For our last trip of the year, a group of us went to see the show on at 6 Burlington Gardens while doing some Christmas shopping. It is certainly worth a visit and runs until January 30th. The focus of the exhibition is how artists and designers use clothing to communicate and reveal elements of our identity. This is comprised of 30 leading designers and style leaders from Alexander McQueen, to Yoko Ono – as well as Grayson Perry and Yohji Yamamoto. One of my favourite installations was called ‘Mumbai, a Laundry Field – which is an inspiring video installation with four concurrent screens taking you on a journey through the city.
Pleasantly surprised by Poznan! That was my reaction when visiting this charming snow covered city – Poland’s fifth largest. The old town is filled with quaint shops and restaurants, churches and even luxury brands like Zegna and Burberry. But I was literally “blown away’ by Blow Up Hall – a sprawling, modern complex with hotel, bar, restaurant and shopping center, housed in a converted brewery. The brainchild of Grazyna Kulczyk, the richest woman in Poland, it mixes contemporary design, conceptual art and technology. There is no reception and hotel guests use their iPhone to check in and enter rooms.
For fans of the Monocle Mediterraneo – you have something to look forward to. The Monocle Alpino is out – and we love it. Saul Taylor’s ‘Glad to be snowed in piece’ – Hugo Macdonald’s ‘Made in the mountain’s article’ – culminating in the ‘New You resolution’.
Having working with Hermès on the Liberty installation this year, I was curious to visit their temporary space in Ledbury Road. Just past Ottolenghi, you will find an imaginative space with beautiful scarves. The aim is to go in and have a ‘personal scarf advisor’ – and there are plenty to choose from. It is fun – with lots of Polaroid photographs showing the results.
Roberta and I went to the first night of the opening of Temporium, a Christmas Shop in Brompton Road. Curated by Marcus Fairs of Dezeen, it has products from design-led brands – fashion, watches, lighting and accessories. It was buzzing last night and it was great to see Lee Broom there with his Decanter light, Jambox was playing downstairs and the 14 Series pendant lights by Bocci looked stunning in the front window. I ended by buying a beautiful gold bird by Shan Valla. Rupinder looks amazing in her ‘peacock’ eye lashes – a glamourous range by Paperself Eyelashes!