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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...
CULTURE
SideStory City Tours, London
It’s a freezing Monday morning in London and commuters hurry past, heading to the warmth of the Bethnal Green tube station, as Karim Samuels introduces the history of graffiti and the artistic legacy of East London by pointing out stickers covered...
CULTURE
Loyle Carner: Ain't Nothing Changed
The genuine, poignant way in which Loyle Carner executes his dynamic rhymes—which don't shy away from being personal and direct ("Of course I'm fucking sad / I miss my fucking dad")—has completely taken ahold of our hearts. His music video for the...
CULTURE
Independent Photography Festival 2015, London
For the fourth year in a row, the Independent Photography Festival (IPF) has gathered a crop of fresh photographers to take an in-depth look at what’s happening on the indie photography scene right now. This year marks the Australia-based festival...
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Patternity: A New Way of Seeing
There's certainly a power to patterns, and it's all on view in "PATTERNITY: A New Way of Seeing." Not just a collection of images, the book features in-depth research on how patterns shape our world. All of its fascinating insight hails from PATTERNITY...
DESIGN
The Art of Ping Pong 2015
A ping pong paddle isn't your typical canvas, but the Art of Ping Pong challenges esteemed designers and illustrators to try—and the bespoke bats are then auctioned off to raise money for BBC Children in Need, which supports disadvantaged youth...
TRAVEL
The Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone
Sometimes, the only thing better than an engaging story of drama and intrigue is a good night's sleep. With that in mind, the team behind London's new The Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone blended both and imagined their 24-room boutique around the stories...
CULTURE
Inside London's Frieze Art Fair 2015
London’s annual art extravaganza, Frieze, is currently drawing art-hungry crowds to the beautiful Regent’s Park in the city center. Always a fun, impressive fair, this year’s Frieze featured an unusual number of works that were inspired by the space...
CULTURE
Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age
It’s been nearly 60 years since Laika the dog became the first living creature to orbit the Earth, and 54 years since Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. Both those milestones were Soviet ones—a result of Russia’s fascination with space...
DESIGN
London Design Festival 2015: Highlights
This year’s London Design Festival felt bigger and more comprehensive than ever—with galleries, museums and showrooms all over the city opening their doors to an enthusiastic, design-savvy crowd. Two of the threads that ran through the festival were...
DESIGN
Max Fraser's London Design Festival 2015 Tips
As the creative bonanza that is the annual London Design Festival (LDF) grows with each edition, choosing which exhibitions, stores, workshops and events to visit in the British capital becomes increasingly difficult. That’s when you turn to experts...
CULTURE
Studio Visit: Margot Bowman
Digital artist and designer Margot Bowman, one of the founders of the ever-fascinating GIF art project 15 Folds, shares a studio in an airy warehouse building in the Dalston neighborhood of east London. Always intrigued by artists and their workspaces...
CULTURE
Interview: Artist Polly Nor
Polly Norton’s female characters are as 21st century as they come: fun-loving, unabashedly sexual, and doing whatever the hell they want—whether that is hanging out with devils, being devils, lazily sex surfing, or having some fun with lava lamps...
FOOD_DRINK
The Owls Are Not What They Seem Pop-Up Restaurant
It's been 25 years since the question of who killed Laura Palmer transfixed TV viewers and BOB became part of our collective nightmares. Since then, David Lynch's remarkable Twin Peaks has gone on to become the ultimate cult show, and has inspired...
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