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Cipher

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By Kate Barnett in New Fashion on Tuesday 18 November 2008

Created in 2003 as a skateboard footwear brand in Los Angeles, Cipher is now an international urban lifestyle brand offering designer products for an emerging group of global hipsters. Now based in Hong Kong, where metropolitan living manifests the dynamic fusion of East and West culture, Cipher is an expression of life in the brave […]

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Christophe Coppens

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By Kate Barnett in New Fashion on Monday 17 November 2008

I was initially drawn to Belgium-born Christophe Coppen’s jewellery before discovering that he produces two mens and womens collections each year, consisting not only of jewellery, also of but couture pieces and home accessories. With seven interior collections to his name, and a past history as both a theater director and an actor, his work […]

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Vormator: The Elements of Design

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By Kate Barnett in New Design on Wednesday 12 November 2008

Anyone interested in the importance of limitations on creativity should check out the new publication Vormator: The Elements of Design. Begun two years ago, it challenges artists to create a visual by using a very limited palette of shapes and possibilities.

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Pamela Love

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By Kate Barnett in New Products on Wednesday 12 November 2008

Having just finished a collaboration with Marchesa, jewellery designer Pamela Love’s gothic-inspired line has been picked up by the likes of Erin Wasson, among other celebrity fans. Referencing both nature and science, Love has created a line that is both rock n’ roll and earthy, with talons, claws, peacocks, rams and bear heads all featuring […]

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Aurélie Bidermann

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By Kate Barnett in New Fashion on Tuesday 11 November 2008

It’s official, I’m back into jewellery after detoxing from the 2001 chandelier earring craze. Aurélie Bidermann used to work at Sotheby’s New York in their Impressionist and Contemporary Art department but has been slowly raising though the ranks as one of the most innovative jewellery designers around today. Her website doesn’t showcase her fantastic Spring […]

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Mr. Bacon vs. Mr Tofu

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By Kate Barnett in New Trends on Monday 10 November 2008

It’s a fight: Mr Bacon vs Mr Tofu. Who will remain at the top of the foodchain? If you’re a toy freak, this will go nicely on the desk alongside your Berbrick, Kaws and Macbook Pro. Yup, it’s never too early to start planning Christmas gifts.

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Matthew Langille

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By Kate Barnett in New Illustration on Sunday 9 November 2008

Matthew Langille is a talented New York-based illustrator and graphic artist. Not content just to work on paper, he’s also successfully made the leap to textile designer. He sells designs for apparel, footwear, bags and sunglasses, landing big name clients like Marc Jacobs and Victoria’s Secret.

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Alex Trochut

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By Kate Barnett in New Design on Thursday 6 November 2008

Freelance designer Alex Trochut uses typography, illustration and a solid idea to create works that communicate to each brief. He states that he doesn’t want to choose a particular style but instead enjoys ‘expressing himself and communicating though the needs of every project’. And his formula has worked: his clients include The Guardian G2, Nike […]

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Alexandra Falagara

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By Kate Barnett in New Illustration on Tuesday 28 October 2008

Preferring to focus on the content of her pictures rather than the style is a refreshingly honest approach to design. It’s worked out brilliantly for Swedish illustrator Alexandra Falagaras, whose works are easy to spot with their sharp graphic style. My favourite piece of hers is a contribution to The Book of Dreams, a project […]

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Marcela Restrepo print sale

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By Kate Barnett in New Events on Tuesday 28 October 2008

Born in Colombia, Marcela Restrepo now calls Sydney home. His Impressive client list includes American Express, Peugeot, Energizer, Bon Appetit Magazine, Australian Financial Review, Sunday Telegraph Magazine, and my mother. He’s just opened up an online shop where you can purchase limited and open edition affordable giclée prints of his drawings. Get in quick because […]

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Inka Jarvinen

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By Kate Barnett in New Design on Wednesday 22 October 2008

In a marketplace oversaturated with photoprints, Finnish illustrator and designer Inka Jarvinen has managed to make it look new. Her up-andpcoming label, Girls Of Boredom, showcases her photo cut and paste style, while her client work sees her creating record covers, fashion show identities, and magazine covers.

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Maija Louekari

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By Kate Barnett in New Illustration on Monday 20 October 2008

I loved Maija Louekari’s hand drawn illustrations even before discovering that she has worked as a freelance textile designer for Marimekko. Her HO-HOI! fabric topped the Textile design category at the Elle International Design Awards in 2006. Maija’s illustrations are made by hand, her favorite tools being fine felt tip pens, pencils, scissors and coloured […]

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Emily Eldridge

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By Kate Barnett in New Illustration on Monday 13 October 2008

Emily Eldridge is originally from the United States, where she studied illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Based in Hong Kong for the past three years, she takes inspiration from the oddities and unique aspects of Asian culture and history around her. She incorporates her personal experiences and world travels into her lighthearted, colourful and feminine pieces. 

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Black and White Freedrawings by Zeptonn Willem

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By Kate Barnett in New Design on Friday 19 September 2008

If you haven’t heard of illustrative designer Zeptonn, then you should have. He’s the creative force uniting a group of talented designers who operate on the brilliant design site Black Rock Collective.

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The Republic Tigers

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By Kate Barnett in New Music on Thursday 18 September 2008

Falling in between Enya, Bright Eyes, and Air, The Republic Tigers have been tagged ‘indie rock meets new age fog’. If that’s all too wishy-washy for you, then check out their new album Keep Color and watch the video to the album opener, Buildings and Mountains. Listen to The Republic Tigers track, Golden Sand

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