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out and about :: pick me up

Somerset House is the place to be at the moment, with Joy of Living, John Makepeace and Pick Me Up all happening at the same time. On Friday evening, I went down to have a look at Pick Me Up.

Pick Me Up at Somerset House

Pick Me Up at Somerset House

I had great fun following the shapes to find the exhibition (having come in through the Strand entrance, not the one pictured above in case you’re confused!)… Continue reading

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interview :: max fraser, the joy of living

Max Fraser, editor of the London Design Guide (a book which rarely leaves my handbag), has been working on a rather special project. Joy of Living finally sees the light of day on March 15th at Somerset House.

Joy of Living artwork

Joy of Living artwork

In a bid to raise £50,000 for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, Max has asked a stellar cast of over 100 designers, Continue reading

interview :: the father of british furniture design

I was recently very privileged to meet, and spend almost an hour talking to, ‘the father of British furniture design,’ John Makepeace, ahead of his first solo exhibition, which opens at Somerset House on 16th March 2010. I am pleased to report that he was both fascinating and lovely.

Invitation to John Makepeace: Enriching the language of furniture

Invitation to John Makepeace: Enriching the language of furniture

Here’s what we talked about…

I believe you first saw furniture being made when you were just eleven. How did this come about? Do you remember what you felt at that time? Continue reading

out and about :: pick me up at somerset house

The boy and I went along to Pick Me Up at Somerset House yesterday afternoon; the first contemporary graphic art fair in the UK, and I have to say, it exceeded our expectations. It smelt of paper and ink and making things, which is always a good start(!) and there was some great young talent there, but most exciting of all was Rob Ryan‘s studio, which had decamped there in its entirety…

Paper cutting in Rob Ryan's studio

Paper cutting in Rob Ryan's studio

I had no idea his work on this scale was hand-cut; it was quite incredible to watch.

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