Sade's new album due out November 24, 2009.
It has been 25 years since Smooth Operator was first released. And, Sade will be 50 this year.
Saturday, 30 May 2009
Friday, 29 May 2009
Thursday, 28 May 2009
If I told you there was nothing wrong in the picture, and that I just wanted to create a setting to use Chris Isaak's Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing?
This time, that's not the case. It was the flowers. While a nice combination, the scale is all wrong for the vase and the arrangement is stiff. I point this out not just as a decorator but as a decorator who worked for nearly five years as a florist.
Now playing: Echo & The Bunnymen - Flowers
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
The Providores & Tapa Room, London
Peter Gordon and his Marlybone restaurant, The Providores & Tapa Room, represent the best of fusion cuisine. Until then, for me at least, it was nothing more than an unpalatable and ridiculous idea.
One of my favourite dishes was his mashed sweet potatoes with miso and wasabi, served with escargots. Sadly no longer on the menu, but not impossible to make.
2 Sweet potato - peeled and roasted then pureed
Yellow miso paste, about a teaspoon and a bit
Tamari, a couple of good dashes
Wasabi paste, a dollop
Mirin, a teaspoon
Sake, single shot
Warm the rinsed escargots in the blended ingredients and add to the still warm pureed sweet potato. Simple.
Peter Gordon: A World in My Kitchen
Now playing: Malcolm McLaren - Madame Butterfly (On the fly mix)
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
A kitchen dating from the late 1960s that is perfect in its simplicity. No bells and whistles needed, or desired.
The drawing room. Again, perfect in its simplicity. This would also work incredibly well in a transitional space, say in a large hallway or on a particularly wide landing.
World of Interiors, June 2009
Photographs by Antony Crolla
Now playing: k.d. lang - Simple
Monday, 25 May 2009
The historically important Das Triadische Ballett by Oskar Schlemmer (1888-1943) premiered in 1922. During Schlemmer's tenure at the Bauhaus, 1921-1929, the ballet became a symbol of the new school's ethos.
If today's arts love the machine, technology and organization, if they aspire to precision and reject anything vague and dreamy, this implies an instinctive repudiation of chaos and a longing to find the form appropriate to our times. - Oskar Schlemmer
Now playing: David Bowie - Let's Dance
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Saturday, 23 May 2009
I rented a small house on the edge of the town. The house was quartered into eleven by eleven foot rooms. There was no furniture and none to be bought, either old, since the town had not shrunk or changed much since its beginning in 1886, or new, since the few stores sold only fake antiques or tubular kitchen furniture with plastic surfaces printed with inane geometric patterns of flowers...I designed a bed... so that the lumberyard could cut the few different lengths to size and I could nail them together in place. I liked the bed a great deal, and in fact the whole house, for which I made other furniture. - Donald Judd (1928-1994)
I’m very touchy about it being considered art. To me the chairs and benches are perfectly comfortable, not hard and uncomfortable as people sometimes seem to think they are. I have nineteenth-century wooden chairs from Sweden and I’ve sat on them for years. I think the thing to do is to either sit up or lie down or stand up: I’m not sympathetic to in-between positions. - Donald Judd
In Donald Judd's last interview he discusses his unique aesthetic, his dislike of contemporary architecture, and his passionate quest for the perfect exhibition setting for his large works of art.
Donald Judd furniture is available from Artware Editions and London's Louisa Guinness Gallery; with each supplying different pieces from his catalogue of designs.
Now playing: Ry Cooder - Paris, Texas
Friday, 22 May 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Not one of my icons, but I do find her curiously interesting. Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor and the Duchess of Windsor discuss their first meeting.
And, her canary dress against the red sofa and green lampshade is just too captivating.
Now playing: Oleta Adams - Woman in Chains
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Herb and Dorothy
He was a postal clerk. She was a librarian.
With their modest means, the couple managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history.
Meet Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, whose shared passion and commitment defied stereotypes and redefined what it means to be an art collector.
New York City premier 5th June, 2009 at Cinema Village
Thanks to The Errant Aesthete
Now playing: Phil Collins - Two Hearts
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Best Show Garden
The Daily Telegraph Garden
Designed by Ulf Nordfjell
Gold Medal Winner
Best Courtyard Garden
The Fenland Alchemist Garden
Designed by Stephen Hall and Jane Besser
Gold Medal Winner
For video and full details, visit the BBC's coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Now playing: Van Morrison - In the Garden
Easy Chair, c. 1935
Made by Fritz Henningsen. Leather and stained oak
Chair, c. 1935
Made by Fritz Henningsen. Leather and mahogany
Sofa, c. 1930
Made by Fritz Henningsen. Leather and mahogany
While quite possibly the least famous of the internationally recognised Scandinavian designers, Fritz Henningsen may very well be the most coveted.
Now playing: Marvin Gaye - Can I Get a Witness
Monday, 18 May 2009
Leonor Fini (1908-1996)
Leonor was like no other woman, like no other human, or other species for that matter. Hers was a natural allure and distinguished bearing. Then too, she was intelligent in ways that only she could be - Arlette Souhami, Galerie Minsky
Watercolour on paper
India ink, lavis and gouache
Watercolour, India ink, and lavis on paper
From Portrait of an Artist: Leonor Fini by Chris Vermorcken, 1987
A woman should live with two men; one more a lover and the other more a friend - Leonor Fini
Now playing: This Mortal Coil - Song to the Siren
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Original Joe's, San Francisco
Not the prettiest of dishes, but delicious.
Joe's Special -
Finely chopped onion
Minced steak or ground beef
Fresh baby spinach
Sweat the onions and the garlic, add the mushrooms and minced steak. Lightly brown. Add spinach, when wilted mix through. Set aside and keep warm. In the same frying pan melt the butter and scramble the eggs until loose. Add the steak mixture and heat through.
Serve with Tabasco (or Crystal hot sauce) and a baguette.
Images via LA Time Machines
Now playing: Patti LaBelle - Lady Marmalade
Saturday, 16 May 2009
Friday, 15 May 2009
I just hate this.
Not because I think it an ill-executed mishmash, but because it is being proffered as an ideal for an interesting interior. To its inhabitants, it more than likely is. It is, if nothing else, highly personal. Many of the elements were chosen because they were seen to be anti-bourgeois. Unfortunately, these very elements are now part and parcel of the visual vocabulary of the nouveau bourgeois.
This is less about decorating and more about voyeurism. A voyeurism that will only spawn impersonal and derivative ill-executed mishmashes.
Now playing: The Human League - The Sound of the Crowd