Tuesday, 25 September 2012

SCHMETTERLING

Colour and pattern is airborne this week with butterflies proving to be an enduring inspiration for art and design, from Warhol to Hirst. We've had our nets out and nabbed a few of our favourites below. To get started we're marvelling Maria Fernanda Cardoso's wondrous wing arrangements, which show Mother Nature's artistic flair at work in compellingly compositions (above).

We have since fallen for Eiji Watanbe's butterflies, hand-cut from books and plastered over walls and ceilings, these butterflies have whimsy in spades.

Well-known for his penchant for the humble butterfly, we mentioned the Damien Hirst few weeks back. We have since learnt that his recent retrospective not only featured real butterflies in one installation, but also netted Tate Modern a cool £6 million. And of course there was Warhol with 1955's Happy Butterfly Day (above), which hints at his soon-to-be-famous use of repetition.

We'll rest our wings with Robyn Stacey's enchanting Beau Monde (yellow) from 2006. You can see more from this series on Stills Gallery's website.  In case you were wondering schmetterling is German for butterfly.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Thursday, 20 September 2012

THIS IS: SUBMERGED

We were mesmerised by Volutes for all the obvious reasons. William Snieg and Marcel van Doorn collaborated on this evocative film where sensuous explosions of colour interacts with submerged glass decanters. Together with shadow and shape it creates a breathtaking image. Don't take our word for it, watch it for yourself.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

C'EST LA B

Our client Bonnie Gokson, the style icon behind sophisticated Sevva and Ms B's Cakery has launched C'est la B. A bright new venture on the Hong Kong sweet scene, this new cakery interior (pictured above) is a quirky take on the elements we developed for our branding of Ms B's Cakery. The butterfly motif has fluttered from cake boxes to adorn the ceiling, the jewel like palette is interpreted in pop colour accents and smart stripes define the floor space. It looks good enough to eat!

Monday, 17 September 2012

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

WE LOVE COLOUR & PATTERN

It's Spring! And we are seeing radiant colours and hypnotic patterns everywhere. We're kicking off with Kirra Jamison's print Callow (pictured), which made us sit up with joy as we marvelled her abstract forms coupled with brilliant colour.

Treat your toes to a lick of opaque pastel paint from Mecca (the yellow is Jocelyn named after our client Jocelyn Petroni), get a pair of vibrant Marimekko designed Converse trainers and then hit the galleries for more blinding inspiration.

We fell in love with Rachel Castle's work through her exhibition at Koskela earlier in the year, and ever since we've been dreaming of seeing this on our wall.

Far from home rightly coloured houses, or possibly tents, create patterns in beautiful Finnish landscapes, whimsically painted by Katja Ă–hrnberg.

Taking a sculptural approach, Jacob Hashimoto weaves together bamboo, paper and fabrics to create kite-like assemblages that are a joy to marvel.

Darting from corner to corner, side to side and top to bottom, Jessica Geron's paintings give your eyes a workout. And we're addicted!

And what better way to cap off our round-up of vibrancy than with vivacious ladies talking up their sartorial splendour? This inspiring clip speaks for itself. Style icon Anna Piaggi passed away last month, but we're sure her spirited sense of colour and pattern clash will live on.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Friday, 7 September 2012

CODE REACTION

Taking the ubiquity of QR codes to giddying heights is the top floor of the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. We're truly astounded by this plastered pavilion, and commend Dezeen for their round-up this interactive installation. Test your Quick Response skills on a more modest scale in the latest issue of Oily.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

WE'RE GETTING HUNGRY

Out tummies are rumbling with news that Movida are set to move in downstairs in October. Ready the cigars for a celebration.

Monday, 3 September 2012