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The Art of the Cocktail Hour ‘Australian Summer Chic’… A Bittersweet Change of Season

February 29th, 2012

Today is bittersweet, both a special day that comes round only once every four years, as well as the day to say goodbye to a Summer that never occurred. With record breaking rainfall we can only hope the warmer weather is delayed and that Autumn may provide the summery days we have been waiting for.

To celebrate this marked change of season, I would like to share another of the Cocktail Hour inspiration posts we created for Cointreau’s blog, The Art of the Cocktail Hour. If you are lucky enough to live near the beach like Zed, perhaps our recent post, Cocktail hour inspiration: Australian summer chic (see above), provides you with hosting ideas for your casually cool beach/backyard shindig.

Alternatively, with my trip to the UK only a week away, our post, Cocktail hour inspiration: English garden party, offers more refined party styling ideas, making use of sprawling sun kissed lawns and milder temperatures. Hopefully there will be many more weekends over March and April to don a pretty lace dress and head outside for a Great Gatsbyesque party in the sun.

View Zed & Bee’s Cocktail hour inspiration: New York post in our previous blog.

The Art of the Cocktail Hour ‘Mad Men NY’

August 8th, 2011

With my annual leave just days away, you can imagine the guilt felt when Billie and I left the studio early last Thursday to attend the launch of Cointreau’s Art of the Cocktail Hour blog at iconic Bondi Icebergs Bar. It was the chance to meet our fellow contributors, each hand-selected to lend insight into what makes for a stellar cocktail party, with a little Cointreau thrown in of course.

Karen Lavecky (producer of divinely delicious Lotus & Ming delicacies), Gaynor Alder (words behind  The Modern Woman’s Survival Guide) and the solo boy Matthew Barnett Cointreau’s Spirit-ualist Advisor) made up the impressive group of contributors. A few of the savvy ladies behind Cointreau and the PR team that support it, rounded off the group and there wasn’t a laspe in laughter as Cointreau infused Iceberg Sunset’s were consumed.

In short, we left on a high! It was beyond inspiring to converse with like minded entrepreneurs, each having made their hobby their craft and loving every minute of it. It was also refreshing to see a luxury brand like Cointreau thinking outside the box and celebrating the age old art of the cocktail hour, and of course allowing us to be part of such a fun, creative project. Zed & Bee have the priveledge of presenting further cool cocktail themed mood boards, as well as an article in the following weeks.

Check out our Cocktail hour inspiration: New York post, then get your Joan Holloway on and be the host with the most.

Z is for Zealous Poster

September 20th, 2010

When our friends at Digitalpress approached Zed & Bee to be part of a poster exhibition and potential collateral series for their business, we jumped at the chance.

Digitalpress asked 26 of their favourite design studios to submit a poster with their creative take on a letter allocated to them. Each studio was to select an adjective that sums up Digitalpress (beginning with their letter) and graphically interpret this word on an A1 sized poster.

Zed & Bee were quite fittingly allocated the letter Z. And the word Zealous came to mind as an accurate description of our relationship with Digitalpress, and a shared enthusiasm for our own and each others craft.

Graphically interpreting the word Zealous is no easy feat. Zed & Bee are certainly avid typography fans and thought there could be no better way to demonstrate our zealousness than by creating a typographic letter BY HAND. Luckily Steve and our buddies at the Penrith Print Museum were only too happy to help us make this concept a reality. A frame was created first in wood, in which hand set lines of metal type were laid. The experience was a fascinating collaborative effort and the result, (like the letter Z) quite stand alone in it’s uniqueness.

The Penrith Print Museum has designed a Typography Programme to give participants the opportunity to go back in time and learn how printing was done prior to the advent of computer based technologies. To book phone 02 9673 1287 or email