The Finkelstein Files: A Few of My Favourite Things!!!

In the last post for the year, 2017 has been a rollercoaster ride for many.

I for one, am looking forward to a complete summer break with my favourite little peeps, my twin 8 year old’s.

 It’s all about having fun and being in the moment, taking our time, and few plans except soaking up the much-needed sunshine and feeling the sand between our toes in between bouts of body surfing.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Thierry B Fine Art‘s valued clientele for their ongoing support throughout 2017.

We’d also like to thank our behind-the scenes-colleagues who logistically make it all possible to keep up the pace, as one of Australia’s busiest commercial art galleries.

Here are a few of my favourite things below!!!


As we countdown the last 6 days until we close the gallery for our break, our gallery hours include Monday – Saturday 11am – 5pm & Sunday 12pm – 5pm or by appointment. Re-opening the 15th January, if you are in town come by and check out our new stockroom full of beautiful paintings.

Have a happy holiday with your loved ones of near and far, and return next year in good health, ready for an even bigger and better 2018!!

Lots of love, Thierry & Vicki


The Finkelstein Files: Art deco decadence alert!


Art Deco decadence alert! BGH Australia, housed in the Royal Bank Chambers in Collins St, Melbourne, was keen to add a design element to unify this historical space. Melbourne lighting designer, ILAN EL, drew inspiration from the grand Art Deco building constructed in 1941. In tribute to the era’s eclectic influences, EL has referenced Art Nouveau, ancient Egypt and traditional Japanese styles to create an arresting design that is richly ornate, yet coolly elegant. From many design print proofs emerged the clear film material that provides a textural and densely patterned surface. It evokes quintessential Art Deco: symmetry and simplicity founded on strong geometric shapes. Remarkably, every locking mechanism, metal ring and brass wire has been custom-made for this colossal 13 metre tall bespoke chandelier.








Half a year in production phase from inception, culminated in 13 hours to install with 13 shades over 13 meters to completion. Pixels and pigments blend seamlessly to recreate a sense of lead light reflection – an arresting and sensual glow of hues. Need to replace a globe? No problem. El has cleverly constructed a concealed ceiling panel to house a pulley system making this a task as simple as a lightbulb moment.

For bespoke enquiries please contact Vicki on +613 404 861 438 or

The Finkelstein Files: A Source of Light with Ilan El.


Good product design, like a good book, is impossible to put down. It hooks you with crafty storytelling and the spirit of its characters. These somewhat intangible qualities are imbued in the objects designed by Ilan El Light Life.

Tel Aviv born and bred, El cites early Bauhaus architecture as an early influence as an international style. Post graduation from the School of Architecture in Tel Aviv University, El launched a multi-disciplinary design studio specialising in interior, exhibition and product design.



Exploring and creating spatial experiences, he chose Melbourne, Australia’s Masters program at RMIT to stretch his design wings. Longing for fresh air, new light, friendly faces and good coffee, he launched himself into the attitude that makes our home city one of the most liveable in the world.

Specialising in Experiential illumination, El explored the spatial relationships light creates with environments and their occupants. Ways to harness illumination for a better wellbeing became a lynchpin for his explorations.

With support and and encouragement from peers and mentors, El quickly garnered both commercial and critical success. His small, artisanal practice is what Ilan El does best. Two hard working industrial design graduates form the backbone of the studio practice, assembling from detailed briefs and architectural drawings. El’s belief in the value of providing a mentoring platform with his employees creates a harmonious and generous working environ where no task is too small or too herculean.

Several years ago, El was invited to collaborate with the ‘Space dance’ group in Tokyo. The group is known for their contemporary Japanese dance – Butoh. It is an avant- garde performance art that has its origins in Japan in the 1960’s, concentrating on body formation and momentous interactions.
 Consequently, El was inspired to design an interactive adjustable luminary named nu. The piece is constructed by four sections (limbs) hinged together (joints) and ready to take on endless formations. Combined with illumination, it generates an environment for exploration of light sculpting; Dance with light.









