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Last weeks of Perfectionism exhibition

Griffin Gallery’s successful group show PERFECTIoNISM (part III.): The Alchemy of Making is coming into its final weeks before it closes on the 18th November.

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The exhibition features nine London-based, talented and award winning artists, who focus on transforming their materials in unusual ways. The artists include Tessa Farmer, who creates miniature evil skeleton fairies that are taking over the insect world. She creates hanging installations with her own taxidermied insects.

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Piers Secunda is exhibiting a 7ft sculpture of Chinese mountain, with intricate hanging monasteries made entirely out of floor paint. It is a retreat that is impossible to escape from, which embodies how he felt while he was making it.

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Liane Lang is showing a series of photographs and a film called Saints, which is about the lost stories of female saints and the lack of female figures in sculpture. All of her realistic figures are actually dolls that Liane has crafted herself out of silicone.

The show takes place at the Griffin gallery – click here for more information.

The Studio Building, 21 Evesham Street, London W11 4AJ

Northern Design Event follow up

Now becoming a must-visit on the design event scene, Northern Design Event took place last week. With some of the UK’s biggest designers, who all consider themselves from ooop North, including names like Deadgood, David Irwin, Psalt Design and more, here is some coverage.

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Photo by Michelle Tennick

Assemble created a site-specific installation in the historic Assembly House. The 2015 Turner Prize winners displayed a new range of products alongside moulds and materials, tests and tools illustrating their experimental, smoke-fired and BBQ-ed ceramics.

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Photo by Michelle Tennick

Take a Seat was a retrospective of seating designed by award-winning Newcastle-based industrial designer David Irwin, including his iconic Tyneside Lounger for Deadgood and his Hardy Chair for Another Country-plus prototypes shown in the UK for the first time.

Michelle Tennick

Photo by Michelle Tennick

Hollywood Hates Me showcased rejected poster artwork for some of world’s favourite movies by the man behind the designs for The Revenant and True Detective.

To see a full round up of the events and designers, head to the website and get ready for next year!

Rive Roshan at LDF

Rive Roshan were commissioned by the London Design Fair to create an installation of five large hanging screens for the venue’s cafe using Divina fabric by Kvadrat. It’s the first time we have heard of this London-based design studio and we like what we see. Airy spacial partitions of modular panels separated the space playfully as partially open windows between communal tables, adding softness to the industrial backdrop of the Old Truman Brewery.

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Doshi Levien present Pilotis

When we heard that Doshi Levien were presenting their new curtain collection for Kvadrat and that the breakfast would have food served by none other than our fave culinary tricksters Blanch and Shock we got very excited.

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LDF 2016 Projects

You won’t be able to miss a lot of these on-street installations, but it’s always good to have a bit of an idea as to where they are going to pop up. Here are some of our top installations this LDF.

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Mirrorcoop

Just discovered the gorgeous Mirrorcoop and now need to make room on all our walls for the stunning pieces.
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Flowers of Burleigh

British brand Burleigh pottery has taken shapes and designs from its archives to create a new range, which celebrates the UK’s love of flowers and horticulture.

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Burleigh has been perfecting its craft for over 160 years. Established in Stoke on Trent in 1851 and world famous for its blue and white ceramics, which are hand made in England using traditional craft techniques. Its bestselling ‘Asiatic Pheasants’ design has been loved by generations and has been made in the same way since 1862. We are loving these new simple designs that celebrate a pared back look,  letting the flowers do the talking.

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We are particular fans of this large castor jug which has a traditional font and would look perfect on a plain country style kitchen table or on a modern glass topped one.

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Burleigh is the only pottery in the world to decorate using tissue transfer printing from hand engraved copper plates. Above is a swan vase design, dating from the mid 19th, which is retiling at £140.

To buy and for more information, click here.

Flock goes the Furniture

We have been mad fans of Flock for a good few years now after we first spotted them in Walthamstow in a local market.

Northmore Major Pattern

Northmore Major Pattern

The brand was established in 2013, driven by the desire to discover and nurture the best of new British design. Lead by creative director Jenny Wingfield, Flock works with an eclectic mix of artists, designers and recent graduates to create a bold and beautiful collection of textiles for interiors.

Toddstool

Toddstool

They have also gone into furniture with a beautiful range of chairs, stools and now tables with Metier for Flock.

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They swapped textiles for timber to see how the Flock patterns could transform a table and the results are brilliant.  Each table is unique and is digitally printed using advance UV ink technology onto renewably sourced birch ply- through the print the intricacies and texture of the wood grain is captured. Beautifully powder coated steel hairpin legs give a dense and highly polished finish. Now over to you to get adventurous and create your bespoke piece…….

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German lighting designer and manufacturer Ingo Maurer has announced the launch of the limited edition of Spyre; a unique luminaire designed by prolific industrial designer and artist Ron Arad.

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Summer Screen Prints

Each year, Print Club London invites talented artists and illustrators to create alternative, screen-printed posters for the films shown at Film4 Summer Screen. The film showings take place at the stunning Somerset House under a hopefully summer-star-filled sky (probably a bit of rain let’s be honest.)

Bram Stoker's Dracula Cassandra Yap

Bram Stoker’s Dracula Cassandra Yap

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Bisley Makes a Wish

Bisley unveiled their unique collaboration with Acrylicize at CDW yesterday to produce a truly stunning piece of Public Art that presents Bisley in a totally unexpected form.

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They want to hear your wishes as you stand by this refreshing an truly brilliant fountain. What do you wish for @CDW2016…… get creative! Wishes could include:

·      I wish…manufacturers continue to address their impact on the environment.

·      I wish…Brompton bikes, scooters for adults and those single wheel Segways had never been invented.

·      I wish…more of London’s great old buildings would be protected against developers.

