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.


My “oneday.sg”

The theme of my “oneday.sg” could be DESIGN. I take you at the hand and we wonder through the neighborhoods of Tangjong Pagar, Chinatown, a little CBD and up to the sky for views.

1. The Pinnacle@Duxton is one of Singapore’s landmarks in public housing history. In June 2010, Pinnacle@Duxton won the 2010 Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia award by the Chicago Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Best is to go there by cab or use the MRT (green line) to Tangjong Pagar and find your way to the Pinnacle@Duxton.

If you are looking for a panoramic view and a place away from the tourist crowd, the Pinnacle@Duxton is a good place to be. The iconic characteristics of the building are two skybridges. While the skybride at the 26th storey is strictly for residents only, the skybridge at level 50 is luckily allowed for public. As only 200 visitors are allowed per day, I suggest to go in the morning. Opening times and all other details you find here … please bring your camera along.

So,we started our day with a good view. Now let’s go and have breakfast just around the corner.

2. THE PLAIN is as well located @Duxton. As the name promises, everything about this Cafe is pure and simple, it’s all about poached eggs on sourdough, good, good coffee, friends and an atmosphere which could be at home. … As all good locations, it will be crowed with locals on weekends and during lunch hours.

Strengthened for the day you want to hit down to your next stop but wait! before you leave Craigs Road, check out the small shop next door. It’s a shop full of antiques and maybe a little or a lot of junk. If you are into vintage and old designs it’s worth to have a look. Maybe you find a special souvenir and make a deal with an old Chinese men before you hit down to Chinatown where most of the tourists end up buying a little knick-knack.

Walk along Duxton Hill, Duxton Road and Tangjong Pagar Road,  have a look at nice, little restaurants, shops and wine bars … you might come back here for the evening. Next on our route will be THE design station of the day.

3. red dot design museum is next on our list. I’m sure you came across the red dot design award somewhere, maybe you have one at home. If you are open for it, we are going to see a lot of red dots today. The red dot design museum shows more then 1000 award winning product designs and is proud to be the first contemporary design Museum in Asia. In the museum is  a lot to look at and in the museum shop you will find for sure an early birthday or Christmas present for yourself or your friends.

4. once upon a milkshake is just around the corner from the design museum and offers thick, yummy ice cream and milkshakes. Head southeast at Maxwell Road with your milkshake and find your way to Telok Ayer Street.

3. Thian Hock Keng at Telok Ayer Street is one of Singapore’s oldest Hokkien Temples, built in traditional southern Chinese Architectural Design. The restoration project which was finished in 2000 won among other awards, the prestigious Award for Culture Heritage Conservation Building from UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage in 2001. Have a look inside and outside, think about that the parallel street is already part of the CBD (Central Business District) and todays skyscraper stand on reclaimed land, as in 1842 the temple was located by the sea  to welcome Chinese immigrants.

4. Amoy Street Food Center behind Telok Ayer Street or the more popular Maxwell Food Centre (at the very end of Maxwell Road) could be your lunch location for today. Eat with the locals and choose from the huge variety of food, there is something for every taste. Most likely you will end up with the famous and tasty, local Chicken or Duck Rice, some fresh coconut (nothing better then that) or sugar cane juice. If you are a bit more adventures I am sure you will find something new to try.

5. Singapore City Gallery shows architectural models of the city, which you will see from a bird eye perspective. The Gallery shows as well many smaller exhibitions throughout the year. … But mainly you come here today for orientation (maybe you can skip the city tour by bus) and to get an overview of Singapore’s architectural landscape. The Gallery is located just before Maxwell Food Court, at the corner of Maxwell Road and Kadayanallur Street.

6. screening room with it’s rooftop bar at Clubstreet is a gooo place to say goodbye and I let you go into the night. But not without having said that the following … Clubstreet is a trendy area, I’m sure you will find another cool bar or restaurant that suits you.

7. 1-Altitude is still (in 2012) the highest alfresco bar in the world. Stunning views are guaranteed, for either the sunset or to watch Singapore at night – all with a 360 degree perspective. This location shuld not be missed, you will feel on top of the world!

…. With regards to panoramic views we come full circle.

All pictures are taken by Kati (toffeeaepple@gmail.com)

Thanks for reading, I hope you liked it!

Singapores Bakeries. Let’s talk!

