Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Tuesday, 21 December 2010


With all the rain of late you'd think we'd be happy to let clouds pass us by for a while yet. But these clouds are different. Known as Cloudscapes, these clouds can be walked in and touched. Created as a collaboration between Japanese architect Tetsuo Kondo and German climate engineers Transsolar for the recent Venice Architecture Biennale, these clouds provide an opportunity to experience what it's really like to have your head in the clouds.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

We're dreaming...

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we'd be a little self indulgent and embrace the wish list concept with gusto. We took a quick whip around the studio to see which covetable gift each of our team was hoping might make it into their Christmas stocking this year. While it appears some of us are bigger dreamers than others, we're all drinking to fun times and good health.

Kate gets into the spirit of things with an elegant Henry Moore inspired Flow bangle from Dinosaur Designs and is looking forward to sipping Negroni on Christmas Day. Sarah doesn't think she'll be swayed to drink anything else other than her favourite cocktail, a Moscow Mule, while wearing the object of her affection, a Willow dress from the Bachelor Girl collection. Meanwhile, Bettina will be sipping an Amaretto Sour as her Christmas Cleaner keeps everything just so in the background. We all thought a cleaner was a terrific Christmas present idea, the gift that keeps giving.

Reading is on Maree's mind with two books high on her wish list, Shaun Micallef's Preincarnate and Paul Kelly's How to Make Gravy. As for her Christmas tipple, Maree is going for the a Brazilian Caipirinha. We imagine Bernardo will be sipping Caipirinha's too, seeing as his wish has already materialised with a trip to his homeland Brazil where he's visiting family and friends. Meanwhile, David has his rose-tinted glasses firmly fixed and is picturing a very strong Santa delivering a lovely new Giulietta. And if Santa happens to follow through, David says Krug all round.

From the team at This is Ikon, we wish everyone a jolly festive season and a smashing New Year.

Sate: Tea Time

Seeming as if it may be more at home in Melbourne, Tea Parlour in Sydney's Redfern is just like taking tea at your Nan's place (assuming of course she is cool and lives in Redfern). With comfy couches, dainty tea sets and simple fare including fresh scones with cream and jam, it's the perfect place to let the world pass by.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010


With an elegant cover featuring a foil motif, typographer and illustrator Marian Bantjes' book I Wonder is a feast for pattern lovers. From cover to cover, I Wonder astounds with its luxurious sense of pattern referencing the painstaking labour of heraldic books and the early days of print. Marian's work has appeared in numerous magazines and was recently on the cover of Creative Review. We've been alerted to the charms of pattern and will be keeping a close eye on Marian's work. In the meantime check out some sample pages here. Images courtesy of Marian Bantjes.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Hats off

We've recently been enticed by the promotional photography for Sydney Opera House's membership program, Insiders. Shot by Wilk, we are enjoying seeing the campaign unfold as each new image brings an impressively fresh perspective. It is also proving effective with one of us already signed up and eager to get into summer at The House (once Oprah has left the building).

Five stars

We recently ventured out to see Uncle Vanya at the Sydney Theatre Company, and we're pleased to say it was a delight from go to woah. While we think Hugo Weaving stole the show with his breathtaking performance, it must be said that Cate Blanchett nailed the understatement required for her portrayal of Yelena. Andrew Upton's adaptation is clever, and though criticised for taking out some of the heaviness, we believe this has made the play relevant and appropriate to Australian audiences. With stellar performances all round, it left us stunned. Image credit: Lisa Tomasetti, 2010.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Proof is in the pudding

A little while ago we mentioned Victor Churchill's intriguing sausage-making classes, noting that we thought they made a terrific gift idea for any meat lover. At the beginning of this month we went along to check it out first hand. Our passionate butcher Romeo introduced us to the fine art of making traditional sausages in the French manner. We departed armed with know how and a new found respect for the humble snag. If you want to know how to make a wonderful sausage, head to Victor Churchill.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Year in Review: Part 1

Annual reports normally conjure visions of lengthy lists of figures and impenetrable text within conservative corporate covers. Here at Ikon, we're inspired by those striving to shift the status quo.

Ringier, a Zurich media conglomerate have been securing the services of big name artists to enliven the numbers for quite a few years now. American artist John Baldessari references the movies with his choice of intriguing imagery for 2009. Fellow American Richard Prince punctuated his 2005 version with comics, cartoons and some rather quirky jokes, while Richard Phillips inserts unexpected humour into the pages of the report with his pop paintings reflecting his signature style.

Closer to home, albeit back in the 1950s, Don Fish produced annual reports for the Commonwealth Bank which featured elegant illustrations of the time. We were reminded of their magnificence after flicking through a back issue of SoHi.

Year in Review: Part 2

Our keen eyes and curious minds have tuned into annual reports through our new role with ClubsNSW. Responsible for the 2010 Annual Report we aimed to deliver a contemporary solution for the organisation, which drew inspiration from their corporate colours and the year 2010. A bold, graphic die cut on the cover opens to reveal colourful introduction. Inside, the design is kept simple and functional with modern typefaces, new portrait photography and duo-toned mood imagery. Printed on an uncoated stock derived from well-managed forests, the 2010 annual report is also considerate of the environment.

Monday, 6 December 2010

This is: Flirting with photography

We've recently posted a flurry of photographic fancies, and so it seems fitting that we mention our latest find. Italian artist Maurizio Anzeri loiters flea markets and the like to collect old photographs which he then hand embroiders. He creates highly detailed patterns and forms that call to mind the work of Weimar artists Hannah Hoch and John Heartfield. His work has even featured on the cover of the English Crafts magazine.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Cut & Paste

We're pleased to see Kate Scardifield has a new exhibition opening this Friday at MOP Gallery. Kate's work reflects her fascination with the act of cutting and it's relations to the body, fashion and surgery. It runs from December 3 through to the 19th and comes highly recommended by us.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Christmas Capers: 1

With Christmas parties about to get into full swing, we went to our first for the season. Our client PDR Smart Structures celebrated in style at Kirribilli Club, Lavendar Bay. We helped ensure the space had just the right ambience with this bold graphic reflecting our clients work for the opening presentation. Teamed with this stunning view as background, an enjoyable evening was set in motion.

This is: Recycling

One of the best things we've seen to do with bikes lately are these absurdly elegant chandeliers. Created from a variety of bike parts by Mexican/Brazilian artist Carolina Fontoura Alzaga, these playful chandeliers have a dark Victorian twist giving bike lights a fresh perspective.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Fifty & counting

One of our regular haunts at the moment is 50, a terrific section on the Los Angeles Times Magazine's elegant website. Each week a new set of fifty images linked by topic are featured in a very clear graphic format that allows comparison while inviting wonder. This week's 50 focus is on Vegas chips whereas in previous weeks we've been astounded by the range of cigar bands, romanced by classic movie kisses and intrigued by the diversity of LAPD police badges. If we had to pick a favourite - a hard task - we'd choose from the poppy Tokyo Taxi Tops or the amusing Los Angeles personals. We can't wait for next week.

While we're speaking of LA, we highly recommend a visit to the quirky Museum of Jurassic Technology. It's the perfect place to be pleasantly surprised and it'll leave you in a state of wonderment.