art & fashion

Sartorial Civility by WONDERWALL

When designing a flagship store in Tokyo for one of the most traditional British brands, Mackintosh, Japanese interior design studio WONDERWALL took an approach that reflected the brand's history and commitment to handcrafted techniques and time honoured quality. In one of the most upwardly mobile and fast-paced cities in the world, the Mackintosh store exudes the grandeur and pomp of a past golden age of...

Fashion Soirée with Studio Toogood

Housed within the elaborate Brazilian Embassy in Paris, this installation for Barbara Casasola for Paris Fashion Week 2013 is a lesson is contrast and restraint. Studio Toogood have used stark white geometric forms and frames, in direct relationship to the shapes and profiles of Cassasola’s work, to bring about a backdrop for the collection to be shown against, while not detracting from the ornate interior...

the Desert house

The Klein Residence by Ohlhausen DuBois Architects located on a rugged hillside site in the desert, the design resonates with the sublime, timeless quality of region providing the ideal setting for living with a contemporary art collection. The house was designed around specific works of art including pieces by Ellsworth Kelly, Kiki Smith, Richard Serra and Donald Judd.  A contrast to the panoramic views and...

going underground

If there was ever an incentive for taking the train / subway then Stockholm have it sorted! The Stockholm Metro is one of the most incredible looking subway systems in the world likened to gallery spaces more than a place to catch a train. The stations of the Stockholm Metro feature exposed rock forming the ceiling and walls of these man-made tunnels.  These rocks are painted...

Canturi Art Exhibition Journey by Stefano Canturi

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Jewellery Designer Stefano Canturi’s work with the unveiling of his first exhibition of drawings, paintings and small scale sculpture. Journey by Stefano Canturi is a unique exhibition and is for public viewing from February 2013 in galleries in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and New York. A rare insight into the world and mind of Stefano Canturi through his artistic...

TODAY’S SPECIAL it’s where design, shopping + food lovers meet.

I cannot deny that I love food, shopping and design. So when the three come together in the form of a design store made to look like a grocery store I get very excited. Japan’s Schemata Architects is responsible for this melding of wonderfulness, named TODAY’S SPECIAL Jiyugoaka. Just glancing at the pictures shows what I can only imagine is a design-lovers dream. Using a...

Who we are and how we live… Heimtexil – Trends 2013 / 2014

Launched every year at Heimtexil; the largest international trade fair for home and contract textiles, is a trends book which I have been ordering for the past three years. The book is a collabrative effort from six internationally renowned designs studios which together they form ‘Trend Table’. Every year a different member of the Trend Table assumes responsibility for the interpretation of the Heimtexitil Trend...

Dinosaur Design… meeting Louise Olsen

[caption id="attachment_7741" align="aligncenter" width="537"]Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy[/caption] DA - Which Dinosaur are you? Louise Olsen DA - How would you best describe Dinosaur Design's style? Dinosaur Designs style is best exemplified through the hand made nature of our pieces. In particular the organic shape and colours, resulting in...

Revisited …. adam laerkesen sculptures. plaster .Skull. flock. Cloth. ash. Wood. paint.Cast foam.Bone.

Adam Laerkesen is a member of the UP studio group based in Marrickville, Sydney. Adams work includes drama, but is well restrained creating theatrical modernism working with plaster, wood, cast foam ,paint, cloth, bone and flock his work is truly unique and breathtakingly beautiful. These sculptures sit well across retail, hospitality and residential projects. [caption id="attachment_641" align="aligncenter"...

the ACE hotel New York

Timothy Goodman is a designer, illustrator, art director and a mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters (something I too once did and loved) . More recently, Timothy worked in-house at Apple Inc where he helped integrate Apple’s visual language, domestically and internationally, across third party environments, retail stores, events and campaign launches. He has created a variety of illustration work which has appeared in The...