Thursday, 30 August 2012


Ever since we saw Terunobu Fujimori's magical Teahouse Tetsu (above), we've wanted to scale its heights and be up there with the birds surrounded by blissful blossoms. We're all for surrealism in architecture and can't wait to see future creations by this Japanese master.

With the surrealism flag flying high, we're crossing to France where Laurent Chehere's photographs of Flying Houses have us equally hypnotised. Pixar's sweet Up film comes to mind, but Laurent's houses have a darker edge. Let's get airborne.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012


Spring Oily, a seasonal publication for our client Sydney Essential Oil Co., is out now. This issue Harvest takes a trip Morocco to explore all there is to know about producing one of our favourite scents, cedarwood. With the benefits of jojobo oil extolled too, why not head to Sydney Essential Oil Co. to sign-up and download your copy?

Tuesday, 28 August 2012


These Americans succinctly describes itself as "A visceral American narrative. Carefully handmade from American materials. Built by obsession." It's quickly become one of our guilty pleasures. Trawling the archives is both eye-popping and educational. While our favourite is Minnesota Mug Shots, we can also vouch for the Photobooth, Dance School and Viva Las Vegas! sets. These Americans is the work of Doug Rickard who is also responsible for the very good American Suburb X which looks at photography in all its guises.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


The enduring charm of Japanese inspiration can be seen in two exciting collections of rugs and art. Akira's third range for Designer Rugs, the aptly titled Hirameki (inspiration) sees Japanese aesthetics at work. Akira's whimsical designs meld with vivid colour hinting at Japan's rich design history, an endless vault of wonder for 21st century artists and designers.

Meanwhile, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is hosting one of Japan’s leading artists, designers and art instructors, Kamisaka Sekka. Drawing on Rinpa, an early 17th century style of decoration, Kamisaka's interpretations are now inspiring a new generation of Japanese artists and designers. The exhibition not only features traditional Rinpa work, but Kamisaka's influential creations side-by-side with new kids on the block Ai Yamaguchi, Akira Isogawa and others.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Wednesday, 15 August 2012


Fiona Apple continues to trump reviews across the globe with her not so concisely titled fourth album The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. Pitchfork's review made reference to Fiona's trademark warmth and sincerity noting that 'unguarded honesty doesn't go out of style.' Laid bare, the tracks on The Idler... are angsty and acoustic with Fiona's vocal athletics taking centre stage. We can't get enough, with or without octopus.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012


Herring may be the first thing to come to mind when you think Finnish cuisine, but there's more tasty goodness on offer on the ground. In the bustling food halls around the country there is something for every palate. You'll surely be tantalised by smoked salmon in many guises, such as seasoned with juniper, dill and various peppers or in creamy soup with vegetables. The more adventurous can take a bite into Russian imported bear in a can. And who knew moose and reindeer would make delicious salami? Most towns offer chefs in tents with over-sized woks cooking up reindeer meatballs, elk sausages, pit roasted pork, fried whitebait and every hearty meal is perfect washed down with a cool beer. But beware, you must save some space for warm cinnamon buns that seem to be coming fresh out of the oven just for you.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Thursday, 9 August 2012


We mentioned this terrific venture late last year, and while it may be in disguise as a Martian Embassy, we're pleased to learn that Sydney Story Factory has opened in Redfern. This Martian outpost is all about helping kids develop their story writing talent. We champion any venture that puts creativity out in front, particularly when it helps kids everywhere. We put our hands together and give a hearty Martian salute for co-founders Catherine Keenan and Tim Dick along with their co-collaborators Wil O'Rourke and The Glue Society, not to mention everyone else who has worked hard to make this exciting venture possible. We have our antennae tuned for the literary adventures sure to follow.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012


The Helsinki Font Walk is an initiative of Napa Gallery featuring a beautifully drawn treasure hunt-like map by Camilla Pentti (top). The map lists points of typographic interest tracing the history of the city through type and intriguing anecdotes. We particularly enjoyed the tale about the Metro logo competition, which saw an elegant Helvetica M design win despite the public preferring a submission featuring a (Metro) mole. Modern and Art Deco typefaces mingle with contemporary fonts all through the city, with Katri Paakkanen's photographs (below) giving a good idea of what to expect. The walk itself takes about an hour, not including refreshment pit stops.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Friday, 3 August 2012


It's probably the games, but we instantly see the iconic rings of the Olympics in Daniel Buren's work excentrique(s). The bold colourful installation was part of Monumenta 2012 in Paris's Grand Palais, and while we couldn't experience it first hand we're glad Design Boom shed light on this amazing work.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012


Sophomore albums are often the result of angst ridden production, especially when the first album is so well received. Judging by mixed reviews, Welsh singer and songwriter Marina Lambrini Diamandis of Marina and The Diamonds may not have bucked that trend with Electra Heart, but we're enjoying this intriguing second effort.