We braved lashing rain and freezing temperatures to catch Seizure- an art installation created by Roger Hiorns that is also a chemistry experiment on a grand scale. A flat that is part of a housing estate in south east London, and due for demolition, was filled with copper sulphate solution by Hiorns and left for three weeks. The solution was then drained from the flat leaving sparkling blue crystals on the walls, ceiling and floor. The effect, when you walk in, is of some surreal grotto where the recognisable fabric and fittings of the flat assume a strange beauty. It’s on until 30th November but be prepared to queue!
You never forget your first building- the one that made you know, in your heart of hearts, the ineffable power of architecture to evoke emotion through space. Last week I got to ‘meet’ the building that started my love affair with architecture, when I was allowed access to the TWA terminal – designed in 1962 by Eero Saarinen. Although being restored the building has lost none of its iconic splendor. The curves of the design create exhilaration for an airport terminal design that has never been bettered. The original departures board rising up out of an information desk like the head of an alien was breathtaking.
While on my recent visit to New York to see my client Rockwell Group, I stumbled across Tree Huts – a slightly surreal art installation in Maddison Square Park by Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata. Tree Huts are an emerging focus of Kawamata’s work: a crystallisation of Kawamata’s interest in the architecture of shelter and of the insertion of private objects into public spaces as a method of renegotiating the meaning of both. Tadashi Kawamata: Tree Huts, marks the artist’s first exploration of this theme on a North American site following tree hut exhibitions at Art Basel 2007.
A visit to the new Primrose Bakery shop is a must if you are walking in Covent Garden. This shop is definitely a treat with the power to cheer you up thanks to its bright colours and lovely atmosphere. All the cakes are beautifully displayed and taste so good. It is exactly the right balance of old-fashioned cake shop and American style cafe. From the aluminum round tables to the ‘60s pink and yellow soft chairs. A back room is filled with birthday cards and ’sweet’ gifts. The walls of the bakery are all decorated with cupcake-themed art staff. Open everyday, 42 Tavistock Street, WC2E.
The very first MONOCLE shop- possibly the smallest and most stylish retail space in London, opened at 2A George Street, just off Marylebone High Street, W1 in November. For ‘citizens of the world’ who are familiar with the MONOCLE brand, this is the ultimate retail destination and a clever way of bringing the brand to life. The smart, uncluttered shelving displays a collection of iconic MONOCLE products such as the popular Porter travel bags, beautiful scarves by Drakes of London, Hinoki cedar scents, created by Comme des Garcons, witty little notebooks. And, of course, you can buy back copies of all issues of MONOCLE published since February 2007.