Monday, 21 February 2011

Inverted viewpoint

With just over a month to go, we think it would be well worth a trip to London to be captivated by Anish Kapoor's Turning the World Upside Down, a work currently installed in Kensington Gardens. The large scale mirrored pieces transform the reflected people and objects into mesmerising images that are both playful and meditative. Check out the Media Gallery to best see how people are interacting with this astonishing work. Image: Sky Mirror, Red 2009. © Anish Kapoor. Courtesy of the artist and Lisson Gallery, London.

Saturday, 19 February 2011


We're looking forward to packing a picnic and traipsing down to Bondi to enjoy some stellar flicks under the stars at the Bondi Openair Cinema. We're hoping summer will serve up some balmy nights as it begins to change down a gear. In the meantime, where better to enjoy a night stargazing than on Bondi Beach?

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

New Wave

It's always a pleasure to visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and especially when Art Express is on. We love seeing how these HSC students have responded to the world through art and how they transform their ideas creatively. It's on now until April 10 and then will tour the country, click here for details.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Great Crate

Now in its second year, the Cubby House Challenge combines a great cause with a good dash of fun. With gusto, six designers have transformed the humble cubby house into innovative and exciting play spaces in a bid to assist homeless and at risk young people across the nation through the Kids Under Cover project. Peter Maddison's Milkbar cubby (pictured) turns recycled milk crates into a vibrant space while Ortech's take, made completely from kraft paper and wheat and rice bricks features solar panels and its own water tank. We wish they didn't just come in pint-size.

Monday, 14 February 2011

One for the grown ups

Wow, we think this ingenious venture by Joost is a winner. Definitely one of the coolest projects Sydney is hosting this summer, we are inspired by the ingenuity at every level and proud it is sitting on such prime real estate. Perched harbourside at Circular Quay for a short sixty days before beginning a European tour, Greenhouse by Joost is a completely sustainable cafe which strives to create no waste. The whole feat is mind boggling...the floor is laid with tiles made from recycled conveyor belts, empty bottles are reinvented as beer glasses, the walls and toilets are smart and even the rooftop grows produce. A stellar effort deserves a stellar view!

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

This is: Four Eyes

We're quite taken by Armani's street style campaign for their new range of spectacles, Frames of Your Life. Trendsetters in London, Paris, Berlin and Milan have snapped everyday people in cool (and sometimes kooky) Armani frames. The results speak for themselves and we're excited to hear plans are afoot to take the campaign to Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles. Sate your inner voyuer with this journey into fashion, faces and foreign vignettes...

Friday, 4 February 2011

In a Nutshell

Following on from our earlier interest in crime, and despite Corinne May Botz's book titled The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death coming out in 2004, we only recently had the pleasure of immersing ourselves in it. Many stories are revealed throughout, but all centre on the life of criminologist Frances Glessner Lee, who in the 1940s and 1950s worked for the police creating to scale models of crime scenes as training devices for detectives. Corinne has captured the models, and their breathtaking attention to detail, and imbued them with further allure and mystery.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

This is: Bookish

The book wall appears to be an international trend building momentum. We've recently been ogling significant libraries that have left us in a state of envious wonder. Karl Lagerfeld's expansive book collection (above) first caught out eye in the documentary Lagerfeld Confidential, and ever since we've been noticing them everywhere – both Giorgio Armani and Diane von Furstenberg have their own.

And it's not just the fashionistas who are early adopters. Swedish publishing house Oktavilla have a remarkable wall - the Oktawall - created by architects Elding Oscarson. Using stacked magazines, the Oktawall is a creative space divider with an intriguing take on the recycling trend. Extolling the virtues of the humble book as a decorating device, UK Elle Decoration (October 2010) even featured a random installation of books stacked high in an empty doorway. Set your imagination free... just don't try to get out of the house or read an old edition in a hurry!

While the Book Wall fans range from designers to architects, and artists to film makers, if the thought of stacking all those books is too much to bear, you could always fake it with Deborah Bowness' hand-crafted wallpaper.