Wishing you a safe & joyful summer break from the team at This is Ikon. We'll be closed from 22 December 2012 to 6 January 2013.
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Rethink: The Way You Live. Published by Murdoch Books, its innovative approach 'reveals the ways we can weave creativity, sustainability, quality and technology into our life and home,' which as the design team behind it, we can attest to.
We worked closely with the author Amanda Talbot of Snoop fame, and publisher Tracy Lines to ensure the end-product challenged expectations and delivered a fresh approach. In essence the book is all about integrated communities and being future ready. It was our goal to create a paralleling visual interpretation of the key trends identified in each chapter. This rich tapestry of imagery illustrates how people all over the world are shifting the way they live; it highlights the trending similarities and shows the diversity of how these shifts are being interpreted in different ways.
For a vibrant and contemporary accent which threads through the pages, we specified a vivid green spot colour and a small hole drilled from the cover title through every page. The latter could be seen as irreverent or even irrelevant, but is intended to raise the question ‘why’? It can represent the fact that all the ideas within the book are inherently connected and encourage readers to think about their own perspective.
Along with author and publisher, we're proud of Rethink: The Way You Live. It's out now. Grab your copy from book stores everywhere.
Monday, 17 December 2012
Friday, 14 December 2012
Norm Architects and Danish design brand Menu, have opened their doors in Copenhagen. With rustic charm and Danish aesthetics in spades, this restaurant brings new meaning to relaxed dining. A clever use of space, an abundance of raw textures and subtle use of colour have created the perfect space to sample country dining in a contemporary setting.
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Housed in a former palace, a visit to Den Haag's Escher Museum made it very clear to us just why generations of artists and designers have been inspired my this master of maths. While the museum charts Escher's career, from simple prints to mind-bloggling patterns, we were intrigued by his commercial work for Dutch department stores. With the festive season upon us, we've put together this sample of Escher's wrapping papers for De Bijenkorf (above), Gerzon, Jemoli and Zingone. If you want to while away some time and see more of Escher's work, then Wikipaintings will serve you well.
Friday, 7 December 2012
Having crossed the Lego bridge last week, we're now completely infatuated by Olivier Grossetête’s Pont de Singe. Taking whimsy to new heights, Olivier's bridges rely on helium to keep them suspended calling to mind the great French surrealists and the wonders of daydreaming.
Thursday, 6 December 2012
Minus 8, a nine course degustation menu was served in a swish apartment in Alexandria. Mouthwatering morsels followed mouthwatering morsels as the sociable dinner unfolded. The idea behind the underground dinner concept originates in Cuba, in a period where restaurants were banned and the only way people could socialise was to have dinner at the homes of others. One of our highlights was fresh wasabi grated straight from the plant. Arigato!