Between Meals / Nopi

26th October 2012

Last night we went to Nopi for a treat with our lovely friends Flo and Luke. Last time we were in London we managed to get a table at Ottolenghi (we love their cookbooks!) and the food was just so good, so we were inspired to check out Nopi this time. It has a very similar style and vibe to Ottolenghi (they’re both run by Yotam Ottolenghi) and the food was as good and as unusual with crazy ingredients combined in weird and wonderful ways. The only downside? Bad, bad espressos.

Where:
Nopi – London

What we ate: (or more like what we didn’t eat!)
There were 4 of us and as we shared everything we really got to taste an amazing range of flavours. I ordered the Valdeón cheesecake, pickled beetroot and thyme honey to start and the Whole twice-cooked baby chicken with lemon myrtle salt and chilli sauce for a main. To have a look at the full menu, click here.

What we drank:
Cocktails and wine. I had a Saffron Chase, which was made with Chase English gin, Chase elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, saffron syrup & Champagne. (ohmygod!) and we had a lovely bottle of Italian red.

Best bit:
Aside from the awesome food, the bathroom was by far the coolest one I’ve ever been in. Check out the shot above! Wow.

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Don Quixote

1st October 2012

Wow, this cover for Don Quixote by Lobulo Design is gorgeous.

If you have some spare time to look around the Lobulo website there’s some amazing work on there. The papercut vaginas are particularly awesome.

(via TheGuardian)

Breakthrough!

27th September 2012

Alex Cornell‘s new book Breakthrough! looks good.

It has 90 solutions to help fight your creative blocks, offered by leading graphic designers, typographers, cartoonists, photographers, illustrators, musicians, writers, and other creative professionals “from cleaning the house and eating spicy food to making a plaster cast of your hands and feet-that are surprising, amusing, at times weird, but always inspiring.”

Ben Barry’s advice: “A deadline is always the best cure.” This is about the only thing that always works for me.

(via swissmiss)

Games of Thrones

31st August 2012

I finished the last book from Game of Thrones a couple of months ago now, but when I saw this awesome rebrand by Darrin Crescenzi the entire series came back to me in a flash!

If you read and loved the books, then this clever and quite lovely project is well worth a look.

(via CoDesign)

Elizabeth Gilbert: A new way to think about creativity

10th August 2012

A huge thank you to swissmiss for pointing me in the direction of Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk, A new way to think about creativity…

…and what a lovely coincidence that I happen to be reading Eat, Pray, Love.

Gilbert’s moving and inspiring talk has reminded me that it’s all going to be ok – I just need to stick at it.

Dr. Seuss

10th August 2012

This early advertisement by Dr. Seuss for Schaefer Bock Beer is amazing. It’s definitely selling it to me!

You can find more of Dr. Seuss’s earlier advertising work on The Advertising Artwork of Dr Seuss.

(via LaughingSquid)

 

London Olympics / Colour

24th July 2012

The countdown to the Olympic Opening Ceremony is on, with only 3 days left until London kicks off it’s biggest party ever.

Despite having a rubbish logo (how on earth they agreed on that is beyond me), I’m super excited and can’t wait to watch the Opening Ceremony (one of our friends is actually in it!) on Friday night.

Here’s a colour inspired collection to celebrate the Olympics and a few other things that might come in handy if you’re lucky enough to have scored some tickets.

Let the Games begin!

Blue
1. Wallpaper* City Guide App – London – Make sure your phone is charged
2. Photojojo iPhone Ultimate Kit – 4 lenses, a mini tripod and a sexy case
3. Toms Classic Palmetto flat shoes – Comfy and pretty

Green
4. Filey Bay North Yorkshire, 2007 by Rob Carter – English countryside at it’s best
5. Havaianas in Green/White – Celebrate Summer
6. Tattly Temporary Tattoo Camera 3

White
7. Cloud Key Holder – Because it’s not going to rain, is it?
8. Bobble Water Bottle – Fill up anywhere – these filters actually work
9. Canon IXUS 115 HS – Maybe with an extra charged battery?

Yellow
10. Eastpack Backpack – Easy to find and good for keeping all your stuff together
11. Binoculars with Built-In Sun Filter – A little optimism never hurt anyone
12. Ray-Ban Wayfarers in Yellow – Hello, sunshine!

Red
13. British Language & Culture Guide – ‘Av a Butchers, innit
14. Umbrella (just in case) – This is London afterall
15. Tattly Temporary Tattoo Sunglasses

Ayami Nishimura by RANKIN

20th July 2012

The second book in the RANKIN Beauty Collaboration set features the work of Ayami Nishimura, a Japanese-born London-based make-up artist. The first book features work by make-up artist Alex Box.

Nishimura’s work is eccentric and eye-catching and I can’t think of a better photographer than RANKIN to capture that quirkiness.

I can’t wait for this book to hit the shelves.

(via Trendland)

Love Ever After

18th July 2012

Love Ever After is a Kickstarter art book project by New York photographer Lauren Fleishman.

Inspired by a love letter from her grandfather to her grandmother, Love Ever After is a sweet project that looks at love and shares the love stories of New York couples who have been married for 50 years or more.

I’ve been married for almost 5 months – the thought of being married for 50 years is quite simply amazing.

(PS. Her project has now been fully funded which is awesome!)

