Somerset House is currently hosting London Fashion Week and as the location is a stone’s throw from Camron, I strutted down to rub shoulders with the fashionistas. A pavilion in the stunning courtyard of Somerset House is showcasing some of the world’s established designers along with numerous up-and-coming designers, my favourite being SIBLING’s brightly coloured knitwear. Amongst the fashion and glamour you can also catch Topshop‘s über-cool ’Hot Choc Stop’ van and refuel with a tasty hot drink.
Ron Arad is not only a designer and architect but also an artist. Such a variety of forms in different materials have been created since 1981 and it is interesting to see the relationship between his studio work and mass-produced pieces. His retrospective show at Barbican Art Gallery allows visitors to try out the furniture, as well as his ping-pong table. I would have preferred notes about the pieces next to the items rather than on TV screens, however the work speaks for itself and his versatility and creative development is fascinating to see.
This remarkable show runs until 11 April 2010 at the Wapping Project, the east London gallery, restaurant and performance space set up by theatre director and curator Jules Wright. A French Picture Show is a lavish take on sex, love and betrayal – subjects that the French tackle so well, in both life and art. Shot by fashion photographer Thomas Zanon-Larcher, the visitor is guided through a photographic odyssey that unfolds through 80 sumptuous images shot in London, Paris and at Maison Remy Martin in Cognac. This is one must-see show!
Michael Landy has transformed the South London Gallery into Art Bin, a large perspex container for the disposal of art work. Works of art are ‘binned’ to form a large collection, merging a variety of artists’ work into one huge piece. With this project, Landy wanted to highlight the issues around the sale, disposal, destruction and value of art. Works by Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin have already been ‘binned’ but anyone can apply to dispose pieces of their work via their website.
Whilst in Stockholm for the furniture fair we visited the new H&M Home. The customer collects a magnetic board, which acts as a type of shopping basket, and they can choose from a range of products that are illustrated on small magnetic product cards displayed in white racks on the walls. In the centre of the space, the real product is beautifully presented in lifestyle settings: living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. This is a real glimpse of the future of retail.