Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Tibits, making veggie kool

Ladies & Gentlemen,
Londoners have probably heard the buzz around this chic new restaurant and bar. The idea of Tibits was created when the three Frei brothers participated in a business plan competition and pitched their idea to start a high-class vegetarian restaurant concept by partnering with the age-old restaurant, Hiltl of Zurich. Since the first restaurant opened in 2000 in Zurich, they expanded to three other locations across Switzerland and recently two in London. Both Hiltl and Tibits have been a personal favourites of mine since I first visited Zurich as a kid, now whenever I pass by I always stop at one of their branches for a quick bite or drink, and I suggest you do the same!

www.tibits.co.uk - Heddon Street and Westfield, London
- Seefeldstrasse & Sihlstrasse, Zurich
www.hiltl.ch - Sihlstrasse, Zurich

From real to subconscious to dreams to hallucinations

Ladies & Gentlemen,
On a serious note, isn't there a time or place in your life that you don't have a photograph of that you would like to remember? The link between photography and memory is superficial, and snapshots have always had a liberal connection with reality. Ari Folman's film Waltz with Bashir premiered at Cannes and has since picked up all sorts of awards. The animated feature is a stylized form of depicting a soldier's memory of the horrors of the Lebanese War in 1982. It emphasizes on the subjectiveness of memory as the Israeli director interviews people on the atrocities of war, while moving through the past and present. The whole picture comes together before a denouement that left me completely speechless (don't worry I won't reveal any spoilers!), instantly making it one of my favourite movies of all time. This movie is a powerful statement towards war and displays some terrific artwork to uncover the horrifying truth of the human condition.

Waltz with Bashir was released on dvd on Friday, and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Monday, 30 March 2009

Murakami @ the Guggenheim

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Displaying his latest exhibition, Takashi Murakami, one of Japan's most distinguished artists is on view at the Guggenhiem Museum in Bilbao, Spain. You may recognize his style from the artwork on Kanye West's album, Graduation which launched his art into fashion as well. Most of his work has been inspired by contemporary Japanese pop culture, such as anime and manga, while also incorporating traditional Japanese art from Buddhist scriptures.

I've got to say, many contemporary artists pass their work off as art even though its just a blob on a canvas. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, "True art takes note not merely of form but also of what lies behind". Murakami uses his art as a statement whether it is on the human condition or society. People have compared him to Andy Warhol in terms of his 'low' art (meaning cheap to make) being sold to the highest bidder to reflect on modern day consumerism.

Murakami's exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is on display until May 31, 2009

The 'green' shot glass

Ladies & Gentlemen,
LushLife has created the koolest shot glass ever, out of fruit! The ShotCarver allows you to carve any piece of fruit to create natural and edible shot glasses for $12. Now a Jagameister and an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Alcohol + Fruit = Fun Nights! Can't wait to try it out this friday night!

Saturday, 28 March 2009

A New Era of Kool has come!

Welcome followers of kool,

You're probably wondering why I didn't create this blog sooner. Well, to be completely frank, too many things these days are passed by as kool when they are not. The fact of the matter is, someone has to monitor and watch over all things worth being noted as 'kool'.

You're also probably wondering why I spell cool with a K. That is because, it is those who break the conventions of koolness that are actually kool...you dig?

On this note I end with the first and second rule of being kool:
1. 'Being kool should be effortless (e.g. McLovin).'
2. 'Never say how kool you are. Exception - You may mention how awesome you are.'