Blog, Design, Events, Objects

Cool…mr potatohead

30 September 2012

Cool…mr potatohead

Oh Mr Potato Head, you were one of my first creative endeavours! So if you are in Melbourne, don’t forget to check out the cute Mr Potatohead exhibition at Ganim’s Store.   Here is a  bit of a sneak peak, but there are many more interpretations by artists regularly featured on this blog…Doug Johnston, Glenn Proebstel, even my favorite sock designers, Antipast socks (pick them up in Tokyo or in the US in Barneys).






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Blog, Design

Cool…marc newson book

27 September 2012

Cool…marc newson book

Marc Newson  is Australia’s most famous and prolific designer.  He studied at Sydney College of the Arts in the 80s when he moved to Paris  He rose to fame in the early 90s with his designs for Ideé and also holds the record for the most expensive piece of furniture sold ever.   The Lockheed lounge went for a cool USD2m a few years ago.  You may recognise it from a Madonna video.

This recent book covers all of his work to date.   A flick through reveals how prolific he is: he has designed everything from watches to cutlery to airline interiors.

It is a huge tome, beautifully illustrated and written.    The standard version is a hefty $1000 US.   And if that is not enough you can get a limited edition version , with leather inlay for a cool $6000 US.   However, it is signed and designed by Marc himself- so its probably a good investment.

(I’m still kicking myself for not buying a prototype Ikepod watch years ago- oh well…)

Marc Newson: Works , published by Taschen

Alison Castle
Hardcover in slipcase, 33 x 44 cm, 610 pages, $ 1,000

ISBN 978-3-8365-0807-0
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Availability: 10/2012











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Blog, Design, Events

Q-Ubes

26 September 2012

Q-Ubes

I have been trawling around London Design Week looking for things to show you that you may not have seen yet.   London used to be a hub of creativity but I have to confess that I haven’t seen anything that has been seen and done before.

Case in point, the Q-ube by artist Rolf Sachs in collaboration with English furniture maker, Linley.   Umm, MUUTO anyone?   I have been holding off doing my own boxes,after loads of customer demands, a la MUUTO but considering everyone from Ikea to Linley is doing them, why not?   I admit I am a bit of a fan of the old dovetail joint, and I do like a bit of solid wood, but come on- surely an artist and a fine furniture maker can do something more interesting than this.

The stacked desk is marginally more interesting, and the leather lining is nice, but there is something about it that looks a bit ungainly. At least there is lots of storage, but how would you find anything. You’d better hope your folders are the thickness of a paperback novel.   What do you think?

 











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Art, Blog, Cool Places, Events, Hong Kong

Cool…New art show in HK

24 September 2012

Cool…New art show in HK

If you’re like me and can’t get enough of contemporary art, make sure you head down to the Grand Hyatt on the 4th to the 7th of October for the Asia Contemporary Art Show.  This is the event for young and emerging artists from all over Asia.    If you are looking for the next big thing or if you are an art show virgin, start here.   The Show brings emerging artists from all across Asia including; Philippines, Myanmar, Tai Wan, Thailand and more, to debut their artwork here and showcase something different and modern. The artwork is priced at a more accessible range than often found in Hong Kong  allowing the Show to be open to more art-lovers.    Entrance for the three days is a very reasonable HKD 100.

In conjunction with the exhibition there is an Art Prize.  With 81 artists submitting works for a cash prize of HKD 50000, they are now in the last rounds of voting.   The winner will be announced at  the Gala, the night of the 4th October.

 

Opening Hours

VIP Preview: Thursday, October 4th: 5pm to 8pm

Open to the Public:

Friday, October 5th: 12 noon to 8pm

Saturday, October 6th: 12 noon to 8pm

Sunday, October 7th: 12 noon to 8pm

Admission Tickets (for three-day entry)

Online pre-show purchase: HKD100 for two

On the door: HKD100 per person

 











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Blog, Design, fashion

cool…cr magazine

23 September 2012

cool…cr magazine

I haven’t managed to get a copy of CR but its theme is rebirth. From Kate Upton holding an arm full of baby chicks to Carine’s daughter, tough in leather but softly pregnant- it symbolises a new era in the ex-Vogue editor’s career.

The photography looks pretty lush from the images I have seen and there seems to be a heavy emphasis on black and white. All part of the new image.

You can see more on the website CR Fashion Book.











