26th March 2013
Heart of Gold opens tomorrow and is on until April 20th.
Be sure to stop by if you’re on Kloof Street.
4th March 2013
I ended up popping into Design Indaba for a quick run around yesterday morning, and these were some of my favourite finds…
I’m a sucker for succulents and the little guys potted in Sara Hernandez’s gorgeous ceramic hangings were absolutely divine.
Nina Du Plessis
These wooden geometric wall hooks were amazing … and very reasonable at R80 a hook.
I completely fell in love with Simone le Roux’s creatures. She has some awesome illustrated characters on her Behance site, but the handmade dudes were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
The Tale of Balaclava Bear / Sootcookie
I’m always drawn to Tanya Laing’s work and last year I picked up a Sootcookie ceramic paper plane which I love. The Tale of Balaclava Bear is a collaboration between her and Alex Goldberg and although I’m not so into the bears themselves, I think the story behind them is awesome.
The simple elegance of Jeanine Benjamin’s bracelets and rings were lovely. Too bad she didn’t have that triangle bracelet at the expo because I would’ve bought it for sure.
Mervyn Gers Ceramics
Although this brand felt a little commercial (and have designed ranges for some big name restaurants and vineyards around Cape Town) I couldn’t help but fall in love with these African/Chinese plates. The dragon, rhino and machine gun combinations were beautiful and bizarre.
Concrete jewellery, lighting and bowls with some lovely angles.
I spotted this folded African map on some Design Indaba signage before going into the expo and it was even more beautiful in real life.
28th February 2013
Yes, it’s that time of year again folks, when the best of the South Africa design world come out to play at Design Indaba.
Like always I wish I had some spare cash to actually see some of the conference (Jessica Hische is speaking on Saturday) but I’m happy enough to pop down tomorrow to get inspired, and I’ll put a post together next week of all of my favourite finds.
21st February 2013
Super excited to discover the Lichtenstein Retrospective will still be on when we get to London in May.
It opens today at the Tate Modern until May 27th, and has just gone onto my list of Summer exhibition must-sees.
23rd January 2013
The first Valerie Mallory Group Show is lined up for Tokyo. Neat.
The ever-talented Danny Sangra (who illustrated the awesome show poster) along with a collection of designers, artists, performance artists and photographers will be showing at the Common Gallery from the 16th Feb - 24th Feb 2013.
If you’re in Tokyo next month, add it to your list of must-dos.
22nd January 2013
I haven’t been into Salon91 in a while, so we popped in when we were walking past the other day and found the latest exhibition I’d Rather Be Swimming on.
There was a tonne of work in a variety of mediums so it was great to look around.
These were a few of my favourites:
Animal Tree – Silkscreen Print, Justin Southey
Crazed Waves 2 – Keel pen and ink on paper, Bruce Mackay
We Float – Watercolour and pencil, Carla Kreuser
Walk Softly, Paul Senyol
I’d Rather Be Swimming is on until the end of this week so check it out if you can.
21st January 2013
This coming weekend is the Cape Town 2013 Tattoo Convention.
I’m more of a piercing girl myself but I’d love to see what’s on.
Tomorrow night Homeward Bound - an exhibition celebrating the nautical roots of tattoo art opens at the Cape Town City Hall and looks amazing. The multi-media exhibition is comprised of a series of works by celebrated local and international photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, and tattooists. It’ll also be open this weekend.
Day Passes are R100 and Weekend Passes R250. Buy them here.
16th January 2013
Awesome! I read this morning on Twenty6 Magazine that The Institute of Contemporary Art will be showing Juergen Teller, Woo between the 23 January 2013 – 17 March 2013.
I fell in love with his photography when I was 15, when I fell in love with Kate Moss.
The exhibition will show the journey through Teller’s fashion and commercial photography from the 90s, featuring the likes of Kurt Cobain, Sinéad O’Connor and Kate Moss amongst others, as well as more recent landscapes and family portrait work.
Wish we were going to be in London.
11th January 2013
Last week we went to see Takashi Murakami’s Flowers & Skulls exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong. It was by far one of the best exhibitions I’ve ever been to.
I love Murakami’s work and the Gagosian was a beautiful space to show it. It was also free and you could take photos. Amazing.
Flowers & Skulls is on until the 09 – 02 – 13. If you can get down to see it make sure you do.
7/F Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street
Central, Hong Kong
8th January 2013
Over the holidays I stopped by the Hong Kong Design Institute. The campus was designed by French firm Coldefy & Associés and although it looks somewhat out of place plonked in between the high-rises (which is weird for Hong Kong – usually all the crazy architecture works well together) it was an amazing building.
I missed the D&AD Awards 2012 Winners by a couple of months, but I found 2 other great exhibitions that were on in the ground floor galleries:
The Colours Of Asia focused on the 5 dominant colours of red, blue, green, yellow, black/white and their significance throughout the 13 countries that were represented.
There were big baby heads from China, Vietnamese army packs and funeral offerings from Laos, mixed in with crafts, spices, tea, clothing and festival decorations from the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, India and Indonesia. The colours were gorgeous and the packaging and products on display were really cool.
Unfortunately the exhibition has now finished, but I’d definitely recommend checking out what’s on and taking a visit to the HKDI if you’re ever in Hong Kong.
3rd December 2012
Everything We Are Capable Of Seeing (which is taken from the title of his nighttime rainbow piece above) will be on view from 1st February – 28th April 2013.
