Food

September 6 2012

We like the fresh, unpretentious and happy look of the temporary Movement Café and performance space built next to the DLR station in Greenwich, South East London. It was constructed in 16 days to be ready for the opening of the Olympics.


 
It is located at the gateway to the Olympic borough, on Greenwich Industrial Estate, currently being redeveloped by the Cathedral Group. The Café was designed by British designer and artist Morag Myerscough and he collaborated with poet and tweeter Len Sissay.


 
Sissay's poem of tweets is now on the hoarding on the site, but it will be eventually set into the road as a permanent ode to the site. - Bill Tikos

 

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Kids

September 5 2012



JMD Design of Redfern, Sydney has created a cool kids’ outdoor space that makes us all want to run free and wild, with our hair blowing happily in the wind and our bodies full of positive energy.


 
The 20,500 square meter park, opened this summer, is located at Jamieson and Homebush Streets, in Sydney, Australia, and operates under the Sydney Olympic Park Authority.


 
JMD Design wanted to avoid the fenced-in, overly structure-based approach of many kids’ outdoor parks. They worked with, rather than against the earth forms of cones, cuts and terraces, established earlier at this site, and created a free-flowing, open play area with surprises and distinctive activity points.



The tree house is manufactured from galvanised steel, fibrous cement sheeting floors and walls, hardwood timber batten walls and ceilings, stainless steel mesh walls and ceilings with rope floors in some areas.


 
Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG) designed the kiosk and petal roof canopy that overlook the water and sand play area. - Tuija Seipell

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Food

September 4 2012

The Camélia restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Paris is both sparklingly new and elegantly timeless. Possibly because of our Mid-Century Modernist and Scandinavian leanings, we think this space is exquisite.



It was designed by Paris-based Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku of Jouin Manku Studio.



The camellia motif relates directly to the camellia garden in which the restaurant is located. We love the smooth surfaces, the white colour, the subtle feel of being inside a gigantic bloom. The furnishings echo the same smooth petal shape and remind us of the Finnish master, Alvar Aalto, and his timeless white buildings and furniture. - Tuija Seipell

Design

September 3 2012

Never thought we’d say we love an abandoned quarry. But through a massive six-year restoration, replanting and re-imagining process, the Quarry Garden in Shanghai Botanical Garden, in the Songjiang District, in Shanghai, China, has become not just a thing of beauty and wonder but a successful travel attraction. An abandoned quarry has indeed been turned into something beautiful.



The Quarry Garden has also earned the American Society of Landscape Architecture 2012 Honor Award.

We love the tranquility and eerie otherworldliness that comes from the ongoing process of a destroyed natural environment returning back to nature but in a completely new, transformed guise. We are left to contemplate both the scars and the forgiveness of nature. - Tuija Seipell

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Food

September 2 2012

There is something mouth-wateringly yummy and creamily liquid going on in the interior of Cioccolato, a bakery boutique in Monterrey, Mexico. The designers aimed for a Willy Wonka factory feel of slight madness, and we think they’ve succeeded.


 
The new shop focuses on custom desserts and special events, and it is a specialized spin-off concept of the existing, fairly traditional Cioccolato pastry and cake brand.
 
The designers of the new concept are Savvy Studio Savvy-Studio.net of San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León, México. One of the main concerns of the design team was to ensure clear differentiation of the new concept, without confusing the brands current customers.



The gooey concept evokes cravings of sweet sugary treats and thick whipped cream, strong chocolate and colourful candies, feather-light macaroons and juicy cupcakes – anything sweet and happy and festive.



Our favourite is the white table with one leg formed by dripping something, perhaps jam or some other irresistible filling. Chocolate drips off shelves and the seats seem to be made of licorice and ice cream.

Savvy Studio was in charge of the entire rebranding concept, from visual identity to interior design and packaging. Savvy is a multi-disciplinary studio involved in industrial design, architecture, graphic design, marketing and communications. Tuija Seipell

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Art

September 2 2012



Eastern philosophy, gods of Buddhist origin, faces of Gandhi, ornately decorated hands, varying versions of the elephant-headed deity Ganesha of the Hindu pantheon – these themes populate the work of street artist Cryptik out of Hawaii.