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Design

New Custom Lucite Trays

22 September 2012

New Custom Lucite Trays

In collaboration with Sallbo Design Atelier, Eclectic Cool is now taking custom orders for these new lucite trays.   Handmade, you can choose from 4 designs, 12 colours and 3 sizes.  They are perfect in your bathroom, dressing table  or on your desk.   The lucite is 9mm thick so it is a lovely sturdy size.  We have colour samples in store if you want to check.

A5  L17cmW25.5cmH5cm is HKD500, perfect for pens or jewellery

A4 L34cmW25.5cmH7cm is HKD 1000, perfect for makeup, brushes, perfumes or paper

A3 L45cmW34cmH7cm is HKD1800, great cocktail trays.

Each tray is handmade so there may be a slight variation in size.   Production time is 3 to 4 weeks.

Contact support@eclecticcool.zendesk.com for further information or to request an order form or you can download one here.  Email the order to us and we will contact you for a deposit of 50%.  Balance payable on delivery.











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Blog

Design blogs and all that…..

22 September 2012

Design blogs and all that…..

I occasionally read a design blog called My Favourite and My Best.   I think it started as a design blog and became more about the life of the blogger herself- as well as a few pretty pics.  Recently, she wrote a post called ‘Save the Blogs’.

Basically it was about how blogs are all starting to look the same.    No original content, everyone receiving the same PR stuff, everyone pinning the same stuff.  I am I a little bit guilty- hell yes!

Because blogging is damn hard work.

On average it takes me at least 2-3 hours to do a blog post.   I post a lot of original content.  I travel a lot. I work a lot.   I can take an okay photograph.  I live in an exotic city and I live a creative life.   However, it all takes time.   Sometimes I feel like I should just upload a photo I found on pinterest, as so many bloggers do,  make a comment on it and leave it at that.   15 mins tops.   However, everybody does it and it is so boring. However, the alternative takes a lot of time.  And its not only that- it takes technical skill.  If you can’t use Adobe Creative Suite, basically you’re stuffed.

One of the things she did write about was how very few people comment on the posts.  Hey, I know you are reading- I see it in my stats and sometimes on facebook and twitter.  I even have had people correcting my typos via twitter.   Really!- do they not have a life?  And, people call me (on the telephone!-I hate this) And come into the store to say hi! -on the 21st floor of an industrial building(I LOVE this).   However, sometimes  I do get the impression I’m talking to myself.

So anyway, even though this girl gets few written comments, I will keep on keeping on.  I will continue to post as much original content as possible and take a photograph or 2 & bring you the best in the design world as I see it, even though most of my peers can’t be bothered.

Thanks for reading guys!  (and think about saying hi, via the comments-it really makes my day)   

 











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Design

the language of flowers

22 September 2012

the language of flowers

Have you read the book, The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh?   It centres on a girl, Victoria, who haa a damaged childhood and learns to communicate through the means assigned to various flowers.   Her story is a journey where she discovers that many meanings exist for the same thing and we do not always communicate in the same way.

The author was inspired to write this novel after she found a 19th century book that described the relative meanings of flowers.   This was used as a way for lovers to communicate their romantic expressions  in the most passionate but subdued way.   Some of this meanings continue, red roses always has meant passionate love.   However, in the 19th century, combinations of flowers as well as the single flower bouquet-the ‘solifleur‘ became an artform.

I am a huge fan of the use of the single flower in a bouquet.   Nothing looks better than a single type of flower, en masse.  A simple vase, maybe a touch of green- and you are set.

Similarly, candles.  It is very hard to find a simple candle in with one heady scent.   I love the Carriere Freres range which you can find in our store.   Manufactured now by Ciré Trudon, the candles are made of vegetal wax, that burn without smoking and are deliciously perfumed.  Choose one scent or combine to make your own message- just as you would have done in the 19th century.











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Brands

Carriere Freres

21 September 2012

Carriere Freres

Founded in 1884, by the inquisitive and entrepreneurial minds of two brothers, Carrière Frères Industrie is the keeper of wax craftsmanship from the XVIII century. At the dawn of the industrial revolution, obsessed with patents and new inventions, the Carrière brothers revamped wax-making.  Carrière Frères Industrie still provides the candles for Basilique du Sacré Coeur.   Now produced by Cire Trudon, Carrière Frères candles are known for their simple fragrances based on a single flower.  Soliflore scents are inspired by exotic or indigenous oils, and reminiscent of the romantic “language of flowers”, in vogue during ‘la Belle Epoque’.  Oprah loves these candles!











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