Friday, 30 March 2012

THIS IS: LIVE TYPE

Given a quick glance, you could easily mistake a poetic line of text on the southern wall of the Paddington Reservoir as common graffiti. With a nod to Anna Garforth, see our Contrast Growth post, Popperbox are behind a sprouting installation of mossy words well worth wandering past.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

SATE: SENSORIAL

Sight, touch and smell are behind a new collaboration between London's Studio Toogood and Penfolds called The Blocks. Rest assured that food, wine and art are in the mix, with visitors encouraged to 'discover their palettes' through the senses rather than the more traditional reading of a menu. We're keen to get our taste buds down to Walsh Bay before it wraps in Sydney and heads south to Melbourne in May.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

RUNWAY TO DESKTOP

Fluoro has flashed into our field of vision. Marc Jacobs sashayed colour blocked fluoro down the runway recently SS12 collection and while it is totally wearable complemented with subdued blue hues, we prefer to take this trend to the office...in desk accessories. Our stationery fixation has reached a new level of obsession with these origami-like folders from Plissé. Design Folio brought them to our attention recently and they'll certainly look the business beside our new notebooks (below). Our only inefficiency now is how much time we're spending contemplating which colour to choose...


POP GOES IKON

Ever since we stumbled upon Kate Benazzi's irresistible poppy notebook covers at Koskela, we've introduced more brilliance to our Ikon palette. We love Kate's sketchbooks so much, that we've got one each.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Thursday, 22 March 2012

PLAYLIST: GRIMES

Described as hyper-stylised, abstract-electro, ethereal, indecipherable, gauzy, and otherworldly the genre-defying sounds of Grimes, aka Claire Boucher, have flooded our studio. Grimes is just 23, and yet her multifaceted tunes have an air of sophistication that belies her youth. With three albums and an opening spot on Lykke Li's 2011 tour already under her belt, we're keeping our ears open on the future of this unique talent hailing from Canada. This post-internet genius is also a music video director, some of which can be seen on her website. We're hooked.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

CRAFTY COLOUR

Kate Scardfield is one of our favourite local artists and we're loving how her new paintings play. The clever use of colour has our eyes popping. Votive Offerings is on at Depot II Gallery as part of Art Month Sydney.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

EDIT IS ON THE MOVE

Edit is moving in with Orson & Blake in Surry Hills. To celebrate their new surroundings, Edit is having a sale. To get things moving we created a promo with all the details. Click here to view, but be quick, the sale ends soon.

FLASHBACK: CAROUSEL CAPERS

In an episode of Mad Men, Don Draper retells the story of the Kodak Carousel, a home projector that would see a generation huddle together to share family memories on pull-up silver screens in living rooms across the globe. Fast forward to 2012, and you'll find the projector has shrunk drastically either as dedicated docking stations, or an exciting new gadget for the iPhone that turns phone to projector in the twist of the wrist. We've mined our archives for a little show as we wait for impromptu projections to light up blank walls across town.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

THIS IS: VISIONARY

Travel is never far from our minds; we love the way it inspires and the enthusiasm it instills in our creative thinking. Our heads are partly in the clouds with dreams of far-reaching places for future retreats. Top of our escapism wish list is Vision Division's whimsical The Patient Gardener, a copse of ten Cherry Blossom trees ready for habitation in sixty years... We're wishing we could time travel. 

While we're waiting, we'd happily take up residence in the treetops of Sweden. We love the idea of living in a nest in Lapland where the summer sun barely sets. And when the cooler weather arrived, we can dream of the UFO suite taking us to warmer climes.

Then there is the Rolling Masterplan which aims to transform old industrial railway tracks in the City of Ã…ndalsnes into trails for mobile cabins. With no fixed addresses, these modern cottages can make the most of idyllic views with whimisical adventures a given.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

IN FOCUS

For photography the name of the game is portablity, and the multitalented iPhone fits the bill on several fronts with a plethora of apps available. We love the rather simple idea of attaching plastic lenses to the iPhone with rubber bands (top); it's simple yet effective. We've now found that depending on your budget, a range of new clip on lens are available, transforming the iPhone into a semi-pro camera without the bulk of a DSLR. Olloclips, macro, fish-eye, wide-angle and telephoto options out there, hand-held creativity has endless options. How long before the iPhone can make coffee we ask? Nevertheless our eyes and heart are set on the game-changing Lytro camera (below), which is about to revolutionise how we take photos. Fitting in the palm of a hand, the Lytro has the ability to not only take photos, but to change the focus point later using software on your desktop, or even on-line through Facebook et al. It's an exciting development we can't wait to try.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Friday, 9 March 2012

THIS IS: NOT AS IT SEEMS

We love that things are not always as they first seem. Take Ijberg, a waterside development in Amsterdam that looks like a typical suburb. However, on closer inspection it becomes clear that this suburb floats. With space at a premium, and water plentiful, the Dutch have hit on an inventive approach to housing. What's more, if you want to move, simply tow your home with a tug to a new waterside location.


