Monday, 29 November 2010

Bright Young Things

Andrea Jane Ingham
 Noriko Nakamura, sorry didn't catch the artist of this painting.
 Sorry, I need to get the artist's name for these works.  It was really busy in there at the time...
 Annalie Turner, Jo Davenport
Laura Skerlj 
Adele Macer
Nathan Coley, Heaven Is A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens.  

Last Monday I checked out the VCA School of Art Exhibition and it was brilliant!  I went because my sis has her work exhibited there at the moment and it was so great to see her years work on display.  Unfortunately it was so busy in her area that I couldn't get a good photo of her work, but you can see a view above.

I also really loved this work by Andrea Jane Ingham of clothes on a hanger but it was great just to see some really creative and beautiful work, a bit different to a commercial gallery experience.
The final photo is an installation on the ACCA Forecourt by Scottish artist Nathan Coley, not part of the VCA Exhibition but I just wanted to include this photo.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

The Canteen

I simply love everything that Wonderwall designs- EVERYTHING! The Canteen is no exception.  This is the cafe for The Soho a new luxury hotel in Tokyo.  It looks like a very comfortable and functional cafe with the use of natural timbers with a dash of multi-colour behind the bar.  From Wonderwall:

Katayama designed this café with the assumption that it would be frequented everyday by tenants of the SOHO and people working in the neighborhood. He applied the same multi-color motif from the open space in the middle of the building to on of the walls in the café and also inside its lively open kitchen. Plenty of natural light and ocean view terrace seating help create a very liberating and comforting atmosphere.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Leona Edmiston Store

The new Leona Edmiston store at Westfield Sydney is chic, understated and a little bit glamorous.  I love the sparkly chandelier, how cute is it?  They were having a little party on the opening day, hence the macarons and champagne.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Drawing Fashion

I wish I was in London to see this exhibition 'Drawing Fashion' at the Design Museum.  These drawings are just so beautiful and feminine.  Stunning.

Drawing Fashion celebrates a unique collection of some of the most remarkable fashion illustrations from the twentieth and twenty first centuries. These original works define the fine art of illustrating fashion, from the collections of Chanel, Dior, Comme des Garçons and Poiret as well as Viktor & Rolf, Lacroix and McQueen.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Posh Food Hall

I was so impressed with the food hall at Westfield Sydney, it is totally different to any other Westfield foodcourt I've ever been to in Australia,.  Much more posh indeed!  Beautiful finishes and furniture and low lighting which created a more sophisticated atmosphere.  The food was good too, with no KFC, Subway or Maccas in sight!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

McCrae Pavilion

It's all happening in sleepy McCrae these days!  Who knew?  Well my Mum actually, we met here for lunch over the weekend.  The McCrae Pavilion opened a week ago so you'd better be quick if you want to get a sun lounge on a sunny weekend, the place will be packed with city weekend visitors in no time!  The building comprises of an old weatherboad house and has had many past lives, I think the renovation has been done really well.  It's very beachy and a little bit Hamptons.  Thank goodness there is not a beachbox or dolphin motif in sight.  There's a great outdoor area, bar and cafe and dining area, they sure know what they're doing!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Off the Wall

So cute, so quirky, so Dutch.  I love Dutch design, it has a sense of humor and doesn't take itself too seriously. These wallpapers by Studio Ditte are a perfect example!

Studio Ditte wants to add something to the user’s perception of the environment by giving everyday life an extra touch. A hidden story, an element from another culture or a twist that makes you think about things. We do not believe in heavy philosophy or in design movements. However, we do believe in people and their emotions, desires and dreams.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

NY Times Collections

I love the surreal, quirky quality of these old photographs in this collection by interior designer Laura Kirar for the New York Times. They capture an unusual moment of the everyday from a time in history.  They're available at the NY Times online store amongst other collections by well-known interior designers.

“Fifty Photographs,” a new collection of images available at The New York Times Store, is the work of five celebrated interior designers, each tasked with choosing 10 favorite photos from the newspaper’s extensive archives. It comes as no surprise that each designer—Thom Filicia, Vicente Wolf, Kelly Wearstler, Laura Kirar, and Jonathan Adler—selected images reflective of their own design aesthetic.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Polo Matches, Runways and Handbags

The Official Ralph Lauren 4D Experience - London from Ralph Lauren on Vimeo.

You really have to see this video.  Last week a 4-dimensional multi-media show was cast onto the facades of the Ralph Lauren stores in New York and London (as above).  The building facade morphs into a runway, is a showcase for accessories and is smashed open by a polo player.  It would of been a truly magical experience to be there with the images floating before you and music blaring.  Now I must admit that I am not a huge fan of Ralph Lauren however when I lived in London I used to sneak into the New Bond Street store every so often.  It was a beautiful escape from the masses of people on Oxford Street and the details of the dimly lit store were just beautiful.

I cannot imagine the coordination of lighting, 3D computer animation, live video and sound all came together, it's amazing. Well actually, you can find out on the Ralph Lauren website.


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