Private Eye: 50th Anniversary at the V&A
Last night a large audience gathered at the V&A to listen to Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and cartoonist Nick Newman discuss the rise of the ground-breaking satirical magazine, renowned for its unique combination of irreverent humour and hard-hitting journalism. The magazine is 50 years old this year and to celebrate, the V&A is staging a special exhibition to commemorate the wealth of artistic talent that adorns the pages. More than 90 artists have had their artwork published over the years, this free exhibition will be open until January 8th so pop along and have a giggle!
LAUNCHING TODAY: NEW COLOURWAY FOR TITUS DINING CHAIR
Today, Alidad launched a brand new version of the ever popular Titus Dining Chair. Originally designed in a rich, blue velvet, Titus is now available in a soft cream suede combined with a beautiful woven fabric. With these contrasting textures and natural hues, the Titus Chair takes on a completely different “look” making it easily placed within an elegant, contemporary interior. The possibilities are endless with this piece of Velvet Furniture, so if the Alidad options do not suit your scheme you can even create your own!!
Have a look at the Dering Hall website for more info…
The Weird and The Wonderful
Autumn is upon us and so, like clockwork, The Frieze Fair arrived, gracing London with its presence for a fleeting four days. With thousands of works on view the Frieze is, admittedly, a little bit daunting. So with an essential Starbucks in hand I set off for Regents Park, determined to cram as much into my free afternoon as possible – or at least catch the highlights.
The Fair was saturated with the creme-de-la-creme of the art world; for the galleries, Frieze is all about getting the most spectacular piece of art in so as to make a statement in a sea of viable, exciting offerings. I only managed to scrape the surface
King of Destruction, Michael Landy’s Credit Card Destroying Machine at Dane Gallery was a Fair highlight for me. A monster of an automaton that chews up and spits out credit cards and produces a signed drawing out the of motion of destruction. Many festive fair-goers, in an attempt to stop living beyond their means, handed over their valid credit cards for shredding and happily left with some art!
Addressing quite a different segment of the art market was the Frieze project by Christian Jankowski: a massive, shiny, expensive yacht which can be bought as a yacht for your personal sailing use for a mere 500 000 Euros or it can be acquired as a work of art for 625 000 Euros. Why anybody would want to pay more to be denied the use of this shiny speed demon was something I found very mysterious!.
“THE BEES” knees
The days of the Minstrels and Versifiers of the Court have faded into history. Although they might be immortalised within the worlds of Shakespeare’s plays, if we’re honest, these days we are much more likely to find entertainment of an evening from an episode of “Outnumbered” than from a poetry recital.
Thankfully, to save us from ourselves, comes Carol Ann Duffy (our lovely Poet Laureate) crowned ‘THE POET’S POET’ with her lyrics of truth to enliven the British love of verse. For Duffy “Poetry is the music of being human” and her new collection “THE BEES” (only her second since she became Poet Laureate in 2009) is set to cover the stormy waterfront of desire, devotion and despair. Enjoy.
THE BEES IS OUT TOMORROW (£14.99, Picador). And on the 7th November, Carol Ann Duffy will be reading from The Bees at The Southbank Centre.
Yesterday morning Dering Hall launched itself onto the World Wide Web and Alidad Ltd went live with it. From this brand new online platform Alidad is selling the ever popular Velvet Furniture Collection alongside fellow interior designers, artisans and architects.
It’s just like having a brand new shop – without the boring bits – so please pop by our storefront and have a browse! http://www.deringhall.com/alidad-limited/products
These are some of the featured products:
Augustus Console Table
This week is the third and final Friday V&A Late in a series focused on the design process. Friday Late MAKE, which coincides with the museum’s exhibition The Power of Making, allows visitors to engage with the wonderfully wide ranging aspects of making. And what goes better with a bit of Friday night culture than cocktails! Bombay Sapphire will be serving classic cocktails from their specifically designed Imagination Bar in the V&A Grand Entrance which you might find eases the creative flow!
And the best part… you can take your creations home!
Open House London (17th and 18th September)
Open House London, now in it’s 18th year, is London’s largest architectural showcase. Over 700 buildings of all types and periods open their doors to the public this weekend to celebrate the best of the capital’s buildings, places and neighbourhoods.
With architects homes, eco and retrofit buildings, tours of major regeneration projects, landscape projects, government buildings, historic landmarks and towers, major infrastructure sites and more all available to explore over one weekend, it is a great way to find out how good design works – and to have a good ol’ nose!
Eco House Monmouth Road (Gap House), 28D Monmouth Road W2 4UT
A Loveliness of Ladybirds…
Hurrah! Woop Studios and their ‘A-Z Collective Noun’ prints have been shortlisted for the ‘Best British Pattern Design’ prize. The alphabets of animals and colourful prints (please see below) are simply a joy to behold and the endless amusement they cause at Alidad Ltd means that they definitely get our vote!
Here are some of their best:
British Art Fair
A week today the British Art Fair opens at the Royal College of Art in Kensington Gore (14th to 18th September). Now in its 24th year, the Fair is a wonderful celebration of modern British art, with 56 exhibitors selling paintings, original prints, drawings and sculpture by established names as well as by emerging artists and recent graduates.
Many of the greatest names in 20th and 21st Century art will be exhibiting and many of them are former students of the Royal College: Bacon, Freud, Frink, Frost, Hepworth, Hockney, Hodgson, Lanyon, Lowry, Moore, Nash, Piper, Riley, Scott, Spencer and Sutherland. Alongside the RC alumni there will be a large selection of contemporary work by established names such as Hirst, Emin and Banksy. Also this year there will be a special sculpture selection, ‘Form – Matter – Material’, following on from the recent Royal British Sculpture show at the Royal Academy.
Below are some pictures of the fair highlights!
September at the V&A
It’s a double whammy this September at the V&A with two wonderful exhibitions opening up for our visual satisfaction.
Firstly there’s ‘Power of Making’, celebrating the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects. Curated by Daniel Charny, the exhibition is a cabinet of curiosities showing works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world, presenting a range of skills with imaginative and spectacular results.