NOLA BEL RINGS
I've been getting enquiries from people looking for Nola Bel - so here's the post for easy access.
If you find you're not making contact flick me a message and I'll put you onto them.
"Architectural postcards for the hands of the adventurous and brave! "
To borrow a phrase from the new lookbook by Karamia Muller and Nicole Allen's new moniker
NOLA BEL. These highly striking rings are inspired by skylines of cities that NoLa bel has travelled to or will one day visit. With each set constructed of 5 individually designed laser cut rings tucked into our their unique and delightful skull box and all sets are only $50 each.
For the lookbook: Nola Bel lookbook
For enquiries: email@example.com
All photos by the ultra sharp Sajeev Ruthramoorthy
For more on the duo here is an article: BlackLOG interview
Here's a taster from the Oh.No.Sumo piece for the FAX exhibition currently on at St Paul St Gallery.
We've gone for a retro vibe and taken it back to the height of 80s cool - Transformers battling for universal domination ! Of course in true ONS style there's a zany twist.
For more info: www.stpaulst.aut.ac.nz
This one's a bit of an oldie circa 2008.
A bike network developed with Sunny Wong.
If we got stuck for ideas we would actually jump on a bike and just ride in circles around the architecture courtyard whilst shouting at each other.
Probably just posting to remind myself it's there.
It's something I've been wanting to revisit for a while.
The blurb read like this:
We are trying to create a network of interconnected nodes that even though they may stand separately will work together to allow cyclists to move through the city efficiently.
The small nodes will be serviced by a larger bike station hub that can provide all the services required by cyclists. (That's the a+b+c+d+e bit)
Is there a way that the architectural language of our stations can work at a micro and macro scale ?
If we investigate modularity can the parts be combined to service various conditions succesfully?
Anyway - Don't think the built outcome was overly successful with my first attempt so maybe get lucky second time round ?
1st cut is here
URBIS - ISSUE 58, 2010
To read the full article click here
SANNZ SUMO PRIZE
Recently SANNZ had their annual end of year celebration and we produced the new "SANNZ Sumo Prize for Dedication" which was awarded to two deserving committee members who have given their all this year. Well done to Rachel Dawkins and Charlotte Brennan for being so awesome in 2010.
To see more of SANNZ go to: www.sannz.net.nz
DESIGN BATTLE IS ON !
Sorry kids this could be a little R18. For more info on our challengees go to: www.weloveinc.com
BEST AWARDS 2010
Hells yeah !
We won Gold and Silver in the Exhibition Installations and Temporary Structures category for the Spatial Discipline at the recent DINZ Best Awards. More pictures to come !
THE WAY TO BE - Blog
Recently we met Bettina a graphic designer working in central Auckland. She's recently started posting on her sharp looking blog The Way to Be. Like all good blogs - There is personality and thought here, so make sure you star this thing !
DINZ Best Awards - Oh.No.Sumo Finalists !
yus yus yus - 2 finalists entries in the Spatial Discipline under the "Exhibition and Temporary Installations" category for both the Cupcake Pavilion and Paper Sky
Awards night is October 1st - can't wait !
Look at the beautiful "Golden Pin" trophy above for this years winner.
What ... a ... stunner.
DINZ Designers Speak - This & That Tour
Oh.No.Sumo were very fortunate and honoured to be invited to speak on the recent This and That speakers tour organised by the Designers Institute. Along with the charismatic Charlie Ward and enviably crafted Sarah Maxey we had fleeting but highly enjoyable visits to both Christchurch and Dunedin (Patrick particularly fell in love with Dunedin). Thank you so much to Cathy Veninga and Tracey Norris at DINZ for looking after us so well. It was great to see that design in NZ is being provided with such dedicated and passionate support from the Institute.
TANGLING WITH HIRATA
Above is an article Sarosh and I wrote for the NZIA Auckland branch newsletter called Block.
We both interviewed Akihisa Hirata earlier this year when he visited to lecture at the University of Auckland. As you can guess from the article, a most amazing set of work! Very inspiring, especially for someone like myself who is trying to understand how to continue design research while also grappling with the pragmatics of everyday practice. To see Hirata's work check out www.hao.nu
OPEN AGENDA 2010
Congrats goes to Byron Kinnaird for being one of three winners in this year's Open Agenda Competition for his joint project with Barnaby Bennett entitled The Architecture Drawing Project .
Open Agenda is an annual competition aimed at supporting the development of a new generation of experimental designers in Australian architecture. The winning teams each develop their proposals into an exhibition, publication and lecture format. The exhibition will be created at Customs House in Sydney, and will open in mid October this year as part of Architecture week.
Byron is also the editor of the fantastic RE:SPEAK site. Really good way of keeping up to date with what's happening locally in the building/design industry.
