15 February 2016
I thought you might be interested to know that the Prince of Wales was present for the official re-opening of Wilton’s Music Hall here in East London.
Charles has been a Patron since his first visit in 2006, which is really incredible, considering the building stood derelict and it’s future uncertain. Now, after decades of hard work and commitment from its supporters, Wilton’s building works are complete and it is open yet again as a significant London entertainment venue.
Built originally as a pub around 1690, it was converted in to a grand music hall by John Wilton in the mid-19th C and stands today as the only one surviving intact from London’s early Grand Music Hall era.
We will definitely pay it a visit when you are here next.
You can see the site we designed for Wilton’s Music Hall here.
18 September 2014
Hey hey the MLE,
Reporting back from designjunction last night, a London event showcasing furniture, lighting and product design. It was quite fun, as it's a bit trade show, but also there are pop-up shops selling things, large installations, seminars, screening, and places to eat and drink etc. The venue itself was perfect, a derelict 1960s Sorting Office in central London.
In the first photo shows Daniel sitting in his favourite piece, a very comfortable chair, but I lost the card I collected, so don't know the designer. Second is the Nick Fraser coat rack. Third is the Hybrid No2 chair by Merve Kahraman (when I showed my interior architect friends in the pub after they did not approve however). What they did approve of is the fourth product, the classic Anglepoise 1227 brass wall mounted lamp, so that is good. And finally, both Daniel and I quite liked these Richard Brendon china sets. Well I thought they were entire dinner sets judging by the price, but they are actually unique individual cups and saucers. But beautiful.
3 July 2014
Hello my friend MLE!
As you know, I posted on our Facebook page about the Chelsea Degree Show, which I went to a couple weeks ago. Well, I said it was so good I would post about it again, so here we are. I love going to Degree Shows (or "Grad Shows" as we call them in Canada). Maybe it is because we had so much fun with our HUGE grad project that it brings back happy memories... :)
This time I will show you our brilliant intern Josiah Jones' project. First, check out the catalogue cover. It's designed so that the student handing it out can highlight their name - nice concept right?
Josiah's project, called "Food for your thoughts," explores food as a social urge and also cleverly initiates relationships within the design industry. Josiah sent out a placemat invitation to London designers asking them if he could buy them their favourite lunch in return for some discussion. He then created beautiful modular lunch trays with each designer's food choice, which look too pretty to eat in my opinion. You can see mine above: "soup with grated cheese." Compare that to Liv at It's Nice That: "A bunch of stuff all over a table including an amazing cheeseboard, some Italian cold meats and really good salty butter. And cornichons and some homemade chutney. And some amazing bread."
More about Josiah's project
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As you know, a piece of art we created for the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge Massachusetts was officially presented last month - here is a preview. Will post more work soon that we did for this exciting event. A total joy to collaborate with this institute that is making such an impact.
19 November 2012
My friend Katrina just introduced me to this publication called Vestoj – meaning "clothing" in Esperanto – that discusses fashion from the points of view of industry, academia, and the museum world. Basically, it's pretty serious fashion talk. And in fact, that's number 3 in their Manifesto: "Fashion must always be taken seriously. We must never be afraid to have pretensions." Hmm. Published annually and free of advertising, so far there are 3 issues, with themes relating fashion with memory, fashion with magic, and fashion with shame. Definitely intrigued. I must admit that I'm always slightly suspicious of over-intellectualizing fashion... but when I saw photos from the launch of the Shame issue at Mens Paris fashion week, featuring performance artists with their skirts tucked into their underwear, my faith was restored. The publisher, former editor at Acne Paper, is going to be the featured speaker at a Creative Mornings session this Friday here in Stockholm, so we're planning to go to check it out. You know how I'm so not a morning person, but it's part of my new mission to take advantage of interesting events like this that are going on all the time, but that I always seem to miss. So hopefully I can overcome my natural tendencies and actually get out of bed to be there at 8 am! Apparently there's gonna be breakfast served too, which is always good incentive. Some wacky fashion performance wouldn't be a bad way to start the day, either!