DELIGHTFULLY UNIQUE LIGHTS BY DELIGHTFULL
ROSES ON WALLS
Loving Rosae Wallpaper by Dutch designer Zoubida Tulkens (www.zoubidatulkens.com). Tulkens upcycles dying rose petals by pressing each one individually then gluing them to a backing material using natural adhesive.
CHANEL : LITTLE BLACK JACKET
A MOMENT ON THE LIPS
Don’t speak too soon… BUT. This weekend may well be the weekend when Summer finally arrives and with this positive forecast in mind I was itching to make a thoroughly outdoorsy plan when as if by magic: INCOMING MAIL – SUBJECT: FOODIES FESTIVAL BATTERSEA PARK.
After an eager google I found out the following: “You can sample and buy artisan food from over 100 exhibitors, indulge in signature dishes from top restaurants and sip summer cocktails shaken by expert mixologists.” PERFECT. A brilliant excuse to spend the day outside in the sunshine grazing on tasters and perhaps even pick up a few tips from the pros who the website promises will be gracing the park!
Friday Aug 17th, 11am – 7pm
Saturday Aug 18th, 11am – 7pm
Sunday Aug 19th, 11am – 7pm
A Launch/Garden Party entised us out of the office early and we were delighted to find not only dangerously dellicious canapés but a great selection of beautifully printed fabrics.
The five designers represented by Redloh House complement each other wonderfully with their understated, timeless style, elegant patterns and historical influences. The collections of Penny Morrison, Nicole Fabre, Christine Van Der Hurd, Lindsay Alker and Carolina Irving, are displayed across two rooms; an eclectic Aladdin’s Cave where cushions, throws and lampshades are dotted amongst the swathes of fabrics.
It really is worth a visit – Redloh House, The Gasworks, 2 Michael Road, London SW6 2AD
WOMEN OF LONDON: Iconic French footwear designer and Godfather of beautiful shoes, Christian Louboutin, has opened an exhibition at The Design Museum. His 20-year career will be on display from sketches to construction; discover how the shoes are made as well as the final footwear
(For the kinkier of you out there, there is a fetish room as part of the exhibition with a rather explicit hologram that appears every half an hour so you may, or may not, want to time your visit with that!)
So come all red-soled lovers and admire Louboutin’s career to date.
The Design Museum until 9 July, times vary; £10; 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD
We are just loving the work of Italian designer Idarica Gazzoni with her colourful fabrics and wallpapers. Inspired by the imagined travels of the Mughal Princess Arjumand, these are prints that evoke old worlds and forgotten times. The shabby worn quality of the fabrics along with the muted pallets give particular charm to the designs as well as an earthy patina.
PHLEGM STREET ART: New Guy On The Block
Earlier this month an enormous mural arrived to Heneage Street near Brick Lane by the Sheffield based artist Phlegm (see pictures below). The huge wall took him a full three days to paint in his characteristic black and white, illustrative style.
Street Artists typically thrive on being on the periphory of the “art industry” and none do so more than the pseudonymic Phlegm who elegedly found his art stagnate during his art degree and has found the distance achieved in street art vital to avoid being funnelled into a system.
So painting walls is a way to stay fresh… For Phlegm it’s important to do what he loves; the DIY ethos of street art appeals to him plus street art is a great way to use space that’s otherwise unused to reach a broader audience. And I think we’d all agree that it brightens up a monotonous commute or a dreary walk around the city (especially on a rainy day like today!!)
DAMIEN HIRST COMES TO THE TATE
The infamous Damien Hirst opens his exhibition at the Tate Modern this week. The eagerly anticipated exhibition will be the first ever substantial exhibition of his works, bringing together key peices from over the last 20 years.
The exhibition will include iconic sculptures from his Natural History series, including The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living 1991 (better known as the shark suspended in formaldehyde). Also included will be vitrines such as A Thousand Years from 1990, medicine cabinets, pill cabinets and instrument cabinets in addition to seminal paintings made throughout his career using butterflies and flies as well as spots and spins.
And if this exhibition wasn’t enough… You may all have heard the news that Damien Hirst is opening his own gallery in Vauxhall sometime next year which will house all of his work as well as pieces by Banksy, Jeff Koons and Sarah Lucas. And so the Hirst Fever continues!
Mad about this man: Tord Boontje
We are Loving the work of this Dutch designer and his studio at the moment. Forget minimalism, detachment and block designs – Bontje’s take on modern furniture is wonderfully indulgent and his lights are a vision of excess.
Below: “Shadowy” designed for Moroso