Month: February 2014


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week, from the Sensing Spaces exhibition at the Royal Academy to an international art fair in Olympia and Women’s History Month across east London. STOP What: Sensing Spaces Where: Royal Academy, London When: Until April 6 I went to see this exhibition yesterday and it is a welcome relief to the usual exhibitions held at the Royal Academy and the overwhelming clutter of the Summer Exhibition. Sensing Spaces showcases seven immersive installations from seven architectural practices from six countries across the world. Visitors are as much a part of the exhibition as the installations themselves– you are invited to touch, climb, walk, sit and contemplate. (images my own) LOOK What: Art14 Where: Olympia, London When: February 27- March 2 The second edition of London’s global art fair presents over 140 galleries from 42 countries, with prices starting from £500. An accompanying events programme includes a tour of Richard Rogers’ Maggie’s Centre in Fulham and a discussion with Heatherwick Studio about the Olympic Cauldron. There’s also Food 4 Art, where …


Blue Hills House by La Shed Architecture

Perched on a wooded hill in the region of Morin-Heights in Montreal, Blue Hills House is a refuge for a family who chose to leave the hustle and bustle of the city for a more natural and quiet setting. The single storey home is camouflaged by the surrounding silver birch trees and is hardly visible from the nearby road, but from the inside, the house is completely open to its surroundings, with large sections of glazing. The exterior walls are covered in vertical cedar slads, which will fade with time to match the forest, while a bed of river pebbles on the flat roof further merges the building with the landscape. Internally, the communal living spaces are located in the centre, with private spaces at its extremities. The kitchen consists of two large islands, separating the living room from the dining room, while corridor spaces are utilised for storage and built-in desks. The minimalist Scandi aesthetic is finished with polished concrete floors, white units, and classic Modernist wooden furniture- a perfect hideaway. As the architects say: …

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Colour Picker: the rooftops of Reykjavik

I love this image of the colourful rooftops in Reyjavik, Iceland. The landscape of Iceland can sometimes appear quite grey and bleak, or certainly when I visited, with its snowy mountains and hot lagoons, but these little houses are pops of colour amongst the snow. I would love to go back there again. I also thought the rooftops made a nice colour palette to use for a home interior, for example, a background of white walls with accents of cobalt blue, bright turquoise, ombre yellow and Persian red. Try painting a fireplace a bold colour, or display a colourful array of artwork on wall, or simply throw some patterned cushions onto the sofa. Here is a selection of beautiful interiors colour picked from the image of Reykjavik above. I hope to do more posts like this in the future, so watch this space! (Reykjavik image above: BRB-SYD) Pinkrugco on Etsy The home of Suzanne and Adam Cunningham, The Design Files Setsquare Studio Grace’s Brooklyn home on Design*Sponge Laura and Ray’s art-filled Austin home, Apartment Therapy Chelsea …


Never Too Much by Kueng Caputo

Swiss-born duo Kueng Caputo’s latest collection presents a psychedelic series of hand-painted benches, stools, bowls and lights, which pay homage to the shapes of the Bauhaus, the rainbow of colours used by the Memphis Group and the paint splatters of Jackson Pollock. Sarah Kueng and Lovis Caputo have worked together since they were students of design the HGKZ Zurich from 2004 to 2008. They describe their work as ‘design as response with an emphasis on understatement and improvisation’. Never Too Much is currently on show until March 1 at New York’s Salon 94 Freemans gallery. Lined up, coupled and stacked, the chairs and benches function as sculpture, side-table and art display. The artists have paired and mirrored contrasting materials of dyed leather for the seat with traditional enamel for the base. The soft Italian leathers have been wrapped around a metal drum to give the appearance of the harder enamel below, while the skins have been naturally dried and tanned, then splattered with organic vegetable stains. The resulting dynamic display celebrates experimentation, material play and …


