The American South’s hippest city — Austin, Texas — got a little bit cooler last year with the opening of Uchiko, a contemporary Japanese restaurant that serves up innovative and sustainable food in a warm farmhouse setting.
A month ago, I began noticing these random upright pianos popping up in the most odd places all across Austin: on pedestrian bridges, running trails, in front of downtown building. It’s a beautiful idea for an art installation, using a city known for its music, culture and artistic identity, and painting it with its own […]
I had somewhat forgotten about Jad Fair over the years. After watching Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King years ago, and being rather touched by the story behind Jad and his bandmates, not to mention their music, I’ve been unable to find much by way of recent activity. Then I heard he was playing in my hometown, Austin. Jad Fair live: this should get interesting, and interesting turned out to be an understatement.
In this series of minimal watercolor portraits on paper, Austin Power continues to explore the difficulty and discomfort in fully understanding a person. Using the physicality of his subjects as a guideline, Power employs intuitive emotional color to create snapshots of his personal relationships.
If you thought it was impossible for something to be too pretty too eat, you may reconsider after taking a gander at the luxury line of cakes and cookies at Maggie Austin Cake in Washington, DC. Maggie LaBaugh, the veritable mastermind behind the whole operation, was a former classical ballet dancer who now runs a custom cake design shop that will literally make your jaw drop. Maggie draws on her earlier training to create exquisite confections using clean lines, classic simplicity, and sheer elegance. She employs a strong artistic structure taking inspiration from famous sculptures, painting movements and even the realm of haute couture.
With his Newspaper Blackout pieces, writer and artist Austin Kleon uses a marker to black out all but a few select words printed in the New York Times, carving out little poems from the articles of the newspaper.
Whilst staying at the Kimber Modern in Austin, Texas, recently, I came across these awesome hammocks made from car selt belts designed by Ting London, which they had hanging in the communual space at the hotel. I checked in with Kimber, the owner of the Kimber Modern, and asked her how important the small design touches are at the hotel and how she keeps abreast of what’s out there that might work well? ‘The small design touches are crucial. It’s what sets us apart from so many other small hotels. Every item, no matter how minor is thoroughly researched to make sure it works for the hotel. I feel that it’s the every day items, like cork screws, salt shakers, pot holders etc. should be little works of art. So much thought goes into those small details or design touches. I search on line for unique exceptional items. I also get a bunch of catalogues and design/architecture magazines’. [Photo by Alison Zavos]
Whilst in Austin the other weekend, I spent a couple of nights at a beautifully designed hotel called the Kimber Modern, which is located in the happening SOCO area, just a short hop, skip and sideways roll to the bustling hive of restaurants and cafes along South Congress. The Kimber Modern is a hotel with a twist. First up, the architecture is stunning, this elegant and contemporary building with subtle splashes of color to break up the overall white-walled minimalism. And then there are the clever design touches, such as communal hammocks made from car belts, and a giant tank churning liters of water in a calming, almost Zen-like manner. [photos by Alison Zavos]
I was in Austin last week and spent a night at the Austin Motel, where the rooms are all themed and the signage is a little … err … suggestive. As far as I can tell, it’s either telling me to bugger off or to come prepared. I mentioned it to the receptionist as I […]
Loading luggage in the snow for hours on end must get boring. No matter the elements, you are required to heave heavy luggage on and off planes quickly for hours. On top of that, you have to endure seeing all the happy passengers travelling to far off exotic places everyday. So, while stuck there inhaling exhaust and going deaf from the plane engines, you might as well have some fun, right?
Every winter for the past four years, three brothers continue a tradition they started right in their front yard. Austin, Connor, and Trevor Bartz of New Brighton, Minnesota make massive snow sculptures that take days, if not, weeks to complete. This year, they created a 12-foot-tall sea turtle! In previous years, they made a shark, a walrus, and a blowfish.
Melbourne-based trio, ScotDrakula, is blasting the local scene with their grunge, garage tunes. With a new single out, O’Clock, ScotDrakula keep the tambourine steady and the vocals screechy. Frontman, guitarist and vocalist, Matt Neumann penned a list of his favourite songs that influence their sound today.
Make balloons, not war. German artist Hans Hemmer’s medium of choice is air. And what better way to visualize and quantify this unconventional medium than balloons! One of his most popular works is a balloon tank installed way back in 2007. Called German Panther, it deflates ever so slowly, showing its impermanence and fragility before […]
As part of a NASA research program, one lucky (ok, that’s questionable) man is being paid $18,000 to lie in bed for three straight months. This man’s name is Andrew Iwanicki and in August he lost his job, so there’s no better time to lie in bed and get money for it, right?