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With brilliantly billowing and voluminous bursts of radiance, these fellow explorers of colour and movement are a match truly made. Today’s This&That features the work of Kim Keever, a seasoned New York artist who began his practice back in the 70’s and Belgrade-born fashion designer Roksanda Ilinčić who, since starting her fashion label in 2003, has dressed some of the best.

Kim Keever’s sensuous images have been called “a hydroponic Jackson Pollock”. Having studied engineering and interning at NASA, Keever who was living in the East Village – think Andy Warhol, Grandmaster Flash and subway graffiti – ditched it all for a fishtank and a camera. These sublime images are tiny instances caught on a large format camera, the captured moments as pigment hits water, dispersing in tiny sparks and swelling plumes of colours.

About this very time Roksanda Ilinčić was born, and following her mother’s obsession with Yves Saint Laurent, she found herself – after an appropriate education at Central Saint Martins – dressing the likes of Tilda Swinton, Michelle Obama and our very own Cate Blanchett. Sculptural shapes and innovative fabrics, Ilinčić’s play on the interactions of colour in blocks, in patchworks, in facets and in confettied pixelations are  truly captivating.

Credits: Kim Keever, style.com

This & That: Roksanda & Kim Keever

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In/Out - This & That: La Chance

It has been a while but This & That is back with La Chance, a new French furniture house. A collection of highly eclectic furniture, carpets and lighting the pieces all have that ambitiously bold yet classic appeal of French style. It is a contemporary interpretation of traditionally unique ornamental and decorative furniture pieces with contemporary graphic silhouettes and a strong personality. Much like the street-style of The Sartorialist if you can pull it off – well go on and go for it!

La Chance is available at Living Edge
Credits: La Chance The Sartorialist

This & That: La Chance

In/Out - This & That: Edward Burtynsky

In/Out - This & That: Edward Burtynsky

In/Out - This & That: Edward Burtynsky

In/Out - This & That: Edward Burtynsky

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In/Out - This & That: Edward Burtynsky

In/Out - This & That: Edward Burtynsky

The photographic work of Edward Burtynsky captures ‘nature transformed through industry’. Burtynsky’s work is an impassioned, heart-startling visual representation of our modern existence. An existence tied to a dilemma inherent in our desires to ‘have’ as well as the unceasing necessity to draw from natural resources for our survival. Burtynsky’s work creates an uneasy contradiction of visions of natural beauty marred by the industrialised processes of mankind.

Day to day it is a complex predicament as a designer to work consciously and responsibly with the limited material beauty produced by the planet being inevitably and continually transformed dramatically through industry. Burtynsky’s work captures this dialogue, the ‘uneasy contradiction’, so powerfully.

The richness of materiality, of texture, of pattern and of detail is perfectly paired with the work of Sydney-based jewellery designer, art director and illustrator Elke Kramer. An endless material exploration, Kramer’s work is innovatively crafted and impeccably detailed. Her collection Moonstruck Monsoon released at the end of 2013 is an ode to individuality, innovation and material beauty.

Credits: Edward Burtynsky, Elke Kramer

This & That: Edward Burtynsky

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Summer is here and so are those glamorous pool side cocktail parties… or so we like to dream. And as we dream on, we search Net-a-Porter for those perfect must-have to-die-for heels we desperately need in case of that poolside cocktail party.

What better inspiration could we have than the charismatic photographs of Slim Aarons (American, October 29, 1916–May 29, 2006). With the mantra “Attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places”. Aarons worked mainly for society publications, and had access to the elite. His subject matter was generally the jet-set, rich and famous movie stars. Just like us really!

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This & That: Slim Aarons

marimekko, marcus anesund, finland, sweden, fabric, pattern, colour, styling, interiors, photography, this&that, arent&pyke

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In/Out - This & That: Marimekko

In/Out - This & That: Marimekko

You know that if your designs are still popular after 60 years you are definitely onto something! This can be said of Marimekko, the Finnish textile powerhouse known for their bold prints, simple designs and joyful colour combinations. Now a household name, many of the early Marimekko designs remain in production today as testament to their cult design status.

Marimekko is quintessentially ‘Scandinavian’ and truly captures the je ne se qua of what Scando styling is all about – the minimalist aesthetic, the clean design and unpretentious sophistication that it is so loved for. Interestingly, Marimekko designs were made famous in the United States by Jacqueline Kennedy, who bought eight Marimekko dresses which she wore throughout the 1960 US Presidential campaign. Suffering a slight dip in popularity in the 1980s (for what can only be described as a bad time for good taste) Marimekko is very much on trend. We love the deliberate-ness and confidence of these designs, and how it manages to be youthful and mature all at once.

