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World Congress on Art Deco in Australia

One thing we like at is a bit of style.

As the modernist successor to the Art Nouveau period, in which the light of absinthe shone brightly, a new generation of functional artists and designers continued the idea of a movement that infused itself into every part of life during the inter-war year in the early 20th century – furniture, buildings, clothes, jewellery, cars were also art, a canvas to be painted upon.

Arising into the public consciousness from the Parisian Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925, it was born during an era of economic depression. It reflected a luxurious Utopian vision, but where an eye to the past was present, taking stylistic notes from the geometrical designs and motifs of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia amongst other ancient cultures – but infused into the new mediums of polished steel and plastic.


Asclepian art deco motifs above a pharmacy in Prague

While many may associate Prague and ‘absinth’ , it should also be recognised as a very important city for its preservation of many Art Deco motifs. Almost every modern Australian city also has fine examples of Art Deco architecture, many under threat of demolition and overt redevelopment. As the increasing level of property developer contributions to State Labor governments becomes more apparent, those who support heritage protection should become increasingly concerned that we are losing generations of history under our noses – rather than finding ways of integrating the two, using the same principles the Art Deco movements proponents themselves used.

But for those with a penchant for this period should be overjoyed that Melbourne will play host to the 9th World Congress on Art Deco , 16-20th April 2008.

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Posted by Jonathan on Mar 30th 2008 | Filed in Art,Events,Fashion,History,News,Style | Comments (0)

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Perez Hilton hits the absinthe at

Absinthe is officially in.

Perez Hilton celebrated his 30th birthday at the Beverly Wiltshire in LA this past weekend, and by all accounts it was the bash to attend, with Marc Jacobs, Candis Cayne and a host of other glam people trolling about.

The centrepiece beverage of the night?

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Posted by Robert on Mar 24th 2008 | Filed in Absinthe brands,News,People | Comments (0)

Libertine Designs


Macabre (pic:lifeiscarbon)

For most people, quantifying ‘what is beautiful’ is one of the hardest things to do. I find it hard to put a finger on, but I can safely say that it lies somewhere between Victorian memento mori and Tom Ford-era Gucci.

Turns out, I am not alone.

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Posted by Robert on Mar 24th 2008 | Filed in Fashion,News,Style | Comments (0)

Awards and Controversy

did you hear?...

The San Francisco World Spirit Awards were recently held (in San Francisco, as it happens), and it seems Matter-Luginbuhl AG/Absinthe.decame out winners, scoring medals for two different absinthes.

The SF World Spirit Awards are, in their own words, “the first comprehensive, international spirits judging ever held in the United States on an annual basis…Founded in 2000 by Anthony Dias Blue, the Executive Director of the San Francisco International Wine Competition and Carol Seibert, the Managing Director of the San Francisco International Wine Competition, the Spirits Competition continues to grow each year in entrants as well as in stature within the industry”. Judges for the competiton have been drawn from the upper eschelons of the US bars and clubs industry, distillers, journalists and editors and, oh dear… two ‘mixologists’. That term is rubbish. You’re a bartender, deal with it.

Anyway, my point is that the brains-trust behind the SF awards seems pretty secure, which cannot necessarily be said for those recently employed by Epicurious to ignorantly trash… pardon, review, the same absinthe which has just won an award.

A legitimate one, at that.

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Posted by Robert on Mar 21st 2008 | Filed in Absinthe brands,Distilleries,Events,Reviews | Comments (0)

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