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Were travel, art, architecture, fashion, food and adventure meet. Founder and global adventurer Geren Lockhart was "Born Packed" when she started traveling at a young age and never stopped. This site follows along on her journey. 

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CONSTRUCTION IN CANGGU

Geren Lockhart

THE EDGE OF THE PLANET AND TOP OF THE WORLD WITH BIRGITTE RABENS.


This cool building is the brainchild of Birgitte Rabens, who is the force behind Rabens Saloner, a women’s fashion lifestyle brand. Birgitte migrates around the world working and playing when she’s not camping out in Copenhagen.  She’s got a diverse itinerary which makes for a diverse collection, Italy for lots of stuff, Northern Thailand and Portugal for cotton, Nepal for cashmere and a yearly migration to her residence in Bali for a good part of the wares both clothing and house that make the up the brand DNA. 

Introduced by a mutual friend Birgitte generously met me moments after I arrived and whirled me away to a much needed perfect breakfast. On a scooter no less. My first glimpses of Bali were thru the eyes of an ex-pat who’s spent a good span of time here creating over the past decade. It couldn’t have been more perfect. 

Birgitte has impeccable taste combined with the exploration genes that I think all Danes have which had her taking on a few “creative projects” that weren’t about making goods to export; these were building projects. Construction in other countries is always fascinating. How materials are decided on and used. How the architects, builders, and contractors work together. I remember the first time I saw a 20+ story building in Hong Kong surrounded in bamboo scaffolding with people crawling all over it. I gasped, I was shocked, and then I got used to it. It works there. 

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The house pictured was being built to sell. It’s in Canggu, North Kuta where tons of ex-pats are are migrating. It’s a beautiful part of the island where there is good surf, good food, good fun and it's less chaotic than Seminyak. During my time with Birgitte, I wanted to explore her creative process and the reality of making things, including buildings in Bali. After a day of checking on production stuff for Rabens Saloner, we scootered out to the site to check up on the progress and say hello to the security guard who lives on site. 

We darted thru roads and paths that I wouldn’t want to try to figure out how to get building materials down for any amount of compensation. To ensure a successful outcome so much has to align everyday local know-how, new ideas and a great deal of human capital are just the beginning. It was a substantial building and when we saw it. It didn't look measurably different than some others we had seen at this stage, but it felt different. It was going to be different because of the unique collision of Brigitte's creative force, her knowledge of having lived on the island for so long and her passion for collaborating with the local artisans and maximizing even challenging the local know how. It is a physical manifestation of her focused lens on the island; it is all the learning from both sides coming together to create a unique collaboration that allows everyone to contribute. It is a pile of metal, wood and cement but it’s also magic. 

The house was just a framework when I saw it. But it was beautiful; it was straightforward and robust and organic but industrial, and I can’t wait to see what it ended up looking like when I’m back in Bali. 

More on my adventures with Birgitte soon. 


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SHIRO SUSHI

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Shiro Sushi is a tiny piece of Tokyo hidden away upstairs at One Eleven Resorts, a modern design hotel on the edge of a tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. With impressive organic modern interiors by celebrated Osaka-based architect Shibemasa Noi, you could go just for the atmosphere and escape while filling up on the extensive sake and Japanese whiskey offerings. That is just the beginning, despite the perfect surroundings and strong cocktails, you will soon realize that it is the food that shines at Shiro. The sushi is perfect; the cooked dishes are creative without being molecular, and the sashimi is something I will make my way back all the way to Seminyak, Bali to experience again. I had the small omakase menu, and it was spot on. Sit at the bar and make some new friends while you watch the chef work his magic with stunningly gorgeous pieces of super fresh fish. Do yourself a favor and book in advance as it fills up, and you won't want to miss this spot. Shiro stands out among a lot of tourist filled mediocre offerings on the island. Dinner here will be one of the highlights of your time in Bali.

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THE GLASS HOUSE

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Visiting the Philip Johnson designed Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut was a pilgrimage for me. I live in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles surrounded by mid-century architecture including the Case Study houses and my own home by lesser known architect Val Powelson all in some version of the style of The Glass House. It's a way of life, not just a type of architecture. The focus on paring back and merging indoor with outdoor is crucial and inspiring to live in. The Glass House is this idea on steroids. Everything was considered and labored over even if it was the smallest metal detail on a drawer. There were certain details that left you breathless, as the leather tiles on the ceiling of the small utilitarian bathroom. Small green tiles giving way to larger leather tiles, it was really sexy. Johnson is by no means my favorite architect and The Glass House is his most important work in my eyes. 

When touring the property, the welcome committee is a gigantic sculpture a cement circle by Donald Judd it is so brutal, organic and magical. The property is grounded by The Glass House in the center of a multitude of outbuildings and sculptures. All in very different styles for the most part, it's good that there is a lot of space on the 40+ acre estate to give each building room to be what it wants to be. There are two galleries one below ground filled with paintings, mostly Frank Stella works, and a sculpture gallery in another outbuilding nearby. The pond below has a structure built off to the side known as Lake Pavilion, a cement outbuilding for the purposes of entertaining and I can only imagine the parties that Johnson and his friends threw. There is a small library set off from the main house, and the Bunker directly behind the main house functioned as a guest house. The pool...oh the pool. It is oval. It is perfect. I dream of having one just like it someday. 

The galleries were especially impressive in their unique approach to viewing art. In the Painting Gallery - a bunker underground - there are large carpeted flipping walls strewn primarily with masterpieces from our mid-century. The docent that gave us our tour noted that a part of Johnson's will was that there must be a Stella on view at all times. They are beautiful and it is a very intimate view of an alpha collector that believed in the work and the artists before it was popular to do so. Johnson amassed one of the largest collections of Frank Stella's work to date, it was worth the trip alone to see these pieces. The sculpture gallery is an odd 80's feeling building but proves to be a great place to view large scale sculptural works. Below is a short film capturing a more recent visit by Frank Stella back to the site now that it's no-longer private. It's charming to hear him speak about the reality of the site and of his relationship with Johnson. It's Frank Stella's birthday today, and this seemed like a fitting way to celebrate. 

The house is worth a visit. In season, it's booked up so keep checking in and maybe there will be a cancelation. I ended up buying tickets three times in advance and only being able to actually make the dates work the third trip. Still very worth it. 

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Multiple Frank Stella works on display in both of the gallery spaces.

Multiple Frank Stella works on display in both of the gallery spaces.


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