Nu is a perfect example of his ability to create works that can become unique to any situation, or any client’s whim. And endless amount of shapes and configurations can be created by moving the pieces on their connecting swivels, which in turn effects the way the piece hangs, and the direction the light is cast. Notably, the simplicity of each of the segments’ form, slightly tapered to one end, belies the potential complexity of the greater whole – it can’t help but be interesting to look at. Each segment glows on a different side, allowing light to emanate in all directions with light and form. When closed, it seems to hug itself, creating a geometric arrangement of light that evokes Escher’s impossible shapes.


The piece is also as comfortable on the floor or a table as it is being hung from a ceiling – effectively doubling as a sculpture it can again be arranged into any desired configuration. Larger versions are currently in development as I type.

If you like what you see and would like to know more, email or contact Vicki via +613 404 861438.

TFF xx

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The Finkelstein Files: Well Shod!


Well-shod Melbourne shoe fetishists get your Cobbler Cobber on !!!!!!!

Synonymous with style is the eponymously named Preston Zly bespoke shoe designers. Custom, tailor-made and bespoke are both fashionista over-bandied terms for collectible and often pricey. Here’s where the PZ label cuts a swathe through the buttery-est calfskin strikes a chord with even the most discerning shoe collector. If not already a fan, NOW is your opportunity to seize the day!!! Well, specifically this Friday & Saturday at the PZ new retail space on-site on their workshop floor in Collingwood.


On a rainy and black Melbourne early evening, shoe designer Johanna Preston is a little beam of light. There is the hair, of course (Annie Lennox blonde), but it’s her ringing laughter that floats the room: the expression of an intrinsic sense of contentment attributable to a life spent pursuing her zealous pleasure for shoes. Johanna Preston muses, “I don’t want to say it because I’ll sound old, but I’ve been a shoemaker for 24 years and it’s been a crazy passion. It’s what I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about and what I see everywhere I am. My visual language is shoes and I don’t think there is any escaping from it.”



As the co-founder and designer for Preston Zly, Johanna has received plenty of attention for her arresting visions: shoes that marry tradition with a unique aesthetic falling somewhere between the simply angular inspiration of Japanese design and a more fanciful shout of colour and texture.

It’s an intensely personal approach to design that has garnered her both a dedicated following and the attention of Australia’s artistic institutions: the National Gallery of Victoria has collected many of the designer’s pieces. At the same time, she has become something of a go-to shoe impresario for a selection of high calibre designers, from Vixen, Akira Isogawa to Alexi Freeman and Susan Dimasi of MaterialByProduct and the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Now’s blockbuster summer exhibition.



But it’s a flowering that hasn’t come without some significant growing pains. Having begun her journey with the idea of establishing herself as a “bespoke” shoemaker, Johanna was fast introduced to the reality of the custom shoe world.“It was pretty exhausting in the end. Basically we did a lot of wedding shoes and it was a headache and not very creative. It was also really, really time consuming.”

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Today it appears she has come full circle, moving through establishment as a small-scale wholesaler before finding her feet once more as a boutique retail operation specialising in inspired collaborations.

Production has moved offshore as the Melbourne manufacturing industry has slowly petered out (“we could still run a business if the old-timers weren’t all retired or passed away – their work ethic was incredible”), Johanna now settled in Bali where her carefully considered shoes are constructed.



“In the end we didn’t have any choice but to move the production offshore. In Bali you can do tiny runs – five shoes in a single style – and they are capable of incredibly good craftsmanship. It’s been good for us because we can be designers again. You get burnt our if you just work really hard on everything, all the time.”

As for what’s up next, the designer is excited about Preston Zy’s latest collaboration with Alexi Freeman, not to mention the continued expression of her own unique aesthetic for the brand that bares half her name.

Bobby, Deda & Rodya

“Nor for us it’s just all about keeping the craftsmanship at the highest level. In the end, we just want to produce exceptionally beautiful shoes.” I think they may have checked that box and then some!

TFF xx

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