Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Dramatic Expressionism

Artist of the Week: Pierre Bonnefille – Artist (Murals, Furniture, Painted Decor)

The growing interventions of Pierre Bonnefille is best expressed as the "Dramatising of the Matters".

His paintings, murals, and furniture design is a decorative melange of earth-based materials such as sand, along mineral pigments, and adhesives such as wax. His obssession with colorful pigments played with textures creates such a beautiful sight! His palette is derived from natural pigments, combined with minerals, waxes and other materials. He works to special order, in his atelier or on site. Among his creations: the walls of the Café Marly near the Louvre, the Bernardaud Salon de Thé, rue Royale in Paris; and the Christian Lacroix boutiques in Paris, Milan, Moscow..., Fauchon's calligraphic red gold wall, etc.

Pierre Bonnefille
5, rue Bréguet

75011 Paris
Tél. : 01 43 55 06 84

Monday, December 29, 2008

Your Foyer is You

When you enter someone's house or even your own house the first thing you notice is the foyer (entryway).. It immediately triggers what style your house is AND your personality too. Most people don't pay much attention to the foyer thinking its just the entryway, contrary to the belief that upon entering the living room or any space to accommodate guests is the immediate perception of the person's living style is.

The foyer should never be ignored, it is one of the most vital aspects of interior design. Your foyer should show how you want others to see you and should balance with the rest of the design of your house.

Lets see 3 styles here:

1A. Rustic country-side: A house in Brittany, in a small manor XVIIIe, an old oyster table, with a wicker basket, some old pictures with the freshness of the cool bluish grey flooring sets the mood.
1B. How to do it.

2.A. Traditional Chic: Checkered black and white marble flooring, symmetrical balance of two old consoles with a large vase complements the doorway, and on the walls "Clunch" by Farrow & Ball.
2.B. How to do it.

3.A. Modern Loft: A Parisian modern loft style, with simple modern elements and bold colors.
3.B. How to do it.

Via Maison Française Octobre/Novembre 2008

A Greener Space

Give some greenery to the indoor space, and of course not made out of plastic! But real plants.

This is the Plantwall created by the Swedish company Green Fortune. A vertical application of greenery to the space provides a beautiful yet simple environmental statement to the space.. and the floor space is saved thanks to it. The best part is that these plants provide oxygen and humidity to the air, thus its great for improving air quality.

The Plantwall comes in different shapes and sizes, depending on the size of the wall and the impact you would like to create in a space. The wall is watered thanks to the integrated drip irrigation system, which makes the watering run very smoothly.

For more, check out Green Fortune


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A 'N' D = Creative

S/S '09:

A/W '08:

For trend seekers and fun yet functional followers this is for you..
First of all, this all comes from Azumi and David's collections. They are fashion and product designers (who are a married couple..cute!) who creates fun stuff to wear.
Their designs are sold in London, Paris, Antwerp, Hong Kong, Australia, etc.

I've posted some of their boot bags and clutches from their A/W '08 collection, and the rest are from their S/S '09 collection. All available to purchase via their website: Azumi and David

Check them out!

Semi-precious touches

If you want to add a touch of grand statement with gems..this is it.
Majestic Gemstone specializes in manufacturing by means of a unique process, surfaces and end products inlaid with the semi-precious stones and fossils, traditionally used in the jewelery industry. It gives a touch of majestic wondrous feel to any environment if selected carefully..It will give off a great result.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Attraction of Mud

I love fashion!..I do.. I went on a shopping spree yesterday and splurged on fabulous items great for winter :) That all reminds me of Paris and what I would wear to Paris..
Speaking of Paris.. These images are from Steve Powers' (aka ESPO) exhibition in Colette.. titled “A True Provider Is Good To Find” and his new unseen before paintings made in Paris..

In honor of World Aids Day 2008, Steve Powers and Matt Goias reach out to the ultimate nexus of entertainment and street life; Parisian Prostitutes. It’s a project Mr. Goias titled, "L’Attraction De La Boue" or the "Pull Of The Mud".
Mr. Powers and Mr. Goias designed and distributed raincoats to street workers in the red light districts of Paris, as a functioning metaphor of the protection we as a society should extend to those most at-risk.

Powers said of the project, “We strive to protect you from the elements in high fashion and function, from the slick yellow vinyl shell to the latex condoms in the pockets. It’s the most we can do.”

