Bon Appetit

much has been said about goya, and certainly about his depictions of civilisation’s brittle veneer; sometimes they stab back through time like his ‘los desastres de la guerra’ to become a repeatedly grotesque reminder of mankind’s folly, for we must also consider that amongst our achievements, the necessity to inflict suffering has been seemingly quintessential. the main themes of goya’s work can be condensed into prophetic commentary on the consequences of man’s neglect of reason.

about 70 years before goya, baruch spinoza died. his writings on ethics contained a proposition which aims to clarify this dichotomy:

the mind, both in so far as it has clear and distinct ideas, and also in so far as it has confused ideas, endeavours to persist in its being for an indefinite period, and of this endeavour it is conscious.

this endeavour, when referred solely to the mind, is called will, when referred to the mind and body in conjunction it is called appetite ; it is, in fact, nothing else but man’s essence, from the nature of which necessarily follow all those results which tend to its preservation ; and which man has thus been determined to perform.

about food there has also been said a lot. and continuously. commonly more about health and diet and as another quintessential element of existence, it naturally focusses on human preservation. the current down turn from excess, whether due to guilt or conviction of longevity seems in contrast to the fact that most people making these lifestyle decisions are the ones with options. some go meat-free without a choice.

thabazimbi is the name constructed from the local / native words for thaba (mountain) and zimbi (iron); an isolated rural mining settlement surrounded by the semi-arid bush in southern africa, where unsurprisingly iron ore is mined from a mountain; its face forever changed by greed. my father was stationed there and i did part of my engineering practical assignments there. my mother cooked and entertained. an annual event called the ‘wildsfees’ - loosely translated in to festival of game took place on dusty grounds outside the town. brawny game farmers proudly looked on as farmhands unloaded the slaughter - a gutted gazelle, any wild animal hunted and shot had to be used. copious cuts of game meat hung from hooks ready to be boiled or grilled to the delight of the townsfolk. with dozens of fires rising up into that autumn sky it was quite a primal scene and like the ash its memory has settled on me. my mother won an award for her ostrich stew.

it is thus plain from what has been said, that in no case do we strive for, wish for, long for, or desire anything, because we deem it to be good, but on the other hand we deem a thing to be good, because we strive for it, wish for it, long for it, or desire it.’


Vanity Masterclass

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Save the Slaves

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Natural Phenomena

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Anticipate Away

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The Two, Three Houses

nostalgia is my favourite drug

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Decay or Don’t

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The Numbers Game

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Fifty Shades of Freedom

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The Tyranny of Objects

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Food for Fear

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Memorial to Perfection

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Revised Regiment

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Intimate Invocation

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Le Bonheur de la Table

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Body Talk

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Disturbance

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Fontanacy

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Background

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Fictional Realities

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Magic Carpet Ride

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Fake Fortress

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Awake

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More or Less

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Coagulating Colour

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Luxus Eternum


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She Works Art for the Money

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Proper Property

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Fake Freedom

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Slave

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Caillebotte’s Boys

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Opium II

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Future Futility

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Eponymous Experiences

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Blue Bottle

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Whispers against the Wind

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Manet Away

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Ange’s Eden

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Time Machine

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Redesigning Happiness

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Illuminatrix

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The Little Flower of Confidence

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Igbonics

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Dark Juice

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Sameness Together

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Made by the Machine

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Alice through the Looking Glass

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Streetwalking

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Punctuated Perception

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Dirty Dancing

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Picasso for President

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Le Pavillon des Passions Humaines

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Retrotopia

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Mirage

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Opium I

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Feeding Medea

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I can’t stand your Kisses

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Lactose Intolerance

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Lover’s Friends

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Big Yellow Taxi

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Memories of Words

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Different Nature

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Cost

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Demimonde Dictionary

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Without Hope

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Construction

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Foliage

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The Library

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Under the Pyramid

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Over the Rainbow

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My Perogative

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Pictorial Phenomena

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The Other William

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Beard Pride

barbe des combats

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That Figures

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Recourseless

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Collectors Corner

kees van dongen, portrait of madame agnelli (1958)

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Overthinking Overthinking

as francis bacon said when he was asked if with his paintings he tries to depict shock and horror;

… the real horror is out there on the streets’.

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Medieval Paradox

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Bad Boy Mad Face

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Anatomy Now

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Winter Wallcover

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Truth Told

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On An Artful Note

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A Turn for Turner

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Arty Design vs Designer Art

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The Original Bearhug

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Memories of Magnum

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Morbid Morphosis

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Monstrous Movements

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Recession-Chic

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Countertenor Couture

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A Word on Weave

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Living Furniture

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If the Shoe Fits

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Preservation Theory

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Entrée Les Étagères

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Delicious Dior

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Tabula Rasa


studio mood… yungchen lhamo on repeat


Tabula Rasa

i find a circular corner table quite indispensable to create a more dynamic interior in bedrooms and living rooms. one can almost say it’s one of my style signatures - a great platform for expressing a character or a theme in a room without being too intrusive or pretentious. the selection i use for it is generally a reflection of my mood. today… contemporary-classic clutter.


