Hut on Sleds is an innovative mobile home located on a beach in New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula. It comprises of a 40 square metre multifunctional space, balanced on wooden sleds, which gives the house mobility on a shifting beach landscape. Here is a little more on the project by the people behind the design - Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects:
“The hut comes to life when the enormous shutter on the northeast facade winches open to form an awning, revealing two-storey high steel-framed glass doors that form the main entrance. The hut then transforms into a sun drenched haven, opening up to the views of the surf and the distant Mercury Islands. The mezzanine bedroom is accessed by climbing a wall-mounted ladder through a closeable hatch, it shares the same view as downstairs through the huge glass doors. Climb the ladder again and you arrive on a roof terrace which catches rainwater for the gravity tanks behind.”
Light Years is a lingerie label established in 2012 by Australian graphic designer and illustrator Annika Seidel. So far two collections have been released and I’ve loved every single piece in both of them. Annika’s designs are elegant and not overly feminine, made from natural materials with subtle details. Light Years’ video lookbooks by The Apiary are also awesome – I highly recommend giving them a watch.
“Light Years is a boutique lingerie label designed to fill the gap between the traditional lingerie offerings of lacy, shiny sexed-up styles and utilitarian basics emblazoned with kiddie prints and giant logos. The Light Years girl craves fuss-free lingerie that is a natural extension of her own confidently cool, understated style.”
“Heinui is the new project of French fashion designer Claire Pignot. The label produces charmingly quirky, highly feminine clothes that are effortless, easy-to-wear and quietly sophisticated, subtly mixing high-end materials carefully sourced from all around the world with timeless, casual silhouettes.”
Indigo Girl is Pignot’s latest fall/winter collection where all the pieces are rendered in a shade of blue. It’s a simple and elegant collection.
Photographer: Sergi Fuster / Model: Hanna at BLOW Models / Makeup & Hair: Ira Make Up
Sophie Alda is a freelance illustrator, painter and prop maker based in East London. She works primarily in a light pastel tonal palette creating surreal and fantastical compositions. Some of her paintings appear as a fragmented narrative that unfolds in a disjointed, almost dream-like, fashion. Her subject matter covers personal stories, creation mythology and cultural folklore.
Bend is a furniture and product design company based in Los Angeles, California. The company was started by Gaurav Nanda who has always had a fascination with creation and construction. The brand is known for their colourful wire seating, which is “made up of intricate arrangements of wires or lines through a hand crafted method of shaping and spot welding, a process we like to call bending.”
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Tagged Bend, Bunny Chair, chairs, Counter Stool, Ethel Chair, Farmhouse Chair, furniture design, Gaurav Nanda, industrial design, Lucy Chair, seating, wire furniture
Florian Reischauer is an Austrian-born photographer who currently lives and works in Berlin. Grüß Gott - a fairy tale is a photographic series that was created in and around the town he grew up in as a child. Drawing on childhood memories, narrative motifs and expansive landscapes, Reischauer creates his own nostalgic, non-linear fairy tale populated by strange and interesting individuals.
I recently finished watching an amazing series called Top of the Lake (thanks for the recommendation Terence and Jelena). Here is a brief description of the seven-part miniseries:
“12 years old and 5 months pregnant, Tui Mitcham walks into a freezing lake … then disappears. Robin Griffin is a gutsy but inexperienced detective called in to investigate. As Robin becomes more and more obsessed with the search for Tui, she slowly begins to realize that finding Tui is tantamount to finding herself – a self she has kept well hidden.”
The series was written and directed by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee. Elisabeth Moss (otherwise known as the character of Peggy from Mad Men) plays the troubled detective Robin – the central character of the narrative.
Most of the performances are really strong, giving a nuanced portrait of each character. Holly Hunter plays an eccentric “soothsaying bullshitter” who leads a group of troubled woman on an untouched piece of land ironically called Paradise.
The drama unfolds against the backdrop of rural New Zealand, replete with its epic mountains, large lakes and misty forests. These landscapes become a character in the story telling – captured through shots where characters are dwarfed by their surrroundings. When I watched it, I got the sense that each shot was carefully considered and plotted, the cinematography and art direction is exceptional. It’s interesting, sad, unexpected and I highly recommend you give it a watch.
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Tagged Elisabeth Moss, Gerard Lee, Holly Hunter, Jane Campion, Mad Men, miniseries, New Zealand, Peggy, Robin Griffin, Top of the Lake, Tui Mitcham