Blog, Design, Interiors

Cool…rick owen’s home

28 May 2013

Cool…rick owen’s home

One of the best stands at this year’s Maison was Rick Owen’s home collection.   Reknowed for his dark aesthetic, cuts and amazing fabrics, his interior collection was filled with fur, steel and wood.   His clothes are characterised by simple shapes that are comfortable to be , but with understated details.

His home in Paris is no different.  The location was formerly an office for Francois Mitterand and has been reimagined in his trademark greys and dark woods.  The only colour is the gold accents of some of the decorative pieces.   I love the unfinished walls, that contrast with some of the boiserie on the interior wall panels and the ethnic art pieces.   I would love to design an interior like this for a cool, hip guy…

 






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Cool…The Chapmans @ White Cube

27 May 2013

Cool…The Chapmans @ White Cube

There’s a lot of art around at the moment in HK, it’s difficult to decide where to start.  Between the Spring Sales at Christie’s and Art Basel- don’t overlook the exhibitions at HK’s finest art galleries.   

One of the best is the latest show at White Cube of the work of Jake and Dino Chapman.  Having just stepped off a plane, I wasn’t able to make the artists’ talk but my good friend and EC’s resident art expert, Molly Lukins Burke, (you can read all about her in the bio below)  has been good enough to share her thoughts about the show.  

We are hoping that Molly will stick around EC and be on hand to answer all sorts of art related questions: from the latest art exhibits to collecting or even how to  approach viewing an art exhibit.   Over to you, Molly.

 

Dark is beautiful.  Horror can be funny.  Hell is all these things.  Those are the thoughts provoked by The Sum of all Evil (2012-13), the diorama installation of the British brothers, Jake and Dinos Chapman, now showing at the White Cube through August 31.

Inspired by Goya and heralding him as the first emerging modern artist to explore the human psyche, the Chapmans have composed Hell landscapes populated by Nazi soldiers mingling with the characters from the McDonald’s fast-food chain engaging in horrifying acts of violence, surrounded by piles of decapitated bodies, while being watched over by a God-like figure depicted as a male nude from the waist down wearing green Nikes.

While the scenery doesn’t seem aimed at endorsing violence or horror, it puts you face-to-face with the artists’ darkest (I hope) views, and makes you wonder whether the works are exalting evil, or perverting the viewer.  Either way, it’s moving.  Besides the Hell installation, the exhibition includes four smaller dioramas reflecting some of the same themes as The Sum of  all Evil.  The exhibition is a reminder that all that is beautiful is not also good.

About Molly Lukins Burke

Molly brings her love of the artistic and the eclectic to Hong Kong from New York City, where she was born and raised. On a professional level, Molly has a Master’s in Art History and has worked at auction houses (Sotheby’s and Christie’s) and art galleries in New York. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2012, Molly was working on the team drafting the Catalogue Raisonné for Jasper Johns, one of America’s most celebrated artists. Personally, Molly is thrilled to have landed in Asia’s cultural capital with her husband and two children, and is excited to explore all that Hong Kong has to offer in local and international art. 

 

The Sum of all Evil runs from May 22- Aug 31 at the White Cube, 50 Connaught Road, Central.

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm











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Tidying up…top 3 tips

25 May 2013

Tidying up…top 3 tips

I am sure that some of you are well into your spring cleaning, or even finished.  What!  You haven’t started!  You should!

Feel guilty enough?  I have just moved so I have had to opportunity to really clean out my things, though my nearest and dearest would say that I still have ‘too much stuff’.  However, though I wouldn’t consider myself a particularly neat person, my house looks that way  and I keep that way by making sure that I have my gear organised and in their proper place.   Here are  three tips…

1. Get yourself some lucite containers.  these are great for holding makeup and office supplies as well as jewelry.  Make sure they are stackable. The best ones are from Muji .

