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
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
Running in parallel with the overarching London Design Festival, East London’s dedicated cultural event, Shoreditch Design Triangle (SDT) brings together brands and designers from throughout the community to celebrate the creative efforts of the East End. Always reliable for a good show, the inimitable Lee Broom marked ten years in design with On Reflection, an all-out all black edit of some of his most popular designs. The showroom took on an illusory element to surprise and delight revelers that dared to look beyond the glass. Continue reading
Faye Toogood is known for her visually striking multi-layered installations and for LDF 2017 she did not disappoint. The premise of her installation – TRADE SHOW – was a simple one. Faye created a special edition of 50 trademark Spade chairs in sand-casted-aluminium and offered them to 50 artists and designers in return for a piece of their work. She then displayed the result of this artistic trade at the Garage in Brompton Design District in a beautifully realised space. Continue reading
One of the highlights of the London Design Festival this year was visiting the newly established Mayfair Design District. Mazzoleni Gallery in particular stood out with its show ‘(Un)Comfort Zone’ by the Milan-based Dimore Studio, who created five impactful and atmospheric room settings that visitors could view through small portals within the gallery space. The Carpenters Workshop Gallery also stood out with its exhibition with design curator, Lidewij Edelkoort, to highlight young talent from Europe’s best design schools. Continue reading
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