Spring is in full swing here in Sydney! There are lots of lovely flowers doing their thing all over the city like these delightful paper daisies I spotted the other day. The best thing about them was the soft rustle they made when the breeze blew.
Olafur Eliasson - the master of refracted light and colour. He is a Danish-Icelandic installation artist who works with light, water and air temperature. His biography on his website describes his work as being:
"...driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Eliasson strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world".
I just read a Harper's Bazaar article that chronicles 24 hours with the legendary Valentino. It's quite a fascinating read - now that he has semi-retired from his eponymous fashion house, he is quite the man of leisure. I also found out that he has a virtual historic museum filled with his designer gowns. I think I remember seeing him working on this museum in the highly entertaining documentary called Valentino: the Last Emperor that came out a few years ago. I think the highlight of the documentary was seeing him in transit accompanied by his entourage of pugs which the above photo illustrates perfectly!
From what I can gather these "Falbalas and Fanfreluches" (translated as ruffles and frills) were pochoir portfolios published between 1922 and 1926 to showcase Georges Barbier's beautiful work. Apparently, only 600 editions were printed, so they are incredibly rare. Imagine finding one tucked away in the back of an antique bookstore! I think I'd faint!
Oh yes, I could see myself having a fine time here in this house - Le Grand Plateau. It's like a very delux tree house nestled amongst a forest of spruce trees. The architects decided to have the house sit on thin columns so as, "...to give the impression that the inhabited space floats, almost as if in levitation". How lovely! Le Grand Plateau was finished this year and is situated beside picturesque Mirond Lake, Canada. You can read more about the architects and their process at Arch Daily.
I came across these big, beautiful, bold illustrations by Mari Kanstad Johnsen for Helge Torvund's children's book Vivaldithe other day. They are everything I love about good children's book illustrations: playful, colourful and full of character. You can buy the book here.