Month: March 2011

Bruma- 20 Hoxton Square

Bruma- 20 Hoxton Square

Until the 28th March 2011, just around the corner from where I work on Hoxton Square, a collective exhibition is being shown of artists who have recently explored the idea of veiled realities and unconscious mystique. The group show consists of work from artists from Peru, which has been selected by gallery owner Alexander Dellal and photographer Mario Testino (who also happens to be his Godfather!). “‘Bruma’, the Spanish word for veil or cover encompasses a common theme in the selected artworks of what is hidden and what can be unveiled. The works create a mysterious landscape that, in spite of the diverse individual intentions of each artist, raises questions about their collective unconscious.  The works in the show seek a real-time reaction from the spectator yet are loaded with specific historical, cultural and social references. Time and space function as a blinding mist that could limit the perspectives as well as unveil a second layer of hidden intentions and meanings determining the constant change in what is perceived by the observer”. “…has taken the white veil; and there is a …

Simply Breakfast

Simply Breakfast

Usually I find breakfast the least inspiring meal of the day, but Jennifer Causey uses her love of photography and food to take beautiful photos of her morning meals. See: http://simplybreakfast.blogspot.com/

Nottingdale Cafe by Found Associates

Nottingdale Cafe by Found Associates

This new restaurant, featuring exposed concrete walls and oak joinery, has recently been finished by London studio Found Associates. The Nottingdale Cafe, in West London, consists of a new mezzanine level and a bespoke ten-metre porcelain clad counter that runs the entire length of the ground floor. The existing concrete structure has be harmonised by new additions created in natural materials, to give a relaxed and unpretentious environment.  Images

Foeger Woman Pure by Pedrocchi Architekten

Foeger Woman Pure by Pedrocchi Architekten

Swiss Architects, Pedrocchi Architekten, have recently designed this extension to a fashion house in Basel, Switzerland. The Foeger Woman Pure store features a multi-faceted glass facade, that tilts forward onto the street, showing off the clothes of the interior. Huge concrete beams can be seem crossing over each other, creating a platform for stainless steel rods to hang garments off. See: http://www.pedrocchi-architekten.ch/ via Dezeen

Anselm Kiefer- Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen

Anselm Kiefer- Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen

From the 11th March to the 9th of April, the White Cube Gallery in Hoxton Square is showcasing an exhibition of work from German artist Anselm Kiefer. His work is characterised by texture and vivid tactility, by reusing found materials on thickly painted canvases, creating work, which is halfway between a painting and a sculpture. This exhibition, titled ‘Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen’, meaning The Waves of Sea and Love, features 24 panoramic seascapes in the main gallery of the White Cube. The title is taken from a play by 19th Century poet and writer, Franz Grillparzer. “The play re-tells the classical myth of Hero, the Greek priestess, and Leander, her lover, who swam the Hellespont every night to be with Hero but eventually drowned. The myth has inspired numerous writers and artists over the centuries, from Marlowe and Keats to Rubens and Turner, but Kiefer’s relationship to it is less explicit, more allusive. As in so much of his work, poetry and mythology are the entry point to a complex layering of reference, meaning …

Twombly and Poussin

Twombly and Poussin

I saw this exhibition posted on Timeout.com and literally cannot wait for its arrival at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Certainly an unusual combination of a modern abstract expressionist and a 17th Century classical French painter, the exhibition claims to draw similarities between Cy Twombly and Nicolas Poussin’s focus on Arcadia, passion and love. (29th June 2011- 25 September 2011) Untitled VII from Bacchus Series 2005   Ferragosto V 1961   Cy Twombly with unidentified work (1940s)   Cy Twombly with Untitled (Bolsena) 1969   Apollo and the Artist 1975   Min-Oe 1951   Poems to the Sea 1959   Quattro Stagioni: Autunno 1993-5 See: http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/twombly_and_poussin.aspx Images: http://www.tate.org.uk/tateetc/issue13/cytwombly.htm

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Apartment in El Born by Arquitectura-G

Arquitectura-G have recently completed this renovated interior for an apartment in El Born, Barcelona. A plywood mezzanine has been added to create a private sleeping deck and to increase much needed floor space. This has been combined with wooden storage, which wraps itself up from the stairs and shelves to the new half level. See: http://www.arquitectura-g.com/ via dezeen

Hermes Rive Gauche by RDAI2

Hermes Paris Store by RDAI

This new boutique, for fashion brand Hermes, has been designed by Paris-based Architects, RDAI, in a disused 1930’s swimming pool building. Serving as the company’s second largest store in the capital, the space has been opened up to create a contemporary shop to showcase Hermes’s new ‘La Maison’ furniture line. A wide staircase takes you to the former pool deck, complete with original mosaic flooring, where the architect has installed giant ash-wood latticed, funneled huts. These make the space seem less daunting and vast; “The invasion of what was once the pool by these huts, flexible, light and nomadic, suggests the creation of houses within the house”. “We don’t think of this as a new store,” says Hermès chairman and CEO Patrick Thomas. “We’re saying, ‘Welcome to our home.’” See: http://www.elledecor.com/entertaining-travel/articles/herm-s-classic-revival Images: http://www.dezeen.com/2010/12/20/hermes-rive-gauche-by-rdai/

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Mary's Living and Giving Shop, Primrose Hill

Yesterday, as the sun finally started to show over London, I ventured up to Primrose Hill, to stumble across Mary’s Living and Giving Shop. Mary Portas, who you probably know from ‘Mary Queen of Shops’ or ‘Mary Queen of Charity Shops’, founded this concept of ‘Living and Giving being not just a shop, but a place to inspire, share, create, meet and discover’. She has ultimately revolutionised the charity shop today, transforming it from a smelly, tatty shop where the average person is an octogenarian, to a sophisticated boutique, which can make money for worthy charities by selling on designer-wares and shabby chic homeware. You would never guess this was a ‘Save the Children’ shop from the outside or indeed the inside, matching the chic boutiques of Primrose Hill, the shop feels light, airy, and sophisticated. You WANT to be in the shop, as opposed to quickly popping in and out in the hope that no friends or neighbours see you in the local charity shop, God forbid!! Indeed I have to admit, that I …

Alice Channer - Layers Fluid  - The Approach

Alice Channer- Body Conscious

The Approach in London is showcasing an exhibition titled ‘Body Conscious’ by artist Alice Channer until April 17th. The theme of the work for her second solo show for The Approach focuses on the human body and what it means to wear animal print fabrics. Although the human body is never physically represented in the exhibition, Channer’s ideas are portrayed in pleated and printed fabrics, cigarettes, made-to-measure sculptures and installations. Her work tries to show the new advances in technology for the artist and fashion designer, and how this has changed the fabric which sparks contact with our skin:  “Large-scale hanging fabric works, Tight Skin use a digital printing process to create stretched images of clothing prints taken from the bodies of amphibians. The works were made using a stretch snake print Primark vest and a stretch lizard print Maxi-Skirt. These pieces of clothing were then photocopied, scanned, stretched, digitally manipulated and digitally printed onto soft, vulnerable, glamorous Satin. The digitally printed fabric in these works looks to the way in which fashion designers have recently …