“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)
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 ...
3 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.