Archive for September, 2009

wallpaper* reveals norway


Winning this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was clearly just the beginning; it seems Norway is taking the world’s cultural stage by storm. – Wallpaper*

I just received my replacement October Wallpaper* issue with guest editor Philippe Starck’s translucent Evolution cover. This issue includes a special section called Norway Revealed, chronicling the country’s emerging contemporary design scene, cultural and inspiring destinations and creative outbursts of Norwegian designers on the international stage.


The inauguration of the Norwegian Opera House last year was just the tip of the iceberg of a huge regeneration project transforming Oslo’s former Bjørvika container port. Projects in line include Oslo’s new business district, a new national museum, a new Central Station, a new Deichman Library and a new Munch Museum. The new Holmenkollen Ski Jump will provide a great bird’s eye view of the harbour once completed in 2011. These projects reflect the country’s increasing design awareness, something that is truly exciting.



The Norwegian fjords and valleys not only bring national pride and a memorable experience to visitors, but is also apparently home to hundreds of small, family-run furniture companies with big ideas. Here are Georg Stokke’s Varier Furniture best known for its classic (and much copied) “Planet” chair of 1965; Stordal with its simple, functional and beautiful range of sofas, stools and tables; and Fora Form’s eye-catching range of Furniture including the Johan Verde-designed bright-red “Loop” armchair among others.


It also names Norway’s new generation of creative talents, including Petter Skogstad who created the “Hay” modular sofa which I love to have in my living room and rearrange the bale-sized pieces according to my mood.


The feature is capped with a four-page anthem of what’s interesting and hot in the country’s gastronomy, shopping, accommodation and attraction fronts, from the picturesque peninsular Ålesund (pictured) to the always vibrant Karl Johan Street.

There has never been a better time to visit Norway.


snapshot sunday


Une rose jaune

paul smith for evian

Following Evian’s successful collaborations with Christian Lacroix and Jean-Paul Gaultier, the mineral water brand has tapped British designer Paul Smith to develop a new bottle design for this year.

Paul Smith for Evian

In Paul Smith’s own words, ‘It is a nice glass bottle with colourful stripes around the top, printed with organic ink!’

There’s something cool and enchanting the way the PS stripes swirl around the bottle in some sort of dance. I want.


the natriot act, nate lowman


Mary-Kate Olsen was in Oslo 23rd of September for the opening of her boyfriend’s very first independent museum exhibition.

Oslo, Norway – The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art has the honour and privilege to be the first museum to present a solo exhibition of works by Nate Lowman (b. 1979). Lowman has, in the course of the last few years, distinguished himself as a significant international artist.

The art of Nate Lowman can best be described as personal narratives based on his reflections about the American art world in particular, and consumer and media society more generally. He is continuously rearranging the visual signifiers he encounters. Gathering raw materials for his art from the news, popular media and art history, he reconditions them through his own reading, thoughts and feelings. Speaking in first person, he invokes real-life stories and offers his own opinion about the people and events within them; fragments from the media and art historical references become equal constructional elements. As all narratives relate to time, notions of time and duration are thus major elements within Lowman’s work. The inclusion of imagery from different periods and contexts in many of his works open up nonlinear sequences of reading, inviting viewers’ to form an individual sense of temporality.

For this exhibition we are including significant early works such as ’The Young and the Restless’ (2004), ‘Peace Love O.J.’ (2005) and ‘Oil Rig Series’ (2005), as well as more recent works like ‘Smiley Face’ (2009) and ‘Act Natural’ (2009). A number of the works have not previously been exhibited. The selection includes sculpture, installations and wall collages.  Curators: Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hanne Beate Ueland and Grete Årbu.

Gonzo, 2009

Gonzo, 2009

Higher Powered, 2005

Higher Powered, 2005

Lump Sum, 2009

Lump Sum, 2009

The Natriot Act runs until 3rd January 2010 at the Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo.

Artworks photo credit: the artist and Maccarone NYC

Nate & Mary-Kate photo credit: Liam McMullan/ Press/0811032049

birds in flight

Heather Miss Grey

Seeing that Heather Miss Greythe Bleach Catastrophe x Cecile van Straten collab – gets snapped up quickly in Manilaville, I do hope that international orders are put in place asap.

I want me this.

Heather Miss Grey Birds in Flight

This simple shirt takes wings with its repetitive prints of black birds in flight. I want it in the namesake color. Can anyone in Manila get this for me, please? Do let me know.

and i’m feeling good

Louis Vuitton Jazz Club

Louis Vuitton Jazz Club Record

Louis Vuitton Jazz Club

Louis Vuitton never fails to impress. I just received my invitation to the Louis Vuitton Jazz Club event and it comes complete with a vinyl record of Charlie Parker’s Lover Man. Sadly for me, I don’t have a turntable.

I will just have to wait until October 8th. You know where you’ll find me.

the midnight son

Tie the sun and cast it away. Walk into the midnight, son.

Gucci Visage Stripe Silk Tie

Gucci Visage Stripe silk ties in black and cobalt/silver/grey/tanzanite/deneuve red. £93.

Gucci Moccasins

Gucci leather sole moccasin in black and grey calf with silver horsebit and electric blue/yellow trim. £340.

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