GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
Paper Collective Prints and Posters
Denmark has long had a reputation for good design; the country has created beautiful, functional furniture and homeware for decades. New Danish webshop Paper Collective, founded in 2013, proves that it also has a number of contemporary graphic designers...
Det Lilla Köksbryggeriet: The Little Kitchen Brewery
Craft beers are well and truly taking over the bar scene in the US and Europe, as an ever-growing number of microbreweries continue to educate and delight people with unusual lagers, ales and porters. But for the true beer connoisseur, it might be...
We Are Ink’d Temporary Tattoos
We’ve come a long, long way since the times when getting a tattoo was the exclusive prerogative of those on society's fringes. Getting inked is still a pretty big decision however, so trying it out beforehand can oftentimes seem like a good idea...
Jean Jullien's "US"
French-born, London-based illustrator and Cool Hunting favorite, Jean Jullien has returned to London’s Kemistry Gallery with new exhibition “US.” Like much of Jullien’s work, the title itself is humorous and has a double meaning, seemingly referring...
"Collector's Edition" Artist Cover Bomb Series
Published in September, British design studio director and graphic designer Stuart Tolley’s book “Collector’s Edition” showcases some of the most mind-blowing and unusual limited edition graphic design and packaging ever made for books, music...
Patta + Carhartt WIP Capsule Collection
This year marks a decade since Dutch streetwear emporium Patta first opened its doors in Amsterdam. Timed perfectly to celebrate the anniversary, the company recently teamed up with fellow streetwear heavy hitter, Carhartt Work in Progress—the more...
The Pastel-Hued Digital World of Rose Pilkington
“Pinks, purples, turquoises, oranges—sunset colors.” Thrse are artist Rose Pilkington's favorites; something that’s immediately evident when you see her cool, pastel-hued graphic designs. Pilkington has had her hands full since graduating from London...
NOT FOR PROFIT
Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, London
Legend has it that Hoxton Street Monster Supplies has been located in the same spot on Hoxton Street in London since 1818. If you walked past the shop a few years ago and thought you saw a job center, that’s just because the shop—purveyor of all...
London's Inventive Catering Outfit: TART
At the recent opening of multi-media artist Quentin Jones and spatial designer Robert Storey’s exhibition "The Fractured and the Feline," Jones’ beautiful collages of cats and girls and Storey’s exciting mirrored rooms were complemented by food from...
London's First Board Game Café: Draughts
London is full of old railway arches, most of which were traditionally used for storage, but lately many of them have become homes to restaurants, cafés, bakeries and bars. The latest addition to the arches below the East London Overground railway...
OLD SORTING OFFICE
London's "Here Today" Exhibition
Enter London's Old Sorting Office (a gigantic space that has previously hosted events like DesignJunction) anytime over the next three weeks, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the sounds of wild animals as well as an exciting, carefully curated...
About Town, a Four-Day Video Art Event
It’s been 50 years since art gallery Ikon in Birmingham, UK, was established by an artists’ group that wanted the space to be “an antithesis to exclusive art establishments and galleries.” This weekend it’s celebrating that anniversary by teaming...
THE VAULTS GALLERY
Wayne Chisnall: Dreams of Being Batman
Newly minted London exhibition space The Vaults Gallery is located deep in the underground tunnels below the gigantic Waterloo Station. To enter, pass the skateboarders and street artists tagging the walls of Leake Street, also known as The Tunnel...
PRIVATE WHITE V.C.
Private White V.C., Mayfair
Manchester-made British brand Private White V.C. (named after WWI hero Private Jack White) has expanded its reach in the south with a second London store, selling the label’s military and motorcycle racing-inspired clothes. The new shop is located...
QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK
London's Living Walls Public Art
The legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games is still very much alive in East London. After the success of the event itself, which many of the famously cynical Londoners had assumed would cause traffic chaos and be a waste of money, the pride felt when all...
Voodoo Ray’s Halloween Pizzas
Dalston’s Voodoo Ray’s is one of the few places in London where you can get NYC-style pizza slices. Constantly playing around with flavor combinations and inventing new pie variations, the joint has a loyal following and there’s always two or three...
Moniker Art Fair 2014
Innovative art company Moniker Projects’ eponymous Moniker Art Fair just marked its fifth anniversary with a three-day show at The Truman Brewery in the creative and commercial center of East London. While attending the show, we recently caught...
Highlights from Frieze London 2014
The 12th edition of contemporary art fair Frieze London took place last week at the always manicured and picturesque Regent’s Park in central London. With a massive selection of galleries as well as live events and talks, visitors were treated to...
Bibliothèque’s Bibliothèque and Reset Pop-Up
Three years ago, we spoke to London design consultancy Bibliothèque about the rare editions and special collections in its bookshelves. This year, Bibliothèque is sharing its favorite books with everyone, as it opens an interactive installation...
The ADA Project by Conrad Shawcross
In the darkness of an indoor car park in London’s Soho, a crowd of people is gathered around a dancing industrial robot. In front of it, soprano Teresa Duddy stands singing her heart out, willing the robot to fall in love with her, as it moves...
Tove Jansson's Moomins on the Riviera
100 years ago Finnish novelist, illustrator and painter Tove Jansson—creator of cult comic strip family the Moomins—was born. Since the first Moomin strip was published in 1945, their stories have been filmed for TV plenty of times, but it’s only...
Ultra-Soft T-Shirts by Schooner
One of the eternal wardrobe classics (the hunt for which has almost become a cliché) is the perfect white T-shirt. In East London, one in particular from a new company looks set to become a serious contender for the title. Schooner—which launched...
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2014
Umut Yamac’s Perch Light
Architect and designer Umut Yamac’s Perch Light is an intriguing, playful piece of design. The stylized bird-shaped light sits still on its perch until you pass it, or a draft sets it in motion: then the bird gracefully swings, dipping back and...
Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age
In a new exhibition at London's Barbican art gallery, the enduring and fascinating relationship between photography and architecture is explored through the works of 18 photographers. The images on display show a wide variety of manmade landscapes...
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2014
Designing Polska at Tent London
At Tent London, part of London Design Festival, some of the most interesting spaces to visit for design-hungry visitors are the country pavilions, delivering an overview of what the creative talents in each place are working on right now. Among...