While his street art may be based on gang graffiti and it sometimes decorates rough and dilapidated areas, the sophistication of his work and the incredible skill involved are evident in his books. Of the books, at least Cryptik: Eastern Philosophies is worth a serious look. The latest we have yet to see but it is called Thanks to Chloe. -
Tuija Seipell

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Transportation

August 31 2012

The trend for customizing 1970s and 1980s motorcycles continues apace. The blinged-out chopper with raked forks and shiny paint is officially dead: today, customers are demanding sleek, minimal café racers.



The shift was inspired a few years ago by workshops such as Denmark’s Wrenchmonkees. Today, builders like Café Racer Dreams (Spain) are buying up and stripping down old Hondas and BMWs. Like the CRD machine we’re looking at here. Called “Brownie”, it’s a 1980 Honda CB750 on a diet.



It’s also a textbook example of the mods that custom bike fans are looking for in 2012. The electrics are hidden—even the battery—to throw focus on the mechanical components. The brown, gold and black color scheme is low-key but luxurious, like a fine piece of leatherwork.


 
Unlike many builders, Pedro Garcia of CRD is not a one-trick-pony. His latest creation is a 1971 BMW R75/5 (above) converted for dual sport use. When not being ridden around the streets of Paris by its new owner, it’s blasting down fire trails and kicking up dust.



And the Wrenchmonkees, who kick started it all? Things are good in the state of Denmark. There’s a clothing line in the works and they’re collaborating with major brands such as Levi’s. They’re even getting commissions from switched-on nightcubs, with the “Club Black” series of display bikes (above). - Chris Hunter, editor of Bike EXIF

Amazing Places

August 29 2012

The Sphinx, Giza, Egypt

Fjadrargljufur, Iceland

Folegandros, Greece.

Green Lake in Upper Styria, Austria

Hotel Hospes Maricel, Mallorca, Spain

Seven Sisters Waterfall, Norway

Central Park, New York City

Platja D'Aro, Girona, Spain

 

 

Skatftafeli, Iceland

Bolgheri, Tuscany

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia

Dingle Peninsula - Ireland

Trolltunga - Odda, Norway

Emerald Lake, Alaska (Pic Lynn Zaik)

 The Devetashkata Cave, Bulgraria

Lefkada Greece

El Nido Palawan Island, Phillippines

 More Amazing Places To Experience Around The Globe (Part 1 - click here)

 More Amazing Places to Experience Around The Globe (Part 2 - click here )

 More Amazing Places to Experience Around The Globe (Part 3 - click here )

 More Amaing Places to Experience Around The Globe (Part 4 - click here )

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August 27 2012

We’ve said this many times but we’ll repeat it again: Complicated is easy, simple is difficult. When we see work like this student entry to the New York-based Graphis magazine’s New Talent Annual competition of 2012, we feel like cheering! 

Design Student Maxwell A. Davis of London’s Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design created this stunning poster for mock client WWF using exquisite images and avoiding all visual and verbal clutter. Effective, stunning and informative. Not an easy feat  - Bill Tikos

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Design

August 23 2012

What a cool ride so far!

The Cool Hunter was born seven years ago. I never thought it would lead to what we have today.

It started as a newspaper column and, surprisingly, grew quickly into a globally syndicated column.

When TCH went online, the number of subscribers and readers it drew immediately was astounding. There was clearly a pent-up need for the type of material we were featuring.

Our enthusiastic readers were not just regular people, but editors and reporters from all other media, as well as brand managers, marketing executives, CEOs, designers – professionals whose job it is to know about, and create, innovative ideas, cool products, exceptional communications, fantastic events.



Over the years, well-known brands started contacting us for help and ideas with advertising and marketing.



Our daily exposure to literally hundreds of brands, designers, architects, artists, ideas, design images and PR material has given us not just a super-solid view of what is out there and what stands out, but also access to the best talent in the world.



Of course, most of what we see is not remarkable. Which is why we knew there was yet another niche, and we established ACCESS agency to meet those needs, to help brands stand out from the mediocre, boring sameness.


Mini Pram and Supermarket Trolleys

Since those times, we have worked with great brands, from Swarovski, Evian and Gucci to Nike, Sephora and Mattel.

We do not always showcase all of ACCESS’s work here, but we wanted to  show you some of the fun ideas we’ve created for the many Mini offices that have contacted us over the years.



It has truly been a cool ride so far! - Bill Tikos

Mini Rickshaw Tourist Bikes in Athens

Mini Inflatables

Mini Inflatables

Mini Inflatables

Mini Indoor Drive-In Cinema to launch the Mini Countryman in Italy

Mini Car Wraps

Mini 3D Mapping Billboard

See more at Access Agency

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