Author Archives: A Rum Fellow

  • Eat + Art - Cusco

    Posted on 21/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    We HEART Cuzco, it is such a beautiful place. Here the ancient, traditional and contemporary streams of Peruvian culture collide together making it a great city to go exploring, as there are plenty of surprises.

    One of our favourites was Macondo. Taking its name from the pages of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, this newly refurbished shop/gallery/restaurant is full of clever design and great taste, on the walls as well as the menu. The wood decked front space houses ceramics (a selection of Jonathan Adler which is all made in Peru), artwork, inspiring books and homewares such as contemporary Peruvian church style cushions.

    Large mirrored doors entice you in to discover the restaurant at the back. The tables are glass topped over traditional board game artwork for entertainment whilst you recline yourself against the wall made entirely of cushioned cubes.

    The gallery seeps into the restaurant with two large Richard Peralta paintings. Peralta is a new discovery for us and we are now obsessing over him. We love his combination of fine art painting style and political subject matter. A Cusco native, Peralta has worked on a series of pieces inspired by the actions of the Shining Path extremist Maoist group in Peru. In the peak of their activities a decade ago Shining Path activists kidnapped children from villages, turning them into child soldiers to boost their forces fighting against the state.

    Macondo is a little gem in Cusco, a rare treat for the eyes and stomach both.

    Macondo
    Cuesta San Blas 571, Cusco


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with art, ceramics, concept store, Cusco restaurant, gallery, homewares, Jonathan Adler, Macondo, Richard Peralta

  • Peruvian Rugs...worth the wait

    Posted on 12/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow

     

    It's been a bit quiet on the rug front for us lately, we were starting to get withdrawal symptoms until we hit Peru. We left the city lights for the valleys and found some stunning vintage sheep wool rugs. These are all amazingly hand woven with no two the same. This is just a little taster to wet the appetite of what we've picked up. The traditional diamond patterns hold cultural significance to the region, and tugs on our geometric heart strings...one of these will be adorning our own wood floor boards for sure!


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with diamonds, geometrics, hand weaving, Peru, Rugs, sheep wool

  • Inside the Cacti

    Posted on 09/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    Southern Bolivia is full of dramatic landscapes with red rock, giant volcanic rocks strewn over high altitude deserts, brightly coloured lakes, and brilliant white salt flats and rightly so the locals call it an artists palette. Punctuating these landscapes are huge picture perfect cacti, a whole world away from our tiny potted cacti...these are beasts.

    No, we're not writing about these giants to make your tiny cactus feel inadequate, nor to persuade you to upgrade. We're in awe of the wood hidden inside the spiky exterior. They say beauty lies within, and they are right, as these cactus plants produce an amazing and unusual wood. Full of texture and often perforated, it looks rugged with a cool light edge.

    Cactus photo
    Southern Bolivia is full of dramatic landscapes with red rock, giant volcanic rocks strewn over high altitude deserts, brightly coloured lakes, and brilliant white salt flats and rightly so the locals call it an artists palette. Punctuating these landscapes are huge picture perfect cacti, a whole world away from our tiny potted cacti...these are beasts.

    Around here it is pretty saturated in cacti wood as they use it for doors, signs, stools and wherever they can fit it. But the super slow growth of the cactus, a rate of only 1 inch a year for some, means many species are thankfully protected.

    Much of the wood used here is from naturally fallen plants. So the chances of realising our cactus wood kitchen units is slim. But we can still admire this very special wood. And dream.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with cacti, Cactus, cactus wood, texture

  • Salt Life

    Posted on 09/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    The Salt Hostel perched on the edge of Salar Uyuni in Bolivia has taken our salt addiction to new levels. We've already turned into salt junkies due to the huge quantities of the stuff in all food, and now we've discovered the world can be made of salt too.

    An area of pure white salt flats, half the size of Belgium, and 400ft deep, is the source of this new addiction. The salt is cut into brick shapes for construction, or harvested into coned piles ready for purifying and chips.

    The minimalist all white style is mesmerising in this pure white palace and the perfect setting for the local vibrant textiles.

    Oops, cheeky.

    Taking the term Salt Hostel to the extreme, salt crystals line all the floors, even the bedrooms. The walls, tables, stools and beds are made entirely from large salt bricks skilfully joined together with salty cement. Salt is much more than pepper's guilty friend.

    Who knew.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Bolivia, Salar Uyuni, Salt, salt bricks, salt hostel

  • Condor trimmings

    Posted on 05/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    Lean, mean and full of condors! Not sure what we will turn these into yet but they are dripping in history and style.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Belts, condors, hand weaving, Sucre Bolivia, Trimmings

  • Llamas of style

    Posted on 05/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    Traveling through the Eduardo Avaroa National park we saw these styled out llamas. Colour coded llama wool pom poms make a very cool farmer tagging system to identify herds.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Bolivia, Eduardo Avaroa National park, Llama wool, Llamas, Pom poms

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