Mad about this man: Tord Boontje

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.

http://tordboontje.com/

Below: “Shadowy” designed for Moroso

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Get ready for the BIG EGG HUNT

Get ready for the BIG EGG HUNT

The hunt is on! For 40 days and 40 nights London will be transfixed by the most astounding and exhilarating egg hunt it has ever seen. Launching on Shrove Tuesday (21st February 2012) the streets will become a thrilling adventure, a myriad of wonder, a world of inspiration.

AND it is all for an eggsellent caurse: Elephant Family and Action for Children are the two charities behind this exciting event.

Over 200 uniquely crafted eggs created by leading artists, designers, architects and jewellers will be displayed in central London. Join the hunt and journey through the city, picking up exciting clues along the way.

WATCH THE COUNT DOWN NOW: http://www.thebigegghunt.co.uk/

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Contemporary Twist on Decorative Plasterwork

Contemporary Twist on Decorative Plasterwork

Solomon&Wu have combined the very best elements of contemporary design and traditional, architectural mouldings with their various ranges of avant-gard patterns. Taking the traditional formats of mouldings and applying contemporary design Solomon&Wu create an entirely fresh look; whether it be their skirtings, cornices, wall panels, ceiling roses, corbels or architraves.

www.solomonandwu.com

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FABRICS & CUSHIONS AT ALIDAD’S ONLINE STOREFRONT

FABRICS & CUSHIONS AT ALIDAD’S ONLINE STOREFRONT

 Alidad Ltd are very excited to announce the arrival of Alidad’s Fabrics and Cushions on Dering Hall. Our storefront is now an enticing mix of furniture, fabrics and cushions so why not stop by and have a look!

VISIT DERING HALL NOW!

NEW COLLECTIONS ADDED:
2011 The Medici Collection, Alidad for Chelsea Textiles
2008 The Bosphorus Collection, Alidad for Chelsea Textiles
2008 Cushions from The Bosphorus Collection, Alidad for Chelsea Textiles
2005 The Mauresque Collection. Alidad for Pierre Frey

The Medici Collection

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Year of the Dragon: Alight your Senses

Year of the Dragon: Alight your Senses

Chinese New Year is the biggest event in the Chinese calandar and this year the party starts on Sunday at 10.15am with a parade of floats from Trafalgar Square, passing through Chinatown, Shaftsbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road. The colourful floats and beating of drums will reach its final destination of Rupert Street at 11.30am.

An official opening ceremony will then take place in Trafalgar Square from 12pm with speeches from special guests including Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Lord Mayor of Westminster Councillor Susie Burbridge and the Chinese Ambassador to London, Mr. Liu Xiaoming.

The day will show off a fabulous array of Asian arts and crafts stalls, Dragon dancing, Lion dancers, music and perfomances. Acts such as The Chen Brothers Flying Lion Dance, Shanghai Song and Dance Troupe and National Music Orchestra of Jilin Province on the Trafalgar Square stage from 12pm-5.40pm, finishing with a spectacular firework finalee.

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BOOK NOW: David Hockney at the RA

BOOK NOW: David Hockney at the RA

The 21st January will see the opening of David Hockney’s exhibition “A Bigger Picture” open at the Royal Academy.

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Last Chance to see Degas at the Royal Academy

Last Chance to see Degas at the Royal Academy

This week will mark the end for the extremely popular and enchanting Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement at the Royal Academy; curated by Richard Kendall and Jill DeVonyar, and beautifully designed by Ivor Heal.

This landmark exhibition focuses on Edgar Degas’s preoccupation with movement as an artist of the dance. The exhibition traces the development of the artist’s ballet imagery throughout his career, from the documentary mode of the early 1870s when he began visiting the ballet rehearsals of the Paris Opera to the sensuous expressiveness of his final years.

As you move through the impressive rooms of the exhibition, one can see clearly Degas’s preoccupation with movement as he progressively engages with the figure during endless studies of ballet rehearsals. His concern is rarely in the finished spectacle of the popular dance but rather in the preparation before hand; the imperfection of rehearsals rather than the art of perfection for which Ballet is most famous for.

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Gerhard’s Gallery

Gerhard’s Gallery

With just over a month left of Gerhard Richter’s Panorama exhibition at the Tate Modern it is definitely time to start thinking about making your way across the Wibbly Wobbly bridge to view it.

The retrospective exhibition marks the artist’s 80th Birthday and with the vast number of works spanning nearly five decades the display clearly shows a lifetime devoted to painting. Panorama is saturated with works that use paint in a variety of ways; including realist paintings based on photographs, colourful gestural abstractions such as the squeegee paintings, portraits, optical illusions, subtle landscapes and history paintings.

Even on a Sunday evening the gallery was bursting with admirers. Particular favourites were the enormous Seascapes (see below). If you look closely at ‘Seascape (Sea-Sea)’ you will notice that the ‘sky’ is not actually sky but a inverted painting of sea.

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Start thinking about your Tree-tailer!

Start thinking about your Tree-tailer!

I know it’s a bit early, but I can’t help but feel a little bit Christmassy! I think it’s something to do with the shorter days and the necessity of gloves and a scarf on my walk to work.

These Christmassy feelings have led me to start thinking seriously about Trees, in particular the Alidad Ltd Tree, and where to get it from. Sometimes it seems that every street corner has a Christmas Tree vendor offering a more superior tree.  Doing your research thoroughly is the key to staying ahead of the game in the dog-eat-dog world of Christmas Tree Dealers.

My research led me to London based company The Christmas Forest where the trees come from sustainable plantations (every tree cut is replaced by a new tree) AND for every tree that is bought The Tree Forest plant a tree in the drylands of Africa through the charity “Tree Aid”.

So in true Christmas spirit, Alidad Ltd will be ordering the tree next week. But we’ll have to wait AT Least until December to have it delivered!

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