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CAJSA CARLSON

Cajsa Carlson

LONDON
PICK ME UP FESTIVAL
SCULPTURES
GRAPHIC DESIGN
ART FAIRS
JULIAN GLANDER
CLAY COLLECTIVE
DAN SINGER
CHARLOTTE MEI
MALARKO
Pick Me Up Festival London, 2016: Charming Sculptures
One of the things that makes London-based graphic design festival Pick Me Up such a fun event to visit is that it really gives visitors direct access to the pulse of the current UK design scene. The festival is currently in its seventh year, and this...
ETHICALLY MADE
CLOTHING
WOMENSWEAR
APPAREL
ORGANIC COTTON
SLOW FASHION
SUSTAINABILITY
LINGERIE
UNDERWEAR
Started From Underwear, Now They're Here: Baserange
The pared-down, simple styles and tactile fabrics of Danish-French label Baserange’s SS16 collection feel quietly revolutionary, elevating everyday-wear into something quite a bit more interesting. The brand—whose name stands for Basic Aesthetic...
BEERS
ALE
ENGLAND
BATH
RYE BEER
INDIE FOOD
BREWERIES
ARTISANAL
CRAFT BEER
EXPERIMENTAL BEER
Electric Bear Brewery’s SamuRye Rice + Rye Ale
There was no shortage of new beers at London’s recent Craft Beer Rising festival, held at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. But while there were plenty of tasty pale ales, lagers and other traditional beers, few of the libations felt truly...
DESIGN
GRAPHIC DESIGN
BOOKS
DESIGN BOOKS
BRANDING
PACKAGING
MINIMALISM
MINIMALIST DESIGN
MIN: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design
Stuart Tolley's (creative director and founder of graphic design studio Transmission) last book “Collector’s Edition” was all about unusual, mind-bending and sometimes over-the-top designs—he also created the striking Artist Cover Bomb series for...
ART
ART INSTALLATIONS
LONDON
GAZELLI ART HOUSE
MAYFAIR
ART EXHIBITIONS
SCULPTURES
KALLIOPI LEMOS
Kalliopi Lemos: In Balance at Gazelli Art House
On a video screen in a gallery in London’s upmarket Mayfair area, a woman trapped in a spheric metal cage rolls across a floor, fruitlessly attempting to break out. It's one image of many in Kalliopi Lemos’ latest exhibition, "In Balance," looking...
KIDS
CHILDREN
CLOTHING
APPAREL
LONDON
SOUTH AFRICA
BURKINA FASO
ETHICAL
ETHICALLY MADE
ETHICAL FASHION
Sindiso Khumalo Launches Children's Collection
Textile designer Sindiso Khumalo’s bright and bold prints and simple monochrome patterns piqued CH's interest some time ago, and in 2015 we met the South African designer at Design Indaba and later got a tour of her London studio. Now, the designer...
DESIGN
NEON
STUDIO VISITS
DESIGNERS
ART
ARTISTS
INSTALLATIONS
COLLABORATIONS
LONDON
Studio Visit: Artist Anna Lomax
Right by the verdant Regent’s Canal in east London lies a courtyard surrounded by old warehouses that are now home to some of the most exciting up-and-coming designers in the British capital. One of these is Anna Lomax, an artist and set designer who...
EMOJI
BOOKS
TECH
DESIGN BOOKS
DESIGN
SYMBOLS
ICONS
TEXTING
The Story of Emoji
As a former senior writer at Creative Review and the co-founder of London-based illustration agency Outline Artists (and CH contributor), Gavin Lucas’ professional career bridges communication and illustration. That combination makes him well-suited...
ART EXHIBITIONS
LONDON
SOMERSET HOUSE
CONCEPTUAL ART
CONTEMPORARY ART
APPROVED BY PABLO
GRAFFITI
STREET ART
FILIPPO MINELLI
MIKE BALLARD
PETRO
BRAD DOWNEY
SMOKEBOMB
Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street
It’s been 500 years since Thomas More wrote his seminal text Utopia, and at London culture center Somerset House, the anniversary is being celebrated by bringing together a selection of interesting artists, provocateurs, designers and thinkers...
LIBRERIA
LONDON
BOOKSHOPS
BOOK STORES
PHONE-FREE
READING MATERIALS
INTERIOR DESIGN
SECOND HOME
London's Libreria Bookshop
London’s Second Home is an inspiring workspace for entrepreneurs and creative businesses that’s bathed in light and overflowing with plants. It’s also the home of the Jago restaurant and has brought new life to the Tower Hamlets area where it’s...
LONDON
BEACH LONDON
ILLUSTRATORS
LONDON ILLUSTRATORS
BEER
CRAFT BEER
CRAFT BEER RISING
GAURAB THAKALI
CHARLOTTE MEI
ALEC DOHERTY
EXHIBITIONS
HOW TO MAKE BEER
Beach + Camden Town Brewery: Beer at Beach
At London’s Beach Gallery, the connection between beer and art goes a bit deeper than just getting a few cases of run-of-the-mill lagers for exhibition openings. Beach has previously collaborated with London local Camden Town Brewery on a number...
BIKES
CYCLING
BICYCLES
SWEDISH
SOCIAL BUSINESSES
CHARITIES
SWEDISH BIKES
SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN
UNICEF
COMMUTER BIKES
Sweden's Newest Bicycle, Vélosophy
Over the last four years, the number of bikes sold in Sweden has increased by 20%, making for a fertile, welcoming ground for new bike brands. For Jimmy Östholm, founder of new Swedish bike company Vélosophy, biking was an integral part of his...
