Tag: Philippe Starck

Karim Rashid: A Touch Sketchy…

As with any design, be it spatial, two-dimensional, interractive or conceptual; the initial spark, that germ of an idea is often the most insightful and telling part of the whole development process.

To see the birth of an icon in the most simplistic fashion can be quite a wonderful thing.  So it is then that we often strive to uncover the story behind the design and extract reason from the finished product.  For these reasons some of the most notable and famed designers will publish their sketchbooks as a means of re-inforcing the narrative.  To date Starck, Hayon and numerous others have turned over their initial concept sketches to publishers and the latest to do so is New York resident Karim Rashid, the master of the pink marker.

Always playful and sinuous, the journey that Rashid’s designs take from paper to production are wonderfully true to the initial concept.  A healthy investment in form and colour drive Karims works so it is no surprise to find his drawings are bold, simplistic and brightly presented.

Sketch:Karim” – Available through FRAME from early November.

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INSTALLED: The Clift Hotel, San Francisco

San Francisco’s Clift Hotel and Redwood Room are iconic destinations in their own right, not least for some pivotal pieces of design history that they play host to.

First opened in 1915,  the smart 17 storey building underwent a complete $80m overhaul  in 2001 under the guidance of one Mr Philippe Starck and celebrity hotelier Ian Schrager.  A moody-melange of classical elegance and edgy surrealism, the evocatively-dim lobby is riddled with quirky furnishings: from Salvador Dali‘s rare bronze-and-marble Leda Table for BD Barcelona, a  loveseat fashioned out of buffalo horns and hide to a brilliant Jean Nouvel designed reception desk.   Renè Magritte too is present in Roberto Matta‘s Magritta Chair, essentially an oversized apple in an upturned bowler hat.  Part foyer – part 20th Century industrial design gallery, it wouldn’t surprise us if half the refurbishment costs went on the foyer alone!

Upon entry all eyes of course gravitate to the 12 foot high upholstered armchair that sits proudly in the lobby, backed by an equally imposing 18 foot high bronze fireplace.  Lighting too is given a surrealist touch with inclusion of Salvador Dali’s Muletas, Bracelli and Cajones lamps dotted throughout public areas.  Jean Baptiste Mondino‘s portraits of toy animals in the “Living Room” lobby bar are another quirky addition.  Almost fantasy, completely luxe and with a healthy dose of homour: to say the space is dramatic wouldn’t do The Clift justice. When in San Francisco, if not staying there then popping in for a drink is a must!

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YOU-ZU: Marivi Calvo

IT’S BACK!  YOU-ZU IS HERE AGAIN AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO KICK OFF 2011 THAN TO FEATURE ONE OF OUR LONGEST STANDING FRIENDS AND SUPPLIERS, THE CO-FOUNDER AND DRIVING CREATIVE FORCE BEHIND LZF LAMPS, IT’S PRODUCTS AND THE STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL MARKETING MATERIAL THAT COMPLEMENTS THE LZF STORY SO ELEGANTLY, EVERY TIME.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THEIR STUNNINGLY CREATIVE 2011 DESKTOP CALENDAR.
IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE MARIVI CALVO FROM LZF LAMPS IN VALENCIA, SPAIN.
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YOU-ZU: Benja Harney

We couldn’t be more chuffed that the uber busy, ultra productive, highly-sought after Benja Harney from Paperform stopped by for the latest in our YOU-ZU interview series.  Benja’s works are nothing short of awe-inspiring.  A self-taught paper engineer based in Sydney, Benja must surely be in contention for ‘Busiest Man on the Planet’ this year as his wonderful creations are being commissioned by everyone from Hermes, Harper’s Bazaar, MAC Cosmetics, Parklife and so many-many more!

Be immersed in the fantastic world of Benja Harney… visit his PAPERFORM site right away!

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YOU-ZU: Joel Sampson

HASSELL ARE ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST DESIGN PRACTICES,  COVERING ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND MORE… WE SPOKE TO THE EVER-BUBBLY, ALWAYS BUSY, JOEL SAMPSON OF THE INTERIORS TEAM, WHO HAS RECENTLY BEEN HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE HUGE REFURBISHMENT OF THE SHANGRI-LA, SYDNEY AND ASSORTED NOVOTEL LOCATIONS.

TO GET A GRASP ON THE EXTENT OF HASSELL’S EXPERTISE IN ALL IT’S FIELDS OF PRACTICE CLICK YOUR WAY TO HASSELL.COM.AU

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YOU-ZU: Stacey Kouros

BEAMED LIVE INTO THE LIVING ROOMS OF THE NATION AS A CONTESTANT ON CHANNEL 9’S HOMEMADE IN 2009, STACEY KOUROS SOON EARNED HERSELF A LOYAL FOLLOWING FOR HER DISTINCT PUNCHY, OFTEN THEATRICAL APPROACH TO HER INTERIORS.  HAVING STUDIED AT THE UNSW AND HONED HER OWN SKILLS WHILST WORKING WITH ESTEEMED DESIGNER GREG NATALE, STACEY DECIDED TO GO IT ALONE AND IS TURNING HEADS WITH SOME OF HER OWN PROJECTS BEING ROLLED OUT ACROSS SYDNEY AS WE SPEAK.
HEAD OVER TO STACEY’S DOTCOM FOR MORE!
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YOU-ZU: Anson Smart

ANSON SMART IS A GENIUS.

THE CREATIVE EYE BEHIND SOME OF THE MOST EVOCATIVE EDITORIAL, PORTRAIT AND ADVERTISING PHOTOGRAPHY GLOBALLY.  AN EXPERT AT TRAINING HIS LENS ON EVERYONE FROM CATE BLANCHETT TO ELLE MCPHERSON, HE WAS COMMISSIONED TO CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF AUSTRALIA FOR THE AUSTRALIAN TOURISM COMMISSION, CONVEY THE ATMOSPHERE OF COUNTLESS INTERIOR AND ARCHITECTURE SHOOTS FOR BELLE, VOGUE LIVING, ELLE, INSIDE OUT  AND FAMED FOR EVOKING THE FLAVOURS IN NUMEROUS COOK BOOKS FOR THE LIKES OF CHRISTINE MANFIELD AND GREG DOYLE… SO WE’VE SWUNG THINGS AROUND A BIT AND HAVE PUT THE MAN HIMSELF IN FRAME.

DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND SPEND A DAY PERUSING HIS STUNNING WORK AT WWW.ANSONSMART.COM

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YOU-ZU: Mr Jason Grant

JASON IS NOW A “DOT-COM” IN HIS OWN RIGHT!  CHECK OUT THE BLOG AND STYLE GALLERY OVER AT:  MR JASON GRANT.COM

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YOU-ZU: Anne-Maree Sargeant

FOR MORE ON AMS’S INSPIRING TAKE ON “ART, DESIGN & OTHER COOL STUFF”

MAKE A BEE-LINE FOR:  WWW.AMS-INFO.COM

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YOU-ZU: Scott Weston

Want more Scott?  Pop over to: www.swad.com.au

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