Month: January 2014

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10 independent magazines to buy now

I’m obsessed with magazines. O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D. My apartment’s cluttered with them and I work for one. So when Magpile– a wiki-style database of magazines- announced the shortlist for it’s awards, celebrating the very best of editorial design, new publications and independent magazines, I thought I would share 10 of the most beautiful and interesting publications (and my favourites) out there right now. Who said print was dead? (You can read a Q&A with Magpile founder Dan Rowden in a previous post here and don’t forget to see Magpile’s shortlist here.) 1. Cereal Magazine Cereal is a quarterly food, drink and travel magazine that contains edible topics, travel destinations, as well as profiles on products, people and places. In Volume One, for example, they looked at a Nordic food lab aboard a boat, the tradition of using carrots as sweeteners, and the nostalgia of milk. You can read my interview with the editor Rosa Park here. 2. Little White Lies A bi-monthly, independent movie magazine that features cutting edge writing, illustration and photography to get under the …


Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milan by Piero Portaluppi

For me, Villa Necchi Campiglio is the jewel is Milan’s crown. I first saw the grand building in the Italian film I Am Love (Io sono l’amore), which stars the beguiling Tilda Swinton and follows an upper class Milanese family through changing times and fortunes. The house was designed in the early 1930s by architect Piero Portaluppi and perfectly captures the history, worldly pleasures and day-to-day living of Milanese high society in the first half of the twentieth century. In the commentary on the DVD, Swinton says that the villa was perfect setting because they were looking for a house “that was part palace, part museum, and part prison.” The house on Via Mozart, in the heart of the city, was designed for sisters Nedda and Gigina Necchi and her husband, Angelo Campiglio. Set in a large garden including a tennis court and swimming pool, the home features an Art Deco interior, with marble bathrooms, sculpted ceilings and a collection of 20th century sculpture and paintings. Highlights include the grand walnut staircase with a sculpture of a kneeling woman by Arturo Martini and the …


Wait and See: a colourful and eclectic boutique in Milan

While I was briefly in Milan last week I stopped off at Wait and See, a lovely boutique housed in a former 18th century convent, which stocks a colourful array of clothes, shoes, accessories and vintage objects sourced across the world in flea markets. Founded by Uberta Zambeletti, this arty shop organises it’s collections by colour and features quirky details such as chairs upholstered in shirts and dresses and a revolving wheel to show off accessories and jewellery. Every day the staff write sentences with coloured chalk on the pavement in front of the shop, while mugs for sale display the shop’s philosophy, ‘La Vita è Bella’. They say: Wait and See – an open and promising invitation that evokes time and tranquility, anticipation and wonder. Browse at your leisure whilst enjoying a cup of our coffee. Relax, take your time, allow our pieces to seduce you, and wait and see what happens. Wait and See’s uniqueness is a reflection of designer Uberta Zambeletti’s varied cultural influences, her recognised passion for research and her inimitable …

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The Garden Edit

The Garden Edit is a beautiful new website dedicated to a collection of products for, and inspired by, the garden. It was started by English gardener of over 15 years John Tebbs, who decided to make the most of his working days held hostage by the winter weather by sourcing and selling the things he loves. He says: The Garden Edit redraws the traditional boundaries associated with shopping and the garden by bringing together a modern collection of products that embody functionality, timelessness and beauty. The collection reflects John’s personal aesthetic – minimal, well-designed products from craftspeople, artists, publishing houses and family run businesses. Check the website out here.

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Ferm Living’s new Spring/Summer collection

I’ve been a big fan of the Danish design and interior company Ferm Living for a while now– I love its graphic take on Scandinavian design and its Ettore Sotsass-style compositions– so I am delighted to share its latest lookbook on the blog. Here is what they say about the new collection: The new collection is full of tribal tones and more geometric shapes. We are still in love with brass, organic textiles, wood, paper and laminate and all these delicate materials keep fascinating us when developing more distinctive interior design.

