LOUIS VUITTON – Piece of art

Today I was happily blown away by polka dots from Japanese avant-garde artist and writer Yayoi Kusama.

Kusama’s work is based on conceptual art and throughout you’ll see that her main interests are patterns, psychedelic colors and repetitions. The public got first interested in the late 1960s, when Kusama organized different Body Painting Festivals. Kusama’s art includes personal autobiographic and psychological BiTes of her LiFe. Typical characteristics of Yayoi Kusama‘s art include abstract expressionism, feminism, minimalism, surrealism and pop art. I’m sure you have seen some of her art before.

LOUIS VUITTON collaborated with Yayoi Kusama for their art collection 2012.  So this season LV’s art collection is a get together of Kusama’s colorful patterns + famous polka dots and Marc Jacob‘s feminine silhouettes.

We all love the beauty of top designed window installations and the stories they tell. With this collaboration window design turned into art. This years LV window art is more than any window shopper can ask for – it’s a piece of art and it doesn’t get much better than that. The stores are beautiful designed from in- and outside with every little detail you can think of. Some may come for shopping, others come for art … either way, you walk away happy and fulfilled.

As part of the project LOUIS VUITTON spared no effort what so ever. At Singapore’s Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, Level 2 a brand new LV shop opened up, designed just for this special collaboration. The whole store goes under the polka dot theme and sells only products from the collaboration with Yayoi Kusama. … The shop will be closed by end of October 2012.

All pictures are taken by Kati from toffeeaepple. 2012.

My thanks go to the LV Sales Associate who took the time and talked to me about LOUIS VUITTON and Yayoi Kusama: A world premier collaboration.


2 Wundertools to organise your LiFe

Do you sometimes wonder how you could find a new way to better organize your Life?

If you not yet have heard about Wunderlist or Wunderkit, I tell you a little bit about it and you find out the rest yourself, if you like …

Wunderlist is my absolute favorite when it comes to task managers. Shopping lists        turn from boring and lost at home to fun tasks with the help of the whole family. It all starts by inviting different users, to your lists. Depending on what kind of list, project or task you work on the users can be family, friends or even colleagues. Once they are on board you can share your list via email or directly via Wunderlist. Every user can add their points to the list. … Once you need it, it’s all there in front of you and nothing is forgotten.

It’s a free and top- designed tool which helps to organize your everyday tasks, projects and shopping lists. Wunderlist is available for every system I can thing of (Android, Apples ipad and iphone, Blackberry, Linux, Mac, Windows and web-browser)and you can be accessed from anywhere.

I say thank you to the 6Wunderkinder in Berlin for such an attractive and deliberated tool – you make my day, everyday!

… There is something else from 6Wunderkinder you might like, it’s called Wunderkit and a wonderful friend for all bigger projects in life.

Have a look and try yourself!

Frau Palme

In 2010 we left Frau Palme, a 2 m tall and 23 year old palm tree with friends. For the next 2 1/2 years she grew and lived in her new home. She moved outside every summer, what she loves, and lived inside the winter garden during the old season. And then it was time to move again …

Frau Palme choose the best family I can imagine, my best girlfriend, her dog and a horse, they all live in the beautiful, small house surrounded by butterflies and breathtaking views.

The day of the move Frau Palme got a postcard, first in German, then in English:

Hello world!

Toffee Äpple … BiTes oF LiFe was born in September 2012 in Singapore.

The first time I was confronted with this idea was earlier this year. My favorite doctor of all time, Dr Shirin Jacob, mentioned that she would like to see me writing a blog. I was flattered and laughing at the same time. Clearly, I could not see people attracted by my general thoughts or writing skills.

Later that year, I came up with the idea again – a creative blog, a backyard for myself. First challenge was to figure out a theme for my blog. Then a name. All I knew was, the blog should be really me, related to where I come from and to my life in Asia.

A couple of weeks later ideas started to kick in and stayed for a while. Just when I started to get a little bit more serious, I looked into the different blog software systems at that time, a dear friend of mine had a stopover in Singapore. While we chatted about my life since Luna Leen, my daughter, was born almost a year ago and that I feel the need to be a bit more creative, Liv said something what must have felt almost approving for me. Liv did not wait a second but said exactly like two years ago: “You really should write”. And then: “You should start a blog!” Maybe this was the moment I was preparing for the last couple of days … I got my laptop and showed the vague beginning of ToffeeÄpple and what else I had in mind.

Later that evening the idea of  “ToffeeÄpple … Bites oF LiFe” was born on the balcony in the tropical heat of Singapore. That’s a pretty good start for a creative but simple idea.

… Not quite a week later this blog was born to blossom by pressing the “update” button for the very first time.

Thank you for your interest.