Mind if I have a little lie down on a slab of Linteloo chocolate?

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I know, I know. My vacation from this page has gone on way too long. They kept asking: ‘But what happened to you, koeks ?’ The short answer, that thing that has a way of coming at one between 6am and 11pm. Scribbling tasks. Projects and things.

But I saw this thing today that made me want to pop off a quick postcard from my dashboard.

When I grow up, I will wear pearls and brown leather lace-ups more often than I do now. In the afternoons, I will read all the Bill Bryson and Wally Lamb and Hello Magazines I haven’t read in ten years, and I will drink tea on the sofa. To do that, I will need something like this. No, please. I will actually need this exact thing. A sofa by the collection of impossibly beautifully designed sofas called Linteloo. Goodness, this sofa is so expansive, so encompassing, so begging of one to flake out on it, one hardly even needs a house anymore. Just the sofa, please.

One day. When I’m really grown up.

A previous associate, who knows her sofas from her chaises, told me she thinks Linteloo makes what could be the most comfortable sofa in the world. And then a little bird told me that Mr Linteloo (who is from the Netherlands) is coming to town tomorrow. So tonight I am going to Weylandts to inspect a few sofas. And, I hope, to catch a glimpse of Mr L himself. There will be Dutch food by a famous name chef and, what’s the bet, all manner of temptation to sip, snap and shop. I’ll be back with a few postcards after the event.

PS. Going onto Linteloo.nl I notice that the name of Italian designer Paola Navone (who designs for Linteloo) is linked to the sofa of my dreams. This is her Paris apartment. No wonder the sofa works. I’m sure you’ve seen this apartment before, but you can always look again. And again.

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And this is what the Linteloo pages say about Paola.

Paola originally graduated as an architect at the Polytechnic of Turin in 1973, but became famous as a designer with her projects for important international brands. But Navone also proves to be successful as an art director, interior decorator, industrial planner and creator of events.

Paola is Straightforward, a dreamer and eclectic: her mind and soul are a combination of flavours and colours of the south of the world – known, loved and lived – together with the taste and forms of the West, rich in traditions, open and continuously in movement. All of this produces her untiring curiosity in her search for matters and materials, forms and structures. In her search for the present, the past and the future.

Someone who doesn’t want to design systematically, in order to be always just a little bit more curious than the others (in the words of the motivation of the International Design Award won in Osaka in 1983, first of all)

who wants to be a citizen of the world in order to look and discover

who is a little bit of an anthropologist

who doesn’t want to throw away the past but make it relive

who wants to cultivate the East and its spontaneous manual skills (as she has learned to understand after working for years together with craftsmen in the Philippines)

Paola Navone apartment images via http://www.yellowtrace.com.au/2012/04/27/paola-navones-apartment-in-paris/ 

LOVE, INTIMIDATION & INSTANT GRASS

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A large rendition of David Indiana’s iconic love sculpture will soon go up on the licorice black studio wall at Instant Grass. “I’m also getting the guys at the agency to do some spray art on a surfboard, as an installation,” is what design boss Jaco Janse Van Rensburg tells me. Jaco has been ticking off miscellaneous elements of style as they trickle in from upholsterers, curtain makers, artists, carpenters ensovoorts. He told me he’s halfway done with painting the Earthcote pewter and copper metallics and terrazzo-like black Granite Paint on the studio cupboard fronts. So I swung past for a look-see before the weekend and got a lucky preview of the anti-gravity umbrella installation, sent in an earlier postcard shipped yesterday. On my way up in the lift, I met one of the bouncy, friendly Instant Grassers, who was off the charts happy to be having a piping hot and windless Friday. Upon being asked what he thought of the revamp, he said: I think it is intimidating. Ok, that would be “i n t i m i d a t i n g” in bold with smiley face at the end. To tell you the truth, I thought he might say Fun, Insane, Intense, Badass, Epic or similar, but ‘intimidating’? On reflection though, I get what he’s saying. When you think about it, ‘intimidating’ is actually a good thing. Hotness is always intimidating and I think it’s essential for an agency to be assertive in matters concerning ideas and creative expression. It says ‘We. Are. In. Command.’ Period.

The more I look at the word, the better it gets. On my screen, I keep seeing the ting in intimidating.
Intimidating is the boots and swimsuit hotness of the girl in the Chanel ad. It is Jean Paul Goude’s era-defining image of Grace Jones with a bone through her nose. And it’s the larger-than-lifeness of a simple, sincere word embellished in glinty gold. These are all a little intimidating, but in the best possible sense of the word.

Woodblock printed gold-foiled posters available to order: http://www.keepcalmgallery.com

IMAGE: CHANEL

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I’ve been promising Instant Grass ‘Before’ and ‘Afters’.  Below are some ‘Afters’ of some of the revamped furniture, fresh in from the upholsterers. You might feel mildly intimidated sitting on these chairs. Or maybe (in the case of the S-bend stripes) a bit dizzy. Or you might wanna get out your lipgloss and wet up your pout. Or try out your best, deepest presentation voice. Or practice smiling like Johnny Depp. You could even feel more bossyboots than usual, in a happy, shiny, up kind of way. But one thing you won’t feel, is dull. And that, I think, is what’s important.

Velvet brocade backing used on the champagne gold armchair above.