Back when I was a kid, we lived in a small apartment in Barcelona. Day in, day out, I beg my parents for a dog. I used all the tricks in the book: good behaviour, emotional blackmail, sulking… but no luck. There
was just never enough space.
Three decades later, I finally found product and furniture designer Seungji Mun. Mun’s latest design (released through brand Mpup) Dog House Sofa, explores how to deal with shared space in a residential context, and aims to “enhance the harmony” between dogs and humans.
The designer is based in South Korea, where more than 10 million pets live in limited real estate, making this issue a very big concern. Mun calls it “emotional pet furniture.” Architect Louis Sullivan describes it as form follows function. I call it smart.
To celebrate Paris Fashion week, concept store Merci (the design wonderland of sorts in the Marais district) has invited Mungo&Maud to open a pop-up shop replicating its London store. This is the first time Merci highlights a ‘pet brand’, and it signifies a big step forward in the way pet lifestyle is perceived by taste makers and public alike.
Merci is no conventional store. Set in an stunning 18th century building, it offers 16,000 sq feet of inspiration: from homewares and furniture to vintage clothing and a broad spectrum of fashion ‘must haves’ (such as Isabel Marant, APC or Yves Saint Laurent). More importantly, Merci is a Magasin Solidaire (a ‘Charity Store’): 100% of their profit goes to a charity in Madagascar supporting women and kids, making retail therapy a bit easier on the soul.
Merci’s founder Marie-France Cohen (of Bonpoint fame) was seduced by Mungo&Maud’s “choice of simple and smart items for your pets, which will not ruin your fashionable looking home.” Indeed, Mungo&Maud have been creating beautiful products since 2005, always focusing on great quality and contemporary style.
As they proudly admit, Merci loves Mungo&Maud. We chat to Nicola Sacher, founder of Mungo&Maud about this great love affair.
How did the collaboration with Merci develop? I knew Marie-France and always admired her previous company, Bonpoint. When she started Merci, I was struck by the atmosphere in the store and the beautiful way that everything is displayed — every time I visit, I leave inspired. When she invited us to do a pop-up exhibit, it felt like the perfect opportunity for us.
What have you learnt from the process?
You can never be too organised! The project has taken months of planning – we are transporting everything from England to make the pop-up as authentic as possible to our original boutique in London, as well as producing special ‘Merci loves Mungo&Maud’ newspapers which will be on display for customers. It’s also been our busiest year yet as we launched our US webstore and are opening a shop in Notting Hill at the same time as Merci. Juggling so many things at once, you have to be prepared for all sorts of surprises, so organisation is key.
So, how does Mungo&Maud keep ahead?
For one thing, we try to differentiate ourselves from the “pet” industry – that’s not what Mungo&Maud is about. We are a luxury lifestyle brand for owners as much as their dog or cat, and we style ourselves as such. We are often told by admirers that there is nothing quite like us on the market, and I think it’s our strong sense of identity, as well as a dedication to craftsmanship, style and quality that makes us stand out from the crowd.
How would you compare dog-lovers from London and Paris?
I think when it comes to your dog or cat, people are the same in every city. It’s clear with our customers that their animals are considered an important member of the family and that’s all part of our ethos – your dog or cat is part of your home and lifestyle, whether you live in Paris, London or elsewhere.
Paris, fashion and dogs… could things get any better?
You will have to wait and see – we always have new project ideas, so it’s just a matter of time.
From 27th September to 13th October 2012.
And of course, dogs are welcome at Merci.
For our first collaboration with You Only Live Once, we’ve been scouting around Melbourne to bring you our favourite spots to grab a bite to eat with your four-legged friends. Enjoy.
Images: clockwise from right.
Mixed Business (01)
486 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill, Telephone +61 (3) 9486 1606 — Map
This unassuming café is a heavy hitter with its amazing coffee, simple dishes and great hot rolls-made with delicious Seven Seeds coffee and Dench sourdough. Plus, at the front of this fine establishment dogs are warmly welcomed with a bowl of water — ’nuff said.
