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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.

TALKING TO: SOLOMON & WU

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10th March 2016

Having launched in 2010 with a striking range of skirting boards, ceiling roses, architraves and cornices inspired by the work of Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry, Solomon and Wu now spends much of its time developing bespoke products for interior designers and architects, from door handles, mirrors and lighting to furniture and wall panels in materials including plaster, resin, fibreglass and metal. We caught up with Jake Solomon to discuss all things sculptural and what the future holds for this blossoming company.

AT HOME WITH: WAR & PEACE

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4th March 2016

This winter the BBC reimagined Tolstoy’s epic, War and Peace and brought the rich beauty of the Russian aristocracy and their lives into our homes. Set during the years of 1805 and 1812 the novel charts the history of the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, through the stories of five Russian aristocratic families. There is war, love and peace.

A CITY WITH: NANA SPEARS

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24th February 2016

New York is gearing up for The Armoury Show, taking place from 3rd - 6th March. Celebrating its 22nd year, the show is America's leading international art fair, taking place on pier 92 and 94 with views over the Hudson River. It is a New York cultural institution and a highly anticipated event on the global arts calendar. This week we've caught up with Nana Spears, co-founder and creative director of Fort Makers, an art collective based in Brooklyn. She talks us through New York's hidden gems, where to spend a relaxed evening with friends and of course, what not to miss at The Armoury Show.

STUDIO TOP SPOT: POSTCARD TEAS

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19th February 2016

From a morning cuppa to an afternoon blend, tea is an integral part to our way of life. This week we visited Postcard Teas, an authentic teashop hidden away off New Bond Street.

PAINTING THE MODERN GARDEN: MONET TO MATISSE

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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

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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.

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