Month: June 2013


COS teams up with the Serpentine Pavilion for Park Nights

This summer, COS has teamed up with the Serpentine Gallery for Park Nights, a series of events, screenings and talks taking place at Sou Fujimoto’s Serpentine Pavilion. To celebrate the collaboration, the brand has created two limited edition shirts for men and women inspired by the white cloud-like form of the pavilion. “The shirt is a key staple of the Cos collection; its versatility and timelessness make it the perfect addition to every man and woman’s wardrobe,” Karin Gustafsson, Cos’ head of womenswear design, told Vogue, “The design of the woman’s shirt we have specially created for The Serpentine, is inspired by architectural lines and shapes. It is in a soft blue hue creating a connection to the wonderful design of the summer pavilion.” The Park Nights series includes: 26 July 2013 Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips in conversation with Paul Holdengräber, director of Public Programmes at The New York Public Library. 6 September 2013 Multidisciplinary artist Russell Haswell curates and performs an evening of sound with pioneering noise musician Yasunao Tone. 20 September 2013 Artist George Henry Longly works across several media …


1 Granary magazine by the students of Central Saint Martins

The students of Central Saint Martins have debuted their first print magazine, 1 Granary, launched at a party in a pair of uber-trendy warehouse apartments in Shoreditch a few weeks ago. The college’s fresh crop of new talent danced the night away in the four-storey apartment block, which also acted as a backdrop for a number of fashion shoots showcased in the magazine, including a grungy, poptastic spread photographed alongside some down-and-out Hackney wheelie bins in the car park. Named after the college’s Stanton Williams-designed Granary Square London home, the biannual publication profiles past, present and future students of the college, such as super-stylist Kate Phelan, creative director Robin Derrick, fashion designer Henrik Vibskov, Love Magazine editor Katie Grand, Sex Pistols bass guitarist Glen Matlock, and set designer Gary Card, to name a few. The issue has been printed in a limited edition run of 1000 copies, and is priced at £12. It can be picked up from Kings Cross or at London stockists. Photography – Nikolay Biryukov & Kirill Kuletski Style – Olya Kuryshchuk Beauty – Marina Keri Models …


Diogene at Vitra Campus by Renzo Piano

Italian architect Renzo Piano has unveiled his smallest building yet- a cabin on a hill at the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The idea started in the 1960s when Piano was teaching at the Architectural Association in London and experimented with building mini houses- a living space of two by two metres, just enough space for a bed, a chair and a small table- with his students on Bedford Square. About ten years ago Piano started developing prototypes for a minimalist house in Genoa – from plywood, concrete and, finally, from wood. The final version of the project which Piano named ‘Diogene’ was published in autumn 2009 in the monograph booklet ‘Being Renzo Piano’ by the Italian magazine Abitare. It was a wooden saddle-roofed house with a weight of 1.2 tonnes. This caught the eye of the chairman of Vitra, Rolf Fehlbaum, and the concept developed into the cabin unveiled at Vitra Campus this week. “This little house is the final result of a long, long journey partially driven by desires and dreams, but also by technicality …


French Film Club: Something in the Air

Set in the outskirts of Paris after the May ’68 protests, Olivier Assayas’s latest film Something in the Air (or Apres Mai in French) centres around Gilles (played by newcomer Clement Metayer) and his teenage friends who are intent on causing havoc at their school and in the city. It is a bittersweet coming-of-age story, starring Lola Creton (Goodbye First Love), and full of Seventies cliches- sex and drugs, hippies and flared trousers, frustrated artists and bohemians. Assayas describes the film as “diffusely autobiographical”, having grown up on the outskirts of Paris, and much like the film’s protagonist Gilles, was caught up in Leftist student politics and worked in odd-jobs on big-budget productions at Pinewood studios in his summer holidays. Assayas said: “I started out with my own memories of that era. Gradually you build a fiction to that, partly by bringing in actors. Gilles is closest to me, but it’s his story: his story has no meaning outside of that particular context.” The film opens on the February 9, 1971 demonstration at Place de …


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week: get out in the sunshine and see Fujimoto’s Serpentine Pavilion, or get your art fix at the Royal Academy from Monday, or fill your Saturday with a talk on architecture and the Independent Group! STOP What: Serpentine Pavilion Where: Hyde Park, London When: Until October 20 Sou Fujimoto’s much-anticipated cloud-like pavilion has taken shape on the Serpentine lawn in Hyde Park. At 41, Fujimoto is the youngest architect to be involved in the annual design of a temporary structure for the Serpentine Gallery, following Peter Zumthor, Jean Nouvel, Herzog & de Meuron and Toyo Ito to name a few. Image: Iwan Baan LOOK What: Summer Exhibition 2013 Where: Royal Academy, London When: Until August 10 The annual Royal Academy summer exhibition is a must-see event in any art-lover’s calendar. It is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show, showcasing work in all media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and of course there’s the usual architecture room crammed with sketches, models and drawings. Image: Benedict Johnson LISTEN …


O’2nd Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection

  I have just discovered the Korean label O’2nd and could literally buy their whole Autumn/Winter collection. O’2nd describe their design philosophy as “an engagement of a dreamer and a pragmatist […] driven by a mood, an experience, a purpose”, with “a collage of purposeful clothing with a talent to reinvent classics through a modern lens.” They’ve previously had some fantastic campaigns lensed by Tim Walker, but I like the simplicity of this one, with patterned blazers, checkered shirts, metallic blue pumps and mannish black brogues. O’2nd is available in Harvey Nichols in London and Edinburgh.     


Bang by Ai Weiwei at Venice Art Biennale 2013

Ai Weiwei has installed 886 three-legged wooden stools in the German pavilion for the Venice Art Biennale this year. In fact, the German and French pavilions have traded locations for the first time this year, so the works of Anri Sala, chosen to represent France, are on display in the German pavilion, while Germany has selected four artists, Ai Weiwei, Romuald Karmakar, Santu Mofokeng, and Dayanita Singh, to show their work in the French pavilion. In today’s China, the three-legged stool, manufactured by a uniform method and used throughout China in all sectors of society, is considered somewhat of an antique. Every family had at least one stool, which passed on from generation to generation. However, after the Cultural Revolution production of these stools plummeted and aluminium and plastic have superseded more traditional wood. Ai Weiwei sought out traditional craftsmen to create the 886 stools, and formed a structure out of them which sprawls through the various rooms of the pavilion. Susanne Gaensheimer, curator of the German pavilion said: “The single stool as part of an encompassing …