ARTISTS
ART
LONDON
PERFORMANCE
TESLA COIL
SOUND ART
EXPERIMENTAL ART
TESLA
NIKOLA TESLA
SONICA
SONIC ARTS
LIGHTING DESIGN
Robbie Thomson’s Spectacular XFRMR (Transformer)
Imagine the spectacle of a summer thunderstorm—with its smell of ozone, flashes of lightning and the charge of electricity in the air. What if you could somehow control the power of the lightning and harness it to create an artificial performance...
ART
ARTISTS
GALLERIES
ART FAIRS
LONDON
CONDOCOMPLEX
COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITIONS
SUPPLEMENT GALLERY
London’s Condocomplex Hybrid Exhibition
Going to an art gallery is an experience that skeptics thought would become less and less popular, as people increasingly use the internet as their main source for art discovery. Instead, the ease with which audiences—not to mention galleries themselves...
WOOD
WOODWORK
DESIGN
ART
ART FAIRS
LONDON ART FAIR
London Art Fair 2016: Wood
Wandering the stands within the London Art Fair, which has returned to the British capital for its 28th edition this January, consistently delivers an eye-opening experience. As usual, the show features an abundance of contemporary and modern British...
DENIM
LONDON
JEANS
APPAREL
MOTO
Burds LDN Motorbike Apparel
Imagine a list of the most iconic styles of all times. Chances are biker apparel happens to be somewhere pretty high up. A new denim brand, Burds LDN, started in London by friends Ame Pearce and Tamara Bell, is made for women who want to balance...
COMMUNITY
COLLECTIVE
LIVERPOOL
ENGLAND
GRANBY WORKSHOP
TURNER PRIZE
Assemble’s Granby Workshop
Last year’s winner of the Turner Prize (the prestigious UK art award that's previously been given to artists including Gillian Wearing, Anish Kapoor and Wolfgang Tillmans) was a bit of a head-turner. The 2015 award went to Assemble, an architectural...
ART
ARTISTS
COPENHAGEN
JOHAN DECKMANN
BOOKS
Johan Deckmann's Imaginary Book Titles
Much of Copenhagen-based artist Johan Deckmann’s work has the graphic (not to mention internet-friendly) appeal of text-based art, yet it manages to be both thought-provoking and poetic, as well as visually arresting. Most striking, his made-up...
LONDON
ART
PUBLIC ART
ART FESTIVALS
LUMIERE
LIGHT FESTIVALS
KINGS CROSS
LIGHT DESIGN
INSTALLATION ART
GUNNAR JOHANSSON
"Joining the Dots" at Lumiere, London
Old mining town Durham, in northeast England, may perhaps best be known for its university and for the light festival that the city plays host to every other year. The festival, called Lumiere, is produced by Artichoke, an organization that specializes...
PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOGRAPHERS
WOMEN
GENDER
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ
EXHIBITIONS
EXHIBITS
GALLERIES
ADELE
GLORIA STEINEM
LONDON
FEMINISM
Annie Leibovitz's “Women: New Portraits”
It’s been over 15 years since Annie Leibovitz and Susan Sontag created the original “Women” project, featuring a selection of women from all sections of American society. Now, Swiss bank UBS has commissioned a follow-up to that seminal work: “Women...
DESIGN
ILLUSTRATION
MAPS
LONDON
NEW YORK
ARTISTS
MUSICIANS
GEOGRAPHY
Playful Illustrated Maps From Heretic and Kingdom Collective
With the saturation of Google Maps, Apple Maps and apps like Citymapper, the visualization of physical spaces is no longer much of an artistic process. Instead, it’s usually just a question of pure functionality. This leaves the field wide open...
STUDIO VISITS
CHARLES LETHABY
DESIGN
LONDON
LIGHTING DESIGN
LIGHT FIXTURES
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
LAMPS
Studio Visit: Charles Lethaby Lighting
British lighting designer Charles Lethaby’s cozy, high-ceilinged studio is located in Walthamstow. The east London area has become something of a creative hotspot, with plenty of emerging brands setting up shops or studios here. Lethaby is one of around...
ILLUSTRATION
ARTISTS
BOOKS
COLORING BOOKS
KIDS
CHILDREN
WORKBOOKS
CREATIVITY
JEAN JULIEN
The Daub Creative Workbook
When David Bennett’s son had to stay at the King’s College Hospital in London back in 2013, the British branding agency director began thinking about how he and others in the creative industry could help children admitted to hospital wards, and...
BOOKS
PHOTO BOOKS
PHOTOGRAPHY
LONDON
INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
Brian Kanagaki’s Golden Persimmons
Brian Kanagaki’s exhibition was one of the highlights of the recent Independent Photography Festival in London. There, the US-based photographer and musician showed works from “Golden Persimmons,” his new book just out from Perryman Press. Kanagaki...
BEER
ALCOHOL
DRINKS
LONDON
CAMDEN
MICROBREWERIES
LIMITED EDITION
Camden Town Brewery’s Annual Beer, 2015
Once again, British microbrewery Camden Town Brewery has distilled the flavor of the year gone by into an annual beer. "It’s the third year we’ve done this and the second year it’s been a barrel-aged beer,” brand manager Zoe Wulfsohn-Dunkley tells...
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