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Cool…inside Chanel

26 September 2013

Cool…inside Chanel

Have you been following the series of films, Inside Chanel ?  The series comprises of 10 films, 6 of which have been released.   Using graphics,archive footage, music and animation, the 5 minute films follow the legend of Chanel, including its brands, its founder and its famous clients.

The animation is beautiful, supposedly done by illustrator, Lorenzo Petrantoni, who has worked for all manner of clients including Vanity Fair and Nike to name a few. Have a look at the most recent one.   

 






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Cool…Theaster Gates @Whitecube

25 September 2013

Cool…Theaster Gates @Whitecube

Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has landed in Hong Kong’s White Cube gallery to showcase works of art that actively comment on racial discrimination and social divisions. Using found objects that are largely neglected, Gates transforms everyday miscellany into art forms. The exhibition, which includes installations, sculptures and two-dimensional works, addresses global tensions that Gates believes are still very much at the center of society at large.

A focal point of the exhibition is Rickshaw for Hardware, 2013, a custom built trolley made of salvaged materials from an abandoned house. Door hinges, rusted screws, wooden blocks and other ordinary objects evoke memories of forced migration for impoverished victims. Gates rescues these forgotten materials and breathes new life into them.

The show also includes his tar pictures – canvases with thick and textural applications of tar – that not only reference his own father, who was a roofer, but also hard labor and the growing disparity between wealth and poverty.

Other works include old folded fire hoses, stacked and encased in wooden frames, which add a compelling abstract quality to an otherwise purely utilitarian device.  Apart from its artistic value, the work carries a social significance that stems from the use of a fire hose to dispel a peaceful civil rights demonstration in Alabama, U.S.A. in 1963.

Social commentary defines Gates’ works. His art addresses global issues. Displaying them to the public brings awareness to these continuing problems and at the same time elevates their role to one of aesthetic purpose.

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.

Theaster Gates, My Back, My Wheel and My Will, from 13 September to 2 November, 2013 in Hong Kong at the White Cube, 50 Connaught Road, Central.

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm











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Food…Portland style

24 September 2013

Food…Portland style

Editors note:  Hmmm…not sure why this blog post was never made live—sorry it is late but we don’t want to miss out on Portland food.

I was warned before I came to the Pacific Northwest that food here was very good indeed.   Being a Sydney girl, I’m pretty used to beautiful food from the smallest cafe to a fine dining restaurant.   I have to admit that on my previous trips to the US I haven’t been overly impressed, but I have to say, those Oregonians (and one New Yorker) were not exaggerating.

The quality is consistently good -from the mobile vans to the cool restaurants of the Pearl District.   On the first evening, the “Bite of Oregon” was on.   This is a festival of food and wine from all over the state. I loved the pies and cakes and the beer was pretty good too.

There are plenty of fine restaurants to be found in the Pearl District.   We loved the Irving Street Kitchen.   The standout dish was, wait for it, fried chicken.  With a disapproving husband looking on, I ordered it and it was as good as it sounded.   Served with gravy and collard greens ( I wasn’t too sure what these were- but I have read about them in books), it was delicious.  Way too much to eat and, of course, the husband was on hand to finish it off, disapproval (and cholesterol)  be damned!

If you do ever get to Portland, the last foodie highlight was a visit to the ice creamery, Salt and Straw.   The flavours were amazing and a lot nicer than they sounded.   The lines were really long and you did have to wait, but the best things was they sent out tasting spoons of all the flavours while you waited.  We pretty much managed to work our way through the menu.   The proscuitto and melon was a bit of a standout….it tasted exactly like proscuitto and melon (surprise!) but in an ice cream.   Also, recommend the salted caramel.   Very salty but delicious on a hot day!











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Cool…In praise of shadows…

23 September 2013

Cool…In praise of shadows…

In a world that overwhelms us with imagery and constant & immediate gratification, it is sometimes necessary to remind ourselves of the simple pleasures of life.  The T8 here in HK has given me a couple of days at home and time to ruminate on all that is beautiful in the world- be it the visual & aural power of a storm, the pleasure of kneading dough (we made pizzas for dinner!) and the quiet time we can spend together as a family without the distractions of everyday life.

The writer, Junichiro Tanizaki, wrote of these simple pleasures in his 1933 essay, In Praise of Shadows.  You can read a much more erudite assessment by AC Grayling in the Guardian a few years ago here.  This essay continues to be influential, not only with those who loves the Japanese aesthetic but those who love and appreciate beauty in all its forms, perfect and imperfect.

Tanizaki writes:

‘Lacquerware decorated in gold is not something to be seen in a brilliant light, to be taken in at a single glance, is should be left in the dark, a part here and a part there picked up by a faint light’. 

