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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...
TRAVEL
The Laslett, London
On the hushed street of Pembridge Gardens, lined with pristine Victorian townhouses, one would hardly have any idea that five of these Notting Hill residences—which date from the mid 1800s and Grade 2 listed—actually conceal a hotel. The exterior of...
FOOD-DRINK
Galvin at Windows, London
The 28th floor of London Hilton on Park Lane sports more than a stunning, unobstructed view of Hyde Park and the city. Galvin at Windows bar makes unique cocktails worth peeling your eyes away from the panorama. Bar manager Boris Ivan cites Japanese...
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London Calls This 2016
While CH usually keeps an eye out for hole-in-the-wall places and events when traveling, it's oftentimes just as invigorating (even cathartic) to let your inner fanboy/girl out in unfamiliar places. There's perhaps no better city to do this than London...
DESIGN
Conran Shop Launches New Music Selection
The Conran Shop's selection of desirable furniture (including their own in-house brand, which finds inspiration in the spirit of Brazil this season) down to unique, easy-on-the-wallet kitchenware will have you furiously drafting dream home Pinterest...
CULTURE
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...
STYLE
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...
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Ham Yard Hotel, London
Something's in the air as soon as you arrive at London's Ham Yard Hotel. It's perhaps the immediate juxtaposition of calm after the walk through Piccadilly Circus, a block away. Situated in a private-like courtyard (where pedestrians can also take...
DESIGN
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...
CULTURE
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...
CULTURE
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...
CULTURE
London's ONGallery + Poliform Present "On Form"
In 2014, Peter Neilson founded digital platform ONGallery to bring exclusive artwork (some from acclaimed creators, others from emerging talent) directly to consumers—at a reasonable price. This coming Tuesday and Wednesday, ONGallery, in partnership...
CULTURE
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...
CULTURE
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...
CULTURE
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...
STYLE
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...
CULTURE
"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...
CULTURE
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
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...
DESIGN
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...
CULTURE
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...
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Bonjour Paris City Map Guide
Documenting his travels through delightful doodles, writer and filmmaker Marin Montagut offers "Bonjour Paris," a map and information guide mash-up that uncovers the most charming Parisian establishments. Part of his "Bonjour" series (which also includes...
FOOD-DRINK
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...
CULTURE
Big Bang Data at London's Somerset House
Do you know where your cat lives? You probably do and, if you ever tagged it #cat in a publicly available photo online, chances are so does Owen Mundy. Mundy is the artist behind the project “I Know Where Your Cat Lives” and one of the people taking...
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