Thursday, May 27, 2010

Floral Tea's

Nothing gets my heart beating than a lovely arrangement of pastel flowers in tea tins. I'm not a tea person, but pair some sweet florals with vintage cup-ware and I'm in love. Now where did my pruning shears go..

images:: heyzee , bijou kaleidoscope 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Art on wheels

I am a huge fan of skateboarders out there riding the rails and grinding their way over the city. Unfortunately, Dubai is still young and it's street culture of skateboarding is still in its initial stages, with very few skate-parks around the city. Which is why when Wafa Al Maktoum, director of FN Designs, took the next step by curating the first skateboard art exhibition in the region 'Fakie', I was more than thrilled to go and check it out. Too bad there were no skateboarders grinding their stuff during the launch .

{Khalid Mezaina} Bring the sword & axe
Of all the works, I loved his the most, those bold primary colors sure triggers something in me!
 His concept is based on a combination of the urban world of skating and traditional UAE folklore. 

{Janet Belleto} Mille-mare (a million seas)
Janet's designs are inspired by her continued exploration of underwater worlds as well as animal and sea creature illustrations.

{Mohammed Al Shaibani
Music doesn't lie. If there's something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music
Admiring the artistic illustration and composition that went into this design. Mohammed pays homage to the 'grooviest' dude out there,  a great man who once spoke through his music - Jimi Hendrix.

{Eyan Lomuntad} Right here. Right Now!
I love the description of this piece. Remember those Fruitella chewy candies? This is how it feels like! Word!

{Lateefa Bint Maktoum Al MaktoumLazer Flip
This was by far the most unique and conceptual skate design at the exhibition, the image engraved directly onto the original wooden surface. Of her design, Lateefa related a skater's tricks and movements as birds about to take flight. With that in mind, she wanted it to be playful, yet still referencing the roots of skateboarding, hence a surfer.

{Darwin Guevarra} Face to Face Basis
Drawing straight onto the board, Darwin's freehand quirky illustrations are just too cool.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

{noella craves} arabic movie posters

Seeing that it's already the 13th of the month, here comes another {noella craves} post, featuring my latest obsession for this month. I don't know if it's the city girl in me living in modern Dubai lusting for some rustic and vintage-ness, but I have been preoccupied with drooling over these loverly old movie posters. Be it the hand illustrated titles, painted portraits or the bold primary colors, these posters are craving to be framed and hung on my bedroom wall, or in the below case, stuffed with tissues.

Saudi designer Ayman Daydaban creates a collage of tissue boxes adorned with classic Arabic film posters from the 1940s-50s. 

Classic Arabic posters found via thunder-lulled

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Clutch me

Look at these lovely arm candies by Sarah's Bag found over on Dia Boutique too bad I'm not a clutch person or else I probably would have stocked my cupboard with one of each design. The graphics and  retro colors makes these clutches one fashionable art piece.. and me super envious.

Egyptian singer 'Umm Kalthoum'

Vintage arabic Pepsi bottles

Lebanese singer and actress 'Sabah' in rainbow

Collage of old Egyptian movie posters