Rita’s Cafeteria (02) 239 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, Telephone +61 (3) 9419 8233 — Map
A newcomer to the Abbostford end of town, this cafeteria offers the best carbs you could ever crave. A side courtyard offers the perfect spot for your dog to hang while you smash some pizza, pasta or a risotto cooked with as much locally sourced produce as the chef can get his hands on.
45 Keele Street, Collingwood, Telephone +61 (3) 9077 3941 — Map
Zenta and Megan Tanaka not only feed your body, they also feed your mind. The duo behind this much loved Japanese café and store are true dog lovers, and will welcome your dog chilling out in the nooks at the front. The food is light and fresh and the green tea could bring you back from the dead.
Edimburgh Gardens (04)
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North — Map
Grab a picnic and enjoy the best dog-friendly park on the Northside. With plenty of dog-lovers around, your dog will always feel welcome (although the old timers do give the newcomers a run for their money.) If you feel like a game of lawn bowls, the Fitzroy Bowling Club sits on the Gardens grounds while the Lord Newry Hotel (with great pub grub and outdoor seating for you and your dog) is just across the road.
Rooftop Bar (05)
Level 7, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne,
Telephone +61 (3) 9654 5394 — Map
Aim high when visiting Curtin House, in the heart of the City. Going up seven flights of stairs will be rewarded with one of the best views of Melbourne your dog will ever enjoy. Dogs are welcome (on their leash) during daylight hours only, to avoid rowdiness and excessive howling to the moon. Although the food changes seasonally (courtesy of the Beatbox Kitchen, Concorde Crepes or Miss Chu) it always hits the spot.
Wall Two 80 (06) Rear 280 Carlisle Street, Balaclava,
Telephone +61 (3) 9593 8280 — Map
Ok so the name basically says it all-you sit outside a wall which sounds like madness, but is actually pretty genius. The coffee here is some of the best in Melbourne and your pooch will love making friends as you sip it. While the food is simple it’s delicious, and the sidewalk dining makes for fab people-and-puppy watching.
Las Chicas (07)
203 Carlisle St, Balaclava, Telephone +61 (3) 9531 3699 — Map
If you’re wondering where everyone is hanging on a lazy weekend, it’s Las Chicas, where nursing a chronic hangover is a cinch with their signature brekkie burrito. Your pooch will be kept quiet at your feet in the courtyard with a bowl of water and plenty of pats from the friendly staff. Kanteen (08)
150 Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra,
Telephone +61 (3) 9827 0488 — Map
While the murky hues of the Yarra may not boast the same appeal as a view of the Med, your dogs won’t give a shit at Kanteen, as there’s plenty of space to run around and meet some buds. Snuggle in with a complimentary rug and a bite to eat. Charming and casual. Porgie & Mr Jones (09)
291 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, Telephone +61 (3) 9882 2955 — Map
P+MJ, where the bread is organic and the poached free range eggs are ‘happy’. But don’t be fooled —pretty aint prissy. With a cracking courtyard out the back and laneway access for Fido and Rocky to make a grand entrance without disturbing those eating inside, P+MJ is a surefire hit for any pet owner. Fitzrovia (10)
2/155 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Telephone +61 (3) 9537 0001 — Map
Chef Paul Jewson was once based in London and has cooked for the likes of Sting and Kaiser Karl Lagerfield, so you know the food’s going to be up to scratch. Fitzrovia is about to double their outside seating area and introduce a dog menu with treats for your best friend. Here everyone is a winner. Pillar of Salt (11)
541 Church Street, Richmond, Telephone +61 (3) 9421 1550 — Map
Dogs will love chilling in the outside courtyard of this Church Street favourite, and you’ll love the chance to get your eggs with a side of suntan. Its often chockers but don’t be afraid of a little wait — it’s worth it.
Cafe Vue at Heide (12)
7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen, Telephone +61 (3) 9852 2346 — Map
If your dog is on the lookout for a culture fix, head down to the Heide Museum of Art. Welcomed throughout the grounds and across the 15 acres of sculpture park, there is plenty of room and art for your dog to enjoy. Cafe Vue at Heide offers outdoor seating and will provide you with classic sandwiches, hampers, lunchboxes and even a two or
three-course menu du jour.