URBIS - ISSUE 56, 2010
I think you should go buy the new Urbis. Why ? Because nothing's better than sitting on the couch on a sunday afternoon looking at beautiful things right ? But also this issue features Oh.No.Sumo's Paper Sky on the cover ! Shot by Patrick Reynolds, styled by Nicole Stock with a big smile by Oh.No.Sumo :)
DINZ DESIGNERS SPEAK SERIES
Oh.No.Sumo will be speaking at the DINZ Designers Speak Series titled "This & That" on Wednesday May 26th. It's going to be at Deux Ex Machina in Auckland kicking off at 6:30pm. Can't lie - a little bit nervous ! For more info check out the DINZ website for ticket details.
ANNA STARR - PHOTOGRAPHER
Anna's just uploaded lots of new work onto her site www.annastarrphotography.com.
Anna specialises in analog photography, so it's great knowing people are still fighting the good fight ! (Even though I'm obviously digitally obsessed sometimes).
Check out the fantastic process photos she has done for the Lomo show curated by World frontman Francis Hooper. Looking forward to seeing the exhibition at the Auckland Festival of Photography.
SHOUT OUT TO MY MUM !
Above's an article from the latest Fashion Quarterly magazine that featured my beautiful mum Jennie. It talks about her style influences and personal approaches to fashion.
Sarosh and I are currently preparing to interview some architects shortly and I always find the "What made you do architecture ?" questions to still be so interesting. Well I guess if anyone wants to know how I ended up in the world of design then you don't really have to look that far.
So many things from my love of minimalism, abstract art and down to even my preference for wearing block colours comes from mum.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree right ?
If you want to read the article I've uploaded it here.
I think the conservative title in the article is maybe a bit strong though. Her parenting might have been :) but I don't think her wardrobe is.
PAPER SKY AT URBIS DESIGN DAY
Oh.No.Sumo has just completed our fantastic Urbis Design Day installation at Poggenpohl Kitchens.
Thanks to everyone who came to see the "Paper Sky" - and a very special thanks to all of our helpers who gave a hand in bringing the paper spectacular to life. To see more pictures click here
BONNE CHANCE BUNNIES
My fantastically talented cousin Emma has just started producing/selling little bunny brooches. The perfect good luck charm to pin onto your shirt, give away as a gift, or have riding in your pocket!
For more go to: www.bonnechancebunnies.blogspot.com
Congrats to Dry Dairy and Cut Collective / Jasper Middleton for their recent Splore Pavilion/Installations.
Wish I could have been there to see in person ! Definitely going next year. Looks like a fun gig.
The most interesting part for me has been watching Jun over the last few weeks scurrying around putting the Dry Dairy project together. Power to the process right !
I've just recently finished my portfolio - took a lot longer than I thought of course but I guess that's always the case. Now to see if it does the trick !
For a high res pdf copy please contact me and I will email one to you.
OH.NO.SUMO wins Cavalier Bremworth Award !
Oh.No.Sumo has been awarded joint winner of the Open Section in the recent Cavalier Bremworth Architecture Awards organised by the Auckland Architecture Association for our project the Cupcake Pavilion. The awards were judged by Camilla Block, Aaron Patterson and Simon Twose. The other joint winners were Architects Patterson for their project on the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Some cool Lomo shots by Filip Maric of Oh.No.Sumo's Cupcake Pavilion.
EXTRA ORDINARY - You should definitely visit my friend Li's comic site www.exocomics.com. Every Tuesday and Thursday she posts up new crazy and wild adventures. Seriously these will put a smile on your face ! Exocomics has been nominated for the WebComic Planet Readers Choice Awards
Please vote as Li's put in heaps of hard work over the last year getting the site up and running.
She'll also be your best friend forever if you vote !
Visited the crew of new Grey Lynn studio Dry Dairy today. They've got an awesome setup on Dryden St complete with pavement board room. Looking forward to seeing their work and keep your eyes out for a Oh.No.Sumo vs Dry Dairy face-off sometime in the near future. Visit their website - www.drydairy.com
THE CUPCAKE PAVILION - Oh.No.Sumo Studio
We did it! After many months of hard work by the Oh.No.Sumo crew the Cupcake Pavilion finally touched down at Britomart. Sales started at midday and we were sold out by one thirty! Thanks to everyone who came down and visited the Pavilion. Until next time ....
Photos by Sophie Leuschke
Congratulations to Team Nom! Their installation The Nom Inflate was awarded First prize by the judges at the recent Transformers exhibition and 2nd place under the people's choice category. I thoroughly enjoyed the event. An awesome venue to begin with. Along with energy and scale and a great variety of works to look at. Why don't we have more events like this ? Check out the Nom-Inflate blog. "It's mean" says Mel.
OH.NO.SUMO - The Cupcake Pavilion - website
1000 cupcakes on sale from noon to midnight
Friday 16th October - Britomart, CBD Auckland
Well it's nearly here after many months work by the studio.
Let's just say it's been a few late nights in Rhino.
But well well worth it !
TEAM NOM - The Nom Inflatable - Blog
DIVERGENT FORCES - At the Museum - August 2009