Aren't these convalescing aids designed by Dutch designer Damian O'Sullivan just great. They were nominated for an award in the body category this year for the Danish Index Awards. Designed to restore a sense of dignity where plastic aids fall short, these aids are all made from porcelain...fragile yet strong, an intentional idea the designer hoped would echo the physical state of the user. Read more about the items here and read more about the Index awards here.
Oh and love the smirk on the old dude's face.
William McCleery on Weegee
"He will take his camera and ride off in search of new evidence that his city, even in her most drunken and disorderly and pathetic moments, is beautiful"
I happened upon this photographer that I'd never heard of. Apparently he's very renowned and I can see why after browsing the net for his work. Found some here but would love to see more of his work if anyone has a better site.
As mentioned a few times before on this blog my dad is into antiques and collectables, basically anything old/obscure or interesting. Anyway he picked up a range of items recently which he's thinking of selling. So I pop by my parents place late night and he's sitting by the dining room table sifting through this heap of stuff and he says, "Hey what do you think of this watch?". I screamed like a schoolgirl....okay I didn't but I did...just a little.....inside. It may not be to everyone's taste but I think it's great. I also have what could only be termed a love for the history of things, which is part an inheritance from him and partly because I love stories, and a love for the trends. For example the way big watch faces are back in.
I first found out about Pieter Hugo's work a few years back and have been a fan since. His work into Nigeria with traveling minstrels and his portraits of people with albinism present an insight into another world that we as ordinary ( for lack of a better word ) folk would probably never have.
I'm not really into fabric and wallpaper but had to post a little about Osborne and Little. Clever little colour combos and patterns abound. I like the patchwork quilty feel and victorian-ish legs of the last one.
I don't now how to describe India but to say that it crawls in to your heart, makes a nest there and stays forever. I was privileged enough to spend nine days there about this time last year and it has changed me forever. I'd love to go back again so we'll see when and how that happens but for now these few crops of some of my pics will have to do. Check my Flickr page here for more pics from the trip.
Found these awesome Matryoshka or Russian nesting dolls on Russian designer Yaroslav Rassadin's site and they reminded me of a recent print trend on Print Pattern. I remember these things were the business back in the 80's or at least all my mom's friends thought so. There wasn't a mantelpiece that wasn't adorned with them. Loving the salt and pepper shakers and pantone Matryoshka as well. Check out more of his work here.
A couple of local artists led by an idea sparked in the mind on local sculptor George Holloway took part in an exhibition at Corner Café which opened Friday. The idea was to take a wheelbarrow each and customise it in what ever way the artist felt. The opening night was great with some great work. Artists that participated including myself were George Holloway, Sarah Holloway, Wez van Eeden, Christian Mugnai, Ross Turpin, Jenna-Leah Shone, Trevor Paul, Richard Phipson and Lyle Wessels. Above are a few of the barrows. From the top Trevor, Richard, Christian and mine. I'll update if I get some more pics.
Once a month there's an antique and collectables market outside Bean Bag Bohemia. I spotted an old photo album on one of the tables fill of small business card size photos. Had a chat with the lady selling the album and must have won her over somehow. She gave me the album with over 40 photos for free. Needless to say I was chuffed.
I have a mate Ross and he has a girl called Jen. They're very talented. Ross ran his own business straight outta Tech and has come on in leaps and bounds as a designer/illustrator/painter. Jen has just finished Tech where she cleaned up on the awards front and is off to Joey's for the ThinkAhead Awards in which she's a finalist. You can see some of his smashing work here and hers here. When these two have kids one day it'll be like the start of an elite breed of uber-designers. Kinda like how good André Agassi and Steffi Graf's kids are going to be at tennis, except with design.....and illustration and everything creative.
Ross did the book cover, which is a work in progress for a friend, and Jen did the illustration for a Tech editorial.
Amazing chairs and other products from legends the like of Philippe Starck and others at Vitra. Starck is responsible for the BaObab desk (fifth from the top ). Organic and unconventional in design the desk has the functionality of a regular office or home office desk with plenty storage space and little holes for multiple cables. Another favourite, purely for it's originality and general aesthetic has to be the Ravioli chair by Greg Lynn (second from the top ). Lastly and by no means least though Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec's algue screens (second to last and last ) which can be hung as a light screen or a dense screen according to your needs.
I don't know how new Lula is but they're into there fourth or fifth issue. Started by ex Vogue employee Leith Clark, the mag covers fashion, film and art coupled with great illustration and photography. I had to include these spreads I found on their site.