Happy Easter long weekend! How nice is that? So far I have only had one chocolate Easter egg whoopsie i.e. eaten far too many. Actually, it was a large chocolate Easter bunny. I started eating his ears out of curiosity as it said on the tinfoil wrapping that he was a "Crunchie" chocolate bunny. So I thought he would have honeycomb toffee inside. Well, he didn't, but the chocolate itself was speckled with honeycomb toffee and it was very sweet and delicious and very moorish. One thing lead to another gentle readers and he was gone before I knew it. However, with a bit of luck that is the first and last Easter chocolate whoopsie I have.
I hope everyone has a relaxing and enjoyable break!
Top image from a window display in Potts Point, Sydney and bottom image from here.
Is it just me, or are these rugs unbearably lovely? They are antique Moroccan rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection site. I love the joyful colours and the groovy haphazard designs. It's as if the weavers were doing free form jazz improvisations with coloured threads. I don't know what I would do if I actually owned one. I think I'd probably think of excuses to stay at home so I could gaze at it all day.
Part of my break has been spent watching "The Hour". "The Hour" is a period drama/ spy story set in Cold War 1956 London. The story revolves around a producer, a journalist and an anchor man who are working on a BBC investigative news programme called The Hour. It's said to be the British Mad Men which it most certainly isn't! Actually, I found the first two episodes pretty infuriating for reasons I will explain later, but I perservered and found it improved somewhat with each episode.
These are my thoughts:
1. It is ravishing to look at. "The Hour" has very high production values. In fact, I think this is what kept me going past the first two eps. The costumes are gorgeous, paticularly Bel's wardrobe which is to die for lovely. The period detail and set designs are spot on. I love seeing bits and pieces from 1956 post war London. The cinematography is superb and the interiors which range from country piles and the TV studio to modest flats in London are very well done.
2. The acting is very decent. The three main characters of producer, journalist and anchor man played by Romola Garai (Bel), Ben Wishaw (Freddy) and Dominic West (Hector) are well acted. The supporting cast is as equally solid as the leads.
3. The jazzy/ bebop theme music is great and the incidental music throughout the series compliments the action well.
1. Poor character development. For the first two episodes I felt like I was watching a stone skipping across the surface of a lake. I felt I wasn't given the opportunity to get to know the characters beyond the surface. This is largely due to the script which I find pretty thin at times and down right inappropriate at others.
2. The script! As already mentioned, it is pretty weak in parts and doesn't work hard enough to give the charcaters a three dimensional feel. It is also very lumpy and jarringly modern. It pulls you out of the drama with its 2011 phrases and expressions. One glaring example is a scene between a distressed Freddy (the young journalist) and his superior, Clarence Fendley, who must be 60 plus years old. The superior takes a distraught Freddy by the shoulders, looks him in the eye and says soothingly "Just breathe". He says this about four times! Really? In 1956? A superior to a subordinate? I think such touchy feely modern ideas about how to relieve stress and the concept of a a caring workplace environment have no place in 1956!!
3. The Cold War Suez Canal crisis which unfolds during the series is historically interesting up to a point, but quite frankly I found it a bit so what. We know how it worked out and we know it didn't result in World War Three, so how can we feel as anxious about it as the cast? The political scandal surrounding the crisis similarly seems a bit ho hum.
So, there are my pros and cons regarding this series. It did improve with each episode, so if you find it a bit heavy going for the first few, take heart : it does get marginally better.
What are your thoughts? Have you seen it and what did you think of it? Have I been too harsh here or not harsh enough? I'd love to hear your views!
I love that word don't you? Besotted. Well, I am besotted with these necklaces and earrings by Laura Lombardi. I'm not usually one for geometrics and minimalism, but these have captured my heart! See more of Laura Lombardi's beautiful creations here.
I love these pillow covers by Erin Flett too. Their cute designs coupled with the sunny colours make me feel happy just looking at them! See more of these cheerful pretty pillow covers in Erin's shop here.
Happy Monday all! I hope everyone had a truly lovely weekend!
Have you heard about a new documentary that's coming out later this month about the husband and wife designer team Charles and Ray Eames? It's called Eames: The Architect and the Painter. I saw a trailer for it here and it looks absolutely wonderful! It's full of archival footage, interviews with family members and colleagues and other never before seen bits and pieces. They look like an extremely fun, bright and entertaining couple. I had no idea!
I can't wait to see it! It begins screening in the States on 18th November.
Julia Rothman is a painter and illustrator from Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. She also has one of my favourite blogs: Book By Its Cover.
Above are four cards from a large range of greeting cards that she designed. Each one is an individual letterpress printed card and has a matching envelope. See more of her card designs and purchasing info here --> Hello Lucky.
Below is a poster she did for the MTA New York. It's available for sale here.
She also designs wallpapers. How wonderful is this one below? It's called "Daydream".
Italian luxury sportswear brand Aspeci has a rather lovely, recently launched (September '11), online store. These photos of the Milan Aspeci store are from their new online website. Filled with colourful installations of creatures and flowers, the space looks like a feast for the senses and would be fun to explore. It's not something I would expect from a traditional sportswear clothes store!
It is now officially on my "to visit" list next time I'm in Milan (along with the cathedral)!
There's a lot to be said for basic black and white I think. It's smart and at the end of the day, black and white goes with everything, doesn't it? I am particularly keen on this last room from Apartment Therapy. It's sort of dream like and ethereal!
This is Rachel, the last of the Postmodern Beauties. I was inspired to draw this gal after reading an article in The Guardian about an exhibition at the V&A that I would give my right arm to go to. The exhibition is called Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 - 1990. It features art and design from that period which I am very fond of. Done well, Postmodern design/art is the bee's knees. Think ID magazine in its 1980s heyday, over the top Grace Jones video clips and wild memphis furniture. The exhibition opens on the 24th September and runs until the 15th January 2012 so perhaps I might pop on a plane some time during that period and have a look!
...and now for something completely different! I have a new mirror in my shop. It is Teddy the Aristo-kitten. I think he was made to be on a lady's posket mirror, don't you?