Stroke of Genius

Christened the forefather of Cubism, pioneer of abstraction and master of modernity, the most recent delve into the diverse works of Pablo Picasso by his eponymous museum is as rich in intrigue as it is vivid in colour. Accompanying the Musée Picasso Paris’s latest exhibition, the official catalogue entitled Picasso’s Masterpieces: The Musée Picasso Paris Collection features a foreword and edit from the gallery’s esteemed director, Anne Baldassari. This collector’s edition tome features a luxurious slipcase and over 400 illustrations and critiques, providing a fitting addition to any avid art lover’s literary collection.

To purchase the Picasso’s Masterpieces volume, click here

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10 apps to Enhance Your Iphone

We weren’t living up to our potential until now, thanks Airows.

Rekindling our relationship with productivity, these applications have made getting down to business a pleasure. From a better version of the standard Apple camera to a more elegant calendaring solution, ignore their installation at your own peril.

1. Weather Line
Why read about the impending spring shower when you can have a one-glance infographic forecast to help you decide immediately on weather appropriate attire and activities?

2. Splikity
Sporting military-grade encryption, you can say goodbye to reseting passwords via email with this ultimate password safe. Automatically saving and syncing between its mobile and desktop apps, switching between devices mid-task has never been easier.

3. Mailbox
Apple mail is fine…until you meet its light, fast and mobile-friendly cousin that lets you scan entire conversations in a chat-like view and quickly swipe messages to your archive or trash.

4. Waze
Saving your skin with alternative routes whenever there’s a real-time hold-up, this community-based GPS app is set to blow Apple Maps out of the water.

5. Sunrise Calendar App
With its slick and simple design and desktop counterpart, even the most chaotic of schedules become bearable.

6. Manual
An app for burgeoning photographers who know what “ISO” means that will equip the already awesome iPhone camera with SLR-esque features.

7. Any.do
Let the task crushing commence! Already boasting a cult following, you’ll be making things happen in a snap with this cross-platform, daily task manager.

8. Pocket Casts
Leaps and bounds better than the standard in-phone version, Pocket Casts will make your listening pleasure a priority and look good doing it.

9. Connect Contact Manager
Quickly navigate through lists of contacts, reorder said lists and send group messages or simply swipe a contract to call, send a message or add to a list with this savvy contact manager.

10. Instapaper
The grandpa of the group, this app may have been around for a while, but if you’re not familiar with it, hop to it. Letting you save stories you’ve come across on the web to read later, it’s also perfect for when you spot a long read you want to come back to when without WiFi.

Via Airows

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The tea sisters

Tea-drinking will never be the same again with this new line of organic tisanes.

As the newly established purveyors of premium teas, sister act Storm and India Bellamy otherwise known as the Tea Sisters have employed their knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine and naturopathy to create an inspiring line of certified organic tisanes. Available to order online and via the intermittent appearance of their whimsical travelling tea van that will be appearing at markets and events throughout Auckland over the coming months, the Storm & India range includes pure black and white teas and as well more intriguing variations of ‘love tea’ and ‘elixir chocolate’. The romantic line will also include a set of bespoke organic detox teas that are designed to be consumed at various intervals throughout the day.

To visit the Storm and India website, click here

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Many Thanks, Cheers, TTYL — A Guide to Email Sign-Offs

There are few modern-day predicaments as vexing as the question of how to sign off an email. An easy task if you want to come across as a passive-aggressive sociopath, but if your approach is to be a little less abrasive, you’ll most likely be subject to numerous moments throughout the day that are fraught with indecision. The following is a definitive guide to what your chosen sign-off really says, courtesy of Buzzfeed.

1. Thanks 
Well done on reading this whole email.

2. Thanks!
Genuinely amazed you made it all the way through this.

3. Many thanks
Zero thanks.

4. Thank you
I am furious with you.

5. Thx
I think Zayn is my favourite member of One Direction.

6. Regards
I really couldn’t care less.

7. Kind regards
I really couldn’t care less, but this is my way of appearing like I could.

8. Warm regards
If we ever meet I’ll probably try to smell your hair.

9. Warmest regards
…and I don’t mean the hair on your head.

10. Sincerely
Insincerely

11. Faithfully
The internet is a hub of pornography and violence and I think the world’s problems would be solved if everyone just wrote handwritten letters.

12. Yours
There’s a picture of you on my pillow.

13. Cheers
Look how normal I am.

14. Cheers mate
Look how normal I am, now let’s get to the pub.

15. Ta
I am too busy to write whole words, so this noise shall suffice.

16. Bye
F*%! you.

17. Good-bye
F*%! everyone.

18. Best wishes
I have to write something here, and this will do.

19. Best
I’m thinking about what I’m going to have for lunch.

20. Very best
I know what I’m going to have for lunch now and I’m super psyched.

21. All the best
BURRITO MINUS 30 MINUTES!

22. [Your name]
I can spell my own name!

