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Marcos Torres

MARCOS TORRES

11th September – 1st November

This Ibicenco is a graphic artist with an extensive career in the arts, on a national and international level. His particular style is characterised by a strong connection with music, cinema, Pop mythology and passion through which he transmits to the viewer a powerful and sensual aesthetic.

Marcos will close the exhibition series in Paradiso’s lobby with his recognisable and characteristic visual narrative, dominated by the cult of colour and visual impact.

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The Bleuve

THE BLEUVE

Concept Hotel Group and The Bleuve join forces to say goodbye to summer.

The independent brand of hand-painted jackets has created a design that breathes the arty aesthetic and the highly valued values ​​of the PARADISO IBIZA ART Hotel group brand.

 

This jewel jacket will be auctioned on September 5, 2021. The amount raised from this auction will go to the NGO Ibiza Preservation Foundation, which ensures the same values ​​as both brands.

The auction will be carried out based on the bids made by the public that attends the event in person or via streaming to the online event that will be broadcast.

The Bleuve was born with the aim of seeking to be part of a fashion sector that is more aware of the processes of creating designs through slow fashion and upcycling, giving a second life to vintage denim jackets.

 

Our brand values ​​are NATURE, ART and SUSTAINABILITY and we try to represent them in the designs of each limited edition collection. Having a The Bleuve jacket in your closet means having something that represents your way of being and of seeing life. With what you know who you really are, you are comfortable and you take pride in being who you are.

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Futuro Houses

FUTURO HOUSES

There are some things that will never go out of fashion, and one of them is Space Age design and its futuristic thang. We can’t be sure if it comes from the future, the past or from Mars, but either way it is a visual experience that transports us to another reality and opens the doors to distinct ways of living. The prefabricated “Futuro House” by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen was conceived as a holiday home or a “portable” ski cabin because of its heat efficiency and insulation. Easy to transport and assemble in almost any landscape, only 100 Futuro Houses were built between the 1960s and 1970s. But what happened to them, where are they and is there life on other planets? For the moment you can live in a Futuro House on Planet Earth, without having aliens as neighbours.

A design identifiable with both the future and the past.

A lightweight structure made of fibreglass-reinforced polyester plastic. Four adaptable stilt legs with a 20-degree incline to help it bed down in difficult terrain. Add all these together and you get a house that is so light that it could be airlifted into place by helicopter. It was easy to assemble, adaptable to all types of terrain, removing the need for grading and excavation before relocation, and furnished with a specially created design. 50 m 2 in an open floor plan with living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and private bedroom. You may wonder where you can find this perfect refuge for your mountain getaway: Well, of the almost 100 designed by the Finn, onlu half remain, spread out across the world in the U.S.A, Australia, France, Finland and Denmark. Of course, if you want one, you’ll have to drop some serious cash because they’re highly-prized and are considered la crème de la crème of Space Age architecture. Models 001 and 002 are displayed in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the WeeGee Exhibition Centre in Espoo (Finland).

In 1968, Kubrick’s classic movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” was released and it was no coincidence that in the same year the Futuro Corporation began production. A year later, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. The Futuro Houses represented science fiction iconography brought to life. The future was already here. The houses quickly became popular and participated in the Lüdenscheid exhibition (Germany) in 1971, together with other “Houses of the Future” such as the Rondo House (1960) by Casoni + Casoni or the Six-Shell Bubble House (1964) by Jean-Benjamin Maneval.

Futuro Houses have appeared on all kinds of merchandising: album covers (“Fine Line” by Harry Styles emulates the inside of a Futuro) comic strips such as Bill Griffith’s “Zippy The Pinhead” or brand advertisements for clothing brands such as Diesel’s 2010 ad that read: “We’re with stupid” while an Indian stalked the “Futuro” from the outside with a bow.

