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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.

STUDIO JOURNAL: LÁSZLÓ MOHOLY-NAGY: THE FUTURE PRESENT AT THE GUGGENHEIM IN NEW YORK

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9th June 2016

The bright expanse of the Guggenheim Museum is the perfect setting for an exhibition of László Moholy-Nagy’s abstract reflection on light and its many forms. László Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, is the first major retrospective of the artist to appear in the United States for almost half a century. A collection of over 300 diverse works winds up the museum’s rotunda, showcasing the artist’s endless engagement with a variety of art movements, dimensions, and materials.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK

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3rd June 2016

Between 24-26th May London’s Clerkenwell area hosted its annual design week, a three day architecture and design festival in the heart of the cities’ oldest artisan neighbourhood. Now in its seventh year and with eight exhibition spaces plus numerous showrooms, talks and gateway installations, Clerkenwell Design Week is one of the capital’s largest design gatherings. Members of the London Studio made their annual pilgrimage for a dose of design inspiration; we caught up with them to find out their thoughts.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: HANDEL & HENDRIX MUSEUM

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27th May 2016

A bright red door nestled between shops on Old Bond Street marks the entrance to Handel & Hendrix, the original homes of two music greats; 18th Century composer George Frideric Handel and rock guitarist and singer, Jimi Hendrix. The intimate house transports you into the vastly different worlds of the musicians. This week on the blog we unearthed one of London's hidden gems; The Handel & Hendrix Museum.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: A RETROSPECTIVE OF HILMA AF KLINT AT THE SERPENTINE GALLERY

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18th May 2016

Hilma af Klint; perhaps the most interesting and important artist you’ve never heard of, until only very recently. Having caught the public’s attention in 2013 with her solo show at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, London’s Serpentine Gallery has recently held host to the Swedish enigma from the early twentieth century. This week on the blog we take a look back over af Klint’s exhibition at The Serpentine Gallery.

TALKING TO: REBECCA LOUISE LAW

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4th May 2016

Growing up with a father as a gardener and an intrinsic love for art and the natural world, Rebecca Louise Law's decision to work in floral artistry comes as no surprise. With a fine art background and a love for experimenting with materials, techniques and styles, Rebecca's floral installations have captured the imagination of many; she has exhibited the world over and is now looking at new ways to work with flowers, from installation to preservation. We caught up with Rebecca to find out what makes her tick, what her views are of contemporary floristry and what's next on the cards. One thing is for sure, work is blooming.

TALKING TO: INGA SEMPE

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3rd May 2016

From sofas and lights to rugs and ceramic tiles, Inga Sempé is certainly a multi-talented designer. Growing up in a highly artistic household and supported by her parents, Sempé’s endeavours to become a designer were built on solid foundations. Influenced by the great Italian lighting designer, Vico Magistretti as well as her time studying in Rome, these elements are evident throughout her broad repertoire. This week we caught up with Sempé to discuss her work, including her recent collaboration with Golran.

TALKING TO: THE LACY GALLERY

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22nd April 2016

Positioned on the sunny Westbourne Grove and nestled alongside pastel-coloured shops and brunch spots lies The Lacy Gallery. Established in 1960, The Lacy Gallery is a cornucopia of antique picture frames and Russian artwork. Having grown up surrounded by art and all things creative it seemed a very natural step for David Lacy to take when deciding to get into the business. We caught up with David to find out more about his Aladdin's cave of gilded frames and beautiful artwork as well as hear his opinion on the future of traditional framing and what lies ahead for the gallery.

STUDIO JOURNAL: SHAKESPEARE 400

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21st April 2016

Never has the world seen such a talent as William Shakespeare; the Bard’s legacy is still keenly felt around the world, with his influence upon the English language showing little sign of relenting. Described as the “soul of the age” by contemporary Ben Jonson in the 1623 publication, First Folio, Shakespeare was firmly placed in a metropolitan context as the “wonder of [our] stage”. His impact on society was not for an age but for all time, so this week, on the 400th anniversary of his death, we see it very apt to celebrate this revered figure in British culture.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: SALONE DEL MOBILE, 2016

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14th April 2016

Each year the design world flocks to Rho in Milan to attend the greatest design event in the calendar; Salone del Mobile. With over 300,000 visitors from 160 countries and 2,100 exhibitors, Salone del Mobile is undeniably the event to attend. Considered an international platform for cutting edge products of solutions and a hub of ideas, creativity, innovation and technology, underscoring Milan’s role as the capital of design, Salone del Mobile brings together powerhouse design brands and independent young designers.

TALKING TO: INIGO SCOUT

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7th April 2016

So often is the case that great art stems from a very personal experience and this is certainly true for Josh and Lisa Robinson, founders of Inigo Scout. Based in Winchester, Inigo Scout is a textile company with a rich story and an even richer product; beautifully crafted blankets designed by working artists and created for decorative use. Whether hung on a wall to showcase its full design or used more simply as a comforting blanket, every textile strongly resonates within its surrounding. But Inigo Scout goes deeper than aesthetics too with its charitable side scheme; charity really does begin at home with Inigo Scout. We caught up with Josh to talk a bit more about the company's story, the artists involved and what the future holds for such a refreshing brand.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: LANCELOT "CAPABILITY" BROWN AT SYON PARK

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31st March 2016

This year sees the celebration of Lancelot “Capability” Brown’s 300th birthday. Leaving his mark all across Britain during the eighteenth century, the landscape architect is ubiquitous with the British landscape, with his trademark rolling hills, flowing lakes and serpentine rivers. With celebrations in mind we decided to visit Syon House and its parkland in Middlesex to experience some of Brown’s iconic landscaping.

STUDIO JOURNAL: EASTER WITH FABERGÉ

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23rd March 2016

Easter is just around the corner and we've been on the hunt for some of the most beautiful and iconic Easter eggs around. The spectacular Easter eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé for the Russian Imperial Family between 1885 and 1917 are the most celebrated and awe-inspiring of all Fabergé works of art, inextricably linked to the Fabergé name and legend. Showcasing breath-taking finesse and complexity, each Imperial Egg bore a specific theme and was layered with personal and cultural references. The annual presentation of each egg was played out against an extraordinary historical backdrop, imbuing the objects with profound and poignant romance.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: DON'T LOOK BACK: THE 1990s AT MOCA

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17th March 2016

Deriving its title from D.A. Pennebaker’s brilliant 1967 documentary about Bob Dylan’s attempt to control his work in the face of the new spectacle culture, Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA is The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Los Angeles' latest exhibition that plots the decade’s key concerns and transformations. Organised by MOCA’s Chief Curator, Helen Molesworth, the exhibition features work for MOCA’s permanent collection made during the 1990s.

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