In previous years, Phorm Interiors has sent gifts and cards. This year, we have instead decided to donate the christmas budget to “Swags for Homeless”.
The swag, an Australian icon, can provide warmth and protection, thereby improving the health and living conditions of the homeless. Donating a swag helps give dignity to a homeless person by providing a basic need: something to sleep and keep warm in. Swags for Homeless aims to provide one swag to every homeless man, woman & child in Australia. Swags are given 100% free with no strings attached.
Phorm Interiors will be closed from Monday 15th December until Monday 12th January.
For me, summer reading is much like winter reading (which, oddly enough, closely resembles autumn and spring reading...) - I scour my shelves for the classic to reread, the impulse purchase I forgot about in 2002 and then Ian - what a source! - lends me something un-put-down-able and before I know it my bedside table is groaning. Here's my motley list of recent reads - all very much better than summer televison programming.
We Disappear - Scott Heim From the state that brought you In Cold Blood and The Wizard of Oz - Kansas stars again in this dense little mystery from the author of Mysterious Skin. It's sometimes infuriating, often tender and ultimately challenges our human desire for neat explanations and definitive truths. Scott Heim throws in a terminally ill mother, a stomach-churning crystal meth addiction and a whole mess of lies to create a strangely beautiful book.
The Colarado Kid - Stephen King Ah, theme reading! I bought this one for the killer noir cover - it's from the Hard Case press, featuring both vintage and newly-writ mysteries such as this one from the author-hero of my teen years. King is the king (excuse me) of characterisation, and this novella delivers an engrossing pile up of evidence via a pair of gnarled New England newspapermen unpacking a cold case for their nubile intern. It has everything except (and I don't think I'm giving too much away here) a tidy denouement - perhaps Heim & King have been plotting to unhinge me.
The Language Instinct - Steven Pinker Available in the new Penguin series (hooray for $10 reads!), this pop-science bestseller is way more compelling than it sounds. Pinker delves into the world of linguistics and comes up with the concept that language is as innate to humans as hive-building is to bees. He illustrates his case for an inherent grammar with descriptions of creole languages across the world, all with a consistent structure, regardless of which languages are melded. Heady stuff! For further reading, check out Jared Diamond's The Third Chimpanzee.
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens I spent most of November counting down the days before I could legally open my battered copy of this yuletide institution (just like putting up the tree and posting Christmas cards, there are some things you just can't do before 1 December). Now my daughter is six, we get to read it together - and then we can supplement our reading with multiple viewings of A Muppet Christmas Carol. God bless us, everyone!
In 1825 Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote “Tell me what you eat: I will tell you what you are” (as fans of Iron Chef will know). I extend this aphorism to tell you what I read, and you will quite rightly deduce that I am rather keen on food, and so I take great pleasure in recommending some of my favourite food-related books (with serving suggestions..). Bon Appetit! Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh. Aristocratic hi-jinks and frivolity. Champagne, oysters, midnight bacon and eggs and a surprising breakfast at 10 Downing St. Not strictly food related, but ever so much fun. Best read with a G & T or a bottle of champagne. Simply too too divine darling.
A Cook’s Tour – Anthony Bourdain. The maverick maestro of world cuisine. Witty and irreverent fare from the man who will try anything once. Cold beer and a cigarette.
Hunger – Terry Durack. How can you resist a book which opens with “I once stole a piece of salami from an ashtray in a Laundromat”? Opinionated, funny, and one of the world’s best food critics. No rules here, so pick your favourite guilty pleasure and enjoy.
Today marks the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day.
In 1988 the World Health Organization declared the first World AIDS Day in an effort to raise public awareness about HIV/AIDS issues, including the need for support and understanding for people living with HIV/AIDS.
The images (above) are works from IGAT HOPE - 'we have hope', a World AIDS Day event at Jugglers Art Space 103 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley from 25 December to 7 December.
The new works by Peter Fenoglio explore traditions, cultural practices and survival in Papua New Guinea under the impact of HIV/AIDS.
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 ...
4 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.