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TALKING TO: SANDY SUFFIELD

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21st September 2016

With an eye for the witty and ever so slightly out-there, art director and set designer Sandy Suffield's creations are sure to bring a smile to anyone's face. From cinched in waists and perfectly retro food slicers to pearl-filled bubble baths and dressed-up scarecrows, Suffield's portfolio is humorous, clever and vast but above all, accessible. We caught up with Sandy to find out more about her methodology, her ongoing project Things&People and what jovial idea is next in line.

OAKLAND WITH JAMES SYHABOUT

Studio    |    A City With
13th September 2016

Just across the water from the bright lights of San Francisco is Oakland, an urban dwelling fast becoming the place to visit in SoCal. Marked by industrial cranes, Oakland may not be the first place you think of when visiting the sunny state but look beyond the industrial aesthetic and you will discover a town rich in diversity, history and culinary assets. One of which is chef James Syhabout, a local through and through. Fleeing Thailand with his family, Syhabout found himself immersed in the Oakland way of life from a very young age. We caught up with the two Michelin Star chef to find out where’s best to go whilst staying in this up and coming town.

STUDIO JOURNAL: ROBERTO BURLE MARX: BRAZILIAN MODERNIST

Studio    |    Studio Journal
7th September 2016

Best known for his iconic seaside pavements on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, Roberto Burle Marx was one of the most influential landscape architects of the twentieth century, yet he remains relatively unknown outside of his native Brazil. This summer the Jewish Museum in New York City has sought to set the record straight and bring the brilliant and bold Modernist designs into the limelight.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: CHOOSING KEEPING

Studio    |    Studio Top Spot
1st September 2016

With a fresh autumn term just around the corner, we’ve been looking for new stationery to equip us for the year ahead. No longer seen as a daily necessity, stationery is currently experiencing a design revival. From tortoiseshell fountain pens to gilded notebooks, the days of Bic biros are long gone.

TALKING TO: CLARE TAYLOR

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17th August 2016

A year on since the unveiling of the newly designed Academicians’ Room at the Royal Academy of Arts we caught up with Clare Taylor, Head of the Keeper’s House to find out how the revamped members’ club has fared over the last twelve months.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: THE CITY RELIQUARY

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17th August 2016

Hidden away in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, lies The City Reliquary, a community museum displaying found artefacts from all over New York City. Through the permanent display of quirky artefacts, annual cultural events and rotating exhibitions, the museum connects visitors to both the past and present of New York; it is a melting pot of cultural discovery.

Talking to: Laura Gillingham

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11th August 2016

The art of calligraphy has seen a boom in the last 10 years with the fashion now for a style which is looser and more free flowing than traditional calligraphy. It is an art form in itself, perfected by years of practice and a dedication to forming letters on a blank page. We caught up with Laura Gillingham, founder of Embellishing the Ordinary, to find out more about how she first got into this beautiful style of art, her opinion on today's fashion for calligraphy as well as what lies ahead for her business.

Talking to: Nicholas Corfe of Go Brazil Wines

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4th August 2016

The Rio de Janiero Olympics are upon us and we’ve been exploring all areas of Brazilian culture to help get in the carnival mood. Perhaps one aspect of the country that wouldn’t come to mind straight away is its burgeoning wine scene. Once overshadowed by its neighbours, Chile and Argentina, Brazil is making a name for itself on the wine map. We caught up with Nicholas Corfe of Go Brazil Wines to find out what makes this country such a great producer of fine wines.

STUDIO JOURNAL: BONTEMPS PATISSERIE IN PARIS

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28th July 2016

Sablé, the traditional French biscuit, have never looked as delectable as on the shelves of Bontemps Patisserie on rue de Bretagne. The retro feminine patisserie is located in the popular neighbourhood of Le Marias and was founded by Fiona in February 2015 with help from her sister Fatina and husband Vincent. Unsurprisingly, the Patisserie's sought-after sweets were almost sold out by the time we arrived for a visit.

Chesil Beach, Dorset

STUDIO JOURNAL: BRITAIN'S BEST BEACHES

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21st July 2016

With the ease of cheap air travel and the ability to hop continents within a few hours, Britain is rarely considered a holiday destination anymore. However, this week on the blog we take a tour around our coastline, discovery our favourite beach resorts. From the nostalgic seafront at Southwold and the Welsh majesty of Pembrokeshire to the picture perfect steep steps of Clovelly and the crystal clear waters of Achmelvich Bay in the Scottish Highlands, Britain is a haven for beautiful beach resorts.

STUDIO JOURNAL: RHS HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW

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15th July 2016

Covering 34 acres of Henry VII’s historic palace greenery, The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hampton Court Flower Show is the world’s largest. Last week we journeyed to Hampton Court to explore the impressive fete. This season’s theme of Health and Happiness demonstrated the ways flowers can transform space and promote well-being. As a design studio, we also look to the natural world for design inspiration, especially places that stir an emotional reaction within us.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: MERCHANT'S HOUSE MUSEUM NEW YORK

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8th July 2016

As the Bond Street neighbourhood is in a constant state change, a red brick and white marble row house on East 4th street has remained untouched for over 75 years. Listed as a National Historic Landmark, Merchant House is one of the finest examples of late-Federal exterior and Greek revival domestic architecture. The museum offers a rare opportunity to experience the domestic life of a wealthy merchant family during New York’s period as a booming metropolis.

A CITY WITH: BUENOS AIRES WITH ALEJANDRO STICOTTI

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30th June 2016

With its booming creative energy and rich cultural diversity, Buenos Aires is the perfect location for Alejandro Sticotti. Living and working in Buenos Aires for over 25 years, the architect and designer discusses with great insight the changing environment of the city, his local sources of inspiration and top picks for a visit to one of the most exciting destinations in South America.

STUDIO JOURNAL: DESIGN MIAMI

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23rd June 2016

Design Miami returned to Basel, Switzerland this June to exhibit one of the most eclectic and expansive collections of art in the contemporary market. The show is a powerful commentary on a variety of themes affecting the global world, spanning galleries, curios, large-scale installations, talks and collaborations. The ‘Gallery’ sector alone showcased work by 4,000 artists in 287 galleries, representing 33 countries. We gravitated towards the concept of landscape and environment illustrated in a variety of installation works, in addition to the metaphorical landscape of the art market itself.

TALKING TO: CRAIG WALZER

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16th June 2016

While roaming the picturesque streets of Santorini you might happen upon the jewel that is Atlantis Books, the only bookstore on the island. This week on the blog we caught up with Craig Walzer to discuss the journey of Atlantis Books and the fine collection of novels, Greek classics and special editions that line the shelves. Friends from Oxford, Craig and Oliver fell in love with the island while on holiday. Little did they know their joke of opening a bookstore would turn into a reality. Driving to Santorini in a van with some friends, books, tools and a bunch of enthusiasm, Craig and Oliver built Atlantis Books from scratch. Passion, dedication and the unwavering support of the local community has allowed his dream to thrive.

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