Thursday, 31 July 2014

ART | George Byrne: Instant


This month at Sydney's newly opened Chasm Gallery, Australian-born LA artist George Byrne returns to his hometown to present Instant, an exhibition documenting his LA story. 

Byrne makes use of the bold colours and perfect symmetry of Los Angeles' urban landscape, and as the name of the exhibition suggests, has cleverly captured all images for Instant on his iPhone.







                                                                        Photos | George Byrne Instagram



Byrne, also brother to actress Rose Byrne, describes LA as sun-drenched and beautiful sometimes, but at other times fascinatingly vast and ugly.

A limited number of prints are available to purchase (framed or unframed) from Chasm Gallery. With their palettes of muted pinks to bold blues, the photographs would make a stunning addition to any contemporary interior.

Sydney: Chasm Gallery. 26 July- 5 August
Melbourne: I Dream a Highway. 7-11 August



Monday, 28 July 2014

THIS IS MY CITY | Alia's Los Angeles

Los Angeles and California have become some of our favourite places to visit over the past few years. We love the same kinds of things that artist Alia Penner loves about it: the sunshine, the silliness, the history, the glamour. We knew we had to ask Alia - a multi-talented, multi-skilled artist who works across collage, photography, illustration and design, all with her signature flair for colour, whimsy and playfulness - to share her favourite things about the city of angels. This is Los Angeles, by Alia.

one. Best thing about Los Angeles? Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows.

 The permanent rainbow at the Sony Pictures lot | Alia Penner

two. Worst thing about Los Angeles? How much money you have to spend to keep your car running. 

 My Mercedes | Alia Penner

three. Favourite secret spot? I grew up in Topanga Canyon, so I have a lot of secret spots there. Some have to stay secret :)

Topanga Canyon | Alia Penner

four. Favourite everyone-knows-it-but-it's-still-good spot? Home. I love to stay home, thats what's so great about LA, you can have space. If you are just visiting: make friends with someone who has one, preferably with a pool. 

Artwork by Alia Penner in her home in Mount Washington

five. What was your newest discovery in Los Angeles? I just started taking walks at the Hollywood Reservoir. It's so beautiful & it makes you feel so far away even though you're right under the Hollywood sign.
 Hollywood Reservoir | Alia Penner

six. Where is the best place for.... morning coffee/pick-me-up? meal with friends? romantic rendez-vous? late night drink? even later-night boogie?

morning coffee/pick-me-up - Proof Bakery in Atwater or Kitchen Mouse in Highland Park.
meal with friends - Stella on Sunset Blvd. or The ACE Hotel Downtown LA
romantic rendez-vous- Dan Tana's on Santa Monica Blvd. or The Ivy on Robertson Blvd. if it's aromantic brunch.
late night drink- Jumbo's Clown Room or Tiki-Ti on Sunset Blvd.
even later-night boogie- Punky Reggae at La Cita 

ACE HOTEL rooftop, designed by Commune, awnings designed by Alia Penner | Alia Penner

The Ivy | Alia Penner

seven. Where are Los Angeles' style spots? Where is the best shopping? I love Shareen's, it's my favorite dress shop in LA. It's only girls allowed and its in a giant warehouse in Downtown LA. They have dresses from every decade and you lay them all on a beautiful bed and play dress up. I also love Golyester for more high end, insanely rare, special vintage pieces. For books I go to Alias Bookstore in Atwater Village. 

Petra Collins and India Salvor Menuez in Shareen Vintage styled by Alia Penner | Alia Penner

eight. What is something you can get/read/experience/eat that you can only do in Los Angeles? Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. My boyfriend started the screenings 13 years ago, now I help him program and make the experience magical. It's truly a LA right of passage. The grounds of the cemetery are beautiful and you can pack a picnic and watch the sun go down before the movie. We show films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Almost Famous & Blue Velvet to a crowd of 4000 people. 