23. [Your initial]
I can’t quite spell my own name.

24. 😉
I totally would.

25. Laters
I have so much disdain for you that I just made up a word.

26. Looking forward to hearing from you
REPLY IMMEDIATELY.

27. x
I’m flirty.

28. xx
I work in PR.

29. xxx
I’m currently under investigation for an HR violation.

30. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
I’m not allowed to use scissors.

31. Take it easy
You’ll never see me again.

32. See you soon
Oh god I hope not.

33. Talk soon
See above.

34. Sent from my iPhone
I HAVE AN iPHONE.

35. Sent from my iPhone so please excuse typos
I HAVE AN iPHONE and I’m zany.

36. Love
So lonely.

37. Lots of love
So very, very lonely.

38. Write back
Write back, or the cat gets it.

39. TTYL
YSPNTTMABIACAS (You Should Probably Never Talk To Me Again Because I Am Clearly A Sociopath)
40. Take care
Die in a fire.

Via Buzzfeed.

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Louis Vuitton: The Icon and the Iconoclasts

From Lagerfeld to Louboutin, the daring re-imagining of the LV insignia has landed.

Since Georges Vuitton created and patented the ‘LV’ monogram, featuring his father’s initials, decorated with quatrefoils and four-petal flowers, the insignia has endured 160 years of incredible success as one of the world’s most widely recognised brands. To celebrate such a legendary legacy the fashion house have invited six creative geniuses to offer their interpretation of the emblematic status and traveling heritage of this revered fashion powerhouse.

The result is a striking series of creations, that playfully distinguish the unique signature of its creator while seamlessly integrating the ever-identifiable monogram. Always up for a fight – of the couturier kind of course – Chanel and Fendi’s Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld’s collection showcases his combatant spirit with his Punching Bag, Suitcase and Trunk. Featuring chain and leather handles, these pieces have been designed for more than adoration, complete with punching gloves in monogram canvas, a boxing mat and optional 12 Monogram flower iron weights.

Australian born industrial designer and Apple collaborator, Marc Newson took a more casual yet striking, utilitarian approach. Featuring his signature strap adjusters, Newson has created a show-stopping backpack crafted in monogram canvas and blue, beige or orange shearling. Meanwhile, fashion designer and founder of Comme des Garçons, Rei Kawakubo conceived the  Bag with Holes – a burned out tote that reveals the bag’s inner lining was her poetic take on the Sac Plat. Award winning Canadian-American Architect Frank Gehry designed a rectangular box, quite literally, with a twist. The Twisted Box also features a hand drawn insignia design embossed onto the blue lambskin interior.

It comes as no surprise that photographer, performance artist and filmmaker, Cindy Sherman envisioned the Camera Messenger bag and The Studio in a Trunk vanity in bright hues inspired by her pet parrot. Her collection also features original embroidered travel stamps from unreal destinations plucked from her whimsical imagination. And last but not by any means least, stiletto visionary Christian Louboutin’s Classic Caddy, Shopping Bag and Shopping Trolley were all accented with the same scarlet that adorns the soles of each pair of his shoes.

As part of the Louis Vuitton’s ‘Celebrating Monogram’ collaboration with six art and design legends – titled The Icon and the Iconoclasts, a limited number of these bags will be available locally from the 15th of October. Those keen to get their hands on one of these coveted collectors items can secure the: Frank Gehry’s small trunk, Rei Kawakubo’s Bag with Holes, Christian Louboutin’s City Bag, Karl Lagerfeld’s large Punching Bag as well as Marc Newson’s backpacks from local Louis Vuitton boutiques.

Louis Vuitton

53 Queen Street
Auckland

(09) 358 5080

www.louisvuitton.com

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Tea Sensibility

Indulge in some requiescence with the help of this elegant tea set.

Using minimal shapes to harmonious effect, the Rosenthal Studio Line Cha tea collection exhibits elements of serenity that make for a supremely soothing tea drinking experience. Inspired by the oldest tea store in Japan, Italian designer Frederica Capitani harnesses the ritualism of traditional brewing and supping with this fluid and contemporary masterpiece.

The mono-materiality of the black porcelain teapot lends itself to the aqueous lines and integrated aspects that merge body, handle and spout in a distinctively sleek silhouette. The teacups, available in three different sizes, are rendered textural by the raised, dotted outer surface that delicately enables the dispersal of heat from a freshly brewed pot. Adding raw warmth to the ornamental set are the wooden plates and bowls, whose natural presence make for the perfect complement.

The Rosenthal Studio Line Cha tea set will be available from Studio of Tableware later this month. 

Studio of Tableware

5 Harold Street
Mt Eden
Auckland

(09) 638 8082

www.thestudio.co.nz

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Film: St Vincent de Van Nuys

Inspired by posterity, Bill Murray proves it's never too late for second chances.

