September 30, 2008

How to say no to pension funds and yes to art

I don't have stocks, pension funds or RRSPs.  I have art.  A safe, approachable and long term investment.
If you're looking for an investment I suggest heading over to Art for Hope (Oct. 1) and then straight up to WhiteWalls in San Francisco and back in time for Tarfest in Los Angeles (October 4).  Stop at Bonny Doon vineyard and tasting room in Santa Cruz on your way.
Shepard Fairey has already taken the UK by storm so grab him while you still can.
someone can send me the print of this please...
we'll call it a finder's fee

September 25, 2008

What will they say when you die?

With the beginning of the autumn equinox I'm reminded of the unpredictability of life and death. 
The changing leaves reading like summer's obituary to the world.  
Why not make sure your obituary reads like the changing of the leaves?
Here are my top five obituaries that prove you should write your own:
1.  'Notorious throughout the world.'  Benedict Arnold
2.  '...she gave a few faint gasps and died.'  Mattie Ayers
3.  'His intellectual abilities and literary skills were never in question,... his judgement was.'      John Allegro
4.  '... she was a worthy partner to the worthiest of men.'  Martha Washington
5.  'Bongo-drummer, confidence trickster, brothel-keeper, drug-smuggler and police informant".   Lord Tony Moynihan
Obituary of Benedict Arnold

September 24, 2008

25 Cocktail Party Must Haves


Friends are coming for cocktails tonight.

25 things to have on hand:
  1. hand size snacks such as -  popcorn, cheese, pickles, crackers, wasabi peas, Cheezies, or other nibbles - nuts with a vintage nutcracker are always a hit, make sure you have a bowl for the shells
  2. ice, ice and more ice
  3. cocktail napkins and regular napkins
  4. coasters
  5. vintage serving bowls
  6. tea lights, candles, lighter
  7. ice bucket or two
  8. soda, tonic, juice (cranberry, orange, tomato), pop, cold flat or carbonated water
  9. cocktail straws, cocktail picks
  10. garnish -  lemon, lime and good cocktail cherries (check what your drink recipes call for)
  11. extra toilet paper
  12. whiskey, bourbon, rye, rum, vodka, gin, dry and sweet vermouth, cognac, two bottles of both white and red wine, beer, bubbly
  13. clean cloth to quickly wipe up spills
  14. plenty of clean hand towels in the washroom
  15. bottle opener and corkscrew
  16. a game - personally I can't stand games but some people love them at parties
  17. burgundy glasses, beer glasses, martini glasses, rock glasses, champagne flutes
  18. list of cocktail recipes - check the drink section of my blog, or Art in the Age and MasonShaker have some of my current favourites
  19. clean house slippers if you insist your guests take their shoes off
  20. organized front closet with empty hangers (no wire hangers)
  21. bitters, simple syrup (easy to make - boil two parts sugar, one part water or 1:1 shaken until sugar dissolves)
  22. an empty garbage under the sink
  23. cocktail shaker
  24. phone number for a cab or designated driver service - the host should pay or prearrange
  25. appropriate music

September 22, 2008

Helmut Lang - Don't call it a comeback

He's been here for years. The F/W 08 collection will remind you of why you loved Lang in the 80s. Sold to Japanese powerhouse, Link Theory, the brand was relaunched in 2007 under the creative direction of Michael and Nicole Colovos of denim label Habitual.
Some critics say the new Helmut Lang is nothing like the old. I disagree. Helmut Lang in the 80s represented the sexy, dirty, bat caving, vodka drinking, creative set and still does - they're just not sporting jet black asymetrical hair cuts, mc hammer pants and elfin shoes.
What you see in the F/W 08 collection is Japanese street chic to a T. Now all Lang needs is a cigarette brand...
Check out Helmut Lang for the full collection.

September 15, 2008

How To Do Goth Like the Japanese


Goth is back and black has never been blacker. Get inspired by watching the Japanese take on goth:

September 14, 2008

Tips for decor in 620 square feet

after
after

When working with 620 square feet it can be challenging to find furniture that doesn't over power your space.

Windows, area rugs, drapes and a colour wheel (for direction) can help you define the space.
In this space I chose a 5 x 8 flokati rug to bring the room together. Your furniture should sit at just the edge of the rug and should be placed at a comfortable conversation distance from each other and close enough to the coffee table to rest your drink on. In this room the coffee table is a Nakashima inspired vintage old growth burl.

