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MANTRY: THE MODERN MAN’S PANTRY

Design, Food: MANTRY: THE MODERN MAN’S PANTRY

It seems like awesome curated gift services are popping up more and more as a really interesting business and design model.  “Mantry” is one for the hip male foodie in your life and delivers a new and exciting food experience every month. The food & beverage items that they send in your Mantry are not your typical grocery store varieties. Highlighting American artisan makers, regional makers and the handmade, these foods are painstakingly sourced and lovingly crafted into fun, original themes (i.e. Bourbon Breakfast, Hecho en America, Smoke and Whiskey).  …ah, it’s really too bad they only ship to the US right now.

 

FOOD FONT

Design, Environment, Food: FOOD FONT

Food Font is an interactive art project where people can make alphabets out of food, take pictures of each letter, and later use these and other food alphabets in a fun, free, interactive online design tool. The project supports dialogue and builds community around food, health, and sustainability. It is also fun to make food alphabets and to make images that you can save, print, and share.  So why not play and write with your food?

BEERKARY BAKERY

Food: BEERKARY BAKERY

Beerkary Bakery is a concept bakery serving custom made craft beers and beer matched pastries.  It comes from a simple desire to combine two favourite things – beer and baked goods, and also recognises that brewing and baking share a similar craft and science.  Debuting at Scratch Bar in Milton, on Sunday 20th October 2013 (10am), this event will bring together pastries by chef, Ben Devlin, and beers by Brewtal Brewers (Jon Burnett and Tim Goulding).  

 

BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE

Design: BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE

Have you ever walked past a building, and wondered what it’s like inside but had no real reason to go in?  Brisbane Open House gives us the perfect permission to snoop around Brisbane’s best buildings, find out about intriguing operations (like fire stations, museums and libraries) and glimpse into fancy offices and homes.  Held over two days on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October 2013, Brisbane Open House  is a rare opportunity to explore 71 of the city’s most historic and architecturally unique buildings.   The weekend is also running tours, kids activities, speaker series, art exhibition and photo competitions.

SPOONSHIP

Design, Food: SPOONSHIP

Spoons! We use them every day – from morning coffees, lunch time soups and dessert scoops. Spoonship is a website and collection dedicated to the making, art and craft of spoons.

Spoons have been used since ancient times in many places around the world, and Spoonship asserts that you can see features of certain areas, eras and individuals within one spoon.  It tries to view the world through spoons in order to get a different viewpoint, to find things you could not before and to learn about different cultures.

Eat the Collection

Food, Technology: Eat the Collection

Love museums? Love chocolate? Now imagine mini museum collection objects printed IN chocolate! As part of Vivid Sydney Festival, “Eat the Collection” explores the interaction of design, food and technology in glorious chocolate. A collaborative project between the Powerhouse Museum and a select group of the creative industry’s finest; Eat the Collection invites designers to forage through the museum’s extensive online collection for inspirational objects and content. They will then hack, re-mix and design an object to be 3D printed in chocolate and exhibited at the Powerhouse Museum’s inaugural Late Night Lounge event on 30 May 2013.

THE BIG EGG HUNT

Design: THE BIG EGG HUNT

The Big Egg Hunt is a record-breaking egg hunt currently taking place across Central London.  It features over 200 wildly creative and uniquely crafted eggs, created by leading artists, designers, architects and jewellers, that will be hidden across the city this Easter.  Friends and family can get maps for  12 zones to find the eggs and raise money for Elephant Family and Action for Children.  Eggs are a universally recognised symbol of new life, a fresh start and hope for the future – the bedrock of both the charities’ missions. It looks like great fun!

PAPER ANATOMY

Design: PAPER ANATOMY

In “Tissue Series“, American artist Lisa Nilsson creates amazingly detailed anatomical cross-sections just using paper.  These pieces are made of Japanese mulberry paper and the gilded edges of old books. They are constructed by a technique of rolling and shaping narrow strips of paper called quilling or paper filigree.

Travel: ADDRESS IS APPROXIMATE

“Address is Approximate” is the story of a lonely desk toy who longs to escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View.

Design: PRODUCT BY PROCESS

Product by Process is a fascinating compilation of processes, material and interesting stories about products.  It is an attempt to go beyond the polished products and objects that surround us and take a look at how they are manufactured and recycled.  In doing so, the video collection highlights some beautiful craft and design, including everything from jeans, knives, chairs, to handmade wooden sunglasses by Capital.

