Month: April 2011

Papa Stour

Papa Stour

I recently discovered this Scottish designer, Rosie Brown, whilst looking through Elle Decoration. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art before creating her shop, Papa Stour, in 2005, within the beautiful fishing village of Pittenweem in Fife. Papa Stour searches to expose and sell works from some of Scotland’s newest and brightest young artists and designers. Below are some photographs taken by James Merrell, which Rosie Brown has styled.

A Very Modern Royal Wedding by The KK Outlet

A Very Modern Royal Wedding by The KK Outlet

The London communications and creative agency, the KK Outlet, selected seven designers to create a collection of humorous commemorative china for yesterday’s Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The designers include, Paul Best, Emma Morton, Angela Lidderdale, Ute Geisler, Dave Bell, Richard Walker and Keith Gray. Images: Dezeen  

Previous Royal Weddings

Previous Royal Weddings

As the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton looms on tomorrow, we take a look back at some of the previous Royal weddings of England. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert married in 1840.  They were photographed together in 1854 in a re-enactment of their marriage ceremony.   King George V – then the Duke of York – standing beside his bride Queen Mary –  formerly Princess Mary of Teck, after their wedding in 1893.   King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) on their wedding day in 1923.   Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, with his bride, Wallis Simpson in 1937.   Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Philip after their wedding in 1947.   14 November 1973: Captain Mark Phillips and Princess Anne are pictured smiling and laughing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony.   29 July 1981: The Princess and Prince of Wales Images: Telegraph

Inge Jacobson

Inge Jacobson

These images by artist, Inge Jacobson, are concerned with the reaction of mass imagery in the world. She uses women’s high fashion magazines and pornographic images from the internet, and creates an intervention with collage, embroidery and cutting. “Another theme and concept I’m exploring in my work is the ‘objectness’ of a photograph. By bringing the surface of the image to the attention of the viewer I want them to acknowledge the pieces as objects rather than just images. It seems appropriate to do so using fashion magazines as women are often objectified within them. I believe the same is also true of porn, and I try to explore this using sewing and embroidery which is largely seen as a feminine craft. The work has political connotations whilst allowing the viewer to decide whether the work is a critique of the fashion industry or pornography or something more celebratory. I would also hope that the viewer might see an element of humour in the work.”  See: Inge Jacobson

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk

A programme on BBC Four I am currently enjoying is ‘If Walls Could Talk’ with Lucy Worsley. Each episode takes us through a different room in the house from the Middle Ages up to the current day, describing its uses, activities and transformations. It offers a wonderful insight into how the modern home has evolved through the ages and how we have come to value whats inside our homes today. Tonight’s episode was the bathroom, a room which before the beginning of the 20th Century simply did not exist. It was only after the First World War and the emergence of Hollywood, that the bathroom came to be seen as a place to relax, pamper and recharge, and not just a room defined by it’s practical uses. Watch on BBC iPlayer There was a misconception up until the beginning of the 20th Century, that washing, bathing and water itself could be harmful. People thought that if your pores were opened up by the water, then ‘miasma’ or bad air could enter your skin and have …

BETONBABE

BETONBABE

A Berlin/ Princeton based blog collecting lost and found pieces of architecture, urbanism, art and design.  Bernard Tschumi, Asphalt, 1988 Daniel Libeskind- Habitable Bridge, London Daniel Libeskind, Out of Line, Berlin, 1991 Helgoland, 1958 Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman, By Typewriter, 1923-1929 Land use map for Augsburg, 1961 Map of Accidents in Dusseldorf, 1961 Peter Cook- Way out West, 1988 See: BETONBABE

New Kyoto Town House by ALPHAville

New Kyoto Town House by ALPHAville

The interior of this new town house in Kyoto, by Japanese Architects ALPHAville, features multi-faceted wooden partition walls, which connect the rooms over three floors. The forms and shapes of the walls create patterns of light and dark, as well as creating pockets of space within the overall steel structure. Photographs are by Kei Sugino and K Takeguchi. See: Dezeen