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In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

In/Out: John Nicholson 'Breaking House'

Sydney-based artist John Nicholson’s new body of work ‘Breaking House’ is a psychedelic study of fractured form and carefully measured colour-stacks extruded to redefine and animate their framed parameters.

Nicholson’s use of highly saturated coloured polymers and pigmented Perspex are a scientific study of light and colour, a visual movement of sound and vibration. Stand-alone or wall hung sculptural interplays connect and harmonise, pulling the guest through the exhibition.

They are architectural optical art, at once minimalist and pop futuristic. We love the timber frames in ‘Two Way’ and ‘Double Jam’, calming notions of building blocks their balance only made possible by the asymmetric angled blades of colour. Nicholson’s ‘Atrium’ is a dreamy conceptual vision.

John Nicholson ‘Breaking House’
Sophie Gannon Gallery
2 Albert Street Richmond VIC 3121
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
or by appointment
Until 8th November 2014

Credits: Images courtesy of the artist and Sophie Gannon Gallery

OUT/ABOUT: John Nicholson ‘Breaking House’

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Masseria Cimino

It is the quintessential white washed walls, with their rich textures and vernacular forms, that make for the perfect backdrops to the regional objets d’art at the Masseria Cimino. A rustic, beautifully restored, and lovingly-curated guesthouse in Puglia, Italy, this family-run haven is full of history. It’s stone building blocks date back to 6th century B.C., recycled in the 1700’s to build this extraordinary farmhouse’s perimeter wall.

The hotel is honest and authentic, its fabrics simple, bed linens crisp, bed spreads locally crafted. Vine-ripening tomatoes bountifully hang between raw lightbulbs from the breakfast room. Knobbly and knotted old olive trees and cacti adorn the garden creating an endless supply of decorative foliage to bring inside. Sun loungers are covered by simple white canvas shades, brass taps float over raw stone basins, window frames are painted a subtle shade of blue and bowls of lemons abound. Roaring open fires and candlelit rooms add to the contemplative authentic simplicity, the slowing down of pace, and the purity of time spent at this ancient abode.

Set against the backdrop of the blue yonder of the Adriatic this beauty beckons to the soul a celebration of all that is the good life.

Credits: Masseria Cimino, Carla Coulson, Project Fairytale

Out/About: Masseria Cimino

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

In/Out: Dale Frank 'Toby Jugs'

Australian artist Dale Frank’s latest exhibition ‘Toby Jugs’ at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, is an expansive dreamscapes of colour and movement and a wild celebration of the unknown.

There are so many alluring components to Frank’s work. Glossy varnish is manipulated to create complex amalgamations, almost infinite in their intricacy. Portholes to the conscious and subconscious, conjuring up past memories and the future unknown, they are bewildering and spellbinding objects. There is a serenity in all that explosion of colour, contrary in their loudness, they are hushed and soothing in their materiality and detail.

‘Toby Jugs’ is a skewing of the real, a slight deformation in all that glossy perfection. This is not a show to quickly pop into, but one to get truly lost within.

Dale Frank ‘Toby Jugs’
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
8 Soudan Lane (off Hampden Street), Paddington NSW
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday from 11am – 6pm
Until 4th October 2014

Credits: Images courtesy of the artists and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

OUT/ABOUT: Dale Frank ‘Toby Jugs’

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

OUT/ABOUT – Lisa LaPointe ‘Behind The Sun’

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

OUT/ABOUT: Hotel Hotel

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out- OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

The walls are pink, the furniture is pink, the ceiling is pink, every thing is pink. I don’t know what to tell you, it’s a statement. – restauranteur Mourad Mazouz

Right in the heart of London sandwiched between Saville Row and Regent Street sits Sketch. A visionary dream conjured up by restauranteur Mourad Mazouz and chef Pierre Gagnaire has seen this 18th century building reinvented into a dynamic platform for food, art and music.

Every two years the main gallery restaurant space will be given to a different artist to create an installation they are given carte blanche to create. It’s an all-encompassing experience that can be enjoyed from the very comfortable confines of your dinner table.

The second installment, after Martin Creed’s 2012 installation, is a magical feasting boudoir of art and interiors created by Turner Prize winning artist David Shrigley and world acclaimed decorative architect India Mahdavi.

India Mahdavi’s monochromatic pink blush design with its plush overstuffed velvet banquettes and armchairs are delicious in stark contrast to David Shrigley’s satirical drawings that line the walls. Like little riddles Shrigley’s verbal expression also extends to the tableware. To top things off, all of the restaurtant staff are dressed by Richard Nicoll in futuristic grey boiler suits and shirt dresses.

Pass the rose petal martini please!

Credits: Sketch

OUT/ABOUT: India Mahdavi and David Shrigley at Sketch

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

Danish architect Frederikke Aagaard has beautifully reinvigorated the Rungstedgaard Hotel near Copenhagen. By intertwining original detailing from this awe-inspiring 1917’s building with contemporary furniture and artwork Aagaard has created an elegant, timeless interior that emulates sophisticated indulgence.

Housed on a grand estate, the Rungstedgaard Hotel is a commanding manor that knows all about hospitality. Having flourished with A-list parties during the 1920s, its handsome bones have accommodated grand celebrations, solace and romance ever since.

