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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.

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.

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