Monday, 31 August 2009

"a form of engagement with the landscape" was the brief given to produce this shelter in the Kielder Forest Park. Sixteen Makers have produced a handful of quirky designs spanning a decade. Always intent to innovate, invent and collaborate with all aspects of design, they come up with an experimental edge.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Hollywood Road

If you are traveling around Asia, you will invariably end up with a stopover in Hong Kong. It is a busy and brash place to visit with many consumer distractions to keep you occupied. Hollywood Road is one of our favourite strolls on an afternoon. It is centrally located, slicing through all the action around Central downtown.

It is home to Hong Kong's commercial galleries. The Western end starts with Hollywood Park and is full of "traditional" chinese artifacts. Intricate jade and ivory carvings, stone lions and dragons and some jolly buddahs.

You can stop off for wine and cheese on the way or lean up the hill into Soho for something more substantial. The restaurants are busy and pricey. It is worth booking ahead at weekends. You can also just take a cold beer at Stauntons on the corner before exploring the more contemporary galleries.

These are full of modern works by chinese or local artists. A scene that is certainly growing in Hong Kong, with gallery trails and art weeks.
You will have worked up a sweat if you do the whole length of Hollywood road but it is worth it, although making it past all the bars may prove difficult. Come back in the morning and finish off!

Global Pedalpower




These bikes are going on sale this month and are a must have for any urban dweller. Designed to be practical and encourage even Americans to get out of their cars. The Haul model with integrated bike rack can carry 50kg. All models are made from the best bike accessories available, and the designs have borrowed from a similar global whorary.

Do the world a favour and buy one, then use it!

Saturday, 22 August 2009

A Step Forward

This is our generations version of 2001 A Space Odyssey. It will change the way films are made. The advent of 3D...again!
Jet packs and hover cars next?



Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Bum cakes


It is approaching that time in the oriental calendar to celebrate the Autumn Festival. What better way to do it than with a slice of lovely Bum cake from GOD.

Friday, 7 August 2009

3 Girls and a Very Long Street in Paris....Baby!

Don't look at me, Blossom loves this!

Allemansrätt

In Sweden, our home, we all have the right to walk, cycle, camp, ride and ski on any land. It is what we call "Allemansrätt ". Although it has existed for centuries it was formally introduced into the Swedish constitution in 1994. This includes beaches, forest and water. You are also free to pick wildflowers, berries and mushrooms. We do this from an early age, learning what is and isn't allowed. We camp on beaches, fish in lakes and forage in the forests. We were therefore dismayed as teenagers to be shoo'd from beaches around the mediterranean when travelling.

We find this piece of work by the Dutch photographer Barbara Visser compelling because of the juxaposition she draws about this situation. The 5 prints start with a man lieing on the beach apparently in ecstasy. The wider views show that perhaps he is a drown victim, perhaps an immigrant from North Africa. Then again a tourist is enjoying some early morning sunbathing. So perhaps it is all just a photoshoot, which as course it is, but from a different viewpoint. Perhaps everything is pretend...

Just a little Patience

Love or loathe their coffee table tortured ramblings this is a tremendous piece of graphic interpretation.
Chris Martin as superman vs a killer squirrel, genius!



DLAM

Episode 2. Blanca García, Blancucha from Draw Like A Monkey. DLAM have the aspiration to promote art and inspire non-artists to draw by watching artists sketch. Having just spent an afternoon watching artists create protraits on the Spanish steps in Rome, we think it is a great idea that will hopefully expand.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Beautiful People

Available as a limited edition (highly priced in nice packaging) DVD the films feature 13 of Warhol's classic silent film portraits. Subjects inlcude Nico, Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick and Dennis Hopper. Shot between 1964 and 1966 at Warhol's Factory studio in New York City. A slice of sixties vibe.


Improve Everything. Everything is Design




The tired gloomy metro station at Drassanes, Barcelona has been transformed by architects ON-A into a vibrant, bright space station using glass re-inforced concrete and resins. This shows how design can breathe fresh life into anything. It just takes effort.

Heart of Glass

Blondie having their coolest disco moment and presented by the Hairy Cornflake (DLT) on TOTP. Will they be replaced by The BeeGees or Abba next week and fade out with Meatloaf, a real 1979 moment. Isn't Debby just gorgeous!!



Legal Marijuana!




Packaging is so important to the success or failure of a product. A couple of agencies have proposed ideas for packaging your spliff if it were legal. Don't try this at home kids...

Monday, 3 August 2009

Deadly Gorgeous







We LUST after fine wines.
We drink them GREEDily, PROUD of our GLUTTONOUS consumption.
WE ENVY those who live at the gates of vineyards, and we bare our WRATH at those who try and re-cork an open bottle.
We easily relax into the SLOTH of an after dinner tipple (and before and during dinner).

Can you match up the glass to the SIN? Kacper Hamilton created these excellent glasses to celebrate passion. They are hand made in England and come as a set in a gorgeous presentation box.

Perhaps we can commission him to produce a set to reflect what we consider to be the 7 deadly sins;

APATHY, PREJUDICE, HATRED, IGNORANCE, INTOLERANCE and a love of MAGNOLIA!