Month: May 2013

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

There’s a lot going on in London this summer with the month-long London Festival of Architecture, with exhibitions, city tours and site-specific installations. Here’s a few things to look forward to starting next week. STOP What: High Rise Where: The National Theatre, London When: 3-30 June The third exhibition in a five-year project by Bristol-based artist Peter Bobby, which has travelled from the Architecture Centre in Bristol, to the Ffotogallery in Cardiff, and now to the National Theatre on London’s Southbank, explores the relationship between burgeoning high-rise developments and the city through a series of photographs and films. LOOK What: Lesser Known Architecture Where: Design Museum, London When: 4 June-22 July This exhibition presents ten neglected buildings, structures and subways nominated by leading architecture critics and photographed by Theo Simpson. They are: Bevin Court | Tom Dyckhoff (BBC Culture Show) Brownfield Estate | Owen Hatherley (The Guardian) Cabmen’s Shelters | Oliver Wainwright (The Guardian) Crystal Palace Subway | Rory Olcayto (The Architects’ Journal) London Underground Arcades | Edwin Heathcote (Financial Times) Mail Rail nominated by Ellie Stathaki (Wallpaper*) Nunhead Cemetery | Hugo MacDonald …

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Thisispaper Shop

I am absolutely in love with the back-to-basics lookbook for the new Thisispaper Shop. I was already a dedicated follower of Thisispaper magazine, so I was very excited to hear that they had opened an online shop, selling a line of bags and rucksacks as well as a range of kitchenware and homeware. Thisispaper said: “We launched Thisispaper Shop to make a statement. We disagree with mass production and consumptionism, with the relentless quest for new products that satisfy artificially created needs. “Beauty, we believe, lies in the simple objects we use everyday, without even acknowledging it. We pay attention to these little things and to how they’re made. All products we sell in our shop are hand- made by us in the studio or sourced from environment-savvy suppliers.”    Photos by Julia Kubisty

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Mies van der Rohe Golfclubhaus by Robbrecht en Daem

Ghent-based architects Robbrecht & Daem has created a full-size model of a 1930s design by Mies van der Rohe in Krefeld, Germany. The area already houses two villas by van der Rohe, Haus Esters and Haus Lange, which date from 1927-1930. The temporary pavilion is based on an unbuilt design for a golf course clubhouse which was discovered by art historian Christiane Lange during research into the Mies van der Rohe Archive at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The unique archive material for the clubhouse included sketched plans and perspectives, that Robbrecht en Daem interpreted to distill the essence of van der Rohe’s architecture. Sited on the original location of the project, in the rolling countryside of Krefeld, the 84 x 87 metre installation is built primarily of wood. Robbrecht en Daem has interpreted van der Rohe’s sketches as a large wooden roof surface with a canopy, along with several freestanding walls and a floor that flows from the inside to the outside. The space is only interrupted by several chrome, cross-shaped columns, that reference other …

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Q&A with… Freyja Sewell

I met Freyja for the first time last week when I stumbled upon her stall at the House of Detention at Clerkenwell Design Week, where she was exhibiting her latest piece of work, a wool felt cocoon designed as a personal retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. In fact, it was her two leopard-print boots I met first, as they stuck out of her felt cocoon and I peered into the darkness to ask if the occupier within was her. As a Designer in Residence at the Design Museum last year, and having spotted her work at Selfridges recently for their No Noise Campaign, I was intrigued to find out more about ‘Hush’ and the design process behind it. What was the inspiration behind Hush? It’s kinda hard to pinpoint exactly where it started, because it came I think from that childhood sense of hiding, I used to like hiding in my mum’s drawers and cupboards and things. So when I began to be interested in sketching and drawing, I …

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J. Crew pops up at Central Saint Martins

