All posts by Chu Goldmann


Casa Vicens

On my recent trip to Barcelona I was excited to finally be able to visit Casa Vicens, the first house ever designed by Antoni Gaudí, as it finally opened to the public.  Designed in 1885, just three years after he graduated, Casa Vicens, was designed as a summerhouse for the real estate broker Mantel Vicens. I first stumbled across it on a visit to Barcelona a few years ago as I wandered the quiet neighbourhood of Gracia, where it is located. Continue reading Casa Vicens

IKEA House Party

The IKEA Houseparty

Last week Swedish brand IKEA celebrated its 30th anniversary by taking over the 19 Greek Street Townhouse in Soho and creating an immersive experience that time-warped guests into the 80s, 90s, Noughties and the future: the IKEA House Party. During the day, the IKEA house was open for visitors to lounge amongst their most iconic pieces of furniture such as the KLIPPIN sofa, LACK table and BILLY bookcase, yet at night, the ultimate house party got going, with canapés, music and games. Continue reading The IKEA Houseparty

Boom For Real Jean Michel Basquiat at The Barbican

Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican

Jean Michel Basquiat’s standout style and the misfit character he portrays have always caught my attention. His graffiti-style art, pop colours and his short-lived career as an Afro-Caribbean artist growing up in New York’s punk scene made him one of the most significant artist of the 20th century. Boom For Real at The Barbican showcases evidence of how Basquiat overloaded himself with source material: Continue reading Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican

Marc Quinn: Drawn from Life

Marc Quinn: Drawn from Life

Marc Quinn: Drawn from Life is an exhibition of twelve new sculptures by Marc Quinn, a body of work titled All About Love, at the wonderful Sir John Soane’s Museum.The twelve life-cast sculptures portray Quinn and his muse, dancer Jenny Bastet, and seek to convey the adoration, endurance and frustration that is present in any intimate relationship by showing the figures as they embrace one another. Continue reading Marc Quinn: Drawn from Life



After ten years at its iconic Brompton Road showroom, Skandium is ready for new beginnings. We were invited to the opening of the first phase of their brand new concept store on Thurloe Place in South Kensington, a two-storey building that focuses on Scandinavian gifts, soft furnishings, lighting and home accessories— the first of two new Skandium sites due to open this year.

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Camille Walala x Play

Walala x Play at The Now Gallery

The playful work of Camille Walala is hard to miss: from canal barges in East London to buildings in Melbourne, NYC and Buenos Aires, collaborations with Caterpillar and Emporio Armani, and even Easter Eggs for Harrods, Walala’s bright and geometric style is proof that the 1980’s Memphis style is back with a bang. We were invited to the launch of Walala x Play, the London-based graphic artist’s latest venture in spatial design, at the NOW Gallery: Continue reading Walala x Play at The Now Gallery

2LG and The Pink House at House & Garden Festival

House & Garden Festival

The debut House & Garden Festival coincided with the magazine’s 70th anniversary celebrations and turned out to be the ultimate celebration of summer living and inspirational shopping. The four-day fair was packed with inspiring ideas and professional advice for interiors enthusiasts, while the Decorated Spaces room sets and the Style Rooms were a real honey pot of interiors inspiration. I was really impressed by the Style Rooms, an initiative that gathered some of the UK’s most prominent interiors and lifestyle bloggers, Continue reading House & Garden Festival

Clerkenwell Design Week 2017

Clerkenwell Design Week

The latest and eighth edition of Clerkenwell Design Week teamed with glorious sunshine to become a highlight of 2017’s design calendar. With over 250 exhibitors, more than 90 showrooms and six exhibition venues, CDW celebrated the innovation and creativity stemming from London’s historic Clerkenwell quarter. CDW’s slogan for this year was ‘Churches, Prisons, Nightclubs’ and it did not disappoint. With a host of striking and unique locations for the projects to take place, such as the Houses of Detention, Fabric and The Order of St John, it’s always exciting to visit and view these private spaces in a different light. Continue reading Clerkenwell Design Week

California: Designing Freedom at the Design Museum

California: Designing Freedom

Having just visited California: Designing Freedom, the latest exhibition at the new Design Museum, I must admit I was somehow oblivious of the strong influence the American West Coast countercultures of the 60’s have had on contemporary culture, because it’s now all become such second-nature. Laptops, microchips, smartphones, GPS devices and online search engines are some of the many tools developed in California and on display at the exhibition. Continue reading California: Designing Freedom


‘The Iris’ by Rebecca Louise Law at the NOW Gallery

At the weekend I visited the NOW Gallery to see ‘The Iris’ by Rebecca Louise Law, a London-based artist known for using flora as a sculptural material that slowly preserves over time. ‘The Iris’ is an installation, which embraces the idea of the past and present of the Peninsula where the NOW gallery sits, as the iris is a native wetland flower from the surrounding marshlands. Continue reading ‘The Iris’ by Rebecca Louise Law at the NOW Gallery