Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Out and About: Festival Fever

Here at Ikon, we always enjoy festivals that celebrate foreign films because it gives us an opportunity to escape from the constant bombardment of Hollywood flicks and indulge in something a little more inspiring.

There are a heap of great festivals which happen around Sydney every year with some specifically about film and others just rejoicing in foreign culture. In the past few months we’ve embraced the French, Spanish and German film festivals and have been delighted by the flavours of these European film industries. If you missed any of these don’t worry because more great cinema is on its way.

If you’re a bit of a film-fanatic then you’ll be excited to know that the program for this year’s Sydney Film Festival is now available and will be running from the 3-14 of June. The variety this year is stunning with films from 47 different countries screening around the city. To get involved you can follow this link to their website to arrange a free copy of the program to be sent to your doorstep.

But if want to embrace foreign culture with less of a focus on cinema, The Sydney Italian film festival is a great alternative, running from May 19th until June 8th. It will showcase a combination of Italian art, design, fashion and of course, food & wine. As well of all of this there are still some films screening but with the option of a more informal situation. Every Monday for the duration of the festival the Beresford Hotel in Darlinghurst will be screening a classic Italian film in their Beer Garden. The best part is it’s free!

For more information head to the official website.

As a quick fix in the meantime, you can catch the end of a calendar of French films showing in the Woollahra Hotel’s world famous eatery, Bistro Moncur. There are three films to go which are showing every Tuesday until June 2nd and it’s also free.



Out and About: Luke Storrier

During this year’s fashion week you may have noticed this sculpture of a giant ‘Absolut’ vodka bottle by local Sydney artist, Luke Storrier.

The skeleton of the artwork was created from empty fuel drums, cotton wadding and chicken wire while the outside of the work was covered in clothes and pieces of mannequins.

When asked about his inspiration for the work Storrier explained his understanding of fashion as “an outlet for people to express themselves and a way to talk to others…without necessarily conversing.”

With his use of recycled materials, Storrier creates a juxtaposition between the urban and industrial landscape and the ‘glamour and polish’ of high fashion.


Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Ikon in NZ

It seems timely to report on the hive of creative activity over the ditch. With New Zealanders making their mark on the international stage everywhere from fashion to furniture, we jump at the chance to get involved where we can. Here's the wrap on three recent projects to hit the streets.

Design Folio launched just over a month ago as the brainchild of Publisher Claire Sullivan (former editor of Urbis magazine). It is 'New Zealand's definitive design collection'. Not only a fully indexed product guide, it profiles the maestros and their manufacturers offering an informative insight into contemporary design.
As Claire says 'Folio will be the must-have accessory for those who are truly passionate about authentic quality design'.

Begin your collection now and look out for the next issue in spring.

Williams Land in the current issue of World magazine is the next stop.

With projects currently underway in New Zealand's Bay of Islands and Vatulele Fiji, this company has the philosophy that 'Mother Nature was the best property developer of all time and we have only to add to what is given'.

We delivered an advertorial-style creative for each destination to establish brand awareness and anticipation. A glimpse into the future for those lucky enough to be in the market for luxury.

Urbis Design Day makes three. This Auckland-based event promotes local and international design by pairing fashion designers with furniture showrooms to create one-off installations and instore promotions. Each year the design-savvy turn out to get inspired.

This is the third year we've been involved in creating the Design Day identity and every time we enjoy the challenge. While the original logo we developed stays constant, the branding evolves to reflect current trends. Each year we strive for this to capture the essence of the day and work successfully across all collateral.

This year auckland took a primary hit. Two thousand bright yellow satchels dotted across town as those registered took in the trends pics courtesy of www.thread.co.nz