·      I wish…there was more focus on affordable, well constructed housing and less on luxury apartments in London.

 

You get the drill!

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To head to the fountain in St John’s Square just register for CDW free here.

Clerkenwell Design Week opens for 2016

CDW2016 opened today which still gives you tomorrow and Thursday to head down- beautiful! Make sure you get round the hundreds of brands that will be there, but keep an eye out too for CDW Presents– some great street installations and more.

Giles Miller

 

A CDW stalwart, Giles Miller will be there with his billboards.  Working with the concept of ‘wayfinding’, Giles Miller Studio has produced a series of large scale abstract signage sculptures. Square glass tiles have been composed to create a centralised ‘swoosh’, featured in each sculpture, designed to subtly evoke the movement of visitors to the next festival destination. The functional sculptures have been produced in collaboration with British Ceramic Tile, who are celebrating the launch of their new London Hub in Clerkenwell during the festival.

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward

A unique space at the heart of Clerkenwell, Brewhouse Yard is temporarily transformed for CDW into a gateway to the area’s showrooms, sponsored by Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward. Two site-specific installations – designed by leading architecture practices Studio Egret West and BDP – take on the subterranean surface and elevated levels of this key public space. At the apex of Brewhouse Yard, an information point and pop-up coffee shop in association with OnOffice magazine are accompanied by temporary public seating provided by Marshalls.

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Designed and built by GSCE students, the Future of Design pavilion is CDW’s first education and community project. The project aimed to inspire more young people to take up careers in the creative industries and was developed through a series of workshops run by Scale Rule, a local collective of architects and engineers, and supported by Clerkenwell’s AKTII and Grimshaw. The project was realised through the donation of material from Hanson Plywood Ltd. and the help of Library of Things.

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In collaboration with Dutch wood flooring manufacturer Hakwood, FleaFollyArchitects have designed and created ‘HakFolly’, a 4.5m high temple of timber located within the historic St John’s Gate. Inspired by a visit to Hakwood’s factory in the Netherlands, HakFolly is a stacked timber structure that aims to create a fleeting moment of calm, in reference to Clerkenwell’s monastic past.

 

Museum of making

The Museum of Making is designed by White Arkitekter with engineering from Price & Myers. Built of EQUITONE materials, with flooring supplied by Esthec Terrace the museum is a deconstructed barn and will function as a live social space dedicated to the art of making. Archival exhibits from the Museum of London will be displayed alongside the work of contemporary makers practising in Clerkenwell today. The museum will host daily participatory workshops by The Goldsmiths’ Centre, Craft Central and Thomas.Matthews.

Register for free to see these delights here.

Art 16 Returns

Now in its 4th year, Art16 returns to Olympia London from 20 – 22 May 2016. Since its inaugural edition in 2013, Art16 has become a highlight of London’s cultural calendar and kicks off the summer season with an edit of international artists and galleries from more than 30 countries from around the globe. Here are a few of our faves pieces and/or exhibitors.

HUANG Pei-Hang

HUANG Pei-Hang from Aki Gallery

Huang looks at the modern day media we are fed and asks if we are really affected y other stories and events happening on the other side of the globe. Huang will be exhibiting via the Aki Gallery in Taiwan.

Series 1826- Mandy Barker, Artitled

Series 1826- Mandy Barker, Artitled

Mandy Barker takes images of all the detritus that is washed up onto the beaches of Hong Kong. This particular image of lighters took over 3 years to photograph and layer. Barker will be at Art 16 with the Artitled gallery from the Netherlands.

Blue and White Vase Bobbie Russon

Blue and White Vase Bobbie Russon

British gallery Bo.Lee will be at the fair with a range of artists including Bobbie Russon with her unsettling oils on canvas, depicting her sense of a lost childhood.

My Model, 2013, Wei Dong

My Model, 2013, Wei Dong

USA gallery Klein Sun, represent artists from the Far East, including Wei Dong- a figurative painter whose canvasses reveal influences pertaining to the Cultural Revolution and his time spent living abroad in the U.S. 

Eileen Cooper-Love Potion

Eileen Cooper-Love Potion

UK based Rook and Raven represent Eileen Cooper, the first female Keeper of the Royal Academy, since it was established in 1768. Sometimes described as a magic realist, Cooper brings an unapologetically female perspective to her subject matter, which encompasses sexuality, motherhood, life and death.

For more information on ART 16 and to buy tickets, click here.

Milan 2016- some top picks

We didn’t make it to Milan this year- boooo! But that doesn’t mean we couldn’t follow the blogs and the social media obsessively to pick out some of our favourite bits. Here are a few below.

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Arper pieces are always going to look fabulous, no matter what they show- their furniture is so perfectly made in mind for modern living. arper

This year the brand focussed on theessentials for living, with concept by creative directors Lievore Altherr Molina from Barcelona, booth design by 2×4 and styling by Studio B?a?kker from Amsterdam. When you see row after row of standard shell schemes, we really like how they displayed their pieces.

casaCasa International seem to have fun with the piecs they brought to the show. The brand’s second ever collection designed by Mauro Lipparini included new ideas like the above Occasional tables.

foscarini

We are obsessed with the colours and the shapes that appeared on Foscarini’s stand in Spazio Brera. A real nod to the resurgence of the Memphis Group and also triangles- which are bloody everywhere.

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Designer/ architect Ferruccio Laviani played with scale in a Alice in Wonderland-like installation of Foscarini lamps and their giant versions.

 

The Other Art Fair 2016

The Other Art Fair is the UK’s leading artist fair to discover and buy art directly from the very best emerging artistic talent and it’s back in Victoria House this April. Below are some top picks of artists that will be showcasing this April 7-10.

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Avatar 02 clone Carolina Mizrahi

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