Scratch+Sniff at The Book Club in Shoreditch really opened our senses to a whole world of incredible fragrances. We were taken on a journey through the smells of Morocco (L’Air Du Desert Marocain), Moscow (Cuir Venenum) and the citrusy scent of Kyoto. Perfume archivist of independent perfumery Les Senteurs, James Craven, radiantly translated these smells into fascinating narratives, taking us through the several layers of each perfume.
I found Oak Studio in Perrins Court, Hamptead, by accident on the way to a dinner. Apart from the captivating interior – there were people knitting and sewing! It turns out this is not unusual – go along on Saturday, February 12th and you will find everyone making Valentines cards. Do not miss this charming and refreshing place – or visit their website.
Desperate for a cuppa after a day at Maison et Objet, we took Metropolitan Magazine’s advice to try out the Jocteur cafe in the Invalides district. This little bakery, decorated with rustic antiques and vintage wall tiles, is the perfect place to people watch over a hot chocolate. We were in awe of the patisserie delights – glazed croissants, puff pastry tartlets, fruit pies and giant brioches all piled high on vintage cake stands. We only wish we could have stayed longer to sample the whole menu!
What, for most people, looks like a rectangle of 12 postcards with one in the centre, is, for Gilbert and George, “an angulated version of the sign of the urethra”. The Britart double act has chosen the pattern for their latest series of postcard collages – The Urethra Postcard Pictures, now on view at the White Cube Mason’s Yard. The pair has been collecting postcards from souvenir shops and sex ads from phone booths around London for years to create a rather bizarre portrait of the city, in all its controversy.
Written by Camron Intern Nadia Mladenova
A display of fashion illustrators from the twentieth and twenty first century is on show at the Design Museum and brilliantly captures the changes in style and mood. Film-clips and photography sit alongside the original illustrations from the collections of Chanel, Dior, Comme des Garçons and Poiret as well as Viktor & Rolf, Lacroix and McQueen. Rene Gruau’s bold and colourful drawings showcased Dior’s designs from the 40’s and 50’s with an exaggerated elegance and luxury.
Written by Camron Intern April Robinson