“In a place far away from anyone or anywhere, I drifted off for a moment.” Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.
Have only recently discovered Nicolas Jaar and been drifting away to his music and also his collaborations with Nikita Quasim and Soul Keita under his label Clown And Sunset. This is their compilation, Inés. I have also been losing myself in the wonderful world of Haruki Murakami. After seeing the beautifully shot Norwegian Wood, I wanted to immerse myself in some wonderful fiction and I have found the perfect book in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.
I’ve just been to see Tom Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man. And what a beautiful film it was. The sets were lush, the cinematography carefully composed and every scene a delight to the eye.
What I loved most was the use of light and saturation in the film. It reminded me of Sofia Coppola’s films, especially The Virgin Suicides which was all sunbleached and hazy. I’d quite like to watch this again
Orla Kiely‘s SS10 campaign is out and photographed by Catherine Servel who is known for her use of light and tone. I especially like the golden hues and the play with light and shadow in her photos.
I am feeling like the time is right for getting lost in films and books. I went to watch She, A Chinese this week and was introduced to Xiaolu Guo. I have since picked up one of her books and found that seeing as winter is feeling so permanent, I am going to lose myself in her words and world.
With the help of these films, images and words I am going to ride out the cold and emerge when the days are longer and the sun’s warmth can be felt again.
I love the Chinese characters or Kanji for Ping Pong for self-loving reasons and also the quirkiness of it. My surname Khew is the same character without the stroke at the bottom. The word Ping is only different because of the direction of the stroke. Ping to the left and Pong to the right. Without those strokes, you get the surname Khew.
The last time I was home I took away with me a cute little sauce plate that is Chinese in origin. It had a little boy holding a ping pong paddle. This time round, I spotted my mum using a little bowl from the same set as the sauce plate. The bowl is decorated with four kids (two girls and two boys) playing a game of ping pong. It immediately reminded me of these cute little earrings I spotted in Tatty Devine recently.
I was interested in looking at what other items were out there that were inspired by this very simple game. I found the following two items which I liked. This ping pong lamp is a nice environmentally-friendly creation and is made from used ping pong balls and is available from Studio Kleefstra.
This ping pong table is a great design remix that doubles up as a work station. Inspired by the design on a pair of Paul Smith shoes designed by Hunn Wai . I especially love the lace that’s been used as a net on the table below.
He has since designed another ping pong table that goes back to its roots and doubles up as a dining table. I looked up the history of ping pong to discovered that ping pong has its origins as an after-dinner amusement in Victorian England, mimicking the game of tennis. Every day objects like books, champagne corks, balls of string and cigar box lids were used to play ping pong (once known as wiff waff).
I can’t really play ping pong but have always found this fairly amusing to watch. If you fancied watching a film about Ping Pong, seek this. Music lovers I recommend Michelle Plays Ping Pong by Daisy Daisy.
One of my favourite stories as a child was Around The World in 80 Days. See, travel and faraway lands have always excited me. Lately, this has been on my mind as I have just booked flights to go back to see family and am counting down days until my holiday.
Sometimes time and budgets do not allow for traveling and you need to be creative. Travel can come in the form of books, film, music and food. Today I read The Times Online’s 50 Best Food Blogs and felt very inspired to do a spot of cooking and baking.
I was also reminded of this restaurant/architectural wonder that I read about in New Zealand. The Yellow Treehouse is part of New Zealand’s Yellow Pages marketing campaign to prove that any project can be finished using the Yellow Pages.
I love the architecture and design of this restaurant. I love that it resembles a lantern.
For now, I’m happy just listening to some Cumbia for a taste of the exotic.