Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Whitest Boy Alive

No this isn't another blog all about me. The Whitest Boy Alive, based in Germany, are an electro-chill-funk-hop band I happen to be listening to a lot lately. They're smooooooth.

This is the only official film clip they have - if it is official. You can never tell these days...

The album Rules (out in March) is so funky. Hannah and I were bopping all over the house this morning while it poured down for the first time all summer. (Woo!)

Get this album. It's great.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


So I'm back at uni, which is good - it's good to feel I'm moving forward in my life and working on my future. My first project is based on the studio space that we have almost all of our classes in. We've been asked to redesign it based on how we feel it would most suit our needs as interior architecture students.

Currently it is a very industrial space, fraught with overhead piping and ducting which I suppose is not at odds with the building, a very brutalist structure. However, as the a space for designing other spaces, it isn't very impartial. In fact, I'd say it impedes on a student's creativity by constantly reminding us of the mundane side of interiors. I'm in no way saying a more flamboyant space is required, the opposite actually.

Minimalism! Minimalism! Minimalism!

Gosh, that's a mouthful.

With Andy Warhol's 'factory' in mind, a less intrusive space is certainly my dirrection. An open space, which it is, but more white. Or at least more concrete. I read somewhere once that an interior designer's work space should not influence their designs, in fact, they shouldn't even dress in a way that might clash with their designs whilst working. Plain blacks or plain whites.

Some might say "How sterile! How can one be creative in such an unimaginative space?" I think inspiration is best found beyond the studio. Explore other spaces for ideas! When working keep things clean and simple. Don't let your mind wander.

The art of interior design is so focused on colour and material; the studio must be a control.

I think that will be my design proposal statement...

Stay tuned.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

When I Grow Up

So you've heard of The Knife, well the sister of the sibling duo Karin Elisabeth Dreijer Andersson has recently released her new side project Fever Ray and I have been listening to the album non-stop. It's mesmerising.

The sound is very similar to The Knife but with less searing synth and an overall less complex sound. I very much like it. This song (When I Grow Up) is one of my favourites and the video is particularly entrancing (and was only released a few days ago!)

It reminds me of the Vivienne Westwood collaboration issue of Dazed and Confused where she dressed up a bunch of kids as post-appocalyptic tribesmen (tribespeople?).

It makes me want to run away to Sweden, buy a vocoder Korg and start recruiting little people for an unstipulated - but of course - nature oriented cause!

This will happen.

You will join me.

Friday, February 20, 2009

I Want One

And you can charge it yourself with your finger!

I love retro-future chic.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ash Stymest

I have a juvenile obsession with a model. He's just so pretty and I'm as jealous as a small boy has just been refused entry to the Zoo because of a drinking habit that saw him thrown out last week when he trundled through the Lion pen shouting obscenities about "Simba's mum".

I'm determined to have a proper jaw. I liked his hair so I sort of copied it.

And I probably shouldn't envy 17 year olds.