OUT/ABOUT – Lisa LaPointe ‘Behind The Sun’

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT - Lisa LaPoint 'Behind The Sun'

From her studio in Whale Beach in the north beaches of Sydney, artist Lisa Lapointe works in colour pencils to create spiritual visuals and bold emblems in saturated colours. Having worked with some of the best in the fashion industry she is now concentrating solely on her own art practice. Her series ‘Behind The Sun’ is currently exhibiting at Modern Times on Smith Street in Fitzroy.

As the collection’s name suggests, each piece represents a story layered with spiritual and tribal iconography. This is an age-old language, one that has no verbal barriers. Contrasted with a strong and sunny colour palette, Lapointe’s drawings are directly linked to personal experience and the representations of the fragility of life and all the emotions that accompany our existence.

LaPointe’s large-scale drawings are painstakingly detailed and although the linework is confidentially precise, the in-fills and horizons are made up from fine individual lines, almost fingerprints of the artist. The very nature of her mark-making, the meditative quality of her very obvious labour of love is spiritual in sentiment and practice.

Lapointe puts it best, “When you work with something so much you become incredibly intimate with it. It can take months for me to complete a work. Each section that I work on is initially raw in color – as the days/ weeks go by the color settles finding its place in the past – just like everything in life.”

Lisa Lapointe ‘Behind The Sun’
Modern Times
311 Smith Street, Fitzroy VIC
Monday – Friday from 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
Until 31st August 2014

Credits: Modern Times & Lisa Lapointe

CHAT IN A CHAIR: RICHARD UNSWORTH

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

With spring just around the corner we thought who better sit down with in their favourite chair than Richard Unsworth, Creative Director of Garden Life. It’s hard not to feel relaxed in Richard’s company – his sunny disposition and open-hearted smile are immediately appealing. It’s always a welcome reprieve to enter his lush shop of foliage on Cleveland Street, Redfern. The serenity of all that thriving greenery has an immediate soothing effect. Richard has ensured that Garden Life is not only a shop full of healthy plants and exceptional pots but that it also offers full garden design services and ongoing maintenance.

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

Since 1998, Richard has been striving to bring mother nature into the homes of the inner city dweller. As his reputation for creative landscape design solutions travelled he soon found that the demand for his green thumbs outgrew his humble Darlinghurst shop. He moved to his current shop and showroom in Redfern with a café devoted to the other one of his loves, food. Richard has a team of warm natured loyal staff that are a credit to his direction.

Richard is the go-to for all that’s green in our built environment. His vast choice of plants are always exceptionally happy and his variety of vessels and decorative elements are joyfully eclectic. He understands the individual looking for a friendly fern, or the homeowner wanting their Eden realised. It is a true passion that extends past the commercial into community garden projects. Open in mind and spirit, when we caught up with Richard on a sunny day out the side of Garden Life he had a 16 year old local painting a large mural behind him. It was a super lively vibe. It’s this approachable professional personality that has seen us working with Richard on numerous projects.

Richard’s chair is a one of those unique treasures that seems to have found him, as much as he has it. With origins somewhere in West Africa it’s full of personality. The sturdy latticed base, stretched leather seat and the addition of the sheepskin just enhances the tribal craftsmanship. It’s where Richard seats his dinner guests “I’ll cook and they will tell all from the chair of truth!” oh the stories that chair has heard in its lifetime! Who built it, who brought it across the seas to end up in a little second hand shop – Dust – in Darlinghurst? It’s a seasoned seat that is a reflection of Richard’s curious nature to find the road less travelled.

Richard shares his years of experience with us in a new book ‘Garden Life’. It’s a picturesque journey full of specialist advice from the small apartment sanctuary to manicured manors. Each project is a beautiful reflection of the client and designer collaboration.

Feeling buoyant from this achievement Richard is enjoying life. He is one of those lucky people who have found their passion and is living and breathing it. Thank you Richard for taking the time out to chat with us in your chair!

Tell us about your chair? What is its story?
It’s West African, I think from Ghana or Nigeria. I found it years ago at Dust in Liverpool Street, just down the road from the old shop in Darlinghurst – I love fossicking around in there. It usually sits in my kitchen and mostly gets used when friends come round for dinner. I’ll cook and they will tell all from the chair of truth!

