Friday, 31 May 2013

INDIVIDUAL INTERIORS

Every chance we get we flip the pages of Gert Voorjan's book Interior Life. It's simply astounding and we love anyone who's happy to put it out there that they like everything from strange objects to monstrosities. Elegantly bound with multi-coloured ribbon book marks and a variety of papers in many hues, Interior Life is an original book detailing inspiring sources, quirky interiors and the fabulous flair of Gert himself. 

Thursday, 30 May 2013

VIVID VIVID VIVID


Vivid Sydney stretches across the harbour this year with a dazzling light show complementing the always entrancing projections onto the sails of the Opera House. We may have missed our opportunity to see electronic wizards Kraftwerk (above), but we're not missing our chance to see the city magically lit up. Our tip is to take it all in from the vantage of Luna Park's ferris wheel.


Wednesday, 29 May 2013

SATE: OUR NEW YORK HIT PICKS

Our short New York sojourn has us craving a bigger bite of The Apple. We kicked our days off with coffee at Saturdays Surf NYC priming us for gallery visits to New Museum and our recent favourite show Gutai: Spendid Playground at the Guggenheim. Locarno Verde in Tribeca may be known for their pasta, but we chose a juicy steak so big even two of us couldn't jump over it. We also managed to squeeze in two trips to the all time fave Balthazar brimming with tasty morsels on it both its breakfast and dinner menus. We sampled light-as-a-feather quiche, salad nicoise, a luscious lobster risotto, and the ultimate sampler: freshly shucked oysters sourced from around the states to order. Fly direct!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

STACKS OF POTENTIAL

Architect Stéphane Malka's takes the potential of pallets as building material to a new level in his inventive Ame-lot student housing development in the heart of Paris. And here we were thinking we'd exhausted options in our pallet round up

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

PAPER LIKE SKIN

Another highlight from our quick trip to New York was Zarina's Paper Like Skin exhibition at the Guggenheim. We're in awe of how Zarina's politically charged subject matter has manifested into beautiful print and sculptural works exploring diaspora, nostalgia and memory. Image: Zarina, Dividing Line, 2001 (detail). Woodcut printed in black on Indian handmade paper mounted on Arches Cover white paper, sheet: 65.4 x 50.2 cm, image: 40.6 x 33 cm. Edition 16/20. UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Hammer Museum. Purchased with funds provided by the Friends of the Graphic Arts. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Friday, 17 May 2013

THE RISE & RISE OF HEAD ON

The days may be cooling in Sydney, but culturally speaking the city's hotting up with Head On Photo Festival gearing up for its biggest year yet. We're not even going to attempt to start listing anything here; it's simply too massive. But we are looking forward to being completely embraced by photography well into June in one of the world's biggest celebrations of photography. Image: Nick by Ryan Fitzgerald.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

JEFF WALL

One of Canada's leading photographers, Jeff Wall, is currently showing at the MCA. Spanning the third floor, this sparse installation of Jeff's sumptuous light boxes is nothing short of breath taking. Highly recommended. Image: After "Invisible Man' by Ralph Ellison, The Prologue 1999-2000. Transparency in lightbox, AP, 174 x 250.5. Courtesy of the artist © Jeff Wall.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

SATE: OUR PARIS HIT PICKS

We're still savouring treats discovered on our recent jaunt to Paris. Our day kicked into gear with heart-starting coffee and a breakfast treat at Coutume Café which sustained us through to lunch. An impressive succession of seafood and veal dishes at brasserie Le Chateaubriand in the 11th has us cooking up our next trip. And our taste buds popped with excitement at Semilla. Succulent cutlets and fresh fish followed by a delicious interpretation of a French classic dessert (above) has our mouths watering.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

THIS IS: OPEN AGAIN

Two of Amsterdam's key art museums have recently reopened following long renovation programs. The Rijksmuseum's doors are now open showing off its restored new spaces for the first time in ten years. Pierre Cuypers 1885 neo Gothic masterpiece (top) was ripe for modernisation inside with visitor numbers topping one million just before the restoration began. We're sure both art and architecture will be competing for attention as visitors wander the newly renovated galleries (above) in search of Dutch greats like van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer et al.
On the other end of Museumplein is the contrasting Stedelijk Museum's bold new wing. Dubbed the bath tub by many, this modern feat of architecture has divided opinion. It may be an odd juxtaposition with the  old building, yet inside old and new merge seamlessly creating bright open galleries to view one of Europe's most renowned collections of art and design.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Friday, 10 May 2013

PLAYLIST: THE XX

The XX may have released their second album Coexist towards the end of last, but it's only now that we've had opportunity to give it a good few spins. We're loving its quiet beauty and rhythmic undulations, so much so we've stepped back in time to play their debut album repeatedly too.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

MLC LIGHTS UP

Fashion Week may be a distant memory, but the illumination of the MLC's mushroom-like tower still burns bright for us. See what we did on our new Vimeo profile.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Thursday, 2 May 2013

WIGGIN' OUT: CRACKED RAY TUBE

Old analog televisions and computer monitors are put to good use in Cracked Ray Tube, an intriguing installation involving hacking and interface disruption. Collaborators James Connolly and Kyle Evans "produce flashing, screeching, wobbulating, self-generated electronic noise and video" in this realtime project. We're loving the glitch factor.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

PLAYLIST: UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

 
So Good at Being in Trouble is one of our new favourite songs. It's by Unknown Mortal Orchestra and we're loving their new album II, even the turgid guitary instrumental bits in the middle. But it's the poppier tracks that have us spellbound.