Month: September 2013


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week- Zaha Hadid’s new Serpentine Sackler Gallery, a Van Gogh exhibition and Woody Allen’s new film. Enjoy! STOP What: Serpentine Sackler Gallery Where: Hyde Park, London The Serpentine Gallery’s new exhibition space designed by Zaha Hadid opens to the public this weekend. The Sackler Gallery gives new life to The Magazine, a former 1805 gunpowder store, located five minutes walk from the Serpentine Gallery on the north side of the Serpentine Bridge. The spaces have been restored and a new, bold (like Marmite- you’re either going to love it or hate it) extension added. The gallery opens with an exhibition from young Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas.  LOOK What: Van Gogh in Paris Where: Eykyn Maclean, London When: Until November 29 This exhibition explores the years from 1886 to 1888 when Van Gogh was living and working in Paris before his death in 1890. Van Gogh’s two years in Paris were critical in his transition away from the dark, sombre works of his Dutch period toward the bright colours and expressive handling …


The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings

How beautiful is Kinfolk’s first cookbook, The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings? If you don’t know the magazine, Kinfolk comes out quarterly and collects ideas from an international community of artists, writers, designers, photographers, cooks who are interested in creating small gatherings and finding new things to make and do, as they say “Whether you’re looking for a new cooking skill, road trip route or camping guide, Kinfolk is a blueprint for a balanced, intentional lifestyle”. The Kinfolk Table brings together recipes and stories from across the world, including Brooklyn, Copenhagen, Portland, Oregon, and the English countryside. It invites readers into the lives and pantries of a diverse array of both enthusiasts and professionals, from coffee connoisseurs to ceramicists, fashion bloggers to florists, photographers to farmers and even an addition from one of Kinfolk’s retired grandmothers. More info after the break…                  Here is what Kinfolk say: WHAT IS THE KINFOLK TABLE? One-third cookbook, one-third narrative tale and one-third international adventure, The Kinfolk Table is a collection of 85 delectable recipes spread over nearly 400 …

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Wrong for Hay

One of my favourite Danish design brands Hay has collaborated with London-based designer Sebastian Wrong on a new collection of lighting, ceramics, textiles, glassware and furniture, aptly titled Wrong for Hay. It was debuted this week at the V&A and in a Georgian townhouse in St James Park as part of London Design Festival 2013. Wrong for Hay, under the creative direction of Sebastian Wrong offers a selection of new products, still with Hay’s Scandinavian influence, from both established and emerging designers. “Wrong for Hay is an opportunity to push the boundaries in terms of curation,” says Sebastian Wrong, “We can be experimental and sophisticated but also pragmatic. It’s a platform for new work that celebrates London’s design culture.” The products include a ceramics range by Ian McIntyre, textile designs by Natalie Du Pasquier and fashion designer Bernhard Wilhelm, as well as shelving by Lucien Gumy.   Images: Wrong for Hay


Kerry Seaton for Toast

As soon as Toast’s newsletter hit my inbox and I saw the work of London-based jewellery designer Kerry Seaton, I knew I had to write a blog post about her delicate nature-inspired pieces. Making, she says, allows her to feel at one with her environment. Her home away from home is a small studio in the relatively new The Goldsmiths’ Centre, which I reviewed for Blueprint magazine when it first opened in 2012. It was designed by Lyall, Bills & Young and provides post-graduate education, business start-up studio space and support for young jewellery designers close to Hatton Gardens in Clerkenwell. Seaton says of her design philosophy: “An emphasis on shape is integral to my approach, I am committed to quality of craftsmanship and am sensitive to the precious metals in which I work; I aim to create jewellery with longevity: to be worn in rather than worn out. Concentrating on timeless quality and a sense of stillness”. The pieces she has designed for Toast are inspired from time spent researching and sketching in the …