Cinespia | Alia Penner

nine. You can tell a lot about a city from their airport. Describe Los Angeles'. I don't travel internationally very often, If I go to NYC I like to fly out of the Bob Hope Airport. Its so much easier. They showed it in an episode of Mad Men this season and it did seem quite classic. There aren't any fancy restaurants but you can always grab In & Out before you leave California.

Collage artwork | Alia Penner

ten. How would your describe Los Angeles to someone who has never been there before? I believe in the Hollywood dream. Don't be put off by all the tourists on Hollywood Blvd, stroll down the Walk of Fame. See a movie at the El Capitan Theatre. Place your hands in Marilyn Monroe's prints in front on the Chinese Theatre & then go get a martini at Musso & Frank. It's always sunny outside and there is always a good movie to see. 

 Alia Penner

Read more of our city guides here.

Monday, 21 July 2014

KITCHEN | End of Pay Month Stew

The weather has finally taken on a little bit of that winter chill, so what better to do than head into the kitchen for a hearty, winter-warming recipe. This one comes from Elizabeth Hewson, blogger and author of Moving Out and Eating In, one of our favourite recent cook books that inspires us to get up and into the kitchen. Lizzie is currently living and studying in beautiful Italy, you can follow her adventures on her instagram. She kindly shared this recipe with us and we can't wait to try it out for ourselves. 


KITCHEN | End of Pay Month Stew by Elizabeth Hewson

Photo | Lizzie Hewson

I think it’s fair to say that (almost) everybody struggles at the end of pay month no matter what they choose to spend their money on. This is when this little beauty of a dish comes in. Canned beans are cheap. They fill you up, are high in fiber and a great source of protein.  A superfood some would say. You should almost have everything in your pantry for this dish but if not then it won’t cost you more than $10 to buy. Did I mention that this also feeds four hungry people? Feel free to play around with the vegetables in the stew, most things will work here, diced potato is a good addition too. I grow my own herbs so I don’t have to spend money on them but don’t worry too much if you don’t have parsley. It’s just a nice fresh touch that can be easily missed.  I like to use chickpeas and borlotti beans but almost any canned beans do the job.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 carrot, diced
1 zucchini, chopped
2 x 400ml can chopped tomatoes
2 bay leaves
Sea salt
Pinch chilli flakes
1 ½ tablespoons red wine vinegar
¼ cup white wine
1 x 400g can chickpeas, rinsed
1 x 400g can borlotti beans, rinsed
Crusty bread to serve
4 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt (optional)
Chopped parsley to serve (optional)

Method:
Place a casserole dish over medium heat. Add olive oil, onion, garlic and thyme and cook for 3 minutes, or until onion is starting to soften, but not brown.

Add carrot and zucchini and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Add canned tomatoes to the dish along with bay leaves, sea salt, chilli flakes, red wine vinegar and white wine. Cook for 10 minutes until starting to thicken.  Add rinsed and drained chickpeas and borlotti beans and cook for a further 15 minutes.
 
Divide stew into bowls, dollop with a spoonful of yoghurt, sprinkle with parsley and serve with crusty bread.

Read other recipes in the series here.

Monday, 14 July 2014

THIS IS MY CITY | Sherie's Berlin

Berlin is one of those cities in the world we have always wanted to visit but haven't quite made it to yet. We've wanted to go for years, ever since we shared our first guide to Berlin, by Tiffany. And when we learned that our friend Sherie Muijs, shirtmaker par excellence, had moved from Auckland to Berlin, we knew we had to ask her to share her favourite places in her new home. This is Berlin, by Sherie.




one. Best thing about Berlin? It’s relaxed pace.

two. Worst thing about Berlin? It’s relaxed pace.

three. Favourite secret spot? My friends’ rooftop terrace. If you can locate access to a rooftop, the views are a must-see.

