I took advantage of the recent bank holiday and paid a visit to Jupiter Artland, a private contemporary art museum set over 100 acres in the countryside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. In addition to the extraordinary array of permanent works by world-renowned artists such as Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Jim Lambie and Cornelia Parker, Jupiter Artland have just welcomed a new permanent artwork by esteemed Argentine artist, Pablo Bronstein.
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
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.
Last week I headed to the V&A for the private view of their latest show – Plywood: Material of the Modern World. As the name suggests, this free exhibition at the entrance to the V&A looks at plywood’s use within furniture and architecture, and the role it currently plays in digital design. The informative exhibition explains how plywood is made and charts its historic use from the humble tea chest, through to its use in the aviation and automobile industry. Continue reading
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
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
The annual Serpentine Pavilion is a great moment in the London design calendar. Now in its 17th year, the Pavilion, commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery, is designed by an architect who has no previous built projects in the UK – previous Pavilion architects include the late Zaha Hadid, Peter Zumthor and last year, Bjarke Ingels. This year’s joyous Pavilion is designed by the Burkina Faso born, Diébédo Francis Keré, founder of Berlin-based Kéré Architects. Continue reading
While in New York last week I paid a visit to Chamber, a beautiful design gallery adjacent to the High Line at W 23rd St, to check out the 26 finalists for the 2017 Loewe Craft Prize. First established in 2016 by Jonathan Anderson, Loewe creative director and the Loewe Foundation, the Loewe Craft Prize is an annual international €50,000 prize ‘recognising an outstanding work of craftsmanship that pairs an original artistic concept with a modern application of traditional methods.’ Continue reading
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
While still in New York post ICFF I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Costume Institute spring 2017 exhibition, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. Kawakubo’s sculptural pieces are perfect for a museum show and she is the first designer to be celebrated with an exhibition by the museum while still alive since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983. The Art of the In-Between is arranged according to nine dualisms, including Absence/Presence, High/Low, Fashion/Antifashion and Object/Subject. Continue reading