Suuronen thought it was an ideal solution to the housing shortages of the time due to its low production cost and adaptability. I still can’t believe why these amazingly cool houses didn’t capture people’s imagination. Production ended in 1973 when the price of plastic went through the roof due to the oil crisis, making them far too to expensive to manufacture and buy. The story continued in Ibiza’s love affair with the 70s, with the construction of two “UFO Houses” very similar to Suuronen’s. The constructor was called Antonio Noguera Marí and his great-niece is Ángeles Blanes Noguera – also known on the island as DJ Lost Angeles (one of Concept’s friends and a long-time collaborator with Rock Nights). Ángeles told us that her great uncle was quite the character who built two flying saucer houses in the late 70s in Cala Martina, Santa Eulalia. A couple from Murcia bought one of them and spent their summers there with their daughter.

There is no trace of them anymore as they were demolished in the late 80s, but who knows, maybe in Concept we’ll come up with something similar.

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Fill me hard

FILL ME HARD

In 1866, a 16-year-old kid from Tennessee named Jack Daniel founded one of the most famous whiskey distilleries in the world. Today, more than a century later, it is one of the most sought-after brands by whiskey lovers. Once considered a man’s drink (think Mad Men), whiskey is becoming ever more popular with females.

A study conducted by The London School of Economics revealed that women have considerably increased their consumption of whiskey when they go out and is increasingly the drink of choice over others such as wine or beer, which used to be the most popular options with women. Why do they like whiskey? It is the distilled spirit that has the least effect on brain cells, and it contains less sugar than rum, meaning less of a hangover if you don’t fool around with other drinks…

Whiskey is now seen as something to go out and enjoy and at Romeo’s Motel & Diner, you can enjoy your Jack Daniel’s moment like never before – with your own vintage Jack Daniel’s bottle, refillable at reception if you want to enjoy Tennessee’s favourite on the rocks.

Cheers!

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LEVI’S ®

LEVI’S ®

Sustainability is fashionable
By Laura Martínez

The world is in a constant battle against climate change, something that also includes one of the most pro table and polluting industries in the world: fashion. It’s time to change, and one of our favourite brands wants to raise awareness among its huge follower base and beyond. Levi’s ® has announced a commitment to promote sustainability in the vast majority of its product range for the spring / summer season 2021. Raise your hand if you’ve never owned a pair of Levi’s ® jeans. The legendary brand that never goes out of fashion and combines classic American style and denim like no other, has backed your best moments in jeans since 1873.

The world leader in jeans, and one of the largest textile companies in the world, makes you think of Paul Newman and Robert Redford in “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid,” Rachel and Monica from “Friends” in their Mom Jeans and that photo of your parents on their honeymoon wearing a pair of Levi’s ® cut o shorts. This brand has been a part of our collective imagination for as long as we can remember, and with great power comes great responsibility: a commitment to the planet, now more than ever. Aware that the planet is in a critical situation and urgently needs our help, Levi’s ® has committed itself to protecting the environment with a collection that is inspired by nature called: Second Nature. It combines the latest trends in outdoor style with loose- tting, functional and sustainable garments. Fabrics such as ‘Cottonized Hemp’ reduce water and energy usage in the manufacturing process.

Levi’s has set out to make a real contribution and truly transform the fashion industry with initiatives such as SecondHand, (only available in the USA at the moment) where buying Levi’s ® products means keeping them and enjoying them for as long as possible, and Repair & Reimagine which aims to reduce waste and give your denim a second life. Recycled materials are an important part of achieving the sustainability we so desperately need, which is why this season Levi’s ® bags and backpacks are made from polyester derived from recycled plastic bottles, and sandals made from recycled straps and harvested seaweed. Concept will take part in this initiative, which will see our employees wearing this classic brand whose only constant is evolution.

Clearly there is a long way to go in the ght for sustainability, and this applies to industries across the board, but we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel with large companies starting to do their part and set a global example. Levi’s ® sets the standard in everything it does, and this change of course shows that being sustainable is more fashionable than ever.

