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Studio Journal: Enchanting libraries

Studio    |    Studio Journal
21st August 2015

Libraries are places to get lost, be it in the literature they house or the surroundings themselves. For some they act as places of refuge or to seek escapism, whilst for others they’re places ventured to in search of knowledge.
Often featuring architecture as intricate and detailed as the books themselves, here at the Studio we’ve been admiring libraries all over the world. Whether they are late Baroque, 21st-century Minimalist or Gothic-Renaissance in style, we’ve explored a plethora of reading rooms to get lost in.

Talking to: Jessica King

Studio    |    Talking To
7th August 2015

‘The Mini Edit’ is an online fashion and lifestyle retail concept focusing on the newest, chicest kidswear. Despite only launching last month, it has already garnered support from the achingly cool Mothers Meeting set and has been approached to open its first bricks and mortar concept close to the MBDS Studio, in Knightsbridge.

STUDIO JOURNAL: Interiors throughout art history

Studio    |    Studio Journal
31st July 2015

From Jan van Eyck to Jeff Wall, artists have been depicting interiors for centuries. Details such as the curtains, furniture and position of subjects speaks volumes about class, wealth and society in general - all helping us to gain a firmer understanding of what life was like before the ‘selfies’ and Instagram hashtags of the media age.

Summer Cocktail Recipes

Studio    |    Studio Top Spot
10th July 2015

There is no better time of the year to quench your thirst with a cocktail than Summer. Looking for ideas, we thought where better to get some tried and tested recipes than our friends at The Ivy, Scarfes Bar and Thompson Miami Beach.

Talking to: Josephine Bamford

Studio    |    Talking To
3rd July 2015

London’s Roundhouse is one of the capital’s most prominent live performance spaces; housing everything from live circus to interactive installations to the concerts of world famous musicians. The spherical structure places an emphasis on creativity and entertainment, whilst promoting the importance of nurturing new talent and supporting young people to embrace their performance potential. Here at the Studio, we’re talking to the Performing Arts Programme Producer at the Roundhouse, Josephine Bamford, who has been giving us an insight into the upcoming interactive installation ‘Utopia’ opening next month and filling us in on what might be the biggest year yet for Camden’s creative hub.

Studio Journal: Charming Tennis Courts

Studio    |    Studio Journal
26th June 2015

The strawberries are picked, the cream is poured and the Pimm’s is flowing as all eyes fall on SW19 for the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championship.
The oldest tennis tournament in the world has been held on the site of its namesake since 1877 and still remains the only one of the ‘Grand Slams’ to be played on grass. We’ve collated a selection of images of charming tennis courts, to inspire and admire ahead of next week’s festivities.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: The return of the terrarium

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19th June 2015

Summertime is in full swing and as the season gets sunnier, we grow more inclined to revel in nature and the great outdoors.
As well as conjuring images of picnics in the park or whiling away warm evenings in the garden, here at the Studio, we’ve been thinking about the concept of bringing the outdoors in; enabling your home to act as an extension of a garden during the milder months as well as all year round.

Paris with Victor Lugger and Tigrane Seydoux

Studio    |    A City With
12th June 2015

Housed in amongst the industrial charm of the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, East Mamma is an Italian style eatery with a fresh, fun and authentic aesthetic. We spoke with the young entrepreneurs and culinary connoisseurs behind the bustling restaurant, Victor Lugger and Tigrane Seydoux, who despite still feeling "like tourists (and) amazed by the lights, the details, the buildings, the thrill of the city” are more than able to teach us a thing or two about the French capital.

TALKING TO: ALEXANDRA KEHAYOGLOU

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5th June 2015

Textiles have played a long and important role in shaping our visual culture. One only has to pop down the road from our London Studio to see the Raphael Cartoons in the Victoria and Albert Museum to understand the vision, skill and labour that goes into these impressive works. One such artist whom has furthered this long and illustrious tradition is Alexandra Kehayoglou. We spoke to Alexandra for the blog to find out what inspires her work.

Guide to NYCXDesign

Studio    |    Studio Journal
15th May 2015

Everybody is flocking to New York this week as for the first time in their history, the Collective Design Fair, Frieze, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and WantedDesign all converge concurrently in the Big Apple. With a feast of design-lead activities to experience, the itinerary at NYCxDesign offers more creative happenings across the city than years past, with over 200 innovative exhibits and events highlighting some of the best and brightest in the design world.

TALKING TO: RAYMOND JUNGLES

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8th May 2015

The aptly named Raymond Jungles is a tour de force in the botanical world, creating tropical gardens that are as exotic as they are organic, that strike you as much with their natural beauty as their creator's imagination. Based in Miami, we’ve worked together on projects such as Soho Beach House Miami and the recently completed Thompson Miami Beach and so, with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show just around the corner, we thought who better to help us see the wood through the tree’s in the world of landscape architecture than Jungles himself.

STUDIO JOURNAL: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY

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1st May 2015

Savage Beauty is a homage to late British fashion designer, Lee Alexander McQueen, on display at London’s iconic Victoria & Albert museum. Having transferred transatlantically from its original site at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in 2011, just over a year after McQueen passed away aged 40, the London version draws on themes that are both bold and brave. Demonstrating McQueen’s talents as a craftsman, visionary and in some cases, anarchist; as all 244 items on display are works of sombre and breath-taking beauty.

Talking to: Elaine Garlick

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17th April 2015

Having spent 20 years at The Royal Opera house, Elaine Garlick moved to the Birmingham Royal Ballet to work as costume supervisor; taking with her years of experience, a vivid imagination and a strong creative eye. Her body of work includes Beauty and the Beast and Miracle in the Gorbals, as well as the recent Carmina and Serenade, which opened to rave reviews at the London Coliseum last month. We spoke with her to find what it takes being costume supervisor for one of the world’s premiere touring ballet companies.

Talking to: Wilson PK



Studio    |    Talking To
10th April 2015

Wilson PK is a London based fashion designer who specialises in knitwear development and future textiles.
Having graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martins last year after working for noted fashion houses such as Alexander Wang and Craig Lawrence, his first SS15 collection, ‘(I’M) Purity’ was promptly picked up by Lady Gaga and catapulted him into fashion fame, kick-starting a now rapidly growing career.
Here at the Studio we spoke with Wilson PK who is working on his fourth collection; about his experiences, inspirations and aspirations.


Studio Top Spot: Modernist churches, chapels and cathedrals

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2nd April 2015

Places of worship can take many forms. They are spaces that allow for contemplation and meditation; structures designed to elevate the soul, whether it’s by feeling the impact of a higher power or just partaking in some quiet personal reflection. Here at the Studio we’ve been admiring the modernist churches, chapels and cathedrals of the 20th and 21st centuries; a time when architects stepped away from the traditional extravagance of the gothic and baroque periods to create purely meditative spaces.

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