We thought a suitable match for Marimekko might be another Scando creative – photographer Magnus Anesund. Also capturing the clean aesthetic and colour play of Marimekko and the other creative exports of the region, Anesund has a way to make every piece and prop in a shot incredibly harmonious and considered. His images sing happy songs of colour and lightness of mood, and make even the most chaotic of scenes appear ordered.

Credits: Images courtesy of Marimekko and the portfolio of Magnus Anesund

This & That: Marimekko

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In/Out - This&That: NOAH TAYLOR

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In/Out - This&That: NOAH TAYLOR

In/Out - This&That: NOAH TAYLOR

Noah Taylor is a name you likely know well. Most likely you know him for his acting talents in movies such as The Year My Voice Broke, Shine, and Almost Famous to name just a sample. Not short of talent, he is also a keen musician. But what we are so struck by is his work as an artist.

Having painted for pleasure since his teens, Noah has only been exhibiting his work for the last 5 years – primarily in the UK. His works are largely ink or mixed media on paper, and have a haunted and somewhat bleak quality. Stating that he does not overanalyze his own subjects – they remain ambiguous so that the viewer may “read into it whatever they like”. The art is abundantly raw, exposed and frank.

And for this reason, we wanted to marry up the tone of Noah the artist, with the striking lighting designs of Jason Miller, Lindsay Adelman and Michael Anastassiades. All three designers can tout a talent with light, and their works show a respect for strong lines, metals and glass. Mostly these lights are stark, and unadorned. They do not hide behind bells and whistles. They are strong, yet vulnerable and exposed – echoing the same qualities as Noah Taylor’s works.

Noah Taylor’s exhibition runs until 17th February at Tim Olsen Gallery.

Credits: 1. Artwork by Noah Taylor, Tim Olsen Gallery   2. Lighting by Jason Miller, Lindsay Adelman and Michael Anastassiades.

This&That: NOAH TAYLOR

Chair, vintage, 20th Century Antique, photography, chairs, Scott Schuman, Nicholas Mesiano, Alistair Knight

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I think it is fair to say that when it comes to fashion and photography with an edge Scott Schuman a.k.a The Sartorialist has it mastered. Schuman has a striking way of creating a ‘two-way dialogue’ about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life. His subjects are always intriguing and his images flawless. The eye literally feasts.

But what if we took it one step further? What if the Sartorialist subjects were paired with a likely chair? Would we dare? Yep we would.

Enter Nicholas & Alistair – an Australian gallery retailing original 20th century antique and vintage furniture, specialising in the rarer examples of European and American design. We think these matches are spot on.

Credits: Images courtesy of 1. The Sartorialist 2. Nicholas & Alistair

This&That: Nicholas & Alistair

Basil Bangs Wonderland

It is no secret that Arent&Pyke love a Basil Bangs brolly. The whole team has one – and they all got a fabulous work out over the Christmas/ New Year break. In fact, it was hard to miss the Basil Bangs kaleidoscope on the beaches this summer – they were everywhere, with their retro styling and “eternally unique, design focussed and respectfully cool” aesthetic. They are certainly a sun umbrella with a difference. We think they look pretty fab paired up with some favourite vintage posters which embody the same old school design and colour palette.

Credits: Images courtesy of 1.Umbrellas by Basil Bangs. 2. Vintage posters by Galerie Montmarte

This&That: BASIL BANGS

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Cassina are the fusion of industrial technology and artisan manufacturing procedures, and the makers of gorgeous furniture pieces we defy you not to like – including our all time favourite, the Utrecht Chair. Artist Peter Atkins often uses the term ‘readymade abstraction’ to describe his practice, a term he coined to define the space, as he sees it, between abstraction and representation. His work could be described as an amalgamation of Modernism’s attention to process and materials. We thinks that perhaps they are a match made in heaven. Cassina is available in Australia through Corporate Culture.

Credits: Images courtesy of Cassina, and the artist Peter Atkins as represented by Martin Browne Contemporary

This&That: Cassina

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BDDW is a small American furniture company dedicated to the creation of well-crafted, timeless designs and heirloom pieces. They are also quite partial to a bit of archery and other tomfoolery. And we like that about them. We also think that they look pretty great tangled up in blue.

Credits: Images courtesy of 1. Artist Ford Beckman and BDDW. 2. Artist Mark Rothko, ‘Blue Green and Brown’ (1951) and BDDW . 3. Artist Lukas Grogan ‘Hang with Me’ and BDDW. 4. Artist Henri Matisse ‘Blue Nudes’ and BDDW. 5. Artist Yves Klein ‘Untitled Anthropometry’ and BDDW. 6. Artist David Moreno ‘Untitled 2001′, and BDDW

This&That: BDDW

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