Proudest moment in your career?
The book thing is really, really exciting, and seeing it finally coming to fruition is definitely a high point so far (although I think it’s also my mums proudest moment, the whole of Yorkshire will soon know about it). When I first started out by myself and opened the little shop in Darlinghurst – I remember being so chuffed with that.

Your most prized possession?
It’s too hard to think of one stand out prized possession – I am a bit of a hoarder. I have a collection of old pots and planters at home that have been given to me, or that I have collected over the years – a cast iron smelting pot, French 1950’s hourglass planters, and old timber piece from Turkish travels. Winnie my old faithful dog, she is a total character and although not a prized possession is totally part of the family.

Why plants?
Each time I revisit a garden we have created after about a year or so – when there is loads of new growth and it’s starting to mature – to see plants thriving and starting to own the space around them – I always get a big kick out of that. Plants are forever changing, an integral part of life, an essential part of our existence. One of my earliest memories is sowing radish seeds with my father. As a kid we had to mow lawns and clip hedges for pocket money and I think something just stuck with me. For the fact I can make a living out of it, I have much gratitude.

King Gees or Jeans?
Jeans for sure. Can we please have Uniqlo in Sydney? Their jeans are the best, and the service is superb.

The most amazing plant ever seen is?
HUGE baobab trees recently in Botswana – some are over 1000 years old. I think its mind-blowing to think of what the tree may have seen, the events come to pass around it.

Describe your ideal studio soundtrack
Often it’s Radio National! or Something dreamy by Kate Bush/Ennio Morricone

What is the most treasured tool of your trade?
My secateurs – which I seem to use less and less… These days I can find myself sitting too much behind a desk. My hands and my eyes – where would we all be without them?

Describe your day
They are so varied, which helps keep me sane. I have taken up cycling this year, so it may be a morning ride to La Perouse or a dog walk before work, usually being at the desk by 730am. In the day I could be seeing new clients on site, discussing new products with Ebo in the store, working on current design jobs with Nick in the office. I could be re-arranging the shop, unpacking the dishwasher or jumping on a plane to go and find new adventures!

What I know about people who love plants is…
They can be a bit nutty and unique – especially people who work with them! Nurserymen are often wonderful eccentrics and I think prefer plants to people. C’mon we all love plants don’t we? We couldn’t be human beings if we didn’t.

In/Out - Chat in a Chair: Richard Unsworth

To celebrate the launch of Richard’s new book Garden Life we are asking our readers and likers to get creative with their own #gardenlife. Take a creative snap of your own garden life – the very best sunny spot in your garden, your prized collection of succulents, your little rooftop terrace, your fruitful planter of veggies, a perfectly grown fragrant rose…

Thanks to Richard and Penguin Books we have 5 copies of ‘Garden Life’ to giveaway to our best entries. The competition will be judged by Richard Unsworth & Arent&Pyke.

Tag your instagram photos with @arentpyke_inout @gardenlife_syd and #chatinachair

THE RULES
1. You must follow @arentpyke_inout @gardenlife_syd on Instagram
2. You must tag your entry with @arentpyke_inout @gardenlife_syd
3. You must hashtag your entry with #chatinachair
& #gardenlife
4. Competition opens 6am AEDST on Wednesday 27th August 2014 and closes at midnight AEDST on Tuesday 3rd September
5. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 4th October 2014 via In/Out design blog & Instagram. The judges’ decision is final.
6. Delivery of the book is only available Australia wide.
7. Full T&C’s are available here

Credits: Photography by Ben Pyke

OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Hotel

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In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

In/Out - Hotel Hotel

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Hotel Hotel is a collaboration between designers, artists, artisans and fantasists… We love hotels, not for their swank but for reminding us of our transience and the importance of romance… We like textures and patinas that remind us of the bush, big trees, well-worn t-shirts and old wise faces that in every line reflect the enormity and joy of a life well lived… We treasure simple human interactions and making every day experiences interesting and special.

