44 Stanley

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.

AOP Gallery – the Fiona Pole exhibition had just been hung when we stopped by. Her etchings are beautiful.

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.

Frazer Parfum – I found some more beautiful Frazer Parfum bottles in Méchant & Gentil (oh! if only they didn’t cost a small fortune).

So 44 Stanley was the perfect start to our trip and definitely check out if you’re ever in Johannesburg.

(Thanks Maike x)

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Joss McKinley

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.

Yay Bee Sea @ Wolves

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).

Pencil

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.

Top:
Dave Rittinger’s Color Pencil Tree
(via designboom)

Middle:
Pascale Marthine Tayou’s Reverse City
(via mmm)

Bottom:
Jonna Pohjalainen Coloured Pencils
(via Mr.Kate)

Freedom Park :: Berlin

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!)

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)

The Queen: Art and Image

27th June 2012

I had a lot of fun wandering around The Queen: Art and Image exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery yesterday.

From Freud to Warhol, the collection showed the many different faces of HRH Elizabeth II and the way her image has slowly become one of the most iconic and recognised in today’s society.

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.

Damien Hirst @ Tate Modern

18th June 2012

On Saturday we went to see Damien Hirst at The Tate Modern and it was amazing. Like really, really amazing.

I was surprised by how much I loved it actually. The only things that didn’t really do much for me were the Medicine Cabinets (which he actually developed concurrently with the Spot Paintings) and A Thousand Years.

Probably his most famous of the preserved animals series the shark, or The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living was incredible to see in person. It didn’t make me feel scared (which I think is the idea behind it), but I found it peaceful and beautiful.

The butterfly wing pieces were the ones I couldn’t get enough of though. I could’ve stared at them for hours. Sympathy in White Major – Absolution II (the round one above) was absolutely beautiful. It was intricate, delicate and peaceful and Doorways to the Kingdom of Heaven were just breath-taking. The detail and intricateness of these 3 pieces were unbelievable. Literally breath-taking.

I wrote about For the Love of God a couple of weeks ago and that was also amazing. Much, much better in real life than in the photos and far more delicate and tiny than the pictures lead you to believe.

All in all I would highly recommend a visit. It was one of the best exhibitions I’ve seen in a long time.

Vanessa Brady

11th June 2012

I thought it was about high time I did a post on my amazingly talented and sweet artist friend Vanessa.

These 3 paintings are my favourites from her series The Sacred Feminine. Her work focuses on light, reflection and strong contrasting, with photography playing an instrumental part in her creative process. I think the way she paints light is amazing.

Check out her website for more work.

London Festival of Photography

11th June 2012

The London Festival of Photography is on this month at a number of different spaces across London.

The two exhibitions I’m most interested in seeing are Frederick Wilfred’s London 1957 – 62 at the Museum of London and Steven Bloom’s Beneath the Surface at Guardian Gallery which looks at 1970s apartheid South Africa.

I particularly love this Battersea Power Station shot by Frederick Wilfred too. Thanks Laura x

I love it when we time our trips well!

♥ LDN

7th June 2012

Leaving sunny Cape Town for London last weekend was difficult, but despite the rain (and gale force winds) there’s something about London itself that makes the weather (almost) bearable.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not feeling inclined to move back anytime soon, but every time we come I have a lot of fun.

Here’s a little round up of what’s been going down in London town:

 

The Jubilee

It’s the Diamond Jubilee and British patriotism is in full swing – there are flags everywhere. I’ve snapped a million photos of houses decorated with Union Jack flags, kids faces painted in red, white and blue, shop windows flying the colours and products everywhere (from couch covers at Ikea to gym clothes at Sweaty Betty) covered in the Union Jack.

My favourites so far are the Limited Edition Union Jack tea-towels I picked up from Ikea yesterday (look out for an Ikea post coming soon…) and the Union Jack Dr Martins I’ve seen people wearing – oh, and of course THE most adorable little Harry Street ♥ in his Union Jack jumper. Eek!

 

Elizabeth

She’s an icon and she’s everywhere. I love her hats and I think she’s kind of cute – especially when she smiles. This piece by British art collective Prefab77 popped up in Dublin recently and although it’s intended as a bit of monarchy mockery, it’s still rather cool. Let it Reign, a collection of Elizabeth II screenprints is Prefab77’s Limited Edition Jubilee offering.

 

David Beckham

Gracing the cover of July Elle is *drumroll please* Mr David Beckham. It’s the first time in British Elle’s 27 year history a man has been on the cover – and actually, they gave him 3. Need I say more?

 

The Photographers Gallery

We went to check out the newly opened Photographers’ Gallery on Monday. I wasn’t that impressed by the layout of the new site, but the images on show were great, as always. Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s exhibition Burtynsky: Oil is on until the 1st July.

 

The Tube

I don’t like the tube much, especially at 8:30 in the morning during rush hour. What is kind of cool though, is that the Central Line is now on Twitter. Keep track of updates and delays on the track @centralline – clever.