The latest comedic instalment from the famed Weinstein Company and director Theodore Melfi, entitled St Vincent de Van Nuys, portrays the heartwarming yet unconventional friendship between a 12 year-old boy in the wake of his parents’ divorce and the disgruntled war veteran who lives next door.

The formidableBill Murray plays the lead role of St Vincent, whose philandering lifestyle is hanging on by a mere miserable thread, before being reinstated with a sense of purpose and posterity after taking on a child-minder turned father-figure role for Oliver (played beautifully by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher). While stumbling through a series of life lessons, the pair soon realise that you’re never too old for second chances or too young to learn their value.

Boasting a supporting cast that certainly isn’t short on star power, this unconventional rendering of your typical coming-of-age film features Naomi Watts (who plays a hustling Russian pole dancer and ‘lady of the night’), Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd. This eagerly anticipated screenplay is sure to have you in stitches.

Saint Vincent de Van Nuys will be in cinemas from October 24.

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Road test: Jaguar F-Type R

One of Britain’s most globally admired exports successfully evades the parameters of conventional motoring.

No longer a marque reserved for the old boys club, it would appear that the leaping cat has been working out. For when Jaguar recently revealed their flagship F-Type, it was to a chorus of gasping breaths. With an impossibly curvaceous body bestowed by design director Ian Callum (ex Aston Marin), only a concrete block could be considered 100 percent impervious to the immediate sex appeal of this gorgeous machine. Furthermore the British manufacturers have made this latest edition their most powerful production vehicle to date.

In a day and age where automotive engines are shrinking in progressive fashion, Jaguar have displayed blatant disregard for convention by crowning their otherwise V6 F-Type line-up with the heart-thumping, five litre V8 supercharged “R” Coupe. Given the investment made into technology for this model such as Torque Vectoring for superb cornering combined with its aggressively charged engine, it goes without saying that the R drives like a bat out of hell. In fact there are moments when its front-engined power borders on madness, and there are no prizes for guessing why there is a passenger grab handle protruding from the centre console. Flooring it around corners with the freer Dynamic settings, the tail can flick out as a sign of resistance to being broken in, but quickly whips back into submission with a snap of the steering wheel. The beauty of the R’s nature is that it’s up to you as the driver to choose which way you’d like to tame this beast. Sure, you can maintain a compliant manner, but it won’t be long before you can resist the urge of experiencing pure, unhinged exhilaration.

It has to be this particular V8’s aggressive sound bites that count as the most entrancing of all its characteristics. Put your foot down and it lets out a deep, gurgling howl, take your foot off and it spits like a hot rod. With a timbre that would diminish a symphony orchestra, the R provides an addictive soundtrack that is impossible to wean off. Essentially a glorified hot rod given sanction by its royal badge and turned out by a proper finishing school, the arrival of this elegant beast is paradoxical evidence unto itself that ‘they don’t make cars like this anymore’. Taking away the focus on robotic technology and placing the enjoyment firmly in the driver’s hands is precisely what makes this car so unique. But I guess the fact that the F-Type can’t be pigeonholed is no surprise when after all, cats are not pack animals.

Jaguar New Zealand

jaguar.co.nz

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Hungry for more

Yotam Ottolenghi is back with his highly anticipated follow up cook book.

Credited for instigating a British cooking revolution, Yotam Ottolenghi’s follow up book picks up where its prequel left off with a stunning range of vegetable oriented recipes that put produce in the spotlight.

With an emphasis on flavour derived from spices and fresh ingredients, Plenty More is organised by cooking method with inventive recipes such as the alphonso mango and curried chickpea salad and the membrillo and stilton quiche promising to keep things creative in the kitchen.

To purchase Plenty More, click here

Timeout Bookstore

432 Mt Eden Rd
Mt Eden

(09) 630 3331

www.timeout.co.nz

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Light Show

Prepare to be blown away by the brilliance of this lighting fantastic.

In a multi-sensory experience that resulted in a sell out season at London’s Hayward Gallery, a series of cutting-edge lighting technologies have been installed at the Auckland Art Gallery for the long-awaited Light Show exhibition commencing this month. The standout display utilises the medium to create intangible sculptures and atmospheric installations that are quite simply out of this world.

Engrossing, provocative and the first visual feast of its kind to hit our shores, patrons will witness a fascinating manipulation of colour, intensity, projection and perception. Featuring everything from immersive, rare light spectacles not seen for decades to visually stimulating artworks re-created especially for the showcase, this is a fluorescent extravaganza not to be missed.

The mesmerizing light-based art show will bring together some of the world’s most brilliant artworks from the likes of David Batchelor, Jim Campell, Olafur Eliasson, Jenny Holzer, Ann Veronica Janssens, James Turrell, and New Zealand’s very own Bill Culbert, culminating in a brilliantly hypnotic light exhibition that will enthrall the senses and dazzle even the most jaded of art lovers.

The exhibition has now finished.

Auckland Art Gallery

www.aucklandartgallery.com

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