Thursday, 30 September 2010

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This is: Essential

Bursting with fresh ideas, Oily is published by our client Sydney Essential Oil Co. The editorial-style magazine presents a mix of product, lifestyle and business articles in a compact A5 format. Featuring a luscious apricot on the cover, the orange-infused spring issue is available now. Oily is printed on an uncoated stock to environmental standards, a practice that follows Sydney Essential Oil Co.'s commitment to ethical production values.

We've been working with Sydney Essential Oil Co. on several projects, including Oily, The List a User Guide, plus the recently refreshed website. One of our favorite new destinations on-line is harvesting tours, which takes us around the globe discovering products at their source.

Right now we have Hong Kong in our sights as the Cosmoprof Asia Fair 2010 is looming. The SEOC stand we're creating together is set to be feast for the senses. Keep posted for further details.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

This is: A Natural Fascination

With spring in full swing, our senses are tuned into all things natural. In New York City we ventured to the Museum of Arts and Design to see an enlightening exhibition, Dead or Alive: Nature Becomes Art. We were fascinated by how the artists transformed organic materials into weird and wonderful works of art.

Closer to home we love the simplicity of Peter McLean's work. The image above is a relief print of a cross section of a Casuarina seed pod on a Japanese Kozo paper. We're also currently marvelling at Hossein Valamanesh's delicate works which can be seen at Grant Pirrie Gallery.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

More than meets the eye

One of our favourite haunts is Ariel Books in Paddington. Aside from offering a dazzling array of sumptuous new books, they also host a informative website featuring book reviews written by their staff. We love reading the reviews to get an insight into what book lovers love. There's more to love with welcoming glasses of wine offered on special nights, book launches, kids readings and an amazing gift wrapping service. One last temptation, a massive Haigh's chocolate frog on the way out.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

We're dreaming...

...that we could experience London Design Festival's 2010 program which is bursting with interesting projects and events including Outrace. London's Trafalgar Square will be transformed into an open air production line created by designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kraman. Outrace will hand control of eight industrial robots (on loan from Audi's production line) fitted with LED light to the general public. Visitors and web browsers will be able to interact with the machines writing messages into the air which will be captured by HD cameras and uploaded to a specially commissioned website.

And while we were there, we'd be sure to visit the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Jean Nouvel and wander, awe-inspired around Fiona Banner's exhibition at the Tate Britain.

On the wire

We're not quite sure what to expect, but we're looking forward to seeing the Burlesque Assassin. We've heard it's a lively story of a daring femme fatale supported by aerial acts and music by The Knife Waltz. Check it out on Thursday night as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

This is: Spring

It's not just us who is excited about Spring. We've noticed a number of others who are embracing the season and enticing us to get out of the house. The Sydney Opera House has already leapt into action with its Spring Dance 2010 series, presenting a diverse range of performances including Sutra (pictured). Also worth exploring is Object Gallery's vibrant Spring program which takes in typography, sound, good old-fashioned craft and Sydney's a turn at Parking Day.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

This is: Double Take

We're always fascinated by what the eye sees and what our imaginations envisage, an idea we've played with on our website splash pages. Mirrored images, inkblots and rorschach tests create optical effects that give the impression that something unexpected my lay waiting in the depths of the image. Walking past Josh Goot's Paddington store we think he may have been similarly inspired. What do you think?

Monday, 6 September 2010

Das Superpaper dives in

Sydney-based free art magazine Das Superpaper have tuned into turquoise. Their current issue uses turquoise as it's theme colour for the cover and layouts but our favourite spread features Shinji Ohmaki's work Liminal Air - Descend which was shown at the Asia Pacific Triennial at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.