From V83 Summer 2013
“I am always interested in the different ways we can experience images that do not involve ink and paper,” says Visionaire cofounder Cecilia Dean of the inspiration behind the latest issue. True to her words, the groundbreaking art and fashion publication has taken on many different forms, with editions that have been wearable, audible, edible, playable, digital, invisible, and most recently viewable in stereoscopic 3-D. Now with Visionaire 63 FOREVER, Dean and the team have developed an issue that is everlasting, thanks to the help of G-Shock, makers of “the watch that never breaks.”
“When G-Shock told me they were the ‘indestructible watch,’ I said we have to do an indestructible issue of Visionaire!” Dean explains. The fruits of the collaboration? Ten embossed metal “pages” featuring icons ranging from supermodel Kate Moss (by Mario Testino, above) to Queen Elizabeth II—in the form of her bust as it appears on British currency (by Gilbert & George). Further contributions from Inez & Vinoodh, Karl Lagerfeld, Craig McDean, Yoko Ono, Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, Sølve Sundsbø, Steven Klein, and Richard Avedon round out the limited-edition collection. Realized in part with CG artists from Industrial Color, 2-D images are transformed into 3-D reliefs and then pounded onto 9-by-12-inch metal plates, effectively taking the durability of G-Shock’s high-performance, weather-resistant gadgetry and applying it to the mediums of art and the fashion image.
“We are interested in creating objects to be kept, collected, cherished, and enjoyed,” Dean says. “I want to make issues that are timeless, but that are also indicative of our particular space and moment.” Adding chrome to your home—what’s more current than that?
Visionaire 63 FOREVER, limited-edition box of 10 plates in steel and aluminium, only 1,500 copies, and with 24K gold plating, only 150 copies ($350 and $1,500, visionaireworld.com)