Wednesday, 30 November 2011

All ears

We've not only been amused by these iPhone covers, but also inspired by the potential for an 'ear transplant' at the simple flick of a wrist.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

THIS IS: TREASURED


Kenya, Brazil, Tibet, Israel, and Mexico....Ikon’s conceptual direction for The Family Jewels website drew inspiration from the destinations where its latest exquisite collections are sourced. The images we chose reflect each country’s landscape, people and culture, as well as the gorgeous materials and artisanal beauty of the pieces themselves. Bold shapes and patterns work well in The Family Jewels’ signature colours of turquoise and black and successfully reinforce the brand identity.




FLASHBACK: 30,000 BC

EUROPE 30,000 BC : Man finds rock with hole in it. Use this chart to journey through the history of trade beads...from primitive embellishment using pebbles and bone through to discovering and crafting the most rare and exotic materials.





THIS IS: MOSAIC


Monday, 21 November 2011

Friday, 18 November 2011

Wiggin' Out: Google Glitches

We've been spying the world from different vantages ever since we started playing with Google Earth in search of holiday destinations early in the year. Our latest discovery is Clement Valla's clever observance of Google's algorithms at play. Postcards from Google Earth, Bridges highlights Google's glitches with a dash of humour, playing up the inconsistencies in the rendering of 2D satellite imagery and 3D terrain. We're fans.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Make a beeline

The bee-tending trend across the world, which we hinted at in How Green is Your Garden, continues unabated. Though still in the concept stage, this beehive has just gone to the top of our wish list. As part of Phillips Microbial Home project, this new hive is designed to bring the harvest to the home. As honey eaters, we'd love to marvel the wonder of bees as they go about making their delectable nectar in this hive. Let's hope production begins soon.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

RE-STACKED

Since we made our 'stacked' statement a couple of weeks back, we're seeing stacked stuff seemingly at every glance. On the photographic front we were both bemused and amused by the balancing act required in the transportation of stacked goods by Alain Delorme (top). Alain's Totem series displays vibrant colour, wonder and beauty in perfectly framed Shanghai moments. A little to the left on the stacked front (below) are Anne-Laure Maison's peep show-esque windows. Equally enthralling, these photo-montages provide glittering glimpses into European interiors. And where space is at a premium In Japan, House Na by architects Sou Fujimoto (bottom) has maximised its relatively small plot by an ingenious multi-storey grid that seems to have managed to find room for everything!


Monday, 14 November 2011

Friday, 11 November 2011

BIG REMINDERS

 
Erin Hanson's coloured card letters make us think of the coloured blocks we've been watching grow. We just like the simplicity, honesty and raw creativity on show. On a more practical level, this Urban Outfitters could prove helpful.

THIS IS: BIG BLOCKS

The ubiquitous Lego brick has been put to all kinds of uses, from inventive USB drives to i-Phone docks. We're big on blocks at the moment courtesy of small things linked to big ideas. Our fascination began with Jan Vormann's plastic construction pieces in Bocchignano, a village close to Rome. We love the whimsical feel and sense of wonder that comes from these small incursions (above).

Likewise, we're impressed by Cary Norton's Legotron, a film camera constructed using Lego. We'll be keeping an eye on the results of this little wonder. Initial images have an old world feel with Lomo-esque quality about them.

Brick artist Nathan Sawaya is well known in his native New York for his large-scale brick constructions. His touring exhibition The Art of the Brick was in Melbourne earlier this year with work set to land in Sydney sometime soon. Swimmer (above) courtesy of brickartist.com

Lego on the Loose is back at Sydney Aquarium in December. We can't wait to see this year's creations. Judging by last year, it's bound to be a bunfight. Lego themselves have an exciting project in Beta called Cuusoo currently open. The idea is simple, just submit a design with production potential for your chance for Lego to produce it commercially should 10,000 supporters like your dream.