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I wish I lived here: a white Stockholm apartment

A new year calls for a fresh slate, out with the old and in with the new. This clean and white apartment in Stockholm from Fantastic Frank inspires me to strip back, paint everything white and clean everything up. I love the contrast of the bright orange Eames chairs with the whitewash floor and white kitchen cupboards. I would usually never pick orange chairs- it’s one of my least favourite colours- but this home could convince me not to be so grey and boring.   Images: Fantastic Frank

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week, including black and white photography from Andy Warhol, an art exhibition on German collage artist Hannah Höch and The Festival of Imagination at Selfridges. STOP What: Andy Warhol: Photographers 1976-1987 Where: The Photographers’ Gallery, London When: Until March 30 As part of an exhibition featuring the work of David Lynch and William S. Burroughs, The Photographers’ Gallery brings together over 50 black and white photographs taken by Warhol from the 1970s until his death in 1987. Using 35mm film, Warhol carried a camera with him most of the time – taking up to 36 frames a day. He captured everything from everyday details and people on the street to celebrity parties, interiors and cityscapes. LOOK What: Hannah Höch Where: Whitechapel Gallery, London When: Until March 23 The Whitechapel Gallery presents the first major UK exhibition of the German artist Hannah Höch, who was often overlooked by traditional art history in favour of contemporaries such as George Grosz, Theo van Doesburgf and Kurt Schitters. Höch was an important member …


Cobrina furniture collection by Torafu Architects

Japanese practice Torafu Architects has designed a range of new furniture called Cobrina, which derives from the Japanese expression “koburi-na” used to describe things that are small or undersized. The chairs, which can be neatly stowed beneath the table, come in black, blue and grey as well as natural wood, while the table is semicircular in shape to be placed close against a wall and save space in a room. The range’s simplicity and inclined legs reminds me of one of my favourite furniture designers, Ercol. Here is what Torafu Architects say: The “cobrina” collection is the result of a collaboration with Hida Sangyo, a well-established furniture manufacturer in Japan. Characterized by rounded top surfaces and slender slanting legs, the small-sized pieces of furniture lend a mellow atmosphere to their surroundings. Upon first encounter, these might even appear as a flock of small animals. Images: Fuminari Yoshitsugu

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New juice bar Lovage at Ace Hotel Shoreditch

A new seasonal farm-to-street kitchen, more commonly known as a juice bar called Lovage has opened at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, east London. The small take away bar offers a selection of healing, cleansing and sustaining juices, teas and shakes, perfect for a health-kick in this cold January. Cleansing juices, made using a hydraulic press process (which extracts all the vital elements from the produce) include Winter Tincture made with lemon, ginger and wildflower honey or Viridian made from veg-of-the-moment kale alongside fennel, squash, lettuce, apple and wild greens. Those in need of a Monday morning uplift should try Cinnamon & Apricot Tea, with ginger, cinnamon, dried apricot, dried cherry, currant and whole cane sugar. Even if the temperature is dipping outside, I like the sound of La Grotta’s Satsuma Miyagawa sorbet and Chocolate Barley ice-cream for an almost guilt-free treat. Here’s what Lovage says about itself: We celebrate the beauty, vitality, joy and magic of plants and the land that nurtures them, and we trust that nature knows best when it comes to …

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Fantastic Frank teams up with Mes Dames

Mes Dames, the fashion house with both Swedish and French roots, has teamed up with Scandinavian estate agent Fantastic Frank to promote it’s new collection and show off a stylish apartment in Stockholm. The founder of Mes Dames, Lisa Wikander has opened two stores in Shanghai, one in Paris and one in Stockholm since starting the brand in Paris in 2009. For the Spring/Summer 2014 collection, Wikander was inspired by Estrid Ericson, the founder of Svenskt Tenn, a Swedish interiors and decoration firm. She says: Estrid was a female avant-garde entrepreneur with an exquisite sense of aesthetics. Her traveling and collection of beautiful objects, the reinterpretation of historical references, and the constant presence of nature particularly inspire us. The collection is built up around a pared down silhouette, well tailored in pure materials, with a light and natural touch, spiced up with objets de curiosité. The house itself dates back to 1912 and features two bedrooms, an open living room and kitchen as well as a small attic with a fireplace and balcony. It is for …