Concealment

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All Made of Myth

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2013

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What’s for Dinner, Sir?

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In the White

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Simply Scary

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For-Birden Food

so after reading this piece of culinary history, i thought again about the strange preperation method, the even stranger ritual of consuming it and the ultimate pariah of enjoying it… l’ortolan.

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The Art of Eating

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Alternative Realities

suffering from both escapist tendencies and diabetes it is probably not strange at all that from an early age i was fixated on the extraordinary tales of jules verne and his prolific stories of journey and wonder. by the time i read them, they were more fiction than the science fiction of before but they still contained a quality that could transport a boy like me into a fantastic world beyond. born from curiosity in a time where these types of voyages were hardly possible, these novels were often illustrated with engravings to explain mr verne’s whimsies and the characters’ adventurous predicaments - inventing new machines, animals and entire worlds in an alternative reality that seemed so far fetched yet nearly possible was his gift. the imagery of otherness from those books remain and i look to them in inspiration at times when impossibilities threaten to become reality…


A Musing on Memory…

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Auction Picks

having received their latest sale catalogue, i’ve made my eclectic selection from the next stephan welz & co auction in cape town…i’m kinda getting with the oriental meets memphis look - both have a certain playfulness of shape


Lacing It…

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Have oranges…Will bake.

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Organic Geometry

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Give us Today our Daily Pears in Red Wine…

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No Messing Around…

the less glamourous sister-of-pavlova. a generous pudding from the privileged sons of Eaton College circa 1930’s. today it has suffered various incarnations but as far as a fool proof answer to dessert goes…who can argue something that is this edible even after it’s been dropped on the floor.

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Twisted Tales

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Ketoacidosis

even though having lived with diabetes for 20 years is no laughing matter, i have after a night of over-indulgence suddenly realised how pretty the colours are on the ketone urine test strips. not really pantone and not the healthiest choice probably, but i love the dirty seagreen of the glucose at + faible and the rusty pink of ketones at ++ moyen.


Fruits from the Forest

this is probably going to sound a bit martha, but i recently came upon a delightful recipe for odors in the home from a victorian home maintenance guide.

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First House Flaws

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Happy Birthday Cake

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Overstyling

everything in 3D…

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Tray Chic

serving or display, trays are invaluable as the anywhere-everywhere decor accessory…

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Black & White

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Happy New Year

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More Spring

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The Garden Room

luxury is space…space to grow things.

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Spring is in the Air

the change of seasons always put things in perspective for me again. we live in such a man-made world, and nature has this way of showing us how feeble our control over our own destiny is. i love feeling foolish in this way. it makes me forget to have a panic attack today.


A Martha Moment


Chess


playing the game…

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Home is in the Colonies

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Rites of Passage

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Plants 1, Flowers 0


realise the object of it…

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Kitchen Confidential

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Stupidity & Sensitivity

Since it’s nearly impossible to gauge each individual’s level of sensitivity or stupidity, I’d rather play it safe and classify this site as suitable for adults only. Although that term is still nebulous to me, the responsibility remains that of the viewer.


Curating & Criticism

The identification and definition of creativity are two different things. Challenging conventional interpretations and perspectives expands its validity and effect. I am convinced that collaborations and participation across creative industries allow for discovering a greater realisation of our potential.


Art & Collecting

I love mixing styles and textures, media and materials. But I believe in respecting personality when it comes to choosing work. There is of course the investment angle which is too boring to discuss here….or anywhere really. It is important to remember that when you live with art, it should be alive to you. That is to say it needs to move you. You need to have an affair with it.


Fashion & Architecture

Starting with the roof over your head and the clothes on your back. These are the things we inhabit. Without entering into the fashion vs trend debate. They also shape our sensibilities and the way we present ourselves.


Design & Function

Whether colour or form is your thing. Pattern or plain. What we choose to live with can make our lives easier or more challenging. Consider your commitment and convince yourself.


Gardens & Flowers

Since Eden it has been a fascination, inspiration, an indulgence of kings and common gardeners, a joy. No home is complete without it. Whether you go for potted, landscaped or organic, dry or shade, just go for it.


Treasures & Trash

Most of which are filed under S for sentimental. I respect that.
Heirlooms. Bargains. Souvenirs. Gifts. Curiosities. Found Objects. Impulse Buys.
Never hide what’s important or meaningful. Denial is a very ugly word.


History & Reality

Get to know yourself and others. As much as we live in the same world, everyone has their own version of it. Live up to yours, never fear your dreams and ideals lest they remain aspirations forever.