A rock concert inspired artist Debra Baxter to create her
“Devil Horns Crystal Brass Knuckles” series. This one, a lefty, is on view at
our @americanartmuseum’s #RenwickGallery, which is home to the museum’s collection
of contemporary craft and decorative art.
After living in Sydney, San Francisco, London and Luxembourg, Kathryn Smith and Ike Udechuku moved to Brussels and created Ampersand House, a home-gallery where public and private meld together. The neoclassical house (where they really live) is located in the vibrant Saint Gilles district, and the interiors are in constantly changing as containers of art and design, vintage and contemporary furniture, objects and prototypes. Almost everything is on sale and used by the owners in everyday life as well as by visitors and collectors who can experience these design pieces in situ. Often, they invite gallerists and artists who present artworks and rare and unique furniture in their home. Kathryn and Ike still works in law and finance, but they now mostly operate as design advisors: they supports clients in purchasing art and design pieces and help them to create their own eclectic style.
Source: Ampersand House- Elle Decor Italia. Ph Mark Seelen
It might be home to Starbucks and Microsoft, but there’s more to thriving Seattle than coffee and computers. Local writer Lucy Rock gives some pointers on where to visit, eat and sleep with just 48 hours in the Emerald City.
British Airways flies non-stop from London to Seattle every day, and with all flights touching down around mid-afternoon, you can start making the most of your trip from the get-go. Downtown is the perfect launchpad to explore one of America’s coolest cities. Unwind with a cocktail amid a touch of Old-World glamour at the Fairmont Olympic Seattle, built in the style of the Italian renaissance.
Photo by Jakub Dziubak
For something a little different, stay at The Edgewater – Downtown’s only waterfront hotel – where you’ll be in good company, previous guests include The Beatles and David Bowie.
Soak up some culture in Pioneer Square, the city’s oldest neighbourhood. Art installations, an 18m totem pole and a six-metre waterfall decorate the area. Browse the eclectic art galleries and bookstores before descending underground.
Photo by Samuel Zeller
Fire destroyed much of the area in 1889 and the city was rebuilt on top of the ruins. Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour reveals the network of streets and shop fronts that lie hidden beneath their modern counterparts.
20:00 – Food with a view
The multi-award winning Canlis is perfect for a spot of fine dining. Established in 1950, picture windows on the east-facing side of the mid-century building offer magical views of Lake Union and the Cascade mountains, while the tasting menu provides a plethora of innovative and elegant dishes, such as the malted pancakes (fermented rapini, cabbage and smelt bagna cauda).
Photo by Jay Wennington
08:00 – Flying high
Get up early and beat the crowds to the top of the Space Needle. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair in the Seattle Center cultural complex, the flying-saucer design is the iconic symbol of the city. Take the lift 158m to the observation deck for a 360-degree view of the streets below, the Puget Sound waters, and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, including imperious Mount Rainier.
A trip to lively Pike Place Market
is a must for any visitor to the city. Opened in 1907, it’s one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the USA. Take the monorail
to the Westlake Center and walk three blocks to watch fishmongers toss whole salmon to each other while cracking jokes.
Refuel at Lowell’s, which boasts three floors of waterfront views, and indulge in wild Alaskan king salmon, Dungeness crab cakes, or tiger prawns fresh from the market’s seafood stalls. Don’t miss the Giant Shoe Museum and maze of shops selling curios and collectables downstairs.
16:00 – A sticky situation
One of the more bizarre tourist attractions can be found in Post Alley next to the market. You’ll smell Gum Wall – a 12m stretch of brickwork covered in blobs of chewed gum in all colours – before you see it.
Photo by blickpixel
Over the road from the market, see where it all began for the world’s most famous coffee shop, with a visit to the original Starbucks.
19:00 – Take a troll
A 15-minute cab ride north takes you to the arty, free-spirited neighbourhood of Fremont, nicknamed the ‘centre of the universe’ by locals. Take selfies with the enormous Fremont Troll that lurks under the Aurora Bridge, and check out Waiting for the Interurban – a sculpture of six people and a dog waiting for a train.
Seattle is known as the birthplace of grunge music thanks to bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam and the city still boasts an exciting music scene. Round off the evening by catching a live performance at the Nectar Lounge where there are shows to satisfy every taste.
10:00 – On the waterfront
Start your final day with a look at the fun and funky installations in the nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park
at the north end of the two-kilometre waterfront.
The Seattle Aquarium
at Pier 59 is home to a variety of marine life, with the cute, cuddly sea otters being the main draw. For a different perspective on the city, ride the Seattle Great Wheel to see the orange cranes and shipping containers in the nearby port.
Photo by Luke Pamer
Midday – Sail away
Set sail for spectacular views of the mountains, Puget Sound and the city skyline. Explore the shoreline of Elliot Bay in a one-hour narrated tour with Argosy Cruises, or board a Washington State Ferry for a 35-minute voyage to Bainbridge Island.
Stop at the Hitchcock Deli,
a few minutes’ walk from the terminal for a steelhead trout tartine or house-smoked pulled-pork sandwich. Top off your visit with a mojito or green tea ice cream from the Mora Iced Creamery
before boarding the ferry back.
The Milo Archives ~ October 16th, 2015 (titled Falling Icecream)
This started as just a practice doodle for the friendship between Milo and newcomer Zack, and his initial reaction to all things Murphy’s Law. Then we had an art gallery coming up to decorate a pair of Mickey Ears, so I themed it around this picture. The studio still has it somewhere lol
Re-creation of Isamu Noguchi´s Paris studio in 1927 by the Noguchi Museum as part of Impasse Ronsin-exhibition at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, featuring over 100 authentic art works, personal items and tools by Noguchi. Exhibition open until January 14th 2017. / Instagram