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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

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
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

In/Out - Out/About: Dimore Gallery

In/Out - Out/About: Dimore Gallery

In/Out -Out/About: Dimore Studio

In/Out - Out/About: Dimore Gallery

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In/Out - Out/About: Dimore Gallery

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In/Out - Out/About: Dimore Gallery

In/Out - Out/About: Dimore Gallery

There are several iconic images which come out of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile Milano every year. For the last three years, these have been dominated by the exceptionally inspiring work of Milan based Dimore Studio. Co-founders of Dimore, Tuscan Emilian Salci and American Britt Moran, this year turned their stately former apartment in the heart of Brera into a breathtakingly beautiful showcase of their work. A mixing pot of eclectic new and vintage classics, the Dimore Gallery was a fantastical feast for the eyes.

The very deliberate yet tender design hand of the Dimore pair is infinitely enviable. Everything is placed just so and invites the contemplation of detail, of finish, texture and materiality. A rich mustard armchair is placed just underneath an overwhelmingly large cosmic pendant light. A table with a single dining chair straddles the polished concrete floor and a delicate floral bordered rug. A small sitting room is dominated by an all emcompassing light of varying sized circles which must be walked around and not under. Oversized skirtings and dramatic paint colours call the eye to the scale of the spaces. The simple hallway illuminated with a dotted grid of lights curbs the transition from room to room beckoning the visitor to stop, to slow and to take in the elegance and beauty of every detail.

The apartment reportedly brought tears to the eyes of its visitors. We can see why.

Credits: Dimore Gallery

Out/About: MILAN 2014 – Dimore Gallery

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

In/Out -Out/About: Jamie North 'Terraforms'

“Terraforming is the deliberate manipulation of an environment to make it capable of sustaining life.”

Cast concrete sculptures teeming with life, Jamie North’s totems are a study of the build environment versus flora. They are poetic symbols of the organic in stark contrast. One is mined from the earth and processed for humankind’s everlasting industrialisation playing host to the other, which is raw and wild peeking round corners in perpetual growth. And this is not the first time North’s works have been feature on In/Out, inspiring a Palette: Concrete Jungle earlier this year.

Jamie North started his profession as a photographer but his obsession with native plants and their survival in somewhat hostile environments soon started tipping the balance between mediums. Now you’re more likely to find him sourcing grit and rubble to mix and mold than with a lens in his hands.

The commanding photos of hauntingly weathered mountains are actually images of slag, the by-product of steel production in North’s hometown of Newcastle. This is the charcoal honeycomb aggregate distinctive in the body of his concrete totems. Broken down over time they become food for their guests as nutritious as volcanic ash.

Spellbinding, there is something reminiscent of the Japanese art of ikebana or bonsai in the quiet harmony of these lyrical statues. A certain part of your soul really really wants to take one home to permeate your world and make everything ok.

We bid farewell as North sets out to the USA, getting his hands dirty from LA to Pennsylvania realising his NSW Visual Arts Fellowship for Emerging Artists residency. We can’t wait to see what this fertile journey grows.

OUT/ABOUT: Jamie North ‘Terraforms’
Sarah Cottier Gallery
23 Roylston St, Paddington NSW
Tuesday – Sunday from 11am – 6pm
Until 5th July 2014

Credits: Courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

OUT/ABOUT: Jamie North ‘Terraforms’

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

In/Out - Out/About: Miranda Skoczek, Antiquities to Psychedelia

Miranda Skoczek is a lady who needs no introduction and it is with such joy that we are delighted to announce her new show at Koskela in Sydney ‘Antiquities to Psychedelia’. We enjoyed a Chat in a Chair with Skoczek late last year and we continue our captivation with her pattern and colour-crazed world of beauty.

Once again, we are bowled over by the delights of Skoczek’s beautifully layered works of abstracted shapes and whimsical subjects. Thick blocks of stenciled colour are layered over subtle washes of Skoczek’s signature milky gelato tones and iconic motifs of ancient cultures. Roman coins, Greek urns and Egyptian pharoahs are woven into compositions of re-occuring decoratively hatted gods, snakes, statues and winged horses.

