Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sweetness and Light

Sweetness with a gothic edge for Hallowe'en. Have fun.

(photo by tim walker


This week's links — with a spooky twist for Hallowe'en. Enjoy.

Ten Modernist Houses in Scary Movies
Azure magazine visits ten modernist homes that were featured in thriller films, ranging from North By Northwest and House on Haunted Hill to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Ten Best Gothic Films
Set the atmosphere for Hallowe'en tonight with a screening of one of these classic gothic horror films, from Nosferatu, Dracula and Frankenstein to more modern ones like Rebecca and The Orphanage.

Kim Novak on the Grey Suit
Fun little audio of actress Kim Novak talking about the iconic grey suit designed by Edith Head for her character in Alfred Hitchcock's film Vertigo.

Paris Wore Black
Legendary street photographer Bill Cunningham checks out the guests at the Rick Owens show at Paris Fashion Week and discusses the Parisian penchant for wearing black in endlessly creative ways.

Ten Great Bat Films
The British Film Institute selects 10 films featuring bats (some real, some imaginary, some metaphorical), including Le manoir de diable (filmed in 1896 and considered the very first horror movie), The Lost Weekend, Les Amants, Suspiria and Batman Begins

Dark Water: Ten Modern Black Bathtubs
Remodelista has a great round up of stylish bathrooms featuring black bathtubs — instant drama in the tiniest room in the house.

Smoky Eyes by Bobbi Brown
Great video tutorial on creating the classic smoky eye, with makeup genius Bobbi Brown giving Guardian makeup columnist Sali Hughes a makeover in easy to follow steps. The perfect woman of mystery look for your next evening out.

Caramel Apples
Enjoy an old school Hallowe'en treat with this classic recipe for caramel apples from Saveur.

(photo by anders hviid haglund via est)


I'm smitten with this playful photo by Joel Robison — the charming side of Hallowe'en.

(via pinterest)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Moments of Beauty

Amanda Harlech, glamorous in black as she poses for Tim Walker in Paris for W Magazine.

Ostankino Palace

We recently lost the legendary fashion and fine art photographer Deborah Turbeville, so it seemed a good time to revisit her beautiful and atmospheric work — but with something a little different. These photographs by her are of the Ostankino Palace in Russia, a private theatre with a romantic history. It was built in the late 18th century by czarist count Nikolai Sheremetev for Praskovia Kovalyova, who, legend says, he fell utterly in love with after seeing her leading a cow home from pasture. The Ostankino Palace was created as a showcase for Kovalyova, who was also a gifted opera singer and ballet dancer — here she performed with a 200 member serf troupe for the count and his guests. More about it here on Architectural Digest.

The Listening Booth: Hallowe'en

Welcome to The Listening Booth, a regular series of posts that features a guest musician, DJ or music devotee sharing their current three favourite songs with automatism readers. Today's Listening Booth is hosted by the brilliantly talented and lovely DJ Rachel Thera. Enjoy.


About Rachel
Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Rachel DJs around town under her creative nom de plume, Lamb Rabbit. Last year she founded a lady-DJ collective called The Girlfriends. This year she plans to master the guitar and start a soft psych band. Next year she plans on subsisting exclusively off of fancy grilled cheese sandwiches. 

You can find some of Rachel's mixes here

Rachel's Three Picks

As glorious as Halloween cheese can be, I opted to go the exact opposite direction: these tracks are about as introspective as Halloween gets. Slow and atmospheric, these are eerie—if slightly less conventional—beauties. Shut yourself in your bedroom, light a few candles and host a séance. It's just you and the spirits.

Sonic Youth - Halloween
Off of Bad Moon Rising, 1985.

Dirty Beaches – Window Rail Seats
Off of Horror, 2008.

Jandek – Down in a Mirror
Off of Chair Beside a Window, 1982.

(photo by sarah moon)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Simple Pleasures

Pumpkin carving for Hallowe'en. I like this more decorative approach from Martha Stewart — and you can download templates for this and seven other patterns from her site here.

(photo by yasu + junko)

Atelier: Gothic Cover Designs

Recently the British Film Institute invited top contemporary British designers to create gothic special edition covers for eight titles in their BFI Film Classics book series. For interviews with the designers about their inspirations for each piece, read more here.

Design credits: Pan's Labyrinth by Santiago Caruso; The Shining by Mark Swan; Nosferatu by Julia Soboleva; Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari by Ben Goodman; Cat People by Graham Humphreys; Nosferatu by Matt Brand; Vampyr by Midge Naylor; The Innocents by Matt Young.

Monday, October 28, 2013


Today's Monday post is also the start of a week devoted to all things mysterious and atmospheric, in honour of that most eerie of holidays, Hallowe'en. Enjoy.

