New Shanghai landmark

21 06 2017


The graceful moving facade of the new Bund Finance Centre, Shanghai.

HK glow

21 06 2017

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Weekend report

18 06 2017

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What I had expected to be a fairly low-key, soggy weekend ended up involving drunken co-workers at a glitzy banquet, a caramel cronut with a friend’s visiting parents from Perth, abortive trips through urine-soaked walk-ups in Mongkok to find (closed) hipster restaurants and a leatherworks “atelier” and great Shanghainese food at the impressive Causeway Bay restaurant Wang Jia Sha ( named after the Chinese-language title of “In the Mood For Love” and with decor inspired by the film but given a modern twist).


IMG_1611But the highlight perhaps was a smoky and sweet whiskey cocktail with star anise at J. Boroksi, the Hong Kong offshoot of a much-lauded Bangkok designer speakeasy, in the same alleyway where the city’s now-closed gay club Propaganda once stood. Aside from the customised cocktails, the bar’s claim to fame is its walls decorated with (real) beetles and spiders and small kaleidoscopic viewing cube of creepie crawlies.


Earth intruders

28 05 2017


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Above, a random find at a Japanese language bookstore, a magazine apparently titled “Houyhnhnm Unplugged” aimed squarely at the hip, forty-something year old man, with rather eccentric fashion spreads themed around the favoured leisure activities of comfortable middle age: “ceramic art”, “breakfast”, “jogging”, “architecture” and my favourite “plant”, featuring a bearded man in a jaunty jacket holding a staghorn fern. Meanwhile, below…


Trough London

25 05 2017

London continues to get down, err, under with the second installment of Australian-originated gay party Trough hitting soon. According to their website:

TROUGH, named after a vessel pigs drink out of, was founded 10 years ago in Melbourne Australia. Over the years TROUGH has amalgamated jocks, bears, hunks, beards, queers, twinks and in-betweeners into one pretty mess on the dancefloor inside Australia’s biggest and boldest mens cruise venue, CLUB80. As broad as the crowd is, so is the music with DJs slamming Berlin-esque (m)anthems, deep house, sexy beats and throbbing baselines to a dark room of a sweaty pit. After 10 years TROUGH is now ready to sow its seeds in international soil to give the rest of the world a good dose of the T_OUGH love. TROUGH is also internationally renowned for its visionary photographic imagery and video art promos, all produced and art directed by TROUGH founder Nik Dimopoulos. Each campaign explores different sexual practises and fetishes as themes, combining both the sexual and the sometimes absurdist nature of fetishised ideas and attractions using everyday found objects and DIY crafting. It is fused together with the ‘hot talent’ sourced from the events themselves. Combined with mantastic multimedia / performance / installation / laser and projection spectacular, TROUGH firmly puts the ART back into dance pARTy!

The – needless to say – very NSFW promotional video is below:

And meanwhile, back in Oz:

Flowers in New York and Tokyo

21 05 2017


Above, a rogue florist is turning public rubbish bins into floral art installations in New York. Below, a pop-up womens’ bathhouse designed by photographer Mika Ninagawa to promote Tsubaki (camellia) brand shampoo – open in Tokyo’s Ariake district for the next few months only.

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