There is a naivety and an innocence to this collection, a softer palette which we haven’t yet seen in Skoczek’s work. It is delicate but powerful. It is ancient and contemporary. It is the creation of a beautifully rendered, effervescent world where ancient visions weave through the richness of Miranda’s imagination and explode out in paint and collage. Is is a celebration of Skoczek’s collected objects, her fantasies and nostalgic reflections of travels far and wide.

Her works beckon us all to celebrate dreams and treasures of our very own.

Miranda Skoczek ‘Antiquities to Psychedelia’
Koskela
1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW
Tuesday – Sunday from 10.30am – 6pm
Until 25th May 2014

Credits: Miranda Skoczek

Out/About: Miranda Skoczek ‘Antiquities to Psychedelia’

IN/OUT - OUT/ABOUT: ARMADILLO&CO. AND THE ANGANWADI PROJECT

IN/OUT - OUT/ABOUT: ARMADILLO&CO. AND THE ANGANWADI PROJECT

IN/OUT - OUT/ABOUT: ARMADILLO&CO. AND THE ANGANWADI PROJECT

IN/OUT - OUT/ABOUT: ARMADILLO&CO. AND THE ANGANWADI PROJECT

IN/OUT - OUT/ABOUT: ARMADILLO&CO. AND THE ANGANWADI PROJECT

IN/OUT - OUT/ABOUT: ARMADILLO&CO. AND THE ANGANWADI PROJECT

 IN/OUT - OUT/ABOUT: ARMADILLO&CO. AND THE ANGANWADI PROJECT

IN/OUT - OUT/ABOUT: ARMADILLO&CO. AND THE ANGANWADI PROJECT

IN/OUT - OUT/ABOUT: ARMADILLO&CO. AND THE ANGANWADI PROJECT

IN/OUT - OUT/ABOUT: ARMADILLO&CO. AND THE ANGANWADI PROJECT

IN/OUT - OUT/ABOUT: ARMADILLO&CO. AND THE ANGANWADI PROJECT
Armadillo&Co. is turning 5 years old and to celebrate, they are giving to the kids of The Anganwadi Project. These talented tots have collaged up a vibrant storm of shape and colour, which Armadillo&Co. in turn have realised into small woven artworks. These topsy-turvey birthday presents are being exhibited this Friday and Saturday at Mary Place Gallery in Paddington.

Our hearts are bursting at the images of these little personalities holding their collaged treasures. What a truly beautiful project to realize. Measuring only 25 x 30cm these small wonders are filled with such spontaneity and vibrancy that comes so naturally to kids. All proceeds from this not-for-profit organization go to creating safe and sustainable learning spaces for underprivileged children in the urban slums of Gujarat in India.

This is no fly by night alliance – Sally Pottharst and Jodie Fried the duo behind Armadillo&Co have been sponsoring the cause since 2011 and Jodie is the CEO of Anganwadi Project.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Armadillo&Co. What a wonderful way to celebrate.

Credits: Armadillo&Co.

OUT/ABOUT: Armadillo&Co. and The Anganwadi Project

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - ELEMENTS GLASSWARE BY SCHOLTEN & BAIJINGS FOR J. HILL'S STANDARD

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - ELEMENTS GLASSWARE BY SCHOLTEN & BAIJINGS FOR J. HILL'S STANDARD

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - ELEMENTS GLASSWARE BY SCHOLTEN & BAIJINGS FOR J. HILL'S STANDARD

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - ELEMENTS GLASSWARE BY SCHOLTEN & BAIJINGS FOR J. HILL'S STANDARD

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - ELEMENTS GLASSWARE BY SCHOLTEN & BAIJINGS FOR J. HILL'S STANDARD

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - ELEMENTS GLASSWARE BY SCHOLTEN & BAIJINGS FOR J. HILL'S STANDARD

Bottoms up with these beauties! Exposed at this year’s Salone Internazionale Del Mobile in Milan, ‘Elements’ is the very ingenious union of J.Hill’s Standard and Scholten & Baijings. These stunning drinking vessels are sure to give breakfast in bed a cheeky spritz, or your next dinner party a new sense of elegance.