Frederikke Aagaard has exquisitely curated modern design classics against the hotel’s generously graceful architecture. The Bouroullec Brothers’ Slow Chair by Vitra nuzzle together while on the other side of an ornate fireplace proudly sits Oscar Zieta’s Chippensteel Chair. Jamie Hayon’s Pina chairs for Magis are timelessly chic with Svenskt Tenn feature cushions paired up beautifully with Jenny Bäck’s Lean lamp.

A beautiful restrained collection of iconic treasures with a fresh palette of finishes, these good-looking interiors encourage hotel guests to sit back and enjoy all the spoils that the good life has to offer.

Credits: Frederikke Aagaard

OUT/ABOUT: Rungstedgaard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

The Ham Yard Hotel is totally stuffed with plushness. It is a vibrant home-away-from-home just bursting with the signature British Kemp cool. Kit and Tim Kemp have gone all the way once again, to ensure that The Ham Yard is a memorable den for world-weary travellers.

Each one of its 91 rooms are about comfort and energy – inviting overstuffed armchairs beckon you to take time out, while electric combinations of colour and pattern thrill the senses. Lusciously dressed with rich, personable details suh as stacked coffee books, flowers in vases, rich tapestries and buoyant artworks give you the prim and proper sense of a everything you could want from a quintessentially English homestay.

It’s this delightful attention to materiality that defines the Kit Kemp signature. Handcrafted, robust ethnic textiles sit comfortably on traditional silhouettes and heavily buttoned upholstery. Strong timber legs ground fiery fabrics and wall-hangings ranging from Indian rural scenes, to lordy portraits, to the work our very own favourite Shilo Engelbrecht, delight the roving eye. Heavy draperies ensure that the visitor is well cocooned in their abode.

It’s a typically English sense of eccentricity that we know and love that allows the confidence to layer the conservative with the outlandish with such flair. Once again, Firmdale Hotels are at the top of their game. Where do I check in?

Credits: Firmdale Hotels

Out/About: Ham Yard Hotel

In/Out - American Trade Hotel

In/Out - American Trade Hotel

In/Out - American Trade Hotel

In/Out - American Trade Hotel

In/Out - American Trade Hotel

In/Out - American Trade Hotel

In/Out - American Trade Hotel

In/Out - American Trade Hotel

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Oozing cool, the American Trade Hotel may have had its heyday in the 60’s and 70’s, but this smoking hot revival sets to rival that benchmark. Rich in historic character while still maintaining a contemporary homely feel, it’s not hard to imagine Picasso teaching Paloma how to sculpt a bird out of a leaf in the courtyard or Tilda Swinton sipping a Martini in the bar.

Originally built in 1917, the American Trade Building at 4 stories high was and still is, the tallest building in the old town of Panama City. Lucky if you’re a guest, as every room has a view over its charming neighbouring white-washed haciendas. We can almost feel the warm fragrant air waft in as you swing open the French doors to survey the panoramic surroundings. Taking a large lungful in, you kick off your shoes and pad across the ancient timber floorboards. Everything is how it should be as you flop onto your crisp white bed realizing that the old and the new meet with perfect clarity in this thoughtfully restrained interior.

What else would you expect from the the Ace Hotels crew. The American Trade Hotel is a heady mix of texture, colour, scale and details. Dark walnuts, rich colours and clean palettes are teemed up with local flora, Bertoia wire frames and Viennese rocking chairs. The layering is sumptuous and inviting, it just reeks of good times!

The American Trade Hotel has the feel that it very well could be the new hotbed of cultural and creative hustle and bustle.

Credits: Yatzer

Out/About: American Trade Hotel

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

In/Out - Out/About: Pierre Charpin's L'Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

Well its not often we’re speechless but this installation by designer Pierre Charpin in L’Appartement No.50 within Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse really takes your breath away. The exemplary balance between colour and the purest of palettes makes one’s heart sing.

L’Appartement No.50 is one of 337 apartments within Le Corbusier’s concrete dream for a utopian society. As you can image the bones of this building are blue blood modernist, the perfect backdrop to just about anything! Let it be said Pierre Charpin is not just anything. His design sensibility is so honest and intuitive, each piece surprising in it’s exploration of form and materiality. This is no roll-out design family, it is a thoughtful gathering of old friends that sit so comfortably together. Good humoured, robust and dependable, this is a gang you want to hang with.

Charpin has incorporated pieces by his predecessors such as Jasper Morrison, the Bouroullec Brothers and Konstantin Grcic with his own pieces into this domestic theatre. His ‘Playtime’ glass sculptures, ‘Oggetti Lenti’ vases sit and ‘Crescendo’ coffee table have blood ties back to the modernist movement while his suspended ceiling sculptures, ‘Mini Eclipse’ lamp, ‘Stump’ marble side table and ‘Desa’ floor lamp are true contemporaries.

His exquisitely measured layering of the 3D and 2D are heavenly and thanks to the hospitality of No.50’s resident Jean-Marc Drut – a true patron of the arts – this rare intimate gallery is open to the public during the summer months if you are lucky enough to find yourself in Marseille.

The fantasy of setting up a temporary home in the Cité Radieuse, to feel the history of radical and cultured thinking and know that you are following in the truest legacy of our built environment is nothing short of a dream.

Credits: Wallpaper & Yellowtrace

Out/About: Pierre Charpin’s L’Appartement 50 at Cité Radieuse

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