Forget Chanel No 5 – for a truly original fragrance, there are only a few places to go in London – and Liberty is definitely one of them, especially as this weekend saw the opening of Frederic Malle‘s Edition de Parfums in Liberty’s Beauty department – itself a cult destination among beauty aficionados. The seventeen fragrances, commissioned by Malle from some of the world’s most famous ‘noses’ offer real individuality and quality, from the voluptuousness of ‘Carnal Flower’ to the more masculine severity of ‘Cologne Bigarade’. And try out the futuristic-looking Scent Capsules for a new perfume experience- beam me up Scotty!
Barcelona is a fabulous city, famous for lots of wonderful things… including the most amazing chocolate shop called xocoa. It’s tucked away in a narrow street in the ancient part of the city. But there’s nothing gothic or old fashioned about it. Rows of deliciously created chocolates, cookies and cakes line the window and inside the displays are cool and sophisticated. Giant chocolate buttons, chocolate ‘discs’ in CD covers and household objects (all made out of chocolate) lie temptingly packaged on clean white shelves. The cookies are delicious – I speak from experience!
Last week saw the opening of Bourdon House, the new Mayfair home of Alfred Dunhill, where an invitation-only members club meets a stunning retail concept; we went along to check it out. Spread over three floors, Bourdon House caters to every gentleman’s needs. The ground floor represents Dunhill’s personalisation, offering luxury limited edition menswear, leather goods and accessories. Alongside this is a spa and men’s traditional barber shop and the basement is home to a private screening room and a discreet bar. Dunhill’s mission is ‘committed to advancing the pursuit of men’s indulgence’ and this reflects just that!
Amanda and I went to a private view of Mark Rothko’s late paintings at the Tate Modern – and we loved it! From the huge canvases that both dwarf and draw you in, to the crude layers of matte acrylics in bold blocks, we began to understand the emotional reaction Rothko’s paintings are famed to evoke. No reproduction could ever capture the zeal and intensity of Red on Maroon. Alongside the exhibit are images of the paintings where ultraviolet rays have been cast through the canvas to convey the intensive layers and remarkable work that is not seen at first glance. We highly recommend you visit this amazing exhibit!
I popped down to the Truman Brewery to visit Tent London, a show which celebrates and sells the best in design. Now in its second year Tent has earned its reputation of a not-to-be-missed destination on the London Design Festival circuit. From the contemporary furniture and lighting at Content, to the 20 exhibits by 20 different design teams at Your Space, to the array of vintage design at Circa, I loved the eclecticism and imagination that this year’s exhibitors brought to Tent. One of my favourites was ‘Neo Neon’, high-gloss mahogany furniture adorned in neon by Lee Broom.