PICK ME UP FESTIVAL
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...
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...
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...
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...
GAZELLI ART HOUSE
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...
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...
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...
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...
APPROVED BY PABLO
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...
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...
CRAFT BEER RISING
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
"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...
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...
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...
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
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...
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...
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...
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...