 Volkspark Friedrichshain | Sherie Muijs

four. Favourite everyone-knows-it-but-it's-still-good spot? Volkspark Friedrichshain is my local favourite and judging by the amount of people there on a sunny day, boy does everyone know it!

five. What was your newest discovery in Berlin? My most recent discovery is a new wine bar called Briefmarken on Karl-Marx Allee. What about somewhere you've been going forever but can't quite give up? I can’t go past Five Elephants cheesecake. Whether I pick up a slice from their stall at Street Food Thursday or from their café in Kreuzberg, I simply can’t say no!

six. Where is the best place for.... morning coffee/pick-me-up? meal with friends? romantic rendez-vous? late night drink? even later-night boogie? I personally enjoy a coffee from the guys at Passenger on Saturdays at Boxhagner Platz Markets. For a meal with friends, I’ve had a couple of great nights at Kimchi Princess on Skalitzer Straße, and if you’re not shy of a little spice, I highly recommend it. My romantic rendes-vous and late night drink would be at Bar Babette. It’s an old 1960s cosmetic bar and conveniently close to my apartment. I’m yet to experience Berlin’s clubbing scene [I know, I know] but it’s certainly the place to be if you’re looking for a great night out.

 Bar Babette | Sherie Muijs

seven. Where are Berlin's style spots? Where is the best shopping? Nowkoelln Flowmarkt along Maybachufer, held every second Sunday, is where to go for the best finds. It’s also a prime location for people watching!

eight. What is something you can get/read/experience/eat that you can only do in Berlin? Its open-air cinemas, communal gardens and abandoned buildings are all pretty unique.

nine. You can tell a lot about a city from their airport. Describe Berlin’s. There’s almost too much to pack into this question as Berlin has four airports, all reflecting Berlin as a city. Its international airport is slowly emerging and yet to open. There are two smaller airports, one east the other west, as well as Templehof which has now closed-down, welcoming kite surfers, communal gardens and grilling during the summer. It’s quite unique.

 Templehof Airport Park | IheartBerlin

ten. How would your describe Berlin to someone who has never been there before? It is packed full with history, incredibly diverse and constantly under construction.

Read more city guides here.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

IN CONVERSATION | Briony Wright

Briony Wright used to run the Australian edition of Vice and now heads ups the brand new, so fresh i-D Australia. She is funny and clever and whip smart and we knew she would be a fantastic interview subject for our In Conversation Proust questionnaire series. Here are her answers:

Briony Wright | Source

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being on holiday somewhere warm with our little girl and boy and experiencing new things together. That and a well-made margarita.

What is your greatest fear? 
Dedicated ravers.  


What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Indecision and lack of punctuality.  

What is the trait you most deplore in others? 
 Decisiveness and punctuality.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Nene King.

What is your greatest extravagance?
My perfume hobby. It’s expensive extracting the smells from things apparently.

What is your current state of mind?
Excited, focused and a little bit petrified.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Manners.

Which living person do you most admire?
 Beyond my entire family, all of my amazing friends and anyone helping other people in need and the environment, I’d have to say Terry and Tricia Jones who started i-D magazine 33 years ago. They were fashion trailblazers.

What is your favorite color and flower?
Aqua. Daisies and carnations.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
 I’m never eating/drinking again.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Decency.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Decency.

When and where were you happiest?
I actually think I’m as happy as I’ve ever been. It’s either age bringing contentment or complacency.

Which talent would you most like to have?
 I really want to be able to play the guitar.

What is your most treasured possession?
My grandma’s engagement ring.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Vivienne Westwood and my brother, Nick, who just gets it done.

Where would you like to live?
In Spain or anywhere they endorse siestas.

What is your favorite song?
Human Nature” by Michael Jackson

What do you value most in your friends?
Their intelligence, sense of humour, kindness and example.

Who are your favorite writers?
There are too many to mention but perhaps Jesse Pearson from Apology when it comes to short-form journalism. He has a beautiful way of weaving a story.

Who are your favorite painters?
Yayoi Kusama, Howard Arkley and my daughter, who just painted me as an adorable ghost.

Who is your heroine of world history?
Aung San Suu Kyi.