 

My Bookhou Bag (for you Sherm)

I wrote about my new bag that was waiting for me a couple of weeks ago. I finally got it yesterday and it’s everything I could have possibly asked for – and more, more, more! Hooray! Thank you bub and thank you Bookhou – I will be shopping with you again!

For The Love Of God

4th June 2012

Hooray! I will get to see Damien Hirst at the Tate now that we’re back in London, and since it’s the Diamond Jubilee I thought For The Love Of God was rather appropriate.

National Stationery Show 2012

23rd May 2012

Oh wow. Whoever knew there was a National Stationery Show in New York City?

Man, oh man. I would get lost in a place like that. All those papers and cards! *sigh* It’s bad enough at Design Indaba when I find a stand that does something vaguely stationery related!

Anyway, I saw Grace Bonney’s post over on the awesome DesignSponge and apparently neon is a continuing trend which makes me happy. Along with this gorgeous calendar by Linda & Harriett.

(via DesignSponge)

The Burning House (literally)

17th May 2012

Wow. And wow again.

A perpetually burning house in the middle of a lake shot by American photographer Carrie Schneider. Amazing.

Burning House is a series of photographs taken over 2 years, during different seasons, in different weather and at different times of the day. Schneider built and rebuilt the house numerous times to end up with a series of fifteen 40″x 50″ c-prints. I admire her dedication and love the eerie stillness to these images. Simply beautiful.

(via MyModernMet)

Alex Gross

2nd May 2012

L.A. based artist Alex Gross invites the viewer into his world with Product Placement – a series of futuristic adverts inspired by advertising found in today’s society.

Surreal and beautiful, I love their dark and twisted connotations. You can see more of them here.

(via VisualNews)

Lost Angeles

18th April 2012

Cool British artist Stanley Donwood has a new exhibition opening at Subliminal Projects in LA on April 28th.

“Lost Angeles will feature a new body of work where Donwood turns his poignant perception on the impact of current societal trends and behaviour towards Los Angeles.”

His lino prints and work have been exhibited all over the world, but he’s probably most famous for the Radiohead covers he’s designed (he’s a long time friend of Thom Yorke) and for designing the official Glasto artwork since 2002.

Subliminal Projects
1331 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
90026
www.subliminalprojects.com

 

 

Pictoplasm Berlin 2012

10th April 2012

Pictoplasma’s Festival of Contemporary Character Design and Art kicks off tomorrow in Berlin.

Cute, quirky and amazingly creative, the Pictoplasma Festival is the ultimate gathering of the world’s leading character designers. Check out their website for more info.

Google Art Project

4th April 2012

Wow! The Google Art Project is awesome and I only heard about it today. Whoops!

Launched just over a year ago, this online art gallery features 151 museums in 40 countries, and has 30,000 works of art available to view and explore in amazing detail.

From the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to San Francisco’s de Young Museum, you can take a virtual tour of any of the museums on the site (put together with Google StreetView cameras!) and spend hours browsing some of the world’s most prized art collections.

You gotta love technology.

Aram Bartholl

4th April 2012

Google Maps goes live.

Map by Aram Bartholl.

(via Gestalten)

David Shrigley – New Friends

3rd April 2012

I went to The Hayward Gallery when we were in London to see the David Shrigley exhibition.

This video made me laugh a lot.

Toffie 2012

28th March 2012

The 2012 Toffie Pop Culture Festival kicks off this Friday at the Cape Town City Hall.

The 3 day conference and festival focuses on design, music, art and all things associated with popular culture.

Just some of the people lined up to talk include:

•  Penny Martin (UK): Editor-in-Chief of The Gentlewoman Magazine
•  Roel Wouters (The Netherlands): Director/Designer
•  Omar Sosa (Spain): Art Director, Publisher and Designer of Apartmento Magazine
•  Malibongwe Tyilo (SA): Founder of skattiewhatareyouwearing.blogspot.com
•  Athi-Patra Ruga (SA): Performance and Contemporary Artist
•  Chris Bisset (SA): Film Director
•  Sibot (SA): Sound Designer

There’ll also be a Creative Showdown with 6 International teams competing in workshops, talks and short talks, including the likes of Alex Trochut, Will Hudson from It’s Nice That and Nacho Gil.

And… to top the whole lot off The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival will be putting on a host of parties over the weekend to celebrate. Need I say more?

See you there!

Title to be decided*

15th March 2012

Our friend Alistair McClymont has a show opening tomorrow Title to be decided* at Mexico Gallery in Leeds.

Stop by and check it out if you can – he’s rather good.

Mexico
25 Wharf Chambers, Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2 7EQ
16th March – 13th April 2012

London Design Week 2012

12th March 2012

Well what do you know? London Design Week 2012 is on this week – and we’re in London! Perfect timing.

Will let you know how it is…