Skills that sailors had other than Sailing (see Etcetera Etc pp. 86 and a half):
My older brother, Damo should have his own version of The Curiosity Show (remember that one that was on in the afternoons?). Conversations with him usually flirt around constructions of flying foxes, the strongest magnet in the world & magnetic water, laser pointers that can be seen from space, drills with super fast speeds etc.
His latest find is the Blackwing pencil. Oh how I want some!! Check out wikipedia for definition and history. I love his continued fascination with slightly scientific, mostly kid-like glee of unusual things. When we were growing up he loved to construct bombs & blow up letter boxes, build bike ramps & get airbourne on blind corners as we patiently & confidently lined up in rows for him to fly over. I should send him to the Brooklyn Super Hero and San Francisco Pirate Supply stores. These pics were taken by Damo with his Macro lens and Canon 5D!
Location: Ivy, 320 George St, Sydney
An existing space that had never quite been finished! It had a fabulous marble kitchen, ready & waiting for your private chef & personalized menu! It can be utilized into 2 sections: dining room with credenza (seating 24) and outdoor cocktail area surrounded by potted bush magnolias and large papyrus (& a sunbed for pre-cocktail drinks).
I tidied up & finished off the space by adding white high backed cane dining chairs to seat around the existing marble table and potted plants that line the credenza at different heights & sizes. A huge metal-framed mirror was hung over the credenza to reflect the kitchen behind.
In the drinks space, lots of planting & potting were added with signature styles of furniture from Ivy: stripe-y cushioned outdoor armchairs, lantern lighting, yellow ceramic drum tables, round metal mesh tables, hanging wicker baskets & lots & lots of potted greenery. A photograph of a model taken in the ivy pool was blown up and added as the final touch.
Location: CBD Hotel, 75 York St, Sydney
This was a refresh of an existing space to welcome chef & restaurateur, Jeremy Strode of Bistrode.
On the walls we needed a change of paint colour and chose a cleaner, brighter white. Jeremy supplied black & white photographs of chefs around the world by Earl Carter that we mixed in with some old English cutlery illustrations .We employed the artist that Jeremy had used on Bistrode menus to create an over-scaled mural on the ground floor and exterior barriers. Shaded wall sconces were added for additional lighting and a bistro feel.
The front of the bar was paneled with black penny tiles, new vases were added for large flora as well as the addition of some loose, upholstered banquette style seating.
The old tablecloths were removed, the French wood polished to a darker tone, new linen napkins sourced & this light, beautiful space was given a new lease on life.