Things on Friday with our editorial team

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Published:  January 30, 2015
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At the end of each week we’d like to bring you a concise round up of our top picks from the last 7 days — now these aren’t necessarily design specific, they can be a selection of any artefacts that caught our editorial team’s eye and the attention of a guest contributor. Our assistant editor Lucy Waddington has teamed up with contributor at Australian Design Review and desktop Doug Ross, to bring you this week’s Things on Friday:

LUCY WADDINGTON

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Dreaming of a flat-pack escape

Maybe it’s my inner Moomin Troll or a side-effect of my mother’s obsession with Ikea, but I’ve always been drawn to Sweden. This year at Bergåsen on Gotland Island, Designers on Holiday are literally setting up camp in the Swedish wilderness. I couldn’t think of anything nicer than rolling around in a triangular plywood structure listening to sing-song accents when my brain is currently drifting between wanting to achieve everything and nothing at all. It’s Friday, come on.

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Avo abundance

If you’ve ever met me, you’d know that having an edible item on my list was inevitable. It was only this week that I stumbled across a re-sealable bag of ripe Hass avocados, peeled and diced into chunky pieces, snap frozen and available in the supermarket for under a tenner. I don’t think the significance of this really needs any justification.

Dreams come true when you visit the frozen food aisle.

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Life imitates art

I’ve watched Cutie and the Boxer multiple times, yet this week the film held a particular poignancy. ‘The Boxer’ is 80-year-old Ushio Shinohara; ‘Cutie’ is his 59-year-old wife, assistant and wrangler, Noriko Shinohara. Ushio’s works come together by dunking plump boxing gloves in paint and then punching his way to a masterpiece. The delicate connection between a husband and wife, their gaping age difference, resentments and polar creative styles, at first seem unique to a relationship bound by dwindling funds and fame — yet as the documentary continues, the struggles of time and circumstance, success and failure, disappointment and joy, become all the more universal.

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Nudity is nothing new in the world of fashion — a nipple here, a bum-cheek there. I believe they’ve showcased every anatomic detail of the female body — yet Rick Owens managed to cause quite a stir with his ‘revealing’ line of menswear featuring crotch-level cutouts in Paris. Alexander Fury, fashion editor of The Independent summed it up best when he followed the show with a simple Tweet: “Looks like a turkey dinosaur.”

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Pocket Operator 10 from the Swedish masterminds at Teenage Engineering is a piece of crafted genius — existing somewhere between a Gameboy, an old Yamaha keyboard and one of those Casio watches with a calculator, this handheld synth is the epitome of musical (and technological) simplicity. What’s not to love about a device that you can use to make irritating sounds repeatedly? Keep your eyes peeled, EP coming soon.

DOUG ROSS

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The classic ‘who dunnit’ 

I’ve heard a lot about this podcast recently and only just started listening this week. Serial is a spin-off of This American Life, threading a narrative across each episodeThere’s something great about listening to a story rather than watching a movie or TV show. You still follow the story as it plays out, but you use your own imagination to form the pictures instead.

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Melbourne’s Miso

After having bought Mr Wilkinson’s Favourite Vegetables recipe book for my mum’s Christmas present, I googled the book’s illustrator. She’s a Ukrainian-born artist called Stanislava Pinchuk living in Melbourne under the pseudonym Miso, doing all sorts of great projects that include swapping tattoos for home-cooked meals.

What do you mean you’re at the other Terminus?”

I rocked up to the wrong pub the other night, and so expressed my feelings with this telling portrayal of loss and confusion.

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Man versus wild

I bought this book for myself yesterday. It carries similar messages to Jon Krakauer’s Into The Wild – not emphasising the ‘will of man’ over the forces of nature, nor buttering up the reader with flowery illustrations of the wild, but just presenting humankind and nature as two inextricably linked ideas.

Tune-out tunes

I bought this album off Bandcamp after listening to it for a week. It’s a side project by Tom Iansek, the male singer from Big Scary. Doesn’t have the same production value as Big Scary’s last album Not Art, but is definitely worth a listen.

In case you missed it, here’s last week’s top picks from editor Katia Pase and Confetti’s Kevin McDowell. 

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