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Jean Seberg as Patricia in Breathless.

What is your motto?
You get what you give.

You can read more in our In Conversation series here


Monday, 7 July 2014

KITCHEN | Roasted Pineapple + Fennel Toast

Grace has a beautiful blog, a keen eye and a way with words. Her blog A Penchant sums up exactly what we love about food right now: simple, effortless and delicious. When we asked her for a recipe for our site she came back with this, an ode to Sydney's endless summer and a chance to revel in something a little out of the ordinary come breakfast time.

KITCHEN | Roasted Pineapple + Fennel Toast | A Penchant

All photos | Grace Doughty A Penchant

For a long time I worked in a gelateria. It was here that I learnt to be more adventurous with flavours and to experiment with my palette. As a cook I have always been inspired by fresh ingredients, so learning to infuse seasonal fruit and veg with interesting flavours has become my favourite way to cook. 

This dish is a little bit quirky but quietly delicious. The pineapple's sweetness is balanced nicely with the tartness of the yoghurt with the fennel seeds giving a nice crunch of spice. Don't frown though if yoghurt and toast doesn't seem like it will take your fancy, it provides a nice wholesome base and absorbs the flavours really well. 

Ingredients: 4 good size pieces of pineapple, cut into cubes
1/4 cup chopped macadamias
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1/2 cup good quality yoghurt
2cslice s ciabatta
1 atablespoon of a gave to finish 

Method: In a small bowl mix together yoghurt and 1 1/2 tsp fennel seeds. 

In a small saucepan on low heat add pineapple and a squeeze of lemon juice. Lightly fry until pineapple looks golden.

Pop some ciabatta in the toaster and get all your ingredients ready to assemble.

When the toast is done, top with your yoghurt, pineapple, nuts and remaining fennel seeds. Drizzle with some agave and enjoy! 








Wednesday, 2 July 2014

IN CONVERSATION | Megan Morton

 Megan Morton is an interiors stylist and author whose playful and discerning eye is one of the best and most respected in the business. She is also the founder of The School, a local institution that invites people to take classes and learn lessons from a wide variety of artisans and creatives. We've attended a course at The School led by our friend Elise Pioch from Maison Balzac, where we made our own scented candles. That's the kind of inspiring, innovative place The School is, and that's the kind of inspiring, innovative woman Megan is. Read on for our conversation with Megan!


Megan Morton | Photo by Anson Smart

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
The Morton's when we are a fivesome.

What is your greatest fear?
That our youngest baby will eat us all alive.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Sometimes I cry during the trailers of movies because the screen is so big. (I don't watch TV so it's overwhelming for me)

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Hatred, closely followed by stupidity.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
 Millicent Rogers.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Yoga and a palm tree ring by Susie Stenmark, but I have to have my nails especially done to get away with wearing it.

What is your current state of mind?
Hyper.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Patience.

Which living person do you most admire?
Robyn Davidson.

What is your favourite colour and flower?
Klein blue. it's impossible to name a favourite flower, I let the seasons be my flower reason.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
GAAAAAH.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Awareness of trouser length.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Empathy.

When and where were you happiest?
Yesterday.

Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to cut my own fringe.

What is your most treasured possession?
A pottery house our eldest daughter made. How they value a house is very different to how we do.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Louise Bourgeois.

Where would you like to live?
Where I live now.

What is your favourite song?
Harder, stronger, faster better.

What do you value most in your friends?
Ability to think the things I like are unlikeable and vice versa.

Who are your favourite writers?
Joan Didion. There is no one better to speak of love, despair and reality.

Who are your favourite painters?
Elizabeth Peyton, Julian Schnabel, Caravaggio, Jean-Baptist-Simeon Chardin.

Who are your heroines of world history?
Mother Mary (as in Jesus' mumma).

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Olive Oyl, Moschino's original muse.

What is your motto?
Don't hide your enthusiasm.

Read more in our In Conversation series here.