There’s a real honesty to Hana Pesut’s photography. The images are unassuming, shot with lightness of touch and a great sense of humour. If you need proof, take a look at Pesut’s series Switcheroo, where two people switch clothes to great dramatic effect; or be smitten with the shots of Dyamond the Italian Greyhound. Pesut herself is well aware of how precious all these moments are as she hopes “to inspire others to take more photos in their day to day life”. We talked to the Canadian photographer about capturing the ‘little moments’ in life and playing dress-up with a willing participant.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I grew up in a small town in the mountains in Canada. My dad taught me a lot about photography just by always carrying a camera around. I picked up that same habit and in my early 20’s I borrowed a friend’s Hasselblad (medium format camera), fell in love and that’s when I started to take photography more seriously.
How did the Dyamond series happened?
Dyamond is my friend Paul’s dog and I had just moved into a new studio and thought she would be a great subject so I asked if I could shoot her and he brought some of her outfits. They have been dressing her up since she was a pup so she’s really good about it. Paul has this really great collection of vintage glasses so I thought it would be fun to see if she would pose wearing some of them. It started there and then I just started dressing her in whatever we had available. She’s such a good sport!
You talk on your website about capturing ‘little moments’, which are always the most intimate and vulnerable. How do you gain trust?
I’m still trying to figure that out but I feel it really helps to shoot in a comfortable environment and not to put too much pressure on the model to pose or look a certain way but just let them be themselves and wait for the moment to happen.
We love Lenny and Harry, the first dog ‘switcheroo’. Would we see more of these in the future? I would love to take some more I just need to find some dogs that will sit still and wear clothes, know any?
You have an interest in music too, any other secret talents?
I used to be pretty good at basketball, I’m retired now though.
And finally, do you have a dog yourself?
I don’t have a dog right now but I consider my mom’s dog (Lenny) to be mine. I’m not allowed to have dogs in the house that I currently live in or I would have one. Lenny is a total mama’s boy and follows my mom everywhere, it’s very cute. He also loves to be spooned.
‘Bad Dog’, a painting by Christopher Wool recently exhibited at a group show in New York, triggered this sudden need to revisit the artist. Looking again at Wool’s art I am reminded of the importance of having guts and keeping a strong point of view.
Like most, I first fell in love with Wool’s celebrated black stencilled words on crisp white canvases. The monumental statements make you wonder, laugh out loud, are in-your-face and immediately engaging. The messages usually evoke a feeling not dissimilar to eaves-dropping, forcing you to fill in the gaps and think for yourself. The way words are laid out, bold and interrupted, so graphic that their beauty hits you later. As art critic Elizabeth Kley stated: “Wool is one of our leading postmodernist painters, whose works manage to combine Jackson Pollocks aggression with Andy Warhol cool.” It is no surprise the American artist calls New York home.
Always exploring the qualities of painting, Wool regularly works with spray guns, silkscreen ink, enamel and layered photography. Wool’s painting are shown in major museums and galleries around the world.
All paintings and photographs by Christopher Wool wool735.com
If you want to look smart, turn to Best in Park. The Melbourne-based dog accessory brand makes us and our dogs feel polished, neat, even handsome. From the name, to the craftsmanship to the detail and the language (who wouldn’t want their dog wearing a collar named ‘Distinguished’?), Best in Park pays tribute to the old school ways: dapper attire, nostalgic attitude, perfect fit.
Christina Teresinski, the designer/creative force/all round mastermind behind Best in Park paired up her love of dogs with the inspiration drawn from her own grandfather’s style. “For some reason I am really drawn to the old-school gentleman look. My grandfather wore a tweed cap and waistcoat everyday and I love seeing the return to craftsmanship and a simpler way of living. Herringbone, tweeds, collegian colours, stripes and classic styling. I wanted to bring something out that was not for one season or one look, that would have an enduring quality”, Teresinski explains.
