Artist and illustrator Naftali Beder (from Levy Creative Management New York) is responsible for these wonderful illustrations. I love their loneliness, their almost grey-scale tones. So far these are all I could find but they are worth sharing. Will keep a look out for more. For now, see my favourites from this series below.View Comments
More outfit posts they asked. More outfit posts they’ll get. Here is a quick look that I have found myself wearing lately. It’s in response to a reader who asked me how to wear lot’s of blue together. Especially dark blues. The trick I find is to allow the blues to blend. Here I wore a multi-check shirt to neutralize it slightly, but the cardigan brings in an element of red that ties in with the shirt, as do the shoes. Even the roll-up of the jeans act as a neutralizer so the blues don’t take over the whole look. It breaks it up.
As for the items: the favourite is hard to choose but it is likely the Gap check shirt I bought in New York, along with the New Balance 574′s I have worn to death, despite buying ten other pairs of shoes so I wouldn’t. The Comme des Garçon cardigan and the tortoise shell Ray-Ban Wayfarers (Sunglass Hut) are old favourites, but the jeans are new-new and come from Gap here in Jozi. I bought them in a relaxed fit because apparently I like to be comfortable these days. Something I realized recently: I never tuck my shirts in anymore. And I used to, everyday. Bizarre.
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The IKEA South Africa showroom in Johannesburg was my one job to do over the weekend. I had been meaning to visit for some time but you know, life. A while back I got my hands on the PS cabinet and had to get a second one. The trip to Midrand was an easy one, even with the rain, and their showroom was pretty easy to find. The important thing is you navigate to Old Pretoria road otherwise you’ll be driving up and down the street parallel and you’ll never find it.
The stock is limited to the best of the basics but since you already know that Nevada Furniture (who bring in IKEA) allow for custom orders on anything and it doesn’t take all that long to get delivered. And when I say anything, I mean bath towels, mats, lamps… everything. Plus the service is great. They now have showrooms in Cape Town and Johannesburg (see below).
Key tip to installing IKEA furniture: you cannot do it alone, and you must have whisky nearby (it doesn’t do anything but it’s more fun).
CAPE TOWN – Unit 1, Racecourse Gardens, Racecourse Road, Montague Gardens,
7441, South Africa | Office: +27 21 550 9700
JOHANNESBURG – Unit B3, Lanzerac Estate, Old Pretoria Road, Midrand, 1685,
South Africa | Office: +27 11 312 5630
Opening hours are: Monday to Friday 08:00 – 16:00 and Saturday 09:00-12:00
For more imported IKEA items please visit: www.nevadafurniture.co.zaView Comments
Converse Africa brings you the ClashWall. From February 28th to March 1st the wall above at the V&A Waterfront will undergo an artistic makeover to commemorate the release of their Sneakers Clash range. Aimed to disrupt and clash against a grey, dull world, their range and the new campaign, will inspire explosive bursts of colour, engage with fans of the brand and initiate a dialog. The campaign starts in Cape Town but will come to Johannesburg in March. The difference in this campaign is you get to dictate what the artists put on the wall. Go on Twitter using the below hash tags and suggest how they can unleash visceral work against a once lifeless wall. It sounds like a recipe for awesome if you ask me!
Follow @Converse_Africa and the #ClashWall #CT #JHB to keep up with the latest developments!View Comments
Dan Croll is someone you probably haven’t heard of before, but you should. Although the British singer is pursuing his solo career now, he was not so long ago recording with Ladysmith Black Mumbazo here in South Africa. From his debut album ‘Sweet Disarray’, comes this single ‘From Nowhere’, which features a rad video of a staring contest. Check it out below.View Comments
Famous movies usually have a backdrop that you can place without the characters in the shot. That’s why a clever illustrator by the name of Federico Babina used retro posters as a medium to showcase his love for cinema. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Shining and even Star Wars features among many others and you buy these here for your own home.View Comments
Pharrell Williams makes happy music and now he’s aiming to make a happy ocean. In partnership with GStar Raw, the singer is putting his name behind a great cause that turns ocean plastic waste into bionic yarn which then is made into denim you can buy. In short? Fuel their cause and more waste gets out of the oceans. I am very curious to see how these jeans look, but you can see the video below and a illustration of the fabric below. He says he’s just doing his part, but if this denim line takes off and others follow, it could be a very worthwhile cause. The line launches August 15th 2014.
Source: The Huffington PostView Comments
This apartment in Stockholm, Sweden, courtesy of the blog Fantastic Frank, is rather wonderfully curated. It’s clean with lots of light but it has frames against the walls and books and lots of white potted plants. It has a great balance of masculinity and quirk. See the other images here.
‘Algiers‘ the seventh album from Indie-Rock band Calexico was a wonderful weekend discovery. The seven-piece band feels to me like a glorious mix of Bob Dylan and The Shins, but there’s another influence I can’t put my finger on. Joey Burns fronts the band (he alone plays eight instruments), with John Convertino, Paul Niehaus, Jacob Valenzuela, Martin Wenk and Volker Zander.
I love finding acts that are not mainstream (for obvious reasons) but to see that they have been around for almost 20 years makes me sad. I think the Arizona based band has something special to offer. That said, Ellen DeGenerous recently had Band of Horses on her show to play and a little piece of me felt like I may loose my favorite band to the radio. Something happens to the sound once a band gets popular. For instance I loved John Mayer‘s first two records and it lost something for me after that. Anyway I digress. Listen to Fortune Teller below.View Comments
Illustrator and designer Oliver Barrett has a collection of work that would sit well in the pop culture gallery in the sky. The Tenenbaums for one, are great, but I personally love his 15 minute sketches whereby he allots himself 15 minutes and when the timer goes off he’s done. Completely Incomplete he calls them, and you can find them at his Behance profile here. If you love him lots, then go over to his online store and support the guy. Good going, Oliver.