Tuesday, 29 April 2008

orla kiely

Bags. I'm an addict. I admit it. But I know my limitations. I just got a beautiful very bright orange-red Tabitha bag, so cannot allow myself to splurge on an Orla Kiely bag. Even though Orla's having a past season sale, I'm being very strong. Check it out and shop for me! Above on the left: Cross Hatch Stem Shopper, was £110 / €140 now £65 / €82. And on the right, Rowan Tree Small Tote, was £85 / €108 now £51 / € 65.

I'm also off to the South of France tomorrow for a mini break, so have a great Queens Day tomorrow and see you next week.
Lel x

Friday, 25 April 2008

every chair

'Every Chair At the Visual Studies Workshop' by Luke Strosnider only on 20x200.

Thursday, 24 April 2008

good aussie tucker

Ad campaign for Reef 'n Beef by Saatchi & Saatchi. Love it. Not Sure if the copy is legible, it says 'if it's not Australian it's not on the menu'.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

outside Rotterdam

The second part of our Sunday was spent enjoying the sun, city and sights on offer.
Walking along the waters edge.
Coming to the crazy Cube Houses of Rotterdam.
We took a look in the Cube Houses and they were interesting but I don't think I could eve live there. Lots of built-in 80's looking furniture, bad laminate an ineffective use of space I thought.
The White House was Europe's tallest office block back in the day at 10 stores high.
And back to those crazy Cubes.
Before we knew it it was beer-o'clock. We found a great dockside possie and had us a summer wit beer. Just the ticket.Walking back to the station, lots of seagulls out.
And the day held one last treat as it rocketed through the tulips fields on the way home. Brilliant colour and a lovely way to end the day.


inside Rotterdam

This weekend just gone my sis, friends Anna and I hopped on a train and headed south to Rotterdam. I've lived in Holland almost 6 years and only spend a few hours in this city in that whole time at an event. Amsterdammers curse the city, say it's ugly and that there's nothing there worth seeing. Well, they couldn't have been more. Rotterdam was just lovely.
First stop was the Boymans van Beuningen Museum. A stunning building with a whole collection of Dutch masterpieces and contemporary art.
Wall Painting No. 155 (Staff), 2006. Jan van der Ploeg.
Classic product design. Sewing machine 'Logica', 1981. Designed by Giorgio Giugiaro.
Folding moped 'Scooterette', 1960-1963. Wim Gilles.Joris Laarman's Concrete radiator, 2003.
constant 'Feest der droefenis', 1949.
Kees Timmer 'Felis onca' circa 1953.
Claes Oldenburg 'Meats' 1964.
Charles & Ray Eames 'Chair', 1951.
Religious relics displayed beautifully.
After a good two hours at the museum it was time for lunch. Anna made the most delish sammies: tuna, cream cheese, honey, walnut and watercress. So yummy!
A nice big ol truck.
The back of the museum which leads onto a park. There are a bunch of museums all connected by this park. So handy.
Big black grow next to the Natural History Museum.Next stop, Kunsthal Rotterdam.
A few masterpieces, which I can't say do a lot for me. They seem a little too dark and ominous. But I can appreciate the immense skill that's gone into them and love things like the lace detail.
We came to this gallery to see this:
Dutch graphic design master, Jan Bons.
A beautiful exhibition of his work.
Detail:
The Kunsthal was designed by famous Rotterdam-based architect Rem Koolhaas.
Last exhibition at the Kunsthal was a photography retrospective of Queen Beatrix.
The cafe is a complete sun trap and so we had a quick coffee and soaked up some sun to recharge then set off to see some modern Dutch architecture, check tomorrow's post.

Boymans van Beuningen Museum: Museumpark 18 - 20, 3015CX Rotterdam

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Kunsthal: Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341, 3015 AA Rotterdam