Wednesday, 19 December 2012


Wishing you a safe & joyful summer break from the team at This is Ikon. We'll be closed from 22 December 2012 to 6 January 2013.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012


One of our favourite projects this year is Rethink: The Way You Live. Published by Murdoch Books, its innovative approach 'reveals the ways we can weave creativity, sustainability, quality and technology into our life and home,' which as the design team behind it, we can attest to.

We worked closely with the author Amanda Talbot of Snoop fame, and publisher Tracy Lines to ensure the end-product challenged expectations and delivered a fresh approach. In essence the book is all about integrated communities and being future ready. It was our goal to create a paralleling visual interpretation of the key trends identified in each chapter. This rich tapestry of imagery illustrates how people all over the world are shifting the way they live; it highlights the trending similarities and shows the diversity of how these shifts are being interpreted in different ways.
For a vibrant and contemporary accent which threads through the pages, we specified a vivid green spot colour and a small hole drilled from the cover title through every page. The latter could be seen as irreverent or even irrelevant, but is intended to raise the question ‘why’? It can represent the fact that all the ideas within the book are inherently connected and encourage readers to think about their own perspective.
Along with author and publisher, we're proud of Rethink: The Way You Live. It's out now. Grab your copy from book stores everywhere.

Monday, 17 December 2012


Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama's gives his take of Hong Kong in The Mighty Power, a sensuous film by Ringo Tang. We've been watching it on repeat in an effort to relive our trips there over the past year. Via Nowness.


Friday, 14 December 2012


Our travel wishlist has grown longer. New venture Höst, a collaboration between Norm Architects and Danish design brand Menu, have opened their doors in Copenhagen. With rustic charm and Danish aesthetics in spades, this restaurant brings new meaning to relaxed dining. A clever use of space, an abundance of raw textures and subtle use of colour have created the perfect space to sample country dining in a contemporary setting.

Thursday, 13 December 2012


Had we known about Chris Maynard a year or so ago we're sure he would have been one of our feathered friends. Created from carefully crafted feathers, these dioramas leave us breathless. This one is called Crow Feather, and you can see more on Design Boom.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012


Housed in a former palace, a visit to Den Haag's Escher Museum made it very clear to us just why generations of artists and designers have been inspired my this master of maths. While the museum charts Escher's career, from simple prints to mind-bloggling patterns, we were intrigued by his commercial work for Dutch department stores. With the festive season upon us, we've put together this sample of Escher's wrapping papers for De Bijenkorf (above), Gerzon, Jemoli and Zingone. If you want to while away some time and see more of Escher's work, then Wikipaintings will serve you well.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Friday, 7 December 2012


Having crossed the Lego bridge last week, we're now completely infatuated by Olivier GrossetĂȘte’s Pont de Singe. Taking whimsy to new heights, Olivier's bridges rely on helium to keep them suspended calling to mind the great French surrealists and the wonders of daydreaming.

Thursday, 6 December 2012


It took no coercing, the promise of inspired regional Japanese cuisine served in a mystery location with unknown guests had us reeled in from the start. Hosted by Anton Verplak of Minus 8, a nine course degustation menu was served in a swish apartment in Alexandria. Mouthwatering morsels followed mouthwatering morsels as the sociable dinner unfolded. The idea behind the underground dinner concept originates in Cuba, in a period where restaurants were banned and the only way people could socialise was to have dinner at the homes of others. One of our highlights was fresh wasabi grated straight from the plant. Arigato!

Monday, 3 December 2012