Month: March, 2011

YOU-ZU: Scott Petrie

Artist Scott Petrie was born in Sydney and raised on the Northern Beaches, his works evoke intense emotion through a masterful layering of colours. Petrie’s application of wax and glazes to a base of oils, results in a complexity and depth to the canvas.  Each piece seems to burst with colour –  an unmistakable nod to the hues found in Australian and exotic foreign environments.

Currently residing in Singapore on assignment, Petrie’s works are frequently published in print here and abroad thanks to their striking scale and vibrancy.  A favourite of Interior Designer Greg Natale, Scott’s works can be found hanging in many of Greg’s residential projects.

For more on upcoming exhibitions and past works be sure to visit

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Wine Time…

Photovoltaics, gravitational reliance and thermal inertia.

Not your standard wine making terminology, granted, but inspired techniques employed to great effect by Norman Foster in designing the groundbreaking Grupo Faustino owned Portia Wineries in Gumiel de Izán, Spain.

Its striking design is based on the three stages in winemaking: fermentation in stainless steel tanks, ageing in oak casks, and bottle ageing.  These stages determine the building’s three volumes and are controlled by the operations centre at the heart of the building… the materials used also relate to the materials inherent in producing wine: concrete, steel and glass.

Foster + Partners approach here was to completely review the winery (Bodega) as a building type. Their challenges in topography and housing the winemaking processes alongside offices, warehousing and a hospitality precinct were ingeniously embraced in the final outcome.  Working with the lay of the land,  grape truck delivery was consciously placed at higher levels to sorting and fermentation plants thereby employing gravity to assist in the movement of the product.  This ultimately minimised use of energy-consuming machinery and lessens  the need for earth levelling and a greater impression on the landscape,  and this is just one of the ingenious devices employed to reduce envornmental impacts.

Having previously collaborated with Frank Gehry on the Marques de Riscal Winery Hotel, Andreu World‘s pieces are again prevalent in the internal furnishings of Portia Bodega.   The Lineal Collection, Mar Tables and extensive Nanda seating were selected by Foster + Partners to complement the materials used throughout the internal and courtyard spaces.

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Peter Couwenbergh, Steven Spanjersberg and Edgar Bosman of Dutch firm ArchitectenConsort are the trio behind the new GT Tower East  in Seoul, South Korea.

Likening the contours of the structure to the curves found in traditional Korean pottery, the fluidity of the superstructure offers a bold juxtaposition to the more commonly found,  geometric office buildings found throughout Seoul.

As well as harnessing solar energy to power many of the building’s services, natural light is harnessed directly from the sun through  high performance floor-t0-ceiling thermal glass, permitting a natural light throughout each open plan floor.

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Salone Mobile 2011 kicks off in Milan in April and the buzz is already evident from all the way over here in Sydney.

We know many of you are going to be on the ground in Italy in coming weeks so we wanted to share some of the upcoming, not to be missed launches and installations.

As always manufacturers and suppliers are poised to wheel, deal and thrill their International guests throughout the frantic week in Northern Italy’s fashion and design mecca.

Mobles 114 have announced their launch of the Javier Mariscal designed 100% recycled and recyclable chair: “Green” as well as a brand new website and a sleek new re-branding.

BD Barcelona are make last minute preparations to unveil Alfredo Haberli‘s new piece: “Hyperbole”.  Working with Marti Guixe they will also present “Free Port”, Neri + Hu will display their “Narcissist” vanity that was developed directly with Swarovski and the multi-award winning designs “Gaulino Chair” by Oscar Tusquets and Konstantin Grcic’s “Table B” will also be on display for all to get up close and personal with!

Not to be outdone, the Dutch are making impressive plans.  Collaboration being their focus this year, they will present a suite of new designs that where applicable will be upholstered in Missoni Home fabrics and finished with their cushions and carpets.  Top Secret… hence no pictures (yet) is the launch of Artifort‘s new pieces “Shark” by the illustrious Rene Holten and an exciting, versatile sofa program from Toine van den Heuvel called:  “Reflex”.

