Thursday, 5 August 2010

From Fable to Table

Photo by Rene van der Huls.
'From Fable to Table' by Amelie Onzon for her graduation project, explores the extremes contradiction of human-animals relationship:
1. we love animals, nurture them, name them and share our daily life with them. In some extreme scenario, we treat them like human beings.
2. we love animals, nurture them, name them and share our daily life with them. In some extreme scenario, we treat them like human beings.

Amelie Onzon chooses duck as the protagonist of her story because ducks are both easy to domesticate and very tasty. She then designed 2 furnitures and let the user decide whether they will use these furniture to produce foie gras or give their pet/ the duck a more comfortable life.

'Ducks force-feed themselves before migration. That's precisely this behaviour that inspired the foie gras. The bird is force-feed with grain and fat using a funnel until the liver expands to the right size (the organ can swell to up to 10 times its normal size.)'
- We make money not art.
Amelie's Force Feeder is a duck feeder that doubles as a force feeding stool. The ducks bowl is also the force-feeding funnel. An irrigation system softens the food to make it edible.

As a duck force feeding stool.
As a duck feeder.
For the foie gras process, the liver has to be blood free. Therefore, after force-feeding period the blood vessels in the duck throat are cut and the duck bleeds to death. Blood Bath acts as a pond and shower for the duck but also a hook to suspend the animal for its execution. The blood can be collected in the sink.
As a pond and shower for the duck.
As a hook to suspend the animal for its execution. The sink that for collecting blood.

a+.  amelie onzon
a+.  rene van der hulst   via

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

The Jacques Townhouse, London First Pop-up Boutique Hotel

The Introduction of The Jacques Townhouse...
Photographer: Vicki Couchman
Set/Props: Cordelia Weston
Luggage wall at entrance.
With famous interior designer and hotelier, David Carter of 40 Winks boutique hotel and soirees curated by Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Cordelia Weston, the creative stylist worked together to create an urban orchard for Jacques Cider, The Jacques Townhouse! The Jacques Townhouse is the first London's pop up hotel opened on 29 July 2010 for 2 weeks.

'A place of whimsy and fantasy, enchantment and theatre.'
- Cordelia Weston.
The reception room with adorable hotel staff dressed in top hats and models wearing feathered eyelashes.
The Table of Temptation with Marie Antoinette cake props and oversize Pom Poms!
The bar, which serves Jacques...
The Forest of Dreams with trees adorned with teacups and jewellery and hand made vintage cushions.
Fireplace detail in the main bedroom.
Fortune Teller's tent made with broderie anglaise fabric and 'hand' made vintage glove table cloths!
For more details...
a+.  cordelia weston
a+.  coco's tea party
a+.  fashion foie gras
a+.  david carter      via cordelia weston

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Timelessline Art by Michal Kubacki

Timeless drawing from Timelessline on Vimeo.

I am not a fan of horse/ horses drawing etc. but these...the lines that creates these horses is something different here...
Michal Kubacki is the creator of TIMELESSLINE based in Poznan, Poland.

'It all began one day when I was drawing.

I began to realize that my subconscious, not my conscious self, was guiding my hand and I was merely holding the pen for my subconscious to draw through me. Upon this momentous realization, I began to notice life in different dimensions of time. This influenced me so much, that I could not deny absolute of being.

I draw "Alla prima" with ink, sometimes I use marker pen on paper. I invented a special technique which expresses my philosophy- TIMELESSLINE.'
- Michal Kubacki.

See Michal Kubacki statements on 'Perception of Being In Time'...

a+.  statements
a+.  timelessline   via

Discarded Clothes Sculpture by Guerra De La Paz

'The overabundance of discarded clothes though beautiful in some ways, seems depressingly sad when collectively hanging from a ceiling or arranged like a weeping rainbow.'
- gBlog.

The phrase above makes us think about our daily "mass-produced refuse" by creatively putting together old discarded clothes into stunning, artistic sculpture. Guerra De La Paz, a collaboration between two artists, Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz doesn’t see trash, in this sense, but an opportunity for artistic beauty and expression.

a+.  guerra de la paz   via gblog