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Sonorama Ribera goes to Ibiza

SONORAMA RIBERA GOES TO IBIZA

Sonorama Ribera goes to Ibiza is a festival of national bands and cultural activities that will be held in Ibiza from the 30th of September to the 4th of October in the hotels of the Concept Hotel group: Paradiso Art Hotel, Cubanito Ibiza and Romeo´s Ibiza Motel and Dinner.

Sonorama Ribera goes to Ibiza is a mix between the holidays of your life and your favourite festival of the year. The festival has arrived with the purpose of diversifying the brand and exploring original and different alternatives but always keeping its essence. The festival will be held from the 30th of September to the 4th of October, counting with the following artists: Algora, Arde Bogotá, Barry B, Billy Flamingos, Bratty, David Kano, Delaporte, Dinero, ELYELLA, Embusteros, Funambulista, Gara Durán, Ginebras, Joe Crepúsculo, Karavana, Kimberley Tell, Kuve, L.A., La Habitación Roja, Los Secretos, Maren, Marwán, Niños Mutantes, Nunatak, Pin y Pon DJs, Rayden, Shinova, Sidonie, Siloé, Tomasito, Varry Brava, We Are Not DJs, St Woods, Uncle Sal y Comandante Twin.

Concerts will take place between 13:00 and 23:00 and will strictly stick to the current safety measures against Covid-19. Shows will happen in acoustic and semi-electronic format, furthermore the programming will offer a variety of cultural activities (talks, expositions, wine tasting) that will be held in the 3 hotels of the island: Paradiso Art Hotel, Cubanito Ibiza and Romeo´s Ibiza Motel and Dinner. Enjoying the concerts in the same hotel where you are staying makes this a comfortable and unique experience.

Tickets will be released for sale the 2nd of July at 12:00h as a “Hotel + festival” pack, people will be able to choose the hotel, room type and whether they will stay for 3 or 4 nights.

 

More information available in: sonoramariberaibiza.es

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Music Legends

MUSIC LEGENDS IN IBIZA

In conversation with Carlos Martorell
By Laura Martínez

If you live in Ibiza or have spent enough time on the island to eat an ensalada payesa (farmer’s salad) at Ca n’Anneta, or to buy a belt at Pedro’s, then you’ll have surely heard someone say: “The 60s were much better,” “Kate Moss was partying at Rock Nights and we had a kiss,” “I was at Freddy Mercury’s 40th birthday party,” and a long list of sayings that veer between the mundane and the unbelievable. One of the people who were actually on the island in the glory days of the 60s, 70s and 80s – and beyond – is Carlos Martorell; a standard-bearer of hippy Ibiza: from riding a horse in the nude to parties where both an average Joe and Mick Jagger could hang out in ease. He lived close to Studio 54 during his years at New York, and it was here where he photographed Grace Jones behind closed doors. She told him “I need something for my head,” and he brought her a hat. I suspect that wasn’t what she needed exactly… Tales like these are all the more reason why we like to hear his stories of yesteryear
When I asked Carlos if he thought that people knew how to have more fun back then, he doesn’t hesitate for one second: “Hell yeah! We had a great time with the simplest of things; my house didn’t have water or electricity for 35 years and there was always someone singing and dancing there. We hung a notebook and a pen on the doors to leave messages, it was the hippy version of WhatsApp because there were no mobile phones”.

