Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
The Zaha Hadid desiged, Chanel sponsored, temporary Mobile Art container is in Hong Kong until April 5th. If you haven't already bought tickets then you are out of luck I'm afraid, its been a complete sell out. For those of you around the world, take note - book early! The exhibition leaves here for Tokyo and then heads to New York, London, Moscow, then Paris. I saw the exhibition yesterday. I recommend you check it out if you have the chance!
Thursday, 20 March 2008
my favorite...Elle Decor.....
House Beautiful (USA)....
AND a new book to read (except that its all in French....so maybe just to scan for now).... can you guess how happy I am? - not to mention the fact that it's my hubby's turn to make breakfast this weekend. YAY!
I'll be back posting on Tuesday, enjoy your weekend folks!
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
Monday, 17 March 2008
I've had all things French on my mind for the past week. After posting about a Jean-Louis Deniot designed apartment in Paris filled with contemporary art it left me thinking of other amazing apartments filled with wonderful treasures, and lead me to a London townhouse decorated by another stellar Parisian, François Catroux. The owners - Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie Chantal of Greece (the former from the Miller family of Duty Free fame, whose family commissioned a Palladian style Villa in Hong Kong by NY based Fairfax & Sammons) - have a stunning collection of art which Catroux has worked his magic with. The Princess claims their home took 3 years of serious house-hunting to find, but I think it was worth the wait...
A Hervé van der Straeten chandelier hangs in the entrace above an English Regency mirror and a c. 1917 Viennese ebony & silver bench.
In the main living area antiques such as the Viennese ebony chair and a Regency mirror mix harmoniously with more contemporary pieces such as the Hervé van der Straeten designed lamp and cabinet, a Christian Liaigre side table, and custom pieces designed by Catroux. The Flowers painting above the fireplace is by US artist Donald Baechler.
A Jean-Michel Basquiat painting provides some colour in the otherwise neutral library. The custom sofa and chairs are by Catroux, the coffee table is from Christian Liaigre.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings designed dining chairs by Saridis around a Catroux designed dining table. A custom Claude Lalanne chandelier hangs above and a Hervé van der Straeten mirror sits above the fireplace.
All photos from House & Garden November 2006, photography by Robert Wyatt.
Thursday, 13 March 2008
One of my all time favourite fashion designers is Paris-based, Australian-born, Martin Grant. And its not just because we went to the same University! He always uses such beautiful fabrics and creates pieces that are elegant, feminine but also ultimately wearable.
Here are a few of my picks from his latest collection...
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
This year, 55 galleries (an increase from last year's 50 and 41 in 2006) will open their doors between 5 pm to 12 midnight tonight for participants to view an array of art in galleries in the SOHO, Wan Chai, Sheung Wan, Central, Aberdeen, Causeway Bay, Tai Koo Shing and Happy Valley areas of Hong Kong Island.
A great way to check out local and some international art, as well as enjoy great food and wine from the nearby restaurants of Hong Kong's SOHO, all in all a fun night!
Monday, 10 March 2008
Xintiandi is not far from the Times Square shopping centre - so if you are visiting Shanghai soon, this is one part of city you should add to your itinerary!
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
Model, Wife, Mother, Entrepreneur and now Blogger, Kathryn Bishop (for Conde Nast, no less!) put me onto one of her favorite design resources in Germany - Villa Harteneck. Located in an actual Villa (pictured below) in Berlin - how stunning!
Here are a few pics from their lovely website - which covers interior design concepts, furniture, lighting, outdoor decorations, flowers and accessories - as well as events. There are lots more beautiful images on their website, so if these are your kind of eye candy then I recommend you check it out. I'm thinking I'll have to add it to my itinerary for my next trip to Germany...
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
I have recently become a little obsessed with the beautiful works of Just Andersen (1884 - 1943) - a Danish sculptor and silver smith. He is best known for his neoclassical Scandinavian style pieces for everyday use in pewter, brass, copper, bronze and "Disko". Disko metal is an alloy of lead and antimony, Andersen's own creation, which he named after Disko Bay (in Greenland), where he grew up. It was used to produce "Bronze" items, such as candlesticks, vases, lamps and sculptures for 'common people', because it was cheaper than true bronze. After being cast, the pieces were patinated as bronze, copper or brass. I absolutely love the elegant simplicity of the forms he created. Here are a few of my favorites that are currently available.
Disko metal accessories - 1st image (candelabra & bowl) available from 1st Dibs, 9th image (bowls) available through artnet, all other items from Gallery BAC.