Archive for May, 2011


Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Now I’m not deeply into fashion myself. Nor would I ever normally read a fashion magazine. However, I will make an exception. The ultra-exclusive, tri-annual art / fashion magazine Visionaire. That’s if I could ever lay my hands on one…

Now when I say magazine, perhaps you’re thinking sheets of paper, bound together, most likely with some text and pictures printed on them. Not so Visionaire. This is so much more than a magazine. Each issue is a work of art with its own theme.

My first introduction to Visionaire was from my university lecturer who told us with great delight of how he managed to procure a much-sought-after ‘Love’ edition as a present for his wife on their wedding anniversary (husbands and boyfriends take note). Said issue (no.38) was created in collaboration with Tiffany & Co.contained, amongst many other treasures, flowers hand picked by Kylie Minogue and a silver heart designed by Elsa Peretti. All of the artwork and tokens of love were inserted by hand into 4,000 vintage hardback novels – truly one of a kind. The boxes (which varied in size to fit each individual book) are instantly recognisable in the signature Tiffany blue with a white satin ribbon.

Visionaire 55 - Love

Visionaire 38 - Love - Flowers collected by Kylie

For the Fashion Special Issue (no.18), the packaging was a deluxe monogrammed portfolio designed and produced specially for Visionaire by Louis Vuitton himself. Needless to say these “magazines” cost hundreds of pounds, even thousands for some of the more rare back issues. If you did happen to have a spare £1000 just lying around, you can pick up an issue 18 on ebay at the moment. Let me know if you do so I can come round and have a look at it.

Visionaire 18 - Fashion Special

One of my favourite issues is 55 or ‘Surprise’ which is made up of 11 individually designed pop-ups all contained in a beautiful box.

If you’d like to see what other weird and wonderful issues there are you can see them all here. The new issue Religion (no.60) is out next month and has been edited by Ricardo Tisci in collaboration with Givenchy.

Visionaire 60 - Religion - Cover

Visionaire 60 - Religion - Carine Roitfeld photographed by Karl Lagerfeld

Together on TV

Friday, May 20th, 2011

When BBC news were on the hunt for a branding expert to share their insights, where else would they turn but to our very own brand brainbox, Jonathan?

One of founder partners, Jonathan ‘JT’ Turner was approached yesterday by BBC News in London to lend his invaluable observations to the story that several towns would be competing for the chance to be elevated to city status next year.

And, without even a murmur of hesitation he leapt into action and shared some rather nifty thoughts.

We won’t praise his performance too much though. He already fancies himself as a bit of a Robert Peston.

Coarse Toys

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

This month Coarse Toys unveiled their long anticipated new set ‘Casting Shadows’. The company was started in 2003 by German artists Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk. Their sculptures are hand crafted and finished at the Coarse workshops in Hamburg and Hong Kong. The figures ooze cool. Hard sculpted lines of muscle, all in perfect anatomic detail meet with smooth curves and a super-smooth shiny finish.

Now the toys themselves are pretty dark, but I rather like them and they’ve gained an iconic status within the art toy scene. In fact if you actually want to purchase a Coarse Toy you have to be quick off the mark because they’re only produced in very limited copies, sometimes as few as 100 pieces. Oh, and you’d also have to put aside at least £200.

However, what led me to discover them in the first place is the packaging. It’s sublime. My personal favourite is ‘false friends loser – hkg edition’ where the pair have been put to sleep between two cotton pillows. Every one is embroidered with the individual running number. They are then safely packed in a hand crafted wooden box with a monkey rabbit nose handle. Talk about attention to detail!

false friends loser - hkg edition

false friends loser - hkg edition

Casting Shadows


To see more coarse creations head over to their website.

Say cheese – designing Glanbia’s new website

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

With our collective love of all things to do with cheese, we’re delighted to tell you that we’ve been chosen by international cheese mega-company Glanbia to do all sorts of exciting new creative marketing and design work.

From designing and building their new website to producing their sales brochure and some eye-catching trade advertising, our new chums at Glanbia Cheese have entrusted us with a whole range of marketing challenges to help spread the word about their immense cheese empire.

Cheese and exciting new creative work? That’s what we call a good day.

Market research volunteers

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

We got so many responses to our request for people to come and help us with some market research, the Together phone was sizzling by the end of the day.

We’ve now got all the places filled but thank you very much for anyone who volunteered.

The next time we’re doing some research we’ll be posting it up on our blog, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for any future opportunities to share your thoughts.

Thanks again for your enthusiasm, we love you guys more than Polo mints and Drumstick lollies.