I’m relatively strict with what I eat and how I treat myself. Simply because I like what I get back in return. To keep the focus in a long run, I allow myself to forget about dairy, sugar, wheat, etc. every once in a while and sit down with a pastry and a roll.

In Singapore my favorite bakery choices for the moment are …

My No 1 is Nick Vina Artisan Bakery at Icon, 10 Gopeng Street at Tanjong Pagar. Every single bread and pastry is handcrafted. The bread is up to German standards and trust me, we guys eat a lot of bread  and daily. Pastries are beautifully prepared, with every detail. Next word would be mouthwatering, then comes delicious. The beauty of Nick Vina Artisan Bakery is that they use minimum ingredients and no artificial ingredients or preservatives. So if you are health conscious but still would like to give yourself a wheat treat once in awhile this is the place to go! … Call it feel good treat.

All three pictures above are by Nick Vina Artisan Bakery

Yesterday I ran into Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier at Raffles City Mall. I had a bad, bad sweet tooth and therefore I choose the famous almond chocolate croissant. Sweet, sweet and so tasty. Croissant wise I feel strong French roots. Until late in the evening freshly baked products came out of the oven. … Inviting seating area with cute details like a fresh flower bouquet.

All pictures I made myself.

Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier belongs together with House, tippling club, Skinny Pizza, forty h4nds, o my dog and ODP to Food Collective by Spa Esprit.  Asiatatlerdinning.com nominated House as one of Singapore’s best restaurants in 2012. … The House venue looks like is a winner itself. Have you been there? Please let me know what you think. If you haven’t tried forty h4ands yet … maybe this could be one more “to do” on your list.

Having said this I wish everybody a great weekend. Thanks for reading.

Shopping off the beaten track

When I go shopping I like the experience of „different“ and away from mass production. Artisan bakeries, ice cream with honest ingredients and real flavors, crafts from local artists and designers, that’s what makes me feel good and excited about my shopping.

When I came to Singapore in 2010 small shops run by local designers where hard to find. At that time and to my „Singapore Just Getting Started To Know Extend“ I felt a lack of creativity from what I was used to know from Europe.

But Singapore was just getting started with it’s transformation from almost mass production only to small businesses from local artists, coffee lovers, craftsmen and designers. Suddenly small shops and Cafes popped up all over the island. I came to the right place at the right time!

Doesn’t matter if you are a customer or an independent designer the passion and profession should be both off the beaten track of mass production. The typical neighborhood of Singaporeans young designers is as cute as their products. I instantly feel a win-win situation once I find such a place. The enviroment can be as inspiring as the products and the creatives themselves. Inside a small mall, a boutique with clean interior, toddler dresses with the prettiest patterns and fabrics all designed by the woman standing right next to you, creative toys you can’t help but touch. Or outside in a lovely neighborhood with colorful shop houses and a small coffee shop that just opened up.

Neighborhoods like Chinatown with Amoy Street, Telok Ayer Street, Clubstreet and Duxton Hill, Haji Lane (close to Arab Street) and Yong Siak in Tiong Bahru offer a perfect variety of fantastic Cafes, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and wine bars.

Salad tastes like salad again, tomatoes are tomatoes again

Thursday is delivery day! Convenience is key as a new mummy. I re-organised my household strategies and get things delivered now. So easy. I like this BiTe oF LiFe!

My favorite delivery service in Singapore is Green Circle Eco-Farm. On a 2.2 hectare land leased from the Singapore government, Green Circle Eco-Farm was launched by Evelyn Eng and Lim Tian Soo in late 1999. Everything is organic and as most of the items are grown locally. They are cut in the morning before it get’s delivered to your door. It doesn’t get fresher then that! Salad tastes like salad again, tomatoes are tomatoes again. With a little bit of preparation all veggies, fruits and even salad keep fresh in the fridge for a week … until we get our next delivery. Worth every penny.

Two other delivery services I really like to work with are Redmart and Super Nature.  

Redmart offers a wide, wide, wide variety of products to a fair price, delivery is with a two hour window and can even be chosen for the same day. Brilliant!

SuperNature is one of Singapores organic stores. SuperNature provides a comprehensive range of organic and natural foods, supplements, natural remedies, personal care and household products. As a mum I’m a fan of their selection of baby foods from brands like Holle and Ella.

Where do you shop online for organic and baby food in Singapore? Or else where? What are your favorite eco products for you or your baby? Do you live in Germany for example and eco products are easy available? How about local Farmer markets, anyone?