The decor of Dudley’s, a popular Australian-style restaurant in New York’s Lower East Side, is beautiful and makes clever, amusing use of some unusual spaces.
Take it’s WC, for example. It’s almost as small as those you find on commercial aircraft — it’s a tight wedge of space tucked under the narrow stairs leading to the basement.
Though small, there’s just enough space, for some decorative flourishes and artwork. In this case, a framed 1990 Associated Press photo of then Aussie primer minister Bob Hawke golfing with the first President Bush during an official visit to the U.S. Framed with the black-and-white image is the original A.P. caption and slug information (the photo was for use with a profile article on then U.S. Secretary of State James Baker).
It’s a curious choice for a washroom photograph. Is there a cheeky underlying statement being made by having a picture of these political figures mounted, literally, above a toilet?
In any case, it’s an amusing nuanced detail, a touch of Australian identity at a restaurant that on the surface doesn’t scream its Aussie roots. (Well, except perhaps when the bartenders speak and you hear their accents.)
Here’s another one of those gargantuan wheat-pasted photos on the side of a building in SoHo, New York City. These massive street art pieces are by the artist JR and are part of his series of Native American faces for the Inside Out Project.
Amsterdam is a city with a lot of amazing spaces and a reputation for awesome, super-cool design. Awesome coffee, however, is not something Amsterdam is famous for. But that’s quickly changing. A handful of coffee roasters and cafes have recently set up shop in the city and are brewing some of the best coffee in Europe. Headfirst is one of them, and it’s doing it with great style and taste in design, as its cafe and branding attest. The cafe is full of vintage, mid-century modern furniture from Sourced and Sold, the shop to which it’s adjacent. This is the must-go coffee spot in AMS to get your double-espresso macchiato and while you’re at it, say, pick up that authentic Barcelona chair you’ve always wanted (most of the furniture is for sale from Sourced and Sold).
More Amsterdam street art pix … Here a stencil painting on a wall in the city’s Nine Streets neighborhood, in the canal district. The guy in the image looks like Ghandi. The Dutch phrase is loosely translated as “Nothing beats Groningen,” which is a Dutch city far north of Amsterdam.
The beautiful cover of B&A Journal, the print publication of Bernstein and Andriulli, an agency that represents artists, photographers, designs, illustrators, hair stylists, etc. The Journal showcases the work of agency’s talent.
We stumbled upon the Campbell’s “Condensed Graffiti” soup can yesterday in SoHo, in downtown New York City. The can is actually a spray-paint can with the Campbell’s label.
In any case, Andy Warhol’s pop-art icon has been paid homage and referenced many times by many artists and culture-makers. Street artist Mr. Brainwash (a.k.a., Thiery Guetta, he of Banksy film fame) is an example.
We met up with friends late Friday night for drinks at Cantine Parisienne, the new restaurant and bar at the Nolitan Hotel, near SoHo and the Lower East Side, in New York City. At night, the large dining space is beautifully lit up.
The “Love Me” stickers and graffiti seems to be everywhere these days, including Amsterdam. We found Love Me’s “Love” paint-scrawled on the side of the flower market barges in the heart of the city’s southern canal district. There’s also a small wheat-paste street-art piece by The London Police nearby.
We had heaps of shoes in our wardrobe, but the past couple of years we’ve been getting rid of old shoes and trying to keep the number of pairs to the essentials. Our two favorites are a pair of black Paul Smith boots we bought in Paris last fall and red lace-up Van’s we picked up last summer. About 90% of the time, we’re wearing either of these, leaving about a dozen other pairs of kicks lonely and gathering dust in the shoe shelf.
It’s Social Media Week in New York City this week, and there lots of events, mostly interactive presentations, panel discussions, and work sessions at various venues around the city, including some big advertising agencies. Here’s a pic of the Google+ presentation, which was a live pitch of four ideas to their client Caterpillar, who is on stage with the Google team. The audience will vote on the best idea for Catepillar.