I love bookstores. Just spending a few minutes in one provides me with a tremendous sense of well-being. I also love to eat; however, many of the book cafes around my way are tacky, little holes in the wall where the nibbles look about as appetising as the mould growing between the pages of the unloved books. Enter Cook & Book – a supermarket-sized bookstore in Brussels that also features dining spaces and oozes sophistication.
Brought to life by interior architects Delacroix & Friant, the space is divided into eight themed sections: comics, children’s books, travel, fine arts, music, lifestyle, cooking, literature and English-language books. And, boy, have they gone to town with recreating the details of the theme of each space. Taking the act of perusing books to a whole new level, there is a grand piano in the music portion, a chrome caravan in the travel division and all manner of foodstuffs in the cooking section.
And the menu? Hot goat’s milk cheese salad, vanilla-flavoured tomatoes and acacia honey? Why, don’t mind if I do. In short, Cook & Book is pretty much the bookstore of my dreams. Just don’t get any crumbs on the books, please.
I received an email this morning from a lady with the amazing name of Roya Hamburger, an illustrator/designer from Amsterdam. I love the amount of creativity and vibrancy in her pieces. They’re a strange mix of 2D and digital that makes it hard to tell where one starts and one stops, it’s a nice touch. She says that she considers herself more of a designer than an illustrator which I think makes sense as these feel so planned out, almost like organic architecture. Blobitecture, I think they call it.
It’s gotten a bit cooler here in L.A. which makes me want to start bundling up… although it’s definitely not cold enough to do so. Then I see jackets like this collaboration between Penfield and Rag & Bone and then I really crave some legit cold weather. The Mallory jacket, which is based on Pnefield’s Rockford jacket, comes in black and khaki and is made of thornproof wool (intense) and has a plaid lining. I feel like you would never ever be cold in a jacket like this, ever. It’s so thick and puffy that the wind could never get you. You’ll only find these in Rag & Bone stores or in other fancy shops, but I think this is one of those jackets that would be a great investment for many winters.
The dudes from OK Go have yet another music video out, further proving they’re not a band but music video directors. Anyhow, I don’t really care about their music but this video is directed by Geoff McFetridge, so you know I had to post it. Amazingly the entire thing is a stop-motion video of images burned in toast. It’s a simple but beautiful effect that must have taken about a million billion years to do. It takes about 20 seconds to get started, so don’t freak out if you don’t see anything.
Update: I emailed Geoff to ask him about the video and here’s what he said:
“I got a call from Damian about the video about a month ago. I had 2 weeks to do the bulk of the animation and then a week for revisions. So that was really fast. I animated the entire thing with 3 animators working in Flash.
We then output it as frames/files
They they used those frames to burn the final toasted work”
Western Australian illustrator Sean Morris possesses the rather uncanny knack of transforming subjects that would normally be labelled abject or unbecoming into objects of desire. Well, almost. If heavy metal-listening, trailer park-dwelling white trash (FYI: we call them “bogans” in Australia) are your thing, then you will definitely appreciate his work. Although I don’t generally tend towards dissected, well-endowed mermaid-types, I love Morris’ aesthetic. Intricately detailed and using a variety of materials as his canvas (my favourite of which is old drink coasters), Morris’ talent for artistically presenting low brow themes is impressive.
Morris has upcoming exhibitions in Perth, Brisbane and New York; the details of which can be found on his site. To see even more do take a look at Morris’blog and flickr.