Heineken Open Design Explorations Flies SnOOp to Tokyo

Before we met up with the chosen Tokyo Designers for the Heineken Open Design Explorations Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture co-founder of PechaKucha and partner for the project shouted myself Robin from Iris Communications and Palo from Cool Hunting dinner in a top secret sushi restaurant only known to locals. I was sworn to secrecy I couldn't reveal the name. It's where all the A-list Tokyo folk go to eat.
Mark is keeping up-to-the minute with the Pechu Kuchu nights going on around the world.
If you have been a long standing SnOOper you will know Japanese dinnerware is my love and passion
Mixing old traditions, crafts and skills with new ideas, vision and technology is the future of good, timeless design.
Tonight I'm going to be one of the presenters at Pechu Kuchu in Sydney Hyde Park at 7.30pm . You can get your tickets here

Heineken Open Design Explorations Flies SnOOp to Tokyo

I had serious bag envy over this hybrid Hermes look-a-like when I was heading to the hotel to have a little nap before dinner and we headed off at 11pm for our Tokyo nightclub Heineken Open Design Explorations

Heineken Open Design Explorations Flies SnOOp to Tokyo

When I was offered to go to Tokyo for the Heineken Open Design Explorations I jumped at the chance to go. I was told we would fly to Tokyo and on the same evening we would explore 5 night clubs in one night. OMG! More about this later in the  week. To start off the trip we flew Air France Business Class.
 I was a little bummed by the toiletries bag provided by Air France. Compared to Virgin and BA it lacked in generosity.  I thought the earplugs provided were to help block out nearby snorers but it turned out the electronic chairs were louder than the jet engines. 
The colour palette and graphics had a real seventies chic about them
The French are masters in elegance when it comes to  design.  The storage is understated but reeks of sophistication
 What can I say a ten hour flight gets to all of us. And there really isn't anything more delightful than a hot towel on your face during a long haul flight.
What was really fabulous about Air France was their entertainment system. As a passenger you can opt to watch the plane take off and land.
 But the best part was the social media channel where you can chat to other passengers on the plane. I made friends with Robin and Andy.
I adore the blocked blue on the uniforms of the Tokyo airport workers. LOVE.

My Love for Grandiflora Sydney

A week back on the island of convicts and I'm already stealing from the poshest flower shop in Sydney :-)

DIY candleholders

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Achille Castiglioni Taccia Table Lamp from Flos Makeover

I can't decide if I should have the shade sitting up or down? What do you think I should do? 

As you know I have just moved back to Australia and my husband and belongings are all still in the UK waiting for visa's to come through. I thought I could live from a suitcase until my loved one and loved possessions arrived... But not possible. The other day I stumbled upon a fabulous vintage store in Sydney and found a gorgeous avocado coloured light. You know when your heart races really fast when you see something you love and you know you must have well this "big fat green baby"had to be mine. 

Within 24 hours the light was shattered on my bedroom floor by my flatmates friends. I will not bore you with the details. All I can say is I was heartbroken. To soften the blow my adorable flatmate has loaned me his Achille Castiglioni Taccia Table lamp from Flos so I can still enjoy the wonderful curvacious kinda survived lampshade. I had it sitting in a traditional manner but then talented Australian designer friend Charles Wilson turned the shade upside-down and made it look like a blooming freesia. So now I have the delightful dilemma of choosing what way to sit the shade.

Messing Around