Oh how I wish I’d found about about London Design Festival sooner. Next year I will be booking an entire week off work to make the most of the exciting events around the capital.
With little time left before the close of the festival I hot-footed it over to London town last Saturday and spent some time in the V&A and surrounding area. There were plenty of places I had to miss owing to time constraints but I’ll be looking them up in other ways. What I did see, however, was really interesting.
Kvadrat presents Textile Field by Ronan & Erwan Bourollec
Kvadrat presents Textile Field by Ronan & Erwan Bourollec
As soon as I arrived at The V&A I headed straight to The Raphael Room to see Textile Field by Ronan & Erwan Bourollec. The grand gallery space, built in 1865 houses the Raphael cartoons of 1515-16, depicting the Acts of St. Peter & St. Paul, including a giant altar piece at one end. This church-like room is transformed with the inclusion of Textile Field. Visitors are invited to lounge on the soft textile fabric and interact with the Raphael works in a new way. The installation creates a greater sense of community in the space, where visitors can sit and socialise, but still have the ability to contemplate the works around them. I thoroughly enjoyed my time reclining on stripy field and watching other people considering the space.
Whilst at The V&A, I also had a look around the Power of Making Exhibition. This show, curated by Daniel Charny, celebrates the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects. Interpretation and films shown in the gallery space consider various themes involved in ‘making’ – mastering a skill and the pleasurable process of making. I particularly liked the idea of being ‘In the Zone’ and how making something can be somewhat of a meditative experience.
Those who know me, know I that most of my creative projects over the years have been formed using recycled papers. I have always admired the intricacy of origami animals and flowers, but have never actually tried to make anything using these techniques myself.
The simple paper crane has become such a popular symbol in recent years – you see it across Blog-land, at weddings in particular. I thought it was about time I tried to make a paper crane.
This of course led me to starting scouring through gorgeous images of other paper crane projects.
Ceremony Cranes at the Wedding of Kayla and Newton, shot by Altmix Photography
I am looking forward to learning more of the art of Origami. For now I would like to share a pretty (but sad) film I discovered over on Foldingtrees.com. The film, named Sadako’s Cranes, was created by an artist named Leonie Connellan. More of her work can be found here.
I have been rather absent recently, feeling a little under-the-weather after a stressful and busy period in my day job. I have, in recent days, indulged in some R&R with good friends and also alone. I’m now feeling much better.
Hear is to peace and tranquility, especially on a lazy Sunday….
Teardrop cocktail hat in red with vintage buckle trim by Hellostrumpet on Etsy. Photograph by Marrz Photo.
How beautiful! I came across the work of the exquisitely named Kitty DuBois & Wanda Von Wink today and had to post my favourite ‘wish-list’ purchase from their collection.
Featured over on the beautiful Lovemydress.net website, I linked through to the gorgeous Hellostrumpet page on Etsy and discovered this gem of a hat! I have to admit i’m slightly in love with the dress and overall styling too and the whole look comes together under the skillful photography of Marrz Photo.
I do not own a book case. I own a large three-unit 1980s Habitat display case – you know, the sort that you’re ‘meant’ to display wine glasses in. It has 12 deep shelves across the three units and 12 drawers underneath. I use this as a bookcase…and to display wine glasses, amongst other things. I can see bookcases becoming the multi-functional storage spaces that Apartment Therapy describes.
My tatty Bookcase (needs updating)
I am a lover of real books – I love the look, feel and even smell of them. I am, however, buying less physical books these days. Moving house enough times in the last ten years has made me realise just how space-consuming books are. Our bookshelves are double-stacked and boxing/un-boxing them over and over has become a tedious task.
My fiancée too loves real books and has a small collection of rare antique books and a number signed by authors and illustrators. Starting his career in an independent bookshop has given him a life-long interest in these age-old paper objects. He is, however, also a fan of e-books and does not mind scrolling down a screen to read his favourite stories. He rarely buys physical books anymore.
I don’t believe e-books will ever completely replace physical books, but I do think the paper copies we own will take on a new meaning in our interiors. They may become display pieces in themselves in a more profound way than we’ve experienced up until now. I also agree that books will probably find themselves displayed alongside other objects. Mine share their shelves, with wine bottles, a stereo, an old cigar case and photo frames. I do not believe that we’ll only have coffee-table books on our shelves but it is very possible we’ll start to become more selective in the aethestics of the books we choose to have physical copies of. What do you think?
I love the combination of shapes here. The decadent chandelier shining through the rustic birdcage takes Shabby Chic to a whole new level!
Richard's Secretary Trunk, $4495.
There is a whole section to the website called Richard’s Trunks, a collection of furniture inspired by a vintage steamer trunk, once belonging to a traveller named Tom Richards. I particularly like the Secretary Trunk, which makes a very clever workspace.
This evening I am sat on my tatty green sofa, kindly donated to me by my parents who did not have space for it when they moved house. It is a lovely worn in three-seater, but badly in need of re-upholstering. A decade of cats scratching the arms has left the fabric in tatters and the need to be hidden away under a large throw. One day I will learn how to re-cover it properly myself.
For now, I will drool over the beauties I’ve noticed today over on SCP. If I had the funds, I would make myself cozy on the Munro Two Seat Sofa by Donna Wilson.
Munro Three Seat Sofa by Donna Wilson, £6065.00
Orford Three Seat Sofa by Matthew Hilton, £3,969.00