The Picturesque is Belgian photographer Jan Kempenaers‘ incredible follow-up publication to Perimeter favourite Spomenik, his much-celebrated rendering of modernist war monuments of the former Yugoslavia. While this book continues the picturesque tradition with arresting, highly-formalised images of the natural world, it also disrupts it by applying similar formalistic sensibilities to decaying manmade structures. Published by Roma Publications in Amsterdam and Idea Books in Amsterdam from Perimeter Books found at the HH library.
Yonder by Dutch photographer Marnix Goossens is a series of elusive new photographic works from his recent exhibition at Foam in Amsterdam. Goossens uses plant motifs, wood grain plastic self-adhesive film, flowers and wallpaper to escape the claustrophobic interior of a rundown home. He manages to find beauty in the smallest details of the banal domestic landscape with perfect composition, nuances in colour and a profusion of details. Published by Roma Publications in Amsterdam and Idea Books in Amsterdam from Perimeter Books found at the HH library.
Lots of people asked about this recipe so we decided to play nice and share it – Meg’s Sneaky Granny with a hit of scotch. We used a lovely Tasmanian Hellyer’s Road single malt eight year old. The recipe for the Sneaky Granny goes like this… Ingredients (organic if you can) 1 cup honey About 3 cups of water 2 cups loose chamomile flowers 4 pods of cardamom – cracked 3 sticks cinnamon 4 cloves 3 sprigs fresh thyme […]
Charles Wilson. One of four in the Broached line-up (as you may remember Broached was commissioned to make functional pieces for Hotel Hotel; inspired by the Burley Griffins…). From his mind we scored two couches. These are not your usual couches – they are made from bronze… These elegantly hefty beasts are going to live for thousands of years. Why bronze? Well for one, the client (that’s us) has a ‘no veneers’ mantra, for two these pieces are a response to the […]
Just across the road from Hotel Hotel is a new little venture called A. Baker. A. Baker has all the ingredients for its goods to be good: creativity, a love for quality local ingredients, nice people and very nice buns. Despite the name (which is an abbreviation of Acton Bakery) it’s not only a baker at the helm. Jarrod Deaton, Chris Dennis, Michael Gray and the Molonglo dudes are a whole team of foodies, designers, makers and spirit lovers steering […]
As Napoleon Bonaparte once said ‘an army marches on its stomach’. The food and wine experience of a city can make it or break it… The man overseeing the food and wine culture operations at Hotel Hotel and surrounds is Michael Gray. In many ways, Michael is the exact opposite of the Little Corporal – Michael is very, very tall, he does not have a humungous ego, and he has very, very good hair. He does seem to have the […]
You know when you watch The Wire for a few too many hours and you start swearing more in your everyday and even in your sleep? Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. Similarly, if you spend your whole day working your ass off and thinking about your next meeting or whatever it infiltrates your psyche- you become a boring work person. Travelling for work can be like that because that’s what you’re there for so that’s all you’re about. Well, according to Phill Rushby (who […]
Professor Lawrence Krauss presents the greatest story ever told… so far… at the Australian National University on Tuesday July 30 from 6pm to 8pm… The real story of the Universe is much more interesting and exciting than the unsubstantiated and bland myths pervaded by the ancients. At this special event, Professor Lawrence Krauss describes the remarkable scientific story that has led to the greatest intellectual edifice ever created by humans, the Standard Model. It is a tale ripe with drama and surprise, […]
Adam Goodrum is a busy, busy man. In his down time, if he and the Griffins were to sit down to dinner, I’d bet my sweet potato that they would have hit it off like a beautifully conceived and constructed house on fire. Both parties appear to have a love beyond limit for functionality and geometry. Adam has created four pieces for the Broached Commissions series; where you might remember four artists were commissioned to create furniture and decors for […]
So much of the feel of a place is the setting it sits in. In our case, that’s the lake, the bush and the gardens that surround Hotel Hotel and the NewActon precinct (where Hotel Hotel resides). I am not going to try and explain the feeling you get from gardens according to the plants and trees there…its too much like a wine tasting gone wrong (the Oakiness is a feeling of nostalgia with hints of cold adventure…no…). But I […]
Type Valerie Restarick in the google machine and you won’t come up with much. It’s not because she hasn’t been working away making really beautiful ceramics for the last fifteen years from her little studio/shop/house in North Carlton; it’s because she has a genuine dislike for self-promotion. It took a little bit of arm twisting and a little bit of wooing (by way of lemons, giant zucchinis and garden picked roses) that she agreed to sit down and have a […]