2. Some things are too bulky to fit in a drawer and get left out to gather dust and generally look ugly.  A basket is a solution!  With air flow to keep odours at a minimum, baskets are not only good to look at, but practical.   If your home is minimal, check out the Muuto restore baskets to add that clean, contemporary look…

3. Concealed storage:  This will contain all your mess.  It is always worthwhile to get some built-ins made.  I have designed mine so I can take them with me when I move – I adjust them with extra doors and false panels if necessary.   If you can’t do custom made- IKEA has some good plain wardrobes.   I like to stick with plain white unless your budget extends to a fancy veneer.

Happy spring cleaning!











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Cool…Art Basel HK

22 May 2013

Cool…Art Basel HK

Have you heard about Art Basel?   It is the world’s leading contemporary art show that began with humble beginnings in Basel, Switzerland in the 70s, then expanded to Miami and now has reached HK.

This show prides itself on innovation and leads the way in bringing together the most forward thinking gallerists and artists, displaying works from all over the globe.   HK’s show will have a bit of a local flavour, around 50% of the galleries will be from Asia.   However, if Asian art is not your thing- the rest of the world’s art is on display as well.

 

Art Basel is also one of the best laid out exhibitions around: the show is divided into 4 sectors: galleries ( a roundup of the world’s top gallerists), Insights ( projects specifically developed for the HK show), Discoveries (showcases emerging artists from all around the globe) and the one I love the best, Encounters ( large, museum-scale installations- this year curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and Curator of the recent Sharjah Biennial 11.

If you are  serious, not-so-serious or beginning collector- you should not miss this show.   You can buy tickets online via HKticketing.

You can check out Art Basel HK online here.











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Cool…get wet

17 May 2013

Cool…get wet

Eclectic Cool is in Europe at the moment but we are sad to miss the first of the W Hotels’ “Get Wet” Pool Party.  These do’s are great fun and really kick off summer for me! 

Bask in the sun every Sunday at the W pool deckside, with DJs spinning groove-filled beats in front of the panoramic harbor view. Hopefully the weather will improve and you can get in the Veuve champagne with gusto!

If you really want to kick back- make sure you book a room  and check into the spa as well….see you poolside.











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Cool…best made’s new store

11 May 2013

Cool…best made’s new store

One of my favourite online stores has opened a new retail space in NY.   The products are chosen/ designed with care from some of the best makers around.   Whether it be a knife from Japan, scissors from Sheffield or a blanket from Oregon-these products are beautifully simple and elegant and will last  you your whole life.

Each week they introduce a new product ( I don’t know how they have the time) and this week I am coveting a front loading tool box.   I have been looking for a vintage wooden one pre 40s on Ebay for ages- and haven’t been able to find one so this might do for the time being.  It would also make a great box for a boy’s bedroom.

When you order over the internet, the package arrives wrapped with care in brown paper and is hand stamped- you can feel the love! As exciting as receiving a box from Net-a-Porter. This is what online shopping is all about.

Another thing they are famous for and I really, really want the ‘compassion’ axe even though last time I chopped down a tree with my husband, it resulted in downed power lines, lots of swearing and sparks flying  ( not the good kind) .   Maybe with such a good looking tool, my wood chopping would be more successful.

Anyway, if you are in NY, the store is located mins from Soho so very convenient too!

36 White Street, Ground Floor
New York, NY 10013

Wednesday to Sunday
Noon to 7PM

On a personal note- we have finished moving and things are settling down-so to all of you who have sent me emails requiring more than a cursory response – I know I have not replied- expect a lovely chatty response in the next week or so.   I haven’t forgotten you.  J  x

 











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Cool…copper accents

10 May 2013

Cool…copper accents

Copper has been used for centuries as an essential part of  building and decorating as well as for artistic pursuits.  Prized for its conductive qualities, copper is also one of the most easily malleable elements around as well as being very beautiful.

We are recently enjoying a copper renaissance, having dropped out of favour in the late 80s and 90s. Used particularly in lighting, copper’s warm reddish gold tint gives off a soft, warm glow- a pleasing contrast to the sparse chrome.

Add some copper to your home this summer and take a walk on the warm side.

 











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