Tuesday, March 25, 2008

london loves hot pink

I guess hot pink is a popular colour in London. I snapped these pictures last year [spring 07] because noticing so much of it all over the city.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

view from 66th

The company whom i work for is located on 66th floor and having the whole floor, so we get the 360degree view of the city from up here ^_^

Monday, March 10, 2008

children's portraits, with a message

A series of children's portraits by Australian born-Paris based photographer Vee Speers, these kids dressed up in costumes and definitely showing some characteristics. Even though the title is The Birthday Party, where everybody 'supposedly' having fun and happy, these children do not look happy at all. Their expressions showed that they can't wait to leave and go home. As openly as they look at the camera, the children reveal very little of themselves, the reason for their desolation. These are exactly what makes these portraits so magnetic. "I'm interested in the psychology of human nature - what we really are beneath the surface," Speers once said. Yet she creates her art in the certainty of never being able to expose what lies beneath.

The childlike game of dressing up, of putting on costumes, reinforces the surreal tone of the series. Boxing gloves alone don't make a boxer, a helmet doesn't make a Roman legionnaire. That's what Vee Speers tells us through these pictures.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

the brilliant backward heels

A definite creative and ingenious work of art! This brilliant backward heels were designed by Zeynep Baran, a friend of mine and an innovative designer just completed her course at FIT majoring in Fashion Design and Menswear Design. While doing her major, she was also taking interests in shoe and handbag design, toy design, and typography.

These shoes won a 2007 award from Arts of Fashion Foundation, is a non-profit public organization dedicated to international cultural exchanges through a variety of events meant to facilitate critical thinking among artists, designers, scholars, and students. The competition was born in 1982 in Japan and was sponsored by Air France.
As the reward, Zeynep will be interning at Jean-Charles de Castelbajac for 2 months in Paris. Watta a great achievement!

She submitted 3 designs for this competition and her theme was 'confusion'. Here are her sketches; water and fire, flat shoes with heels, and the winner backward heels.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

capturing nyc in a french way, totally romantic!

I flipped through this little book, New York City - A State Of Mind, at Barnes and Noble sometime last year and was very impressed with these sort of romantic-artsy and over exposed-ish photographs. I think this book should be in the photography section rather than in its tourism section, even though it features touristy landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Coney Island, Grand Central Station, the Flatiron Building, F.A.O. Schwartz, and Central Park-as well as local favorites like Balthazar, Spring Street, the Puck Building, and the Southern-style bar Live Bait. It is definitely not a regular travel photobook. But anyway, the French photographer, Bruno Moyen took all of these pictures to woo a lover to come live with him in New York City. A great love letter!

Below are some of his pinhole pictures of New York City, taken with camera obscura. These photographs look like very old and vintage and yet they seem timeless.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

timeless inspiration

Alphonse Maria Mucha [1860-1939] is one of my favourite artist of all time. His works are phenomenally beautiful and never cease to amaze me. Mucha produced a flurry of paintings, posters, advertisements, and book illustrations, as well as designs for jewellery, carpets, wallpaper, and theatre sets. He is most often remembered for the prominent role he played in shaping the aesthetics of French art, known as the Art Nouveau style.

The Mucha Museum, dedicated to the life and work of this world-acclaimed Czech artist is housed in the Baroque Kaunický Palace in the very heart of Prague. A selection of over 100 exhibits comprising paintings, photographs, charcoal drawings, pastels, lithographs and personal memorabilia provides a privileged view into the universe of the artist who is most widely known for the posters he executed for Sarah Bernhardt in the fashionable world of fin-de-siècle Paris.

sweet pretty treats

Cupcakes ! So pretty, so adorable ! Wrapped in a cute delightful packaging. The pictures talk for themselves ! They are made-to-order by cottoncandybakeshop to suit any occasions.
A terrific kick to amaze your guests on your special event or simply a treat for yourself to cheer up your day. Made in Singapore.

Monday, March 3, 2008

dress up your wall !

As much as I appreciate minimalism, I can’t bring myself not to adore these amazingly awesome patterns of wallpaper from a German based company, wallpaper from the 70’s [Tapeten der 70er]. They have a wide range of pattern and colour combo to choose, grouped in 6 different themes; floral, baroque, glamorous, surreal, romantic, and abstract.
Can be used to dress up the whole room or just partially, or to add some accent colours to bright up the area, or you can even try to mix and match the patterns. Let your imaginations run wild, it’s totally inspiring and fun to play with. Priced between Euro 24 – Euro 60/roll. The A4 size sample is available for purchase at Euro 0.50