Wednesday, 31 March 2010

co zen cutlery for kids.

This magnificent child's cutlery set is delightful. We have been trying to get hold of some to distribute amongst our nieces and nephews. We need to get them all hooked on good design as soon as possible! Only available in Japan and sold out. But they have promised to make more and provide some for overseas sales. Designed by Keisei Takemata for NUSHIA. Keisei let us know that an upgraded version will be produced and available in May. Each set is handmade so it takes a while.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Susanne Sundfor

Susanne Sundfor, so much Scandinavian music is hidden from our view because it's not "radio friendly". The music is so scenic and voluptuous, inspiring...

Hong Kong

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Holy Toledo!

Zapotec culture is never far from politics, where politics is power, and has been wheeled and dealed over in this bottleneck of Mexico for centuries. The art of Fransisco Toledo is a beautiful blend of satire, metaphor, mythology and eroticism. Sex is everywhere. Sex is power, power is politics. The artist is the politician. The town of Juchitan is an unexpected outpost of feminism stuck in the middle of machismo Mexico. The sturdy, confident women have traded their way to the centre of life in this place. Yet there is no battle of the sexes, there is a distinction between the sexes but no contest. Perhaps this stems from the Aztec view on sex being represented as males being depleted as opposed to the christian view of females being penetrated.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

If there are ghosts...

Not long before Cortes arrived at the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico over 84 000 human sacrifices were made to the Mayan gods at the temples of Tikal over a space of 2-3 days. Those to be sacrificed were paraded up the pyramids from the four points of the compass, joined together with cords through their noses. They were arched over a specially made alter and their hearts ripped out. Their bodies were then thrown down the steep sides of the pyramids to be butchered and fed to the warriors below.

At that time, around 1520, there were over 25 million native Mayan/Aztec people. By the turn of the century, decimated by european disease and war with the Spanish there were less than One million.

We didn't see one ghost...

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Paris pre-springtime

A pre-spring hop to Paris to browse some design stores, and inspired by Damien Vassart try and approach Paris from another direction. And Florence and the Machine were on at Le Ba ta Clan Cafe which is a superb venue.