Baltazar Budapest

Baltazar Budapest.


inspirational cake designs


Mentioned this book to Kay last week but thought it would be of interest to one & all.

Here is a link to her website. She also designs lots of great textiles and home wares such as lamps and rugs.

Well worth a look…

First a few more of the cakes. Enjoy!




featbeat – surfing gear for seniors

Why spend your autumn years just walking on the beach and dream­­­ing? Why not try surfing and catch your wave to Hawaii? Feat Beat products can make it happen. We believe that older persons can master (beat) a new or forgotten skill (feat). Products are based on natural materials and are especially designed for comfort and safety for those less than agile.

Our products promote surfing as a component of a fitness program for seniors. We make apparel, surf mats and fins for people who desire variety and challenge.

You too can now ‘Change your life, One Wave at a Time, and have Fun’.

31/5: Brian Eno – Oblique Strategies

Brian Eno Pioneer

Who is Brian Eno? 

Perhaps best known as a musician and producer, he’s also an artist, professor and thinker. Music-wise, even if you haven’t heard any of his own records, you may have heard his production contributions to albums by rock legends U2, David Bowie, Talking Heads or James. In other media, his music sometimes appears in films (Trainspotting, Velvet Goldmine, Heat), television programs and commercials, and the Windows 95 start-up sound.

What are  Oblique Strategies?

Oblique Strategies (subtitled Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas) is a deck of printed cards in a black container box created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt and first published in 1975. Each card offers an aphorism (saying) intended to help artists (particularly musicians) break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking.


“These cards evolved from separate observations of the principles underlying what we were doing. Sometimes they were recognised in retrospect (intellect catching up with intuition), sometimes they were identified as they were happening, sometimes they were formulated. They can be used as a pack, or by drawing a single card from the shuffled pack when a dilemma occurs in a working situation. In this case the card is trusted even if its appropriateness is quite unclear. They are not final, as new ideas will present themselves, and others will become self-evident.”


“The Oblique Strategies evolved from me being in a number of working situations when the panic of the situation – particularly in studios – tended to make me quickly forget that there were others ways of working and that there were tangential ways of attacking problems that were in many senses more interesting than the direct head-on approach. If you’re in a panic, you tend to take the head-on approach because it seems to be the one that’s going to yield the best results Of course, that often isn’t the case – it’s just the most obvious and – apparently – reliable method. The function of the Oblique Strategies was, initially, to serve as a series of prompts which said, “Don’t forget that you could adopt *this* attitude,” or “Don’t forget you could adopt *that* attitude.”  -Brian Eno, interview with Charles Amirkhanian, KPFA-FM Berkeley, 2/1/80

You can download the Oblique Strategies widget for your desktop here.

Isabela Capeto for Melissa Shoes


These are the Melissa sandles I was discussing with Deb, when she was researching Vivienne Westwood, who has designed ranges of shoes for this interesting company.

Based in Brazil, all their shoes are made from recycled plastic which has got to be a good thing..

Isabela Capeto who designed the example above does a wide range of design (from shoes to clothing, sunglasses to bikes) and is well worth checking out.

She recently launched her own perfume, the bottle/packaging is rather groovy..


Marimekko kids… circa 1967

As promised a few pics from my family archive.1967-25

My brother Nick and I all dressed up in our Marimekko and posed in the Eames chair, like trendy architect’s children of the time..

These are the few that show off the clothes to the best advantage.



Here we are later that day rocking out at the NSW Art Gallery later that day…

Post 2: Designers from various disciplines – Due 17/5


Here are  a wide range of choice of subject matter for your second post.

250 words, 5 images & 5 links, please!

Fashion & Textile:

Vivienne Westwood

Zandra Rhodes

Stephen Jones (pictured above) an incredible Hat Designer/Milliner

Valentino Garavani

Issey Miyake

Jean Paul Gaultier

Armi Ratia (Marimekko)

Furniture & Product:

Ettore Sottsass

Marc Newson

Phillipe Starck

Raymond Loewy

Jonathan Ives

Alvar Aalto

Charles & Ray Eames (also in the previous ,post 1, list)

Isamu Noguchi

Eero Saarinen


Jonathan Barnbrook

Shigeo Fukuda

Today in class I will be briefing you all about the practical project for Term2 that relates to this research.