POP UP BOOKS
Alma Haser’s “Cosmic Surgery” Pop-Up Book
German born, UK-based artist Alma Haser’s popular, mind-bending project “Cosmic Surgery” consists of portraits that have been enhanced—and made considerably stranger—by the addition of origami shapes. Haser initially made the origami masks to use...
Bompas & Parr's Alcoholic Architecture
London’s Bompas & Parr is the design duo behind a lot of truly unusual projects that stretch the limit of how we think about and experience food and drink. Previous creations include an actual steamship set in jelly, air fresheners with scents...
Peckham Loves Me
As cities evolve faster and faster and gentrification changes areas (for better or worse), it’s increasingly fascinating to see neighborhoods documented over a specific period of time. South London's Peckham, a former working class area that's now...
Summer Screen Prints at Somerset House
London's historic Somerset House—the arts and cultural center at The Strand in London—shows movies in its iconic courtyard each summer. For the third year in a row, it has matched this season’s films with a compelling exhibition of newly created...
Blind Spot’s Buttered Cinnamon Daiquiri
On our recent visit to the newly refurbished Blind Spot bar at the St Martin’s Lane Hotel in London, we got the chance to try a few of the bar’s recently revealed cocktails, created by mixologist Andrew Loudon. Loudon, who won the 10th edition...
LONDON ILLUSTRATION FAIR FESTIVAL
London Illustration Fair 2015
The graphic design and illustration scene in London is going from strength to strength at the moment, and part of the reason might be the British capital’s abundance of fairs where emerging talents can network and showcase their designs. The three...
2015 New Designers London: Part Two
While Part One of London’s New Designers exhibition focused heavily on textiles, Part Two (on now through 9 July) particularly rewarded anyone interested in furniture and product design. Students from all over the UK gathered under one roof to show...
alfa.K + Camille Walala Nail Stickers
Fresh, colorful nails are an easy way to update an everyday look into something a bit more exciting. French illustrator and graphic designer Anne-Claire Gambette's nail sticker brand alfa.K offers plenty of unusual, fun hand decorations—like...
ST MARTINS LANE
St Martins Lane Hotel, London
London’s Theatreland area can sometimes feel a bit stressful, with its scores of tourists rushing to get to the attractions. That said, there are some places that manage to combine proximity to the city’s hotspots with a calm, laid-back, luxury environment...
2015 New Designers London: Part One
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the London-based New Designers show, which sees more than 3,000 design students from all over the UK showcase their graduate pieces. The finished products range from ultra-functional yet beautiful homeware and...
ART BASEL 2015
SITE SPECIFIC INSTALLATIONS
Art Basel 2015: Highlights
This year’s edition of Art Basel in Switzerland showcased a huge amount of thrilling, exciting pieces—as did the handful of fairs surrounding the central hub. Naturally, when you have over 300 galleries, showing many more artists, some themes will...
ART BASEL 2015
Art Basel 2015: Robin Meier’s Synchronicity
Part of the fun of Art Basel is discovering the artworks dotted all around the Swiss city, outside the main hub of Messeplatz. This year, luxury Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet presented artist Robin Meier’s piece "Synchronocity" in the beautiful...
ART BASEL 2015
Art Basel 2015: Interactive Installations
Interactive art installations can be real crowd-pleasers. Playing an active part in an artist's vision is an interesting experience—and when it’s good, it makes participants feel that they themselves are bringing something unique to the work. At this...
Portraits of Canyon Life, LA
Few places have been portrayed in films and novels in as many different ways as Los Angeles. The city can be everything from a glamorous Hollywood dream to a hippie playground to a seedy, hardboiled noir. One place where Angelenos meet is Runyon Canyon...
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Handmade Kobeiagi Kilims
Kilims are traditional hand-woven wool rugs from the Balkans and were once a ubiquitous feature in the homes of former Yugoslavia. But like so many other traditional items, kilims have somewhat fallen out of favor with younger generations. Designer...
Drink Factory’s Silent Neon Flowers Magazine
The art of making good cocktails continues to fascinate us, as ever-more advanced cocktail bars open up globally and sipping concoctions becomes an oftentimes performance-heavy experience. London is home to the Drink Factory (founded by Tony Conigliaro...
Gardening is having a bit of a moment in London. New flower shops are opening that focus on simple-to-care-for, visually striking plants and plenty of creatives visit the Columbia Road Flower Market every Sunday to buy plants and cut flowers. Some...
Ace Hotel + Tokyobike
The Ace Hotel and Tokyobike go way back: when the innovative hotel chain launched its London outpost back in 2013, it chose the Japanese bike-maker to create custom loaner bikes for guests. This summer, the two companies are taking their close relationship...
PECKHAM PRINT STUDIO
Peckham Print Studio
A stone’s throw from the overground train line that now connects Peckham Rye in South London to the eastern parts of the city, you’ll find art gallery The Sunday Painter. The sign can actually be seen from the station, and the gallery’s rooftop has...
Studio Visit: Sindiso Khumalo
Sindiso Khumalo's studio space in her light, spacious London flat is filled with things that inspire the fashion and textile designer. A David Bowie LP shares space with family photos, a book on Julie Verhoeven, African art and plenty of other bits...
Jenny Lewis’ Hackney Studio Project
Photographer Jenny Lewis has a knack for shooting people in their own environments, capturing her subjects when they are truly at ease in front of her camera. The skill is evident in her book “One Day Young,” which features mothers with their newborn...
The Very First Edition of Photo London
How, one might wonder, has a city as large and culturally important as London not had a proper photography fair before? After all, Paris Photo—both in its original city and in Los Angeles—is a huge success, and the interest in photography as an art...
Minimalist Japanese and Taiwanese Homewares at Native & Co
The founders of new London interior design store Native & Co, British-Japanese Chris Yoshiro-Green and Taiwan-born Sharon Jo-Yun Hung, met while studying at the Chelsea College of Art and Central Saint Martins (CSM) in London. As part of the research...
SCP Classics Collection
Since it launched in 1985, design company and retailer SCP has produced some of the most iconic pieces in British design. Now, 30 years later, the company is celebrating its heritage with the launch of the SCP Classics collection, set to debut at...
Theaster Gates: Freedom of Assembly at White Cube
As we learned from his talks at last year's Culture Lab Detroit, Chicago-born artist Theaster Gates is probably best known for creating art that also has a social agenda, using his skills and influence to help the regeneration of the Grand Crossing...