Lifestyle

September 20 2013

Finally, an ideal case for your new iPhone 5. Not just stylish, but cool and practical as well! These cases are meticulously finished and made of durable leather look-alike material in crisp, solid colours.

The unbeatable practicality comes from the solid clip that locks the phone onto the case safely, the removable strap that keeps your hands free when not using the phone yet assures the phone is immediately handy at all times, the card slots for credit or hotel key cards, and the best part: you can take pictures and talk on the phone while the case is closed!


 
Just this case, your credit cards and you are ready for shopping and sight-seeing, theatre or movies.


 
The passport, credit-card, boarding pass and pen case in the same materials and styles is the perfect, cool accompaniment of the iPhone case. In fact, this will be your favourite globetrotting set from here on!

Happy travels from TCH! Buy here



Stores

September 19 2013

The work of Paris-based Matali Crasset always makes us smile. Her ability to take something basic and make it appear fun and fresh is unparalleled. More remarkable is her ability to do this while avoiding the gummy-coloured slide that so easily leads to overly cute, fake and just plain childish.


 
Including just enough colour to pop, adding just enough quirky shapes to make a point, and leaving everything else out, makes this little university grocery shop a delight.


 
Mini M grocery is a neighborhood grocery store at the Toulouse University where the student services organization is working to improving the options and accessibility of various food service alternatives from eat-in and take-out to grocery stores.



This colourful market is designed to stand out from the concrete buildings that surround it. Its overall feel is positive and fun; it is a market-stall-like casual shop, clearly different from the typical, boring convenience stores and corner stores elsewhere in the city.


 
Crasset worked on this project with graphic designers from Praline and branding specialists of Terres Nuages. - Tuija Seipell

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Events

September 17 2013



With our fascination with both minimalism and colour, we’ve kept an eye on Emmanuelle Moureaux, the French-born and Tokyo-based architect famous for her use of candy-hued colours in many of her projects.



Since 2003, she’s run her own Architecture and design firm in Tokyo.



Her solo exhibition, “100 Colours” is currently on at the Shinjuku Mitsui Bldg., 55 Square, Tokyo, as part of the Shinjuku Creators Festa 2013.



For many years, Moreaux has explored the use of colour and the use of the traditional Japanese paper screens as dividers. Many of her projects in retail, hospitality and public spaces express some combination of the two, using colourful screens as dividers and using colour as a space maker. - Tuija Seipell.

See also The Power of Colour

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Art

September 16 2013

Filmed at sunrise on the 57th floor of 4WTC in lower Manhattan, this short film captures an extraordinary and moving performance of Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a tribute to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home. Beautifully shot.

MUSIC
Spiegel Im Spiegel by Arvo Part

CHOREOGRAPHY
After the Rain by Christopher Wheeldon

DANCERS
Maria Kowroski
Ask la Cour

VIDEO
Directed by Davi Russo

 

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Food

September 13 2013

Romita Comedor is a restaurant that is less than two years old yet it has the ambience of a well-loved, casual tradition.



The interior touches - the use of wood and tile, the wood furnishings, the many plants and various surface treatments - all seem to belong here, and they seem to have belonged for a long time. Nice vintage-chic patina that also looks fresh and modern – not easy to achieve.



The dining room is located in Mexico City, in the heart of Colonia Roma, at Avenida Álvaro Obregón 49.

The building dates back to early 1900s and its style was inspired by grand railway stations. It is also protected by the INBA (Instituta Nacional de Bellas Artes).


 
The massive windows, glass ceiling and a retractable awning all take full advantage of the station-style architecture, and let the light in for the benefit of the many plants.


 
The building’s current owner, Rodrig Espinoza, and his two partners, Marcela Lugo and Arturo, designed the restaurant with the idea in mind that it would become a gathering place that would attract not just the locals but visitors as well.



Romita Comedor is known for authentic Mexican cuisine, great cocktails at the two bars, and live entertainment by well-known DJs. The building also houses a design shop and a hair salon. - Tuija Seipell


Stores

September 9 2013

As the ice cream and cupcake shop genre has become increasingly pink and cute, to the point of icky and utterly boring, we were delighted to run across Once Upon A Cream.



It is an ice cream shop in the beach resort town of Hua Hin, about 200 km south of Bangkok, Thailand. The refreshing shop was designed by Bangkok’s MADA Design Factory.



