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PAINTING THE MODERN GARDEN: MONET TO MATISSE

Studio    |    Studio Top Spot
5th February 2016

Bathed in light and amongst a haze of greenery is London’s most talked about exhibition of the year. Breathing new life into the Academy after Ai Weiwei’s spectacular, is Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, a truly mesmerising show. Seeking to provide its visitors with a deeper understanding of how gardens served as a universal, multifaceted source of inspiration for artists of the modern era, the exhibition is a wonderful dedication to the pastoral nature of keeping a garden and using it as the root to a creative vision.

TALKING TO: BELLERBY & CO. GLOBEMAKERS

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29th January 2016

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that all good things come to those pondering over a pint in a St. Pancras pub and this couldn’t have been more true than for Peter Bellerby. Fed up of searching for that elusive perfect, handmade globe for his father’s 80th birthday in 2008, Peter challenged himself to make his own. Little did he know this would become a huge passion of his and eight years later his globes would be found on six of seven continents and on the sets of films and hit television shows. We caught up with Peter to discuss all things spherical and found a little more out about his love for globe-making.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: LONDON LUMIERE

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15th January 2016

This weekend London is being plunged into a new light. The London Lumiere will re-imagine London’s urban landscape and architecture in 30 artworks across four main areas: King’s Cross; Mayfair and Grosvenor Square: Piccadilly, Regent Street, Leicester Square and St. James’s; and Trafalgar Square and Westminster. Developed by creative producers Artichoke, London’s first Lumiere is sure to chase away the January blues and show the city in a new light.

RADICAL DISCO: ARCHITECTURE AND NIGHTLIFE IN ITALY, 1965-1975

Studio    |    Studio Journal
31st December 2015

The ‘Italian Economic Miracle’ is a phrase often used to summarise the wondrous way post-war Italy rebuilt itself and in-particular the boom in Italian design which firmly put the country on the international map. As well as economic progress the mid-century period was also a time of great social unrest and so many of the architects and designers who came of age during this era looked to use their craft as a tool for societal change.

STUDIO JOURNAL: THE WORLD OF RAY AND CHARLES EAMES

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11th December 2015

A thorough and precise documentation of the life of Ray and Charles Eames is on display at London’s Barbican Centre and it is something that everyone should visit. Not only does it detail the history and life of the great designers, it also displays unseen photography, cinematography and products designed by the duo all whilst sowing the seed for the undying love the pair had for each other.

STUDIO JOURNAL: 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

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4th December 2015

With Christmas finally here we’ve been compiling a check-list, a sort of 12 Days of Christmas if you like. Whether you’re this side of the Atlantic or further afield, we've scoured the world for the best sights, smells and tastes of Christmas. From where to get your hamper to the best of Christmas entertainment, MBDS is set to ensure you have a very merry Christmas.

MIAMI WITH NINA JOHNSON MILEWSKI

Studio    |    A City With
27th November 2015

With Art Basel Miami just around the corner, we thought we’d catch up with a local to find out where’s best for people watching, art appreciating and coffee drinking plus everything else in between. Nina Johnson Milewski of Gallery Diet has lived in Miami for 10 years now. Having moved back to her home town after time away in Boston, we were certain Nina would be the best to talk to about art, culture and relaxation.

TALKING TO: BRIAN PERSICO

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13th November 2015

Brian Persico is no-ordinary designer. He may be categorised as a ‘contemporary’ designer however, there aren't many designers who look to the Ancient World for inspiration or to Iron Age tribes in Finland and the Native Indian population of America for that matter. But you can see these influences in the nomadic quality his work displays, in his desire to use appropriate natural materials and in his traditional design process; as the products he creates feel like a breath of fresh air when compared to much contemporary design of the moment. Telling us more about his design process, we spoke with Brian for this week’s blogpost.

TALKING TO: ANTOINETTE POISSON

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6th November 2015

Hidden away in a picture perfect Parisian courtyard is Antoinette Poisson, a company made up of three friends from college who all share the same passion; revitalising the beauty and intrigue of 18th century wallpaper, patterns and objects. We caught up with Julie, Jean-Baptiste and Vincent to find out more about this long-lost love affair and their studio.

STUDIO JOURNAL: THE FABRIC OF INDIA

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30th October 2015

A rich and splendid exhibition that’s steeped in colour and history would be a true representation of the Victoria and Albert’s most recent show, The Fabric of India. Running from October 3rd until January 10th, this hotly anticipated exhibition showcases the rich tapestry behind India’s long history with fabric. Comprising more than 200 pieces, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey from the hugely intricate process of weaving and print-making to the modern day story of Independent India and high-end couture.

TALKING TO: DAVID PLUNKERT

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26th October 2015

This week we’ve been talking to David Plunkert, one half of design studio, Spur Design who recently created original artwork for restaurant Smith & Wollensky. At Spur Design, David designs posters, covers, logos, brochures, websites, and more for non-profit organizations, publishers and corporations. Spur’s work seeks to build identities and define styles that will elevate their clients' profile. We caught up with David to find out more about Spur Design, what makes him tick and what the future holds.

STUDIO JOURNAL: FRIEZE SCULPTURE PARK

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19th October 2015

Last week London was a hive of activity with the arrival of Frieze Art Fair. Celebrating its 13th year the art fair comprised of an impressive line-up of 164 galleries from 27 countries, showcasing the work of some of the most exciting and significant contemporary artists working today. Whilst the main action took place within the tent, this year’s Sculpture Park was another must-see on your tick list – and what’s more, you can still visit seven of the 16 monolithic sculptures until early January.

STUDIO JOURNAL: DRESSING ROOM INSPIRATION

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2nd October 2015

As three consecutive weeks of fashion comes to a climax in Paris this weekend, you may be wondering how do I store all those items of clothing I've been compelled to purchase? Alas, it sounds like you need a dressing room.

TALKING TO: KIT MILES

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18th September 2015

The fact Kit Miles is still considered a 'rising star' despite his work being featured across the pages of World of Interiors, The Financial Times and Elle Decor Italia goes to show just how far this British designer will go. Ahead of a staggering seven events for London Design Festival, including an integral role in the 'Dulux - Colour Futures' at Somerset House and Design Junctions' 'A Childs Dream', we caught up with Kit for the blog.

TALKING TO ANDREAS ERIKSSON

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5th September 2015

Think of Sweden's wilderness and you conjure up images of lush green alpine tree's, bold and beautiful skies and the rich red of the mud and wood. How hard it must be to depict the feeling that arises when surveying such a beautiful landscape. Not for the artist Andreas Eriksson, who creates captivating abstract canvassess of such scenes- the result of a sustained investigation into charting his own reactions to the naturual world which surrounds him.

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