Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Monday, 30 May 2011


Coming up with visual concepts for a gourmet cake shop in a presentation-obsessed gastronomic culture such as Hong Kong was an exciting design challenge for This is Ikon. Ms.B’s Cakery, which opened with great fanfare recently, is a bespoke bakery offering cakes that look as amazing as they taste. Ikon was invited to create the branding for Ms.B’s Cakery by its founder Bonnie Gokson, an icon of the Asian fashion and food scene. We had previously worked with Bonnie on the visual concepts for her hit Hong Kong restaurant, SEVVA.

Ikon’s branding, which extends from the MS.B’s Cakery interior, signage, boxes and bags to delivery trucks, had to look stunning and complement the sweet offerings, yet could not upstage the star attractions: the cakes. In design terms, it was a fine line to tread. The colour palette was inspired by nature, specifically butterflies and beetles, which morphed into abstract, exotic hues, from jewel-like to day-glo. A rich charcoal was chosen as a base to make these gorgeous colours pop.

An interesting experience involving colour and light occurred when developing the colour palette; hues that ‘sang’ in the antipodean summer light looked almost dull in the South-east Asian light. Ikon had to send Pantone swatches to the client to ensure the colours would work as beautifully in the Hong Kong cakery as they did in Ikon’s Sydney studio.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Thursday, 26 May 2011

This is: Voyeuristic

We believe there's a voyeur in us all...and it seems we're not alone when it comes to peeking into the quirky spaces creatives inhabit. Whether living or working or something in between, each interior offers an insight into the individual and what they find inspiring. Last year we couldn't resist the temptation to see what Spaces had uncovered – Frankie's eclectic selection from around the world – and now our hunger is growing again in anticipation of the release of Where They Create - due September 2011. This impressive portfolio by Paul Barbera has lured us in online (virtually visiting the likes of Marcel van Doorn) and is somewhat responsible for our addiction! To be released by the makers of Frame, Elephant and Mark, we're sure the publication will be satisfying. In the meantime pop into The Selby, a project by Todd Selby which has him snapping some cool types at home (below).

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Monday, 23 May 2011

Sunday, 22 May 2011

In the running

One of our newest recruits, Rebecca Heath, has been shortlisted for the Emerging Talent category of the Create Design Awards 2011 to be held later in the year. We're wishing her well in round two and beyond.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Theatre of Memory

With Head On in full swing our attention has switched to all things photographic. We've been looking forward to Theatre of Memory by Japanese artist Eikoh Hosoe for some months now, and we're pleased to say the show at the Art Gallery of New South Wales lives up to all expectations. Merging dance, performance, film and photography, Eikoh's interest is the human form. His elegant yet edgy horizontal scrolls wind their way around the gallery with startling effect.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

This is: On the move

Connected may be Gideon Obarzanek's last outing with Chunky Move, but what an extravagant exit it is. Collaborating with Californian artist Reuben Margolin, Gideon's trademark energetic choreography synthesises perfectly with Margolin's kinetic sculptural works made from re-cycled plastic, paper and wood. The performance dabbles in mechanics bringing an original perspective to dance, perhaps even informed by Gideon's ballet background

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Head out for Head On

If it's May then photography is what you'll see in Sydney. The annual Head On Photography Festival has just kicked into gear and promises a month or more of exhibitions, events and lectures across town. From the city to Centennial Park where you can interact with a camera obscura, and from Manly to Mary Place there is an exhibition to appeal to all tastes from both leading and emerging artists and photographers across the world. If we had to pick just one, it would be Gilbert Garcin's The Man Who Is An Image currently showing at the Australian Centre for Photography, but we also really enjoyed old favourites at Roslyn Oxley Gallery and some of the impromptu shows about town.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Wiggin' Out: Crazy Mac Screen


The happy accident has always been a fun and inspiring side of the creative process so we're drawing attention to it in our new entry, "Wiggin' Out!" Here's a snap taken from a computer screen malfunctioning, those are definitely happy pixels.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Cat power

On a recent jaunt to the Art Gallery of New South Wales we took in the Anne Landa Award, an acquisitive art prize, which this year features finalists Rachel Khedoori, David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, Jae Hoon Lee, Arlo Mountford, Charlie Sofo, and Ian Burns. We were quite taken by Ian's quirky sculptural forms and Haines & Hinterding's (the winners) immersive interactive piece controlled by branches, but for us Charlie Sofo's whimsical installation featuring some of Melbourne's cats was oddly compelling. We also ventured into, and recommend,  the new contemporary galleries with selected works from the Kaldor Collection. It was terrific to see a fresh new space and exciting work from Ugo Rondinone, Sol LeWitt and Francis Alys. While we missed Emily Lloyd's exhibition which recently wrapped at Anna Schwartz Gallery in Melbourne, we can see connections to Sol LeWitt.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Sate: One of our locals

As cooler days become the norm, warm savoury treats help keep the winter blues at bay. Luckily for us the original and ever popular Bourke Street Bakery is just a few blocks away. While it's hard to go past a pork and fennel sausage roll, we check the daily salad special online for a lunch run and we're looking forward to soup selections over winter. If sweet cravings bite we may succumb to a ginger créme brulee, and thankfully we can walk it off on the way back to the studio. Word has it a Potts Point location is opening next. Image: Alan Benson.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Coming & Going


agIdeas International Design Week wrapped recently in Melbourne with a sell out program of inspiring speakers including Michael Lugmayr from the Netherlands and his studio Toko. We quite liked agIdeas downloadable program with its repeated use of a simple profile image transformed only by pattern and colour. And while we missed the boat in Melbourne, Semi-Permanent rolls in to Sydney this week with a stellar program for design enthusiasts. Typographers, animators, illustrators and photographers are just some of the creatives taking part. In our view Corey Arnold's Alaskan fisherman are well worth hooking! Click here for more information.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Fontificate: Yes! Yes! Font us up

The sixth chapter of the alphabetically accented Go Font UR Self was hosted by Roller in Surry Hills last week. Sydney's font afficcionados came out of the woodwork to make opening night a buzzy affair with contributions from both local and international fontographers. Roller's garage-like space was transformed into a hip setting providing the perfect vibe for cutting edge poster design and illustration from the likes of Siggi Eggertsson and Hedof. As we generally have a preference for fun, Parra's simple Yes design (pictured) gets our vote.

Snap: Morgan St 7.53am