June 28, 2012


Fashion and Art come together in more than one dining experience, spearheaded by Maurice Terzini. 
Spanning across genres and suburbs, the art and fashion designs Maurice has included in his restaurants add a whole new dimension to meal time.
Maurice left and Ian right, of Ten Pieces.

Hey Maurice! How are you today? Busy?
 Yep really busy have family in town for dads 80th (Dad has been working alongside me for 30 years) but also going through major changes at work...in a real shitty mood...one of those days! 

Tell me a little about yourself, what is your background?
 I am an Australian-Italian. Born here in Australia and also lived in Italy for about 8 years. I have been involved in restaurants for about 32 years now...front of house driven!
 I have run clubs and bars been involved in radio stations (Kiss FM in Melbourne) and have a label called Ten Pieces.  I also run the ultimate lifestyle guide filter with my good friends Angus McDonald and Dan Single called You Only Live Once: YOLO!

Ten Pieces available online here!

Do you think this background influences your creative aspirations and desires?
My background living in Italy definitely influenced me, politically and morally especially, as well as having introduced me to flavors that are the basis to food I serve in the restaurants .

Have you always been interested in art and fashion? Or is it a recent passion too add a dimension to your restaurants?
Fashion has always been a part of my family as my parents are both hairdressers. By trade my father was world colorist champion in 1972, my brother is a hairdresser my sister designed for Missoni for years and has a killer boutique now in Toronto and a jewelry range.  Art, music, fashion, food and good wine are things I have always fortunately been surrounded by!

What do you think art and fashion add to the dining experience?
 Design is a key element to all the restaurants and gigs I have been involved in and it reflects where I am with my head. I like my restaurants to have a contemporary feel, a reflection of the current...although I like introducing traditions such as bow ties etc. Anything art/fashion that reinforces and helps explain your product in turn helps to create a better experience.

Does each restaurant have a creative philosophy? Do you think this dictates a certain clientele?
Each restaurant has its own philosophy but are joined by a natural DNA strand which I think is reflected in my style of work. Sometimes clients can not relate...they think we are a bunch of stuck up pricks, but I know my gigs cater to everyone from 8-80. From rich too poor, from punks to surfers, editors, models, actors, politicians, fathers, mums, kids etc.

The cool Ksubi denim overalls are well known at North Bondi Italian Food, but tell me a little about the art that plasters the ceiling…
Was this deliberately paired with the Ksubi uniforms? And if so, why?
The art was a reflection of the brief of North Bondi. We wanted the complete opposite to Icebergs- imperfection in some way within the decor and service etc. Almost clubby. Plus most of bands plastered on ceiling are friends and what music I listen to. 
Ksubi denim and art above you at NBI

Do you think about designers and artists together or do it just happen organically? Does one normally come before the other?
I don't think really think much about the uniforms and art together. The art came later  at North Bondi and it was a work in progress. Benny from 'The Hippies from Hell' changed it for a function once though, there was over 200 square meters of art on the celling!

Tell me about the amazing Neild Avenue look. Anthony Lister's work on the walls with Kirrily Johnston's designs on the ladies?
Neild Avenue was designed by the same architects as Icebergs, Lazzarini Pickering (based in Rome and really good mates of mine). I wanted an indoor vineyard a village sort of but I also wanted to break the space up whenever possible, so as a result we created the floating houses painted by Anthony Lister. The art was always a major feature and Anthony worked on design of houses from the beginning. 
Kizza always designs my women's uniforms the men's are conceptualized by Ten Pieces.
Lister at Neild Ave.

Neild Avenue

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June 26, 2012


Amy Finlayson
Acrylic and Crayon on paper. 2011

Paola Kudacki for Japanese Figaro, 2007

June 25, 2012


(all text from a personal essay)
 Fernand Leger
Composition, 1920
French Vogue
Black Chanel dress, 1920

Reflection of change in Chanel’s designs mirrored Modernist art and its “common features that are recognizable as a style.” The sleek androgynous look Chanel promoted in Le Garconne echoed the “flat surfaces and straight lines” evident in Cubism as the artists of the day worked to gain an “understanding of objects in flat medium.” Art Deco too had “smooth geometric forms” which were reflected in Chanel’s waist less silhouette.

Ford Car, 1920

Even mechanized creations were linked with Chanel’s designs as on October 1,1926 American Vogue announced her little black dress to be “The Chanel Ford- the frock that all the world will wear.” This term was used to describe the comparison between Ford’s new metallic black car and Chanel’s little black dress.

(all photographs by Karl Lagerfeld and styled by Carine Roitfeld)
 Milla Jovovich

 Carine Roitfeld

 Anna Wintour

 Joan Smalls

 Uma Thurman

Natalia Vodianova

Chanel owed much to the revolutionary progression occurring around her, but the majority of her success was thanks to her “magnetic personality and silver tongue.” Her pride was a reflection and result of her upbringing and the power she radiated was subsequently poured into her designs, symbolizing her “genius to liberate women.” She fully embodied her philosophy of comfort, simplicity, style and liberation as her design evolution mirrored her ever-increasing activities. In a direct reaction to all things that had come before her, Chanel reflected not only her complex personality in her designs, but also the artistic and socio-cultural revolutions in the twentieth century.  

June 12, 2012


Yayoi Kusama 

Japanese Yayoi Kusama has been known in the art industry for many years for her imaginative and conceptual works. The repeating patterns used specifically in this collaboration are a perfect match for Louis Vuitton as they are "splashed like monograms" along iconic Vuitton coats, bags and shoes. Kusama has spent most of her adult life in a psychiatric hospital but this emotional fervor has guided her from her start as one of the primary instigators of pop-art to one of Japans (and hopefully worlds) best known artists. 

June 5, 2012


Roy Lichtenstein
Drowning Girl, 1963 
Currently at the MOMA, NYC
(inspired by the comic 'Run for Love!', DC Comics, 1962)
Roy Lichtenstein
Untitled Shirt, 1979
screen print on silk, 57/100

Lichtenstein moves his signature style to clothing...

 Lichtenstein inspired Halloween costume by M.A.C.
A Lichtenstein girl comes alive in New York...

 Romance Was Born 
SS 12/13
Wearable comic strips! SOON at a store near you! ;)

All things bright and creative came together at the Romance Was Born show this past fashion week. This fusion of art and fashion is exactly what I want to share and express on this blog. The shapes and colors Lichtenstein used were inspired by comic strips and the Ben-day dots he purposely added were a comment on mass production that was prominent in the 60's.
Production and creativity go hand in hand when making art and designing fashion. Hats off to Luke and Anna from Romance Was Born in pulling off an inspired collection that will add fun and possibly even some art history appreciation to their customers.