A symbolic protective emotional shelter.."L'Attraction De La Boue" is a great exhibiton to visit.

Exhibition runs until January 3, 2009 at Colette, Paris.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Glamourous Gastronomic Decadence

This is Jun Tanaka's Pearl Restaurant & Bar in Holborn, London. This is one of the most glamorous dining rooms around London, it oozes opulence with a flirtatious flair with its trails of hand-strung pearls, pearl chandeliers, polished walnut and marble interior, and leather upholstery. The theme of pearls surrounds this restaurant, drinks at the bar are served on beautiful tables inlaid with mother of pearl..the design is amazing, but also the food is great.

A mixture of contemporary and traditional French cuisine, Tanaka uses the best seasonal ingredients in each dish. He believes in bringing out the best of the ingredients natural flavours, producing a clean taste, not over complicated or a mix of heavy ingredients to cover. Dishes such as the Beetroot salad and cox apples, Crotin de Chavignol and walnut pesto for starters, then the Denham Estate venison cooked in a salt crust, beetroot tart tatin, venison and foie gras burger as a main, to dessert with the Apricot bakewell tart and almond ice cream..This is restaurant is a melange of French cuisine with a Modern European touch..

Trotting around and missing London :(

For more, Click Pearl Restaurant & Bar.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Artist of the Week: Montreal Designer Julien De Repentigny - Typography
What a great visual artist..I had to show him here..he works with graphics and set design to construct his works, and they're usually made with paper.
Here are a mix of some of his works :)

To view his portfolio, LINK

Pic1: Milk Packaging
Pic2-3: Paper ice-cream melting
Pic 4: Sid Licious bistro car
Pic 5-6: Westwood Hotel Packaging

Visual Delights!!

Sweet, weird and cute.. visual fun stuff for the eyes :)

Thanks to..

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Louboutin and Marie Antoinette

Christian Louboutin
joins the house of embroidery of Jean-François Lesage to create shoe sculptures on the topic of Marie Antoinette. About 30 dramatic shoes will be sold..

Available at:
Christian Louboutin
19, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau Paris 75001

I love ..and want for my collection ;) did you see the wig at the strap?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Make way for the young and creative..Part 2

More designers to look out for..

Fifth, we have San Diego born, Italian raised Alithia Spuri Zampetti, another bright Central Saint Martins graduate. She gained her fashion experience interning for designers such as Gareth Pugh, Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, Bruno Pieters, Viktor & Rolf, Louis Vuitton, and her current employer Valentino.
Design Style: Her grad collection was inspired by Japanese Furisode and featured tailored denim dresses and overgrown foam collars,
Awards: She won the L’Oreal Young Talent Award 2008 in London, the Maria Luisa Award at ITS#7 in Trieste, and her collection was exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Pic 1: Her extraordinary head piece made out of mixed paper.
Sixth, another MA in fashion graduate from Central Saint Martins..Greek born designer Mary Katrantzou.
Design Style: Colorful, bold prints with an ecclectic mix of materials and textures..accented with heavy jewellery (real and printed).
Awards: She won the New Generation Scholarship after presenting her S/S ’09 collection at London Fashion Week.

Pic 2: A printed dress with denim and sheer details.

Seventh, Paris born to an English mother and a Chilean father, but raised in Norfolk..25 year old Lea Carreno, who completed her BA at Central Saint Martins and her MA at RCA.
Design Style: She drew inspiration for her collection from the costumes of the Ballets Suédois, an avant-garde theatre/dance troupe in the 1920s. ‘My dad is a dancer and I grew up around the theatre, so that playfulness comes across in my designs. I just wanted to have as much fun with this collection as those dancers seemed to have in their costumes...and I did!’

Pic 3: A playful dress from her collection.

Eighth, and finally..Canadian designer Mark Fast, who moved to London to study knitwear at..yes Central Saint Martins.
Design Style: Not the usual knitwear that is recognizable, but more like a figure-hugging, constructed intricately, crafted creations that are theatrically cheeky, pointing to a possible future in constume design..To those who dare try a sense of sheer artistry in knitwear, he is one to look out for in his next collection at London Fashion Week in February.

Pic 4: One of his knitted creations

Hope you enjoyed the show..