Friday, 17 December 2010

Blog Love: What Katie Ate

If you haven't checked out Katie Quinn's extraordinary blog, What Katie Ate, do yourself a favour & head over there now.

Katie has put together a phenomenal Christmas post in the form of an online magazine. Holing out at a whopping 495 pages, the What Katie Ate Christmas blog post/magazine, is a visual feast for the eyes with gorgeous pics & mouthwatering recipes from a host of contributors from all corners of the globe.

Wow, wow & wow.
Well done Katie!
Just brilliant.

Sandy K
[above images via What Katie Ate]

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry
photo by Pej Behdarvand
Frank Gehry finally lands Down Under!

The 81 year old, Pritzker Architecture Prize winning architect has unveiled plans for his first building in Australia. Sydney is the lucky city that will have its' architectural landscape graced with a Gehry masterpiece.

The 11 storey building has been commissioned by The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) & will feature two distinct external facades, one composed of undulating brick, referencing the sandstone & the dignity of Sydney’s urban brick heritage, & the other of large, angled sheets of glass to fracture & mirror the image of surrounding buildings.

It will be named the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building after the Australian-Chinese businessman who has donated $20 million towards the $150 million dollar building. Dr Chau Wak Wing has also donated a further $5 million to create an endowment fund for Australia-China student scholarships.
University of Technology Sydney Dr Chau Wak Wing Building (east facade) by Gehry Partners, LLP
University of Technology Sydney Dr Chau Wak Wing Building (view north) by Gehry Partners, LLP
The building already has an unofficial moniker, "The Treehouse". As Frank Gehry has put it, "a trunk and core of activity &... branches for people to connect & do their private work." The building will provide teaching, learning, research & office accommodation for the UTS Business School. There will be extensive public spaces in the new building, including student lounges, cafes & outdoor roof terraces.
University of Technology Sydney Dr Chau Wak Wing Building (section view of west elevation) by Gehry Partners, LLP
Besides designing what I'm sure will be a remarkable building for UTS, the other major benefit of the association with Mr. Gehry, is that four architectural masters students will undertake internships in Mr. Gehry's studio in L.A. early next year. What a once in a lifetime opportunity for those lucky students!

The building will commence construction in 2012 with completion expected by the start of the academic year of 2014.
University of Technology Sydney Dr Chau Wak Wing Building (section view of west elevation) by Gehry Partners, LLP
University of Technology Sydney Dr Chau Wak Wing Building (west elevation) by Gehry Partners, LLP
Other examples of Gehry's impressive works include: 
Guggenheim Museum Bilboa, Bilboa, Spain
view of DZ Bank atrium from lobby, Berlin, Germany
Experience Music Centre, Seattle, U.S.A
Dancing House, Prague
Beekman Tower, New York City, U.S.A -  under construction & due for completion shortly
Sandy K
[image of Frank Gehry via Pej Behdarvand, all above images of UTS Dr Chau Wak Wing Building via UTS, all Frank Gehry building images via Wikipedia]

Covet Garden Issue 5

Covet Garden Issue 5 is now live. Take a peek inside Daniel & Ben's beautiful row home in Toronto.
Daniel & Ben are world traveller's whose home reflects their exhaustive travels in a simple yet refined way. Definitely worth a look.

Sandy K
[above image from Covet Garden]

Sunday, 12 December 2010

360 degrees

“The Saints are Coming” and I will “Rejoice”!

It's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" but it still feels “Faraway, So Close (Stay)”.

I will go “With or Without You” to “Where the Streets have No Name” in the “City of Blinding Lights”.
“When Love Comes To Town” “Tomorrow” night, at “Twilight”, it will be the “Sweetest Thing”.

“Love is Blindness”, but “The Unforgettable Fire” will “Light My Way” with “Desire” to “Surrender”. It’s “Even Better Than The Real Thing”

It will be like “The First Time”. I may even be “Stuck in a Moment” & when it’s “Gone” it will be “So Cruel”.

“Night & Day” I hope it goes on, but I won’t become “Numb”. They have “Mysterious Ways” about them.

I may even become a “Party Girl” who is “Out of Control”, "Dancing Barefoot" like it’s my “Last Night on Earth” & I will be “One Step Closer” to losing my “Pride”

A “Beautiful Day” which I hope lasts “Until the End of The World”

It will be a "Celebration" with "Everlasting Love" in my heart "All Because of You".

Sandy K
[above image from who knows where as silly me lost the source]

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Lonny December Mini Holiday Issue

Lonny has produced a "Mini" Holiday issue for December. There's nothing "mini" about it. It's a good 189 pages & having a super quick flick through, looks pretty good to me. Their cover also seems to be on trend with a tablecloth in a not too dissimilar shade to Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2011, Honeysuckle.

Lonny has also changed it's publishing schedule for 2011. The bi-monthly magazine will publish it's first issue for 2011 in January.

Go to Lonny to enjoy a festive read.

Sandy K
[above image from Lonny]

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Pantone's 2011 Colour of The Year

Well, Pantone has just announced its' Colour of the Year for 2011

Drum roll please.

& the winner is .........

Congratulations to Honeysuckle!

Although spirited & lively, Honeysuckle would not have been my choice. In small doses it works for me, but more so in jewellery & fashion rather than interiors.

Best of luck to Honeysuckle as she ventures out into the big world of interiors for 2011.

Sandy K
[above image blatantly pinched from ShoppingBlog.Com]

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Covet Garden Issue 4

Covet Garden Issue 4

Issue 4 of Covet Garden is out now. Always worth a look & as usual a great issue.

As a special treat this month, we get two issues! The 2nd issue for this month will be out on December 15th.

Sandy K
[above image via Covet Garden]
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