NEXT: CHILDHOOD

Food: NEXT: CHILDHOOD


If Junior Masterchef is kids playing as chefs, then ‘Next: Childhood’, is chefs playing as kids.  Next is an innovative restaurant in Chicago that is reinventing childhood classics like peanut butter and jelly, chicken soup, mac and cheese, Jell-O and hot chocolate.  The dining experience features fun elements like 80’s lunchboxes with Knight Rider and Strawberry Shortcake and a “campfire” to end the desserts. Next changes its menu themes every 3 months, and previous themes have included “Paris 1906” and “Tour of Thailand”.  The childhood theme seems like it would be the most fun for both diners and chefs.  The executive chef, Dave Beran, said, ”we’re trying to find those triggers that have that sense of wonder, sense of discovery, the idea that when you’re small, everything seems big”.  If you can’t get to Chicago, Brisbanites can discover something similar at Esquire, where they have an equally imaginative ‘Popcorn’ dessert.

Design: AGAINST THE GRAIN

Amazing stop motion by artist Dropbear (aka Jonathan Chong).

Culture: SLOW MO BROOKLYN

Via Next Level: The idea behind this video was to document whatever sort of culture could be found in Brooklyn within an 8 hour span with literally no pre-production.

Culture: BALLOON HATS AROUND THE WORLD

via Colossal: Since 2008 balloon artist Addi Somekh and photographer Charlie Eckert have traveled to 34 countries and shot over 10,000 photographs of people wearing balloon hats. After focusing more on balloon twisting than homework in college Somekh began working professionally as a balloon artist, charging wealthy executives up to $150 an hour to make elaborate balloon hats. He also donated the same skill to shelters for battered women and their children where he realized something: both groups, the rich and the poor, were laughing and enjoying his work in the same way. He had struck upon a democratic, neutralizing and powerful force of entertainment and enrichment, and he hatched a plan with his friend Charles to bring that gift to thousands of people across the world.

SPOONFUL

Culture: SPOONFUL

Spoonful isn’t just a zine, it’s “a happiness companion”!  It is a short and inspiring little publication which, in light of our insanely busy lives, can be finished by the end of a train ride. It’s quick to consume, beautifully soft, & after reading will genuinely make you smile.  I had discovered this and other equally beautiful things it in a cute store called Little Jane St.  It is part of the latest emergence of Brisbane’s laneway culture and is nestled in on Winn Lane (between Ann St and McLachlan St, Valley).

Design: IF I RAN THE WORLD

map magazine’s pages are full of dreamers who not only have big dreams and ideas but are powerful in making their ideas happen.  I had once blogged that sharing our dreams to others was important to help find teams, resources and community to rally behind ideas. It is this very idea of sharing, that is behind IfWeRanTheWorld. It is a real-world experiment in tapping good intentions and turning them into tangible, do-able microactions that anyone and everyone can help you to do. (more…)

PADDINGTON SKATE PARTY

Culture: PADDINGTON SKATE PARTY

Skating is occasionally on my ‘things-I-wish-I-could-do‘ list.   For those who can actually do it -  there is going to be skate contests and live music at the Paddington Skate Park (Neal MacRossan Park, Caroline Street) from 11:30am, Sunday 13th February.  This is part of the great work of the Brisbane Skate Cartel, who have been busy repairing the badly maintained facility in the lead up to the event. Many skate facilities, including the Paddington Skate Park, have suffered from under investment over the past decade, despite the growing popularity of skateboarding.  The Cartel will be seeking donations on Sunday and have T-shirts for sale to fund their campaign efforts and to raise awareness and lobby for greater investment in Brisbane’s skate facilities.

DJ TRIKE

Culture: DJ TRIKE

Most people might consider portable music as that solitary experience at the end of ipods and white earbuds – but how about portable music that is a shared experience?  How about a portable DJ deck on a bike, that travels around and fills the city with music?  Well, that’s exactly what DJ Trike is.

Designed by Makeuse Studio, DJ Trike houses the essential audio/visual equipment to create sensory-filled social interventions, project onto architecture and infrastructure, and use public space as a play space. ‘Curbside Play Sessions’ is the ongoing project that is taking DJ Trike to streets, parks, bridges and parking garages around Vancouver.  In the spirit of activating and reclaiming public spaces, it seems like DJ Trike just might fit perfectly in a car park space for Park(ing) Day.

Culture: FOUND – LOST PICTURES OF NEW YORK BLIZZARD

A guy was skiing in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and found a roll of film. He had the film developed and this is what what was found…

NEW FARM-ING

Environment: NEW FARM-ING

via GOOD MagazineWe Patch, is one of a dozen new websites designed to connect wannabe gardeners with landowners who have available garden space. Let’s say you have an unused space that might make a good pumpkin patch, you offer it up on the website. If you’re a gardener without a garden, you can find available space—and contact the landowner. Sometimes, it leads to a rendezvous and a handshake agreement. Other times, gardeners and landowners spell out exactly how they’ll share produce and labor from a shared plot of land.

I feel like this idea linking social networking and greenspace could be expanded to take care of and be used in public spaces and parks too.  It would be interesting to trial.  Recently the idea of turning some of New Farm Park back to its farming roots has been flagged with me, and if anyone is interested in this idea, please contact me.

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