Clouds

yesterday we celebrated our one year wedding anniversary and as a serious treat we spent a night at Clouds Estate outside Stellenbosch. we stayed here just after our wedding, so it was special for us to return, and of course just amazing to get to spend time at this exquisite location.

if you ever make a trip to this part of the world and you want to treat yo self then this is it. they also have self-catering units, and they are right next door to Delaire Graaff estate where you can go eat at Indochine and see Tretchikoff’s Chinese Girl – the original.

summer truly arrived in Cape Town this weekend, as you can probably tell by these pictures.

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images of Clouds via their website and Moooi.

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Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter

can we all just take a moment for people who work on one thing for 2 whole months? that is exactly what Cape Town based artist Marsi van de Heuvel does. in her series Dark Matter Marsi explores space. not literally, but with her pen – at seven strokes per second.

I’ve had an interest in Space for as long as I can remember. I started collecting books on the theme, and made my first drawings of The Northern Sky and The Southern Sky about two years ago. Before I knew it, I was drawing every constellation, and the Earth, Sun, and Moon. Space consumed me.

Each pen stroke in my work is deliberately used to map out a representation of something infinitely bigger. It takes about two hours to draw a ten centimeter square, at a rate of about seven strokes per second. The largest drawing I’ve done to date in this technique, is Omega Centauri, the brightest star cluster in our galaxy. It took two months to complete.

The vastness of space helps me to put some perspective to our significance. Creating this work also showed me how extraordinary our home planet is – it is an oasis in a beautiful but hostile never-ending dessert. The idea of Space perpetually engages me as there is aways more to explore – it’s intangible and romanic, and reveals my unrequited love for a remarkable unemotional expanse of darkness.

the pieces are BIG, too! Omega Centauri (below) is 1 square meter in size. if i had one of these on my wall i would marvel at it constantly. you can purchase her work through Smith Studio.

Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter. this is drawn in pen, and took 2 months to complete.

Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter

Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter

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MATTER

beautiful new styles from MATTER

September is a month of the wind changing, and we feel the weather’s momentum intimately, given rain and shine affects when we print what. It’s a departure from previous editions with darker prints on lighter backgrounds, with a sense of transience and weightlessness. In monsoon season the rains mean we can only print this way, and of course, we go with the tides.

see my previous post introducing MATTER here.

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Rest Areas

Nicolo Sertorio is an Italian-born photographer, based in California, who has been beautifully documenting rest areas on the US interstate road system.

Largely replaced by commercial gas stations and food chains, in combination with the decrease of private interstate vehicle traffic and state budgets, they mostly sit abandoned and unused in varying states of decay. Having lost their function they become all about form, the empty symmetries attempting to control nature, as per a bygone ideology seeking to conquer the terrain. Symmetry, emptiness, and beauty confront their own meaninglessness in relation to the landscape.

thanks to my friend Petrus for sending this to me!

Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas

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Hem

so i have been keeping one eyeball on Hem – a new online shop that’s sort of positioning itself like the Everlane or Warby Parker of furniture. high-end design that’s simple, affordable, beautiful and designed to last. they are currently taking pre-orders on their debut collection.

Hem means Home. We create original, timeless furniture and interior accessories together with the most exciting and talented designers of today. Our design philosophy is to create pioneering pieces together with designers from around the globe. Our pieces are something to hold on to for a very long time. The design and production teams at Hem are passionate about materials and details. And, we only work with the best factories around the world.

there’s section in their shop called Razzle Dazzle which endeared me to them immediately.

HEM // Miss Moss
HEM // Miss Moss
HEM // Miss Moss
HEM // Miss Moss
HEM // Miss Moss
HEM // Miss Moss
HEM // Miss Moss
HEM // Miss Moss
HEM // Miss Moss
HEM // Miss Moss
HEM // Miss Moss
HEM // Miss Moss
HEM // Miss Moss
HEM // Miss Moss

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