Sunday, January 6, 2013

Out on a Lim

Phillip Lim is a phenomenal designer based in New York. While I'm not a fan of silver-trimmed white shorts or suits he manages to convey an amazing sense of wearability meets beauty in his 'Trickers Spring 2013' video. This rich visual offering blurs the boundaries between fashion as a retail item and modern dance. One of the privileges of creating objects is the ability to market them in increasingly left-of-centre ways. His video captures the essence of 'modernity' yet would not look out of place with 'Chunky Moves' or The New York Ballet. 

Born in Bangkok of Chinese parents he illustrates that hybrid form of talent where fashion and form combine with cultural nuances that transport the viewer. Hopefully, I'm sure, to one of his stores... but less cynically perhaps to reflect on the beauty of human movement. I'd need a lifetime supply of Voltaren to negotiate one of those manoeuvres!  

Just a hint... let the video download and then play in its entirety.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013. A Plate Odyssey

OK... so my headline is a bit cheesy but as with most things there's a bit of truth behind the sentiment it contains. 2013 is promising to be a year with many changes to Bison... least of all our name. Henceforth our stores will be known as bisonhome. This signifies a change on direction for us that extends far beyond our namesake ceramics but also includes the development of a lifestyle range to complement the collection. 

After 14 years plus I felt it was time to make our design journey   more three-dimensional. Every room benefits from beautiful ceramics, be they decorative or functional, but a wooden tray and fabric napkins or runners give a context. Having emerged out from the spray-booth I'm now free to develop these aspects of the company and from your comments, both on Facebook and to me personally, I can clearly see this change has been welcomed. 

Far from deleting our past collection I felt it imperative to include some of our iconic pieces in the new range. Layering pieces and motifs gives a texture and depth to Bison and allows us to evolve and refresh the colour palette. As for the above cover shot... Gourmet Traveller January issue features our limestone 'curve' side plate. These, along with both milk and sage, will be available in side, entree and main plates in-store from approximately January 9th.