And lastly, what really made our minds spin was Sebastian Bergne's inspiring Lego Greenhouse recently seen in London's Covent Garden. Putting Lego to inventive use, we can see our thumbs turning green if we had one in our garden.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

PHOTO FINISH

In the lead up to the official opening of Sculpture by the Sea, this sculptor was snapped by an avid photographer as he busily polished his work for the onslaught of eager observers. Image: John Dennis.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

PLAYLIST: FEIST

With just a hint of Bill Callaghan, Feist has landed with her fourth studio album Metals. Garnering critical acclaim, Metals is stripped back and moody with a nod to nature thematically. We hear a tour is in the offing slated for February 2012. Something to look forward to.

Friday, 4 November 2011

THE SCULPTURES HAVE LANDED

Officially receiving visitors from today, this little critter and more like him, will be settling into their new homes by the sea.

POETRY IN MOTION

From film to song, poetry is hot on the lips of wordsmiths everywhere. Now in its second year, Melbourne's touring Poetry in Film Festival (PIFF) has just wrapped, channeling Tropfest in the process. PIFF's premise is simple: respond to this year's poem by Belinda Hilton in a four to seven minute film. We're keen to see who the winner is, but in the meantime all the finalists can be found here. Triple J's popular Like A Version has attracted all manner of artists over its lifetime, with some versions curious affairs indeed. Phrase is no exception, with his his rendering of The Black Keys song Tighten Up garnering rapturous applause a little while back. Verse continues to be where it is at with recent film For Coloured Girls, adapted from Ntozake Shange's 1975 stage play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. While it's not new, it's certainly interesting with a star-studded cast.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

THIS IS: BIG THINKERS

When we were inspecting perspective a few weeks back, we were struck by the intrepid use of gargantuan heads across the globe. The daring form of the SOSNO Art Gallery in Nice (above), a collaboration between French sculptor Sosno and Lithuanian architect Rytis Daukantas, promises to turn heads everywhere. Contained within the design are six exhibition spaces all accessed via the neck. We're keen to get inside this head.

Every two years a new stage is built on Lake Constance for an operatic performance like no other. This year inspiration for the set (above) came from Jacques-Louis David's painting of 'The Death of Marat' depicting the radical 18th century journalist lying dead in his bath. Though slightly morbid, the opera is a love story based on a particularly bloody chapter in French History. That said, the set is awe inspiring, towering 24 metres high. With the setting sun comes the drama of the performance. It's hard to believe that the dressing rooms and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra are all housed within. As an aside, a few years back another set featured in the James Bond film Quantam of Solace, with the amphitheatre seating up to  7,000 people. Mind blowing.

While not new, we couldn't go past Hot Air, a giant inflatable toppled head designed to commemorate the freedom of Romania from dictatorship in 1989. Designed by architect Anca Trandafirescu, the temporary monument provided a meeting point for conversation and public recreation.
And not to be forgotten, master of the big head is Australian artist Ron Mueck. Well known for disarming realism, Ron's work is currently touring regional Queensland.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

SYDNEY STORY


We think any project that nurtures creativity in kids is a great thing. An initiative that targets disadvantaged children, especially those from indigenous and migrant families, is a step ahead. The Sydney Story Factory aims to help young kids develop creative writing skills when it launches in Redfern next year. We think it's a brilliant idea. We love it and can't wait to hear extrordinary tales in the near future.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

FONTIFICATE: BEST DISTILLED

Fresh off the starting block is The Distillery, a new letterpress studio run by a talented team of six in North Sydney. Entrepreneurial by nature, this team have taught themselves almost everything they need to know about the letterpress, and produced some amazing work from the get go. We're impressed by the tactile beauty of the printed object, and the fact that they think "...print has a very bright future ahead." We do too. Letterpress is not their only trick, they also screen print beautifully and will tackle print embellishments. Their purpose is to lead a letterpress revival. We'll be keeping an eye on their output.