Self described Paper Architect Ingrid Siliakus has a touch of Escher in her charming paper pieces that seem monumental. The twist with these urban constructions is that they're carefully crafted from a single sheet of paper. No wonder Ingrid's deft paper-scapes have us in awe.

Jacob Kassay's uses silver in his minimalist paintings so that, depending on the light, the painting subtly changes. At first glance they could be windows or doors of an apartment building subtly shifting as the day passes. His website, particularly the top half, uses layers effectively inviting frenzied clicking to see the underlying images.

On the streets below – and if rubbish is your thing, particularly trash from Berlin – then Carly Fischer may have just what you're after. Her life-size, carefully crafted sculptures of rubbish draw the eye in turning beauty on its head. The archival quality of the acrylic box is another nice shift, turning junk to treasure. The project reminds us of rubbish collector Justin Gignac's New York City Garbage from several years ago, only he collected real garbage and ingeniously sold it back as art to interested parties.


DARK RECESSES

Two photographers we have our eyes on share a fascination with dark recesses, be it of the mind or of an infamous location. Tim Roda's (top) slighty surreal images are creations of a mind left to wander, merging real events with abstracted thoughts resulting in cryptic images exploring the human psyche. It's a family affair for Tim, with his children playing key roles in the performances while his wife captures the ensuing performances on film.

We're not sure what it is that is so enticing about caves, maybe the darkness and the sense of discovery coupled with a dash of fright, but we're really pleased that Brice Bischoff (bottom) has a bit of the intrepid explorer within. Photography, dance, performance and coloured cardboard come together to paint an unexpected portrait of LA's Bronson Caves, the site of many a western film.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

THIS IS: ART + ARCHITECTURE

In August we pondered the notion of gallery as sculptural form, and since then we've been keeping a close eye on architectural developments. Art and architecture have been best buddies for centuries, and we're pleased to see new chums come together. We first mentioned Olafur Eliasson's Your Rainbow Panorama back in September when it not only took our breathe away, but the final touches were yet to be added. It's open now and we're dreaming up ways to wander its dizzying heights.

We've added Dubai to our travel wish list just to experience Jean Nouvel's Dubai Louvre. Cutout patterns in an enormous dome give the impression of dappled light through tree tops, providing shelter from a blistering desert sun. It's no wonder then that this work is called Leaves. Thanks to a white focus underneath, light coming though glimmers and shines in a design that mimics city streets.

Closer to home, the redeveloped Museum of Contemporary Art is inching towards completion. It seems opinions are already divided about its cube-like form encasing the former Maritime Services Board building. In Sunday's Herald Philip Cox likens contemporary museums and galleries to cathedrals of the past and comes down against the new design, whereas Matthew Pullinger is very much for citing the connection between old and new. Until the unveiling later this month, we're fence sitting though we're excited to see the MCA reopen.

Monday, 5 March 2012

SNAP: NELSON STREET 1.22PM


GREAT GLAMOUR: GAINING MOMENTUM


Will winter be the season to bring the 1920s trend to life on 2012 streets? We caught an air of the era on the Oscars red carpet this week, particularly with Rooney Mara's stunning style from head to toe in a glamourous Givenchy gown. Meanwhile inspiration abounds with Vanity Fair mining their archives to present a slideshow of images with the prediction that Downton Abbey's third series will also showcase the period with flair. Not to be outdone, The Guardian has homed in on the trend for interiors (pictured).

Thursday, 1 March 2012

SATE: SIDEWALK TUCKER

Not too long ago we were crazy about tacos and predicted gourmet food trucks would soon be pulling up  in Sydney. It seems we weren't far off the money with Time Out dishing up a list of mobile munchie stands hitting city streets last month. While we're hoping Sydney's versions will look as intriguing as some of New York's (pictured), it sounds like the food on offer should raise the bar. We love the idea of wandering Yum Cha and can't wait to see the offerings from Stuart McGill - former Tetsuya's sous chef - and his Eat Art Truck.

FRENCH FLICKING

With summer all over we're drying our tears and turning our attention to indoor pursuits. Thankfully the French Film Festival is about to hit Sydney screens with a magnificent selection of Gallic greats. Tales of the Night is on our list as it promises enchanting journeys in a new animation by Michael Ocelot.