Best in Park was launched at the end of 2009 and is already a real standout from the vast majority of over-the-top dog clothing and accessories brands. As others before her, it was pure necessity that got a good idea off the ground. Teresinski was looking for the right accessories for her dog Walter and noticed a lack of “classic, no bling, something a bit more urban with crafted detail. I couldn’t find it anywhere, so thought maybe there are others looking for the same thing…”
The search for the best materials and team available took Teresinski around Australia and all the way to the UK, on the hunt for the perfect brass hardware or bridle leather. “The hand-crafted aspect of the products is very important to me. I work closely with a very small team of super talented crafts-people and we use the highest quality leathers and materials we can find. Everything is made in Australia and we take great pride in what we bring to market. Dog accessories need to be durable, practical but still cut it in the street style stakes” the designer explains.
Being aware of such competitive market, we wonder how this brand manages not to be distracted by mainstream demands or the temptation to cut corners. “I have learnt that you can’t please everyone’s eye and shopping desires so I don’t try to. There are enough products around to keep everyone happy. I focus on what I design and develop with a particular customer in mind, always trying to stay true to what the brand is about”, the designer proudly notes. We cannot help but catch a spark in her eyes. Is it passion, drive or sheer stubbornness that keeps her going? “I think having a clear vision and sticking to your guns counts for a lot. Absolutely loving what you do and having fun along the way also helps” Teresinski adds.
We applaud this way of thinking, as does the community of dog-lovers building around the brand. Best in Park is not shy of collaborations and one-off-a-kind requests. From denim coats created with Note to Self to the recent commission by taxidermist and jewellery designer Julia deVille to make a collection of collars for her upcoming solo exhibition, Sarcophagus. “If you know Julia’s work you will understand why this request was a little out of the ordinary” Teresinski beams.
You can find Christina and Walter down the park every day looking, as always, their very best.
Images courtesy of Best in Park
For more information and to check Best in Park’s beautiful product range, visit bestinpark.com
I am slightly ashamed to confess I just learnt the world-famous restaurant elBulli owns its name to the French bulldogs (‘bullies’) the founders of the establishment owned back in the 1960s. It all finally became clear visiting the exhibition Ferran Adrià i elBulli: Risc, llibertat i creativitat (Ferran Adrià and elBulli: Risk, Freedom and Creativity) currently showing in Barcelona.
The emphasis of the exhibition is on Ferran Adrià’s talent and inventiveness and the ground-breaking gastronomy his team delivered; it explores Adrià’s creative approach and philosophy, even his popularity with the masses (Matt Groening of The Simpsons fame immortalised him). The exhibition also covers the restaurant’s 50-year lifespan chronologically (from its first incarnation as a beach bar to the three Michelin star restaurant most of us know about). The history lesson was the most fascinating part, plenty of memorabilia and anecdotes are thrown around (did anyone know in the early years guests used to arrive by boat?) which makes the ‘legend’ more palatable (no pun intended).
No need to be a foodie to enjoy this exhibition, just curiosity. One word of advice, don’t go hungry.
Currently held at Palau Robert in Passeig de Gracia, the exhibition will travel to London and New York in 2013.
British Vogue opens its August 2012 fashion pages with a piece aptly titled Best in show. The editorial showcases key pieces from the best A/W collections (from Céline to Gucci, Givenchy and Dior), all hand-picked and styled by fashion editor Francesca Bruns, who focused on this season’s darker undertones. Described as a treasure find of “sultry new palettes of bronze and fern green, decadent fabrics such as damask, and a plethora of grown-up pieces – lounge jackets, tunics and maxi coats included”, the magazine also highlights the inevitable return of the trouser suit.
Shot by Daniel Jackson, fashion photographer extraordinaire and regular contributor to i-D, POP, Numéro, V and V Man; with an impressive selection of fresh new talent (the models, we mean), and some very special guests, 12 carefully selected mutts from NYC-based animal talent agencies, wearing collars and leads by Bottega Veneta and Hermès.
Photographer Daniel Jackson
Stylist Francesca Burns
Hair Didier Malige
Models Andie Arthur, Elena Bartels, Mackenzie Drazen, Cora Emmanuel, Madison Headrick, Laura Kampman, Kolfinna Kristofersdottir, Kathryn Kruger, Magda Laguinge, Marie Piovesan, Melissa Stasiuk & Xiao Wen. Riea Romain Set-Design: Max Bellhouse
To mark the imminent arrival of Cloud7 products to Australian shores, we shot some rapid-fire questions to Petra Jungebluth and Todd Schulz, the brains behind the brand. Find out what makes them tick.
