Monday, 30 April 2012

Friday, 27 April 2012

PRESS GO

Our first letterpress job has just rolled off the presses at The Distillery. The 1920s inspired identity for bookkeeper Maree Pagano references the timelessness of the era with a focus on style. Using the letterpress allowed us to play up details, in this case the business cards have been carefully side-painted in black ink resulting in a tactile card you'll want to hold onto.

WIGGIN' OUT: REINCARNATION

Rap maestro Tupac Shakur took to the stage at the Coachella festival recently. The fans went crazy as Tupac's holographic performance brought back to life his old school rhymes with Snoop Dog and Dr Dre... Aint' nothing like a gansta party, and from all reports Tupac will be back on the touring circuit in spirit.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

PLAYLIST: ORGAN GRINDER

Grinding organs, tweeting birds and chiming bells mark the beginning of Damon Albarn's latest musical adventure, Dr Dee. The Guardian sung its praises giving the 'Afro-pastoral folk opera about a 16th-century mathematician' a glowing review, and it's easy to see why. Dr Dee takes the prolific Damon on yet another musical path, one far from Blur, Gorillaz, The Good, the Bad and the Queen or any other of his side projects including his recent work on Bobby Womack's comeback album. For now the beauty of Dr Dee is streaming here.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

HUE HIGH

We're not sure we'd cope too well with Montreal's long winter, but we're sure if ATOMIC3's Éclats de verre were nearby we'd somehow manage. Referencing Montreal's fame as a city of a hundred steeples, these vibrant glass panels created a multi-coloured maze illuminating Place Émilie-Gamelin both by day and night. Its beauty reminded us of Rainbow Panorama in Arhus, and with winter approaching in southern climes we're banking on this year's Vivid Sydney warming our cockles.

Monday, 23 April 2012

FABRIC FUTURE

For the past few weeks we've been busy weaving together this post on textiles' renaissance. We've uncovered some amazing approaches to tacility, including Penélope (photo: Everton Ballardin, above), Tatiana Blass's inspirational installation in Capela do Morumbi. We love it! No wonder Trend Forecaster Li Edelkoort has noted Penélope on her Trend Tablet - and, yes, we're avid fans. Li's Talking Textiles exhibition has just wrapped in Sweden, and we've included this quote from Li summing up the direction of the trend:

“After a reaction to the increasingly digital landscape of our lives, a craving for tactility and dimension has led several designers to reconsider the role of fabrics once more. The near future will see the overwhelming return of textiles in our interiors, covering floors, walls and furniture in an expansive and personal manner. These textiles will speak loud and clear and become the fabrics of life, narrating stories, designing pattern, promoting well-being and reviving the act of weaving”.


Busatti is all about fine Italian fabrics, texture and colour. This family business has been enmeshed in textiles for generations and we've been working with Busatti Australia on the vision for their website. It is an evolving project which not only presents their rich product range, but also strives to paint an evocative pictorial portrait of inspiration and applications across fashion and interiors.

From all accounts, the provocatively named Craft Punk workshops at the Powerhouse Museum last month have netted great results. Luckily we didn't dye wondering what would be produced at such a gathering! A sample from Dye-linquent Shibori is pictured above.
These kaleidoscopic silk scarves from Milan-based Carnovsky have caught our attention. We're told that on close inspection, something from the animal kingdom will be revealed. Regardless, we're rapt. Photo: Marco Menghi.

Fabric fun takes a different twist with Rachel Boxnboim's captivating tea sets made from liquid clay and found fabric. What's more, each mould is destroyed in the firing process making each piece one of a kind.

And what better way to wrap this textiles roundup than with a recap of Issey Miyake's ethereal  Bloom Skin window display from January 2012. Simply mesmerising.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

DITHYRAMBALINA


We got our groove on with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at The Basement earlier this month and are still riding high on our passion for the sounds of the deep south. We're big fans of Tremé, HBO's series set in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. The evocative credits caught our attention and we love the way the soundtrack melds so closely with the character of the city. It plays on high rotation in the studio. Now we're curious about Dithyrambalina house (pictured), a collaboration between Brooklyn-based Swoon and New Orleans' Airlift. Phase one of the project opened last week in New Orleans, which sees sounds artists work with salvaged materials to create musical instruments that look like houses. The Craziest Thing.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

STATIONERY CRAVING

Our stationery fixation continues with these wildy coloured letterpressed Aerograms from Melbourne-based The Hungry Press. We'd be thrilled to see these neon Native American inspired letters land in our mail box any day.

Friday, 13 April 2012

FLASHBACK: SLEEVE NOTES

We're great admirers of music and were sad that vinyl's reign ended last century with the uptake of the CD, which is fast loosing appeal to the MP3. Back then record sleeves were coveted by fans with artwork not only hotly anticipated, but cherished once in the hands. Our examples above illustrate some of the astounding designs guaranteed to bring a smile to the face. We can't go past a second-hand shop without peering in to to see what joys await in their records boxes.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

FONTIFICATE: LEADING

With iPads, Apps and Wacom tablets some may argue the pencil's days are numbered. Not us, and certainly not Brazilian artist Dalton Ghetti. Dalton's carefully carved pencils (above) are a marvel to behold. With a knack for recycling, these well-worn stubs have us in awe at the skill and patience required to sculpt these tiny wonders. We spotted Dalton's handiwork in Icon's Waste issue last year, where we also learned that the two main pencil manufacturers, Faber-Castell and Staedler have been at loggerheads over who had been manufacturing pencils the longest – Faber-Castell with 250 continuous years vs Staedler's interupted 333 years. Our stationery fixation continues.

Monday, 2 April 2012