7 July 2015

Barcelona find: Kokua ballerinas

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If you find yourself in Barcelona, you must (let me repeat, *must*) visit Kokua, a shop that sells only ballerina flats.

“Only” doesn’t do this shop justice. It sells every type of comfortable ballerinas you could imagine: from low key and classic to attention-getting works of art.

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The clincher for me was that the shop is family owned (at least according to its website…which looks like it hasn’t been updated for a while, unfortunately). Try your luck getting in touch on their Facebook page. I’m not sure if they sell online, but it’s worth a shot.

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I walked out with the fabulous ruby-red glitter covered darlings at the top for EUR 70. Nothing happened when I clicked my heels three times though.

Where’s Glenda the Good Witch when I need her?

Kokua Barcelona
Carrer de la Boqueria, 30 (Ciutat Vella off of La Rambla)
08002 Barcelona
(The address above is the main store. There’s another branch very near it, but I think it’s for stock overflow.)

24 June 2015

Found on the interweb – Tuesday edition: Idris, Grace and capsule collections


Image: Superdry.com

Sometimes world events just make you sit and wonder. I’ve being doing a lot of that over the past few days. Normal posting to return. In the meantime, here are a few discoveries.

16 June 2015

Stumbled upon: Nomos Glashütte

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It shouldn’t have happened, but it did. I splurged and snagged a Nomos Glashütte pen and pencil set during a visit to the Zürich flagship store. The set comes with branded Post-Its, ruler, eraser, pencil sharpener and a very practical mini chalkboard and on the inside of the case.

A work colleague is responsible for my downfall (shirking responsibility is a great stress reliever), as he showed me this tempting specimen with the knowledge that I had a weakness for writing instruments.

I’m not really sure how useful this set is, although the mechanical pencils and pen have become my traveling companions. But is useful really “useful” all the time?

10 June 2015

Vitra Design Museum: “Making Africa” and changing minds

Africa: starving children, war, and if there is art and design, it’s courtesy of “those poor folks” using recycled bean tins that fell off the back of an official UN lorry.

All sarcasm aside, art and design hailing from the continent seems to have a “story,” a story sometimes defined by well meaning, although slightly prone-to-stereotpyical-thinking Westerners.

Making Africa,”  an exhibit showing at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein (DE) slams the book on that story – finally – and introduces visitors to another chapter..one that has been known to those with a keen interest in art and design from the continent for a while.

I implore you: If you are anywhere in Switzerland or southern Germany, you must see this exhibit. I did. And was astounded.

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The show was curated by Nigerian-born Okwui Enwezor, director of both Haus der Kunst in Munich and the 56th Venice Biennale.

Some of the works hail from brands, artists and designers such as Maki Oh (Nigeria), Cyrus Kabiru (Kenya) and Omar Victor Diop (Senegal).

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“Making Africa” runs until 13 September 2015.