Our friends at HIVE and KENNETH COBONPUE will jet across from Cebu and we are most excited about some of the lighting selections they have been busying away with for the past year.  More of this will be reveiled in due course – stay tuned!

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YOU-ZU: Eduardo Villa



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INSTALLED: Circus by Tom Dixon

In furnishing London’s unique West End eatery and entertainment venue: Circus, designer Tom Dixon turned to Classic 20th Century pieces as well as his own creations.  The late Pierre Paulin‘s famed 1959 Mushroom Chair and Ottomans are welcome additions to this intriguing lounge area in particular.

The pole? We have no idea who is responsible…

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Sprung!: CLOUSTON Associates + Greenhouse by Joost…

© Megan Young Photography

Landscape Architects, Urban Designers and Planners: CLOUSTON associates (Sydney, Gold Coast, Darwin and Abu Dhabi) this week took over the Greenhouse by Joost pop up restaurant at Sydney’s Circular Quay.

Braving record rainfall over 100 clients, suppliers, friends and staff made the most of the unique location with wonderful food, free flowing beverages and (when the breaks in rain allowed)  the stunning views across Sydney Harbour to the Bridge and Opera House from the venue’s roof gardens.

(“Sprung!” is our pictorial coverage of parties and events, we welcome submissions for publication, to submit your event drop us a line)

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Cobonpue’s Bamboo Phoenix….

To most who are familiar with the organic, handmade pieces of Kenneth Cobonpue,  it might come as a shock to discover that the Cebu based designer is somewhat of a car fiend!

This predominately industrial and mechanistic past-time sits at odds with the environmentally inspired collections for which Cobonpue is renowned.  The modern-asiatic flavour of his furniture and interiors have always mirrored natures forms, celebrated its patterns and borrowed many of its fast replenishing materials in their fabrication.

It must be a sheer joy at this point in his career for Cobonpue to unveil what is ostensibly a meeting of his two greatest passions in “Phoenix”.

Quite some time under development but only ten days in construction, this World first Bamboo, rattan and carbon fibre vehicle was unveiled in Via Tortona, Milan, ahead of the upcoming Salone Internazionale Del Mobile.

It’s a challenge (to design a car), when you think about it, car building has been all about high technology, robots. But maybe you don’t need all that. It can be handmade. Cars outlive their purpose. How long do you keep a car? Five years or a little more? Then it goes to the junkyard… The cost of recycling (a car) is prohibitive…

Very much a concept design that was produced and exhibited under invitation, the vehicle still manages to convey the potentiality for review in short journey transportation design, automation and what is actually required in the type of vehicles currently choking city streets.

Due to unveil a few new pieces from his own collections in the coming months and many exciting developments over at sister company HIVE, Kenneth is still on the lookout to foster and mentor new talent.  This month putting out the International call for Industrial and Interior designers to work on projects that would be developed under the ever expanding Kenneth Cobonpue brand.

We can’t wait to see what KC does next…

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Monocle on Sydney…

We couldn’t think of a better person to take Monocle on a tour of our hometown!  Think you know Sydney? Anne-Maree Sargeant has a penned a wonderful piece uncovering the ins-and-outs of a City on the move, celebrating  many of its hidden gems: treasures lurking beyond the arch of the bridge and the sheen on the Opera House Sails…

The April issue of Monocle is on newsstands now.

Check out the teaser video above!

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Shed Muzak, Kazoo, Perez and KE-ZU…

We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this little diversion with you.

It seems Tom, who happens to be one of the KE-ZU warehouse’s casual team, rocketed to International stardom overnight for a Kazoo backed acapella rendition of KE$HA‘s latest track “BLOW“.  Notorious  Hollywood Entertainment blogger Perez Hilton shared the YouTube video two days ago and it has already clocked over 40000 views!

Tom and co form Shed Muzak, a group who take current Top 40 and chart tracks then record covers that we’re guessing you won’t have seen coming!

Take five and hear the track as perhaps it should have been recorded… Kazoo and all!

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