Saturday, May 30, 2009

AfroPfingsten festival in Winterthur

if you like to spend a different saturday and walk between thousands of different sparkling colours, cultures and spices from africa and arabia, this is the place to go!

Each Pfingsten weekend, Winterthur offers this african cultural festival, called Afro-Pfingsten offering different shows, bazaars, food and products coming from africa an not only!

The contrast of a city like winterthur hoasting so much southerness and colourfullness is quite impressive...but the most amazing thing is how the overcrowded swiss people seem to be interested in exploring new cultures.

Guete Pfingsten!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Nigella's book recipes!

Nigella - is one of the most popular celebrety chefs in the UK amongst Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and many others...she is also called "the queen of food porn" because of her flirtatious manner of presenting food.

I only first knew Nigella when I was in Australia watching the Living Kitchen shows on a british channel. I never heard of her before here in Switzerland unfortunately... I think she is so fantastic when she bakes her chocolate cakes or other "yammy" desserts, I immediately started to follow all her recipes and videos on youtube!

my next recipe I am going to try out is Nigella's ChocoPots;-)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Interview with Tom Dixon

As last year I was organizing the 100% Design Show in London, Earls Court for Xymara Effect Pigments, I also had the chance to interview Tom Dixon!

Internationally renowned and acclaimed designer Tom Dixonwill be the keynote speaker for the prize-giving ceremony of our XYMARA™ Design Award, to be held on September 18, 2008, the first day of this year’s 100% Design event.

We’re thrilled to have him, and to present an interview with him here as an amuse-bouche before the big event!

You work a lot with copper, gold and silver. Where do you get your design inspiration from?

I have used metals since I started making things, and I like colors that are intrinsic to the material, so I like copper plumbing and lead roofing and aluminum racing cars – I also like the symbolic nature of gold, silver and bronze in medals and prizes.

Your work exhibits a lot of lamps, tables and chairs. How do you choose the colors you work with? Which color most inspires you right now?

My favorite color at the moment is fluorescent orange, which you see in safety applications, like ambulances and crowd control barriers, as it is a functional color.

You are known to work with industrial materials and turned them into gold; does the project choose the material, or do you choose the material first? How do you choose your materials?

I like to understand a material and its properties and the way that you work in it before I start designing. I like visiting factories and learning from technicians and craftsmen and often working in the material myself, before deciding what to make.

I see a lot of effect surfaces, how do you choose the visual surface effects you use? Where do you find the idea for these effects to begin with? Which new visual effect will be seen a lot more in future?

I tend to look for surfaces and finishes in industrial and non-domestic applications and then domesticate them.

I understand that "the Italians" have made a big impact on you: Cappellini put you on the global stage. Where do you feel most at home? England, or Italy? Do you see a difference between local and global trends in design? How can you differentiate Italian and British design?

I hardly work any more in Italy, but I really appreciate their attitude and passion for design and industry. This hardly happens in the U.K., at least not in the furniture business, where it is difficult to get manufacturers to work with you. British designers however, seem to be lucky in having a great amount of choice and variety in design education and a more global experience.

Do you try to actively avoid trends, or do you embrace the influences around you?

I like to get my influence from other fields. I am very interested in trends, but more in music, architecture, fashion and food trends rather than design trends.

What is your design philosophy?

Try not to repeat what already exists

What is your dream future project?

Design a city? A nature reserve? A motorcycle? A hospital? A house for myself? A new type of animal?

Anything unexpected …

Design Miami/Basel 2007

It's almost time again for Art Basel on 9th June, it reminds me of my previous reviews articles I used to write for!

Last year I was supposed to meet Martino Gamper for an interview at Design Miami, but unfortunately he did not have time we postponed, I hope this year I will get a chance again or at least report for the show;-)

Let's get inspired!

dining at veronica...

After a "long" bike ride, me and Reda decided to stop at Veronica this evening for a light dinner meal...we were both interested in the same dish - Chèvre Chaud on a artischock salad, it was simply delicious...the contrasts of the melting chèvre cheese with the soft artischocks;-)

Veronica is serving lunch and dinner - during the day you can have  self service lunch while you are sunbathing and working on your tan take a swim downstairs, whereas dinner is a bit more exclusive and has a nice mediterranean atmosphere.