Friday, 23 December 2011

LEGO FEVER

Big thinkers continue to transform little bricks into amazing feats of ingenuity. At first glance it may seem like a normal Christmas tree (above), but on further inspection this tree in London's St Pancras Station reveals an obsessive fabrication process. All-consuming construction continues with this fantastical representation of the NY Times Magazine's iconic T by Sachiko Akinaga (below, courtesy of Design Boom). Wow!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

EARTHBOUNDING

We've had a keen eye on the wonder of the world this year ever since we were inspired by Google's abstracted forms of the planet as we researched travel destinations. NASA's recent time-lapse footage traversing the world from space (above) had us transfixed, particularly following our data visualisation obsession earlier in the year. Taking the earth influence in other directions is artist Susan Stockwell, who not only creates maps from unexpected materials, but also creates period dresses using maps as material (below). Image ©Susan Stockwell, Colonial Dress (detail) 2009.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

THIS IS: LIFE SIZE

Our eyes have spied interiors that are not quite as they should be. These hand-drawn works are life-size in scale and mono in tone giving the interiors a barely there twist. With pinpoint accuracy and attention to detail, LeGun's curious hand drawn The Unknown Room (above) engages the imagination. With a nod to Chinese Whispers, the room's creation is said to be inspired by George Melly — a fellow who loved Soho, Dada and jazz — and his diary. We simply love the bold graphic quality of the room with all its eccentricities.

La Maison Champs Elysées needs no introduction. We are enchanted, having already mentioned it's charms in relation to taxidermy and mirrors. However, we thought the The Guilded Lounge Suite is an impressive display of trompe l'oeil with drawn walls evoking detailed interiors of earlier times juxtaposed with contemporary flourishes.

While appreciative of Nendo's Thin line furniture, what we really love is the is the extension of 'thin line' into the installation (above). Slightly surreal, with just a touch of Alice in Wonderland, we love the whimsical effect of hand-drawn perspective which accentuates the mind-bending quality of the room.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

SUSHI TO GO

There is no denying our devotion to sushi - we love it in all its guises! We're also quite partial to Fendi's quirky beaded clutch with all its references to the object of our affection. For the girl who has everything!

Monday, 19 December 2011

HONEY HONEY

From Melbourne to Copenhagen, it seems everyone is making a bee-line to the rooftop. Our fascination with hives continues via Ganim's Store in Melbourne. Honey harvesters Mat and Vanessa produce honey, which has been lovingly gathered from the suburbs of Melbourne (above). It's said that each precinct has its own distinct taste with samples in test tubes available from Ganim's. Also a hive of activity, BYBI is a non-profit organisation in Denmark creating opportunities for formerly homeless people to transform Copenhagen's rooftops and gardens into working apiaries. In the process they're also helping Europe's dwindling bee population rebuild with millions of bees producing honey for the city.

SNAP: WELLINGTON 6.52PM


Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

This is: Pointed

Art and commerce met recently in Milan's Palazzo Serbelloni to launch Vertu's latest touch screen phone. We were impressed by Ma Yansong's shard-like installation, particularly with it's jewel connection to The Family Jewels designs we were working on.

Snap: KYRGYZSTAN 5:11AM


Monday, 5 December 2011

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES

Large-scale street art installations are transforming space overtime. From festivals to bars, the trend continues unabated in the urban jungle. Our tribe reports back on just a few finds...

Cockatoo Island's unusual aspects provide the perfect backdrop for experiencing all manner of cultural activities. Think the Biennale of Sydney, Urs Fischer, Ken Unsworth, Sydney Festival not to mention the various music festivals and International Design Week. For just a couple more weeks, the burgeoning global street art scene gets its chance to shine with Outpost: Art from the Streets. Featuring some 150 artists, Outpost delivers an illuminating showcase for all manner of street art forms including aerosol art, stencilling, paste-ups, sticker art, cup rocking and much more. The infamous Banksy is part of Outpost, and we're fans of Monkey Queen (above), which is just one many intriguing works on view.



We've had our eyes peeled for Mini Graff's (above) bold paste-ups and intimate musings in unsuspecting spaces over Sydney for some time now. Well observed, political and often fun, Mini's work has been one of the stars of the May's Lane Street Art Project.


The May's Lane Street Art Project has been attracting local and international street artists to Sydney's St Peters for many years. The man who provides the wall space is Tugi Balog, who has also been providing panels onto which artists have created. The collected panels have recently been part of the May's touring exhibition making its way around the country. Above: Bonsai & Twoone (top) and  Kamion.
Conveniently located just blocks away is Bodega, a favourite haunt of ours. Their mural never fails to transport us to Madrid helped along by a glass or two of racy riojas. The transformative potential of murals is catching on in Sydney bars like Lounge Café, El Capo and The Hive, while in Melbourne hangouts Movida, Roller Door, Juddy Roller and others are using street art in and out to make bold statements.

Friday, 2 December 2011

SATE: SARDINE

We're all for simple seafood pleasures, and we're up for repeat sittings when delicious treats exceed all expectations. Sardine's tuna carpaccio was one such delicacy which saw us rock up two nights running on our brief Bali sojourn. We were also mightily impressed by this delectable fishy treat (pictured). We couldn't pass up sampling sardines at Sardine, and were pleased to say they didn't disappoint.