Petra, could you describe Todd in four words?
Funny, straightforward, generous and impatient.
Todd, could you describe Petra in four words?
Incorruptible, modest, polite, tall.
Describe Johan in four words.
Ian Thorpe meets Grobi (from Sesame Street).
A quirk or interesting thing that Johan does.
Sneezes by command.
How is life for a dog in Berlin?
In Johan’s words: an exciting multicultural mix of characters.
Could you recommend dog-friendly places in Berlin?
Definitely Herr Rossi, the splendid Italian restaurant in our street, where they are so generous to give their anti pasti also to visitor’s dogs (when the owners are not watching).
If you didn’t live in Berlin, where would you live?
We have been around a bit, New York, London, Amsterdam, so Berlin will probably be our final destination. In combination with our little country house just outside Berlin this seems just perfect for now.
What makes Berlin so exciting?
Compared to other metropolitan cities it is still relatively cheap to live here and therefore attracts an interesting bunch of international weirdos.
Petra, how did you end up working in fashion?
Being a young girl it seemed to be the most exciting way to do creative work.
Todd, how did you end up working in advertising?
I guess I just got corrupted with the obscene salaries they were offering.
How do you work as a team?
Peace, love and understanding.
What did you wanted to be when you were a child? (Petra) Vet, of course. (Todd) I reckon it wasn’t becoming the marketing guy for a pet accessories brand.
Petra, do you consider yourself an optimist?
Yes, without any doubt.
Todd, what keeps you going when things get tough?
Having a cigarette.
Would you agree that ‘necessity is the mother of all invention’? (Petra) In a very trivial sense this was surely a reason to come up with the idea for Cloud7, because we simply couldn’t find any dog stuff we liked. (Todd) Wasn’t that Frank Zappa?
What are you reading at the moment? (Petra) Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone, a novel about resistance movement in Third Reich Berlin. (Todd) Javier Marias, a spectacular Spanish novelist.
Do you collect anything? (Petra) I have a small collection of local handy crafted things from places we had visited. (Todd) I used to collect vinyls until they got too heavy when constantly moving places.
If money was not an issue, which art piece would you own? (Petra) A nice William Wegman’s print of his Weimaraner dog Man Ray. (Todd) If anyone reading this has a Raymond Pettibon steam train drawing for sale, I may even skip the money related part of the question.
Although The Compound Interest: Centre for The Applied Arts sounds like a serious name, it was actually born as a tongue-in-cheek way to describe a group of businesses coming together and supporting each other. The name made me think of the Bauhaus, of people who believe in the arts filtering down to everyday life, of strength in numbers. Which is not far from reality.
Home to a mix of creative types, the warehouse sits in a Collingwood back street (for readers beyond Melbourne, think Lower East Side, Shoreditch o El Raval). Two galleries that double as event spaces, an artist management agency, multiple web and print design studios, a crafty framer, a photographer, a letterpress printer and even a guy that restores classic vintage motorcycles fill the generous 1,000 square metre space.
The Compound Interest also doubles up as the playpen for the three resident dogs: Levi, Billie and Alfie (Jeremy Wortsman, Kelly Thompson and Tristan Main’s buddies respectively). Levi is an Italian Greyhound with more attitude than body weight (legend says Levi takes on Great Danes down at the park). Billie is a crafty young and restless Beagle that will get away with murder. Alfie, a French Bulldog, is the latest addition to the pack. Alfie spends most of the time hanging out doing his thing and looking slightly amused.
Hanging out at The Compound I wonder about the romantic notion of working in a warehouse with like-minded people, sharing projects, feeding off each other. Do collaborations really happen? Jeremy, the multi-tasking, multi-faceted director of the Jacky Winter Group, confirms: “Definitely. That said, it’s mostly indirect, but that has always been our collective intention in terms of cross pollination, ie. someone might come to a gallery opening for Pin-Up, and buy something from Lamington Drive. They may then get something framed by United Measures, and then decide to get a motorcycle from Christian (from Modern Motor Cycle Company). A meeting might happen with the designers upstairs, and a Jacky Winter commission. There’s a lot of serendipity occurring on a regular basis.” Tristan, from design studio Chase and Galley, adds “We’re always talking typefaces, recommending suppliers and spreading the good word about the nice people we all know.”