Canberra’s newest boutique Hotel Hotel is no ordinary guesthouse, but more a visionary platform for social interaction. Brothers Nector and Johnothan Efkarpidis have embarked on this ambitious project with fervour with architect Fender Katsalidis, who has orchestrated the master planning and the architectural bones of this brutalist-inspired, and March Studio who introduce the visitor to the hotel through the lobby and stair.

The hotel celebrates that inevitable extra layer of warmth we seek in the nation’s capital, a moody experience of raw materials and rich natural textures all dimly lit by very deliberate shafts of light. Hotel Hotel is a monumental roll call of Australian creatives across all disciplines and celebrates the collaborative crafts of it’s doers, curators, makers and artists.

Everywhere you go in Hotel Hotel you are met by delightful surprises. From the moment you walk into the entry foyer, which houses a small, but engaging library of loanable books on art, architecture and design your arrival to an environment that is richly curious, yet snug and welcoming is felt. Throughout the hotel, vintage pieces courtesy of Ken Neale sit side by side with vintage-inspired custom lighting silhouettes, custom-commissioned art (ranging from contemporary photographer Lee Grant to the late ceramist Gerard Havekes, whose vintage mosaic tiles were lovingly collected and curated by his daughter Anna-Maryke), boxy linen uniforms and unconventional floral arrangements.

The guest rooms read as a richly developed theatre set and it is no surprise that the revivalist approach was orchestrated by music video and advertising director Don Cameron. Each room has its own heartbeat. It’s raw, it’s rich and it’s original with anything that was not in existence dreamt up by Cameron and fabricated as editions by craftsman and artisan companies. It’s the theatrical experience you want to stay in for days on end. It seduces your sense of curiosity, beckoning you to discover all the dark recesses of its secrets.

As Efkarpidis says ‘ultimately you want the business guest, student, locals and someone travelling from the outskirts of Canberra staying with family and friends to sit down beside each other and have a conversation’. Canberra after all, is all about this collision of different identities and a good hotel is all about human interactions. We whole-heartedly felt both of these experiences at Hotel Hotel.

Credits: Hotel Hotel

Friday Musings: Chad Kouri ‘Shape & Color Collage’ studies

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

In/Out - Friday Musings: Chad Kouri 'Shape & Color Collage Studies'

Chad Kouri is a Chicago-based designer, artist, self-termed ‘material man’ who has an eye for composition and colour balance. His ‘Shape and Colour Collage’ studies is a 100-work strong intuitive visual documentation of just that.

Kouri says, “As my art practice evolves, I continue to question art as a medium while experimenting with its restrictions and preconceived notions. For example, growing up I always understood an artwork to be something that inherently takes a lot of time to complete.” In response, there is an immediate sense of capture and freedom to these intimate studies.

Also struggling with the idea of leaving a work unfinished, Kouri has been making as many of these measured little compositions in one sitting as possible. These repetitious, reflective musings on his own art practice, created on the very same 3.5” x 5” cream backing paper each and every time, are gestural genius.

Kouri is a member of The Post Family, a multifaceted creative hub, meeting place and workshop for artistic leaders and independent creative types in Chicago. Not in opposition to the digital world, The Post Family work to maintain the balance between mass production and the ‘one-off’ through their disciplines of printmaking, illustration, self-publishing and woodworking.

The entire collection of Kouri’s ‘Shape and Colour Collage’ studies can be seen here. A meditative moment to peruse these works is a must.

Credits: Flickr & Chad Kouri

Omar Sosa ‘Still Life’

In/Out : Omar Sosa

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

In/Out: Omar Sosa 'Still Life'

Studio Omar Sosa is a Barcelona-based graphic studio headed by the man himself, Omar Sosa.

Sosa’s ‘Still Life’ series credit the everyday objects that decorate our daily life. White porcelain identities, timber tempos, glass starbursts, marble graphics, wax cities, bread acrobats, tape totems and brick highrises – we are once again reminded of how grouping of like can change the ordinary to the inspiring.

Sosa is one of the makers of the remarkable ‘everyday life interiors magazine’ Apartamento which celebrates living spaces made from living, not decorating. It is no wonder that he has a head for all that is honest and humble yet visually invigorating.

Credits: Omar Sosa

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