“Marilyn Monroe agreed to pose nude for Vogue, with no make-up on her body, as long as the session could take place in LA. Rather than work in a studio, Stern decided to take a suite (No. 261) at the Bel-Air Hotel, Monroe had not been photographed in the nude since the Tom Kelley calendar pix. “I waited for her like a lover, like a bridegroom before his wedding, pacing the floor checking the ice in the Dom Pérignon 1953 vintage champagne, spraying the suite with Chanel No. 5.” Monroe arrived with Vicky, her hairdresser, five hours late. For 12 hours Stern snapped away, draping Monroe with necklaces, veils and two large roses, supplied by Vogue. The Crucifix, one of the photos that Monroe hated and put a red pen through in the form of a thick cross. After the shooting, Marilyn Monroe rejected herself some of the pictures, marking them with a red pen (not lipstick), directly on the film. “She hated the scar on her midriff from a recent gall-bladder operation, I told her it was beautiful. She was at a time in her life when she needed to re-invent herself, I think that’s why she accepted to pose for me, she drank gallons of Dom Pérignon, got drunk and fell asleep.” (Bert Stern)
As we all prepare for our favorite time of the year - Christmas holidays - I thought I would show you the amazing Christmas decorations at the Bilmore Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina. Cathy Barhardt is the designer behind this stunning display. Ian
Today I recieved a fantastic surprise birthday present from my family and friends. A painting by up and coming artist Daniel Brinsmead.
'My work examines human nature in relation to contemporary culture. I like to question the way we think, feel, and behave and explore how we act and react to our social and physical environments. My work also refers to other elements that have affected us such as historical events, cultural icons, and general presentations of popular culture. These investigations are then expressed through my own visual language giving a different angle or perspective on ourselves and the world around us. Ideals and beliefs systems that we are taught to live by are re-presented in a different light, questioning their validity.' Daniel Brinsmead
Thankyou Steven, Mum, Dad. Julieann, Scott, Zachary, Joy, Keith, Kym, Cameron, Hadyn, Abby, Claire, Micheal, Olive, Louis & Penny for a wonderful birthday. Ian
One of the great things about summer is an evening pool party. Lighten things up a little with these sexy, funky, waterproof pool lamps from metalarte. The rechargeable lamps are moulded from tough, waterproof polyethylene. I have just found something else to add to my Xmas wish list… Happy Saturday, Steven
Whoever said that reading was a religious experience was right, especially when taking a visit to Selexyz Dominicanen in Maastricht, Netherlands.
It was always going to be a challenging task for Amsterdam based architects Merkx + Girod who designed the space, to stay true to the original character and charm of the church, whilst also achieving a desirable amount of commercial space. Taking advantage of the massive ceiling, both have been achieved through the construction of a multi-storey steel structure which houses the majority of the books. This is one giant bookshelf, with stairs and elevators taking shoppers and visitors alike, up to the heavens (mind the pun), to roof of the church.
I just thought I would show you some stunning images of Krista Berga's latest bronze scuplture, located in the new Burley Katon Halliday project - Republic. Krista Berga's works on paper were listed on Steven's 'Christmas Wish List'. Republic is a residential development on Palmer Street in East Sydney and features a food, dining and retail forecourt. We recently had dinner there at Christine Manfield's Universal Restaurant, where Krista's spectacular bronze is a major feature.
Also, while talking all things Burley Katon Halliday - BKH by David Clarke and Catherine Martin has been released just in time for the perfect Christmas gift. This stunning book is in black hardcover with black edged pages features images of over 60 projects photographed by Sharrin Rees, who has been documenting their work since the beginning. The book is available online through one of my favorite resources, Published Art Bookshop.Ian
Just the ticket for today's brash, 'ME ME ME' and cynical society is this tiny, little ticket that stops time whilst you make a wish for whatever you want. Scarlet Jones is a great store in East Malvern, Victoria who stock these wonderful 'wish tickets'. Steven (my wish...mobile phones banned forever and ‘Dynasty’ back on cable TV where it belongs)
The right room divider can transform a sprawling open space by creating intimacy and adding dimension. Nola Star takes the concept a couple steps further with customizable patterns that also let in light. This flexibility means Nola Star can be configured to nearly any space—whether mid-room, as a wall covering, in a window, or simply as an accent element—and it can fold out of the way if needed.
Frank Roop (one of my favourite interior artists), believes in creating original environments that are ‘couture’. To achieve this it is essential that the ingredients that go into the projects are unique; almost all of the furniture and furnishings he uses are either antique or of his own exclusive design. He travels to France about three times a year to find antique and vintage furnishings specifically for his clients. It is very important to him that his client’s home reflects their personality and how they want to live while being sophisticated in taste. I hope you enjoy...regards, Steven
The latest unexpected fashion pairing comes from Finland’s 56-year-old design powerhouse, Marimekko, and the King of Shoes, Manolo Blahnik.
Apparently, Blahnik had decided to base his latest collection on the wonderful architectural lines he saw in Hagia Sophia, Turkey. He then came upon some Marimekko fabrics in a little shop in Bath, England. According to Blahnik, “the two just happened to fall perfectly into place — as bizarre as that combination may sound.” To wear these fusions of Turkish architecture and Finnish protest we will need to wait until January 2008 when they will be available in Blahnik stores in London and New York. Story by Tuija Seipell
Here are three things I hope appear in MY Christmas stocking...
'Le Bambole' from B&B Italia is the ultimate 'chill out' sofa. This re-issue of an original 70's design is my favorite product for 2007! B&B Italia is available in Australia through Space Furniture.
Dello Mano brownies are handcrafted in Brisbane from the finest ingredients. They are hand delivered (in stunning packaging) and are available online at www.dellomano.com.au Thanks Deborah and Bien for a great product and service!
A tailor made single button black linen cocktail jacket from Brisbane’s The Cloakroom . A big thanks to Josh at The Cloakroom for making shopping so effortless!
Steven Stewart and Ian Wrightson are co-directors of PHORM Interiors, an interior design firm located in Red Hill, Brisbane.
Our projects are varied, ranging from boardrooms to beach houses. Clients are private individuals, architectural practices and high profile companies, all who rely on PHORM's indepth knowledge of the industry and extensive network of specialists.
Phorm Interiors are recent finalists in the qdos design awards.
The Cloakroom Blog has a new home
As of this week we have a new home for our Cloakroom blog.
Dan and the team at The Letter D have been working their magic helping set
us up with a new Word ...
6 years ago
Tractor Stools Tractor Stool by Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows at Suite New York is influenced by the egronomic form of a Swiss tractor seat. A lightweight, elegant yet informal and comfortable stool suitable for residential or contract use. Carved from solid wood and hand finished. Available in ash, walnut or teak with an oil finish.
Gascoigne & King Gascoigne & King candles are individually hand-made in Sydney, Australia, using only the finest quality all natural ingredients and carefully blended fragrances. Each fragrance in the Gascoigne & King range is inspired by the connection we have with the world we live in.
Hee Lounge Chair
The Hee Lounge Chair by Hee Welling for HAY Furniture is a cool and basic chair that can be used indoors as well as outdoors. The ultimate in simplicity both in detail and finish.
Marvin Sofa by Jardan combines mid-century lines with a small foot-print making Marvin the perfect sofa for modern living.
The Selby features photographs, paintings and videos by Todd Selby of interesting people and their creative spaces
Nelson Miniature Chests George Nelson was fascinated with all things Japanese, and that influence is clear in his design of Nelson miniature chests.
Coupe - 3320/R
Coupe 3320/R was designed in 1967 by Joe Colombo for Oluce.