We talk to the guys about typesetting, Levi and Billie’s complicated love affair and the artist who got away.
Kelly on Billie’s antics Billie sure knows how to work it! I have told her off so many times for being naughty and she looks at me, and then I feel like the biggest asshole on earth! I think she does it on purpose. Lately if I discipline her she just sits and stares at me across the room for ages, it’s a stand off like she doesn’t believe I can hold out. Must resist droopy brown eyes. If you put your lunch anywhere near the edge of the table and then leave the room it won’t be there when you get back. I’ve had to buy a fair share of replacement lunches… Billie owes me. She also likes to invite herself up for snuggles, one minute you’re typing away and the next minute there is a Beagle flying onto your knee.
Jeremy on Levi’s quirks Where to start… I think his leg crossing is definitely a big crowd pleaser. Levi is generally just a 4 kilo quirk really though!
Tristan on Alfie’s ways We’ve recently started referring to him as the big ‘A’ around the house, he can be quite the boss dog. As for special skills, he likes catching and eating wasps, he does this funny commando crawl whenever he is on grass and his Wookie call is a definite party favourite.
Kelly on The Compound’s magic My favourite thing about the compound is the activity, there are always lots of things happening, I love watching the de-installs and installs of new exhibitions and seeing familiar faces all the time.
Tristan on a The Compound’s appeal Probably the great mix of complimentary businesses and tools of production all in the one place. And the dogs of course! Being able to bring Alfie to the Compound for hang-times with Levi and Billie is a massive bonus.
Jeremy on The Compound’s best kept secret It currently houses the only known baseball batting cage/driving range in the northern suburbs. By appointment only.
Jeremy on the one that got away In the early Jacky Winter days I signed up Laith McGregor after his VCA graduation show, but it only lasted about 48 hours as he was wise enough to steer his work onto a fine art path, where he has enjoyed some pretty significant successes. It‘s been amazing to follow his career since then – what an amazing talent.
Tristan on Chase&Galley’s approach For me it started with an interest in the ‘critical’ design that a lot of overseas practices undertake which typically sees graphic design branch out into other fields of inquiry, that was really fresh for me at university. A lot of the programmatic and systems stuff seemed like a whole other way of getting at something that I hadn’t considered before. Eventually though, its kind of all about the content and how best to try and get it to sing.
Kelly on Levi and Billie’s relationship Billie and Levi both feature on The Jacky Winter website where Billie is recognised as Levis first wife. Levi is pretty camp, so until he’s ready to come to terms with his sexuality Billie is his stand in wife. She’s ok with it, she just likes having someone to sleep beside and wrestle with, and he occasionally practices his moves for when he does meet the man of his dreams. They spend the first two hours of the day playing tag and wrestling with occasional tug of wars over a found rag. Then they have some alone time and choose to finish the day with Levi sleeping on top of Billie. Billie likes to walk Levi, if we leash them up to take them both out together Billie prefers if she leads him with his leash in her mouth.
Jeremy on Jacky Winter Everyone who works here has the most amazing hair ever. Most people describe coming into the office like walking into a Vidal Sassoon commercial.
Tristan on the art of typesetting As long as type is around there will be a need for typesetting. With the whole movement towards books and print publishing becoming more specialised and specialty, a need for good typesetting and a respect of text and type is still completely relevant and necessary. The mini boom of smaller type foundries recently has produced some interesting faces that throw up new challenges in setting and application… the pool just seems to get bigger and more varied and that’s pretty exciting.
— The Compound Interest Centre for The Applied Arts Comprising A Small Press, Chase & Galley, The Golden Grouse, Idlewild Press, The Jacky Winter Group, Lamington Drive, Modern Motor Cycle Company, People Collective, New Blank Document, Pinup Project Space, Special Photographic Studios, Studio Propeller, Something Together, United Measures.
Photography by MrBlanc.
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