The brainchild behind J.Hill’s Standard is Anike Tyrrell a true visionary who is breathing life back into the Irish Waterford crystal industry. With one part ingenuity, a couple of traditional glass-blowing craftsmen and the collaborative mix-in of Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings, ‘Elements’ are the perfect receptacle for whatever drink takes your fancy. Tyrrell’s dream is not only to bring back the glory days of the glass craft, but also invigorate the industry with a glass blowing school for next gens. It’s big picture stuff and we like it.

In ‘Elements’, Scholten & Baijings have designed glassware that is exquisite in surface complexity yet beautifully humble in personality. In their own words, “the glass sizes are not prescriptive and suit a multitude of uses, from whiskey to wine to water”. They have amalgamated traditional patterns to fashion a new look book in glassware.

We are really looking forward to future collaborations between designers and J. Hill’s Standard (the pioneers of compounding glass to the superior production of crystal).

Credits: Scholten & Baijings, J.Hill’s Standard, Dezeen

OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 – ELEMENTS GLASSWARE BY SCHOLTEN & BAIJINGS

In Out - OUT/ABOUT: Downtown Mexico

In Out - OUT/ABOUT: Downtown Mexico

In Out - OUT/ABOUT: Downtown Mexico

In Out - OUT/ABOUT: Downtown Mexico

In Out - OUT/ABOUT: Downtown Mexico

In Out - OUT/ABOUT: Downtown Mexico

In Out - OUT/ABOUT: Downtown Mexico

In Out - OUT/ABOUT: Downtown Mexico

In Out - OUT/ABOUT: Downtown Mexico

In Out - OUT/ABOUT: Downtown Mexico

In Out - OUT/ABOUT: Downtown Mexico

In Out - OUT/ABOUT: Downtown Mexico

In Out - OUT/ABOUT: Downtown Mexico

In Out - OUT/ABOUT: Downtown Mexico
If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Mexico City you might want to check into the Downtown Mexico for some beautiful bare bones luxury. The very talented Cherem Serrano Arquitectos cleverly converted this UNESCO world heritage site for Grupo Habita, into a wonderfully uplifting hotel with plenty of local cha cha.

The new additions are respectful to their host while still being a bit cheeky. Whilst the design maintains a minimal approach, materials such as terracotta breezeblocks add a rustic honest quality. No-fuss furniture in invigoratingly bright hues flirt with you. Rich earthy tones are offset by the vivid glossy white of bathroom tap ware and crisp bright linen. Abundant and green breezy patios and heavenly murals await weary travellers. The spatial volume of the common areas and rooms are lavish, allowing your mind to roam around in the history of your surroundings.

And… the hotel includes a hostel, Downtown Beds, which means that whether you’re down to your last peso or rolling in it, you can rest your weary head and enjoy a poolside margarita as you watch the locals go about their business in the old town.

Credits: Downtown Mexico

OUT/ABOUT: Downtown Mexico

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - Marni's 'Animal House'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - Marni's 'Animal House'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - Marni's 'Animal House'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - Marni's 'Animal House'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - Marni's 'Animal House'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - Marni's 'Animal House'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - Marni's 'Animal House'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - Marni's 'Animal House'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - Marni's 'Animal House'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - Marni's 'Animal House'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - Marni's 'Animal House'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - Marni's 'Animal House'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - Marni's 'Animal House'

In/Out - OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 - Marni's 'Animal House'

Italian fashion house Marni have brought their ‘Animal House’ to life at this year’s Salone del Mobile Milan with a fruitful co-lab with a group of Columbian women striving for financial independence, who live in and around Iza in the rural Andean region. A carnival of creatures, donkeys, giraffes, ducks, flamingos, ostriches, rabbits and chickens strut their stuff while an audience of vibrantly woven chairs watch on.

With personality PLUS these handcrafted limited edition magnificent creatures are obviously South American by nature; bright and resourceful with a hint of piñata about them that would bring the party to any interior. The collection is playful with one armed chairs leaning into each other’s confidence, lazy sun lounges lolling about, tables in checkerboard configurations and jaunty rocking chairs whistling dixie. Oversized one off animals puffed up with importance hold court – this is a catwalk of sorts in full swing!

We applaud Marni for talking the talk and walking the walk with impeccable style as always. Keeping it real all proceeds go to Associazione Sogni, an Italian charity devoted to helping terminally ill children.

Credits: designboom

OUT/ABOUT: MILAN 2014 – Marni’s ‘Animal House’

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