(photo by billy coleman for ad españa. via the sunday nook)

Goth Glamour

After going through a separation, photographer Hannah Lemholt needed somewhere to stay — and the perfect solution was a serene small 1700s croft on her parents' land in northwest Skåne. It was exactly what Hannah needed. Surrounded by fields and peace, she gradually began to heal, transforming her space into a studio as well as a home. Hannah, her mother and her sister painted the original walls with egg tempera, added black and white squares on the wood floors, and helped hang linen curtains in the beautiful old windows with their naturally undulating glass. Now busy with her photography career (she's also one of the four members of the creative group Love Warriors) Hannah works part time in Stockholm and travels a lot for work, but continues to return to her beautiful and quiet retreat. Love. More here on Residence.

(photography by sara svenningrud)

Friday, October 25, 2013


Happy weekend! Hope it's a lovely one. It's turning chilly and rainy here, so we'll be doing some cocooning over the next couple of days — movies and simmering suppers are on the horizon. How about you?

(photo via lonny magazine)

A Mad Man in Hollywood

Mad Men actor Vincent Kartheiser is definitely an independent type — unlike many actors who buy palatial dwellings when they make it in Hollywood, Vincent is more than content with the 580-square-foot cabin he purchased back in 2003. Success has meant that he was finally able to renovate the interior to his liking, a project he undertook with designer and builder Funn Roberts in 2010. Vincent wanted a "Japanese industrial" loft feel to his space, so the poky interior walls were removed and clever storage solutions were devised — most notably the bed, which hangs from the ceiling and can be hoisted up or down as needed. The headboard, a large redwood slab, then folds down and becomes a desk during the day. Furnished sparingly with mid century classics, it's a Mad Man's dream come true. More here on Dwell.

(photography by joe pugliese)


This is pretty genius — Edvaulay Munchkin, a t-shirt featuring a mashup of Edvard Munch's iconic painting The Scream with Macaulay Culkin's classic pose as the kid in Home Alone.

(t-shirt available from bottle of smoke. via another)

Hallowe'en's Coming ...

Next week there'll be a subtly mysterious atmosphere here on automatism, with posts inspired by Hallowe'en. Hope you enjoy it.

(photo via

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sweetness and Light

Delicately pretty leaves in a perfect vase.

(photo by lotta agaton)


This week's links. Enjoy.

The Best Month is October
Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie writes a lovely meditation on the month of October — its sounds, its scents and its mystery. Wonderful.

Inside Pinterest's Beautiful Spare New Headquarters
Take a virtual tour of the new industrial chic warehouse home of Pinterest in San Francisco's SoMA neighborhood — and get a little insight into their philosophy, too.

The Automated Japanese Restaurant
The BBC tech show Click checks out a Tokyo restaurant with no wait staff — instead, each table is equipped with a touchscreen ordering system, a high speed food delivery conveyor and a chute for dirty plates. The only staff is in the kitchen, which is also partially automated.

The Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer
So looking forward to the latest Wes Anderson film — and the official trailer makes the wait even more tantalizing.

New Yorker Cartoonists on Their Most Autobiographical Cartoons
This is fun — so interesting to hear New Yorker cartoonists reveal the stories behind their work.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Interview
Great interview on the Guardian with Julia Louis-Dreyfus discussing her new film Enough Said — and Veep, Seinfeld, comedy, middle-age, Gandolfini and more.

The Artist is Mother of the Woman
Painter Haley Hasler paints frank and self deprecating self portraits featuring herself in her many roles as a mother, with references to classical themes in a contemporary setting. Beautiful painting and definitely get the sense that her family is a happy and fun one.

Pizza del Papa (Butternut Squash and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza)
Antonio Starita, the owner of Pizzeria Starita in Naples, served this butternut squash-topped pizza to Pope John Paul II. I'm intrigued by the use of this lovely autumn vegetable on pizza — definitely worth a try as an interesting change from the usual roasted veggies and soups.

(photo by sarah svenningrud)


I'm smitten with this mysteriously lovely collage by Jo Whaley — makes me think of Hallowe'en, actually. Stunning.

(via blue sky butterfly studio)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Moments of Beauty

A gorgeous photo in rich autumn tones for you today, featuring model Kwak Ji Young photographed by Zhang Jingna. More from the same shoot here.

(styling by phuong my, with hair by junya nakashima and makeup by viktorija bowers)

Danish Sweet

Somehow I missed this house when it first appeared in Bo Bedre, but I'm glad I've finally seen it as it's truly a lovely one. The home of a Danish interior designer, it's a confident minimalist space flooded with natural light, sweetened with touches of soft pastels and greys — and by an adorable pet bunny called Thumper. Love this one.

(photography by kira brandt. via dustjacket attic)
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