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Japanese Artist, Sohei Nishino created dioramas of major cities conveying the places like dreams.

Currently living in Tokyo, Nishino’s work is on display at a forum for contemporary art, the Saatchi Gallery in London.

Walking around in gallery 3. Photo by James Andrews.

There’s a sense of something hidden within each shot of light jet print. I admired dioramas even more because they portray my favorite cities: Paris, Tokyo and New York. In the dioramas, the city’s aspirations and flaws are represented and entangled.

Almost as though the cities are invisible and imagination is necessary to decipher the image. Nishino composed a city of wonder with a creative sense of a map through his viewpoint and experience.

Sohei Nishino. Diorama Of New York. 2009. Light jet print. 172.2 x 134 . Photo by Niya Sinckler.

Nishino’s works have been showcased in Japan, France, Korea, Spain, Finland and Norway. The gallery’s exhibition continues until 22 July 2012.

The Walkmen’s Heaven

New York indie rockers, The Walkmen have crafted a glorious 13 track album.

Heaven, their sixth studio record marks a significant chapter for the band’s maturity in the music industry.

The Walkmen. Photo: NME.

I still remember laying on the grass listening to the floating vocals, chill drums and whispy guitar from their track, “Juveniles” off the album Lisbon.

There are spirits of youthful tones featured in “Dreamboat.” Then a joyful vibe mixed with simple guitar playing to “We Can’t Be Beat.” The band uses vintage instruments to create a post punk scene. The Walkmen has improved their vocals, music skills and sound techniques tremendously.

Heaven will be released 29 May 2012 in the US and 04 June 2012 in the UK.

Café de Flore.

French-Canadian writer-director, Jean-Marc Vallée fuses a drama of passion and love into a compelling film.

Café de Flore features an aspiring music admirer, Québécois DJ Antoine (Kevin Parent) seeking love for the second time with a blonde beauty Rose (Evelyne Brochu) while reminiscing about troubled days with his childhood sweetheart and first wife, Carole (Hélène Florent).

Then during the late ’60s in Paris, a single mom Jacqueline (Vanessa Paradis) struggles everyday to raise her son, Laurent (Marin Gerrier) who has Down’s syndrome portraying a mother’s love and bond.

The two love stories mold into a mystery of romance, dreams, flashbacks and tangled emotions among soul mates. There are hints of a connection between Carole and Jacqueline with key elements of memory and time that bring the film to life. It makes one wonder if they are meant to be with someone forever or if it’s just another chapter of their life.

Fashion Film

Famous French-Polish filmmaker, Roman Polanski amazed viewers at the Cannes Film Festival with his short and witty film.

Italian luxury fashion label, Prada was the highlight in the anti-commercial.

Ben Kingsley listening as Helena Bonham Carter expresses her feelings in A Therapy for Prada. Photo from Prada.

Combining actor Ben Kingsley and the captivating actress Helena Bonham-Carter, Roman Polanksi debuted his premiere screening of a three-minute film.

The refreshing short film entitled, “A Therapy” was an attempt to prove that Polanski can produce short and long films in his profession.

Helena Bonham Carter lies on a Victorian sofa dressed in a lovely purple fur coat, silk lilac blouse, vibrant orange skirt and black patent Prada heels confessing her dream to melodramatic music in a darkened atmosphere.

As she enters her silent psychoanalyst’s office, Ben Kingsley, themes of loneliness and anxiety are seen. There’s a slight resemblance to the film, A Dangerous Method but this short film mixes fashion and psychology. When the doctor wears her coat, he glances into the mirror assessing his look finding the message that “Prada Suits Everyone.”

Photographer’s Gallery.

The new building of the Photographer’s Gallery successfully unveiled yesterday in London after a two year refurbishment project.

The gallery will be showcasing a variety of high-profile artists emerging in international and British photography.

The refurbished floor space. Photo from the Guardian.

The new construction was designed by award-winning Irish architects O’Donnell and Tuomey featuring three floors of gallery space.

At the moment, there’s an exhibition from Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky‘s photographic narrative capturing how oil impacts our lives through mechanics of production and distribution. Portrait and landscape shots show how dependent we are with oil as a finite resource.

The highly respected artist, Edward Burtynsky’s photographic depictions of the global industry have been seen at the following locations including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

The gallery is open seven days a week from 10a-6pm. Address: 16-18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW. Closest tube: Oxford Circus.

Beach House’s New Album

The Baltimore dream pop duo formed in 2004, Beach House have released their fourth album this week.

Bloom has ten soft melodic indie pop tracks that make you feel like you’re floating in a dream.

We have Beach House on repeat. Photo from FYVM.

There’s a simple consistent quality for their well orchestrated song structures. It resembles those daydreaming days staring out a car window. The indie rock tunes have atmospheric rhythms and real substance.

The beautiful songs flow into each other among the organization of the organ and keyboard. There are less intense hooks and experimentation with the guitar and piano unlike their previous album, Teen Dream in 2010.

Still, French-born Victoria Legrand has amazing vocals on the album that complement Baltimore Alex Scally’s craft of shimmering keyboard arpeggios and steady beats and clicks of the soothing tune “Lazuli.” Meanwile, the track, “Wishes” has an ’80s pop synth style and mixes of drums similar to Cyndi Lauper’s tender ’80s ballad “All Through The Night.”

Beach House will be touring in New York this month and then London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, Bordeaux, Pays Basque and Portugal.

Manolo Blahnik Expands Empire

Spanish design maverick, Manolo Blahnik announced the expansion of his high-end shoe empire yesterday.

The world’s most famous upmarket department store, Harrods will be welcoming a 300 sq ft concession this summer in July.

Manolo Blahnik. Photo from Getty Images.

More women will have the opportunity to feel like a princess thanks a commercial partnership with high street shoe retailer, Kurt Geiger. Blahnik also has concessions in Liberty and a boutique on Old Church St, Chelsea.

Hollywood celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Charlize Theron and Rihanna love Blahnik’s creations. Fashionistas can expect more colorful thin pin heels of this luxury brand on the cobblestones streets of London.

Turning 70 this year, Blahnik has no intentions of retiring. After all, Giorgio Armani is 80 and still working successfully in the fashion industry.

Blahnik already has stores in New York, Athens, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kuwait, Las Vegas, Madrid, Seoul, Singapore and Stockholm.