One of my favourite activities in New York was to simply set out from my little apartment in Washington Street with my camera and no particular place to go. On this day, I hadn't gone far when I was stopped in my tracks by this delightful little shop front. (At 681 Washington Street) I thought I had happened upon a set for Alice in Wonderland. So whimsical . I stood for ages just marvelling at the beauty of it. Set against this backdrop of bits of china, buttons, spoons, old cd's and bits of mirror, were cakes, the like of which I had never seen before.
Cake making is by appointment only and they don't come cheap at a starter cost of $1000. However, they are true creations born of the clients needs and interests. Edible works of art. Each a one off. You can't put a price on that.
I recommend a trip to Colettes website for more information and books showcasing her work.
The Little Glass Factory
I really really want one of these. It wont be any surprise that the maker is a chef turned glass maker. His name is David Corstorphan. It's such a fun idea. Your favourite recipe on a glass splashback for your kitchen. This chocolate mousse recipe is courtesy of celebrity chef Skye Gyngell ("My favourite ingredients"). I'm told by David that it's his all time favourite choccie mousse recipe ( I have a strong suspicion that he had a great deal of fun 'researching' that one.) Clever clever clever. I'm sorry that the photo doesn't do it justice (I discovered that glass is very difficult to photograph) but I hope there's enough there for you to get the idea.
In his time as a chef, David worked with some pretty impressive restaurants, Lynches, Harveys in South Yarra and Big Mouth in St Kilda. Ten years ago, he participated in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Glass degree at RMIT. Since then glass making has been his passion and he hasn't looked back. His enthusiasm for what he's doing is infectious. He now has a beautiful gallery in Warrandyte which showcases his work.
The metal holder for the piece below is made by another local favourite of mine..Justin Purser.
These plates and glasses were a commission for Mark Douglass for the launch of 2005 Penfolds Grange. They did a series of glassware and plates made from Grange bottles. Shannon Bennett used the plates to serve food at the event. Apparently Shannon still uses them at his restaurant. The combining of David's two passions, food and glass, has led to some great creations. I love it when the sum of peoples interests are turned to make new and interesting things.
It really is worth a trip out to Warrandyte just to see his work. Viewing is by appointment so I have added the phone number and address below so that on your next Sunday with nothing to do you can come out and see him.
The Little Glass Factory
88 Brackenbury St
Phone 0439 371 898
During five days in Paris in 2009 I fell hopelessly in love with florists. I would go into every one I came across just to marvel at the blooms and the sensational way that Parisienne florists display them. I wasn't expecting to be so moved in New York and indeed Parisienne blooms still have the edge on size and magnificence. I did however come across Banchet while looking for flowers for the opening night of Emily's play. Most of their flowers are imported but I think you will agree from these photos their presentation is breathtaking.
This elegant event space is available for hire for 'weddings parties anything' so it was fun imagining this gorgeous venue hosting celebrations of various sorts. They have named this part of their business 'The Flower Bar.' Great concept for any local florist to consider as it extends the viability of the business by making use of the space and the floral display outside normal business hours.
It sits near the Chelsea Market at 809 Washington Street (my hood), so I was able to visit a number of times just to soak up the ambiance. (Yes I did miss the green and natural vista of Warrandyte)