London Design Festival at the V&A

The ‘central hub’ of the ten-day London Design Festival 2013 is the V&A, where you can find installations, events, talks and workshops around the theme of ‘design is here, there and everywhere’. Highlights include an impressive eight-storey light installation in the main entrance by Canadian designer Omer Arbel and a trail of Swarovski lenses focussed on the design details of objects across the V&A’s collections. For the first time there are also themed days to help visitors navigate around the vast museum. Here I take you through some of the best things to see. 28.280 by Omer Arbel  The first installation you come to at the V&A invites you to look up at a 30 metre tall copper and glass sculpture by Canadian-based designer Omer Arbel. The sculpture hangs through the centre of the ceramics galleries, past the coffered ceiling beneath and finally appearing above the main doorway as visitors enter the museum. Arbel told visitors at last week’s preview: “I didn’t have any preconceived notion of what it would look like, I just let the copper and glass do what it …


London Fashion Week: Simone Rocha

On the last day of London Fashion Week I got the opportunity to pop along to the Simone Rocha show with Cointreau, who has been sponsoring her along with Elle magazine for the first ELLE/Cointreau Bursary. The show was inspired by Connemara in the west of Ireland, which is characterised by bogs and lakes as well as craggy mountain vistas. Rocha called the collection “hard, wet, dark, ugly, masculine, tailored, embellished and pearled”. In fact it wasn’t ugly at all, but full of what Rocha does best- her sensitive treatment of unusual material combinations. She is so good at textures. There was ‘wet lace’, patent cotton, heavy silk and thick tulle, hand crochet cotton and embroidered plastic. There was a contrast between the punky mohawks on the models, the tailored feminine forms seen in her previous collections and chunky moss green brogues. It was model-of-the-moment Chloe Norgaard who stole the show with her neon green hair which matched her ladylike green handbag and contrasted against her long sleeved golden dress.                        and some …


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

This week’s Stop Look Listen is a London Design Festival special (taking place across London from 14-22 September). There’s a wealth of events, talks and exhibitions going on and to make it a bit easier here’s three things you really should go and see. STOP What: Endless Stair by dRMM Where: Tate Modern When: Until October 10 One of the stars of London Design Festival is dRMM’s Endless Stair, which will take up residence on the lawn in front of Tate Modern. The temporary installation, designed to be endlessly reconfigured, is made of cross-laminated American tulipwood and has a total of 187 steps to climb and explore. LOOK What: Exploded: Works on paper from the Nigel Coates archive Where: Nigel Coates office, South Kensington When: Until September 22 With many works shown for the first time, this exhibition displays a series of architectural drawings by Nigel Coates from the 1980s. LISTEN What: Omega Workshops Where: The Courtauld Gallery, London When: September 19, 7.00-9.00pm A rare glimpse behind the scenes as curator Alexandra Gerstein will show original Omega …

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Take a moment: four things that caught my eye this week

Here in London the weather has definitely turned and we are well and truly on the wet path to winter. As a respite from the rain, here’s my pick of some of the posts I enjoyed the most this week. Enjoy! 1. The lovely lovely lovely home of the wonderfully talented Jessica Comingore (check out her blog: over on Old Brand New. 2. I enjoyed this post on Miss Moss featuring images taken by Yale Joel for Life Magazine in 1950. They show the ladies of Colby College on their annual Mountain Day hike – a tradition that started in the 1850s and continues to this day. The ladies look so glamorous and chic despite being on a hike- no cagoules or The North Face in sight! 3. The new Kinfolk cookbook is on my wishlist. One-third cookbook, one-third narrative tale and one-third international adventure, The Kinfolk Table is a collection of 85 delectable recipes spread over nearly 400 pages from creative types around the world. I can’t wait! 4. These beautiful and vibrant photos of Franklin farmers market by Olivia Rae James.  

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Creatures of Comfort Spring 2014

In February I was delighted to see fashion label Creatures of Comfort hit the New York Fashion Week catwalk, having started life as a Los Angeles boutique in 2010 (See the post here). This season designer Jade Lai did one better, unveiling a calm and casual collection of crisp cottons, boxy tunics and kimono inspired shirts. Pure bliss.    Images

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Margaret Howell Autumn/Winter 2013

I’m just so in love with every single Margaret Howell lookbook. This series of monochrome images is all about sharp, classic tailoring, featuring garments in process at the brand’s factory in Filottrano, Italy. The feel is similar to its Spring/Summer 2013 lookbook, also shot by Koto Bolofo, which you can see here. Photography: Koto Bolofo