Natural Act collages by Merve Ozaslan

I went to see the Hannah Höch exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London this weekend. It’s the gallery’s annual paid exhibition and is well worth a visit. Höch was a member of Berlin’s Dada movement in the 1920s along with George Grosz, Raoul Haussmann and Jean Arp, as well as a driving force in the development of 20th century collage. She spliced together images taken from fashion magazines and illustrated journals, creating a humorous and moving commentary on society during a time of tremendous social change. Later that day I discovered the work of Istanbul-based artist Merve Ozaslan via Pinterest and Behance. In a similar way to Höch, Ozaslan takes vintage black and white photographs, from people on the street to young ladies on the beach, and inserts pieces of natural scenery. The result is an ordinary urban scene juxtaposed tongue-in-cheek with green forests, a field of daisies or the swirling current of the sea. See more of Ozaslan’s work on Behance and follow her on Pinterest. Images: Merve Ozaslan on Behance


I wish I lived here: a warm and natural home in Södermalm, Stockholm

How lovely and calming is this Södermalm home? Located in the neighbourhood of Årstaviken, this two-bedroomed apartment is for sale on Fantastic Frank and has original features such as hard wood floors and mirrored doors. The living room has been styled simply and thoughtfully, with soft rugs, Scandinavian furniture and original sketches in modern frames. I love the black ladder set against the wall.    Images: Fantastic Frank


Home update + Donna Wilson sample sale

This weekend in London there’s a fab Donna Wilson sample sale in Bethnal Green. Donna Wilson is a Scottish homeware designer, who creates fun, curious cushions, lambswool blankets and odd knitted creatures, which are popular in Scandinavia and Japan. I picked up a round turquoise Owl and the Pussycat cushion, available online here, and an ethnic-inspired square cushion, which I don’t think will date as much as the rest of the cushions on sale. It goes perfectly with my new Eames chair, which I got for my birthday, and the grey linen curtains from Ikea. Here are some photos of some other bits and bobs around my living room at the moment. Columbia Road Flower Market finds- Craspedia or Billy Balls Where They Create, a project by Paul Barbera that documents creative working spaces from all around the world, including Acne Studios, Bompas & Parr, Fantastic Man and Wallpaper* magazine. Can’t wait to get my nose into this one! The sun was pouring in this morning! My new Owl and the Pussycat cushion by Donna Wilson. …


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week, the beautiful textiles of Picasso and Warhol, an immersive installation at the Barbican’s Curve Gallery and the long awaited Nymphomaniac from Lars von Trier. STOP What: Artist Textiles Picasso to Warhol  Where: Fashion and Textiles Museum, London When: Until May 17 This exhibition traces the history of 20th century art in textiles, from the work of Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse to Barbara Hepworth, Sonia Delaunay and Andy Warhol. It begins in the 1910s with designs by painter Wyndham Lewis and the artists of Bloomsbury’s Omega Workshops – Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Roger Fry – who wanted to change ‘the erroneous distinction between fine and applied art’. Above: Marcel Vertes for Wesley Simpson Custom Fabrics Inc., circa 1944; ‘Number, Please?’, 1947, Salvador Dali. LOOK What: United Visual Artist: Momentum Where: The Curve Gallery, Barbican, London When: Until June 1 Experimental young practice United Visual Artists has transformed the Curve Gallery in the Barbican into a light and sound installation. Momentum consists of twelve pendulums which …


Help Ink- pictures for a cause

Thank God It’s Today by Tyler Hoehne Not only do the slogans on Help Ink’s prints inspire positivity and general acts of human kindness, such as ‘Bee Kind’ and ‘From humble beginnings come great things’, Help Ink also donates 20% of the purchase price to a charity. The giclee prints are created by a host of seriously talented artists and graphic designers. If it couldn’t get any better, prints start around the very reasonable $15 mark. Have a look at their prints here. Bee Kind by Robert Zangrillo Begin by Nana Nozaki Humble Beginnings by Dan Cassaro Give a Damn by Justin Mezzell Be Good by Aaron Eiland All Your Heart by Meg Hunt Adopt Me by Roxanne Daner


Jenna Rose textiles

Canadian designer Jenna Fenwick creates hand printed textiles in a small barn converted to a studio in the Lanark Highlands. I particularly like the organic cotton and linen baskets, which have leather handles and would be perfect for storing old newspapers and magazines around the home. Using her surroundings and daily life as inspiration, Jenna draws each illustration and pattern by hand and screen prints the textiles in small runs using water based pigments on natural materials including organic cotton, linen, and hemp. Jenna holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from NSCAD University where her focus was screen printing and drawing. He work is a reflection of her love for these processes and her passion for creating handcrafted textiles. Check out her website here and her online shop here.