The NY team recently popped into Nolita lifestyle store Thomas Sires on Elizabeth Street. Opened in late 2010 by former Loeffler Randall designers Fiona Thomas and Allison Sires, the store’s airy, sleek interior was designed by Jeremy Barbour of Tacklebox Architecture and showcases Iacoli & Mcallister lighting fixtures. The heart of the store is the Thomas Sires clothing line, featuring beautifully constructed, wearable pieces. After getting your fashion fix, we recommend perusing the unique collection of highly-curated goods – jewelry, toys and knickknacks – all hand-picked from around the world.
Written by Camron intern Kate Colangeli.
Last week I visited NOMA in Copenhagen. Recently voted the World’s Best Restaurant, Noma completely immerses your senses in the surprising world of Nordic cuisine. Each course on the menu is an adventure in taste and presentation, from smoked quails eggs hidden in a giant ceramic egg, to radishes planted in malt-hazelnut soil. The restaurant’s interiors have been designed by SPACE Copenhagen. Whilst in Denmark I also sampled the delights of Geist, with creations by chef Bo Bech and we visited the stunning restaurant Geranium, brainchild of Rasmus Kofoed.
Neil and I attended the press preview this morning of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Swiss architect, Peter Zumthor. The interior garden to complement the space is by Dutch garden designer, Piet Oudolf. The concept for this pavilion is ‘Hortus conclusus’, a contemplative room, a garden within a garden. From the outside it looks like a block of granite, but you walk inside to find a secret garden, like you might find in a monastery.
Yesterday morning I attended the Rector’s Breakfast at the Royal College of Art where the most spectacular array of creative enterprise from MA students was on view. The range of inventive ingenuity was breath-taking. From digital design to new developments in textiles, ceramics and technology it’s hard to choose a favourite. I was very impressed by Benjamin Parton who has invented a ring and watch strap clasp which contains your Oyster card details, doing away with tickets – genius!
This week we visited Central St Martins’ 2011 degree show to see a great range of work from the young designers of tomorrow working in textiles, ceramics and product design. We were fascinated by the graduates’ intuitive products designed in collaboration with Royal VKB, Xerox and NCR. The MA students from the Textile Futures course exhibited dynamic pieces that really tested the boundaries of modern design; we loved Amy Pliszka’s expandable living spaces for the urban honeybee as well as Dhanyapat Sajjalaksana’s project to create ephemeral design from food waste.