Tuesday, 31 July 2012


With all eyes on England's capital, Taschen are tapping into an evocative archive of imagery in their new book, London: Portrait of a City. Our page flipping has revealed iconic images by leading photographers including Wolfgang Tillmanns, Martin Parr, David Bailey and a host of other greats.
From flipping to wrapping, our neck is being kept snug this season with a digitally printed silk Coronation Scarf from the V&A. Cecil Beaton — he's also featured in the London book noted above — photographed The Queen on her coronation sixty years ago, and we think this reinvention for her Diamond Jubilee says celebration eloquently.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Friday, 27 July 2012


Staying true to our Flashback spirit, the current edition of Scout Look prompted us to ponder Olympic posters of yesteryear. Their nostalgic credibility inevitably led us to wonder what would become the iconic graphics from 2012. The only city to host the Olympics three times, London held the games in 1908 and again in 1948 with posters (above) reflecting the times in illustrative style.

Flash forward 2012 as excitement reaches fever pitch with the opening ceremony just a day away. To help spread the word this time around, leading artists including Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley and Tracey Emin were commissioned to produce graphics for the games, guaranteeing future collectability. Our favourites though are for the Paralympics, particularly the bold designs by Bob and Roberta Smith and Sarah Morris. The posters are on show at Tate Britain. Also worth a look is the V&A's on-line archive of posters from previous games. Will Rio raise the bar in 2016?

Wednesday, 25 July 2012


We've been keeping a close eye on the 'introverted' North Bondi Surfing Life Saving Club, and we're excited to hear that after five years of design development, this Durbach Block Jaggers project is on the move. The architects describe the new building as 'extroverted' which will hopefully be a snug fit for Bondi hipsters. We can't wait.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012


Simon Schubert's paper rooms are mind-bending. We're marveling the fact that blank pieces of paper can be transformed into hauntingly beautiful images, like the one above, using only folds.

As for what to wear in a paper room, we've come up with a few options including this sculptured dress created for the biannual Laforet Grand Bazar sale in Harajuku.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Friday, 20 July 2012


Subterranean sectors are under the microscope for this year's Serpentine Pavilion, the twelfth commission to date. Architects Herzog & de Meuron who were lauded for their work for the Beijing Olympics, and artist Ai Wei Wei have taken a different approach for their commission. Rather than build a new pavilion, they have looked back to the previous eleven pavilions and gone under the ground in search of traces from the previous constructions.

From London to New York, the latest development to get speleologists excited is the revitalisation of the former Essex Street Trolley Terminal. The Low-Line promises to be an oasis of calm and serenity underneath the hubbub of New York City. We're ready to go when the work is done.

Thursday, 19 July 2012


Our heads are back in the clouds as we ponder the 18th Biennale of Sydney. Fujiko Nakaya's installation Cloud Parking in Linz (pictured) reminds us of Cloudscapes and Tomas Saraceno's Cloud City. But for now it's Monika Grzymala and Euraba Artists and Papermakers collaboration that has our attention. We can't wait to see the ephemeral installation first hand.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012


Spot fever has taken hold across the globe. Louis Vuitton have just unveiled several new pop-up stores 'spotted-out' by Ikon perennial Yayoi Kusama. The pop-ups (designs pictured) coincide with a major retrospective of Yayoi's work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which follows an exhibition at London's Tate Modern.

Our fascination with Yayoi began in 2009 when we were caught under the spell of Fireflies on the Water (pictured). We'd love to be  in New York to experience it all over.

Not to be left out, Wallpaper* magazine's June 2012 subscriber issue was specially commissioned by Yayoi proving further that everyone seems to have gone just a little spotty. We're predicting we'll all be seeing more spots soon.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012


Late nights at galleries globally have proved popular from Sydney to Stockholm, Auckland to Amsterdam and beyond. London's Tate is in on the act too with Friday and Saturday nights getting the nod of approval with punters. Perhaps it's the perfect time to check out Damien Hirst's retrospective? Image: detail of 'Sympathy in White Major - Absolution II', 2006, by Damien Hirst - © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved. DACS 2011. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates.
The last Friday of the month means Art Bar at the MCA, with a different artist curating a spontaneous schedule of events each time. Throw in Audi support and stellar harbour views and you've got a winning formula.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Friday, 13 July 2012


Books remain at the top of the stack when it comes to innovative approaches to access wondrous tomes. Maastricht's Selexyz book store continues to turn heads years after the Domenican church it is housed in was transformed into an awe inspiring bibliographic experience (Image: Roos Aldershoff).

We're enthralled by Massimo Bartolini's Bookyard installed in Ghent as part of this year's Track Festival. The shelved books are for sale, with funds raised returned to local libraries in Ghent and Antwerp. We'd love to wile away some hours flipping pages in that field, particularly as the shelves are in line with St Peter's Abbey vineyard.

Thursday, 12 July 2012


With it's first themed issue for the northern summer, London's Port magazine is fresh off the press with all manner of food for thought. Pick up a copy and take a peek at their relaunched website to be sure you know how to look the business when eating at all the right places. Great food needs liquid accompaniment, so naturally we'll be toasting Hot Rum Cow's launch issue with a G+T. Seems there's lots of people hungry for a good food fix with New York's Put An Egg On It also making its mark along with Meatpaper's carnivorous focus. Three cheers to the savvy style meisters keeping those presses rolling and cool news hitting the streets.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012


When it comes to the ultimate Man VS Food challenge, the Quadruple Bypass Burger from Las Vegas' Heart Attack Grill is the one to beat. The "most calorific burger in the world" packs a whopping 9,982 calories and weighs in at 1.444kg. No wonder it's in The Guinness Book of World Records. Potential punters must wear scrubs and if the emergency should arise after one patty too many, just dial 911 and a doctor or nurse will come to your rescue!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012


Netherlands based Iranian artist Ashkan Honarvar has us in a spin with his candy faced photographs of young men. Slightly surreal, the images use bright lollies to create facial injuries that speak of war, exploitation and identity. While the content matter is dark, the images themselves are light, making a further comment on the media's presentation of unfortunate incidents across the globe.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Monday, 2 July 2012