Anyone lucky enough to be in the beautiful state of North Carolina early next year should definitely go to check it out, and in the meantime you can read more about the exhibition here.
Here’s a small teaser 360° shot of all his pieces boxed up and ready to be shipped…
…and yes, one day we will own this McClymont original.
23rd November 2012
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about our friend Robin’s exhibition opening in Paris.
For the people who won’t be able to see it in person, he filmed an awesome video walk through so you can get an idea of the show.
19th November 2012
I’m just a little gutted we’re going to miss the Wavescape Surf Film Festival this year. The big screen on Clifton is always a fun evening.
We’ll still be around to check out the Artboard Exhibition though which is cool. It’s going to be on at Superette between the 28th November and the 5th December and this year’s surfboards have been designed by 10 artists including Brett Murray.
9th November 2012
Ad creatives, designers, animators, directors and illustrators have designed their favourite worst feedback from clients, transforming quotes into A3 prints of genius.
Make It Pop is by far my favourite.
Unfortunately the exhibition is finished, but you might get lucky if you still want a print by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
8th November 2012
I’m so excited to write about my friend Robin’s exhibition finally opening in Paris this evening!
Robin won the über prestigious Carmignac Award last year and after a pretty tough 12 months, his exhibition Zimbabwe, Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence is finally opening.
I so wish we could be there.
If anyone is lucky enough to be in Paris at the moment or anytime over the next month, please stop by to check it out.
Chapelle de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des beaux-arts
14, rue Bonaparte
Good luck dude! x
22nd October 2012
Super stylish and extremely creative, Vanessa is my Aussie / (honorary) British artist friend.
This talented lady is an artist and an art curator – and when she’s not painting she’s organising exhibitions for various galleries all over London.
21st September 2012
Hello London friends!
If you have some time this weekend head down to The Dock in West London to check out Luminosity – an exploration of artificial light in all it’s forms.
Part of the London Design Festival, the Tom Dixon design store will be showcasing Luminosity – featuring my talented friend Iain Howlett‘s gorgeous Crystallites collaboration – launching some new product ranges and having a chocolate exhibition. Mmmm.
I wish we could go!
344 Ladbroke Grove,
London, W10 5BU
Saturday 22 September: 10am-6pm
Sunday 23 September: 11am-5pm
19th September 2012
Supermodel rock ‘n roll.
18th September 2012
Hello! I’m home!
Zanzibar was amazing. Beautiful, relaxing and chilled (that’s another post all turquoise and aquamarine) and because our flight left super early on Saturday morning from Jo’burg, we decided to fly up the day before.
We spent the day hanging out in a rather awesome hotel, complete with private jacuzzi, champagne and Nelson Mandela next door! And since we were there we thought we should check out a bit of the city too. 44 Stanley was recommended to us by the lovely Maike, so we went to have a look. It was super cool and we killed a couple of hours wandering around and eating. Here’s what we found:
Bean There - an afternoon wandering is never complete without a good coffee stop. Jo’burg’s Bean There is just as sexy as Cape Town’s and the coffee rocks.
Anatomy Design - I fell in love with the skull screenprint in the window.
Lucky Fish was a gorgeous shop selling everything from cotton Indian bedspreads to handmade soap. Si bought me one of Fiona Goldthorpe’s Día de los Muertos Skull Soaps. It’s much too pretty to use so I’m going to find a box frame for it.
Vovo Telo - Mmmm. Pizza bread and juices to die for. Their awesome branding was done by South African illustrator Alta Stegmann and the best bit? They just opened a cafe at the V&A. Sweet.
Decade / Wasteland had some gorgeous vintage furniture that reminded me of pieces my grandparents used to own.
So 44 Stanley was the perfect start to our trip and definitely check out if you’re ever in Johannesburg.
(Thanks Maike x)
3rd September 2012
Gathering Wool is the latest photographic offering from Joss McKinley and a project he’s been working on since 2004.
It opened on Friday at the Foam Gallery in Amsterdam, and the exhibition is on until the 14th October. Check it out if you can.
28th August 2012
Yay Bee Sea is up for one more week at Wolves Cafe in Johannesburg if anyone is around to go check it out.
If you’re not, you can still purchase letter prints from here.
I love the O by Sergio Ines (of course).
13th August 2012
My Dewent pencils with their funny names were always my most favourite art supplies … Rose Madder Lake, Burnt Sienna and Kingfisher Blue.
My Dad used to scalpel off a side at the bottom of each pencil and write my name on every one before school started again after the Summer. Love.
Anyway, I thought these pencil sculptures were all pretty great. Hope you like.
Dave Rittinger’s Color Pencil Tree
Pascale Marthine Tayou’s Reverse City
Jonna Pohjalainen Coloured Pencils
10th August 2012
My friend Chris just sent me this cool shot from Berlin’s nHow Freedom Park.
For the 50th anniversary of the building the Berlin Wall, the Dudes Factory and Lux Pop Art Group collaborated to present Freedom Park, a painting exhibition from a selection of the best contemporary artists in the world, onto original cement segments of the Berlin Wall.
The exhibition runs until the 09.11.14 – the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, with every year seeing more artists join the exhibition.
You can watch more about it here.
Thanks Chris (hope you guys have an awesome weekend!)
13th July 2012
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.
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)