The design team was led by co-founder and creative director Nisachol Loetritsirikul. She managed to avoid the cute overload and instead came up with a crisp balance of whimsy and old-word dairy.



A few little nods to Willy Wonka are there – the pieces of machinery and copper fixtures, the pepperminty red-and-white round tables, the chewing-gum blue seating, the blue sky and fluffy clouds in the ceiling. But they are counterbalanced by the old-dairy accents: The white tiles, the clean surfaces, the wooden boxes.



The wood boards, rattan chairs and again the blue sky - references to the resort town location – round out the design concept. - Tuija Seipell.

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Art

September 8 2013

Francoise Nielly's massive, colourful portraits are delicious to look at. Even more wonderful – and particularly infuriating to those of us who have timidly dabbled in painting – is to watch her create them. She, in her confident, strong hand, wields her painting knife shaped like a miniature garden trowel, and makes painting look easy like cake frosting.

She paints her vivid, passionate canvases — some as large as 78 x 25 inches (195 x 62 centimeters) -- from black-and-white photos, further proof of her unfailing ability to interpret light, shadow, hue and tone by applying brilliant colors and daring strokes. 

Born in Marseille, brought up near Cannes and Saint-Tropez, and now living in Paris, Nielly is at home among bold contrast and dazzling light. To add to her likeability, here is the list of her loves: Life, wide open spaces, sushi, blue lagoons, the Internet, humor, books, Paris, New York and Vancouver.

Three of her prints are available exclusively through TCH online store - 1000mm x 1000ml metallic print on acrylic with free delivery in Australia/NZ.

We'll be introducing a lot more artwork to purchase in the coming months.

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Architecture

August 25 2013

This is what we call breathing room! A room in which one can breathe. Where the sea breeze moves freely. Where the scent of the ocean is ever-present. And the best part? It is not in a deserted island far, far away, but in an urban setting.


 
This 300-plus year-old house is located in the ancient port city of Jaffa, the oldest part of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality in Israel.


 
The gorgeous renovation is by the Tel Aviv-based Pitsou Kedem Architects, already well known for their minimalist approach to architecture and design.



The single owner of the house asked the designers to maximize the sea view while keeping the historical feel of the building intact. The project team - Pitsou Kedem, Irene Goldberg and Raz Melamed - has achieved this beautifully.


 
The residence consists of a 100 square meter (1,076 sq.ft) living area (living, dining and kitchen) plus an additional 80 square meters (861 sq.ft) that includes the master bed room, a study and a guest room.


 
Our main attraction points in this cool sanctuary are the gorgeous arches, the exposed texture of the old stone, the subdued colour pattern, and the lovely balance between the old and the new. It looks so easy and natural, but it is very tough to achieve such poise.


 
There is an overall sense of peace and harmony that is a luxury in itself. Breathtakingly lovely. We are seriously envious of the owner. Tuija Seipell

Design team: pitsou kedem, Irene Goldberg, Raz Melamed
Photographer: Amit Geron

Art

August 19 2013

We fell immediately for the dynamic feel and dramatic colours of this image of profiles by Magnus Voll Mathiassen.
 

The tension and sense of occasion invites the viewer to consider and ask questions. What are they doing? What are they looking at? Where are they going? Who are they?

With this much going on the image still manages to exude a sense of cool calmness. This piece will look magnificent in many kinds of interiors from living rooms to commercial spaces.


 
The Drammen, Norway-based Voll Mathiassen is a graphic designer and illustrator who has done work for Nike, Sony PlayStation and Microsoft.

Printed on metallic paper and then mounted under a layer of perspex, the print can be wall mounted or leaned against a wall. The print is available in 2 sizes.

Regular Size: 1500mm x 600mm

Large Size: 2000mm x 800mm

Buy them here

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Fashion

August 12 2013

We haven’t found a way to visit Japan and NOT come back with something cool. This time, we brought a very limited number of these juicy bags and clutches.



Each lovely leather bag is unique and the vibrant colours make this is perfect stand-out accessory for any outfit.



We have only a couple of each size



The clutch/wallet has a separate pocket for bills and slots for credit cards. The larger shoulder/hand bag has a long leather strap that you can also stash inside, if you don’t want to wear it.



Both close with a handy magnetic snap.

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