(via fstoppers)

CHANEL: The Little Black Jacket

13th July 2012

Chanel’s The Little Black Jacket Exhibition is in Hong Kong until the 16th July at The Space on Hollywood Road.

109 celebrities were photographed by Karl Largerfeld for the book The Little Black Jacket Chanel’s Classic Revisited. The exhibition has visited Tokyo, New York, and Taipei so far, with the next location still to be confirmed after Hong Kong.

I absolutely love the little videos on the site – the opening credits (made with what looks like iron fillings) are creative and beautiful, and the videos of Hong Kong make me miss home.

Check it out if you can.

(Thanks Han)

LEGO

10th July 2012

These cool photos were taken in Broken Hill, a tiny outback town in the middle of Australia, as part of the LEGO Festival of Play – celebrating 50 years of LEGO in Australia.

I had forgotten all about LEGO flowers!

The super-sized pine trees and flowers are 66x bigger than normal. Amazing.

…and on a side note – that hotel is the same one featured on the cover of Lonely Planet Australia we had while we lived in Sydney. Picturesque or what?

(via Alltop – Thanks Si)

Robin Hammond

19th June 2012

I’m SO excited to be able to write about our friend Robin winning the prestigious Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. Hooray!

The award was established in 2009 and finances a photojournalism report lasting for several months on a proposed theme.

Robin’s work on the humanitarian crisis affecting Zimbabwe was dangerous and extremely risky but I know he’ll have taken the most amazing photos in the months he spent there, and hopefully the awareness raised through his photography will make it all worthwhile.

There will be an exhibition of his work at the Chapelle de l’Ecole des Beaux-arts in Paris from 9 November 2012 and a beautiful book to accompany the show.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris then, make sure you don’t miss it.

Russian Criminal Tattoos

18th June 2012

I’m digging these Russian Criminal Tattoos. Quirky and cool.

Book of Skulls

18th June 2012

Si bought me the Book of Skulls this weekend and it’s amazing. It’s packed full of all kinds of awesome skulls and it has an open spine which looks gorgeous.

The other book we saw at The Tate that I would’ve LOVED to buy was Skull Style: Skulls in contemporary art and design. It was beee-autiful, but weighed about 10kgs. What a shame.

Secret Project

8th June 2012

I’m out to finalise my secret project and I’m very excited! Cross your fingers for me!

Love & Patience

24th May 2012

Please be patient with my lack of neon love over the next few days – I’m working on a top secret project and I have no time for ANYTHING else!

It’s not really top secret, just a little bit…

Pictoplasma | Character Compendium

22nd May 2012

Hooray! Pictoplasma have finally released their new book Character Compendium

A limited run with 384 pages featuring 900 colourful characters, designed by over 200 artists. I’ve added this to my book wishlist!

Ten Times Rosie

16th May 2012

I’ve just been having a browse around the Rankin site and thought I should share this über-sexy photo of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley from the book, Ten Times Rosie.

Hot Hot Hot.

 

Maurice Sendak 1928 – 2012

9th May 2012

I remember Where The Wild Things Are so well from when I was little, and so it was with sadness I read that Maurice Sendak had passed away yesterday.

What an amazing gift to leave behind though, and to know that your books would be read and loved for years to come.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

23rd April 2012

In keeping with the loose geometric theme I’ve got going on, these F. Scott Fitzgerald covers by Coralie Bickford-Smith are gorgeous.

Have a look over on Penguin for the entire collection.

Beautiful Data

17th April 2012

I just spent the last half hour watching 2 TED talks about data.

About how we can look at data in a more human way and how it can be illustrated in a way so that it becomes beautiful and therefore easier to understand.

Make Data More Human by Jer Thorp is fascinating – I especially loved his reference to the original Apple logo. David McCandless’s talk on The Beauty of Data Visualisation and the visual language of information and sight is also amazing, although the Billion Dollar o’meter shown at the start of his talk is a little terrifying.

For more beautiful data check out Information is Beautiful by David McCandless.

Miler Lagos

12th April 2012

Wow.

An igloo made of books by Colombian artist Miler Lagos. Beautiful. This piece reminds me of Andy Goldsworthy, but in paper form.

(Thanks Flo)

Kama Sutra

30th January 2012

Part of Penguin’s Graphic Classics series, where every classic re-edited is paired with an artist to produce collectable works, the cover of this new edition Kama Sutra has been illustrated by vector queen Malika Favre.

A playful, bold alphabet makes up the words Kama Sutra, while the colours are a nod to the books Indian origins. With original text by Vātsyāyana and no pictures inside, I think in this case you can definitely judge a book by it’s cover. Sexy.

(via Core77)

Homemade is Best

25th January 2012

Ikea is one of my favourite shops in the whole world. I’m not ashamed to admit it and Si teases me about it all the time. When we moved to Cape Town and I realised we weren’t going to be able to stock the flat with things that had names like skårpt, klunsa and ribba I was sad!

However, to make up for my lack of Ikea over the last 2 years, I decided I’ll just have to buy their new cookbook Hembakat är Bäst (Homemade is Best). How awesome does it look!

Produced by ad agency Forsman & Bodenfors, photographed by Carl Kleiner and styled by Evelina Bratell, the beautiful images make me want to eat everything – including the ingredients before they’ve been cooked! Minimal cooking. I like.