Guess where Mikkel Vang and I are at the moment? Yes just another day photographing the book and yes I'm still hiding my banged up face. Three locations to shoot today and then on the Eurostar to London.
Antwerp over and out... Mikkel and I have finished photographing our locations in Antwerp. I have never been there before but wow what a beautiful city. I would love to come back here.
However, I did have a little accident in Antwerp. Memories me stumbling in the middle of the street, hands in pockets, face first on the road. Ouch... Result, black eye, grazed face, massive swollen lips. Not my best look. This is me in one of our cool Antwerp homes hiding my face. I can't show you because it will gross you out. It is pretty hard going into a homeowners house with this banged up face.
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A couple of weeks ago I got to speak at my first Pecha Kuchu in Sydney, Australia. I was the last to speak which meant with no dinner, two beers mixed with nerves and alcohol I was slightly tipsy... Um it wasn't my proudest moment. But then I thought about the space, Super Deluxe where Pechu Kuchu originated in Tokyo. Co-founder, Mark Dytham, from the TED like talks gave me a personal tour when I was in Tokyo for the Heineken Open Design Explorations. The interiors were temporary, fun and had an easy going feel. So me having a good time, being a little tipsy and making people laugh suited the environment the talks begun.
From the street front we walked down a kitch wallpaper stairwell
The warehouse-style-club has a derelict shop feel about it but the folk inside are sporting avant-gard outfits.
The space is used for dancing and thinking
|Young local video artists had a craft bag of goodies they put under a camera and used a video mixer to create inspiring images projected onto the wall|
This is me standing in front of the projected ceramic bird. I'm wearing a Cos shirt my new fave high-street fashion brand
Avant Garde womens toilets are not quiet how I would describe them but was worth a visit
To find the smiley face toilet rolls.
The sinks were salvaged from an old school. Check out those taps.
If you go to Tokyo make sure you go and visit Super Deluxe. It was my favourite club visit.
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|Before we met up with the chosen Tokyo Designers for the Heineken Open Design Explorations Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture co-founder of PechaKucha and partner for the project shouted myself Robin from Iris Communications and Palo from Cool Hunting dinner in a top secret sushi restaurant only known to locals. I was sworn to secrecy I couldn't reveal the name. It's where all the A-list Tokyo folk go to eat.|
|Mark is keeping up-to-the minute with the Pechu Kuchu nights going on around the world.|
If you have been a long standing SnOOper you will know Japanese dinnerware is my love and passion
Mixing old traditions, crafts and skills with new ideas, vision and technology is the future of good, timeless design.
Tonight I'm going to be one of the presenters at Pechu Kuchu in Sydney Hyde Park at 7.30pm . You can get your tickets here
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|I had serious bag envy over this hybrid Hermes look-a-like when I was heading to the hotel to have a little nap before dinner and we headed off at 11pm for our Tokyo nightclub Heineken Open Design Explorations|
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|When I was offered to go to Tokyo for the Heineken Open Design Explorations I jumped at the chance to go. I was told we would fly to Tokyo and on the same evening we would explore 5 night clubs in one night. OMG! More about this later in the week. To start off the trip we flew Air France Business Class.|
|The colour palette and graphics had a real seventies chic about them|
|The French are masters in elegance when it comes to design. The storage is understated but reeks of sophistication|
What can I say a ten hour flight gets to all of us. And there really isn't anything more delightful than a hot towel on your face during a long haul flight.
|What was really fabulous about Air France was their entertainment system. As a passenger you can opt to watch the plane take off and land.|
|But the best part was the social media channel where you can chat to other passengers on the plane. I made friends with Robin and Andy.|
|I adore the blocked blue on the uniforms of the Tokyo airport workers. LOVE.|
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I can't decide if I should have the shade sitting up or down? What do you think I should do?
As you know I have just moved back to Australia and my husband and belongings are all still in the UK waiting for visa's to come through. I thought I could live from a suitcase until my loved one and loved possessions arrived... But not possible. The other day I stumbled upon a fabulous vintage store in Sydney and found a gorgeous avocado coloured light. You know when your heart races really fast when you see something you love and you know you must have well this "big fat green baby"had to be mine.
Within 24 hours the light was shattered on my bedroom floor by my flatmates friends. I will not bore you with the details. All I can say is I was heartbroken. To soften the blow my adorable flatmate has loaned me his Achille Castiglioni Taccia Table lamp from Flos so I can still enjoy the wonderful curvacious kinda survived lampshade. I had it sitting in a traditional manner but then talented Australian designer friend Charles Wilson turned the shade upside-down and made it look like a blooming freesia. So now I have the delightful dilemma of choosing what way to sit the shade.
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|Last night designer Ron Arad was awarded the London Design Medal 2011 at a ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral as part of the London Design festival. The medal is awarded annually for a lifetime’s contribution to design and the city. The studio is on Chalk Farm Road in North West London. You enter it by way of a flaky blue gate that opens onto a cobbled lane called Old Dairy Mews. You then climb a steel stair and find yourself, with a dislocating sci-fi effect, inside abendy, asymmetrical space where, at first glance, the principal occupants are chairs. Then you note that there are assistants sinking into their computer screens, like Alice just before she slips through the looking glass, but they are outnumbered by chairs and models for other projects.|
|When I did arrive and sneaked in Ron was showing some amazing video's of his work including the Design Museum, Holon and his Vortex in Seoul, Korea.|
|British architect John Pawson has installed the largest lens ever made by crystal brand Swarovski in the southwest tower of St Paul’s Cathedral for the London Design Festival, which starts on Saturday. I was lucky enough to have a little SnOOp yesterday so you guys could get an exclusive preview|
|Perspectives by John Pawson for Swarovski Crystal Palace, ©Gilbert McCarragher. Pawson’s installation marks the 300th anniversary of the cathedral’s completion and remains open to the public until January 2012.|