Month: February 2013

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Q&A with… artist and craftsman James McNabb

James McNabb on creating a small city of unique ideas.. Pennsylvania-based artist James McNabb creates vast cityscapes using discarded bits of wood, “sketching with a band saw” in his own words. To him, they “represent a woodworker’s journey from the suburbs to the city and each piece depicts the outsider’s perspective of the urban landscape”. James has no specific agenda, each piece is cut intuitively in a band saw and the process was discovered quite accidentally one day when he grabbed some scrap wood out of a bin and started creating these forms. Before long he had 200, and a project which became ‘The City Series’ for his Masters exhibition. I was delighted to get the opportunity to talk to James and find out what inspires his work..   What’s your background? How did you get to be where you are now? I’ve always enjoyed making things. I grew like most young boys, digging in the dirt, building things, and exploring the unknown. In high school I took my first woodworking class, and quickly became …

Oysho Spring 2013 campaign

I have to introduce you to Oysho, the European underwear and loungewear brand. I first discovered it when I was living in Venice for six weeks, and would make weekly or sometimes daily trips to the shop to see what was new. They do beautifully soft pyjamas and slouchy t-shirts, as well as good sportswear and yoga wear, and demure lacy underwear. Here is their Spring campaign with Jessica Stam, shot by Matteo Montanari. Images


Lullaby Factory by Studio Weave

Studio Weave has transformed a defunct exterior space at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital with a series of listening pipes for the young patients to listen to lullabies. The Lullaby Factory sits within a two metre gap between two buildings in the hospital’s Bloomsbury site. The Southwood Building is due to be demolished in 15 years, but in the meantime, the windows look onto an unappealing pipe-ridden brickwork facade. Studio Weave’s Fantasy Landscape reaches ten storeys in height and 32 metres in length, and uses old tap and gauges reclaimed from a hospital boilerhouse. Sound artist Jessica Curry has composed a brand new lullaby for the project, which children can listen to through the pipes of by tuning into a special radio station within the wards. Studio Weave said: “In our competition entry we proposed that the Southwood Building, with its oodles of mysterious pipes and plant is not really the Southwood Building, but the Lullaby Factory, manufacturing and releasing gentle, beautiful lullabies to create a calming and uplifting environment for the young patients to recover in”. …

Weekly Wishlist #3

This week I bring you some cosy socks from YMC, a modernist Dieter Rams radio and some brogues from Toast’s Spring Summer collection. 1. Camel and red socks, YMC 2. Porte Carte Minimaliste, APC, Norse Store 3. Grey t-shirt, Whyred 4. 1959 Portable Transistor radio and Phonograph, model TP 1 by Dieter Rams 5. White and Tan brogues, Toast 6. Bleu sweatshirt, Bleu de Paname, Norse Store You might also like: Weekly Wishlist #1 Weekly Wishlist #2

Weekend Inspiration #6

In the week that I feature the Becoming Picasso exhibition at the Courtauld in Stop Look Listen: three things to do this week, what better than to share a candid picture of the artist with his dachshund, Lump. The images come from a great doggy blog called Dog Art Today by Moira McLaughlin.   See more photos of Picasso and Lump here, all © David Douglas Duncan. There’s even a book too: Picasso & Lump: A Dachshund’s Odyssey by David Douglas Duncan.


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week, a lovely Picasso exhibition exploring his early work, a major Lichtenstein retrospective at the Tate, and a Venice Biennale exhibition that’s coming to London. STOP What: Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 Where: Courtauld, London When: Until May 26 Discover how Picasso came to be such as renowned and famous artist, with an exhibition documenting the story of his breakthrough year in Paris in 1901. The nineteen-year-old painter launched his career with an exhibition in Paris that set him on course to become the artist as we know him today. He tried copying major modern artists of the age, such as Van Gogh, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, before settling on his own unique style. LOOK What: Lichtenstein: A Retrospective Where: Tate Modern, London When: Until May 27 This exhibition is the first full-scale retrospective of American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, showcasing over 125 of his paintings and sculptures. Tate Modern has teamed up with The Art Institute of Chicago to bring together his signature works based on comic strips and advertising imagery, …

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Q&A with… Tom Ngo and his Architectural Absurdities

Dim House 1, coloured pencil and graphite on paper, 2012. A depiction of a blind building. Toronto-based illustrator Tom Ngo creates drawings of absurd structures and follies that turn common perceptions of buildings on their head. By taking typical buildings, embellishing and repeating elements, Ngo blurs and alters the purpose of the original structure. I like how fantasy and humour is combined with the technical precision in his drawings, so I was keen to find out more about what inspires him… Whats your background? How did you end up doing what you are doing now? I’m architecturally trained and am currently a practicing intern architect at Moriyama & Teshima in Toronto. I started these drawings around the time I was developing my thesis around 4-5 years ago. It stuck with me after school and have since exhibited the work extensively in Toronto and New York. Dim House 2, coloured pencil and graphite on paper, 2012. A depiction of a blind building. Haunt of Limbs, coloured pencil and graphite on paper, 2013. This building expands upon …

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Hypernuit Offices, Paris by h2o Architectes

  Paris-based h2o architectes has completed an office space in the 18th arrondissement in Paris for graphic designers Hypernuit. The 65 sq m office space, on the ground floor of a block of flats, features an “indoor landscape” of blocks that form the furniture, desks, shelving and walls. h2o architectes explained: “The refurbishment project had to reflect the dynamic and innovative spirit of the agency with a serene and contemporary space. The space is enlivened by the white colour of the thickness of the different blocks and of course by the books and objects brought by each user. Each desk benefits from both openness towards the shared space and a more private area which can be modelled by a play with void and volume.”     Images: Julien Attard


LN-CC reveals brand new look

I first went to LN-CC in November. LN-CC, which stands for London Night Chameleon Cafe, is a boutique tucked away behind a non-descript door off Shacklewell Lane in Dalston, east London. Designed by set designer Gary Card, the LN-CC concept store space acts as a evolving platform for curated ideas that encompass menswear, womenswear, music, and books. This month, they’ve revealed a new look, abandoning a dimly-lit orange tunnel clad in offcuts of wood, for a sleeker aesthetic. The new fit out features mirrored shelving and plush grey carpet to display footwear and leather goods, while another room features a bar clad in dark wood panelling. Before: After: