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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I hope you’re all looking forward to a lovely, happy, romantic weekend. Of course, it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow but whether you’re all-for-it or anti-it, here’s three things to enjoy this weekend, a great new exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery – a chance to sneak a look at the collections of artists – a flower workshop in east London and a fab sample sale if you have any pennies left! STOP What: Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector Where: Barbican Art Gallery, London When: Until May 25 While may exhibitions have focused on the work of artists, this is one of the first exhibitions in the UK to look behind-the-scenes at the fascinating collections of artists themselves. Ranging from mass-produced memorabilia and popular collectibles to one-of-a-kind curiosities, rare artefacts and specimens, these collections provide insight into the inspirations, influences, motives and obsessions of artists, from Peter Blake and Edmund de Waal (you can the hare with the amber eyes) to Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol. Image: © Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images LOOK What: Columbia Creative Valentine’s Pop-up Where: Boxpark, London When: 11-15 February Learn how …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I admit, I haven’t done a Stop Look Listen in a long time, not since before Christmas. There’s no excuse, January has just slipped by in a blink of an eye, but this one’s a cracker. There’s lots of art, design and architecture events to look forward to this year, from a Charles and Ray Eames exhibition at the Barbican to the Alexander McQueen extravaganza at the V&A (they’ve just released an extra 50,000 tickets, hop to it!). But for the moment, you could either reflect on abstract art at the Whitechapel Gallery, get all nostalgic by the seaside at the De La Warr Pavilion or indulge your inner crafter at Heal’s Modern Craft Market. Enjoy! STOP What: Ladybird by Design Where: De La Warr pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea When: Until May 10 Occasionally I do feature events outside of London (shock horror!) and I can’t wait to get out of the big smoke and see this exhibition. Almost everyone who grew up in the UK can probably remember the innocent but delightful Ladybird books from their …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

It would have been an obvious choice to recommend the Frieze Art Fair this weekend, but if you want to escape the crowds and get off the beaten track, I’ve handpicked three events for you. Head east for a pop-up bookshop, pop-up art exhibition and, oh, pop-up film festival (there might be a theme there..). Enjoy! STOP What: Bibliothèque pop-up bookshop Where: Hoxton Arches, London When: 17-19 October London-based design studio Bibliothèque is curating an interactive installation and pop up bookshop with Artwords at Hoxton Arches. There will be a coffee bar from Climpson & Sons, while you can relax in furnishings provided by Vitsoe.  Friday 17 October, 12 – 7pm Saturday 18 October, 10am – 6pm Sunday 19 October, 10am – 3pm LOOK What: Open: An exhibition of UK artists on Etsy.com Where: 5th Base Gallery, London When: 17-19 October Online handmade marketplace Etsy is hosting its first ever art exhibition. A panel of experienced curators – Katherine Mellor, Matt Roberts from a-n and Lena Nix of Space Studios – whittled down over 600 Etsy art sellers to create an exhibition of fifteen UK artists, covering disciplines ranging from …

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#LDF14: Seams by Benjamin Hubert for Bitossi Ceramiche

Research into creating mass-produced products with one-off marks from the manufacturing process inspired British designer Benjamin Hubert to create these tactile vessels for Italian ceramic manufacturer Bitossi Ceramiche. They are currently on display this week at Vessel Gallery in Notting Hill as part of London Design Festival. Hubert began the project by studying slip casting – a technique used in pottery for mass-production, often for shapes not easily made on a traditional wheel. He investigated ways of introducing decorative elements to a design, without having to carry out multiple processes. The slip casting mould fortuitously created an interesting additional seam line that would normally be cleaned off and eradicated from memory. Now the seams are the defining part of the pieces, a mark of the manufacturing process, only added to by a matte glaze. Each mould can be rotated to various positions for every piece produced, meaning that no two are the same.        Images courtesy Benjamin Hubert

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London Design Festival 2014 at the V&A

London Design Festival kicked off last week for me with a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum, the hub location of the festival for the past six years. This year’s programme is packed to the rafters with innovative installations and product displays, from the scale of a pencil sharpener to Barber & Osgerby’s extraordinary Double Space that twists and turns two reflective structures in the Rafael Gallery. One of the highlights for me was The Wishlist, a joint project between Sir Terence Conran, Benchmark Furniture and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). They invited 10 design legends – from Zaha Hadid to Paul Smith – to nominate an up-and-coming young designer to create for them a product that they had always wanted, but never been able to find. All the items were crafted during one intense making week at Benchmark’s workshop in rural Berkshire (I visited them back in July, you can read my article in Blueprint’s September/October issue, out now). They range from a ladder for Richard and Ab Rogers, a table for Alex de Rijke and a …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Yay, it’s the weekend again! And this time I have some fab events for you, from an exhibition of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s black and white photographs – their first solo show in London since 1998 – a chance to dust off your sketchbook and pen and get drawing, and a street festival on an independent London high street. Enjoy! STOP What: Bernd and Hilla Becher Where: Spruth Magers Gallery, London When: Until October 4 Over the past five decades Bernd and Hilla Becher have become among influential figures in contemporary photography, famous for their images of industrial structures. This exhibition is their first solo show in London since the Camden Arts Centre in 1998. It will feature five typologies of industrial structures, as well as a number of single, large-scale photographs. Image above: Bernd & Hilla Becher, Lime Kiln, Kaltes Tal, GER, 1997. Courtesy the artists and Sprüth Magers Berlin London. LOOK What: Moleskine City Stories Where: Covent Garden, London When: September 6, 11.30 am – 5.30 pm Global artist collective Urban Sketchers is calling on the creative community to take ownership of their city …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Summer may be slowly slipping away, and rainy evenings coming, but here’s three lovely events for you this weekend, from an Olafur Eliasson exhibition at Tate Britain to a showcase of paper artwork and a must-see French film with Marion Cotillard. Enjoy and have a great weekend! STOP What: Olafur Eliasson: Turner colour experiments Where: Tate Britain, London When: Until January 25 Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, creator of the Turbine Hall’s dazzling sun for The Weather Project in 2003, has made a new series of paintings in response to the work of J.M.W. Turner. Eliasson has analysed seven paintings by Turner to create Turner colour experiments, which isolate and record Turner’s use of light and colour. LOOK What: Paper Cut Where: The Proud Archivist, London When: Until September 25 Paper Cut presents the work of 25 paper craft illustrators and includes original artworks, paper sculpture and prints. Curated by notable paper craft illustrator Owen Gildersleeve, highlights include hand-cut artworks by popular UK artist Rob Ryan, Bianca Chang’s Comparative Form in White series, large-scale creations by LA-based artist Jeff Nishinaka, hand-crafted props from Andersen M Studio’s animation Going West and a selection of Kirigami artworks from …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I wish you all a happy weekend! Here’s three things you could be doing in London: an exhibition on The Moomins creator Tove Jansson, an exhibition reflecting on the transience of rented accommodation in cities across the world today, and a rooftop film screening in Peckham. STOP What: Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago Where: ICA, London When: Until August 24 To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson – the creator of The Moomins – this display in the Fox Reading Room presents original unseen photographs and material relating to her life and work, illustrated books and early first editions. Image courtesy The Finnish Institute in London.   LOOK What: A House is Not a Hotel Where: Pi Artworks, London When: Until September 10 We move from city to city, rented accommodation to rented accommodation at an ever-increasing pace. For those that can take advantage of it, this freedom of movement opens up exciting and liberating opportunities while for others it ebbs at the sense of security that stability and continuity can bring. Nevertheless, for both …

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Alvar Aalto at Pitzhanger Manor

An exhibition on my favourite architect Alvar Aalto is currently on at Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing. (In 2011 I made a bit of a pilgrimage to Finland to see his work, such as his studio here and his house here, which you can see in previous posts if you want to find out a bit more about him). Reason & Intuition: Alvar Aalto & Ola Kolehmainen places Aalto’s creations around the historic rooms of Sir John Soane’s country villa. You think it wouldn’t work– placing Finnish modernism in an 18th century house– but I loved the interaction between old and new. In the breakfast room there is some of his glasswork, including the ‘Savoy’– so-called because Aalto and his wife Aino used it in their interior for the Savoy restaurant in Helsinki– and the Aalto flower, a set of stackable vases designed for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. In the library there is his table and chairs, while the small drawing room has two fascinating films on his home in Helsinki’s Munkkiniemi neighbourhood and his …

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Travel: Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth, which has spaces in London, Zurich and New York, has just opened a new art venue in Bruton, Somerset. I headed down to have a look last week (keep an eye out for Blueprint’s September/October issue, out at the beginning of September, for my full review). The gallery is housed in Durslade Farm, at one time a working farm and also the location of the film Chocolat, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. The former piggeries, cowsheds and threshing barn have been converted by Paris-based Laplace & Co into galleries and extended by two new buildings to form a courtyard in the middle. A crisp colonnade of sandstone provides a resting place to stop and admire the artwork, and indeed the architecture itself, outside. There’s currently an exhibition of Phyllida Barlow’s work, carrying on from her commission for Tate Britain. Her colourful creations, including a series of dangling pom-poms, extend throughout the intimate old galleries, meaning you really get up close and personal with her work (unfortunately pictures weren’t …