hawksmoor churches chez Louis Vuitton to the morbidly ironic but effective Aircraft Carrier at the Israeli Pavilion. We topped it all off with a great satellite exhibition of relational aesthetics artist Rirkrit Tiravanija and an after-party staged by our friend Alex Possati, whose family owns the cultural hot spot Bauer Hotel. All the world’s architectural luminaries were present at the shindig, along with a few from the fashion set, in the form of Jefferson Hack, Juergen Teller (who is the official photographer for the exhibition), and our favorite entertainer of the evening, Christopher Taylor (the former rock star-turned-award-winning film composer). For the record, he’s also a genius raconteur. (When I looked in the mirror the next morning, I actually had a six-pack, he had been making us laugh so hard.)”


“[Brooke] Coming into Venice getting serious pimp cane mileage out of a recent knee injury.”


“Louis Vuitton’s Mohsen Mostafavi-curated discreet perfection of an exhibit: Hawksmoor’s Christ Church Spitalfields in resin.”


“Zaha Hadid’s radical structures.”


“Who can resist a peek? Brasil’s domestic peepshow.”


“Graffiti wall.”


“Nana preparing for our night out, she’s clearly very happy with her newly received, made-to-measure piece from the Aganovich Fall ’12 collection.”

Photos: Courtesy of Aganovich

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