 

Carlos Martorell, who is one of the island’s rst PR’s, organized exclusive parties and said: “They were VIP parties only in terms of the people that came, not in who could come or not because I don’t like separating people. At my parties in Ku, Amnesia and Pacha everybody danced and hung out together, they were such magical times. You could come in as long as you were attractive and up for a dance. It was hard for me to turn people away at the door, but I had to do it because not everyone could get in. We didn’t want to pack the party, because we wanted people to have a good time, be comfortable and dance freely at the same time.”
Music had other stars back then: Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley… The King of Reggae came to Ibiza thanks to Roger Middleton to hold a concert (in the now-disappeared) Ibiza bullring near the port. “I remember that night perfectly because I borrowed a car from the husband of a close friend of mine, it was a black Range Rover with a gold stripe. Imagine how cool that was in Ibiza at the time! I was very naive and didn’t know anything about what he did for a living, but it turned out that he was a big American drug dealer. I took my friend to the concert, but we had no choice but to listen to it from the car, in front of Bob’s dressing room, because her husband made us promise not to leave the Range Rover unattended.” Carlos had organized a party for Marley at Pacha, but the Jamaican superstar didn’t go because he was so stoned that he went straight to the hotel to sleep it off . But the party went ahead anyway.

Another person who had a love affair with the island was Mike Oldfield, who placed Es Vedrá (Ibiza) on the cover of his album “Voyager” (shame that it turned out to be one of the most boring pieces of music in history, but that’s another matter). The English musician bought a small house on the cliffs in Es Cubells – which he got rid of due to the area’s unstable ground – and later sold it to Noel Gallagher who also ended up selling it for a much better reason: he didn’t want to be James Blunt’s neighbor.
The island has hosted concerts that have made history including one by James Brown, whom Carlos was lucky enough to meet. He said: “I was on the same plane as Brother James as he was coming to the island do a concert in Ku nightclub (now Privilege Ibiza), but the plane was delayed and he was going to arrive late. I knew the club inside out as I had organized the ‘Funeral for the Mediterranean’ – a party to protest against the plastic pollution on Ibiza’s beaches. So I described the club’s layout and gave him a detailed sketch of where he had to go to save time. I also have to mention Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé performing their anthem “Barcelona” for the first time in Ku in May 1987, organized by Pino Sagliocco. It was a spectacular night which we followed up with a party at Pikes. The song went on to be the main anthem of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.”

 

In recent years, Ibiza’s popularity has exploded through its association with electronic music, leading it to become renowned throughout the world, both in a good and bad way. Among the latter is the lack of musical variety, because the island needs more live bands and singers performing here. Spain has so many talented musicians that deserve to be performing in Ibiza. At Concept, we are committed to presenting live music through Dorado Live Shows. This concert series brings the best in Spanish and international indie and rock to the island, and its success is a clear indication that the island is crying out for more.
“Ibiza needs to return to its essence in this sense. Since the 90s things have become distorted by business interests, electronic music, designer drugs and the huge size of the venues, all in detriment to the island’s essence. We need more venues like KM5 where you could listen to live music or in El Naif which I opened with Elle McPherson and Mick Jagger. I remember that they wanted to kick us out early that night. It was only 12 a.m. and some jealous so-and-so had called the police because of the noise, but I wasn’t going to stop such a swinging party. I won over the police captain who arrived to shut us down by introducing him to Mick, and he was so thrilled to meet the Rolling Stone in person that he told me: “Keep the party going, Martorell!”

 

Let’s keep partying and music alive!

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Grems at Adda Gallery

GREMS AT ADDA GALLERY 

Adda Gallery presents a new exhibition format in which the work of the artists escape the confines of traditional media and expand onto the gallery walls. A new form of installation in which the transitional space becomes the perfect surface for interventions by artists and muralists from around the world.

 

The mural pieces, which are an essential facet of the gallery’s artists, become part of the Paradiso experience, opening new ways of interaction with the public.

In first such intervention of 2021, we present GREMS (Paris, 1978). Describing his style is especially difficult, since he is characterized by his creativity in fields as diverse as painting, illustration, design and music. Linking the body of work are the common elements that denote his graffiti experience, the use of letters and symbols arranged as if it were a reading, with colors establishing contrast codes.

 

GREMS uses form, line and color at the service of his intuition to make expressive and direct works, in which abstraction, expressionism and the influence of graffiti are found in a display of energy and luminosity.

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