Monday, 31 August 2009
Friday, 28 August 2009
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!
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, 8 August 2009
Friday, 7 August 2009
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...
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
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.
Monday, 3 August 2009
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!