The color scheme was chosen to compliment the view of Stanley Park out the window. It was important to have some bright accents as this home faces northwest and nine months of the year are gray and raining. I chose shades of purple, red, green and gold to liven up the champagne velvet tufted couch and chairs.

Dark chocolate vintage crushed velvet drapes frame the view and pull out the wood grains in the original mid century oak flooring.

before
before

September 8, 2008

The A-Z of Inspirational Design



A

Alvar Aalto

B
Maarten Baas
C
Rose Cabat
D
Adrien Dalpayrat
E
Paul Evans

F
Anna Castelli Ferrieri
G
Alexander Girard

H
Poul Henningsen

I
Arata Isozaki
J
Curtis Jeré

K
Thomas Kakinuma

L
Le Corbusier

M
Carlo Mollino

N
George Nakashima

O
Rossana Orlandi

P
Giò Ponti

Q
Qubus

R
Alfio Rapisardi

S
Gaetano Sciolari

T
Torben Ørskov

U
Arthur Umanoff

V
Giorgio Vigna

W
Frank Lloyd Wright

X
The artist unknown and anonymous

Y
Shoei Yoh


Z
Marco Zanuso

September 6, 2008

22 Albums To Play At Dinner Parties

1.   Sergio Mendez & Brasil 66 - Herb Alpert Presents... 
2.   Maury Muehleisen - Gingerbread
3.   Stevie Wonder - Talking Back
4.   The Verve - Urban Hymns
5.   The Rolling Stones - Aftermath
6.   Nick Drake - Pink Moon
7.   Frijid Pink - Frijid Pink
8.   Portishead - Portishead
9.   The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
10.  Neil Young - Live at Massey Hall 1971
11.  Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Gold (1959-1991)
12.  Jim Croce - I Got a Name
13.  Big Brother and the Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
14.  Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
15.  Modern English - Ricochet Days
16.  The Charlatans - The Amazing Charlatans
17.  Tom Waits - Small Change
18.  Beastie Boys - The In Sound From Way Out!
19.  Dead Presidents Soundtrack
20.  Johnny Cash - at San Quentin
21.  Marvin Gay - What's Going On
22.  Sigur Rós  -  Ágætis Byrjun

September 5, 2008

West Coast Modernism for the 21st century

While vast amounts of West Coast modernist commercial architecture fall victim to the wrecking ball there is a revival of the medium sprouting up in the residential arena.

Moore Building 626 Bute St. - demolished 2004
Stacy Reynaud


1477 Pender St. - demolished 2008
 Stacy Reynaud 


The award winning Wakefield Beach community project on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia is an example of how today's architects are using their inspiration from Arts and Crafts and Modernism and translating it into contemporary homes for tomorrow's inspiration.

Wakefield Beach Project - Sunshine Coast British Columbia


Wakefield Beach - Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

Organic architecture on the West Coast incorporates, what many often take for granted, into the planning, design and development - the four basic elements of air, earth, fire and water. The elements become an integral part of the overall objective of the project.

Scott House - Gulf Islands, British Columbia
photo Blue Sky Architecture

September 3, 2008

Kick Start - 8 of The Best Men's Boots F/W '08




Pull yourself up by your boot straps because this season is all about boots.
Whether you're grabbing the ubiquitous Beatle boot, the vintage combat or the city over boot you can't go wrong.
Here are my eight picks for Fall Winter 2008: (for Spring/Summer 2009 click here)

1. John Varvatos - anything by Mr. Varvatos looks hot for fall. You've gotta rock when your boutique is in the old CBGB's space.
2. Ann Demeulemeester - Ms. Demeulemeester has made a name for herself with her womens' boots, now it's the guys turn! Go to her site for more pics.
3. N.D.C. (nom de code) - made by hand. Known as everyone's best kept shoe secret, ndc give distressed a whole new name.

4. Vintage Combat - you survived Lollapalooza '92 thanks to these babies so get them out and polish them up,

5. Diet Butcher Slim Skin - the 'bizarrely brilliant' Japanese line to keep your eyes open for.

6. The City Overboot - Marc Jacobs' men have their rubbers on.

7. Vintage Biker - if you prefer leather over rubber.

8. The Beatle boot - always a classic and perfect for the Dior 19 cm raw denim

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