This is the spirit of wabi sabi.

It’s a good trick to remember when designing anything, sometimes the most beautiful things are the natural and unadorned, seen without artifice and in natural light….Here are a few of my favourite spaces, places, designs and other things that may have been inspired by the the spirit of wabi sabi

 











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New Gentle woman…out now

19 September 2013

New Gentle     woman…out now

Essential reading on the Eclectic Cool list is The Gentlewoman.  What?  You’ve never heard of it?   This is the thinking woman’s fashion magazine.  Its pages are filled with beautiful photography and the best interviews with some of the world’s most inspirational and creative women.

Issue 08 of this biannual magazine features French actress, Léa Sedoux.  Léa appears alongside 24 other wonderful women: phenomenal businesswoman Martha Stewart; accessories design genius Katie Hillier; fashion’s greatest dancer Pat Cleveland; the exceptional portrait painter Elizabeth Peyton and phenomenal models Hilary Rhoda and Stella Tennant are just six of them. They also have a rundown of outfits for AW13 and an essay on the politics of peeing in public…

Pick up your copy at Eclectic Cool.  HKD120











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Cool…pop up by AME gallery

19 September 2013

Cool…pop up by AME gallery

This month, Eclectic Cool is hosting the most stylish contemporary jewelry gallery in HK- Ame Gallery.   Founder Anna Cheng has handpicked a selection of jewelry artisans, working in precious and semi-precious metals and stones from around the world.   A visit to her gallery in Graham Street, just off Lyndhurst Terrace, is a must visit for those interested in collecting beautiful pieces of art that can be worn as well as looked at!

We’re focussing on two designers, Frikkia from Spain and Karolina Bik from Poland.  Each of these artists make their jewels in silver ,accented with beautiful stones and craftsmanship.

Frikkia’s work is inspired in part by artist Constantin Brancusi, whose spare sculptures concentrate on form and light.   I love the cuff made of the lightest worked silver with gold leaf accents and some sparkling diamonds.

Karoline Bik’s work is much more organic in style.  Using oxidised silver and gold plating, her forms are inspired by nature: bubbling lava and honeycombs are the inspiration for some of her pieces.

Best of all the selection of jewelry is prices from HKD700 to around HKD4000.   Intrigued?  You can see more pieces at Ame Gallery itself!

 

Ame Gallery

12/F Tin On Sing Commercial Building

41-43 Graham Street 

Central Hong Kong

Please call before your visit

+852 3564 8066

+852 6298 4166

 

 

 











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Cool…Herengracht canal apartment

17 September 2013

Cool…Herengracht canal apartment

One of our best city holidays was staying in a canal house on the Herengracht canal in Amsterdam.   I love Amsterdam and the Dutch way of life a lot and living like a local in a beautiful apartment was great.

This apartment, also on the Herengracht, was built in the mid 17th century.  This period was amazing for Dutch cultural life.  It was the height of the tulip boom and the Golden Age of Dutch painting and many traders became very rich, commissioning lots of art and beautiful houses in which to hang their pictures.

The interiors were conceived by Amsterdam architects, Studio RUIM.   The clients wanted to retain the beautiful structure of the house but bring it firmly into the 21st century.    This particular house was built for an Amsterdam merchant called Abraham Muyssart in 1666.

Most of the interior had been lost over time, but Studio RUIM conceived the house as a place that fitted the needs of its owners, who, amongst other things, collect photography. Take a look around and enjoy the balance of old and new.

 











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Cool….new Hammerpress

15 September 2013

Cool….new Hammerpress

We are loving our new shipment of Hammerpress letterpress stationery.  On my recent trip around the US, I became obsessed with finding the best examples of letterpress and this company was one of my finds.  

Working from Kansas City, Missouri, the cards are incredibly detailed, with fine lines and die cuts and colours reminscent of a bygone era.   These are beautiful cards to collect.   I especially like the pops of neon and the die cut badge shapes.   They also use more than 3 colours in most of their designs, rare for letterpress as there is a likelihood of misprints and wastage.   

 

 











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Sandra’s Autumn Show

13 September 2013

Sandra’s Autumn Show

Don’t forget Sandra’s Autumn show, held right round the corner from us in Sai Street (off Hollywood Road) on the 25th and 26th September.   As always, Sandra generously donates the proceeds from her sales to charity.  This sales proceeds will be split between the Senior Citizens Association and the Child Welfare Scheme.

Sandra’s jewels are so distinctive and beautiful they never fail to make me feel happy and your money goes to some great causes too.

Sandra d’Auriol Autumn Show

Wednesday, 25th and Thursday, 26th of September

At SIN SIN  Gallery

52 Sai Street

Sheung Wan

 











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