Far Away From Far Away

It wouldn’t be accurate to say that the Fogo Island Inn is in the middle of nowhere. Actually, it is on the outskirts of nowhere, closer to far away from far away. Fogo Island sits off the north coast of Newfoundland. Flat earth believers say it marked one of the four corners of the earth. They weren’t that wrong, Fogo is one of the most beautiful end of the world places anyone can find anywhere.

The 29 room Fogo Island Inn is perched on a rocky piece of land overlooking the powerful North Atlantic Ocean. The hotel is the brain child of brainy child, Zita Cobb, a high-tech multi millionaire who found success on the mainland only to return off shore with a desire to encourage more people to explore this wild and beautiful island.

Cobb enlisted the design gravitas of fellow Newfoundlander Todd Saunders to craft the modern architectural skin & bones of the award winning Inn. Then she pulled from local artisans to embellish it with bespoke furniture, soft goods and art. Her vision for the retreat was further realized with the return of Newfoundland Chef, Murray McDonald, who created a trendsetting Nordic Canadian menu.

While the floor to ceiling windows offer unrestrained views of the unflinching tides, the building vistas are supported by the Inn’s interior rustic glamour and amenities; wood burning stoves en suite, heated floors, heated towel warmers, heated toilet seats, organic king sized beds, wireless internet, 24 hour room service, even beer brewed with water from a 25,000 year old iceberg. The Inn was featured in the most recent edition of Architectural Digest .





Not Just For Colouring

Crayola crayons. Every first world child has had them, coloured with them and yes, I admit it, even eaten them…they don’t taste as good as they look.

Still,  Hoang Tran, a young California based artist, looked at his crayons and saw something else;  Darth Vader, cats, foxes, Dr Who,  a bride & groom, even a kraken. The colourful tiny sculptures are crafted by hand and feature iconic images from pop culture. Best of all for burgeoning art collectors like me, they are available for sale on his Etsy site at about $30 a pop.

Great House Sigils of a Game of Thrones carved crayon set




Cat carved crayon

Doctor Who Dalek carved crayon

Star Wars Darth Vader carved crayon


From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes

God I love art. As one of those people who can’t even draw a straight line, I deeply admire the thoughtful creativity and skill of artists.

British Artist Alex Chinneck has the eye. His most recent project is titled FROM THE KNEES OF MY NOSE TO THE BELLY OF MY TOES.

His canvas is a 4 storey townhome in Margate. It appears to be losing its face. The brick, windows, front door, even the lace curtains seem to have simply lost cohesion, detached  from the rest of the house and slipped almost onto the street. The top floor, now exposed, reveals surprising decay. Chinneck told the Guardian newspaper that he loves to play with ideas of distortion and perception.

Eighteen months ago he sent out a wide appeal and was able to enlist the owners of this derelict house to participate in the art installation. The artist says that “Architecture provides a fantastic canvas for sculpture”.

The massive public art piece will be on display until next year, the house will be then turned into apartments.