For its introduction to Londoners, J.Crew set up a temporary shop at Central Saint Martins in Kings Cross last week. The pop-up shop gave the city a taste of whats to come when the preppy US brand finally opens a flagship store on London’s Regent Street in November. For two days only, J.Crew showed off its Fall collection as well as a selection of cashmere pieces and the brand’s famous monogramming service. J.Crew will also be awarding a scholarship every year for the next three years to one applicant of the Central Saint Martins fashion MA programme. At the launch at CSM, the label’s creative director, Jenna Lyons, also set the students a challenge to design a cashmere piece, the winner of which will go into global production for J. Crew. Jenna Lyons said of the Fall collection on show: “We love colourblocking and pattern mixing. We think it’s better to clash than to match. We like to break the rules and appreciate a good surprise. We don’t believe there’s just one way to wear …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Another bank holiday! It seems like the previous one was just around the corner. If you’re wondering what to do with your (damp) three-day weekend, here is my pick of three things to do this week… STOP What: Sir Hugh Casson PRA: Making Friends Where: Royal Academy of Arts, London When: Until September 22 An exhibition of drawings and watercolours by architect Sir Hugh Casson, including early work from the 1930s when he was responsible for camouflaging airfields and later stage designs for Glynebourne and Royal Covent Garden opera houses. The image shows a drawing for Elephant and Rhinoceros Pavilion, Zoological Society of London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London, c. 1971. Photo: R.A./Prudence Cuming Associates Limited LOOK What: Triumph Pavilion Where: Museum Gardens, behind V&A Museum of Childhood, London When: Until June 16 The Triumph Pavilion is a summer structure in Bethnal Green that spotlights the work of an international architect or design team, much like its more famous Serpentine Gallery counterpart. This year’s winners is Paris-based Atelier Zündel Cristea (AZC), who has designed a sweeping, white, figure-of-eight-shaped structure …

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Clerkenwell Design Week: Tetra Sheds

Another one of my favourites from Clerkenwell Design Week and not to be missed. British architect Innovation Imperative has teamed up with Weproductise and Amorim Isolamentos to create the Tetra Shed– a cork modular building system that is fully recyclable, adaptable and affordable. The design harnesses the benefits of the cork with its thermal and acoustic properties. Three of these little follies are on display at St James Garden behind Clerkenwell Green for the duration of the three-day festival. Images my own

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Clerkenwell Design Week: Mirare Maze Folly by Mobile Studio Architects

This installation is a continuation of Mobile Studio’s fascination with interaction, perception and architecture to create playful environments. The Latin for ‘Mirare’ means to admire, to gaze, to wonder, to contemplate and to stare. Sitting in St John’s Square, the maze is comprised of bright pink, yellow and blue triangles with walls made of clear acrylic. The maze is a new addition to Mobile Studio’s family of modular systems and can be slotted together to create infinite sizes and configurations. The acrylic panels are quite close together creating a disorienting space between what is solid and what is space. Images my own Mobile Studio has also designed display plinths for Icon magazine’s 10th anniversary competition (above). Each flat-pack plinth houses an iconic chair and is completely demountable for future reuse. Drawings: Mobile Studio

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Clerkenwell Design Week: The Huts by Architecture for Humanity

Despite the chilly weather, Clerkenwell Design Week this year is better than ever, with lots of fringe events away from the central Farmiloe building. One of my favourite things to see was a series of four huts by charity Architecture for Humanity. The huts, made entirely from recycled materials, are positioned around Clerkenwell, letting visitors seek them out like in a treasure trail. Last year at Clerkenwell Design Week, Architecture for Humanity’s London-based team created a ‘Love Hut’, which offered people the chance to post their love messages on bright pink post-it notes. This year, the charity has designed four different types of huts, each with a different theme reflecting the spirit and ethos of Architecture for Humanity: The Green Hut, The Water Hut, The Textile Hut and The Remakery Hut. Drawing by Cameo Musgrave The Remakery Hut is a homage to Brixton Remakery, a co-working space for local re-use and upcycling enterprises in south London, which Architecture for Humanity helped to design. The Remakery, due to be open in autumn 2013, will offer material streams …

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Clerkenwell Design Week: The Woven Easy Series by Alexander Mueller

Austrian-born furniture designer and maker Alexander Mueller has created a handmade furniture series which explores geometric lines and movement using interwoven strings. Inspired by childhood spirographs and Russian sculptor Naum Gabo’s ‘Construction in Space’, the chairs are made of waxed cord that is weaved to form seats within an ash timber structure. The geometric seating pattern is created by deconstructing traditional weaving methods and examining the relationship between frame, cord and end user.   Images: Alexander Mueller